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Capella Ixtapa, Ixtapa

$400 or more
Acapulco, Mexico, North America: The infinity pool at the Capella Ixtapa resort, on Mexico's Pacific Coast.
Paseo Playa Linda
Ixtapa
Mexico 40880
Tel: 52 755 55 51100
Tel: 877 247 6688 (toll-free)
www.capellaixtapa.com
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
The cliff-clinging buildings that make up Ixtapa's Capella cascade down like an architectural waterfall to a cove away from Ixtapa's overbuilt resort center. Along the way are six floors with 59 handsome suites geared to couples, each with a compact-car-sized pool and breathtaking Pacific views (and all served by a quietly attentive staff). A small pebble beach provides seclusion, if not expanses of sand (the latter can be found at a nearby public playa), and the hotel's funicular railway car runs between the elegant figure-eight infinity pool and the rooms to help guests negotiate all this verticality. Although the decor is fairly standard, the hotel has a refreshing way of elevating ordinary objects to the level of art: On one wall, in an hourglass-shaped grouping, is a collection of local ceramic plates; on another are 30 stone pestles; and clusters of fresh coconuts serve as accents in the hallways. At the rustic outdoor restaurant, Las Rocas, which also hugs the cliff, guests choose their dinner from a display of local catch; the menu at the more refined A Mares includes novel dishes such as red snapper with a chorizo crust and sushi with a nip of chipotle.—2009 Hot List

When to go: Anytime to escape cold.

Which room to book: A Capella room, with an extra broad terrace and oversized lounger.

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