If the high-rise developments at Ixtapa put you off, you don’t have to go far — Zihuatanejo, just four miles up the coast, was until recently little more than a quiet fishing village, and even now is steeped in the kind of small-town charm Ixtapa never had.
If every resort looked like this, it would be singing too, La Casa Que Canta (Spanish for the Singing House) sits high over the water, cut into a cliffside above Zihuatanejo Bay, offering an extraordinary sea view as well as a splendid sense of seclusion, and classic traditional architecture and outstanding service combine to create a sort of private hacienda atmosphere.
There are 24 suites, all with terraces overlooking the sea, and eleven of them have private plunge pools — though they’re no match for the hotel’s main pool. Infinity-edge pools are nothing new, but this one’s cliffside perch makes it all the more spectacular. And down by the rocky shore below the hotel is another pool, this one a sea-water affair.
The hotel’s restaurant serves a local cuisine that’s heavy on seafood; this stretch of the Pacific coast is a haven for deep-sea fishers. There’s a fitness center with a sea view, and a well-equipped spa offering health and beauty treatments as well as yoga instruction. And for the seafarers, diving or deep-sea fishing expeditions can be arranged.
La Casa Que Canta stands ingeniously sculpted on a cliff with a magnificent panoramic view of Zihuatanejo bay. Built of native materials and decorated with fine hand–crafted Mexican furniture, this secluded and distinctive hotel was the romantic retreat for Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia in the movie ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’. The resort, with the beautiful Sierra Madre Mountains in the background, is settled amid 16 miles of hilly coastline, laden with sandy beaches and scalloped coves.
At the bottom of the cliff, surrounded by natural rock formations and offering dramatic upward views of La Casa Que Canta’s architecture, the salt–water pool is a two–tiered continuation of the ocean, beginning with a Jacuzzi connected to the swimming pool and ending with waterfalls cascading back into the ocean. The unusually shaped fresh water infinity pool on the terrace level provides a magnificent sea view as it stretches out on a promontory, overflowing into the bay itself, and seeming to blend with the Pacific.