We stayed at Pepes 12/14-18/2011. Luckily for us, we were the only guests there—a dream come true to have the entire resort to ourselves. We arrived in the afternoon, were escorted down to our very private casita through palm-covered stone walkways, and clouds of purple bougainvillea. Walking past the pool, the unending vista of the Manzanilla coast will take your breath away. As we were taking in the music of the pounding surf below our hut, our first drinks arrived, and our vacation had begun.
Our fabulous dinners were served every night at 6. Speedy served either a 3 or 4 course meal, including a local dessert, and we usually were joined by Pepe, himself, who is delightful company. It is a relaxed, European style meal that extends into the evening, and allows one to truly enjoy the ambiance. Main courses were fish, chicken, or beef, and prepared to perfection every time. Lunches were served at the pool area, and were big plates of snack-y type foods—taquitos, big bowls of guacamole, ceviche, quesadillas, salsas and chilis, sliced mango and pineapple, crispy fried tortillas for dipping. Perfect for lounging, a little swimming, a lot of drinking, and relaxing. Breakfast was served whenever we got up. Sliced fruit and coffee was brought to the table as soon as we sat down. Then we were offered a variety of egg dishes and breakfast meat. I have never seen such thick bacon—it was big and tasty and chewy and salty, and perfect. And the huevos rancheros were perfect every time.
Crowning glory for me was the magical appearance of the coffee tray on our veranda every morning before I woke up.
The pool area had a little frig and freezer always stocked with drinks. We requested an extra snack for the late night to be left in the frig, and they accommodated us delightfully. Also, Speedy kept a pitcher of margaritas in the freezer, 24/7, which we enjoyed, immensely and repeatedly.
Our “hut” was appointed, delightfully. On the veranda was a little table, and hammock. I spent a few evenings in the hammock, just staring out at the ocean. There was a little desk inside, which I used for a bit of writing, and email. Wireless extended down to our hut. The bed was very comfortable with plenty of pillows. Plenty of hot water, toiletries, and even bottled water, soda, and beer in the frig. A ceiling fan & floor fan kept us cool at night.
There are plenty of activities if you want—a local beach, fishing, massage, shopping, etc. but we only went into town once. Pepe’s is the perfect place to just stay put, and enjoy the peace. And breathe.
The staff is very pleasant and made sure we had everything we wanted. They were always accessible, but never hovering. Our casita was always tidied up while we were at breakfast. We definitely plan to return, and perhaps even make it an annual trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Pepes Hideaway ... a private nature reserve in Manzanillo, Mexico offering accommodations in luxury thatched-roof bungalows with spectacular views and awesome sunsets - all nestled in a tropical garden of giant coconut palm trees, towering cacti, brilliant bougainvillea, and producing banana tress. Pepe's believes in the adage that the land does not belong to us, we belong to the land. The accommodations are picture perfect palapas (thatched roof bungalows) with 20 foot ceilings, a sitting patio, native equipales (hand made chairs and tables) to take in the awesome sunsets, the nature show in sea in front of you, the magnificent coastline and distant mountains. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pepes Hideaway Manzanillo
- Pepes Hideaway Hotel Manzanillo