Now Open: Thompson Zihuatanejo

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With the completion of a major renovation, Thompson Zihuatanejo is now open, joining the award-winning Thompson Hotels portfolio. The new lifestyle resort is situated directly along Playa La Ropa beach and its protected bay—an oceanside destination in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

Thompson Zihuatanejo’s entirely redesigned accommodations and public spaces blend Thompson Hotels’ mid-century modern style with traditional Mexican art and architecture. Conceptualized by Thompson Hotels’ design team in collaboration with local interior design company Andres Saavedra Design, the hotel’s public spaces and guest suites feature furnishings and details crafted by area artisans, including furniture by Casa Studio (a collective of local Zihuatanejo artists), native stone finishes, Mexican mosaic tiling, and brightly colored handwoven rugs (paying homage to the deep-rooted textile traditions of Zihuatanejo).

The resort’s 56 guestrooms and suites—overlooking Mexico’s Pacific coast and surrounded by gardens and a meandering lagoon—each feature living areas, private balconies or terraces, and most include private infinity plunge pools. For those traveling with friends and family, the hotel offers a select number of two-bedroom suites including the Thompson Suite with an outdoor entertaining area with wet bar, and two Beach Suites with views directly overlooking the bay (all with private plunge pools). The property also features 11 distinct Swim-Up Suites, each with its own outdoor rain shower and terrace, and exclusive access to a shared, private pool. In addition to the exclusive Swim-Up Suite pool, Thompson Zihuatanejo offers an adults-only oceanfront infinity pool and a family-friendly option with swim-up bar.

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Thompson Zihuatanejo’s regionally inspired culinary program is led by Chef Miguel Baltazar (a National Finalist in Mexico’s annual “Chef of the Year” competition). Chef Baltazar draws inspiration from the area’s indigenous fire cooking traditions, while selecting seasonal ingredients from the hotel’s organic garden and working with local fishermen to source the seafood featured on his menus. The hotel’s culinary centerpiece, CENIZA (translating to ash in Spanish), offers an al fresco dining experience inspired by cooking with smoke, ember, and fire, with many dishes prepared in Chef Baltazar’s handmade roasting cage (a metal frame placed over a fire pit intended to caramelize produce and meats and lend a signature fire-roasted flavor). In addition to à la carte options, CENIZA offers a four-course tasting menu with each course inspired by these elements of fire. Accompanying CENIZA is the resort’s day-to-night restaurant and beach club HAO (translating to ocean wave in the ancient Nahuatl language). With views of the ocean, this beachside restaurant and lounge offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, transitioning at night to feature Thompson Hotels’ take on nightlife (e.g., live music from emerging regional talent, DJ sets played to the setting sun, specialty dinners with local chef collaborators, and more).

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