Many Acapulco resorts are sprawling beachfront operations in the heart of the hectic tourist strip. These boutique hotels have secluded oceanside locations -- perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of central Acapulco -- as well as super-sophisticated designs and superb amenities. See our picks for the top boutique hotels in Acapulco, Mexico.
Designed by prominent Mexican architect Miguel Ángel Aragonés, Hotel Encanto is a minimalist masterpiece. But it’s certainly not modest -- everything about this boutique art hotel is eye-catching. An all-white decor contrasts boldly against the bright blue waters of the pool as well as the ocean on the horizon. An LCD lighting system illuminates the building and rooms, making the pool appear even bluer and casting the contemporary guest rooms in soft tones of lavender, violet, and yellow. (All rooms have furnished balconies, some have plunge pools and dining tables.) The open-air restaurant and the stunning spa both feature large terraces overlooking the ocean.
The 45 guest rooms at Banyan Tree Cabo Marques are spectacular, independent villas, each built into a rocky cliff face. 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. The stylish East-meets-West decor of the rooms is found throughout the resort, including the three excellent and the spa, which is staffed by therapists who have completed at least 350 hours of training at a Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Thailand or Indonesia.