Just spent this last week at Vida Del Mar and had a lovely stay! The condo was very comfy! Spent a LOT of time on the screened in patio watching the ocean! Well ok I confess.....spent a LOT of time by the pool too! So here goes my review!
Condo - Wonderful! Although we found the gas stove a bit of a challenge (having never cooked on one) we got things working just fine! Shower was great pressure and heavenly! TV worked great as did the Wifi. It was a great way to keep in touch with everyone back home. As I said before the patio is the highlight. Great place for morning coffee or evening cocktail!
Grounds - Are beautifully maintained! Tons of bright coloured leaves and flowers! Very clean. Did not see any litter or even that many dead leaves on the ground.
Pool - OMG Heaven! We spent a lot of time soaking up the sun and then taking refreshing dips in the pool. Fun way to spend the day.
Staff - Cesar was great! The guards at the gate were friendly but very thorough making sure only the people who should be in this condo community were coming in or their guests. Maintenance people were very good and hard working.
Condo owners and guests - Simply awesome! We met so many friendly and welcoming people! Many of which asked if we were coming back next year! After years of traveling I can say by far our welcome at Vida was the best! Just in case they see this review I'd like to send a fond hello to Walter and Beatrice....Jerry and Lorraine.....Bobby and Liz.....Don and Bobbie (who went the extra mile and included us in the weekly pizza dinner in Santiago and took us out for supper our last night there)...and the others who's names I just can't remember right now. All are special and made some nice memories for us!
The weather - Fabulous! 7 glorious days of warmth and sunshine were just what these old Canadian bones needed! We had 1 cloudy day but it was still warm and breezy. That's the bonus of staying on the Pacific side of Mexico! Fairly consistent lovely weather!
Now there were a few wrinkles so I might as well address them here. The other fellow who was working the front desk was very surely and unhelpful. Unfortunately he was on the desk when we got there and did his best to be unpleasant and unhelpful. Of all the staff that was the one person who shouldn't be working there! He certainly was lacking in people skills!
This condo community is lovely but if they would have a restaurant on the grounds that would be great! And a small store for necessities would be a benefit too. If you don't have a car and drive these condos are not close to much of anything. And a mile plus walk in the heat just doesn't work for all for the nearest restaurant. There are quite a few condos for sale and if they had somewhere to eat and a little shop onsite that would probably speed up sales. But we were lucky we found a taxi driver Marcelo and his other driver Jaime. These 2 fellows took us out a few times....they were wonderfully helpful...very kind for these gringas and were fairly priced. If anyone is in the Manzanillo area and wants a reliable taxi service message me for their contact info. They rocked it! Thanks Jaime for making sure we got around and to the airport with no problems!
For anyone looking for a slice of heaven I would definitely recommend this condo community for either a rental unit or if you are wanting to buy a winter getaway...this is the place!
Weather and overall in the Condo have been outstanding......really enjoyable time and I would recommend to anybody looking for a relax time and great vacations...
My husband and I spent a month in this condo in January/February 2017, and absolutely loved it! The condo is well set on the grounds, in a quiet building, with a beautiful view over the lawns to the ocean with beautiful palm trees! The condo has everything you need for a comfortable stay. The owner is very responsive and provides all the details you will need in advance for a stress free stay! The grounds are amazingly well kept, there are three pools to choose from, and a variety of organized activities to participate in. We made many friends during our stay; everyone is very welcoming and there is a very strong community feel here. Vida Del Mar has a Board of Directors and President who work very hard to achieve an environment at Vida that is exceptional.
We had booked our stay from Feb 5 - Feb 24 /2017. However in early January my wife became ill, and her condition was such that she could not travel in the near future. This resulted in us having to cancel our reservation.
Very fortunately for us, we discussed our situation with Micheal , the owner, and they very kindly and generously refunded our deposit even though by the terms of the rental they were entitled to keep the deposit due to our cancellation.
We are very thankful to them for doing this for us, which we are sure many other owners would not.
Thank you again, Micheal and Monique.
Largely populated by US and Canadians down for the winter. Very friendly but not very Mexican. Good restaurants in the vicinity and also super markets and farm markets. Easy access with Alaska Airlines. Not for someone looking for night life and shopping. Beautiful site on the ocean. Gorgeous sunsets.
great place for a quiet paradise get away
screens so the mosquitos don't bite
plenty of room for the 3 of us
would stay again!
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