Capella Ixtapa Resort & Spa
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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
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
Great resort, excellent staff, amazing views, but the food was definitely not what other reviews alluded to.
We stayed at Cala de Mar from November 3rd to 10th. We were looking forward to amares restaurant - a pasta and steakhouse, but found out when we arrived that it was changed to a set menu mexican restaurant. So that gives you really 3 options at the resort - set menu mexican, mexican tapas, or seafood. The seafood market wasn't bad, but the selection of the fish was the same everyday - they had vacuum packed fillets under the ice so i'm not so sure it was the 'catch of the day' as they purported. It was also impossible to get potato (mashed, boiled, roasted) - no matter what i ordered it was always a version of french fries. The room service menu had some decent options, but we ordered beef fillet and potato gratin one night and received small slices of what was likely fillet and french fries - quite disappointing. The seafood market does have the option of a ribeye, but at $50USD I wasn't interested. The wine prices at restaurants are beyond ridiculous. The cheapest glass of pinot grigio was $16 USD for a 4 ounce pour! This is for a $8 bottle of wine - we bought the same one at the local convenience store so it's not like the resort is paying a lot for it. Cheapest bottle was $65 USD. The food was much better and about a quarter the price at Frank's in ixtapa. We went to El Faro on our last night and were blown away with the quality and service - it was what we were expecting at Cala de Mar. It's also less than half the price (nice bottle of wine was only $20USD and an actual fillet mignon and potato with vegetables was under $20 USD). Watch out for the spaghetti on the room service menu - The price listed for the spaghetti is $16 - underneath you have the option of chicken for $18 - but they add this to the $16 - so it's $34 for spaghetti with chicken! I even asked them about this the next day and they confirmed it was correct. I would definitely recommend the resort, but you'll want to buy your own drinks to enjoy on your deck and either order room service for a basic meal or get a cab to El Faro for a nice meal. I've attached some menus from the resort to give you a better idea of the limited options. If you have any specific questions send me a message.
As i mentioned, the service and staff were excellent. The room was very clean and they changed the bed sheets every day (definitely not necessary!) and there were always lots of towels (again changed every day). The only nitpicks are that there is some black mold / mildew between some tiles on the deck and in the pool. The pool also has some tiles falling off and should be refurbished.
The bed was great as well which can be hard to find in mexico.
Absolutely wonderful time at Cala de Mar! Our firs visit to Ixtapa we stayed 6 nights. Our suite was ocean front w/ infinity pool perfectly appointed with the right furnishings inside and on the terrace. Food at the resort is a little pricey for MX. However, it is very good , fresh a seasoned to perfection. on our last night we made reservations in town and opted to stay at the resort and check out the Seafood market. Equally impressed with the fresh seafood and wine selection as we sat cliff side listening to the ocean and hi tide, Thank you Cala de Mar, we will be back!!!
Superb Place, we spend 4 nights and had a grate time, The service is magnificent and the hotel is the best place to rest and enjoy quality time with your partner, the rooms are grate, very private and with a plonge pool in each one. The view is wonderful from anywhere you stand, every single person knows your name and always have a smile on them. Definitely going Back!!!!!!!!!
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.
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!