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Hotel Las Palmas

Zihuatanejo, Mexico

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Hotel Las Palmas

This 10-suite beachfront hotel in southwest Mexico is fronted by an empty nine-mile beach and lined by untamed rainforest—it's an ideal place to unplug and unwind.

The Scoop

Savvy travelers are familiar with the government-planned beach resort destination of Ixtapa, about 150 miles northwest of Acapulco, but few are familiar with the village of Zihuatanejo, the Mexican state's earthier hideaway just three miles south. Set in this laid-back town is the eco-friendly Hotel Las Palmas, which stands out among the many low-lying resorts perched atop seaside cliffs because of its location along the pristine nine-mile Playa Blanca beach. The boutique hotel comprises just 10 peaceful suites, with interior spaces that are without TVs, phones, and Internet access; an adults-only policy adds to the tranquil atmosphere. Inside, bathing-suit-clad travelers will find canopy beds, folk art, native wood furnishings, and hammocks for enjoying the cool sea breezes off the water. With a secluded, away-from-it-all feel (but a location that's just five miles from the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport), Hotel Las Palmas exudes a throwback sensibility, allowing travelers to truly focus on rest and relaxation.

Insider Tips

Opt for a tequila tasting at the resort's outdoor bar, and you'll taste some of the resort's private reserves of blanco, reposado, and anejo tequila varieties. Be sure to partake in the tasting tradition Mexican-style, by sipping the liquor and following each mouthful with a taste of sangrita, a spicy tomato juice.

Between May and October, Playa Blanca is a famous nesting site for native turtles including leatherbacks (the largest species of marine turtle); lucky travelers will witness hundreds of the reptiles crawling up the sand to lay eggs, but be sure to keep an appropriate distance from the wildlife, as no one is on duty to ensure that the animals remain safe.

Awards and Recognitions

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Best Affordable Beach Resorts
- Travel + Leisure

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH), which is approximately 5 miles (15 minutes) from the hotel.

Lot 5, Playa Blanca, Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Beach Access
  • Spa Services
  • Outdoor Pool
In-Room Amenities
  • Private Terraces
  • Hammocks
  • Bathrobes
  • iPod Docks
  • Mini Refrigerators
  • In-Room Safes
  • Air Conditioning
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Private Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
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Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Zihuatanejo

Pristine paradise on the Pacific Coast. If you're looking for ultimate seclusion and relaxation, look no further.

Don't Miss

Underwater Adventure: Since 1962, Carlo Scuba has been introducing travelers to the area's underwater wonders from the company's base at Las Gatas Beach. Certified PADI instructors and divemasters will take you to 16 uncrowded dive spots on beginner and night dives. Dives from $75 per person. 011-52-755-554-6003. Read More

Tee Time: The oceanfront Club de Golf Ixtapa Palma Real in Ixtapa is the area's best golf course. The 18-hole, par-72, 6,898-yard course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. in 1975. Green fees from $75. Apartado Postal 105, Boulveard Ixtapa S/N. 011-52-755-553-1062. Read More

Best Snorkeling Beach: Las Gatas, located at the entrance to Punta del Rey bay and its lighthouse, is the best snorkeling beach in the area. Get there via water taxi from Zihuatanejo's main pier, and you'll be rewarded with a Technicolor show of tropical fish, great views of Zihuatanejo, and fresh seafood at open-air restaurants. Water taxis from $4 per person, roundtrip.

Best Excursion: The private ecological park El Refugio de Potosi is the only place in the state of Guerrero that's approved for the release of rehabilitated wildlife. Iguanas, macaws, and butterflies live in the park, and travelers can climb the 50-foot viewing tower for panoramas of the untouched rainforest. Donation of $5 is asked for entry. Closed Tuesdays. Lote 74, Colonia Playa Blanca, Zihuatanejo. 011-52-755-100-0743. Read More
Old world charm + stunning selection of beaches allure.

Old world charm + stunning selection of beaches allure.

Why Go Now

October 30, 2011 - November 2, 2011
Dia de Los Muertos
Around Zihuatanejo.

December 15, 2011
Rucco Surfer Reunion
Playa Linda, Ixtapa.

March 26-28, 2012
The Food & Wine Festival in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo
Various locations in Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo.

May 24, 2012
Ixtapa International Triathlon
Ixtapa Beach.

Hotel Las Palmas

Zihuatanejo, Mexico

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