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What We Love

  • Infinity pool on every suite’s terrace and showers with a view
  • Private beach and seaside yoga deck
  • The spa’s signature therapy, the Amuzgo Herbal Massage, borrowed from the region’s Amuzgo tribe

What To Know

  • Al Mares restaurant is only open for dinner
  • On property dining can be expensive
  • Geared toward couples
  • The oceanfront resort has a small private beach, but it’s not very swimmable — here, it’s all about the private infinity pools

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Luxe love nests with private plunge pools clinging cliffside above the Pacific Ocean

The Look

Capella’s location — hugging a cliff over the Pacific — gives the resort a natural grandeur, yet the rooms and public spaces, such as a sunbathing terrace set among wave-splashed boulders, offer a welcome intimacy. The design lets nature take center stage with muted palettes indoors putting the focus on fuschia flowers, turquoise waters and emerald trees framed by large windows.

Bed & Bath

Nearly every corner of the 59-suite property has the same never-ending sea view, but one of the best vantage points for taking in the expanse of ocean is through the shutters in your suite’s rain forest shower or from the comfort of your private infinity pool. Rather than compete with the glittering view, the room decor is simple but clever. Whitewashed walls are hung with palm frond art and white onyx sconces. Concrete terrace floors are inlaid with small pebbles in graphic designs. Rich wood shutters warm up the spacious bathrooms.

Beyond

Guests can loll in the large hotel infinity pool that juts out past the cliff’s edge, picnic on the private beach under acacia trees or indulge in a few treatments at the palapa-roofed spa. All on-site amenities are accessible by a network of staircases or, if you’re feeling particularly and happily lazy, via a glass-housed, inclined funicular. For meals, enjoy a sunset dinner at the rustic outdoor restaurant, Las Rocas, which hugs the cliff and allows guests to pick their entree from a display of local catch. If you feel like dressing up, visit the more refined A Mares restaurant, which offers novel dishes such as red snapper with a crust of chorizo, and sushi rolls with a welcome nip of chipotle.

In the Area

Away from the throb of Ixtapa’s main drag, this seaside retreat is within quick striking distance of the town but benefits from a perch on the coast. Get up close and personal with Pacific Coast marine life with Carlo Scuba, a reputable and friendly dive operation in nearby Zihuatanejo. Head away from the tourist crowd to Marisco’s el Tiburon de la Costa (Av Principle, 755-552-62-34), a local lunch spot known for its fresh seafood, bacon-wrapped shrimp and “guac that rocks.” Feast on Argentine steak right on the water at Roberto’s Bistro in nearby Troncones, a classic laid-back beach town. Don’t miss the basil margarita, a zingy twist on the classic cocktail, in the hotel’s Tequila Room, where you can sample more than 65 certified 100-percent agave tequilas.

How to Get There

Capella Ixtapa Resort & Spa
Blvd Paseo Playa Linda Zona H
Ixtapa, 40884 Mexico

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 728 Reviews
Wonderful
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed for 5 nights her for our anniversary. We honestly would have liked to stay longer but the flight schedule did not accommodate for that. The hotel was wonderful and quiet. Having our own pool was wonderful however it would have been nice to know that the covered rooms really don't get much sun, however having two large pools was great and one was always quiet.

Amazing property, friendly and professional staff and breathtaking views!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hotel is one of the best I have ever stayed, you literally don't want to leave the property as you have everything you need for a relaxed/romantic vacation...Pools are relatively small but never crowded, food is delicious (mostly fish-based as you would expect and always fresh), and other services, like the spa, are top notch. There are plenty of reviews that cover in detail the description of the rooms, the menus, the massages, etc. so there is no need to go over that again in this post however I do want to emphasize the friendliness and professionalism of the staff, they are discreet but they are always making sure that you are doing fine and that you have everything you need. And when you need something they are genuinely happy to help you!...In that regard a big shout-out to all the staff specially Nadia, who was our "personal assistant" and to Carlos Ambrosi, the GM of the property; he greeted us personally and made sure our stay was a pleasant one!...Well done Cala de Mar, We will be visiting you again very soon for sure!

Great place to stay, formidable views, luxery great facilities, outstanding service
Reviewed 1 month ago

I selected this hotel for our 25th wedding anniversary, the place is stunning and service is unparalled. They assigned a personal assistant right after reservation and I was able to book in advance transportation, romantic dinner, welcome lovely decoration, spa services. All staff goes out of their way to make your stay pleasent. The facilities are impecable in mantainance and everything works well, all suites have incredible ocean views and the sound of the waves hitting the surrounding cliffs is something else. We enjoyed our stay from sept 6 to sept 09. They helped us have a memorable celebration. Thanks to Nadia, Susana, Juan C, Ana, Alexis, the SPA staff, waiters and chefs, everyone knew our names and had our must minimal need taken care for. Highly recomendable for a romantic scapade with your loved one.

Great suites overlooking the Pacific.
Reviewed 2 months ago

This all suites resort is built along a cliff in Ixtapa.
Each room has a full ocean view, a large terrace, and a private pool.
Enjoy several nice dining options, get a treatment in their great spa, relax by one of the two large outdoor swimming pools, or just relax and enjoy the spectacular views of the Pacific.
Ixtapa, and neighboring Zihuatanejo, located in Guerrero, were the final holdouts for tourism in the state.
Recent spikes in very serious crime have sadly made this beautiful location no longer safe to travel.

Incredible service, relaxing experience
Reviewed 2 months ago

Incredible service. We know some really good hotels in Europe and America and the service in Cala de Mar is unparalleled. Everybody is committed to make your stay the most beautiful and relaxing experience. The views and environment are superb. The only improvement area for me was the gastronomic offer, a bit limited for a long stay (9 days).