Despite the negative press about traveling to Mexico lately on the swine flu, it’s is still a very safe and enjoyable place to travel. This is why Kiwi Collection is running a series about the safest places to stay in Mexico. Part two of the series will focus on beach hotels along Mexico’s Pacific Coast: in the Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa and Cabos areas.
Puerto Vallarta is found on Mexico’s Pacific Coast in the state of Jalisco. It’s a famous resort destination, known for its old-Mexico charm, pristine beaches, marine life, the Sierra Madre Mountains, fabulous restaurants and culture. This area is home to two luxury resorts in the Kiwi Collection: El Careyes Beach Resort and Las Alamandas.
El Careyes is nestled in a secluded cove on the Pacific Ocean. With only 51 suites, the atmosphere at this boutique hotel is calm and tranquil. The bold palette of terracotta tones blends well with the blues and greens of the natural ocean-side setting of this beach resort. Take in a swim at the resort’s freeform swimming pool, or enjoy a meal (or a pre-evening drink) outside in the warm sunshine at the Lantana bar. Be sure to go to the Spa at El Careyes (right off of the resort’s private beach area) for a relaxing spa treatment during your stay!
Las Alamandas Resort is similarly tranquil, but is much smaller (only 14 rooms). This boutique hotel is located on a secluded beach surrounded by lush gardens and plants. This is the best resort if you’re looking for peace, tranquility and relaxation. The rooms are decorated in jewel-like colours with fabrics and crafts from all over Mexico. You will definitely love the restaurant, which serves fresh, healthy cuisine, and fine wines and liquors. We profiled Las Alamandas last year on the Jetsetter.
Ixtapa is a coconut plantation turned tourist resort! On a stretch of Mexico’s most beautiful coastline, it’s a major stop for many cruise lines and is known for is excellent beaches. Capella Ixtapa is a fabulous luxury resort in our collection, located in Ixtapa.
Capella Ixtapa is perfect for honeymoons or if you’re in the mood for a spa vacation. Set inside a rock cliff, this Mexico hotel overlooks the gorgeous blue Pacific Ocean. There are 59 rooms at Capella Ixtapa, and each are sophisticated and modern with polished hardwood floors, marble and handmade clay ornaments. All rooms face the Ocean so you can enjoy the view from your own private terrace. We suggest that you take in a perfect margarita at the tequila bar!
Los Cabos is found at the very southernmost point in the Baja California peninsula. Well known for his clean, beautiful beaches, it’s the second largest community in the state of Baja California Sur. It’s famous for its high-end holiday accommodations as many resorts and timeshare clubs call this area home.
Casa Dorada Los Cabos has 185 suites. All one, two and three bedrooms (as well as magnificent penthouses) are well designed and feature private terraces with stunning ocean views. You’ll love the spacious marble bathrooms that are equipped with Jacuzzi tubs. All of the resort’s restaurants offer a unique atmosphere, while sharing great views of the water.
Casa del Mar Suites, Golf & Spa Resort’s graceful arches, cobbled courtyards, tiled fountains and tropical gardens make for a stunningly romantic atmosphere. This 31-suite boutique hotel is a true sancturary, feeling like a traditional hacienda. Rooms feature spacious suite with Jacuzzi tubs, Mexican artwork, teak furniture and private terraces with amazing ocean views. Be sure to spend time at the resort’s Spa, Suenos del Mar, to get a Mexican Hot Stone Massage.
Read part one of the series, profiling hotels in the Mayan Riviera.