6 Reasons You Should Visit Capella Ixtapa and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

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At Capella Ixtapa we recently celebrated our 6th anniversary.  I still remember the day when we opened the resort, and can’t believe the time has passed by so quickly.  In these 6 years we have met many wonderful people from all over the world, and created many beautiful memories and friendships.  If you haven’t visited us yet at Capella Ixtapa and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, here are 6 reasons why you should plan your visit soon:

1. Relax & Recharge

Our guests like to say that their stay at Capella Ixtapa was the most relaxing they have ever experienced.  And they are right.  Capella Ixtapa is perched upon a cliff facing a beautiful small bay.  The secluded location ensures you have all the privacy and tranquility, and our spa and culinary team will help you relax and recharge.

2. Romance

Capella Ixtapa has been named one of the most romantic resorts in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico and world-wide.  Many couples who decide to visit Capella Ixtapa for their wedding celebration, honeymoon, or just a romantic escape, discover that those titles are well earned.

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3. All You Need is in Your Suite

And why we claim to be so romantic?  Because each of 59 suites at Capella Ixtapa has it’s own private pool and a cozy terrace, and from both you can enjoy blue Pacific Ocean views and marvellous sunrises and sunsets.  Indeed, all you need is in your suite and our room service is delicious, so if you want to spend you vacation sequestered in your room you can!

4. World’s Best Cuisine

Mexico has without a doubt some of the world’s best and most diverse cuisines.  Our Chef Miguel Baltazar has been named among the Top Chefs in Mexico, and he loves creating dishes that are based on Mexican tradition, while giving them a contemporary twist.  We are not forgetting about the classics, of course: every day at 5 pm, your complimentary treat of freshly made guacamole, salsa, tortilla chips and beers is waiting for you in your suite.

5. Nature

We are truly fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful areas of Mexico.  Lush nature, stunning landscapes, amazing flora and fauna, sunsets in all shades of hues from yellow to dark purple, and many gorgeous beaches are just another reason visiting Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is truly a must.

6. People

Mexicans are famous for their friendly nature, big warm smiles and open hearts.  Our staff and people of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo are looking forward to welcoming you to our small piece of paradise.

For more information on Capella Ixtapa, our accommodations and amenities, and reservations, please visit our website www.capellaixtapa.com

Kayaking in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

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Every time summer comes to town, I start humming that popular Ella Fitzgerald song “Summertime and the living is easy…”  Even though in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo we have a fantastic warm weather all year long, and every day looks like a vacations, summer is still summer…  It’s the time of vacations when I go to visit my friends and family, and when they come to visiting me in Ixtapa, and the time everything just feels a little bit more relaxed.

July temperatures in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo average around 90 F, which make it a perfect excuse to spend most of my free time in the ocean or at the pool.  During my days off work I love visiting our local beaches, and I have recently discovered my new favorite summer activity – kayaking.  I love kayaking solo, but kayaking in tandem is so much fun as well!

And while you can kayak in many of our Ixtapa Zihuatanejo beaches, my favorite spot for kayaking is at the lagoon at Barra de Potosí, a large salt water lagoon located about half an hour south of Zihuatanejo.  Here you can hire a guided tour, or kayak on your own.  The flora and fauna at the lagoon is amazing, you can admire unique aquatic birds, and paddle gently among beautiful tropical mangroves.  Don’t forget your waterproof camera, binoculars, sunscreen and a hat.

After the kayaking tour we love to enjoy fresh seafood at some of the beachfront restaurants at Barra de Potosí, and sip cold cocktails while relaxing in the hammock.  Barra de Potosí is a small fishing village with around 150 families, who all live work in the fishing industry- therefore you can be certain that the fish you will be enjoying is as fresh as it gets.  I love listening to the stories of fishermen, and it is probably just one reason more that makes me come for a kayaking tour to this pristine little village so often.

My second favorite kayaking spot is at Ixtapa Island.  I visit it when I don’t have a lot of time for my kayaking excursion.  It is a perfect place for kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, or just enjoying a relaxing beach day.

For more information about kayaking in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and for organized tours, please contact your Capella Ixtapa Personal Assistant here.

Photo via Flickr user Loxy.

Disfrutando del kayak en Ixtapa Zihuatanejo 

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Cada vez que llega el verano, comienzo a tararear aquella popular canción de la inmortal Ella Fitzgerald “Summertime and the living is easy…” (“Es tiempo de verano y la vida es fácil…”).  A pesar de que en Ixtapa Zihuatanejo tenemos una fantástica temperatura templada durante todo el año, y todos los días son días de vacaciones, el verano sigue siendo el verano…  Es el tiempo de tomarse vacaciones, de visitar a amigos y familia, y también cuando vienen a visitarme en Ixtapa, y la temporada donde todo parece un poco más relajado.

Las temperaturas de Julio en Ixtapa Zihuatanejo están en un promedio de 32º C, lo cual lo hace una excusa perfecta para pasar la mayor parte de mi tiempo libre en el océano o en la alberca.  En mis días de descanso me encanta visitar nuestras playas locales, y recientemente he descubierto mi nueva actividad favorita del verano, hacer kayak.  Me encanta hacerlo sola, pero en tandem (2 personas un solo kayak) ¡también es muy divertido!

Aunque se puede realizar kayak en muchas de las playas de Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, mi lugar favorito es la laguna de Barra de Potosí, una gran laguna de agua salada ubicada a media hora de Zihuatanejo.  Aquí puedes tener un tour guiado o simplemente realizarlo por tu mismo.  La flora y fauna de la laguna es sorprendente, puedes admirar especies únicas de aves acuáticas, y tranquilamente remar entre hermosos manglares tropicales.  No se te olviden tu cámara a prueba de agua, binoculares, protector solar y un sombrero.

Después de hacer kayak me encanta disfrutar de los frescos pescados y mariscos en alguno de los restaurantes en la playa de Barra de Potosí, así como disfrutar de un cóctel mientras me relajo en una hamaca.  Barra de Potosí es un pequeño poblado de pescadores con alrededor de 150 familias, las cuales viven de la pesca y los visitantes, por lo tanto puedes tener asegurado que lo que comas no estará más fresco en ningún otro lugar.  Me encanta escuchar las historias de los pescadores, y es probablemente esa otra razón por la cual me gusta venir seguido a hacer kayak en este pequeño poblado tan peculiar.

Si tuviera que elegir un segundo sitio favorito para hacer kayak, tendría que decir que es la Isla Ixtapa.  Y es esta mi opción cuando no tengo tanto tiempo para hacer la excursión en kayak.  Es un lugar perfecto para hacer kayak, snorkel, nadar o simplemente relajarse en la playa.

Para más información sobre cómo y dónde hacer kayak en Ixtapa Zihuatanejo así como tours organizados, por favor, contacta a tu Asistente Personal de Capella Ixtapa dando click aquí.

Foto: Usuario de Flickr “Loxy”.

Surfear en Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

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No puedo esperar ya las próximas vacaciones de primavera, tomar unos días de descanso, y pasar algunos días con amigos de la Universidad que vendrán desde la Ciudad de México.  Cuando les pregunté que querían hacer en Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, me contestaron que les encantaría ir a surfear!  Y no me sorprende que surfear este en su lista de prioridades, ya que Ixtapa Zihuatanejo es también una zona con reconocido surf desde los años 60’s!  Y mientras que algunos de mis amigos saben bien como surfear, para otros tantos es algo que ya habían deseado aprender.  Me puse a investigar y explorar, y ahora he creado una selección de sitios dónde surfear que creo que serán excelentes para esta próxima visita de amigos.

Si estás planeando una escapada pronto al sol de Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, y además buscas algunos lugares para surfear, tal vez también encuentres útil esta lista.

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Surf spots de Ixtapa Zihuatanejo:

  • Playa Linda esta ubicada al norte de Ixtapa, en la boca del río Ixtapa.  La playa tiene más de 1 km de largo y es también anfitriona del torneo anual de surfing de Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.  Esta playa está muy cercana a Capella Ixtapa, y sé que algunos de mis colegas van seguido a esta playa antes o después del trabajo para tener una buena sesión.  Al ubicarse en la boca del río, tiene izquierdas y derechas con suaves muros de agua pero se puede poner algunas veces más fuerte.  La ola rompe durante todo el año.
  • Playa Las Escolleras, uno de los sitios más populares en el área, puedes acceder a el mediante la Playa El Palmar, por las rocas que dividen la marina de la playa.  Es muy popular entre los locales.  Tiene una fuerte derecha con fondo arenoso. La ola rompe 3/4 partes del año.
  • Playa Troncones ubicada a 25 kilómetros al norte de Zihuatanejo. Con oleaje fuerte y tubos ocasionales. BLa punta norte es una ola que rompe a la izquierda en arrecife, varias veces al tubo le siguen muros una muro uniforme. Rompe durante todo el año. Además de ser un excelente lugar para surfear, me encanta visitar Troncones por su atmósfera relajada y coloridas calles, su cueva subacuática y su cascada (lee más sobre estas últimas dando click aquí).
  • La Barrita, una playa rocosa 10 minutos al sureste de Barra de Potosí. No es muy conocida por los turistas, y tampoco va mucha gente a surfear, así que esta y Loma Bonita son algunos de los mejores sitios para surfear. Un oleaje fuerte y tubos en temporada le caracterizan, rompe 3/4 partes del año. Les sugiero hacer este viaje durante un día y visitar también Barra de Potosí y Petatlán así como su mercado del oro.
  • La Saladita cuenta con una suave y larga izquierda que rompe en la punta todo el año, puede ser muy pequeña en el invierno, pero aún así perfecta para tabla larga. Está ubicada a unos 32 kilómetros al norte de Zihuatanejo, entrando por el pueblo de Los Llanos. Mis colegas me recomendaron mucho esta playa, así que no puedo esperar a visitarla.
  • Petatalco es probablemente la ola más larga en la región. Una poderosa ola que rompe en la playa con tubos perfectos y gigantes: Esta fue una de las olas más famosas durante los 70’s y aún tiene días muy buenos. Me intriga la historia y reputación de esta ola, y no puedo esperar a experimentarla en carne propia!

Estos son sólo algunos de los más populares spots de surf en Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. Para más recomendaciones por favor dejanos un mensaje abajo, o envía un correo electrónico a nuestros Asistentes Personales, los cuales con mucho gusto te orientarán sobre sitios para surfear dependiendo de lo que estés buscando.

Fotos: La Saladita, Las Escolleras

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Tips For Planning A Destination Wedding

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Destination weddings are a trend that is growing in popularity.  Often for couples who’s families live far apart, or those looking for a bit of adventure, a destination wedding is the ideal option.  I’ve seen many such couples be joined in marriage here at Capella Ixtapa for these very reasons.  After all, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo offers amazing beaches and surrounding islands, beautiful tropical landscapes, exquisite cuisine, friendly people, beach lifestyle, stunning sunsets and pristine Mexico ambiance—who wouldn’t want to get married here?!

For some planning a destination wedding can be a daunting task.  So, I thought I would talk to Capella Ixtapa’s wedding consultant, José Brito, and get some insider tips on what you need to consider for planning the perfect event.

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1. Define the wedding budget.  This first step of your wedding planning will help you define which destination to pick, the number of guests, hotel and wedding venue.

2. Pick a destination with convenient travel connections.  Since most of your guests will be traveling to the destination, pick a location which has easy and convenient travel connections.  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has many direct flights from Mexico, US and Canada, so it is very convenient to travel here.  When planning a destination wedding contact your airline (or travel agent) and negotiate group rates.

3. Determine number of guests. Determining the guest list is crucial to understanding where and how your finances will be allocated.

4. Pick a destination and resort and that has something for everyone.  It is important to remember that when you ask guests to travel for your wedding the location becomes a vacation destination for them as well.  So be sure to pick a location that will suit your guests’ varied interests.  In Ixtapa Zihuatanejo you can find something for everyone; for couples, small or multigenerational families, for nature and ocean lovers, for sports lovers and for those who are looking for some relaxing time.  You can find anything from small luxury hotels, to hotels and resorts of a larger scale and even private accommodations.

5.  Work with a local wedding consultant.  A local wedding consultant will be able to help you navigate not only the legalities of getting married in your destination, but also will have relationships with local wedding vendors.  A local consultant can also introduce you to romantic local customs or help you plan excursions for you and your guests.

6.   Get there early.  When planning a destination wedding, Jose recommends that the couple arrives to the location a few of days prior to the wedding, so you can  review in person all the details with your wedding consultant, make final arrangements and get ready for your big day.

7.  Enjoy your wedding.  Jose explains, “Your destination wedding should be all about enjoying your most important day in a beautiful location with your closest group of family and friends,” don’t let the stress of planning it get in the way of enjoying it.  After all, you’ve chosen to have a destination wedding for the experience, so make sure you experience it!

If you are interested in leaning more about a destination wedding at Capella Ixtapa please visit our website, or call us at: USA Toll Free: 1 (877) 296-8889, Canada Toll Free: 1 (855) 842-3399 or Mexico Toll Free: 01-800-838-6501.

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Romantic Mexican Traditions

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Valentine’s day is around the corner, and it perfectly fits the loving and festive nature that defines Mexicans.  We use this sweet excuse to pamper our loved ones, friends and family.  Throughout history, love has always been very important to Mexicans and as a result, we have many romantic Mexican traditions.

Our ancient civilization Mexica had two gods, that personified Love: Xochipilli and Xochiquetzal.  Xochipilli was like the Apollo of the Mexica.  He was the god of Love, games, beauty, dance, flowers, corn and songs.  His name means “the prince of the flowers” and he had a twin sister, the goddess of love, Xochiquetzal, meaning “precious flower or ornate bird.”  In honor of this pair of gods and their representation of love, Mexica used to celebrate with a four day festival.  During this time the people would make offerings of bread and corn, pierce their tongues with maguey thorns and dance to the beat of drums called teponaztli.

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Today, Mexico’s Valentine’s Day celebrations are similar to celebrations around the world.  Red roses are given, romantic cards written and chocolates enjoyed.  But we do have some traditions that remain our own.

In smaller towns, young people often meet in town squares; the girls stand on one side, the boys on the other.  Then, they walk around the perimeter in opposite directions, so they can face and look at each other.  On the second round the boys offer a flower to the girl that they like.  On the third round, if the girl has retained the flower, it means that she has agreed to go out with her suitor.  If she doesn’t keep the flower, it means she has rejected him and the boy must pick another girl.

My absolute favorite way of expressing the love in Mexico are “las serenatas” (serenades).  They are just so romantic!  You have probably seen the act of playing a serenade in some movie.  Usually, the boyfriend gathers a group of mariachi, or a trio, and visits the girlfriend’s house after the sunset.  On the street, under his loved one’s window, they all start to sing the most romantic and heartfelt songs.  The intention is to wake her up with songs that will touch the heart.  When the girl appears at her window, it means that she is pleased and approves of the serenade (I can’t imagine a girl could resist such a sweet and romantic gesture from her loved one!).  However the family may be a different story- if they approve of the suitor he may be invited in to visit, but if the family does not they may toss the water on him!

At Capella Ixtapa we have prepared a special Valentine’s Day package and are organizing many romantic activities and sweet attentions during this most romantic month.  Who knows, we might even get to play a serenade for some of our lucky guests!

 

 

Photo: LA76 Photography