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“Another wonderful trip to Casa Manana”
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Casa Manana
Ranked #81 of 123 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Penticton, B.C.
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3 reviews
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“Another wonderful trip to Casa Manana”
Reviewed 7 May 2008

We've just returned from our third trip to Casa Manana, staying in Casa VI this time. A 20 minute cab ride from the airport and we were at our home away from home ready to spend the next two weeks relaxing, eating great food, and enjoying the beach. We accomplished all of those goals with ease! The full kitchen in each unit allows you to choose to cook meals or enjoy the fantastic restaurants nearby. We chose to cook more this time...the opening of the new Mega grocery store just south of town made getting groceries an easier experience. It's a fantastic store with great selection of meat, seafood, vegetables and every you'd ever need. Try the whole grain bread from the bakery. A number of BBQs are available for guest use - we BBQd prawns, steaks (New York from Mega.. yumm) and hamburgers.

Beds and bathrooms are important to me, and none of the units at Casa Manana disappoint. Our king size bed was very comfortable, and the Mexican tile bathroom is beautiful and functional. The linens are nice, soft cottons that don't have that crunchy "hotel" feel. Towels are thick and soft, and lots of them.

There's lots to do in and around Casa Manana, if that's your pleasure. We had long walks every day, exploring the neighbourhoods, and walking along the beach. The local markets in Bucerias are fun and full of hidden gems. The Sunday market (under the bridge and across the highway) is home to a fruit vendor that is to die for. Cut up pineapple, mango, watermelon, papaya, drenched in lime juice and spiced with salt and chili. We now believe there is NO other way to eat fruit. Lots of activity to watch on the beach. The wind came up in the afternoon, and the kite boarders were a blast to watch. This beach is very swimmable... at different times you can play in the waves or swim in the very calm waters. We also really enjoy the pool that many of the casas open onto. No "closed at 9PM" rules here... if you feel like a quiet dip at 11PM it's there for you. The beachfront patio with palapas is a wonderful place to read a book, or socialize with your neighbours. Happy hour sometimes just happens! We were delighted to see that our fellow guests from last year were back for more, too.

This is a peaceful, restful place to holiday. From the first visit you too will feel this is your home away from home.

  • Liked — Beachside
  • Disliked — nothing negative
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 27 July 2007

Just returned from a week at Casa Manana, where a large group of us rented out the entire place. It was a FANTASTIC experience, and the property is set up to perfectly handle a group such as ours. The individual casitas offer privacy for each family, while the central pool, patio and beachfront palapas offer wonderful public areas in which to sun, play, and dine. We opted to have Leonarda cook us a huge group dinner every night; not only is her cooking outstanding, healthy, and varied, but a communal dinner gave us some wonderful bonding time when the entire group could get together to share the day's experiences and enjoy each others' company. The town of Bucerias is quite small, and PV is almost an hour away by car; but if you enjoy keeping to yourself and playing in the pool and sea all day, this could be the ideal location for you. And if you're looking for a locale for a large group vacation such as ours, I can't think of a better set-up.

One important note: Since Casa Manana feels like your own private resort, it's easy to get a false sense of security. Remember that the property is still accessible to those coming in from the street or up from the beach! Our group had several things stolen overnight when we left them out on the patios and around the grounds, and in fact one night one of the casitas was burgled when the occupants left the front door unlocked. No fun, but -- no different than anywhere else. Remember to take the same precautions you'd take anywhere else: lock the doors to your room, and don't leave things outside overnight. And also remember to bring copious amounts of insect repellent -- it's a very buggy area.

All in all, we had a fantastic time. The property is gorgeous, the staff is helpful, the beach is great for swimming and bodysurfing/boogieboarding, and there's nothing like being in your own private little oceanfront villa. Que bueno!!

  • Liked — beautiful location
  • Disliked — tiny town, LOTS of bugs
  • Stayed July 2007
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Yelm, Washington
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2007

My family of three girls, husband & myself stayed in Casa #7 during June 07'. The first thing I'd like to say to anyone who is looking for a "resort feel" or wants to be in the middle of beach vendor central, please go elsewhere! This is a charming property at the end of the dirt road, and surrounded by other homes on a nice stretch of beach. Across the street and down a block is a little tienda that has all the necessary items for you to get through the week without driving to the overcrowded Walmart.
We bought bread & sandwich making stuff there as well as pancakes for breakfast during the week. The casa has most everything you will need to enjoy your stay. Boogie boards, pool foaties, condiments, extra towels, even a first aid kit under the sink. The beach is lovely, not too many people, very few vendors (except Alex & his silver), and appropriate for children to swim in. My kids are easy to please, this place suited all our needs as they were either in the pool, or the ocean. If you came for the AC and the TV, then you chose the wrong spot. Although there is a TV in Casa #7 we rarely turned it on. The AC units are only in the bedrooms, and they weren't blowing arctic cold.
Leonarda is a wonderful cook, and the experience was so much better having her cook, serve & and clean for us!

It's a real plus being able to communicate with the locals, although they do speak some English, you will most definitely get quality information if you attempt to converse with them in their own language! After a 10 minute converstation with Jose down the beach at Claudio's, I was able to drive to Punta de Mita and find a panga to rent for $50. We boated to the Islas Marietas and snorkeled for 2 hours, the going rate further up the beach was $75 a person!
If you don't mind walking around town you will find a number of interesting places to stop and buy little gifts, maybe have a cerveza, or just take in the real Mexico feel by chatting with the locals.
There may be a couple of things that some people find disconcerting. On the 3rd day of our stay I witnessed a Mexican family pull out their cooler & umbrella and play in the waves most the day, at the end of the day they asked to come up and wash off at the Casa Manana's outdoor shower, all 10 of them. I personally did not have a problem with that, it was incredibly hot & muggy and I totally understood the need to rinse off. I noticed other guests were less thrilled about this. They were very cordial and thanked us graciously.
Secondly, the outlaying area is not flashy or fancy, there are terrible roads, trash, and always construction going on somewhere, don't let this ruin your trip! There are many areas in Mexico that are like this, but it does not define the Casa Manana itself. The grounds are cared for meticulously and the staff are always willing to help with anything you need whether it be locating a doctor/pharmacy, or just cutting a peice of Aloe for your sunburn.
We never had a problem with the water,(drinking water is provided), the crabs come out at night...and occasionally you'll find one in the pool in the morning, my kids loved playing with the little creatures every night. The gecko's will find their way into Casa 7 b/c of its open palapa type roof structure, they're perfectly harmless, and the lizards lounge around the roof most of the days. If this bothers you, then you may want to check out a hotel in PV.
If you are looking for a place far away, but not too far from the beaten path, want to spend your time between the pool & the beach, and can handle being pampered by Leonarda & the rest staff at Casa Manana, then this is the place for you :)

Stayed June 2007
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America
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Reviewed 15 June 2007

Casa Manana was recommended by a friend and then we checked it out on the www. We stayed in two different suites while were there in August (mom, dad, grandma, and 2 kids). One was the big 2-bedroom suite downstairs and the second one was upstairs. The latter is nicer but the former one has better access to the street. We were surprised that the suites were not air conditioned. The bedrooms have what are essentially window units, so we spent most of our time in there, watching tv. The kitchens were big but lots of bugs (and a couple of crabs). We also had a crab in the shower.

There is a water bottle in the kitchen, so that was nice. We cooked in the bbq one night and that worked out pretty good. There was construction going on with a new set of suites by the pool, so it was basically not useable unless you wanted a bunch of construction workers staring at you. There was also construction going on just south of us, so we had lots of machinery noise all day. I am pretty hardy, but the girls were very disappointed. We are used to 4-5 star joints and this was more "roughing" it than we thought it would be based on the website. We were told not to even brush our teeth with the tap water, so we had to buy bottled water just to brush our teeth.

There was supposed to be wireless internet there but it only worked intermittently. We also lost water for a couple of days. Not fun when you can't shower off the sweat/sand from being on the beach.

The best part was having access to essentially a private beach. There are really no private beaches in PVR, and a couple of times, we had some locals join us on the beach. But, for the most part, we were pretty much on our own. We had a great time in the water. We had our own Casa Manana boogie boards, and that was GREAT. The waves that time of year are pretty tame but every 5 minutes or so, we got a big one that was pretty exciting.

Sadly, the living conditions were such that we just didn't enjoy the trip as much as we expected. We loved PVR and are going back next year, but we will be staying at Los Flamingos, just a little south of Casa Manana.

A couple of tips: We were told not to rent a car but to take taxis and the bus. You are crazy to take the bus, I think, and a cab was pretty expensive (and small). I ended up taking a cab back to the airport and renting a car. What freedom! Having the car allowed us to be able to go visit PVR a couple of times and travel to and from our excursions. The best part, though, was to be able to go to WalMart so we could stock up. The local grocery stores just didn't work for us... Sorry if this sounds snobby. The car was the best buy of the trip.

Also, if you have kids and a little dough, I recommend doing the dolphins trainer for a day program just south of Casa M. My girls thought it was the highlight of the trip. DO NOT do the night time dinner/show program (I forget what it is called but you will see the ads when you get there). The show is really lame and the food is just okay. You take a boat to get there and the place is interesting, but it is dark, so you can't see much. There are no lights there - it is lit only by torches. We went back a couple of days later for a scuba trip (highly recommended) and THAT was much better. We discovered the flea market in Bucerias on the last day (could have used some directions but the employees were not around much). The flea market was pretty fun. Got some good/fun buys.

This place if great if you don't mind roughing it a little and you want to just hang out on the beach all day (some folks like that, I know). But, you really are in the middle of no where on a dirt road. We never felt comfortable there - it certainly did not have that "resort" feel.

  • Liked — access to the beach
  • Disliked — no a/c in suite and in the middle of nowhere
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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Salem, OR
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44 reviews
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Reviewed 18 May 2007

Our family of four had the pleasure of staying in Casa Manana villa #7. Arriving by taxi -- hot and withered, the entrance is very inviting as you walk by the blue, sparkling pool; surrounded by loungers, and tropical plants. Norma, the staff person in charge,and Teresa (our service maid) greeted us with smiling faces at the door of our casa. WOW!! -- is all we could say as we gazed at the beautiful home that was to be ours for one week! Norma showed us all the essentials -- including a safe big enough to hold our laptop!
We loved the sliding glass doors that opened onto the private veranda.
The beds were comfy with pillowtop mattresses. We had ALL the comforts of home with a fully decked out kitchen. Vivienne stopped by to welcome us and answer any questions about town etc. Mike saved us a trip to Walmart by directing us to the 'good' local markets to pick up groceries -- he even let us use his ATV to make a beer run to the local superbeto! The pool was perfect; the beach awesome -- with a private spiral stair up and down (security gate/lock included).
We hired Leonarda to cook one dinner for us -- superb! ... you just select a meal ... she does all the shopping, prepares, serves and cleans up ... and you have leftovers for the next day or two!!!
Mike and Vivienne have developed a beautiful estate and it is truly one of a kind -- hope we can enjoy it again.

  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with family
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Alberta, Canada
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2007

We just spent one wonderful week in Casa I. There were eight of us and we found it quite spacious. It is located right on the beach in Bucerias between the Royal Decameron and the town square.
On one side of our Casa we had the beach and on the other side we had the pool. Casa I is the original house and is decorated very old Mexican. Two nights we had the Leonarda cook for us, she spent hours preparing food and it was well worth it. The estate was quiet, but yet we enjoyed meeting the other guests that stayed there. Mike and Vivienne made us feel very welcome from the time that we arrived until we left.
There are so many great restaurants in Bucerias, Sandrinas, Mark's, Meson Bay, just to name a few. We were looking for a change from the all inclusive scene and were very satisfied with our choice. Casa Manana is paradise!

Stayed April 2007
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selah washington usa
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Reviewed 27 March 2007

Casa Manana in Bucerias was absolutely wonderful. The house was perfect. Very attractive, everything worked, plenty of dishes, friendly staff. I could go on and on. The beach is covered with beautiful chunks of sea glass that the ocean pulls in. I started each morning with a stroll down the beach picking up pieces of sea glass in blue, green, purple and the occasional pink. The price is right for this house too. Especially in the off season. We rented Casa Manana II. The are great markets nearby. We only spent one day in Puerto Vallarta. Bucerias was more enjoyable for us by far. If you like the tourist thing, with drinks by the pool alongside 600 people you dont know, then this is probably not the place for you. But if you want some privacy, peace and quiet, and dont like being bothered by hotel staff, you will love this house.

  • Liked — the beautiful home and surroundings
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2005, travelled with family
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Property: Casa Manana
Address: Javier Mina #22, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Jalisco > Puerto Vallarta
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#27 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
Number of rooms: 12
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Casa Manana Puerto Vallarta

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