Located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, Mazatlan is one of Mexico’s premier tourist destinations. The Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort and Spa, overlooking Olas Atlas Bay, occupies 20 acres of New Mazatlan’s picturesque landscape. The hotel is designed as a hacienda of villas, situated amongst a grove of 150-year-old mangrove trees.
While it is my understanding that all of the beaches of Mazatlan are open to the public, the Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay has its own beach, simply because it is not easily accessible to anyone except resort guests. The secluded swath of beach fronts the main restaurant for easy dining access with an ocean view.
The ocean is not the only aquatic option, as the resort also features two outdoor pools and a hot tub. You don’t even have to get out of the water to grab a drink, since the Pueblo Bonito has a swim-up bar. And while the resort is sprawling, The Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay does cater to those with mobility issues, offering golf cart shuttle service around the property, as well as complimentary shuttle service to and from the original Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan in the Golden Zone. The property boasts several restaurants for a variety of dining options, as well.
Each of the 337 suites comes with a kitchenette, which is useful for families or those who don’t wish to dine out. All suites have a private balcony or terrace, as well as beach or ocean views. Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay also offers 24-hour in-suite service, for an additional charge.
All rooms are Wi-Fi accessible, but some rooms have better service than others. If you are planning on needing the internet, I suggest you request a room closer to the main building, where the signal is stronger.
Do you like to try new things on vacation? Pueblo Bonito offers several unique ways to spend your day. Immerse yourself in local culture by taking a Spanish lesson or exploring a nature preserve. Guests can also learn a new skill in a cooking or bartending class, kick back with a game of Bingo, or get some exercise in a water aerobics class. If water aerobics isn’t your thing, the fitness center is open from 7:30 am – 9 pm.
Are you a spa gal (or guy?) Book a massage at Armonia Spa during your vacation. At over 16,500 square feet, Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay offers the largest day spa in Mazatlan. If you do decide to go for a spa treatment, remember to bring your bathing suit for the hot tub and multi-step circuit with steam rooms, cold water plunges, showers, and a relaxation lounge; or you can go in your birthday suit – each locker room has its own, same sex sauna and hot tub.
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Hotel review and lower photos by San Francisco-based travel, food, and wine writer Nancy D. Brown. Top swimming pool photo courtesy of Deborah Grossman. I was a guest of Mazatlán Hotel Association.