Mexico is one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations, and for good reason. The diverse country is blessed with beautiful beaches, enchanting historical sites, and delicious food. It’s also home to a plethora of posh hotels and resorts (these three, for example), which range in atmosphere from barefoot elegance to over-the-top opulence and are set on white-sand beaches, in busy fishing villages, and in historic town centers.
One of our favorite romantic hotels in Mexico, La Casa Que Canta, can be found tucked away on a hillside overlooking Zihuatanejo Bay, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. We first became familiar with the hillside hotel when Andy Garcia and Meg Ryan filmed a famous pool scene there for the 1994 film When a Man Loves a Woman, and we’ve been smitten ever since. And it turns out, a stay at the hotel is just as idyllic as you’d expect. Here’s why.
The hotel’s rooms and suites are replete with authentic Mexican design details, including embroidered linens and natural materials like brick, stone, and wood. At sunset, rooms become aglow with golden light—a sight best enjoyed from the privacy of your own patio or plunge pool. Each day, we found our bed freshly made and bearing a sweet picture made from flower petals—almost too pretty to disturb when it came time to hit the hay.
It’s not always that a hotel or resort can rightfully claim to serve good food, but dining at La Casa Que Canta is a treat. The hotel’s lone restaurant (pictured above) serves up Mexican dishes with a French flair. For breakfast, you can order up anything from chilaquiles to fluffy lime pancakes, which come with a dusting of powdered sugar. For lunch, nibble on ceviche and fresh guacamole, and for dinner, try some seafood pozole, whole grilled fish, or traditional tamales, all with a stunning sea view.
In addition to gorgeous rooms and good food, La Casa Que Canta has two turquoise pools. On the hotel’s upper level, just steps from the restaurant and lobby, is an infinity-edge freshwater pool (above) flanked by chaises and elegant white umbrellas. You can float for hours while taking in stunning views of Zihuatanejo Bay below. If you like your pools a touch more natural, head down the pink-hued steps to the hotel’s saltwater pool (below), which will give you an up-close look at the bay.
Swimming and sunning aren’t the hotel’s only options for chilling out. Once you’ve had your fill of sunshine and frosty cocktails (sounds impossible, but it could happen), you can head to the hotel’s adorable Clarins spa for some romantic R&R, or to the gym to work off some calories just before dinner. The bottom line? At this romantic hillside hotel, you can spend each day any way your heart desires.
Images via La Casa Que Canta except where noted.