Perched on a cliff above Ixtapa Bay, The Sand Castle offers an unparalleled 300 degree view of the ocean, beach and islands, the city of Ixtapa, and the nearby mountains. It is simply the finest view in the state of Guerrero. Furnished throughout with medieval antiques, you step back in time and live as no king or queen could ever have dreamed. It is not just our home, but an architectural sculpture---a photographer's delight at every turn. But above all, it is a house of peace. A natural waterfall enters the master's bathing chamber and winds through the center of the house and cascades in to the deep pool. Sunny and shaded verandas are found throughout the house, culminating at a roof garden and private pool. A professional 6-burner stove with grill and ovens awaits your culinary passions. A gondola ski lift ferries you down to the beach or up to El Faro, Ixtapa's finest restaurant. As part of Pacifica Resort, the Castle offers every amenity any hotel guest could expect.
The Deep Pool: The deep pool is 13 feet deep. It was created when we first dynamited the stone cliff---a single charge left a fabulous stone-sided bowl that we decided to keep as the edge of a deep pool. We went on to construct platforms at the Master and Lower Princess levels from which a person can jump into the deep pool. The Master platform is 22 feet off of the water, the Princess, 10 feet. Use of these platforms is a real hoot, but it involves risk. Absolutely No Diving Into The Pool From Any Location!!!** When using a platform, simply Step out toward The Center Of The Pool. If you Jump outward, you risk overshooting the center of the pool and hitting the submerged lip of a ledge that surrounds the pool. Always warn swimmers below that you intend to jump---we yell out, 'Incoming!'. This will prevent others from swimming into the area where you will be landing. Use of the platforms can be a lot of fun, but they must be used with safety as the first concern. Pool use is at your own risk
Pacifica Resort: The Castle is located in a residential section of Pacifica Resort. You will be entitled to all of the services and activities available to every resort guest. This includes use of the gondola ski lift which can take you down to the beach, or up to El Faro Restaurant. You may wish to check in with the resort at their reception desk ('Recepcion') and find out when their orientation takes place (usually Saturday afternoon) which will give you a run-down on everything they offer, or you can ask the desk what is available---much of the activities are listed on the board at reception. The resort has a large pool next to the beach, and individual palapas (palm-leaf umbrellas), with waiters who will wait upon your every need. The resort rents snorkel equipment and 'boogy boards' for use in the surf. Snorkeling is quite nice from the left edge of the beach toward the first island. Crocodiles come up the lagoon to be fed by the resort each afternoon--they are fenced off from the beach.
Marcelo and Dalia: I guarantee that you will come to love our resident caretakers, Marcelo and Dalia. They have been with us now for 10 years. They live in the servants' quarters just to the left of the main entrance. Dalia will be making your bed each day and plumping up the feather mattresses. However, we have instructed her not to touch your personal things, so no one is going to pick up after you. She will be doing the dishes after each meal, but don't ask her to cook for you---Marcelo says she is a terrible cook. For valuables, Pacifica offers lock-boxes at the reception. Neither Marcelo nor Dalia speak any English. It has taken them 10 years to manage a fractured, 'Good Morning'. We will leave a list of normal questions (ie. 'More ice please'). Simply say, 'taxi', and Marcelo will call for a cab. If a question is not on the list, try charades. Marcelo has had 10 years experience deciphering Gringo facial expressions and hand gestures. As a last resort, a Spanish dictionary is available.