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
Cala de Mar. Probably the most peaceful time we have spent away anywhere. Very private suites with lovely plunge pools overlooking the ocean and rocks. Completely cut off in your own personal castle. The beds are large for kingsize. I have kingsize at home. Lovely pillow top mattress, soft but firm. Firm I like. Good pillows. Air-conditioning excellent. Can make it crispy cold if you want. Which I do. Sleep under a duvet in summer. You can watch the ocean from your bed. See birds flying overhead. Fish eagles, pelicans, seagulls etc And you hear the waves crashing all night. Spectacular. Bathroom spacious. Lovely heavy wood shuttered doors and windows. Lovely tropical plants. Spacious resort for such a small resort, makes for lovely walks. Two lovely spacious pools. Water in pools pristine clean and warm. The private plunge pool in your suite is also kept perfectly clean and is warm. Downside is gym is not well equipped, did not seem air conditioned. Needs some sort of multi station for resistance training. That is a very small investment I highly recommend. Need advice ask me. Only has a few light dumbbells and a few pieces of cardio. No big deal, we simply did not train. No beach of its own, only a rocky ledge. You need to take a cab to the nearest beach. The beaches in this area can not compare to those of Yucatan. They are all public. Not white sand. And are not pristine. I would not come to this area for the beach. The area however has its own natural hillside beauty. And Ixtapa is a small quiet town that is clean, beautiful and easy to navigate by foot. No haute couture shopping. It is a far more rustic area. But big plus quiet pretty little town. Bigger plus people are among the very friendliest and most welcoming anywhere. Taxi fairs are very cheap, less than half that of Playa del Carmen, and so is everything else. Be aware. For the most part people only speak spanish.
We were compted (free) our breakfast. Made to order. Of high quality and very good variety. Large. Tasty. To our room if we wished. Sat on patio looking at the ocean and watching the birds fly overhead. Seeing the charter boats in the far distance. And the small rock islands offshore. Fishing in this area is world class. Supper was fresh fish you hand selected and were made to order to your taste. High quality. Pricing reasonable for quality. $29 for fish with sides. Glass of wine $12 to $16. All dollars US. The restaurants sits on the rocks with the sea crashing against the rocks. Candles. Romantic. Exceptional. Well worth it. It is this retreat style that draws us to come back repeatedly. Complete cut off in our own castle. As well as the exceptional standard of service. I needed pants washed and ironed. I had them back within one hour! In perfect condition. Nothing is too much to expect from the staff. With a smile.
I became sick one night (nothing to do with my stay in Mexico) and needed to go to hospital. Nadia Solario from the hotel staff came to the hospital to make sure I received everything I needed. They hotel litterally managed the situation on my behalf. The hospital is tiny. Seems outdated but the staff are excellent. Again very personal interest and loving and very high level of medical knowledge and training. I have repeatedly been impressed with the high level of medical expertise in Mexico.
Bottom line we will be back to completely cut off from the world in luxury. Loved it and will miss it dearly.
My wife and I travelled to this resort 4/12 - 4/15 and experienced nothing short of an incredible experience. The service was exceptional, resort was gorgeous (an understatement) and the food was delicious! We speak absolutely no conversational Spanish and to our delight found that all of the staff members spoke excellent English.
I've never stayed in a more memorable room in my entire life. I could endlessly gush over the view, the massive stone walled bathroom, the comfortable bed, the private balcony infinity pool...
Do yourself a favor and book a vacation here. 10/10. We'll never forget our time at Cala de Mar. Thank you!!!!!
ps. We felt completely safe from the moment we landed in Zihuatanejo airport until we left.
beautiful from beginning to the end, cannot wait to go back and see our new friends, we loved the personal assistance you would expect from a "boutique" hotel, all around great!! Everyone goes out of their way to make sure you have the best vacation experience.
This is a beautiful hotel, with an excelent service and beautiful rooms. Food is delicious, everything was perfect. I would highly recommend this hotel for a weekend getaway, for relaxation. The pools are also beautiful and as I mentioned the service in all the hotel is magnificent. They also have a Spa with great services.
Very nice overall. Exceptional service from all the crew. Amazing views and delicious food. Minor details with room maintenance. Great for couples. Resort has no beach but is very close to playa Linda. Just 7 min from Ixtapa.