As frequent travelers to Mexico ( 9 times) people ask which spot is your favorite .Well the answer is they are all great for there own reason but Manzanillo was for us anyways the most relaxing place we have visited .This is a long review for those of you who wish some information as not a lot of reviews have been written on Las Hadas .
First the flights Canjet Select worked out well for us no waiting in line priority boarding and seating and the extra’s were nice .The flights were on time both ways even early on the way back .We would not book a flight that goes Wpg –Sask –Manzanillo again however due to the fact that almost 8 hours on a plane is way too long .The seats are cramped and uncomfortable( standard for a charter) .The service was great on the way down but the flight crew was not friendly on the way back in particular the head flight attendant who seemed to want to be somewhere else .
Canjet is better than Sky service but only marginally a charters a charter I guess.
We stayed at Las Hadas resort which is a beautiful older resort built over a ten year period from 1963-1974 by a Bolivian tin baron by the name of Patina at a cost then of 30 million dollars .the place is still gorgeous .Nothing we have stayed at compares to the beauty of the Moorish architecture or the grounds .It is an older resort but kept up very nicely , marble floors throughout and the rooms ( we had a plunge pool room ) are large and well appointed .The rooms are extremely clean , no bed bugs and believe me we looked when we got there checked the mattress and never saw a single bug less the odd mosquito . The staff there is very gracious and try there best to accommodate your needs.
A bit more of a language barrier then we were used too it seems tourism is not the number 1 priority in Manzanillo but it made the vacation all the more exciting and makes us want to learn more Spanish even more. At the resort it was probably 90% Canadians during the week on the weekends the resort booked up more with the local people but all in all the resort we were told was running at about 30-40% capacity .This made it very nice as it was the first time ever that we could truly relax , no pool ghouls or beach vampires get up when you want stroll to a leisurely breakfast and go to the beach around 10 and have your pick of any place to sit .The pool area was one of the largest we have seen with a swim up bar and again deserted .
Breakfast was a buffet style at Las Palmas rest. Good food made to order omelets if you cant eat here you are way to fussy .Lunch was served at Los Delfines or at the beach same menu gets to be tedious every day but we never went hungry .
Dinners , on the AI plan you are allowed to 3 times at Lagazpi the gourmet rest . which is a good thing because its only open 3 times a week , the menu again never changes and on the whole some of the food was quite good the beef was horrendous , my New York steak had whip marks on it from where the jockey was hitting it Again it’s a long pants for men type of place and the food was good but not great , reservations are required and if you don’t go early at say 7 pm or so they fill up fast and the staff gets pretty overwhelmed and service tends to suffer later in the evening .
The rest of dinners were either theme nights in the plaza or on the beach some good food some awful food pretty typical fare for a mass supper.
Los Delfines again the menu never changes but found some good food and some not so good.
Try the soups especially the shrimp and lobster bisques at both places they were excellent.
Always chairs and beds available nice beach sand all the way in the water not a lot of surf ( none) shallow we had the pleasure of a lot of jellyfish for more than a few days dues to the cold currents I do not know if this is the norm but we worked around it .
As an AI resort that also has non AI people you are forced to sign for everything .Want a bottle of water you have to wait for a bill , dinner , towels everything .This is a pain in the butt as you end up waiting and waiting for the bills to sign and it’s a waste of time.
The resort has a lot of things that are not included as opposed to other resorts we have stayed at ,A mini bar that is fully stocked but you are only allowed domestic beer water and coffee and soft drinks everything else is hugely expensive , the same at the bar no Bacardi’s Rum for you or Baileys. We kind of felt like we were being nickled and dimed a bit and we would have rather paid more and done away with the it’s not included speech every 5 minutes.
Room service was included but had a $5.00 surcharge , we only used it once typical room service food.
Service was very good everywhere except when they got busy at 30-40 % capacity they do not have a lot of staff if they suddenly get busy .One thing that was disappointing was the Terrace rest . was closed apparently has been for two years due to low occupancy we went up there for a look and what a waste its has spectacular views but is completely shut down.
One last thing if you have any type of physical impairment at all do not go to this resort you will walk and walk and climb stairs , we did not mind it as it was a good way to work off all the food and booze but for those of you who have an impairment think hard before
You book this place no elevators to speak of and lots of walking and climbing .
Overall we would gladly go back to Las Hadas all things considered it was very relaxing and enjoyable, no resort is perfect but for the weather ( sunny and 30 everyday ) and the laid back atmosphere we would gladly return .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Manzanillo resort and marina with accommodations and a variety of amenities. This hotel features wedding venues, a golf course, romantic dining and event space in Mexico. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Las Hadas Golf Resort And Marina Hotel Manzanillo
- Las Hadas Manzanillo
- Las Hadas Mexico
- Las Hadas Hotel And Marina
- Las Hadas Golf Resort & Marina