Kiwi Insider Karen Mumby was recently invited along with 10 other travel agents by Mexicana Airlines, Mexican Tourism Board and Total Vacations to go on a “Familiarization Trip” to experience a combination of Colonial Mexico with a couple of days of relaxing at the beach. She stayed in several hotels in Mexico during her trip, including the resort Loma Del Mar.
Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is part of the beautiful Pacific beaches of Mexico. Known as the Golden Pacific the twin destinations offer two completely different places and lifestyles. But both feature azure beach water, premier resort areas, old-world cobblestone streets and village charm.
Ixtapa has ten pristine beaches along a 12-mile Pacific Coast stretch of beach and offers a variety of water activities such as deep-sea fishing, snorkeling and para sailing as well as golfing and hiking.
Zihuatanejo is home to five beaches and is located five miles south of Ixtapa. Zihautanejo has a village-like feel and beautiful views of the Sierra foothills encircling the bay. Take a stroll along the Paseo del Pescador, the waterfront walkway that serves as Zihua’s (as the locals say it) city center. Playa las Gatas beach was originally a bathing resort of the Tarascans and is named for the small whiskered nurse sharks indigenous to the area.
During our trip here, we stayed at the beautiful resort Loma del Mar.
Terraced on a forested hillside (loma) above Ixtapa, sixteen luxurious suites of the privately owned Loma del Mar Resort Hotel overlook the property’s gardens, waterfalls, swimming pools with lounge areas, palapa-topped bar and restaurant, and the adjacent Palm Real Golf Course and nature reserve.
The resort hotel has been transformed into a premier Thalasso Spa and Wellness Centre. It was designed in collaboration with one of Europe’s longest-established and most prestigious wellness spas with a concept engineered specifically for Loma del Mar. Their Wellness programs were created and supervised by eminent European medical spa director Jose Luis Guijarro, Doctor of Endorcrinology and Nutrition. They offer a selection of 1,7, or 14 days stay focusing on biological revitalization: rejuvenation, toxin cleansing, antiaging and anti-stress therapies, exercise and toning, beauty treatments and a delicious customized diet menu. The centerpiece of the extensive wellness spa facilities is the thalasso therapy seawater swimming pool.
At Loma del Mar it truly is all about you. From the time you check in to the time you check out. Upon our arrival the staff greeted us with a refreshing coconut drink (served in the coconut).
After a bit of relaxation by the pool we had a scrumptious lunch poolside at Luna de Shiva. The restaurant is canopied by lofty rustic palapa with an extraordinary ceiling crystal chandelier that reflects in the swimming pool. White linen tablecloths, Asian statuary and a backdrop of lush gardens add to the airy atmosphere. From here you can observe happy or not so happy golfers playing the 14th hole of Ixtapa’s Palmar Golf Course which is adjacent to the hotel.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served with continuous service throughout the day. The chef creates innovative continental cuisine featuring choice meats or catch-of-the-day fish and shellfish. He also proves his expertise with authentic high Mexican cuisine, and he creates endearing deserts. A must is the Guacamole which is made fresh by the table.
Before dinner we went on a sunset cruise aboard The Calypso, an ocean going 40” double mast sailboat. We were serenaded with romantic music as we watched the sun dip into the sea. Dinner was at the Loma del Mar’s La Pampa. The restaurant is perched atop a 220-foot vertical cliff with breathtaking views of Ixtapa’s coastline. La Pampa specializes in choice cuts of prime beef, Argentine style, as well as fresh local seafood, prepared superbly by the Chef. Their sommelier pairs prestigious imported wines with your meal. Open for dinner (except Mondays), this cozy and casually sophisticated restaurant is known for romantic sunsets and candlelight dinners. Reservations are recommended.
Both restaurants serve food made with impeccably fresh ingredients, including tropical fruits and natural herbs and spices grown in the hotel’s own orchard. Loma del Mar chefs, kitchen staffs and waiters have recently completed an intensive course in the Science and Technology of Nutrition and Diet conducted by Maria Jose Moreno Navarro, accredited in pharmacology and dietary technology, and a well-known authority and TV personality in Spain.
Our last dinner was at Villa De La Silva which is a must. We were greeted by General Manager Oscar Teuffer and his staff. As their website says “Nature looked after the view so we could look after you” … and they certainly look after you…the views are spectacular, the food absolutely delicious and service is impeccable.
At Villa De La Selva Restaurant all elements together like our beautiful bay view, attention to detail, relaxing surroundings and recognized kitchen, make Villa de la Selva the most romantic spot in Ixtapa. The restaurant offers a variety of terraces for your choice, all overlooking the sea; accompanied by the beautiful vegetation on the valleys, exquisite menu choices, innovative décor and top service to make your night unforgettable.
My last day I booked the “Cleopatra Treatment” combined with their chocolate and gold wrap. A chocolate lovers dream…not only does it smell great but is very beneficial for your skin and won’t ruin the diet. My experience started with an exfoliation treatment of the skin with Sea Salt and Essential oils, rubbed down with warm chocolate, wrapped up tight, then washed down before retreating to the outdoor claw-foot bathtub filled with milk and sprinkled with flowers. The treatment ended with a wonderful deep tissue massage. Perfect ending to a perfect experience!
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