Victoria Alexander

Hotel Encanto

  • Where:Acapulco
  • Why:To refresh my eyes with stunning views and clean lines.
  • When:May 2013
  • Who:Antoine Ratigan, CEO of Encanto Group, and Me.
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Airy restaurant with great healthy fare. The Sunset room.

Hard to wake up room situation.

Hallways to infinity.

Pool with built-in trees and bar... ideal.

Antoine sitting pretty in one of the many gazebos.


Nice beachy touches everywhere.

Welcome to Encanto.

Highs & Lows

  • The all white colorscape, clean lines, and endless views allow every guest to really feel like you are getting away. Once at Encanto you have no need, or desire to leave.

  • The rooms are large and most have their own terraces. For a couple the set up is ideal because it is your own home away from home. I had a hard time deciding where to relax because there were so many lounging options inside and out of my room.

  • The hotel recently brought the spa team from the Setai Miami to train the technicians. A killer Thai massage with a view of the ocean was one of my more memorable moments of chill time.

  • Given Acapulco's well- publicized issues, there are lesser expensive hotels in the area. However, they probably won't match the quality or luxuriousness of Encanto.

  • One restaurant limits menu options but the staff is helpful and can recomend great local restaurants if you care to venture out and explore beyond the hotel.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Mini Bar

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 36/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Architectural gem with endless views.

  • Vibe

    Sleek, modern, and beachy chic.

  • Location

    Provoking awe upon first sight, the Encanto is perched atop a hillside in the Brisas Marques luxurious gated coummunity. Its location offers killer views, while keeping the perfect distance from the bustle of the lower Acapulco main city.

  • Rooms

    44 rooms (20 have their own pools and 24 their own private terrace). My favorite room has a view of two bays, both Acapulco and Pichilingue.

  • Music

    In the main family areas there are cool playlists that are soothing during the day and trendy at night. Each room has a Samsung dock for playing your own device, and soon the hotel will start Encanto Sessions, a partnership with LA's Cafe Del Mar to bring new cutting edge artists to play live.

  • Year Opened

    Opened in 2009, revamped in 2012.

  • Designed By

    Miguel Angel Aragones, one of Mexico's foremost architects.

  • Pool/Gym

    Water is a common theme of the hotel with little “pool rivers” throughout. The main infinity pool boasts a sunset bar, fully grown trees, and a vast view of the Pacific Ocean. There is also a beach club with private ocean access and chic pillows to lay out on. The gym is on the top floor with full window views in addition to a boxing area provided by former Mohammed Ali Trainer Angelo Dundee’s 5th St. Gym.

  • Restaurant

    Monica Patiño, a well-known Mexican Chef, took over the kitchen of “Origen” last year and provides Mexican staples such as a Duck with Pipian sauce that features a tamale and beans with mint in addition to tradicional Acapulco seafood such as Ceviche Verd and fresh fish dishes like the “Robalo a la Talla.”

  • Bar

    It IS Acapulco afterall! The Sunset Bar is an ideal family room-style area perfect for cocktails at the end of the day. A favorite of mine are the mojitos.

  • Children

    Little ones are welcome, but better suited for those ages 8+.

  • Price

    Depending on the season, rooms start at $250 USD.

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