My wife and I stayed a Villa Guadalupe for our honeymoon. We came across their website while looking for a boutique hotel in Zihuatanejo. It turned out to be the perfect place for us. It was so wonderful that we extended our stay to 10 days. August was a great month to go. With the exception of two days, we had the entire villa to ourselves. The tourists from the area were largely Mexican, particularly families because it was the week before school resumed. We saw very few foreign tourists and we enjoyed that.
The staff are by far the greatest asset to this hotel. We have never before had such knowledgeable, attentive and caring staff. Daniel, the hotel manager, went above and beyond his duties to ensure that we had the best experience possible. At one point, I got really sick and Daniel had some of the staff go to a supermarket to get us gatorade. He even went so far as to lend us his personal DVD player and some dvd's for a few days because the satellite TV was down. I doubt most hotel managers would do that for their guests.
We stayed in the Lilia Candelaria suite, the biggest of the three suites. The room was breathtaking. When we first arrived, there were flower petals on the bed and table. The local art was beautiful. The terrace looked out over the bay and was very private. Butterflies would often visit us. We would sleep with only the screen doors closed so we could feel the breeze and hear the waves crashing on the rocks below. The washroom area was as big as the bedroom, with giant windows and a large dressing area. There's a very spacious shower with two showerheads as well. Another unique feature was the water feature in the washroom that was actually a part of the hillside. A grate was open to the sky so when it rained, it would create a mini waterfall in our room.
The hotel is very beautiful with unique local art and architecture. There's a small but beautiful infinity pool that overlooks the bay. We would have breakfast every morning on that same terrace. The food was wonderful consisting of delicious fresh fruit, baked goods and yogurt with granola. On our first day we ordered a couples massage that was also on that terrace. If we had to pick one thing that we liked least, it was the quality of the massages.
Villa Guadalupe is in a fantastic location. It's only a 10 minute walk to downtown and is only 5 minutes to Playa La Ropa and probably about 8 minutes to Playa La Madera.
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We had wonderful private meals at Espuma, located above the hotel, and its sister restaurant up the hill, Tentaciones. Both offered breathtaking sunset views and wonderful fusion fare. Try La Sirena Gorda by the dock for some wonderful fish soup and fish tacos. Definitely take a day trip to Las Gatas. It's only a short and inexpensive ferry ride away. Along Playa La Ropa, you can rent a hanging daybed for the day. It also allows you to make use of their pools and ping pong table. On Sundays there's a cultural festival in the town's main square with food vendors, performances, games and all sorts of stuff. There is also a large market where you can shop for a variety of things. We rented boogie boards to ride some waves at Playa La Ropa. We wanted to go parasailing but the conditions were too windy.
Villa Guadalupe had an agreement with another hotel, Las Palmas, on the coast, where we spent a night. That hotel was also beautiful and secluded with great service. We couldn't swim in the ocean because the tide was too strong but we did bike into a small town, where we had the best red snapper of our trip at a restaurant on the beach.
Without a doubt, on of the best vacations we've ever been on. An ideal location for a honeymoon if you want to relax with your honey in a private place surrounded by beauty and an exceptional staff. Thanks to Daniel and the entire staff for giving us the most incredible honeymoon.
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- In this small cozy fishing village of Zihuatanejo is where you´ll find our quiet but unique panoramic hotel perched exactly above Zihuatanejo cliffs completly surrounded by the Mexican Pacific Ocean ... more less
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