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Las Brisas Huatulco
Ranked #7 of 47 Hotels in Huatulco
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 26, 2014

We were just here in mid-February with our young teen-age twins. After doing a lot of research on Tripadvisor, we really weren't sure what to expect from the resort. Our expectations were exceeded in just about every respect.

Pros:

1.The best setting in Huatulco Bay, with verdant grounds, ample shade and cabanas, grass, 3 beach coves, and protected water. Much better than the slab resorts of Dreams and Secrets on the opposite side of the bay.

2. Exceptionally friendly staff. The kids that man the gym (speaking of the gym -- it's huge!) will perform great dance shows in the evening. After a week there, everyone knew us. Even the wait staff in the restaurants smile all the time.

3. Great views of the bay.

4. Not over-run by Americans. At least half of the people there were hispanic, speaking spanish. Most foreign visitors were from Canada.

5. Rooms are large, but not fancy.

Cons:

1. Food was just so-so. Fish was disappointing. The best a la carte restaurant is La Mediterrané
2. Not that many kids or kid-focused activities, if that's important to you.
3. There are a lot of stairs, which may be an issue for some, though the golf carts run frequently. We enjoyed walking the stairs as part of our exercise.

Room Tip: Traveler Tip: Try to get a room in the Las Montagnas section. It's at the top of the hill (a l...
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

I've never written a review on anything, but felt compelled to do so after reading numerous reviews on this place, booking it with fingers crossed, and switching to a different hotel after 1 night. I felt for the first time, misled by the Trip Advisor consensus, and want others to consider what I hope is useful clarification. To start, much of what was said about the place is accurate - pretty looking beaches with calm waves, spread out property with lots to climb and long distances between places, and inconsistent food and accommodations. What I want to do is for others to avoid the confusion that Las Brisas is in the same category or class as other resorts I've been to in Mexico, within comparable budget - Palace, Hard Rock and Dreams chains, as they seem to be popular all inclusive options in popular destinations in Mexico. In particular though, Brisas Huatulco is often compared by others to Dreams Huatulco, and while they share a bay, the similarity stops there. Different class, different crowd, different in almost every way. Dreams is a solid 4 star as many stated. Nice rooms, good food, beautiful pool and nice beach - albeit rougher then the calm waters of Brisas. Then you have Brisas at a solid 2 star, and that considering the accolades given to the calm beaches on the property due to it's location and orientation within the bay. I decide to book Brisas thinking, even if it's "half a star less" than Dreams, I'll take a chance since a nice swimmable beach is important with a 7 year old in tow. Within an hour of arriving and one room switch behind, I ended up starring longingly at Dreams across the bay wondering what could have been; almost immediately plotting the switch. First off, the specifics on the hotel, it is dated and I compare it to staying at an old dude ranch in upstate NY or the Poconos, with a nice beach. There are obvious attempts at updating the rooms, but the nice new sink and shower seemed a mocking contrast to the hung ceilings with as seen on TV light fixtures. Closets have the old fashioned wooden rods secured to wood panels, both thick with shiny oil paint that together with cheap plastic hangers, and the can of Raid, lend to the authenticity of staying at a cheap uncle's basement. Bedding though, was decent enough, with clean sheets and no frills. About the room switch, they first booked us in the Clouds section, which is the 2nd farthest "village" away from the lobby, and while the guy at reception said it's a couple minutes walk to the lobby and restaurants, I'd challenge anyone to make that trek in 2 minutes, full sprint. It's more a 10 minute walk on hilly terrain along meandering paths shared with shuttles, or stair cases/paths that makes navigation challenging. While the first room did have fantastic view of the pacific, because it faces south west, the sun overwhelms the a/c system all day that even with the supplemental a/c unit this room had, there's no shot comfortable sleeping temperature can be achieved. For those two reasons, we requested a room closer to the lobby in Mountains section, ended up with a ground floor room with view of the cacti and native vegetation facing the bay that we can't see. But at least due being hidden from the sun, is sufficiently cool for sleeping. As for the food, it was a mixed bag. The afternoon snack buffet had burgers and dogs worse than my middle school cafeteria, and nuggets of a substance that I could not decipher. Dinner at the Mexican place was decent enough, with good food that while not all hot, was tasty on the side that was hot. The staff, again mixed. We came across no one that attempted to be friendly or accommodating beyond doing their jobs, like I'd go through my daily grind. The exception was the front desk and desk manager, both accommodating enough on our request to cut the stay short and only charged us for the night we stayed, and even offered the suggestion to dine at the special a la cart restaurant the night we were there, so kudos for that. Though I had a feeling they are experienced at handing requests for early departure. Oh, a note on the shuttle service to get from one place to another. it does come swiftly enough, but I'd imagine it would be tedious to call for it each time. Also, if you don't like speeding around with limbs hanging inches from walls/plants, you won't like the shuttle rides. All in all, we spend 600 bucks more to switch to Dreams, but that's only because they only had preferred rooms available, otherwise regular rooms would have been roughly the same price. And as many Dreams aficionado knows, preferred rooms really don't get you much more than regular rooms, and that regardless, Dreams (or Palace or Hardrock for that matter) is a class or 2 above Brisas, Save your comments and don't flame me, but I really don't understand how people can compare the two.

Room Tip: south west facing rooms have not shot of being comfortably cool. any village not adjacent to the lob...
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

We just got back from 2 weeks at Las Brisas Huatulco and absolutely loved it. We travelled with 2 other couples and none of us had been to this area of Mexico so we weren,t sure what to expect. What we found was unbelievable weather, great swimming and snorkeling, awesome staff, good food and overall a very positive experience
We stayed in the Estrellas area or Stars and had a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. Some of the other rooms looked out into the bay which also was beautiful. The rooms were a bit basic but spacious and always very clean with very nice bathrooms. The beds were very comfortable and the cleaning service usually decorated them with lovely flowers.
The food was good with generally lots of selections at the buffet. We especially enjoyed the Sea Food and the Mediterrean .a la carte restaurants. Breakfast was always nice at the Mexicano restaurant because it is open air and you are a few steps from the beach. The buffet has more selections for breakfast but it is indoors.
We can.t say enough about the staff here. They were all very friendly, worked extremely hard, and always had a smile or greeting for you. It is nice because even though the resort seems large when you first arrive, the main eating and entertainment areas are all close and you get to know the staff quite well.
We travelled into La Crucecita several times which was a 10 minute, 45 pesos taxi ride. This is a beautiful little town with lots of gift shops, restaurants and bars. We always felt very safe and welcome and even though there are street vendors they were not pushy at all.
Our best day was when we rented a small boat to take us to 3 different beaches for snorkeling and had lunch at a restaurant at St. Augustine beach. Our captain and his son were so friendly and laid back and they had no schedule to follow or any specific tour. We caught fish which he had his friend cook for us at the restaurant along with some Red Snapper that we purchased. It was absolutely fantastic cooked on an open fire right beside the beach! The snorkeling at St. Augustine was also awesome with tons of fish and crystal clear water.
We met many people who have travelled to Las Brisas several times and we will definately be returning.

Room Tip: The higher level rooms definitely have better view of either the bay or the ocean.
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

Our reason for choosing Las Brisas Huatulco is because of the variety of birds around the resort, and because the resort provides an experienced birding guide three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, free of charge. Pablo Narvaez Munoz is the guide. He has very good English skills and knows his birds. It is lots of fun to join up with other people staying at the resort and have Pablo show you birds around the resort and also outside the resort grounds. Pablo even has some spare binoculars, but it is best to bring your own. Pablo sets up his telescope to give people a closer look at colorful birds such as a pair of white-fronted parrots at their nest hole in a palm tree, palebilled woodpeckers, grey hawks, whitefronted magpie jays, and he is very willing to show you the differences between the variety of colorful orioles in the area.

Las Brisas Resort location is excellent. The staff are so friendly and respond quickly to your needs. It is spread out over a large area of hilly terrain and they have excellent walkways and stairs, but you do need to be fit enough to do this kind of walking - it is not really too suitable for those with serious walking handicaps. However, you can call for carts to transport you from one area to another. Four beaches give you such a variety. Two sandy beaches are great for swimming and give easy access to a coral reef for snorkelling fun. A third sandy beach is good for swimming and where you can take out kayaks and catamarans. A fourth "secret cove" is a good challenge for snorkellers. The swimming pools are excellent for length swimming. Only complaint might be the overly loud music at the pool on occasion. Also wish the whole pool area was non-smoking, but at least the children's end of the pool should be non-smoking at all times. This was our second trip to Las Brisas and we will be back again. Hasta la vista.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

We went to Las Brisas Huatulco from Jan. 27 to Feb. 3 2014. First time to Huatulco. The weather was awesome and being the dry season we didn't have a drop of rain. We went fishing 2 times with Gregorio and his first mate Ephrain? (Forgive my spelling). These two days were the highlight of the trip for me. First day out, all 6 of us went out for some fishing and sightseeing. We caught 11 Bonito's. We cruised with the dolphins and saw many turtles. Greg brought the boat along side the turtles. The turtles would dive when we got too close. About the 6th or 7th time Greg dove in under the turtle and brought it on board for pics. It was great! The turtle was not harmed in any way. A couple days later, just the guys went out for the "Big One". We went further out and fished all day. We had a Sailfish on but lost him near the boat. We saw many huge Stingrays just under the surface. The water was very rough that day. Greg was very professional and a great captain. Do not hesitate to hire Greg for a great day of affordable fishing and or sightseeing. He can be found down on the beach next to the beach bar (Las Brisas) most days, if he's not on the water. Thanks Greg, for a great experience and I hope to see you in the future. Darcy

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

On our first trip to Huatulco we stayed 4 days each at four different resorts to get a feel for the area and the types of resorts - Las Brisas unfortunately was our least favourite of all the resorts we stayed at. Firstly, the resort is huge and getting around will consume a lot of your time...even if you forsake walking for the golf carts. It is also comprised entirely of cement which takes on a sweat-box aura in 100 degree weather.

Secondly, the pools and other amenities are herded around the central lobby area; this causes everyone to cluster together instead of having multiple areas or pools to thin out the crowds - even the bathrooms are rationed with a single washroom serving large swathes of area.

Thirdly, The food was also very poor - your best bets are the cafeteria buffet or the smaller buffet next to the bar.....all the ala cart restaurants had terrible food both in taste and quality.

Fourthly, if you are not at the resort on an all-inclusive package they don't really know what to do with you....we booked independently and didn't opt for the all inclusive as we like to eat in town etc. They don't accept cash anywhere - you have to set up a "voucher" with the front desk, which is a prepaid credit card tab.....but no one will tell you this when you check-in; you will discover it only by trial and error. It will also take a day or more for their "system" to process your voucher, so plan on not eating for the first 24-36 hrs.

We stayed at much more accommodating and nicer resorts on our trip and have no plans on staying at Las Brisas on our return.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

We are just back from a two week vacation at Las Brisas, had a great time. The staff, food, beach and grounds are great. The snorkeling was awesome just off the beach with clear water, lots of different tropical fish and coral. A hidden gem at this resort is the amount of different types of birds, we were amazed. Take the bird watching tour with Pablo Narvaez around the grounds, he is great, very informative, with him being from the area and he spoke English. He will also take you on other trips around the area, we found him trustworthy. It was a great time.

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Additional Information about Las Brisas Huatulco

Address: Bahia Tangolunda Lote 1, Huatulco 70989, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Oaxaca > Huatulco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Huatulco
#9 Family Hotel in Huatulco
#10 Romantic Hotel in Huatulco
Price Range: $101 - $334 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Las Brisas Huatulco 3.5*
Number of rooms: 486
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