Posted by Phyllis on December 15, 2000 at 18:17:42:
We were in Ixtapa December 3-10 and stayed at the Westin. They were in the process of changing over to their new name, Las Brisas Ixtapa. We watched all week as they painted the new sign, taking off the Westin name. We heard from all of the help that nothing would change. We certainly hope it won’t because everything was perfect -- the weather was in the 90’s all week, the ocean was rough but warm, the service was fabulous. We started each day by playing tennis before it got too hot and then went to the beach and then to the pool. What a life! The Westin is high on a hill with many steps to walk – beware if you aren’t in good shape. There were very few people at our hotel or at any of the restaurants where we ate. For us, who wanted solitude, it was great. The Marina was more lively than most places. We did go into Zihuatenejo several days to walk around and shop. The stores there have a more interesting selection of items at lower prices than those in Ixtapa. Our evening dinners were all special. Casa Que Canta was picturesque overlooking the bay and all the blinking lights of the town. At Puerto Mio we had a seafood linguine and filet mignon which was excellent. We also ate at Villa Del Selva on the hill above the Westin and watched the cute raccoon families on the hill come out and stand on their hind legs and beg for food. At the Marina we ate at Beccofino which had fine food, but not the ambience, peacefulness and service of the other restaurants. Almost all of the restaurants at the Marina were empty, but Beccofino was full. As someone else mentioned, the Las Brisas 2 restaurant at the Westin was outstanding. It is set high on the hill on several levels with a pathway of little white lights. Shrimp and lobster were flambéed at the tables. The palms trees were swaying below and the roar of the crashing waves could be heard. Everyone there was in awe of the setting. Service was extremely attentive. This restaurant is not well advertised and would be hard to find if you weren’t a guest in the hotel. It is worth looking for. This was our third visit to Ixtapa and the Westin. The people everywhere were friendly, smiling and accommodating. Taxi drivers were very honest and prices were fair. On one of our cab rides to Puerto Mio two cows came walking down the road and parted to let our car pass. We have been to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas and none of them could compare with our experience in Ixtapa/Zihuatenejo. We will now spend the next 11 months with our photos, memories and credit card bills to remind us of this great trip.