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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

Unforgettable!
FunFoodieVancouver

The location, the view, the food, the staff, I can't say enough about this place.
The personalized service was top notch and the food was so fresh, tasty and well presented. Outstanding! If you have an opportunity to experience this place, do it!

Cala de Mar Ixtapa - Excellent
pfrost168

Wonderful, stunning, quiet, intimate hotel. Perfect place for a couples retreat and rejuvenation. Excellent personal service from everyone at the resort. Food at all restaurants was excellent. The rooms are fabulous with infinity plunge pools overlooking the pacific, along with the main pools as well. Truly a stunning environment. Thank you to everyone at Cala de Mar for making our stay so memorable!

Amazing Place & Great Service!
araz k

My husband and I went to Cala de Mar to celebrate my 40th Birthday. As soon as we entered to Cala de Mar, we were greeted with the hotel staff and guided to the front desk. At the front desk, Lucy helped us and she took us to our room. Lucy explained about the live music that night, restaurants/food, pools and etc.
Upon entering our room, our bed was decorated with nice flowers for my birthday. Each room has a view to the ocean and room door opens to a patio with a plunge pool. Very nice and clean room with a nice view, small mini refrigerator which includes water, juice and a coffee maker. There was a welcoming note from the General Manager for us. Everyday at 5:00 pm they bring you beer and fresh guacamole with pita. The infinity pool is very nice, quiet and relaxing just to enjoy the view, birds and nature. There are two pools in the property beside the plunge pool in every room. Staff are very nice, professional, and very helpful. Nadia and Fego helped us at the personal assistant section for some tours and dinner places.
Not to forget about the library. They have a very nice, quiet, clean and cozy library with a laptop and printer that you can use. Also, they offer coffee, cookies and juices every day for their guest so you can enjoy coming back to the hotel from heat to the cool library and enjoying drink and cookies.

There are couple restaurants at the property which we tried the Seafood Market, Terrace Bar and A Mares Restaurant. Food is really great there and I loved the sushi, sliders, ice cream (at the Terrace bar) Lobster Pasta (at A Mares) and Fish Taco (by the poolside). Overall, great experience and staff, nice location (close to Playa Linda, Iguanas and Crocodiles), and clean rooms with a nice view.
You will not get disappointed to visit this place but remember that there is not a lot to do around Ixtapa and/or Zihuantanejo. Just stay at Cala de Mar and enjoy the pool, view, food and relax.