Price Band: $$
Tags: Beach, family friendly, town, economical
Price Band: $$
Tags: Beach, family friendly, town, economical
In a nutshell:
Central location on Zihuatanejo’s Madera beach, close to the downtown area. Most rooms have great views, but beware that there are lots of steps around the property – it is not recommended for those with limited mobility. Family suites and Villa Don Agustin are great for kids and groups.
Aura del Mar is a charming small hotel with an excellent location. It’s situated right on Madera beach, just a short walk from Zihuatanejo’s downtown area.
Aura del Mar is perfect for families and offers an excellent range of accommodation with plenty of space and good facilities. Villa Don Agustin in particular would make a great choice for larger families or even small groups.
The hotel is great for couples too – the Master Suites are a perfect choice for a romantic getaway.
The hotel is built down a steep hill and as a result there are several flights of stairs separating the rooms and hotel facilities; as there is no elevator it wouldn’t be a good choice for elderly people or anyone with mobility problems.
There is plenty to keep both children and adults amused. The hotel has a games room with table tennis and board games, a large swimming pool with a slide and it is just a short climb down to Madera beach.
The hotel is a charming mix of sloping red tiled roofs, stucco walls and lop-sided wooden balconies that give it the appearance of a quaint Mediterranean hillside village. Stairs and walkways are adorned with beautiful tropical flowers and plants and in the shady corridors, you’ll notice alcoves decorated with local artwork.
The rooms are arranged through several different levels and those on the elevated cliff-side positions enjoy fabulous views of the beach and ocean.
There is a good range of accommodations to suit both couples and families. All of the rooms are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV and refrigerators and the suites have generous balconies facing the ocean with sun beds. Some of the suites even feature outdoor Jacuzzis. The Bahia and Zihua Suites have the added advantage of kitchenettes while suite Noyoltzi and Villa Don Agustin both have fully-equipped kitchens, sitting and dining areas which makes them a great choice for families.
Note though that the layout of the hotel does mean that there are a lot of steps to climb – the lobby, pool and beach are all separated by several flights of stairs and there is no elevator, so it would not make a good choice for those with impaired movement.
Summary of room facilities
Air conditioning, coffee maker, room safe, minibar, cable TV, terrace overlooking the bay.
1 king bed and a sofa bed or two double beds
Junior Suite with Jacuzzi
1 king bed and a sofa bed or two double beds and a Jacuzzi on the terrace
1 king bed, a sitting area with 2 twin beds, Jacuzzi on the terrace
1 king bed and a sitting area, terrace with Jacuzzi
King size, sitting room, kitchenette, terrace with hammock and Jacuzzi
Two bedrooms – Bedroom One with King bed and sofa bed, terrace with Jacuzzi, bathroom. Bedroom Two with king bed, bathroom and balcony. Sitting room, kitchenette, dining area, terrace with hammock and Jacuzzi
Two bedrooms – Bedroom One with King bed, terrace, bathroom. Bedroom Two with two double beds, terrace, bathroom. Small TV room can be used as third bedroom. Sitting room, kitchenette, dining area, large terrace.
Villa Don Agustin
Four bedrooms – Master Suite with King bed, bathroom and terrace with Jacuzzi, other bedrooms with 2 double beds and bathroom. Small TV room can be used as additional bedroom. Sitting room, kitchen, dining area, terrace with private pool and Jacuzzi, Direct access to the beach.
Junior Suites have a king size bed and a sofa bed or two double beds. The rooms are spacious and double glass doors opening on the terrace mean that there is plenty of natural light. The rooms have remote controlled air conditioning, satellite TV, refrigerators and coffee makers. The Junior Suites with Jacuzzi have the added luxury of an outdoor Jacuzzi on their terrace.
Bathrooms are simple and traditional in style. They feature hand painted Mexican tiles and wash basins. You will find a double vanity and a bath tub with a shower over. There is a large mirror with good lighting. Purified bottled water is provided along with a hairdryer and a good supply of toiletries.
These suites are perfect for those traveling with young children. The spacious rooms have a king size bed and an open plan sitting area with sofas that convert into two twin beds.
The rooms have a terrace with sun beds and a Jacuzzi. In general they have the same amenities as the Junior Suites including satellite TV and refrigerator.
For added convenience the Bahia and Zihua Suites also feature kitchenettes.
This beautiful villa is perfect for larger families or for groups of friends traveling together. There is a master suite with king size bed and outdoor Jacuzzi and three further bedrooms with two double beds.
The villa is located towards the bottom of the cliff side, close to the beach and has its own private pool and Jacuzzi. It also boasts a large outside sitting area, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen and indoor sitting room with widescreen TV, CD and DVD Player. The sofas in the sitting room can be converted into single beds for additional sleeping space.
The Master Suite is located on the second floor of the villa. It’s a huge room with a king size bed and large terrace with seating and outdoor Jacuzzi. There’s also a large bathroom with sunken bath tub and separate shower.
There are three further bedrooms in the villa that each have two double beds.
Two of the rooms are located on the ground floor and the other on the second floor close to the Master Suite. These double rooms offer lots of space. Pretty pastel colors, cool marble floors and rattan furniture predominate. Bathrooms have a bathtub with a shower over.
The villa has a large pool area with sun lounges, comfy seating and parasols. The swimming pool is large enough for laps and to one side is a Jacuzzi. The whole pool area is well screened from the rest of the hotel and is just a few steps away from the beach.
Located right on the edge of the beach, the restaurant has an unusual sail roof that gives it a light and airy feel. It’s a great place to sit and relax and enjoy the fabulous ocean views from the beachside tables.
Bistro del Mar serves a good mix of dishes from pizza and hamburgers to seafood dishes using locally caught fish. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and there’s also a small bar area for those just wanting drinks.
Madera beach is a lovely little bay that’s protected by rocks on either side and fringed with palm trees. It isn’t a huge beach but it’s certainly long enough for a gentle little stroll by the water’s edge
The water here is very calm and shelves very gently so it’s perfect for children and great for swimming. There are a few beach bars close by too . Guests can relax on the edge of the beach where the hotel provides comfortable sun loungers arranged under shady palapas.
The pretty swimming pool has a large sun terrace with tables, chairs, comfortable sun lounges and parasols for shade. Drinks and snacks are served here, so its easy to while away the day with a book and a gentle swim to cool off.
Kids will love the giant water slide and there are plenty of inflatables to keep them entertained in the water.
The closest airport is Ixtapa-Zihautanejo (ZIH), about 8 miles away, and the journey by car takes about 20 minutes.
From the airport, follow the signs for Zihuatanejo ‘Centro’ and then Playa la Ropa and Playa la Madera.
You will reach a junction where you will see the Diario de Zihuatanejo Office; here you take a right turn.
At the end of this street there is a turning to your left which takes you up a steep hill. Go up the hill and turn left. The hotel will be on your left hand side.
Parking is available on the road outside of the hotel.