Minimalist Design, Stunning Scenery

Las Brisas Ixtapa offers spectacular views and unpretentious ambience.

By: Mimi Kmet

IXTAPA, Mexico Upon arrival at Las Brisas Ixtapa’s cobblestone porte cochere, clients might feel like they are visiting a very private residence. It’s not until they walk around the wall behind the porte cochere that they begin to explore the property’s public areas, such as the reception desk, a lobby lounge that offers a spectacular ocean view, and an abundance of amenities scattered throughout the grounds.

The building’s architecture is minimalist no grand lobby with chandeliers and columns greet guests, just an expansive, elegant structure adorned only with a simple fountain in the middle of the circular drive.

That unpretentious ambience continues throughout the contemporary hotel. It’s what one might call “Mexican Moderne,” with clean, angular lines and large, open spaces. Splashes of vibrant hues, such as a fuchsia wall above the reception desk and a violet ceiling in the lobby lounge, accent the predominant burnt orange color.

According to the hotel’s promotional material, architect Ricardo Legorreta designed it that way in order to reflect its destination. “It is like a piece of Mexico,” he writes, “strong, open, friendly, romantic, spacious, colorful and full of light and quality of spirit.”

Playful Accents

The design also has playful elements. On a recent hosted visit it seemed like everywhere I turned there was an unexpected surprise a color accent, a beam of natural light, a view of the lush landscaped grounds or of Vista Hermosa Beach and the Pacific Ocean.

In fact, each of the 423 rooms and suites offers an ocean view. The spacious units feature elements such as terra cotta floors, ceiling fans and sliding shutter doors opening onto terraces that are as large as the rooms, each with a hammock, as well as the requisite patio furniture.

Built on a hillside between the ocean and a jungle, the hotel seems to cascade down to the beach, which, although public, can only be reached through the resort.

Dining is an event at Las Brisas Ixtapa. The hotel’s six restaurants and two bars include La Brisa II, serving dinner at the beach November through April; El Mexicano, offering authentic Mexican fare in a hacienda atmosphere; and Portofino, an Italian dining room where it’s not uncommon for your waiter to prepare your dinner tableside.

The hotel also features four pools, including one with a waterfall and another designated for children, as well as four tennis courts. For duffers, the Palma Real Golf Course and Marina Ixtapa Golf Course are located a short drive north. An 11,000-square-foot spa is expected to break ground in April, with completion set for late December, according to Soraida Espino, hotel sales executive. Among the treatments and services will be professional make-up application, mud treatments, kickboxing and a variety of massages including hot stone and aromatherapy, she said.

In addition, the resort offers a children’s program, a business center and meeting space for up to 750 inside and 1,000 outside.

Las Brisas is 15 minutes by car from Ixtapa International Airport and 10 minutes from the picturesque town of Zihuatanejo. Just outside the property is Ixtapa’s entertainment district, with bars, restaurants, nightclubs and other activities.

Mimi Kmet is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and former senior editor of TravelAge West.