We stayed at Las Brisas in mid March 2013. We were worried at first about being able to navigate this massive 50 acre property, but after a day of getting our bearings, we found that we could get around on foot, not having to rely on the always available golf cart-type transports.
The bus ride thru Air Canada Vacations was only about 20 minutes to the hotel. Too bad the rep. From the tour company offered no commentary on the way. Also on the welcome talk , the next morning, we were not told of the bus pick up time for transport back to the airport; we had to ask the next day.We showed up for this time to come home and were told we were late, as they had changed the time but had not informed us. In fact, from Vancouver we really got the “milk run “ flight(s). 3 of them . We left Vancouver, changed planes in Edmonton, again in Toronto, then back to the west coast. No direct flights to this hotel from Vancouver on the exact days I needed.. After I had booked, I found that Air Transat & Sunwing had flights direct from Calgary, and for less cost. Oh well -- next time ?
I really wanted to come to this hotel because of it’s reputation for snorkeling right off of the beach. This had good and bad points. Yes there is a small reef, but you are not allowed to swim over it, just along its perimeter, and i was refused snorkel equipment by the hotel staff because of the tide being too low, and there fear of me damaging the reef. I can understand their ecological stance, but I was disappointed with the quality of the snorkeling.
Restaurants; As we booked in a Beach Club room, we were allowed to have ala carte dinners every night. We tried all 5. Mexican: food okay service excellent. Has a great breakfast buffet. For dinner House wine palatable to decent. Morrocan (Kasbah) wonderful atmosphere,decor, music, food and service was okay. They even had a belly dancer!! Mediterranean: lousy service, seafood dish quite good, steak, good flavour but very tough. What saved the night was one of the best chocolate mousse I have had. This was 1st place I did find that they watered down the house red wine. Pescador: The spaghetti with salmon in a white sauce was tasty and plentiful , while the seafood on a skewer was also enjoyed. The vegetable soup was the recycled minestrone recipe ( minus the pasta ) from the Mediterranean. Solarium: Food here is part buffet ( salads & desserts ) but ordering the main course from a waiter. I had the lamb ribs and my spouse had the steak. The lamb was actually unedible, being mostly fat & gristle , and bone with very little meat. The steak was tough and required cutting into tiny slivers to allow teeth to get thru it. We wound up going to the buffet for something later. Buffet was actually very good. We ate there again the next night, as we had tried all of the restaurants. Lots of variety and good flavours.
Excursions: We did the coffee plantation tour and found it great, but don’t believe when they tell you it is only about an hour away!! It is a 2 hour drive over the windiest hiway you will ever experience. You will stop along the way up there at a town for sight seeing and going thru a public market. When you finally get to the coffee place they will feed you ( twice ) and get a 40 minute hike into the hills to see the plants. Only a bit strenuous. Any even moderately fit person could make the hike – well worth it. They will sell you some coffee if you want. – and it is excellent. This area of Mexico grows some of the world’s BEST beans. !! Tour takes from 8:50 a.m till 5:15 pm
7 Bay & snorkel tour -- takes most of the day - Tuesdays – small boat -- Fridays big boat ( 50 people ). I went Friday. We stopped at 2 bays for snorkeling. The 2nd one was the best with many fish, rays etc. to see. We had lunch here ( not included ) Fantastic fresh fish with rice and vegies, and fresh tacos & salsa. It was only 100 pesos ( $8.00 ) Stayed here a bit too long, then headed back to port. Takes all day 8:45 – 4:45 pm. Some of the best snorkeling I have ever done !!
Conclusion- A beautiful place to stay, easy to get a lounger on one of the beach areas. Food is hit & miss. If I came here again, I would know what to order, and where to get it. If you can get a good price, I do recommend it.
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