We chose La Querencia for a birthday celebration in late Feb. 2010. There were six of us and we did almost every activity we could in Manzanillo, all arranged by Villa LQ's great house manager Cesar. From surfing lessons to snorkelling, golf (nearby), deep-sea fishing, turtle sanctuary tours -- even a rodeo night in a nearby town for the more adventurous young adults in the family -- we had a wonderful time. The best event, though, was the 7-man Mariachi band Cesar arranged for our birthday boy! Such fun.
Though smallish, the villa's plunge pool is perfect for cooling off and you can swim up to the edge and literally look out over all of Manzanillo Bay, including the Las Hadas resort below. Interestingly, Villa LQ was at one time the home of Las Hadas' original owner, the storied Antenor Patino. Juanita is a wonderful chef and her meals are superlative. We loved the tortilla soup, the chicken flautas (sp?) and her egg dishes for breakfast were fantastic, esp. huevos rancheros and a to-die-for-omelette, plus banana pancakes.
Lulu is the housekeeper and is always smiling!
Except for one night when there was a lively party going on below us at one of the Las Hadas villas, we didn't notice the resort noise. One day we paid a fee of $30 per person and spent the day from late morning until late afternoon using the LH amenities, including swimming pool, beach cabana and pool bar/lunch menu. Worth doing for the atmosphere, but we preferred the public La Audiencia beach on the other side of the hill, in Bahia Santiago, for beach swimming. (It's famous as the beach a gorgeous young Bo Derek appeared on in the movie "10"). At this beach, $10 (100 pesos) buys an umbrella and four beach chairs. It's a 15-minute walk but Villa LQ pays the cab ride if that's your pleasure.
We loved our holiday and felt the rental rate was very good when you compare the price of numerous hotel rooms for a family. And we definitely developed a taste for Cesar's margaritas!
If we were taking another family trip to Manzanillo, we would return to this lovely villa in a heartbeat.