Arriving at Aura Del Mara from LA via Mexico City it was great to be checked-in and settled in our room within minutes of arriving. The service throughout our stay was fantastic, beginning with being addressed by name the moment I walked into the lobby to check in. Okay we were the only ones checking in that afternoon so of course they were expecting us but it was still a nice thought. Nothing was a problem for them the entire week of our stay. The hotel, restaurant and bars are well-staffed and always there for you without being intrusive.
We had the 2bdr Zihuatlan Suite, which was very comfortable, each bedroom was spacious, airy and with a private hot tub. A common area had the small but totally functional kitchen and outdoor sitting. A nice little shop across the street sells all the goodies needed to fill the fridge and stock with snacks. There are great markets in town if you are staying awhile and wish to cook for yourself, we chose the indulgence of the many great restaurants. Air-con and ceiling fans in each room and ceiling fans in the outdoor areas. This suite is on a lower level but still with gorgeous bay views. However the views definitely improve with elevation up the hill. Like many Zihua hotels Aura Del Mar is on the side of a steep hill (thus the views!) and steps are involved in negotiating the grounds. We found them no problem, nor the one hill to ascend when walking back from town, but we usually took the waterfront path into town and avoided the hill (but did require steps back up to the hotel).
Playa la Madera fronts the hotel and the hotel maintains a small private palapa-covered zone as well. The beach is small and far less crowded than Playa la Ropa around the corner. Being in a bay the waves are small and swimming is easy in the very warm waters.
The Bistro Del Mar restaurant at beach level served up some of the best seafood meals we had anywhere in Zihua. The setting and service were first rate and a decent wine list complimented the meals. Most nights Martin looked after us and he was outstanding. We also spent several evenings in the hotel bars before going out elsewhere for dinner and especially enjoyed the beach side bar although the upper deck near the hotel lobby had fantastic views over the bay. Breakfast was included in our deal and although a sparse set menu selection it was good quality and plenty to start the day. A full menu selection is also available.
The grounds are well covered in beautiful tropical vegetation which, together with staying towards the end of the wet season, meant mosquitos. Definitely bring a good repellent (they have spray available for use if you ask, and was offered to us several evenings without asking). Mosquito nets for the beds might be a good idea but I kind of understand them not providing them as in general I don’t like the confined feeling when using them. The mosquitos are the only negative of our stay but are not a problem exclusive to or due to the hotel and realistically should be expected (still a nuisance).
The hotel and restaurant are somewhat expensive for Playa la Madera but to a large degree you get what you pay for and we found everything well worth the price. A completely enjoyable stay and I would love to return to Aura Del Mar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aura del Mar is a boutique-hotel in a Mexican fishing village, known for its hospitality and privacy. It's the perfect choice to get to know Zihuatanejo, relax and enjoy the sea. We offer a privileged location at the seashore in La Madera beach. Walking distance to downtown Zihua. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brisas Del Mar Zihuatanejo
- Hotel Brisas Del Mar