Playa Revolcadero s/n, Colonia Granjas del Marques, Acapulco, Mexico
The love affair of the Pierre Mundo Imperial began when oil tycoon J. Paul Getty built this private hideaway in Acapulco's exclusive Diamante district. Several owners and millions of dollars of renovations later, this intimate, beachfront getaway is framed by an exclusive neighborhood, the Pacific Ocean and the emerald slopes of Mexico's Sierra Madre.
The intimacy of the Pierre makes it a winning property for leisure travelers. Smaller and more private than its sister hotel, the Princess Mundo Imperial, the Pierre Mundo Imperial gives guests full use of both properties with the bonus of escaping the hassles of the crowd. The public area feels cozier than many resorts, yet guests of the Pierre don't have to give up the amenities available to the Princess' guests.
Following an extensive $30 million renovation a few years ago, the Pierre Mundo Imperial has the feel of a Mexican hacienda. Accommodations sprawl across its 210 manicured acres in the 5–story main building, a 2–story wing, or one of the 11 two–story villas surrounded by golf, lawns and gardens.
All 335 rooms, suites, villas and bungalows offer generous view windows inviting the Acapulco tropics into your room. Many offer views of the manicured gardens or Revolcadero Beach, the longest stretch of sand in Acapulco Diamante. Private patios or terraces are there if you want to walk out and greet the day.
What makes this resort so distinctive is that there are countless returning guests, and the staff remains loyal, many clocking long tenures at the Pierre— including those that have worked here 30 to 40 years. Privacy combined with warm hospitality and "photographic" memories by the staff result in your favorite drink prepared and presented to you almost before you sit down.
Premier accommodations are available in the secluded bungalows and suites, located a few steps from Revolcadero Beach, offering oceanfront or garden views. Described as "vintage Mexican tropical style," the bungalows feature a large bedroom with large glass windows, over–sized bathrooms, and separate living and dining room. The furnished private patio overlooks a private plunge pool. The "contemporary Mexican–tropical décor" of the suites offer the same amenities, but on larger scales.
The hotel's outstanding 18–hole golf course is definitely worth a mention as it is international renowned. Housing the 1982 World Cup and attracting players like Johnny Carson and Alice Cooper, it was Acapulco's first golf course (aside from 9–hole course near the convention center). With an investment of over 3 million dollars, The Pierre Mundo Imperial Golf Course was redesigned in 2004 by golf designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. Recognized for having some of the best greens in Mexico, it also wins acclaim as one of the best golf vacation destinations in the world.
I took advantage of a quick lesson from Glenn Doyle, Director of Golf before checking out the course. (My iron shots have never been straighter!) Other recreational activities include complimentary daytime tennis on five outdoor courts and a variety of water sports. The Willow Stream Spa is located next door at the Acapulco Princess.
But when the weather is hot and muggy, or a soft ocean breeze finds its way to shore, the best place to relax is one of the two oceanfront pools. A stop at the Bar Pierre offers you a casual and friendly atmosphere ideal to take in the ocean view while admiring the beautiful sunset from their terrace. Or step out of the heat into the air–conditioned interior and order a delicious snack and tropical drink. (Their margaritas are made with freshly squeezed lime.)
Culinary delights are steps away from your accommodations in the center of the Pierre. Besides the usual buffets and quick bites, the Pierre's signature restaurants is the AAA Four–Diamond El Tabachin, offering French–Asian fusion cuisine, drawing discriminating, distinguished and celebrity diners for years.
Named for its eye–catching "Flame Tree," or poinciana, with its frothy red blooms, your dining experience begins at the impressive Tequila Bar. Showcasing the most extensive tequila selection in the region and a selection of the best Mexican wines, this is the perfect starting and finishing point to a great meal. With its elegant ambiance and exclusive, seasonal and creative recipes, Tabachin is delightful and unique. I always ask for the chef's recommendation, and I was not disappointed with the suggested bamboo steamed Pacific sea bass, wrapped in a banana leaf, infused with a sweet coconut–lemongrass sauce.
The Pierre Mundo Imperial and its villa and bungalow accommodations will more than meet the high expectations of the luxury traveler. Fine dining, resort amenities, two relaxing, beachfront pools, and access to an impressive golf course will keep you busy. For those preferring an active nightlife, the isolated setting and the 20 + minute taxi ride to bustling Acapulco could be a deterrent, plus views here aren't as dramatic as in other area resorts. If you're looking for a pampering retreat and personalized service, with more amenities at your fingertips than at Quinta Real or Las Brisas, the seaside Pierre Marques is the place to be.
Web Address: www.pierremundoimperial.com
Total Number of Rooms: 335
Published rates: $129 to $895
Review and photos by Diana Rowe.