Mazatlan may not have the globally recognized luxury hotel brands that dot some Mexico beach destinations, but the so-called “Pearl of the Pacific” offers a surprising number of ways to pamper travelers looking for an upscale vacation experience. During a recent visit for the 23rd annual Fiesta Amigos event, which recognizes industry partners and new tourism developments, I was able to investigate (and enjoy) some of the city’s most luxurious offerings.
Upscale hotel options in Mazatlan can satisfy travelers who prefer large-scale resorts, as well as those who favor smaller, intimate settings. Pueblo Bonito Golf & Spa Resorts operates multiple all-inclusive properties in Mazatlan, including Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa, which is the destination’s only AAA Four Diamond resort, and Pueblo Bonito Emerald Estates, which has three-bedroom villas and access to a spa, tennis courts and a private beach. El Cid Marina Beach Hotel, part of the El Cid Resorts portfolio, is another good choice, featuring spacious one-bedroom suites among the top-of-the-line accommodations, with easy access to a private marina and a free shuttle to the facilities at nearby El Cid Golf & Country Club. The marina property also recently opened a new spa facility, which offers treatments at reasonable prices.
Travelers looking for boutique-style luxury should consider Casa Lucila, an eight-room property that faces the ocean in the Olas Altas neighborhood. Set partially in a handsomely restored former residence, the hotel is graced with wood furnishings, original artwork, a spa, a restaurant and a small infinity pool with postcard-worthy ocean views. In addition to the vistas, Casa Lucila is also close to many restaurants and attractions in historic downtown Mazatlan.
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