Ideal for a couple wanting a totally private, exclusive getaway with a view
Claire & Tony Piazza
- english, french, spanish
About Claire & Tony Piazza
Claire & I were both born in New York. I went to college in New Hampshire and Claire in Oregon. Before we met, we had both done many years of world discovering and later formed our respective careers, I in yacht building and sailing and Claire in accounting. Together we sailed the Caribbean in a sailing yacht that I built for 3 years. We later settled in Florida to organize our future. We decided to build catamarans in Cancun after seeing the explosion of growth there as well as our extensive experience in that gorgeous area. Our daughters were born there.
Claire & Tony Piazza purchased this Bungalow in 2018
Why Claire & Tony Piazza chose Playa Las Gatas
Before we met on Isla Mujeres, Mexico, we pursued quite different passions. I learned the craft of yacht building in Belize & Florida as well as sailing the Caribbean. Claire became a accountant working for various firms in San Francisco, California. We combined our passions to build 2 sailing catamarans for the tourist trade in Cancun where we started our maritime corporation and began charter operations. Several years later, we switched coasts, settled in Zihuatanejo and started another charter operation here with another multi hull. We were afforded the opportunity to buy a spectacular piece of property which we dedicated our skills to build "Casa Sol" a true work of architectural art (or so others say). I have a constant need to create so Claire finally gave me the green light to build Bungalow "El Mango". I wanted something for a couple as in our days in the confined spaces of a sailing boat where all amenities and comforts are met but that small space offers an intimacy and privacy that creates a magic unfolding of a relationship or a renewal of deep bonds. That's our experience and I hope everyone who stays with us will gain in some degree a similar experience.
What makes this Bungalow unique
When we first arrived in Zihuatanejo to start our new life with our kids, we knew before hand that this was an idyllic paradise. Pacific ocean and all that offers, lagoons with panoply of bird and wildlife, endless beach and coconut groves, burro or oxen driven carts, cows, goats, all right in front of you. And most importantly for us, genuine, real identity based town people with wonderful families. People here know who they are, body, mind and soul so they are not intimated by your presence. Just the opposite, they welcome you to share in their lives. That was the most important factor in our determination to live here with our kids. While living directly behind Playa La Ropa in our initial years here, we kept gazing at this hillside located on the southwest side of the bay which was totally empty of homes, condos, etc. Nothing. We kept driving up here to enjoy the year round sunsets, views of Zihua, the tranquility, the spotting of an anteater or trying to name birds that we had spotted. We noticed also , of course, that this side of the bay had the fair wind in your face, the south and east storm winds blocked by being tucked under the hillside and you did not have to endure the unrelenting sun all day but only enjoy the magnificent colors of the sun as it set into the Pacific. It was kind of a no brainer. And then we were offered a piece of property exactly where we were dreaming all those years. It was just offered to us. I guess you can call that preordained.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Words cannot describe this outstanding property! No detail was overlooked when designing, decorating, or providing amenities for this place. It has a view that you could never get sick of, gorgeous grounds, & wonderful owners. It was so nice to have such a complete kitchen with an amazing view to be able to make meals & not feel as if you were stuck inside. The location is perfect for the beach & watching the tinkling lights of the bay at nightfall. If you get a free moment, don't pass up a catamaran cruise on the Picante also, it has one of the best hospitable crew team that I have seen. We regretted that we could not stay longer. Zihua is one of my favorite places in the world & we are looking forward to coming back to this beautiful bungalow! Thank you for being such awesome hosts!!
Thank you for a stellar review!!!
Hope to see you next year!
Claire & Tony
We loved El Mango. Perched high on the hill overlooking La Ropa, the casita offers perfect privacy complemented by Tony and Claire’s world class hospitality. Definitely recommend.
Thanks for the lovely write-up!
Claire & Tony
We own and operate the Sailing Catamaran "Picante", which offers 3 different cruises: "Sail & Snorkel Adventure", "Picante" Whale Watching (December 15 to March 31), and "Magical Sunset Cruise". Visit our website www.picantecruises.com.
Renters are offered a 10% discount on cruises.