Loma Del Mar Resort, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo,
Mexico August, 2008
We had the pleasure of attending a wedding
in Zihuatanejo, Mexico August 2008 and stayed at an exquisite resort called
Loma Del Mar in Ixtapa. It was refreshing to get away just for a few days,
be with friends and help celebrate a new marriage and life together.
Stunningly bathed in white with terracotta touches set in the heart of
Ixtapa’s ocean front hills, surrounded by exuberant tropical vegetation
including bananas and papaya and facing a gorgeous golf course called the
Ixtapa Palma Real Golf Course …the Loma Del Mar has only 16 luxury suites, 3
penthouses and 1 Presidential Suite. We stayed in one of the penthouses, up
three stories and a view to die for…facing the pools, restaurant, lounge
areas and bar…but then they all of the rooms face these.
All the balconies are huge, and on the balconies are these wonderful
terracotta pots filled to their brims with plants…hence my total enjoyment
of being here. Sitting here, enjoying my coffee with not a sound but the
birds was heaven and it was hard to get me to leave this place. It truly was
a home away from home. These suites comprise a living room, dining room,
master bedroom and big bathroom and balcony. There are other configurations
as well so that you can have two couples staying in one unit or a family.
Another bonus for us techies is that each room has Wifi…so we were set! I
cannot help but think that anyone who stays here is very lucky.
A recent press release announced that a million-dollar enhancement completed
in September 2008 has transformed this resort hotel into a premier Thalasso
Spa and Wellness Center, designed in collaboration with one of Europe’s
longest-established and most prestigious wellness spas with a concept
engineered specifically for Loma del Mar. Wellness programs created and
supervised by eminent European medical spa director, Jose Luis Guijarro,
Doctor of Endocrinology and Nutrition, offer a selection of 1, 7, or 14 day
stays focusing on biological revitalization: rejuvenation, toxin cleansing,
anti-aging and anti-stress therapies, exercise and toning, beauty treatments
and a delicious customized diet.
The centerpiece of the extensive wellness spa facilities is the thalasso
therapy seawater swimming pool. (Thalasso comes from the Greek word thalassa
refers to the ancient therapeutic use of seawater. Spa is the acronym for
Sanus per Aquam in Latin, meaning “health through water”). The cobalt-blue
mosaic-tile pool, 68 feet long with 1,580 square feet of surface area, is
outdoors, taking advantage Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo’s perpetually sunny tropical
climate. In fact, this is the only thalasso-equipped pool in the world that
is outdoors! The meticulously filtered crystal-clear pool is equipped with
multiple therapeutic (and recreational) state-of-the-art thalasso equipment:
four hydro beds for floating upon bubbles; four hydro massage seats, two
tile-enclosed “volcano” chambers with underwater massaging air jets rising
from the pool bottom, and a vigorous jacuzzi “island” within the pool.
Distributed along the pool edge spouting water from above: four double-spout
hydro jets, two gooseneck water jets, and two duckbill-spout waterfalls, all
for various degrees of head, neck and shoulder massage.. Finally, five
stationary neck rests offer support for in-pool repose.
Additional thalasso-spa facilities are also in an exuberant outdoor setting
amid 2-1/2 acres of gardens, trees and lush landscaping:
A separate, smaller thalasso pool, round with a 40-ft diameter, contains a
higher degree of salt concentration in the seawater for flotation therapy
amid bubble jets.
Nearby, set between Andalusian-white walls of the hotel building, the 30-ft
long “reflexology water path” is for walking ankle deep in fresh water over
smooth white stones. The path is lined on both sides with continuous jets of
water focused on the lower legs. At the end is a stone platform for standing
under two soothing spouts pouring water from high above.
Steps away, two fresh-water showers of multiple horizontal rings encircle
the body spray spraying thousands of stimulating needle-thin water jets.
In tree-shaded privacy, additional spa
treatment facilities include two smooth stone massage-treatment tables, each
with a row of Vichy showerheads above for head-to-toe spray. A separate
hydro massage tub is adjustable for multiple treatments and therapies.
Most of this leading edge spa and thalasso equipment was imported from Spain
exclusively for Loma del Mar. Al fresco in the garden, two retro claw-foot
bathtubs are enjoyed for milk and flower baths, Cleopatra style.
Inside a separate spa building, a hallway with “chromotheraputic” changing
colors of dim light leads to the Body Temperature Contrast treatment alcove.
A marble basin filled with crushed ice for rubbing on the body, and two
large-head cold showers are for intense cooling before entering the adjacent
sauna on one side and a hamam-style Turkish steam bath on the other.
In addition to the thalasso and spa facilities, a separate 100-foot-long
infinity-edge freeform freshwater outdoor swimming pool features two
overhead fluvial duckbill spouts and two jet spouts for neck and shoulder
hydro massage. At one end of the pool, a jovial swim-up bar has submerged
barstools enveloped by thousands of tiny bubbles from gentle jets.
Loma del Mar’s chalk-white curvilinear architecture with red-tile roofs,
inspired by both Mexican Pacific design and Andalusian whitewashed villages,
graced the “chic retreat” cover photo of Continental Airlines Inflight
Magazine (December 2007 issue)
The hotel’s spacious one- and two-bedroom suites have living and dining
areas, verandas, custom contemporary furnishings, and an array of luxury
From the wide terraces of their suites, guests enjoy views of the adjacent
golf course, tropical forest, and the imposing backdrop of the Sierra Madre
del Sur Mountains, as well as morning sounds of songbirds and spectacular
sunrises. Tree-shaded paths meander through the resort’s five-acre property.
At night the grounds are illuminated with torches, a thousand tiny lights,
and by the “chromotheraputic” changing colors glowing in all three swimming
Ideal for couples and honeymooners are three one-bedroom penthouses, or the
one-bedroom presidential suite with a private outdoor minipool adjacent to
Especially appealing for families: “two-plus” bedroom suites have one
bedroom with a king-size bed, another bedroom with two full beds, plus a
small bedroom with two single beds, as well as two full baths, a large
living room, dining area and kitchen. Just up the hill, next to a scenic zip
line for adventurous guests, is a supervised kid’s playground with games and
activities. Babysitters are available.
Loma del Mar appeals to golfers because of its location alongside the 14th
hole of Ixtapa’s Palma Real Golf Course. Golfing guests receive special
amenities and easy access to the course (a golf cart takes them to the
nearby clubhouse for tee-off). There is no need to wait until the “19th
hole”. Right there on the 14th hole they simply park their cart at Loma del
Mar and enjoy drinks, ceviche and taco delicacies made with hand-made
tortillas. Characteristic of its Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, this
18-hole, par 72 course harmonizes with its original setting: a former
coconut plantation carefully transformed into a protected nature reserve
with lagoons, tropical fruit trees, flowers, and wildlife including cranes,
cardinals and other exotic birds, iguanas, and even alligators that live in
certain water traps (they keep to themselves).
Appropriately, Loma del Mar offers three distinct niche-market Getaway
Packages: Romance, Family and Golf:
www.lomadelmar.com/packages.htm Thalasso and spa details at
For small meetings, the vast living rooms of the suites feature a
wall-mounted 42-inch plasma TV screen to which a laptop can be connected
(VGA cable provided) for presentations, internet projections (the entire
resort has complimentary wifi), sales and think-tank usage, as well as
international video conferencing capabilities. Next to the screen is a full
home-entertainment multi-speaker audio-DVD system. Special seating can
accommodate up to 20 persons for video-monitor viewing, and approximately 40
with customized setup.
The loveliest section of Ixtapa’s main beach, the south end of soft-sand
Playa del Palmar, is a pleasant four-minute walk from the hotel along the
edge of the golf course, or a quick ride via golf cart. A special beach
lounging area is exclusively for Loma del Mar guests for swimming, sunning,
sunset cocktails, and even weddings.
The poolside palapa-topped Luna de Shiva Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch
and dinner, and is known for both its innovative continental cuisine and
high Mexican-Zihuatanejo-style gastronomy. Mint, cilantro and papaya are
naturally grown in the resort’s own orchards. Catch-of-the day seafood and
other specialties are innovatively prepared by Chef Jorge García.
Just up the hill, atop a 215-foot cliff overlooking Ixtapa’s coastline, the
romantic Argentine-style Restaurant La Pampa specializes in choice cuts of
beef and is open for dinner. Room service is superb, whether breakfast,
lunch or candlelight dinner.
Spectacular banquets and fiestas can be set up in the gardens or poolside,
and staff wedding planners organize weddings on the grounds or on the beach.
Water skiing, parasailing, windsurfing and kayaking are available, and there
is world-class surfing and bodysurfing both nearby and up the coast . The
concierge arranges sportfishing, scuba diving, horseback riding, romantic
sunset cruises, and visits to the charming bayside Mexican town of
Zihuatanejo, just 4 miles down the coast.
Loma del Mar is one of Mexico’s newest members of Small Luxury Hotels of the
For reservations and information, contact Esperanza Rios, sales manager, at
the resort: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resort website: www.lomadelmar.com
LOMA DEL MAR is located in Ixtapa, 4 miles from Zihuatanejo (the “dual
destination” is known as Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo), in the state of Guerrero,
Mexico. ADDRESS: Loma del Mar Hotel; Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, 40880 Guerrero,
Now, after all of this, don’t you just dream of spending time here? I know
we would go back in a minute…Lucky you if you get the chance to stay here
for a vacation… as far as the plant material goes, I truly enjoyed
discovering…I got up close and personal to the flowers of the papaya –
usually they are too high to get a really good picture. The banana flowers
were equally stunning. Did you know that they are edible? The flower, which
is also called a banana blossom, grows on the end of the stem holding a
cluster of bananas. Considered an Asian or tropical vegetable, it has a deep
crimson color and consists of tightly packed leaves or bracts that wrap
around rows of thin stemmed male flowers. It is the inner pale colored
bracts that are used for food dishes.