Tourism drives the economy for the state of Guerrero—small wonder with glittering resorts like Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and Acapulco gracing its beautiful stretch of the Pacific.
Beach weather with average highs in the upper 80s (27º C) and low 90s (32º C), and lows in the 70s (21º C). Expect rain from May through September.
Fly direct into the Acapulco International Airport (ACA) via Houston or fly into Mexico City and connect on a short one-hour flight to the coast.
One of the most popular meeting hotels in Punta Diamante (about 15 minutes from the Hotel Zone) is the 1,011-room Hotel Princess Acapulco Mundo Imperial, with its iconic 15-story pyramid structure and nearly 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of tropical beachfront and one of the largest meeting spaces in Acapulco with over 21,500 ft² (2,000 m²) of space for events of up to 4,300 people and 21,700 ft² (2,016 m²) of space for expos. Next door, the smaller 229-room, Three-Diamond Pierre Mundo Imperial with its bungalows and villas offers a different upscale experience. Both share exclusive access to the Turtle Dunes Country Club, a Tripp Davis green; the second golf course in the complex, a Ted Robinson 18-hole design, is also open to the public. The Resort Mundo Imperial, located in the Mundo Imperial complex near the Expo, has 814 rooms and suites.
Also in Punta Diamante, the Asian-inspired Five-Diamond Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués is a stunning all-pool villa boutique resort built on stilts high on the cliff, with a meeting venue for up to 100 people. Technically only 7.5 miles (12 km) from the city center, this resort feels a million miles away from the madding crowd, with only 47 accommodations with unobstructed views. Your executive board clients will enjoy the gourmet dining and the Banyan Tree Spa, with therapists trained in Phuket, and may vie for a stay at the Presidential Pool Villa, which converts into an exclusive compound with the addition of the Spa Pool Villa, turning it into a four-bedroom retreat.
Four-Diamond meeting properties in this seaside resort town include the iconic pink-and-white Las Brisas that continues to be a favorite. Its 251 bungalows and suites and unparalleled bay views are accompanied by refined meeting spaces for groups of 10 to 280 people, and event venues for up to 500 people for incentive programs, receptions and conventions. The Camino Real Acapulco Diamante, with its exquisite architecture of geometric buildings spread out over 82 acres (33 hectares), has 157 rooms and suites (including bi-level suites) with meetings facilities in its convention room for up to 220, plus suites, foyers, and outdoor spaces boasting incredible views for cocktails and dinners. The exquisite 61-suite Quinta Real Acapulco is another excellent option for smaller, boardroom groups, with its cliffside panoramic views of the Pacific. Its meeting facilities are located under a palm-thatched palapa next to the lobby and restaurant and can accommodate 30 to 220 guests, with large picture windows overlooking Revolcadero Beach. Larger groups will want to look at the contemporary 422-room and suite Emporio Acapulco, with a minimalist architecture that offers spacious salons and outdoor spaces adjoining the beach for events of up to 800 people.
The Mundo Imperial development in Punta Diamante boasts the Expo, or Centro de Convenciones y Exposiciones, equipped with avant-garde technology and over 242,000 ft² (22,500 m²) of column-free exhibit space and 112,332 ft² (10,436 m²) of meetings and convention space, including 50 meeting rooms and the Forum, which can host up to 4,000 people. Noteworthy venues for off-site events include a collection of mountainside villas such as Casa Arabesque and Casa del Mar, which was built especially for private events of up to 1,200 persons, and the Fuerte San Diego, the historic host to many an inauguration or closing dinner. The Tres Vidas championship golf course, recently remodeled and refurbished by renowned designer Robert Von Hagge and managed by Troon Golf, can host events from 200 to 2,000.
At the conclusion of business, Acapulco is ready to please with the famous La Quebrada divers, beautiful beaches, great shopping, gourmet dining, and an exciting non-stop nightlife. The newest attraction is the largest overwater zipline in the world, the EXTASEA, spanning over a mile long and reaching speeds of 75 mph. Water sports include world-class fishing just for starters, while landlubbers can indulge their love of golf on any of four professional 18-hole courses or the 9-hole green next to the Convention Center. Groups will enjoy a visit to El Rollo Acapulco, formerly CiCi Waterpark, with its giant waterslides and surfing pool. After all that good exercise, there’s nothing better than taking it easy in one of the many European-style spas.
Coming up: Acapulco recently announced it will upgrade its international airport, with plans for a spacious new terminal with a capacity for 1.3 million passengers a year upon completion in 2018. Private funds from Mundo Imperial have been earmarked to renovate the Pierre Mundo and Princess Mundo hotels, as well as building another 6,000 hotel rooms in the resort area plus golf courses. This is part of a master plan expected to be completed by 2022, which will include, among other things, the addition of 2,000 luxury suites in the Hotel Prince by Mundo Imperial; the 54-bedroom Only You boutique hotel in Madeiras; an eco-amusement park; a new tennis stadium and more. Grupo Posadas has also committed $85 million to build two new hotels.