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The sun setting over the Pacific Ocean made it hard for me to remember why Americans are avoiding Acapulco. I found myself enchanted by the same lush tropical landscape and majestic Pacific coastline that once attracted the likes of Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and John F. Kennedy.
The sunset view, unfolding from the Fairmont Acapulco Princess, came after a hard day of drinking margaritas and taking in a spa treatment at Willow Stream Spa. But I also spent the day exploring the property’s rich history and was thrilled to learn that an episode of “The Love Boat” was filmed here and that Howard Hughes spent his final days in one of the hotel’s suites.
More treasures were uncovered at the hotel’s sister facility, the neighboring Fairmont Pierre Marques, which was built in the 1950s as a private getaway for John Paul Getty.
But the Fairmont Acapulco Princess isn’t resting solely on past successes. Fresh off a $30 million renovation, the resort’s occupancy rates have increased noticeably, and hotel executives are hopeful that tourism to Acapulco has turned a corner.
Helping fuel its growth, the resort unveiled a long list of special events for the year, including a number of high-profile golf tournaments, the Mexico Tennis Open, the 2013 Surf Open Acapulco and the Mexican Gymnastics Open.
Rates at Fairmont Acapulco Princess start at around $150 a night, which makes this an ideal time for clients to rediscover Acapulco’s sunsets for themselves.
Turtle Dunes is the new 18-hole, championship golf course designed by leading golf architect and craftsman, Tripp Davis. The course is located at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. // (c) 2013 Turtle Dunes Country Club
Set among ocean sand dunes and surrounded by a lush tropical sanctuary, the course showcases expansive water features and towering parota trees that frame 18 signature holes. // (c) 2013 Turtle Dunes Country Club
The course is operated and managed by Troon Golf, one of the world’s leading luxury golf management companies. // (c) 2013 Turtle Dunes Country Club
The Fairmont Acapulco Princess was recently recognized as one of Conde Nast magazne’s Top 121 Golf Resorts for 2012. // (c) 2013 Turtle Dunes Country Club
A private course, Turtle Dunes is available to members and guests of The Fairmont Acapulco Princess and The Fairmont Pierre Marques. // (c) 2013 Turtle Dunes Country Club
Tee times are available every 10 minutes from 7 a.m. until sunset. Rates start at $100 for sunset tee times. Range balls and a cart are included with all greens fees. // (c) 2013 Turtle Dunes Country Club
Sebastian Vazquez of PGA Latinoamerica called Turtle Dunes, “one of the top three golf courses in America,” adding that “while it is a challenging course from the tee to the green, it also provides elements for all levels of golfers on each hole.” // (c) 2013 Turtle Dunes Country Club