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Yes,crocodiles on the beach! We've sailed another 300nm and arrived in this beautiful town of Zihuatanejo (try to pronounce that! we've also picked up a new crew member, Ginny who we met in Barra. Before we left Barra I went back to see the monkey in the Hotel Sands, as I'd bought him a bright yellow toy ball (he'd got nothing to do, or play with) .I also gave him a fresh tomato and he gently held my hand,oh,he was so sweet and so sad in ...
Zihuatanejo was the next destination on the road we call life! It's only about a 30 minute trip on the local bus that passes by the Trancones turn off. We hitched a ride to the highway and waited for a bus to finally stop (we weren't at the most ideal bus stop since the locals were waiting down the road). We bounced around on the bus like rag dolls while it stopped in all the small villages along the way. We got off at the bus terminal and walked around the ...
... from what we saw out our windows as we whipped by at a million miles an hour. We laid down on the back seats and tried to fall asleep. My tummy was churning and I needed to move to a different seat before I was thrown down the aisle, he loved that brake. Speed, brake, speed, brake and so one. I stumbled down the aisle and was tossed into another seat, thank god I made it. I put my head down and I didn't get up until we completely stopped. When we stopped and ...
... in the hearts of man!! Let's hope and pray!
After leaving Sayulita we made our way toTroncones which is approximately 20 minutes North of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo. This is a sleepy little beach town off the beaten path. Did we get lucky!! We found an amazing place called ...
... face could possibly achieve.
We rambled on a little about the meaning and meaningless of life. It was precious moment, of two nutcases sharing the same bench.
After four, it started to rain.
The next day I returned. The weather forecast had predicted rain and thunder, but sun shining and heating turned to HIGH, I took my chances and walked to Las Gatas. I told Raul about the forecast, and he said, not until tonight.
I actually went ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Amuleto Zihuatanejo
As good as it gets
Amuleto is quite possibley as perfect a hotel as I have ever been to (and I have stayed at 5 star hotels all around the world). From the rooms to the pool, bar, breakfast, every detail was pure perfection. Highlights to the trip included: our room, suite #4 with private shower gardens, and private wading pool. The veiw from every spot in Amuleto is breathtaking. Food was amazing. Always service with a smile and if you're lucky the owners will be there to entertain you as well. This hotel offers first class accomodations with a great deal of intimacy. Look no further!
Ahh the Amuleto....this luxurious yet friendly hotel will forever have a place in our hearts. Let me start by saying that over the course of 7 days we spent 3 great days at the Intrawest and then 5 amazing nights at the Amuleto.
When we first walked into the Amuleto, we gasped at the view. We weren't alone either, as we have watched person after person also take a deep breath upon walking in. The view is that amazing.
This is unquestionably the finest and most exceptional hotel in Zihua with unsurpassed attention to detail. Amuleto seems like our home away from home, thanks in no small part to Ricardo (with his unforgettably "dry" sense of humor) and the gracious, beautiful Neglia. Bud (Wiser) and Adrienne (AJ), other hotel guests, were an intriguing, highly original and disarming couple who made our Xmas vacation even more memorable. The owners' friend, Michael, also contributed to our many zany conversations at the bar overlooking the bay each evening at sunset and late at night.
Having spent numerous hours of research online deciding where to stay for our first trip to Zihua, my wife and I settled on Amuleto, merely because we were so intrigued by finding so little about it on the internet. Let me say that we discovered a jewel! Amuleto is the perfect location to settle down from a fast-paced world and just enjoy luxury living. We were greeted upon arrival by the excellent Ricardo and his staff, who then tended to our every need, including serving those amazing margaritas (watch out, they pack a punch!). Each room in Amuleto is accessed by its own private staircase, so we felt as if we had our own private wing of the hotel. The decor and architecture was stunning; we continued to gawk at how beautiful the place is up until our departure. We opted for an air-conditioned room (a must) without the private pool, but because most of the other rooms had their own pool, the main pool became ours! Sitting along the infinity edge while enjoying a drink with my wife and watching the entire bay of Zihua is something I will never forget. Breakfast is amazing and HUGE- enchiladas, huevos racheros, fresh fruit, and homemade granola is all fresh and made to order!
My fiance and I spent 9 days at Amuleto and were married and had our honeymoon there. The hotel is beautiful and the views are not to be beat. The staff is warm and gracious and attended to our every need. The room was clean and spacious and beautifully designed and decorated. We enjoyed sunsets in the infinity pool and had our own little hummingbirds who graced us with their presence as we enjoyed our own private patio. The location in the hill above the bay allowed us to experience some views of nature we will likely never see again: we were able to watch a storm approach us from town and heard about a school of dolphins swimming in the bay. The food was amazing and expertly prepared and presented. Every morning we were treated to a 3 course breakfast. We had dinner there a couple of nights and felt that the food we had there was some of the best we had enjoyed in any number of cosmopolitan cities we had visited in the past.
We just got back from our honeymoon and stayed at Amuleto -- and we could not be happier with our choice. This was our first trip to Zihua so we did a TON of research and read up every big hotel there -- del Sol, que Canta, Troppo, las Palmas, Intrawest, etc. In the end we picked Amuleto for the privacy and views and crossed our fingers. From the moment we arrived, we were absolutely thrilled!!
Amuleto sits high above Zihua, with stunning views overlooking the bay - probably the best views of any hotel we have ever stayed. It has 5 rooms. The three more expensive ones are a bit larger, have the best views, and small private "plunge pools," but the other two rooms are nice too (and will save you around $150 per night or more, depending on the season). The rooms are nicely decorated, great bathrooms, terraces, hammocks, fans and A/C. The outdoor spaces are nicely decorated too, and the whole place is architecturally interesting. Everything is kept very clean by a diligent housekeeping staff. The main swimming pool is an "infinity pool" overlooking the bay - great view - seems like you can swim right off the cliff. We enjoyed a nightly margarita sitting on the terrace overlooking the bay. (Ask for the mango margarita, made with fresh mangos grown nearby). We could happily have spent our entire trip without leaving Amuleto - reading, looking at the view, having a drink, enjoying the breeze. (But of course we did not do that, since there's much to see and do in Zihua). Amuelto's breakfast included yogurt and granola, fresh fruit, juices, and mexican specialties such as enchiladas, omelete with oaxaca cheese, huevos rancheros, etc. We enjoyed starting every day with a leisurely breakfast. Amuleto is a little isolated and not on the beach. You can walk to Las Gatas and to La Ropa - maybe 25 minutes walk to either - but its better to take cabs which are very cheap and readily available. Amuleto will call you a cab and it will be there in 2 minutes. About $3-4 to anyplace in town, or the beaches, etc. We liked the isolation -- spent our days on the beaches or in town and then returned to the quiet refuge of Amuleto. If you want a beach hotel, Amuleto is not the right choice since its not on a beach -- you might want to try Villa Del Sol or, if you want something cheaper, perhaps Catalina (on La Ropa) or Casa Sun and Moon (on Madera). Service at Amuleto was superb -- anything you want is no problem for Ricardo (the Brazilian owner) or his staff. The restaurant (about 5 or 6 tables) is leased out to the operators of Kau Kan for the evening meal. We ate at Amuleto one night and it was the best meal we had in Zihua. (In fact, I thought it was better than Kau Kan itself). Great food and you can't beat the view at sunset time. Dinner for 2 with drinks was less than $100. There's good food to be had in Zihua at a far lower price, but we thought a dinner at Amuleto -- even if you are not staying there -- was well worthwhile. Amuleto doesn't allow kids, and it wouldn't be a good place for kids anyway -- but for a couple that wants a relaxing vacation at a quiet, high quality place, Amuleto's a great choice.
Amuleto is owned by Ricardo Amuleto -- a wonderful and gracious host. His hotel currently has only 5 suites, but each is very special. I highly recommend suites 3 & 4. We also stayed in the Palapa Suite which is an incredible experience in and of itself, but this suite ( the only one without AC) was a bit noisy because it is open air. Suites 3 & 4 and the Palapa Suite have their own shaded infinity pools. Suites 1 & 2 do not have private pools, but all of the suites are just steps away from two other infinity pools on the property. The view from the hotel is stunning and the small bar is the place to be to watch the sunset. Amuleto has a fabulous location if you are looking for a quite and relaxed experience. If you want more action, the beaches and downtown are a short taxi ride away. Amuleto costs hundreds of dollars less a night than the more well known hotels in the area, but it is just as charming.
As I mentioned in another review, we "ran away from home" (from another hotel) to Amuleto for our final night in Zihuatanejo. We had drinks (killer margs) and a delicious dinner poolside at Amuleto and immediately fell in love. It was the third in a series of hotels we visited during our stay that have been designed by the fabulous architect, Enrique Zozaya.