It was 2010 when Banyan Tree opened its second opulent resort in Mexico, following up its fantastic debut resort in the Mayakoba development of the Riviera Maya. We’ve been in no hurry to get a review up though because of where they decided to put it: in Acapulco.

That probably seemed like a good idea at the time when the plans were first drawn up: the Diamante setting is sublime and Acapulco is the prime destination for wealthy Mexico City residents when they escape to the coast.

Unfortunately, Mexicans are about the only ones going there these days: everyone else has been scared off by cartel-vs.-cartel violence and occasional shootouts with police. This resort city has been the most glaring exception to the rule that most of Mexico’s problems are along the border with the U.S.

So, we’re posting our review of Banyan Tree Acapulco (officially named Cabo Marques Acapulco) with a wistful sigh. We know it won’t get many visitors from the U.S. and Canada until the city, state, and federal police can get the upper hand. As with the other top hotels in Acapulco, this one is in a protected area away from the city center though, so there’s little chance of anything negative happening. This being a Thai company, you can expect amazing massages in the spa and fantastic food all around.

If  you’re willing to buck the prevailing warnings, you’ll get a great deal on one of the best resorts in Mexico…