Mexico is continuing to evolve into one of the most exciting countries out there, with many of its gorgeous cities recognized as some of the finest on the planet. It’s only fitting then that a trip to the topographically diverse nation should include time to explore both the dynamic cities redefining the country and the dramatic shorelines that have long enticed those in search of sun and sand. Cala de Mar Resort & Spa, an award-winning, intimate oceanfront resort and spa with 59 private suites that cascade down the steep cliffside of Ixtapa, Guerrero, Mexico into the azure Pacific below, is an ideal venue for a relaxing wind down after seeing some of the world-class destinations throughout the country.
With cities like Mexico City, Morelia, Patzcuaro, Troncones, and Ixtapa all garnering copious accolades and acknowledgements for their contributions to global culture, culinary excellence, and quality of life, it’s clear that Mexico is making gigantic cultural leaps forward. When traveling a long distance from abroad, most visitors enter through the major cultural center of the capital city so below, Cala de Mar’s core management team – which consists of avid travel enthusiasts who are based between Ixtapa on the coast and Mexico City inland – has put together a proposed itinerary that encapsulates some of the best that the country has to offer, finished off with a relaxing stay at Cala de Mar, the award-winning luxury retreat perched high above the azure Pacific below.
Start the Trip in Mexico City
Culture, History, Cuisine
Start off with a visit to the capital of culture, Mexico City, and stay at least 3-4 days. The metropolis of almost 9 million people includes the historic neighborhoods of Roma, Condesa, and Polanco, where cosmopolitan visitors can discover an array of art galleries, innovative shops and crafts, and delicious cuisine. World-class amenities complement a vibrant creative scene that features some of the most exciting progressive ideas. Alongside historic attractions like Parque Chapultepec and Templo Mayor, the combination of activities on offer help showcase some of the best that Mexico has to offer.
Move on to Morelia
Museums, Movies, Architecture, Nature
Just a 4-hour drive from Mexico City, Morelia is the capital of Michoacán, and is an aristocratic colonial city that combines breathtaking urban and natural landscapes, rich history, extraordinary culinary offerings, and beautiful architecture. The pink stone buildings highlights this UNESCO World Heritage site, littered with cathedrals, a gorgeous convent, and a Romanesque aqueduct. Morelia is home to a growing international film festival that happens every October and has featured some of the most talented filmmakers working today.
Pull in to Patzcuaro & Volcan Paricutin
Artisanal Goods, Cultural Heritage, and Colonial Charm
Another Pueblo Magico in Michoacán, Patzcuaro is known for its Día de los Muertos celebration and lakeside setting. The town has a mixed colonial and indigenous vibe, and located just 45 minutes away from Morelia, Patzcuaro’s people are some of the friendliest in Mexico. The colonial center is a must-see attraction, with La Plaza de Quiroga offering a lovely spot for sitting, relaxing, or exploring the markets nearby. After a couple of days in the city, travelers can summit the world’s youngest volcano – Vulcan Paricutin – just a stone’s throw away and towering above a lava-covered church below. Those so inclined can summit the volcano in about a half hour.
Finish with a relaxing wind down on the coast from Troncones to Cala de Mar
Romance, Relaxation, Rejuvenation
After exploring the vibrant cultural legacy of some of Mexico’s Pueblos Magicos, enjoy a winddown to the holiday with another 3-4 days on the Pacific Coast and at Cala de Mar. In just three and a half hours by car, travelers arrive at Troncones, a quiet surf village nestled between the Sierra Madre mountains and the Mexican Riviera. Just 20 miles west of Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa, the quiet beachside paradise is a welcome respite from a long trip through the Mexican countryside.
About a half hour away is Cala de Mar, the final stop on our Mexican sojourn. The romantic escape sits on the lush Sierra Madre cliff, offering dramatic panoramic ocean views from the well-appointed suites’ spacious terraces, each fitted with a private heated plunge pool. The resort’s luxurious accommodations are open year-round with world-class service and immersive culinary programming that reflects the vibrant Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo culture and spirit.
The exclusive property features a spa with Aztec healing treatments, three restaurants, a tequila and mezcal bar, yoga and meditation deck, private cove, personal assistants, chef-led culinary excursions, and an array of complimentary daily amenities. The gorgeous hotel, re-branded in 2018, is located just minutes from Zihuatanejo, a quiet fisherman’s village known for its surfing, seafood, and famous for the sandy bays that line the town, authentic markets, and walking streets, while the more modernized Ixtapa is home to a large marina, an upscale culinary scene, and picturesque golf courses.
The Guest experience begins via a conversation with their Personal Assistant, who gathers key information about their preferences, from food to on-site amenities and local activities. Through WhatsApp, the Personal Assistant can arrange activities, ensure culinary experiences are to taste, and even have cocktails brought poolside as guests lounge in the warm Ixtapan sun. Flexible check in and check out times ensure guests have flexibility within their travel, allowing for the experience to and from the hotel to remain worry free.
Cala de Mar has been named the #1 Hotel Resort in Mexico by Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, and after a visit, you’ll understand why.
For more information about Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa, please visit www.CalaDeMar.com.