Our family of 3 stayed there from March 15 - 29, 2013. We would go back in a heartbeat but would definately take some Spanish lessons before going again.
The resort was not busy during the weekdays but business certainly picked up on the weekends with families from neighbouring Mexicans towns staying from Fridays to Sundays. We have been to resorts in PV and Cancun and this resort was in no way as busy as those places.
The entertainment staff by the pool were a great bunch of people. They welcomed us Canadians (there were only 4 families of us there) every day and on many occasions did speak english when explaining games etc. I do admit that most announcements were only in spanish, but heck...we are in Mexico. By the end of the 2 weeks that we were there, I do believe my knowledge of spanish improved from being immersed in the spanish that was spoken everywhere.
My 11 yr old son enjoyed all the activities by the pool..darts, jenga, ping-pong, snorkelling classes, water basketball, water aerobics and even tequila volleyball (he enjoyed the fact that every "error" he made during that game I had to drink for him). He got to practice his french with Pepe (from Senegal) and even made friends in the pool with several Mexican kids who wanted to "practice" their english.
Due to the fact most of the guests are from Mexico, it was never a problem to get a seat in the sun as most of them were under the shade of the trees around the pool. I agree with other posts that the adult pool had the best bartender (he delivered drinks to us all the time). When you were at the main pool you had to go up to bar to get drinks as there were no wait staff wandering around. The drink strength was just like every other resort we've been to...a little watered down, but the bartender was always willing to make any drink a double or a triple...you just had to ask.
The a la carte restaurant was only open the last 2 days of our trip and we did get to go once. I wouldn't rave about it..we've been to other resorts with much better a la cartes than this one. I still find it hard to believe that they wouldn't do a "Mexican coffee" because the restaurant was too busy (it was 1/2 full when we went for the 7:30 sitting). Every other resort we've been to, they practically begged you to order this special coffee...the show alone makes the dinner unforgettable. The food at the a la carte was pretty well the same quality as the buffet, just a better presentation.
The food at the buffet was standard resort food. My son loved the fact that hot dogs were available from morning to night. I loved the fact that all types of fresh fruit and salad were available from morning to night. We didn't get to try the omelete bar as our plates were always full with other offerings before we got to that station, but we are ok with that. I liked the 6 different fresh juices they had available every morning. Had never had banana "juice" before and can now say that I have (like a very thick banana milkshake). The morning waiters were all very attentive, a shout-out to Alfredo for making sure my husband's cup of coffee was never empty.
Our favourite waiter was Sergio. He worked the Playa bar during lunch and then the main buffet during dinner. As soon as we walked into either place, he was always waving us over and finding a table for us right away. Got us our regular drinks right away and took care of every need we had. He had the Canadians wrapped around his little finger, took care of all of us.
The night time shows put on by the entertainment staff were great. 95% of the announcements at them were in spanish, but between knowing the odd spanish word and the wandering entertainment staff that would translate for us we enjoyed them immensely. The dancing was top-notch and the highlight was the black light show. Awesome.
The post show dancing at the Danzeon playapa was fun and loud. It was an all-ages venue and the DJ loved to blast out anything with a latin beat and the crowd certainly loved it. The entertainment staff would come in after their show, would play some type of game (name that song, cake eating contest, dance-off, drinking contests) and then the dancing would seriously get started. We usually managed to stay awake until midnight and would then head back to our suite but the music would continue to at least 2am most nights.
Our suite was a room. The king-size bed was not that comfortable..very hard. When we go back, I'm bringing mats to put on the bed. Our son slept in the living room on the 2 single beds that also doubled as sofas. He slept like a log and didn't complain one bit. The showers in the room were tempermental...no happy medium..either hot or cold. The room had a mini-fridge and a kitchen table and we were ok with that too. We did have to get our keys re-activated several times during our stay but when we did, the front desk staff were fast at doing it.
All in all, we would go back to Gran Festivall. Out of all the places in Mexico we have been, this has been the closest we been to what I believe is real Mexico. I loved the fact that the resort was mostly mexicans and that we were the outsiders. When I travel I want to see and be part of the area where I go...not just someone to be "taken care of". Thanks Manzanillo...we'll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gran Festivall All Inclusive Resort Manzanillo .. a beautiful property located at Miramar beach facing the blue waters of the Mexican Pacific. 32 acres of fun. An unique all inclusive experience. ALL INCLUSIVE• All meals buffet style plus optional a la carte dinner dining/domestic beer, wine & mixed drinks from 11 am-1am/4 restaurants (dress code applies)/4 bars. And beach club.• Entertainment/disco (adults only)/dance hall (children allowed)• 5 pools/children’s pool/adult pool/water slides/gym/archery• 10 tennis courts (6 lit) scuba & snorkeling lessons.• Children’s program (ages 4-12). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Festivall All Inclusive Hotel Manzanillo
- Hotel Maeva Manzanillo
- Resort All Inclusive Maeva Manzanillo
- Club Maeva Manzanillo Mexico
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