Thursday, March 31, 2011

Capella, Singapore

Ensconced in its own world on the resort island of Sentosa, Capella Singapore offers a remarkably tranquil escape just 15 minutes from the bustling city, with enormous rooms and lovely ocean views. Personal assistants assigned to each guest promise to help with anything from dinner reservations to private jet charters, but it doesn't take a concierge to know that the hotel's terraced infinity pools are the place to while away a steamy Singapore afternoon.

The singular locale of Capella Singapore ensures that a vacation on Sentosa Island is like none other. Curved, modern buildings gently intermingle with both our colonial buildings and the verdant, vibrant rainforest. The South China Sea is their backyard.

This blend of the old and the new, the natural and the designed, infuses every acre of Capella Singapore. Where courtyards using native plants invite moments of introspection. Where waves gently lap against the shore of Sentosa Island, their natural energy inspiring with every crest. And where everyone is welcomed and celebrated at the luxury Singapore hotel.

Capella Singapore features 112 of the most spacious guest rooms, suites, manors and villas in Singapore. Many of the one and two bedroom garden suites and villas overlook the South China Sea and have private plunge pools with outdoor bathing facilities, which are perfect for refreshing moments of seclusion.
Visit Capella Singapore or visit Jet Setter for a great deal on this hotel.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Gallery Hotel Art, Florence

Jet Setter have given us the run down on the Gallery Hotel Art in Florence…

While Florence’s famed Ponte Vecchio is heavy with crowds of tourists, just steps away the Gallery Hotel Art offers a stylish and peaceful escape. It's no coincidence that the hotel feels like a modern art gallery, with a streamlined design and exhibits by contemporary artists in the lobby. The dedicated staff members let you experience the city as an insider: They'll pre-book museum tickets, organise daytrips and make reservations for you at the hot spot restaurants and bars in town.

Florence is one of the world’s great centers for art and design, and the Gallery Hotel Art pays homage to its home city in both name and style. Just steps away from the Ponte Vecchio, the Gallery Art opened in 1999 as one of the first Lungarno Hotels — a boutique collection owned by famed Florentine tastemakers the Ferragamo family.

Their designer pedigree is evident throughout the hotel, which isn’t over-the-top modern but feels warm and welcoming in a subtle palette of browns and creams. In the guestrooms deep beige leather headboards, light brown armoires and desks play off the white of the linens and armchairs, while the white-paneled walls are punctured with black-and-white photographs of Florence, and colorful modern works.

The Library is a quiet space to escape the Florence's buzzing crowds.
The majority of Gallery Art’s 65 guestrooms are of the standard Classic size, but a handful of Superior Rooms are slightly bigger and can connect to adjoining rooms.

The hotel’s Fusion Bar and Restaurant serves a buffet business lunch, weekend brunch and innovative dinner that blends Mediterranean and Japanese cuisine. I liked the inventive take on miso soup, made with Tuscan cannellini beans and gorgonzola, and the Chianina sushi, which uses beef from the nearby Chianti region.

Visit Jet Setter for a great deal on this hotel.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tiara Yaktsa, Cannes

It’s all about romance at the 21-room Tiara Yaktsa, which has a secluded hillside spot near a pint-size village on the French Riviera. All the rooms are expansive and subdued, but the main draw is the ever-present view of the beaches below and the yacht-strewn Mediterranean Sea. It’s hard to imagine tiring of lounging by the infinity pool or on a private Balinese-style daybed, but the hotel’s friendly staff can also set up shopping, boating and art-focused excursions.

 Classic Rooms are 236 square feet with Moroccan-inspired touches and balconies

Afternoons are best spent lounging by the infinity pool or on a private Balinese daybed

L'Or Bleu, the hotel's restaurant, serves a mix of Mediterranean and Asian fare

Monday, March 28, 2011


Traveler's Joy has given us the run down on our honeymoon to Bermuda…

An Overview
Bermuda is believed to be the most beautiful island destination in the world. For years, it has lured honeymoon couples to its pristine pink sand beaches, its quiet coves, its charming cottages and impeccably maintained gardens. It won't take long to appreciate the natural beauty - warm, crystal-clear waters; coral reefs teeming with life, glorious sunshine; and lush colorful flowers - not to mention their unique history and charming white roofs of pastel-painted architecture. No wonder they call Bermuda the island made for two.
A honeymoon in Bermuda is an experience no one should miss. The Atlantic's hues of blue and green set against pastel colored cottages and gleaming white roofs, create a lasting impression. Bermuda may seem like a tiny isolated island in geographical terms but you will discover Bermuda is surprisingly sophisticated. The country boasts fabulous hotels, restaurants with menus as imaginative as anything in London or New York, great duty-free shopping and a booming financial center. Bermuda remains a model of political and social stability and is now one of the world's leading insurance and reinsurance markets.
Activities and Attractions
Scuba Dive:
For divers, Bermuda boasts some of the most spectacular scuba diving in the world with 230 miles of reefs to explore. Bermuda's reefs are home to more than 10,000 species of marine life from the humble sea fan to migratory whales. Crystal clear waters mean visibility is often good up to 150 feet. 

Hit the beach: Bermuda is famous for its silky soft pink beaches. There is nearly 25 miles of beach ranging from long sandy stretches to intimate coves and rocky shores. Most of the island's best sand beaches can be found on the South Shore where the water tends to be rougher and conditions are often ideal for body surfing. North Shore beaches tend to be rockier but the water calmer.

Relax in a spa: Take advantage of one of the island's growing number of first-class spas to really relax while on your honeymoon. Whether you go for an invigorating hour or a full, indulgent day, it is the way to relax, rejuvenate, and revitalize yourself. The Spa at Ariel Sands, Willow Stream Spa, and the Spa at Elbow Beach are three of the top spas on the island.

Moped: One of the best ways to see the island is to rent a moped during your stay. Whizzing around on your moped, you will uncover deserted beaches, cricket matches, and other island life.

Jet ski safari: If you are an adrenaline junkie couple, take a jet ski safari or a high-speed catamaran tour around the island. Why not try a water-ski, windsurf, kitesurfing, or parasailing adventure after the safari. Whatever your choice, there is no better way to enjoy Bermuda's natural beauty than being in, out, or under the water.

Shopping: Bermuda is a shopper's paradise, whether you are hunting for luxury merchandise at affordable prices or exploring local arts and crafts. You will be tempted by a wide range of international goods and famous brand names. 

Feast: In Bermuda you will find almost every international cuisine alongside island specialties, all exquisitely prepared and presented. The island boasts some of the most sophisticated restaurants in the world, but here are also many more modest establishments where home-style dishes are served in generous quantities-at generous prices. What makes Bermudan food distinctive, however, is the freshness and diversity of local ingredients – lobster, wahoo, tuna, rockfish, red snapper, shark, and mussels.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Soneva Gili Resort & Spa

Soneva Gili is located in one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives, with jetties threading across the crystal clear water out to spacious over-sized villas that provide spectacular water views of the ocean from every room. 

Apart from the sparkling waters, the tiny island provides a very intimate atmosphere fused with luxuries of the highest international standard to create a wonderfully serene and natural experience - continuing the Soneva philosophy of Intelligent Luxury.

Room Description
Soneva Gili Villa Suite - 29 Water Villas with a king size bed. Roof top sun deck with daybed and dining facility. Over water sun deck, large living room with daybeds, dining table and chairs. Open-air private bathroom with separate glass walled shower area. Large bath tub and shower, air-conditioned bedroom, overhead fan in living room.

Soneva Gili Residences - 8 Water Residences secluded for total privacy, with king size bed. Roof top sun deck with daybed and dining facility. Over water sun deck, large living room with sitting arrangements and day beds. Air-conditioned bedroom and living room. Kitchenette, open-air private bathroom with separate glass walled shower area. Bath tub and shower. 

Soneva Gili Crusoe Residences - 7 stand alone Water Residences for ultimate privacy, with king size bed. Accessible only by boat. Jacuzzi in some residences. Each residence has its own personal rowing boat. Roof top sun deck with daybed and dining facility. Over water sun deck. Large living room with sitting arrangements and day beds. Air-conditioned bedroom and living room. Kitchenette, open-air private bathroom with separate glass walled shower area. Bath tub and shower. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Northern California & Wine Country

Travelers Joy has given us the low down on everything you need to know about Northern California & Wine Country. For grape, dining and outdoor enthusiasts, Northern California's wine region is a perfect place to spend your first days as newlyweds.

Northern California's grape-growing region is widely recognised as one of the premier places in the world for wine production. All the while, it has steadily become one of America's top honeymoon destinations thanks to its beautiful and unique landscape, diversity of activities offered, charming small towns, phenomenal dining choices, high-class wine making facilities and elite resorts and inns.

The Northern California wine region is situated a little more than an hour north of San Francisco in the counties of Mendocino, Sonoma and Napa, where ideal soil, topography and weather conditions make for excellent grape growing. While wine has been produced in the region since the 1800s, it has never been more popular or in demand as now. Today, there are more than 400 wineries across the region as compared to 1975 when there were only 25.

Meanwhile, the small towns that make up the region each have a distinctive flair and include quaint shops and boutiques featuring local artists and goods. Be sure to take a day or two to get lost in Calistoga, Healdsburg, Napa, St. Helena, Yountville, Sonoma or Kenwood.

To truly immerse yourself in all that is Northern California Wine Country, it will take you at least 7-10 days of exploration. And whether its wine tasting on your agenda, hot air ballooning, hiking, shopping or simply relaxing at a spa, Northern California Wine Country has everything you are looking for.

Where to Stay
Applewood Inn, Russian River Valley/Sonoma County, 13555 highway 116, Guerneville 
A charming hotel situated beneath giant Redwood trees in the Russian River Valley. Features a variety of accommodations plus spa services, fine dining and more.

Visit Travelers Joy to read the full article.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nihiwatu, Indonesia

Nihiwatu is a small and exclusive island hideaway in remote eastern Indonesia is one of the most extraordinary resorts. This is the ultimate in privacy, exclusivity, romance, and views of one of the most stunning locations on earth.

Spend your days meditating on the beauty that surrounds you, from the lush jungle on one side to the exclusive beach and Indian Ocean stretching out as far as the eye can see on the other. The property encompasses 175 hectares of tropical forest, rice terraces and grasslands, while its stunning two and half kilometers of beachfront are protected by headlands that ensure total exclusivity for guests. With an idyllic setting that is pristine, romantic and endlessly peaceful Nihiwatu is the perfect tropical retreat for honeymooners and couples.
Nihiwatu allows you kick back all day overlooking paradise, relax by the pool, take leisurely walks along the beach or island excursions. Excellent dining and suite accommodation are not overlooked, and the resort's friendly staff and leisure facilities ensure that amid the wonders of nature you have plenty of creature comforts. 

Visit Nihiwatu

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blissful Sun, Surf And Spa


A stunning five star resort on the absolute beachfront in the delightful village of Palm Cove in Tropical North Queensland. Nestled in the gorgeous Palm Cove village just 20 minutes north of Cairns, Angsana Great Barrier Reef is paradise redefined for nature lovers. 

Located at the doorstep of the world’s longest coral reef and oldest rainforest, the resort is the only one in Palm Cove to enjoy absolute beach frontage to the spectacular Coral Sea that leads to the Great Barrier Reef.

Don’t miss their award-winning Angsana Spa set amidst tranquil natural surroundings with breathtaking beachfront views. Be it adventure, relaxation or romance you seek, the exciting great outdoors await. From white-water rafting and bungee jumping to reef excursions or rainforest trekking, they have got it covered. 

Visit Angsana Great Barrier Reef

Monday, March 21, 2011

Holidays For Couples Romance List

Holidays For Couples has done their annual Holidays For Couples Romance List. They have scanned the globe to bring you their Top 25 New Romantic Resorts & Hotels to open in 2010 - ready for you to enjoy in 2011. Finding the next big thing in the world of new hotels and resorts can be tricky so they enlisted the smarts of an independent panel of travel writers and authors who made the final tough calls from an outstanding shortlist. Time to rewrite your travel wish list!

Visit Holidays For Couples to browse The 2011 Romance List.

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Cooper Square Hotel, New York

The Cooper Square Hotel is located on the Bowery in the heart of downtown Manhattan - a vibrant neighborhood filled with boutiques, restaurants and nightlife, and with easy access to both midtown and downtown Manhattan. Its newly constructed 21-story tower was designed by Carlos Zapata, with interiors by famed Milan designer Antonio Citterio.

The 145-room hotel is cosmopolitan and contemporary yet grounded in tradition and locale. The Cooper Square Hotel redefines modern luxury with intrepid design, well-appointed amenities, and a keen attention to comfort and service.

Guestrooms and suites combine European and New York City styles. Natural wood furniture with chrome accents evokes a residential atmosphere. Wall to wall windows offer dramatic light and panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. Bathrooms feature Italian glass mosaic tile and custom accessories.
  • Exclusive bath amenities featuring the hotel’s signature scent Wanderlust by red flower
  • Mini-bar stocked with Tina Thor jewelry, custom make-up kits by Loraine, and a variety of tasty treats
  • Sony electronics featuring high definition flat panel LCD TVs, iPod docking stations, Blu Ray DVD players and PlayStation 3s (upon request)
  • Three bathrobes in every room: plush terrycloth, sexy silk, and a lightweight yukata
  • Custom loaded iPods available
  • Extensive DVD library of hand-selected rare films
  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • 400 thread count Italian Anichini linens
  • In-room spa services
  • Cordless phones

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Alila Villas Hadahaa, Maldives

Surrounded by only the vast expanse of sky and sea, the resort’s 50 island and aqua villas, some with private pool, reflect the unique Maldivian sense of space. Here, no boundaries exist between you and the ocean. Panoramic views stretch to infinity.

The resort is about the ultimate Maldivian experience of turquoise and azure waters and fine white beaches, complemented by tranquil settings. Succumb to the healing sensation of holistic wellness at Alila Villas Hadahaa, where every experience is centred on bringing your mind, body and soul towards a new equilibrium.

The essence of the Maldives flows into the culinary and wellness experiences too. Savour authentic local cuisine and pamper yourself at the spa retreat, an oasis of indulgence and rejuvenation.

Great care has been taken in the construction of Alila Villas Hadahaa to preserve the natural vegetation in order to maintain the ambience of the island and minimise the environmental footprint of the resort. 

Environmental awareness and protection are key considerations in all our guest experiences. Alila Villas Hadahaa is the first resort in the Maldives to adhere to the standards for Green Globe certification in the construction stage and resort operations.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

UXUA Casa Hotel, Brazil

It’s unique, it’s colourful and it’s very, very cool. Creative director for international label Diesel, Wilbert Das, has set a fresh benchmark in relaxed glamour with the new UXUA Casa Hotel, overlooking Brazil’s legendary Bahian coastline. 
UXUA Casa Hotel features ten unique casas which blend seamlessly into the historic center of Trancoso, a small fishing village on Brazil’s idyllic southern Bahian coast.

Four casas are restored fishermen homes on the 16th century town green called the Quadrado, while six others sit in a lush garden. The casas were created by designer Wilbert Das in collaboration with local artisans using traditional building methods, reclaimed materials, and Brazilian antiques and art. The design blends rustic elements with contemporary comfort and roominess, and fuses in an innovative way indoor and outdoor living spaces to take advantage of a year-round, tropical climate.

Service is provided in friendly, Bahian style, including two restaurants specializing in traditional Bahian cuisine, a spa, a unique swimming pool of healing aventurine crystals, and a spectacular beach lounge created from old fishing boats.

Perfect for: laid-back couples who are looking for gorgeous beaches, unique accommodations and a cool South American vibe.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Planning Your Honeymoon

Holidays For Couples has put together the 5 things to consider when planning your honeymoon…
1. Set a Budget
It's true, the honeymoon can be just as expensive as the wedding itself. But if you're short on funds but big on dreams, there are plenty of destination options that offer affordable accommodation and activities without having to board a plane or put yourself in debt just to eat out every night. If your budget does extend further, and a more luxury experience can be had either here or abroad, still give careful consideration to where the hidden costs may lie - after all, the more money you can put towards the daily extras like dining out, shopping and sightseeing, the more memories you will be bringing home with you in your new life together.

2. Choose a Destination
Do you want an exotic destination where you drink away the hours sipping cocktails on the beach and swimming in crystal water, or a more intimate getaway to a vineyard, mountain retreat? Perhaps an adrenalin packed honeymoon on the ski slopes is more your style. Or is it a simple camping or touring itinirary that meets both your tastes and budget ideals? Choosing the right destination for your honeymoon should come down to what you, as a couple. Look at your individual and mutual tastes, and try to choose a destination that meets the divide for you both. 

3. How will you book it

Surf the internet, call travel agencies and collect brochures about the city, country or island that you are wanting to visit. Gather as much information as you can and get more than one quote on airfares and accommodation before deciding on the package or deal that's right for you. And be sure to leave yourself enough time! 

4. Packing
The clothing you will pack will depend entirely upon the season of your chosen destination. If you will be flying, you may want to have something warm handy for those cold airport stopovers and air conditioned long haul flights. Also think about what medications you should take along with you and don't forget to pack your camera and battery charger. 

5. Don't forget your transport
Make arrangements for transportation to and from the airport if you'll be flying in to your honeymoon spot, to ensure it's a smooth entry and exit to your honeymoon. And if you will be staying a while, it may be good idea to book yourself a hire car to get yourself around in and see all the sights and places in your own time, at your own pace.

Visit Holidays For Couples to read the article in full.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Five Romantic Things To Do in Puerto Rico…

Traveler's Joy have listed the top 5 romantic activities in Puerto Rico that honeymoon couples simply shouldn't miss out on.

Swim in Waterfalls 

One of Puerto Rico's greatest gems is El Yunque National Rainforest located in the northeastern mountains of the island. It is here where you'll hike the trails of the rainforest, marvel at its beauty and surrounding flora, and swim in its waterfalls. Couples should hike Mt. Britton to the tower, but do not miss La Mina Trail, for it leads to the ever-popular La Mina Falls, where you can swim in the dipping pool and marvel at the waterfall.

Romantic Sunsets in the West 

Located on the western end of the island, the sleepy surfing town of Rincon is one of Puerto Rico's most visited and celebrated spots. About 90 miles from San Juan, Rincon has its beautiful sunsets, private beaches, and quaint hotels. Because it's a few hours from San Juan, Rincon is secluded, less touristy and romantic.

Visit Old San Juan

Visit El Morro, the Spanish fortress that once protected the city from invaders. Do a little shopping and spend the day walking its narrow streets filled with shades of blues, greens and yellows. With colorful buildings, enough restaurants to satiate your every taste and quaint parks all around, there are plenty of reasons why this gem of a city is a favorite place for romance.

Take a Ferry to Culebra 

If you've ever dreamed of walking on long stretches of white sand and looking out at crystal clear blue water, Culebra is the place. Having been voted as one of the top ten beaches in the world for many years, Flamenco Beach should be your first stop. Make it a side-trip on your Puerto Rican vacation and consider staying a minimum of two days in this little piece of heaven. Couples can choose to relax and be lazy or try some great snorkeling after a brief hike to Carlos Rosario Beach. Also on the to-do list, venture south to Zoni Beach for another stretch of paradise that can't be missed.

Learn How To Salsa 
Arguably one of the sexiest dances known to man, Salsa is one of Puerto Rico's national dances and continues to engulf couples in its moves. Couples who love to dance or want to do something memorable on their honeymoon should take a salsa dance class at the Nuyorican Café, located in Old San Juan. 

Visit Traveler's Joy to read more about the top 5 romantic activities in Puerto Rico.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Bellagio, Las Vegas

Dancing fountains choreographed to music and light make The Bellagio an attraction for any visitor coming to Las Vegas. However, The Bellagio encompasses all that is romantic for the perfect honeymoon experience. As the exact replica of a lush resort in Lake Como, guests can expect the grandeur and opulence of the Italian Riviera with a little Vegas fun. Considered to be centrally located on the Strip, The Bellagio will be the perfect starting point to your day of exploration.

Made with adults-only in mind, the minimum age to enter is 18. The hotel is luxury at its best and many of its guestrooms provide sweeping views of the fountains, the Strip and the mountains in the distance. For entertainment, couples can find it all here. Cirque du Soleil will have you in awe from start to finish.

Rates start at $179/night. Visit The Bellagio for more information.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Best Caribbean Islands for Honeymoons

Honeymoons should be about relaxation, seclusion, romance and stress-free fun. With all of that in mind, the first thing that many couples envision is a beach, a drink in hand and pure relaxation. Well, the Caribbean boasts all of that and so much more.

With 28 island nations and more than 7,000 individual islands altogether, choosing the perfect Caribbean locale for you and your hubby-to-be can seem like a daunting task. But not to worry honeymooners, Traveler's Joy has got you covered. Below you'll find a taste of some of the best Caribbean islands to honeymoon in…

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico has it all, from beautiful beaches and an exciting culture, to plenty of adventure and a sizzling nightlife. Although most honeymooners stay within the confinements of the capital city of San Juan, some of the best areas can be found beyond the city limits, with each region as diverse as the next. 

St. Barts
Celebrity sightings are a regular here and it's no wonder they come frolicking to its stunning beaches. Come for its high-end duty free shopping or to soak up the rays. Either way, you'll leave relaxed and content. 
Accommodation: Eden Rock

Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos often ranks in the top 10 lists of world's best snorkeling and diving sites due to the world's third largest coral reef system. Other romantic activities here include horseback riding on Long Bay in Provo, sunset strolls in Grace Bay, and even whale watching on Salt Cay.
Accommodation: Parrott Caya

St. Lucia
Dramatic mountain peaks, crystal blue waters and luscious flora make St. Lucia a perfect place for a honeymoon. Explore a volcano, venture to banana plantations and visit mineral baths. It's easy to understand why there's plenty to see and do in St. Lucia. 

Visit Traveler's Joy to read more about the best Caribbean Islands for your honeymoon.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Margi, Greece

Situated in the most exclusive area of the Athenian Riviera, Vouliagmeni, The Margi luxury hotel is a luminous haven away from home. 

This fresh and charming boutique hotel in Vouliagmeni, is just a few steps away from Athens’ most elegant sandy beach. Boasting a yacht marina and an array of water sports, allows guests to beat the heat of the city and enjoy both luxuriant days along the coast and cool nights in the most popular clubs and restaurants of Athens. 

From each of the 89 rooms and balconies overlooking the pine forests and beaches of the Athenian Riviera, you’ll feel as though you’re a million miles away from the hectic city, but close enough to visit the historical sites and monuments.

With its superb cuisine, impeccable service and exquisite design, this unique boutique hotel in Athens, offers a truly memorable experience.  

Visit The Margi 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Constance Moofushi Resort is real tropical romance: waking to the roar of the reef, munching on fresh papaya as you gaze at the ocean, blue horizon, and diving into the warm turquoise lagoon beneath your feet. Constance Moofushi Resort is situated on the South Ari Atoll and is widely regarded as one of the best diving spots in the world. 

If you are beach-lovers and you are looking for the ultimate romantic barefoot-and-sarong destination, this is it. Constance Moofushi Resort is one of the few spots in the Maldives to be surrounded by a spectacular reef and to have proximity to not one but three large lagoons, which means the snorkelling and diving really doesn’t get much more varied and exciting than here. 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Great Getaways For You & Your Pet


Pets are people too, and like us they deserve a bit of holiday every now and then from the stresses and strains of being pampered and adored.
Stayz is your source for pet-friendly holiday accommodation. They even have a special category just for pet-friendly accommodation to make it easy for you to find a great spot.

Here is a short selection of pet-friendly properties we found for around $200 a night:

Serendipity - NSW from $200
River Pearl - NSW
from $125
The Sanctuary - QLD
from $165
Kokomo Villa North - QLD
from $150
Anchorage Cottage - VIC
from $160

Visit Stayz for more pet-friendly accommodation

Friday, March 4, 2011

Peace & Relaxation in Mexico…

Crystal waters, white sand beaches and impeccable attention to detail has continually drawn honeymooners to The Tides Zihuatanejo in Mexico. Surrounded by the jungle, gardens and one of the most beautiful beaches in Zihuatanejo Bay, The Tides connects its guests to nature. The 70-room resort, about 150 miles north of Acapulco near the town of Ixtapa, caters to your every need but maintains a relaxed small-village vibe.