If you want a quiet, relaxing trip with excellent service, this is the place for you. We were at this resort for 2 weeks in March (which included part of the March Break). This was my second time at this resort and I definitely plan on returning. It is not for everyone, given that there are very little activities and while we were there, they were way below full capacity, which meant excellent service for us!
ROOM: Room was very spacious. The beds are a little on the hard side but was not an issue. Towels are large and thick. Mini-Bar was replenished daily and our requests were granted. Sylvia was our housekeeper and she provided excellent service. There are a lot of stairs on this resort, thus, if someone has problems with their mobility, they would be best to have a room in a section closer to the pool/beach areas. We enjoyed the walk & exercise.
BEACH: The beach is small but adjacent to the Marina, thus one can walk the beach & pier. We always saw beautiful coloured fish in the water in the Marina area. The beach is calm and the water is clear with no weeds. The color of the water is not an aqua like one would find in Cancun or Mayan Riviera but it was still a beautiful blue/green color. The sand is a darker sand and can get very hot, thus, you need to walk with your sandals in some areas. There were always plenty of chairs and cabanas available regardless of the time that we showed up at the beach. Pedro works very hard at carrying those mattresses across the beach.
POOL: The main pool is huge and extremely well maintained. There are lots of chairs available. They have new loungers and umbrellas this year and they are very nice. They took away the cushions on the wrought iron chairs which made them uncomfortable to sit on for an extended period of time (?)
GROUNDS: Grounds are absolutely gorgeous and truly out of this world, if one can appreciate the architecture and uniqueness of this place. It is like being in a magical little Mediterranean village. Grounds are kept immaculate and cobblestone streets are swept every morning. Gardeners were also working very hard at re-planting flowering shrubs. Various species of tropical flowers and greenery can be found throughout the resort. We did notice this year, however, that some areas could benefit from a coat of white paint but with a resort this size, one can understand that it can be difficult to keep on top of the painting. This place is a photographer’s dream!
FOOD: Given my food intolerances, I cannot be more appreciative of the service that I received at this resort. Not only did I not get contaminated once in 2 weeks BUT I also did not feel deprived at all. I could essentially have most things on the menus, yet they did have to tweek the preparation just a bit in order to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination. I had brought my gluten-free travel cards that were translated into Spanish. I showed these everywhere I went & found out that a copy of such had already been sent to all the restaurants on the resort. They were aware of my situation and definitely went out of their way to serve me. I found that I was entitled to a greater variety of food than I am in Canada mostly because they cook with fresh herbs and spices, etc.
Breakfast: This took place at El Palmar. We were usually able to get a table outside and had a gorgeous view of the pool area. The service here was great and the quality of the food was very good. The fruit is extremely tasty here and they always had trays of different varieties. The pineapple tasted like candy, it was so sweet and juicy. I had a server who checked out a couple of things for me (sorry, I forget his name) and I found out that their bacon was gluten free (i.e. no spices,etc…)….BONUS!
Lunch: We could have lunch at Los Delfines or the Oasis (both a la carte). I was pleasantly pleased that I could have fajitas as one had the option of flour OR corn tortillas. The guacamole, ceviche and fresh salsa were excellent! I could also have their corn nachos. I still get cravings for the Xochil Broth which is on the menu @ Los Delfines. As for the spaghetti Bolognese, they prepared my gluten free pasta (that I had brought). I could not try it but was told that the Caesar salad @ Los Delfines was very good. Again, the service was excellent at both places. Martin was especially efficient at the Oassis and Jesus went out of his way to ensure that the food was prepared to my specifications @ Los Delfines. LOVE the view from Los Delfines as it is by the ocean and one can see colourful fish in the water .
Dinner: Dinner was either at Los Delfines or at Legazpi restaurant (must book). Legazpi is definitely a must. It offers fine dining at its best . The service was impeccable and the food was very tasty. Frederico (also known as Rocky) was the Maître D and took excellent care of us and made sure that my food was prepared properly. My only complaint about the food would be that it is a bit too salty. The steak is excellent as is the salmon and chicken. The appetizers such as the salmon tart, Greek salad as well as others were all excellent. The ambiance is also very nice as there is a piano player. It would be ideal if they also made use of the patio outside so that people could eat there as it offers a beautiful view and would make for an unbelievable experience. My other little suggestion would be to break up the days that Legazpi is open. Rather than have it open several days in a row and then closed, I believe that it would be best for the guests to be able to alternate restaurants instead.
There is also Mexican night that takes place in the courtyard. The set-up is absolutely beautiful and they work very hard at organizing this fiesta. I did not eat there as it was buffet-style but I must say that the food looked extremely appetizing. Next year I will have to find out if I can have some dishes.
STAFF: I cannot say enough about the staff at this resort. They are very friendly and are there to please. They truly stand out. Not only are they efficient and provide a quality service but they also seem to truly enjoy what they do. I must mention the bell-boys who provided transportation to us during our stay (golf carts). Santana is a friendly and funny character and made our stay extra-special. Ulesis and Jorge are also worth mentioning as they provided us with excellent service with a smile. Virginia also stood out & she did an excellent job of keeping the washrooms clean at night. What a wonderful lady!
I have been to numerous resorts throughout the Caribbean but this one stands out because of the uniqueness of the resort, the quality of service and the friendliness of the staff. Keep it up Las Hadas!!!
*** I believe that Air Transat needs to promote this place and keep it available as one of their destinations. The plane was not full when we went & it was prime time, thus, it is hoped that it will continue to be available from Canada. It is also a beautiful wedding destination.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Manzanillo resort and marina with accommodations and a variety of amenities. This hotel features wedding venues, a golf course, romantic dining and event space in Mexico. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Las Hadas Golf Resort And Marina Hotel Manzanillo
- Las Hadas Manzanillo
- Las Hadas Mexico
- Las Hadas Hotel And Marina
- Las Hadas Golf Resort & Marina