The best thing about this resort is it's position on Lago Nahuel Haupi ... absolutely stunning. The second best thing is the staff, they are super friendly even though most of them don't speak much English. I had a conversation with one of the male receptionist via google translate on his computer, good fun! There are activities throughout the week that you can participate in if you feel up to it, and many things planned for kids (if you have them with you). We came at the end of the peak season, first week where school went back, so it wasn't overflowing with kids, which we were happy about ... been there, done that, don't need to go there again.
The apartments themselves are very small and compact, and the lay out is odd. We had a 2 bedroom apartment for 5 of us. When you walk in the door there is a bathroom, then you go up some stairs to a small lounge, dining, kitchen area and tiny balcony, up some more stairs to a small queen size bedroom and a bathroom next to it, then up some more stairs to an open bedroom (no door for privacy) and 4 single beds. The beds have wooden slates at the ends, so are not really suitable for an adult male. All 3 people sleeping in the single beds got backache, including the 12 year old in our group, so we would say the beds must dip in the middle. The adult male pulled a muscle in his hip because he tried to turn over in the middle of the night, and his feet were between the wooden slates at the end of the bed, since the bed was too short, so when he turned, his body moved, but not his feet that were wedged between the slates, and there went the hip! Had to put the mattress on the floor after that. The queen size bed was fine. You don't spend a lot of time in the rooms, so you make do with the space you have, but it was really cramped for 5 people. The kitchenette is certainly not designed to encourage cooking, with a tiny sink, 2 hotplates that you are warned you are not allowed to cook anything fried on, and a small fridge and bench space. We did manage to cook a few things despite the lack of kitchen facilities ... it helps having a chef in the family! We tried the restaurant for breakfast, which was standard and okay. We tried the goulash for dinner one night and it was pretty mediocre. We also had room service one night and it was also average. They serve your room service food in plastic take away containers, which is pretty poor I thought, plates would have been nicer. Chips in a plastic container makes them go soggy and well you get the picture. The swimming pool is a good size, kept at around 29 degrees, and our group enjoyed being able to use the pool. We also went for a kayak on the lake which was nice, and it cost 40 peso per person for one hour.
We took a 2 hour trip on a boat that was arranged through the resort with Nicolas, and this was a highlight. Although the resort organizes a 2 hour breakfast trip for up to 9 guests on one day through the week, they will organize a private trip for you as well if you want ... not something you know about unless you ask, and like I said it was a highlight and for 5 of us, cost the same as the resort trip that takes up to 9 people. You can also organize a trip yourself with Nicolas, as he has a website, it's bahiabrava.com and worth every cent - he's great and speaks good English ... I reviewed the trip separately if you want more details.
Overall we loved our stay in this incredibly beautiful and pristine area. The resort however, does need some TLC. Things around the place are a little rundown, and for such a large place, maintenance should be continuous.
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- Also Known As:
- Bahia Manzano Hotel Villa La Angostura
- Bahia Manzano Resort Villa La Angostura, Argentina - Patagonia