For years your LA Travel Diva Examiner and her husband Richard fled to a small hotel called Villa del Sol to celebrate special occasions from anniversaries to Valentine’s Day. Located on a once pristine, secluded beach, the property oozed with romance. There was Orlando at the popular palapa bar that bore his name who always remembered your drink and served it generously with a big Mexican-style grin. And there was proprietor Helmut Leins, a German-transplant who fell in love with the area during vacations so much he bought land and built a dream hotel.
The hotel was our little love nest where we lazed on the beach during the day, ate lunch on the beach, sipped margaritas at sunset, dine under the stars at night, slept in a canopied bed, and took early morning and late afternoon swims in the warm bay. Each time we arrived we would find our bed adorned with flowers in the shape of the hear and our washclothes twisted in swans. We're talking romance here folks.
After a couple of visits and several articles penned by Richard in Playboy, Los Angeles and other magazines, Helmut became a close friend whose door was always open to his North American amigos (he spoke fluent Spanish as well as many other languages) since sold the resort but still returns for regular vacations.
Today our charming little getaway is called Viceroy Zihuatanejo. It is still considered one of the most romantic places to stay in Mexico. And they are offering a Valentine’s Day package that sounds dreamily divine. It’s called the Linger Longer Package (buy 3 nights for the price of two for $299) and includes a daily breakfast and two 50 minute massages. The food was always delicious at the hotel and hopefully has remained the same. A special Valentine’s Day dinner sounds inviting and should be for $80 a person.
Here’s the menu:
Foie gras a la Plancha on Waffle
Served with Berries, Chocolate Sauce From of Oaxaca and a Touch of Habanero
Arugula Salad and Crispy Ravioli with Lobster
Accompanied by Supreme Tangerine Covered w/ Black and White Chocolate
With Caramelized Walnuts and Citrus, Honey and Vanilla Vinaigrette
Roasted Beet and White Chocolate Soup
Grilled Sea Scallops with Fine Herbs Oil
Black Angus Short Ribs Glazed with Chipotle and Chocolate
With Spinach, Mashed Potatoes w/ White Truffle Scented and Roasted Prosciutto
Sautéed Langoustine with Scampi Sauce and White Chocolate
Served with Asparagus, Maltagliati Pasta of Chocolate
Chocolate and Mint Granite
With white Chocolate Ice Cream and Rose Petals
The Viceroy Zihuatanejo is located on Playa La Ropa in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero 40880 Mexico. For reservations call 866-905-9560. Additional Reservation Contact Information.
Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Airport is three and a half hours away from Los Angeles via Alaska Airlines.