We read the advisory and either ignored the warnings or did not understand them. My husband and I took our three year old son. With a ratio 20-1 Mexican to Canadian tourist there were mixed looks. Some locals were pleasant, others stared as if we should not have been there. The staff was quite friendly. Weekends are crazy busy. This is because it is a weekend getaway for many locals. It means far more people but far more amenities. Both buffets were open an both bars were open. That's right! That means from Sunday night to Thursday night only one location for food and drinks! This could be because of the recession, too. Regardless, we went at a peek time. You would think that everything would be open all week.
Originally, we had thought we wanted an ocean view. Don't do it. It was a one room suite, that was so high up that my son couldn't do it. We got there on a Friday night and the weekends are so busy that we could not switch rooms until Sunday. Oh, and Friday night is Black Lighting show night. So, if you arrive when we did, the place will be in darkness. At first I thought it was for the full effect of the show (which it could have been) but later that night there was a black out for over an hour. Anyway, when we did move rooms we were steps from the main area. Very close to the pools, the dinning, the bar and the market. We also got the room that we had thought we had reserved. The one with a separate bedroom. Well worth it! The bedroom was large and had it's own A/C and bathroom. We also had an unexpected kitchenette. We were on the ground level which meant we also had a yard which was great!
I liked the food, my husband did not and I have never seen my son eat so much. I just found (like all resorts I have ever been to) that after day 5 everything looked the same.
I thought the pools were amazing. The main pool was huge. It ranged from 4 foot to 6 foot. The kids pool was just of off that The water slides were enjoyed by all. We loved the lagoon pool and the adult pool was to die for. All of the trees are mature so everywhere you go you have your choice of sun or shade. The grounds are beautiful! Huge tennis area, a giant field for all sports and courts for basket ball. All well kept.
The beach was a hike but, it had an area that was designated for the resort. Stay to the right!!! You have to pay on the left. The water is rough and the sand is quite dirty. The bridge to the beach is Meava's so there is a desk there to get towels and shower off.
Because of the extreme language barrier we were reluctant to leave our 3 year old at the kid zone. But having to pass it everyday to the beach or lagoon we had to let him go in for a few hours. It was slow, so one women looked after him the whole time and she spoke English really well. There is a mini pool in there for them with a little slide. There is a giant playground that I wanted to try but no adults allowed. I was impressed by the size and all of the provisions in this area. There is also another play area on the grounds too. There was zip lining, archery and roller blading.
The market was really convenient. Most things were really well priced. We got pool toys there (sand toys on the beach) both at good prices.
I probably have gone into way too much detail, but our orientation was a joke. She told us nothing! I asked her if there would be a room available for an hour to shower and freshen up before getting on the bus when leaving because check out is at noon (we left in the evening). She said yes and the front desk had no clue what we were talking about. Saying that, there are washrooms out the front of the lobby with showers. I found that out too late..
I knew that we were compromising a lot for a vacation that my son would love. For the price, it is pretty much what I expected. My husband is still in shock and will not go back, not even to Manzanillo. I would go back mainly because my son loved it..
- 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
- Maeva Manzanillo