We asked Martha Gaughen from Brownell (formally known as Sterling Travel) to plan the trip for us. A side note: I find special occasion vacations are the perfect time to use a travel agent. Martha immediately told us if we wanted a quiet, relaxing trip to Mexico we should look no further then Capella Ixtapa. Capella is a new, luxury hotel chain that are popping up in Mexico, Europe, and are just starting to open in the US.
The suites are also intended to make full use of outdoor space. While the bedroom is by no means small, most of the suite is filled by an outdoor lounge.
The rooms are beautiful in simplicity with gorgeous lighting. The bathroom is also beautiful with plenty of space. The rooms are stocked with complimentary bottled water and other drinks. Also, the staff leaves coffee, French press pots, and a electric tea kettle in your room in the evening. It truly was a wonderful way to start the morning!
Capella has three different restaurants (and a tequila tasting room!) on the property, each with their own unique menu and feel. And I have to say, I think Capella has some of the best food I have ever eaten at a resort. Everything was so fresh and flavorful.
We especially enjoyed the dining area located right on the edge of a sea cliff. Each night they post the daily catch on a chalkboard and when you are ready to order you simply point to which fish you choose.
While there are many activities to do at Capella and in Ixtapa (a highly rated spa, fishing, scuba diving, kayaking, hikes) we chose to just relax and read. Because Capella is so small it is easy just to sit, relax, and read a good book without any distractions.
Ixtapa is located on the southern, west side of Mexico. There are no direct flights to Ixtapa from Atlanta. You must fly through Mexico City. And while it is not the quickest trip, it certainly did not take all day to get to Ixtapa. And it was definitely worth it for a relaxing long weekend!