Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa
Cliffside Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa is one of Mexico’s most spectacular hotels, sculpted into a red cliff above the ocean. From the Pacific breeze carrying the citrus fragrance through the open-air lobby to the four specialty restaurants and heated plunge pools in all guestrooms, it is a slice of paradise. Indulge in Aztec-inspired treatments at the sensuous Spa El Capricho, watch dolphins from a secluded cliff-side terrace, and enjoy cold beer with fresh guacamole and chips brought to your suite daily. No wonder this AAA Four Diamond oasis was named one of Travel + Leisure’s Top 100 Hotels in the World in 2018 and 2019.
- 59 suites each feature an ocean-facing private terrace and heated plunge pool
- Savor fresh, local seafood on The Seafood Market's ocean-view terrace, or choose seasonal fine dining at A Mares Restaurant
- Indulge in an Aztec-inspired treatment with local herbs at Spa El Capricho in tranquil treatment rooms overlooking the ocean
- Ride the scenic coastal route to the resort city of Ixtapa from a complementary bicycle
- Take yoga classes on the outdoor deck, or play golf on nearby Palma Real Golf Course
- Book local transport, activities, and more through a dedicated Personal Assistant
- Learn the secrets of Mexican cuisine with a private culinary experience, including market shopping and one-on-one tuition from hotel chefs
Surrounded by tropical forest and sculpted into the red cliff face, Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa effortlessly fuses the modern and the traditional. Its thatched adobe cottages are interwoven with palm-lined cobbled walkways, giving an authentic village feel — and framing magnificent views of the Pacific at every turn.
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You are guaranteed a perfect sea view from each of the 59 suites at Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa. Sunbathe on your terrace with a daily tray of complimentary guacamole, pico de gallo, chips, and cold beer — delivered to your room at 5 p.m. — or dip into your private infinity plunge pool. Inside, cool lemon walls accent the handcrafted furniture and hints of contemporary Mexican design, created by wooden shutters, woven seating, and signature wall art.
The amazing views from the library and business center make reading and keeping up with work a pleasure. Your Personal Assistant is dedicated to creating a vacation crafted around you, whether that means arranging bespoke excursions, setting up tee times, or creating an idyllic romantic meal on the shores of the Pacific.
Choose The Seafood Market for the freshest catch of the day or A Mares for fine dining interpretations of pasta and steakhouse dishes. For casual food and drinks, dine at poolside Las Rocas or discover the Terrace Bar’s Pacific view at sunset.
The Seafood Market – Local fishermen deliver their daily catch to The Seafood Market, so you can enjoy the freshest of fish, expertly grilled over aromatic charcoal and then presented with your choice of sides and sauces. Sit back with a cool drink and look out over the ocean, lulled by the sound of the waves below.
A Mares Restaurant – This fine dining restaurant reinvents steakhouse and pasta dishes using fresh seasonal ingredients. Soft lighting and views along the Pacific coastline create a romantic setting, while large windows look out over the ocean.
Las Rocas – Start your day poolside at Las Rocas with a classic Mexican breakfast of chilaquiles – lightly fried corn tortillas gently simmered in salsa and served with cheese, eggs, or beans. At Las Rocas, International and Mexican food is served all day and into the night, framed by the sail-inspired terrace drapes and vivid-pink bougainvillea.
Terrace Bar – At The Terrace Bar, dine on modern tapas and fresh ceviche, sushi, and sashimi while toasting the sun’s slow descent. The warm Mexican evenings are the perfect time to try a tequila from the bar’s Tequila Room, home to 65 of the region’s best 100-percent agave single-barrel and Anejo tequilas.
Bespoke Dining – For an unforgettable private dining experience, ask your Personal Assistant to arrange a romantic meal in your suite or in the grounds.
Start with a workout in Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa's well-equipped gym, or a dip in one of two outdoor pools. Then head to the Cala de Mar Library for a morning coffee and a pastry, surrounded by books by Mexican and international authors. Speak to your Personal Assistant about your activity options — go out on a dolphin-watching cruise, or track migrating whales between December and March. Charter a boat for a deep sea fishing expedition, or go beneath the waves with one of the resort's PADI-certified scuba instructors. For land adventures, go horse riding or on a shopping orientation to the boutiques and markets of modern Ixtapa and traditional Zihuatanejo. Later, relax with a treatment at the award-winning Spa el Capricho, with open-air massage rooms, traditional healing techniques, and sweet-sounding chimes.
Beyond the hotel, play golf at one of several nearby courses, including a Robert Trent Jones Jr. layout on an old coconut plantation, and a dunes-style course by Robert von Hagge. You can also explore independently — pack a picnic on your complimentary bike to the winding paths through the surrounding ecological and wildlife reserve. You could also journey to the nearby white-sand beaches of Quieta, Cocodrilario, Linda, Sacrificio and Coral Beach, where you can sunbathe, scuba, sail, or snorkel. Ask your Personal Assistant to arrange a sunset cruise — the perfect prelude to cocktails at the Terrace Bar and a romantic dinner at A Mares Restaurant.
Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa
From Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa, the charming shops, delightful restaurants, and impressive golf courses of downtown Ixtapa are a short taxi or bike ride away. Mexico’s beautiful Pacific Coastal Highway runs just east of Ixtapa, traveling to the Guatemalan border.
The nearest airport is Carretera Nacional a Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, 14 mi / 23 km from the hotel.