Friday February 8, 2013 at 5:05 AM | 2 Comments
Overlooking Olas Altas Bay, in the foothills of the Sierra Madres mountains, Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort and Spa is situated on 20-acres in Mazatlan, Mexico. The four-star, all-suite resort opened its doors in 1987, offering views of the Pacific Ocean and its own beach. Located in Nuevo Mazatlán, the resort is designed as a hacienda of villas that meander through a grove of 150-year-old mangrove trees.
Each of the 337 suites comes with a private balcony or terrace and beach or ocean views. While I didn’t use the kitchenette, families might make use of this option. If this is a multi-generation vacation, grandma and grandpa or anyone with walking issues will appreciate the golf cart shuttle service. This was my first international trip after my hip replacement, so I was happy to access the shuttle to the restaurant for breakfast each morning.
Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort accommodations
All inclusive meal plan option
- 24-hour in-suite services* *Additional charges apply
- secluded Pacific Ocean beach access
- restaurants and swim-up bar
- Access to two outdoor swimming pools and hot tub
- Complimentary shuttle service to and from Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán (cheaper than a taxi!)
- Daily on site activities including Spanish classes, aqua-aerobics, nature preserve tours, bingo, bartending and cooking classes
- Fitness Center: Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa (open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.), Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán (open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Junior Suite
My room, #1736, in the Claussen Building, was a junior suite that could accommodate 2-4 people with two queen beds. The rate during my January stay was $282 per night. Check the website for package deals, including airfare.
I flew direct from Oakland International Airport in Northern California via Cal Jet Air to Mazatlán.
Armonia Spa at Emerald Bay
After a day of sighting seeing or if the weather is a bit cold, book a visit to Armonia Spa at Emerald Bay. At 16,500 square feet, Armonia is the largest spa in Mazatlán . Whether you prefer to soak a natural (swim suits are optional in the same sex locker room spa facilities) or with your bathing suit, save time for the hot tub before or after your spa treatment. There is a multi-step circuit to enjoy with steam rooms, Jacuzzi, sauna, cold water plunges, showers and a relaxation lounge.
Check in: 4:00 p.m.
Check out: 10:00 a.m.
If you need internet access during your stay, request a room close to the main building. While all rooms are wifi accessible, my internet access was spotty during the trip. There was good wifi in the deli on the first floor of my villa. Of course, most visitors are traveling to Mazatlán for the beaches and activities; a strong wifi signal is typically not high on the amenity wish list.
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If You Go:
Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa 1-800-990-8250
201 Av. Ernesto Coppel Campana
Mazatlán, Sinaloa 82110, Mexico
Article written by and photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of Mazatlán Hotel Association.