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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We stayed here for 10 days.
Quick tip for travel from the airport, just go to the taxi counter. Don't talk with anyone trying to sell you help. It's a TIMESHARE scam.
I won't overly gush as many have, but the rooms are a 10. The view is an 11. This place has everything but a beach. The staff is always available but out of sight, making the place even more quaint and serene.
Quick shout outs to Cruz for always helping us out as we come and go.
Lucy and Fego for making our lobby experience comfortable and welcoming
Frank and Enrique and Jose Juan for attending to every need around the pool.
Security staff was always on it and I really felt safe here.
Seriously, no one is perfect but Cala goes above and beyond to rectify any small issues that may come up.
The gym gets a 4/5 just because it wasn't cold enough in there. Maybe a 2nd AC unit would do wonders but we're really nit picking here.
Lastly, they just provide tons of little amenities everywhere, from a hat and bag in the room, to nightly treats and cool down nibbles by the pool, you really feel you are at a top class place. Well done everyone!
We came to Cala de Mar just for one night as we were moving the next day with our family to a beach house.
The hotel is absolutely amazing, beautiful, like breathtaking beautiful!!!
Service its amazing, all the staff is really nice and at your service!!!
The room to die for, amazing view, beautiful pool in the room, comfortable.
The hotel doesnt have check out time, you can leave whenever you desire OMG, HUGE plus!
BUT...the food is awful! My husband and I are foodies, we really enjoy good food. And for a hotel this category you would expect nothing but amazing food...and it was just below average and expensive! It was just really bla! The in room service menu was really limited, the food was not nice. Breakfast was just ok! We has 3 meals in total...non of them was nice! This for us is crucial!!!!!
We booked this trip last minute, not knowing it was the low season. It turned out to be an amazing experience. The attention to detail is beyond exceptional! Definitely on my list of places to return to!