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
My husband an I were at Cala de Mar last year and loved it so much we decided to stay 2 weeks this year.
If your looking to refresh, rekindle and relax this is a perfect setting.
The rooms each have a comfortable deck and a plunge pool which offer you the opportunity to enjoy your room not just sleep in it. We spent hours reading, playing cards and soaking up the sun and the view.
We are awe inspired by the level of service offered by all the staff. They are always friendly, accomdating and offer the customer service like no other hotel we have stayed in.
We rented a car this trip so we could further explore all the wonderful beaches and sites. It also enabled us to try the cuisine in Zihu and Ixtapa at our leisure.
We enjoyed the evening beer , pico de gala, guacamole and chips. I'm not much of a beer drinker however the library provides coffee and sweets in the morning,juice during the day and coffee in the evening. Truly a great way to enjoy the library or take your drink back to your room.
We ate brunch almost everyday on the restaurant not only is it delicious we saw both dolphins and whales from our table.
If you are looking for buffets, crowded pools and loud music any of the hotels in Ixtapa will serve your purpose however if you are looking for truly " an experience "stay at Cala de Mar,
Special thanks to all the staff we found to go beyond our expectations for our customer service experience.
Lucy,Fego, Francisco,Cruz,Leo,Antonio,Nadia,Jorge,Carlos, Frank, Cabo.Maria
Great room and service but expensive for the area. Would have preferred a beach at the property instead of having to take taxis to public beaches. The resort is far from other areas of interest and should have a free shuttle for guests.
Beautiful resort with lovely suites, totally private decks and plunge pools on each deck. Spectacular views. Best meals that we had on our vacation. Service was wonderful. Very quiet. The best place to unwind, reconnect with each other and regroup from a hectic life. Don't expect nightlife, unless you take the short ride into Ixtapa.
what a paradise
the most amazing thing about this hotel is the kindness of the staff, they are so nice its incredible, they will do everything for their guests
too bad there is no swimmable beach, you need a cab to go to nearby beaches, they have a beach at bottom of hotel not swimmable cause of rocks, they should build a swimming acces for guests
food is good
loved the seaside market restaurant but its too repetitive always same fishes
they lack a great restaurant with gastronomic meals like other boutique hotels
food prices on expensive side
but overall its an amazing hotel with gorgeous views beautiful infinity pool
we even saw whales and dolphins from hotel
but again amazed at the kindness of their staff
My wife and I just spent a relaxing week at Cala de Mar - first time for us to the Ixtapa area. The location is carved out of the rocky cliffs overlooking the Pacific and some volcanic islands with a sunny Southwestern exposure. Our room with splash pool was very much like the one pictured in the resort's promotional photograph. With a limited number of rooms the atmosphere was quiet and the cheerful, courteous staff attentive to our needs. There are 3 - 4 restaurants on site - a breakfast and lunch location near the main pool, an evening tapas bar and restaurant, a seafood cook-to-order location and a high-end restaurant (about USD$65 per person). We ate primarily at the pool restaurant (we had breakfast included in our stay) and the tapas restaurant. The other two restaurants seemed overpriced for our taste. There are spa and exercise facilities which we did not use though you can walk along paths outside of the resort.
Some features to take note:
- Taxis to and from the Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo airport average about USD$55 one way while local trips to the two local towns are USD$7 - $10 one way. The nearest local public beach is Playa Linda and walkable (or USD$5 one way by cab).
- We did not afternoon trip to Ziahua (local take) and one to Ixtapa for shopping and trying local restaurants, neither of which was particularly satisfying. If you have seen "Shawshank Redemption", you will recognize the beach with fishing boats from the ending scene in Zihua. The sellers at the public markets are very persistent and the stores have familiar brands. The two restaurants we tried were on impulse. Might have done better with more selective choices though reservations are required. Food was better at Cala de Mar.
- Playa Linda is a public beach with a short ferry trip to an island (we did not go). The beach is well used and the dining options are what you'd expect - very casual and homespun.
- Cala de Mar could add more dining options to their poolside and tapas menus (breakfast and lunch can easily run from USD$45 - $60). Best to get a breakfast included plan.
- Since it's exposed to the elements, Cala de Mar works hard to maintain its facilities but don't be surprised by wear in some places. Nothing alarming the they are continually addressing.
Bottomline: well worth the trip to enjoy such a scenic and self-indulgent location with some of the best staff we have ever had the pleasure of meeting!