Sipping a snifter of premium Clase Azul tequila on the porch
There’s a constant sound of crashing waves
Local architect Enrique Zozaya used a puro mexicano style to showcase the tropical landscape
Opening glass doors turns suites into outdoor salas, complete with hammocks
What To Know
Suites are spacious, ranging from 900 to 2,000 square feet, and all have air conditioning
The hotel is big on romance and relaxation
Free WiFi in the public spaces
Guests must be 12 and over
Parking on site
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Boutique beach sleep on Mexico’s Pacific coast with a poolside bar and waterfront restaurant
A dirt road leads south from the once sleepy village of Zihuatanejo (or Zihua, as it’s known to locals) on Mexico’s Pacific coast to a riotous jungle of flowers and coconut palms that shade the aptly named Las Palmas, an intimate and secluded hotel fronting a nine-mile beach. Local architect Enrique Zozaya, who designed many of the region’s top hotels, used a puro mexicano style to showcase the tropical landscape. A peaked, thatch-roofed building houses an open-air lobby that frames blue-on-blue views of the sky and the sea. Exposed wood beams and slatted branch walls stand out against softly illuminated arches and spiral stairways reminiscent of a handsome hacienda. All of the 20 white-on-white guestrooms have yellow accents and unique touches, from the penthouse’s full-size pool to the second-story rooms’ Juliet balconies. Opening glass doors turns suites into outdoor salas, with hammocks that swing in the sea breeze. Palapas shade the curving poolside bar and the waterfront restaurant, which has Spanish colonial–style leather Equipale chairs and a menu that changes daily. (Come dinnertime, at least four dishes are offered, such as tuna with chile poblano sauce.)
In the Area
See macaws, iguanas, hummingbirds and butterflies at El Refugio wildlife conservation park, which has a sky-high observation tower, or watch fishermen pull their pangas onto the sand along Zihuatanejo’s Paseo del Pescador while nursing a beer with lime in a salt-rimmed glass at a seaside café. If shopping’s your thing, check out the rare tequilas, fanciful coconut masks and hand-crafted silver jewelry sold at the shops of downtown Zihuatanejo before visiting the shoemakers by the Mercado Municipal; they weave leather strips of all colors into handmade huaraches designed with your feet in mind.