Traveling with friends is always exciting. Enjoying a private villa is sublime. This luxurious 10,000 square foot oceanfront villa that features 5 guest rooms, of which 4 have their own private terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Zihuatanejo Bay. Villa Encantada accommodates 10 guest in sublime luxury. Each guest room has its own ensuite bath. The Palma and Faro Suites feature oceanfront private terraces. The Oceano and Playa rooms have the amazing Sky Lounge. The Jardin Suite is perfect for the late sleeper.
Villa Encantada has a Grand Salon over looking a beautiful infinity edge pool. The Grand Dining Table seat 10 guest and is a few steps up next to the Grand Salon. The open air living / dining area is inviting and social.
Villa Encantada includes the services of my full time chef, maid groundskeeper and personal property manger. Let our staff take care of your every need. We take making your vacation "the vacation of a lifetime" serious with our service. Upon your arrival to Villa Encantada, refreshments and a light appetizer will be waiting. The staff will discuss your meal plan for the duration of your stay at Villa Encantada. The El Mercado in Centro Zihuatanejo is an experience not to be missed. Shopping for the fresh produce and “Catch of the Day” in the “farm to market” stalls is once in a lifetime adventure. A member of the staff will accompany your group to the market and aid in your shopping. Coconut shrimp, lobster, grilled whole red snapper and fresh filet of fish are just a few of the house specialties at Villa Encantada.
Enjoy the privacy of a luxury villa all your own. Here you will vacation in paradise without forgoing the conveniences of modern technology. You may watch cable TV in your room and view CNN and other US stations. Relax by the pool and check your email via wireless Internet. Free calling to Canada and the USA to share your vacation with friends and family. Enjoy surround sound music poolside. All rooms are air conditioned and fully furnished, including TV, DVD/CD player, toiletries and mini-fridge. The oceanfront villa is gated and has 24 hour security.
Villa Encantada was designed by renowned architect Enrique Zozaya and beautifully blends modern and traditional Mexican style architecture.
Our guests enjoy convenient access to the facilities of the Villa Vera Hotel, Puerto Mio Marina and restaurants in beautiful Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo Mexico. Spend your days enjoying the multitude of water sports and outdoor activities including deep sea fishing, scuba diving, wind surfing, visiting the private beach, snorkeling or water skiing. Wonderful shops are located conveniently within walking distance.
Puerto Mio ~ Monte Cristo is a secure, 24 hour private gated community.
The Beaches of Zihuatanejo Bay
La Playa Principal, which is the public beach located in front of the town. The local fisherman beach their skiffs here during the day. They fish at night and in the morning display and sell their catch to the local market and restaurants. At the north end of the beach is El Muelle Municipal (Municipal Pier), one of the town's most distinctive landmarks. Near the entrance one can find the El Museo Arqueológico de la Costa Grande, a tiny museum. The pier is where you can catch a boat to Playa Las Gatas (or where you can find your way to and from your cruise ship). Playa Principal isn't the best choice for swimming or lounging due to all boats and fisherman and assorted comings and goings, not to mention the fact that it's at the mouth of the canal where rainwater goes running off into the bay. The beach is reasonably attractive, and certainly interesting, not to mention being part of what gives downtown Zihuatanejo its special, laid back appeal.
A short walk from Playa Principal is Playa La Madera, which means “Wood Beach” in English. The 2 km long beach is popular mainly because it's so close to downtown and nearby residential areas, but truth be told it isn't nearly as attractive and appealing as La Ropa or Las Gatas for more typical beach activities. For one, the sand here tends to be hard and wet and it's very rocky in places. What it is great for is admiring the ocean and the bay from the seaside walkway which is pretty spectacular. The beach itself is a great place to play or bodyboard in the bay's roughest, yet safe waves. The break can be pretty strong. The beach area is a bit rustic, at times stunning, and at other other times just a bit dumpy. As a place to loung and enjoy the sun, sand, and sea, it mainly appeals to locals. While most of the things one finds on other beaches are represented such restaurants, messages, etc., you can certainly do better elsewhere. If you're looking for a spot for an exotic, and often romantic, stroll Playa La Madera is a great place for it. Otherwise, try La Ropa or Las Gatas. Playa la madera “wood beach” gets it's name from the spanish colony days when it was the shipping point for mahogany, oak, pine and cedar wood cut from the local forests. This beach is reached by walking along a narrow, seaside trail which you can pick up on the other side of the museo arquelógico.
Playa La Ropa is a great spot for swimming, parasailing, fishing, sailing, jogging, doing sports or just taking long romantic walks and enjoying the scenery. This beach is wide, stunningly beautiful, and very inviting. Playa La Ropa in English means “Clothes Beach”. In the 16th century a spanish galleon called the nao made the mistake of entering the bay, which was then a den for british buccaneers. The pirates fired on the galleon without even having to pull up anchor and the galleon was scuttled. It's cargo of chinese silk clothing washed up all over the beach, which is how “clothes beach” got its name. Though right next door to Playa Madera, the 1 km walk that takes you to Playa La Ropa takes you up some very steep hills along Zihuatanejo's Scenic Highway and it's not always pedestrian friendly.
Another of our favorite spots, Playa Las Gatas is a great place for swimming and snorkeling and lounging in the sun. It's one of the few spots on the Pacific Coast that boasts the gorgeous turquoise water most often seen around the Caribbean. The view is beautiful and such requirements for a proper day at a Mexican beach such as seafood, beer, and even messages, are available. Playa de las gatas, which is at the extreme southern end of the bay, is accessible by water taxi from the municipal pier or a footpath along the rocky coast from la ropa. There is no road. According to local legend a tarascan king named iréhpan and his family used this beach as a winter vacation retreat. An invasion of man-eating sharks in the bay prevented his family from swimming. So iréhpan ordered his slaves to build a stone breakwater off of the beach to keep the sharks out. Today this breakwater is overgrown with coral and offers the finest snorkeling and diving in the area. This beach gets it's name from a species of harmless, whiskery nurse sharks that used to be common in the area. Open air fresh seafood restaurants line the beach and lounge chairs are available for rent.
Taking the boat to Isla Ixtapa is one of the most popular daytime diversions for vacationers in Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo. The excursion takes you straight to a little beach cove carpeted with light gold sand and, in the right conditions, bordered by crystalline water.
Getting there is half the fun. From the Zihuatanejo Municipal pier you can hire a panga, a small, open, motorized boat or join others to take a collective water taxi ride. If you prefer a more personalized experience, hire a guide to take you to the island and show you some of the best spots for swimming, snorkeling, dining and drinking. You can also join locals by hopping a ferry from Playa Linda. Adventure seekers may consider a package expedition by hiring a fishing boat, stopping to fish en route and landing on the island with enough time to snorkel while one of the restaurants grills your catch.
Dining Out in Zihuatanejo - Ixtapa
No matter if you are craving Italian, Chinese, American, French, Seafood, Sushi, Mexican or a good American burger you wont go hungry in Zihuatanejo. There are over 200 restaurants in the local area. Some of the best are off the beaten path, but worth the trip. Even Mexican food being the most popular option offers many different dishes that have yet to make it stateside. A great meal does't have to cost a fortune. Many of the better restaurants are very reasonably priced. A few of the closer restaurants will deliver to the resort upon request for a fee. Pacific Vacation Resort recommends Bandidos, Coco Bahia Botanas & Tapas, El Mediteranneo and Chuleto which are all within walking distance from the resort. Ruben's Hamburgers, Beccofino, Bistro Soleiadio are in Ixtapa a ten minute taxi ride.TripAdvisor property ID 2955057...Read more
VILLA ENCANTADA at PACIFIC VACATION Zihuatanejo, Mexican Riviera-Pacific Coast, Mexico
Additional Location Information
The Beaches: La Playa Principal, which is the public beach located in front of the town. The municipal pier is located at one end. The local fisherman beach their skiffs here during the day. They fish at night and in the morning display and sell their catch to the local market and restaurants. Playa La Ropa is the longest beach in the area. In the 16th century a Spanish galleon called the Nao made the mistake of entering the Bay, which was then a den for British buccaneers. The pirates fired on the galleon without even having to pull up anchor and the galleon was scuttled. It’s cargo of Chinese silk clothing washed up all over the beach, which is how “Clothes Beach” got its name. To reach this beach it is easiest to take bus from downtown Zihuatanejo.
Golf: Palma Real Golf Course: Ranked as one of Mexico’s finest golf courses, this 18-hole course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and has spectacular scenery and natural wildlife. Marina Golf Course The Marina Golf Course in Ixtapa was designed by Robert Von Hagge, renowned golf course designer. This exclusive 18 hole, par 72 course is 6,793 yards long and is situated on 55 hectars of land characterized by attractive landscaping and natural canals requiring 12 bridges.
Fishing: Offshore Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is Mexico’s newly discovered, exciting sport-fishing destination and is home to many big game fish such as pacific sailfish, dorado (mahi mahi), black and blue marlin, wahoo and yellowfin tuna. Inshore species such as roosterfish, grouper, snapper, Spanish mackerel and yellowtail jacks are also available throughout the year.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront
Nearest airport: Zihuatanejo, 14.98 miles Nearest ferry port: Zihuatanejo, 0.99 miles Car is not necessary
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