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Amuleto is incredible
When we first saw the Amuleto website, it seemed too good to be true. When we arrived, it took our breath away!
Amuleto surpassed our expectations starting with the tucked-away setting, the truly warm and friendly staff, the incredible architecture, and that view! The breakfasts (and all the meals) were delicious. The walk to Playa La Ropa took about 20 minutes, and was thoroughly enjoyable.
We have been to Mexico many times in our 30 years together, and this was by far the most beautiful and memorable experience. Ricardo and Neglia (the owners) were more the gracious, and we can't thank them enough.
We will definitely be back.
Can't Wait To Get Back To Paradise
I've traveled to many places in the world and stayed in many hotels but never have I felt as home anywhere as in this little slice of paradise. Not only is the hotel situated over one of the most gorgeous views but it also reflects the warm charm and inviting atmoshpere of Mexico. Amuleto is graced with great surroundings, architecture, staff and service and most importantly, wonderful hosts. Ricardo and Neglia manage to make every guest feel like family. The food, the drink, the company make Amuleto the place to stay when visiting Mexico's West Coast. I couldn't recommend it more.
My Wife and I spent absolutely wonderful days in this fantastic refuge located at the Vigia Hill looking at the beatiful sunsets of the Pacific Ocean in Zihuatanejo. The rooms are extremely cozy, confortable and charming, each one is decorated individually. The Restaurant is really excelent and the meals are creative and light. The staff has a nice and good humored way of treating guests, maybe this is due to the homely and friendly way the owners welcome people in this little paradise.
Friends of ours have gone to Zihua a few times and stay at Villa Del Sol, which looks lovely, but since this was for our honeymoon, we wanted to go someplace a bit more intimate. We found Amuleto online and thought it looked just like paradise -- and it is!! We stayed there five nights, and it was truly heaven. The staff does everything just right -- they're professional and treat you with utmost respect, while at the same time being warm and personal and friendly.
The location is away from most other hotels -- up a steep hill -- so it's a bit remote, but that's part of its charm. It's secluded, private, safe and secure, and intimate. And though it's not right near the other hotels, it's just a quick cab ride to get to other hotels/restaurants/town, and the beach is about a 15-minute walk away (though you probably want to cab back UP the hill!). All of the other nice hotels are also a cab ride away from town, so we never felt the location of Amuleto was an inconvenience in any way. We really enjoyed being away from the crowds and the bigger hotels directly on the beach. They're beautiful, but definitely more populated and less peaceful.
Amuleto has only six rooms, and all guests/visitors need to get buzzed into the front door, so the staff is very aware of who is on the premises, which leaves you feeling nice and safe -- we didn't even lock our door when we went out! Our bed was done twice a day -- made in the morning and turned down at night -- and every night we had a different flower petal design on our bed -- we looked forward to coming back to the room after dinner every night just to see our newest design! We were in one of the main suites (#4), and we had our own infinity plunge pool and an outdoor shower (covered by a roof, but open on the sides so you could see the view and the patio) -- the pool and shower alone are reason to stay there!! :)
The views (esp. of the sunsets!!) are unmatched by any other location in Zihua -- just breathtaking.
In addition to the staff, the location, the rooms, the serenity, and so on, the food was also to die for. Breakfast is included, and it is no lame continental breakfast -- it is a full-on huge breakfast! We had chicken sopes almost every day for lunch, and they were just SO GOOD! We had dinner there twice as well, and both times, it was just excellent from start to finish.
The one negative of our trip was the mosquitos -- ugh! But Amuleto supplied us with both bug spray as well as anti-itch cream, which helped a lot! I guess fall is their rainy season though, and thus buggy season.
So all in all, we would give Amuleto five stars (six if we could!) and cannot wait to go back!!
Paradise on earth!
My husband and I just got back from 7 days at the Amuleto. What a wonderful place! Words cannot describe our unique and private room. We had our own infinity pool, a large and private deck, hammock and our bathroom shower was partially outdoors in a jungle setting! From the lush breakfasts to the flowers placed on your bed at night, every attention to detail was a delight.
Our view of the bay was awesome and breathtaking from our private deck.
I highly recommend this lovely, unique hideaway to anyone desiring privacy, relaxation and CLASS!
The Absolute Best!
My girlfriend and I just returned from a three night stay at the Amuleto, Jan 3-Jan 6th 2007. The review of Zihuatanejo and the Amulteo in GQ sparked our interest, so I decided to research further on Trip Advisor. I saw that most all of the reviews were exceptional, so we decided to check it out.
I can honestly say, I have never had a more positive experience ever at a hotel. The private rooms, service, food and architecture were absolutely magnificent. Since there are only 6 or 7 suites (we stayed in the Main Suite), you feel like you are staying at a luxurious home with one of the most breathtaking views, rivaling that of Santorini, Greece. As well, Ricardo the owner was very nice and a terrific host. All the positive reviews on this site were 100% accurate, but I just want to comment on two of the non-favorable reviews on this site, as the points they brought up did slightly concern me BEFORE we booked.
1. It was stated that the Amuleto was too far out of the way the cabs are a rip off and for the extra $$ you should stay at La Casa Que Canta. NOT TRUE.
The Amulteo's location is a little further up the mountain, but this is why it has the BEST views in Zihuatanejo. No matter where you stay, you'll want to take cabs anyway becuse the roads are very dark to walk at night. The cabs are not rip offs, they cost from $3 to $7 depending on where you want to go. It costs about $3 to get to the beach. At the Amulteo, by cab you are 4 minutes away from the beach. Also, we went to LCQC because we heard so much about it and I promise you, the Amuleto is far more elegant. We love going to the beach, but once we got to the Amulteo, we didn't want to leave.
2. A post metioned that the food was not the best and the staff was rude. Again, NOT TRUE!
We live in NYC where there are some of the top restaurants in the world. While in Zihuatanejo, we also ate at other top places; La Cala and Villa del Sol. The food at Amuleto was the freshest and best we had in Zihua. Even the other guests that were staying there commented that in their opinion, the food was far better at the Amuleto. The hotel and wait staff were very nice and there to offer help when you needed it.
3. A post said that there were all honeymooners there.
When we were there, there were other couples (no honeymooners), everyone was extremely friendly and were there to relax and have a good time. Even if there were couples there on their honeymoon, it wouldn't have mad a difference.
Aside from the Amulteo, as Zihuatanejo has some of the best fishing in the world. We went fishing on the Mar Azul, with Captain Bernie (just go down to the Municipal Pier at 2 pm or so when the boats are getting back in and ask for him). He is a Zihautanejo Native and speaks English, German, French and Spanish. Most of the fishing boats are a little beat up, so don't expect the luxury boats that you find in Cabo. But the world class fishing and knowledgable Captians make up for it. We had an excellent day on the water and ended up with two 125lb sailfish.
So, in the end, if you are thinking of going to Zihuatanejo the Amulteo the ONLY place to stay, no question. You really can't go wrong. Have a good trip!
Heaven on Earth
This hotel is truly heaven on earth. The amazing views are breath-taking. Imagine being on your private terrace, sipping pina coladas, and watching butterflies as big as your hands float by amongst tropical flowers. Then, when it gets too hot, jumping into your private plunge pool enclosed by beautiful, lush jungle plants, and the only sound you hear is the hum of insects and birdsong.
The plunge pool suites are the way to go; they are huuuuge, plus showering in the the partially outdoor bathroom, while you are overlooking the bay, will make you the cleanest person in Mexico. If you don't need air conditioning, the ultra luxurious palapa suite is the way to go. The staff are hardworking, pleasant, respect your privacy, and will do anything in their power for you. We felt like leaving friends at the end of our stay.
There are some down sides to Amuleto. Yes, sadly, nothing in this world is perfect. Be prepared for a 10-minute $5.00 US cab ride in to town, and I don't recommend walking pretty much anywhere as the road down to La Ropa beach is extremely steep, winding, plus there is no shoulder to walk on. You will have to jump into a ditch to avoid traffic. If you need constant stimulation or social activities, this hotel has none. If you are at all squeamish about bugs or wildlife be forwarned that you will see 3" bees going by, there are little geckos scuttling around, and you will find some surprises in your bathroom, such as praying mantis, tiny centipedes, plus one night we found little a frog. We found this interesting, but some people won't.
This is the place to DO NOTHING. And, Amuleto weaves some sort of magic spell so this is indeed possible. It is an oasis for people wanting to get away to enjoy quiet luxury, so you may not see anyone all day long. In fact, on some nights, we were the only people dining there.
Which brings us to the food. They have a skilled Mexican cook for breakfast; the choice is tremendous, plus servings are huge. The fresh-squeezed tropical juices are a real treat. We rarely ate lunch unless we "planned" for it by eating just fruit and yogurt. Make sure to try the Chilaqueles, (CHILL-a-kee-lees) they are the best we have ever tasted.
In total honesty, I found the french-based menu to be somewhat heavy, as a fair number of entrees come covered in heavy sauces. However, you can order anything without the sauce. Don't get me wrong, the food is very good and you won't be disappointed ; but we did not find it on par with high-end restaurants in New York as previous reviewers have noted. We are well-dined foodies, and judge the food to be perhaps a notch below. Which is VERY ok. You do not come to Zi for gourmet food. If you want New York gourmet food, then go to New York. Remember two words though: Shrimp Tacos. Their shrimp tacos will send you over the moon.
Overall, Amuleto provided us with one of the most fantastic vacation of our lives. It is pricey, yes; but having my extremely hard working Type-A husband being the most relaxed that I have seen in my life: Priceless.
Amuleto provided the perfect escape for us. Exhausted from hectic work and parenting schedules, we needed a quiet, secluded place to recharge our batteries. Amuleto fit the bill perfectly! The relaxed atmosphere, caring staff, and ideal setting made for our best vacation ever. The included breakfast is excellent...not what you might expect from your average hotel. Other meals were very good as well. (I'd recommend whatever fresh fish is featured on the menu, as well as the steaks.)
This is a great spot for laid-back couples to relax and enjoy each other's company.
Highly, highly recommended!!!
My wife and I stayed here over New Year's and WOW!!! We have been all over the world and this vacation and this hotel were, hands down, one of the best we have ever experienced. The view from the hotel alone is worth a million dollars but add the beautiful rooms, the tranquility of the location, the second-to-none food (prepared by some awesome chefs), the world class service (that's you, Judith!), and the friendliness of the owners, and you have an unsurpassable combination.
We hope to come back soon, but our plans for New Year's '07-'08 won't let us. If you go, don't forget to ask for the chocolate passion fruit dessert - perhaps the best dessert we have ever had!!!! Ricardo, if you are reading this, the judge from Virginia and his wife say, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for our wonderful stay!!!
Don't bother looking for any other places to stay in Zihua; you'll be truly sorry if you don't stay here.
Beautiful Boutique Hotel
My husband and I stayed at Amuleto for 6 nights from Feb.
4 - 10. Our stay was the perfect spot to escape the very cold
and snowy Colorado winter.
We have stayed at La Casa Que Canta 3 previous times but
after reading about Amuleto in a summer issue of Conde
Naste Traveller decided to give this rather new hotel a try.
We loved Amuleto and will stay here over LCQC (which we love) for our visits to come. We loved the intimacy of the hotel,
only 6 rooms.
Everything about Amuleto is beautiful! The first impression we
received was of the huge cascading terrace of white and purple bougainvillea which frames the front door. Amuleto sits up very
high on the hill and so the views of the bay are just stunning.
The sunsets are spectacular and far better than the views
at LCQC. We stayed in Main Suite #5. It was very large,
beautifully decorated, with views from all sides. There is a
wonderful open air shower, a huge tiled terrace with lounge
chairs, dining table and chairs, a huge hammock
for 2, a most wonderful infinity-plunge pool all with spectalcular
views of Zihua bay. One sees La Ropa to the right and Las
Gatas to the left.
We were able to see all the rooms except for the Palapal Suite.
You could not have a bad room here. Even the Standard
Rooms we felt were spacious and had the most wonderful and
romantic outdoor garden area to enjoy. The newest suite #1 is palatial.
The main pool is beautiful. Although we had our own pool
we also enjoyed the expansive view from the main infinity pool.
Since the hotel is so small one never had to worry about getting
a perfect spot.
Breakfast is included in the tariff. The woman who made
breakfast is a goddess! The Mexican Enchiladas were so
delicious. My husband said the omelette with roasted chiles
was the best omelette he has ever had! All breads, muffins, and croissants were made fresh daily. For lunch we took another
reviewer's suggestion and had the shrimp tacos.....MANY TIMES!
Dinner at the hotel was very romantic. Extra chairs and tables
are set up to accomodate guests from outside the hotel. But
the restaurant never looses its feel of intimacy.
We loved that while at Amuleto we were removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown and the busy beaches. We did enjoy walking down to La Ropa beach one morning so we could
feel worthy of another delcious breakfast. A cab downtown is only $5.
All the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. We enjoyed chatting with Ricardo, the owner, who was there during most
of our stay.
In summary we felt that Amuleto is a most Beautiful Boutique
Hotel. It in no way felt like a B & B. The grounds and rooms
were very artistically conceived. We could be as private as
we wished or converse with the other guests who were all
We look forward to returning to this gem!
Kate and Jim Smailer