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Banyan Tree Cabo Marques 5.0

Acapulco, Guerrero, Pacific Coast

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Pros

  • Secluded oceanside location with secure gated access in Diamante
  • Stylish rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and private pools
  • Gorgeous infinity pool overlooking the ocean
  • Three excellent restaurants serving Mexican, Asian, and fusion cuisine
  • Many rooms include dazzling ocean views
  • Tranquil spa with Asian-inspired treatments
  • Large fitness center with appealing garden views
  • Sleek, contemporary meeting room
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • No direct beach access
  • Limited dining and entertainment choices within walking distance

Bottom Line

Banyan Tree Cabo Marques is a five-pearl resort located in Acapulco’s fashionable Diamente neighborhood. The 45 outstanding villas are subtly opulent, beautifully blending the brand’s trademark Asian decor with delicate Mexican accents. Striking ocean views, exceptional restaurants, and a wonderful spa combine to create an experience unparalleled elsewhere in Acapulco. The location is perfect for guests seeking a romantic escape, but those hoping to visit the city’s beaches and attractions or enjoy the nightlife scene may find it isolated -- Playa Revolcadero will take 10 minutes to reach by car.  

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Boutique resort that's easily one of Acapulco’s most lavish options

This boutique cliffside resort maintains an understated elegance, thanks to its polished, contemporary style

Banyan Tree Cabo Marques epitomizes refined elegance. Discreet, earth-toned decor and floor-to-ceiling windows are common elements throughout the hotel’s interiors. Its brilliant restaurants and remarkable cliff views recall the glamour that once made Acapulco a hot spot for celebrities and other wealthy public figures. This is one of the newer resorts in Acapulco, and its polished style contrasts refreshingly with the waning grandeur that characterizes many of the city’s other high-end hotels.

It’s possible to walk around the resort’s expansive, garden-lined grounds, but most guests opt to be shuttled around in golf carts. With excellent dining and drinks, a blissful spa, and large guest rooms, it’s the kind of place that gently lulls guests into never wanting to leave the property. Children are welcome, but the hushed, romantic atmosphere is clearly geared toward couples. From dual bathroom sinks to pairs of lounge chairs lining private infinity pools, almost everything here is designed for two.

Location

Out-of-the-way location in Diamante, a 20-minute drive from Acapulco International Airport

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Banyan Tree Cabo Marques is set on the southern edge of Acapulco in Diamante. The antithesis of brash, party-driven Old Acapulco, Diamante is home to exclusive gated resorts and upmarket restaurants. There’s not much within walking distance -- in fact, just walking to the resort’s exit gate can be a trek depending on where one's villa is located.

Pretty Playa Revolcadero is a 10-minute drive away, although the waves are typically too strong here for swimming. Calmer waters are found at Puerto Marques, which is about a 15-minute drive from the resort. Acapulco International Airport, the Acapulco Botanical Garden, and the Chapel of Peace are all within a 20 minute drive. 

Rooms

Spectacular rooms featuring stylish East-meets-West decor and private pavilions with pools

The Spa Pool Villa by the Rocks provides impressive vistas of the Pacific from an expansive sundeck with hammock and heated infinity pool

Guest rooms at Banyan Tree Cabo Marques are independent villas, each built into a rocky cliff face. Hillside Villas look toward dense greenery, while Oceanfront and Ocean View Villas overlook the Pacific. The By-the-Rocks Villas offer the most impressive vistas, with foaming waves crashing against the cliff and pelicans swooping overhead. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of each villa’s scenery, and all include sprawling sundecks with heated infinity pools, hammocks, lounge chairs, and soft couches shaded by Thai-style salas.

Room decor is elegant and understated, allowing the views to act as the showpiece. The chic black, white, and beige color scheme draws on minimalist Asian aesthetics, but there are also plenty of subtle Mexican elements. Framed huipils hang over beds and silver-accented throw pillows pay homage to the nearby city of Taxco. Thoughtful touches are everywhere, from bowls of prickly pear cactus fruits to free water, juices, and soft drinks from the minibar. In addition to the minibars, all rooms include flat-screen TVs with on-demand movies, and kimonos.

Bedrooms open up into large, open-concept bathrooms with two sinks separated by a gleaming black granite countertop. Colorful little treasure-chest-style boxes contain extras like mouthwash and vanity kits. Most villas include soaking tubs, surrounded by windows to maximize the views. The toilets and rainfall showers are each set behind separate frosted glass doors.

Food

Three superb restaurants offering Mexican, Asian, and fusion flavors

La Nao serves a diverse menu of Latin, Chinese, and American cuisine, including locally inspired dishes like enchiladas with guajillo sauce

The hotel’s lunch restaurant, Las Rocas Grill & Bar, is airy and inviting, with trees gracefully protruding through its wooden floor boards and decorated with hanging lanterns that sway in the breeze. Wooden chairs are softened by big cushions, and the view over the ocean is enchanting. The restaurant’s frequently-changing menu focuses on fresh seafood and meats. There’s an infinity pool alongside the restaurant, surrounded by a few bold blue lounge chairs sheltered by white-curtained pavilions.

Saffron is Banyan Tree’s signature restaurant, known for attracting non-guests with its beautiful sunset views and innovative Thai cuisine -- it serves only dinner. Seating is available in the open-air interior or on a curved terrace overlooking the ocean. With vermilion table runners popping against dark wood tables and chairs, the restaurant is sophisticated yet not stuffy.

La Nao offers a diverse menu of Latin, Chinese, and American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant’s fantastic breakfast spread offers beautifully presented platters of cheeses, fresh breads, and fruits, as well as locally inspired dishes like chicken enchiladas with guajillo sauce. Breakfasts are not included in standard room rates.

Last, there’s Las Vistas, a cozy bar and lounge that's off the lobby. Seating is available at high tops along the attractive bar, or on sofas and armchairs, which are arranged into intimate group seating areas. 

Features

Asian-influenced spa, fitness center, library, and lovely infinity pool

The hotel's Asian-influenced spa provides treatments in glass-walled pavilions with serene garden views

The hotel spa is staffed by therapists who have completed at least 350 hours of training at a Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Thailand or Indonesia. Massages and other treatments are conducted in large, glass-walled pavilions that offer serene views of the surrounding greenery.

The hotel’s modern fitness center features a range of free weights and cardio equipment. Most of the machines face the floor-to-ceiling windows with views of a thick, tropical garden. There’s also a large, wood-floored yoga studio found next to the fitness center. There is no beach at the hotel, but the narrow infinity pool is backed by cabanas and has some excellent ocean views. 

The bright 50-person meeting room offers ergonomic office chairs and dramatic full-length windows. The hotel also has a library and a gift shop selling local crafts and Banyan Tree spa items. Tours and excursions are available and Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.

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Address

Boulevard Cabo Marques Lote 1, Colonia Punta Diamante, Acapulco, Guerrero 39907, Mexico

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