B lack-and-white plumed parrots squawked in local flor de mayo (mayflower) trees, and pelicans soared overhead, floating
on thermal columns. Occasionally, a small vulture
swooped down to drink from our villa’s private
pool, which also served as the perfect perch for bird
watching. Our accommodations were mounted on
a jungle cliffside some 300 feet above a sparkling
sapphire bay, and we passed the time by blissing out
to the sound of crashing surf far below and taking
in Acapulco’s fiery sunsets.
With 45 secluded villas on sturdy concrete
pillars — all with private pools — Banyan Tree
Cabo Marques is the epitome of luxury in Acapulco.
Located within the affluent gated Punta Diamante
district ( 20 minutes from Acapulco International
Airport), the property offers clients a safe and
exclusive getaway, along with the services of in-villa
dining, three restaurants, two additional pools and a
With high, pointed roofs, expansive wooden decks
and separate lounge pavilions with daybeds outside,
ON-SI TE REVIEW
Acapulco Meets Asia
Cliffside villas at Banyan Tree Cabo Marques
offer couples secluded tropical luxury
Janice Mucalov and George Mucalov
the villas have an Asian-inspired feel (perhaps not
surprising, since Banyan Tree is an Asia-based hotel
group). Floors are marble, and through a wall of glass
running from bedroom to bathroom, we had sweep-
ing views of Acapulco Bay visible from our king-size
bed. At night, golden-hued onyx lamps cast a soft
light inside, and scented candles and incense were
lit during turndown service.
Each villa also features a plasma television, Wi-Fi
access, an in-room Nespresso machine and complimentary use of the non-alcoholic minibar. Other
goodies include black-and-white cotton kimonos,
slippers, flip-flops, a beach bag and a pillow menu.
Banyan Tree is eco-conscious, so no plastic bags or
paper towels are used. Large refillable ceramic bottles
contain the hotel chain’s signature Thai Chamanard
flower-scented bath products.
After a bountiful buffet breakfast, our hardest
decision was when to move from pool to pool. We
would start at the dramatic infinity pool (good for
swimming laps) outside La Nao, the all-day restau-
rant. The clifftop views are spectacular here, and
double curtained daybeds invite relaxation. Then,
hoping to see the shy raccoon-like coatis that roam
the lush grounds, we would walk down to the
smaller rectangular pool at Las Rocas Grill & Bar.
Nestled between rocks at the bottom of the cliff,
it’s a more intimate setting for lunch, and we could
have fresh seafood underneath shady trees. Later, a
buggy would whisk us back up winding paths to our
villa and our own heated pool.
We didn’t try the spa, where therapists who have
trained at Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Phuket,
Thailand, offer Asian-influenced treatments. But we
can vouch for Saffron, the hotel’s Thai restaurant —
everything was top-notch, from the lychee martinis
to the delicately spiced shrimp and beef curry.
This AAA Five-Diamond resort oozes romance
and serenity — a perfect place for couples to jet in
and connect with each other while being pampered
in tropical luxury.
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Banyan Tree Cabo Marques
is built into the cliffside and
features amazing views.