My family and I (3 high school and university aged "children") stayed at Playa Vista de Oro over New Years in 2014. As many of the previous reviews have pointed out, the resort is certainly a bit older and could use some updating, particularly around the pool area. And softer pillows would be nice. But other than that, we found the resort to be wonderful. The friendliness of the staff must be commented on. Whoever is hiring/training staff here is to be commended. Absolutely everyone had a smile on their face when interacting with guests, and would do what they could to help you with any issue. The language barrier sometimes got in the way, but there was always someone around with enough English to figure it out. The young adults who arrange all the activities around the pool and resort are also the nightly entertainment. While I have certainly seen better shows at other (read: resorts catering more to North Americans), I really enjoyed the shows at Vista Playa de Oro because I felt I knew many of the performers. My oldest son made friends with a couple of the entertainers, and went out clubbing with them one night. Apparently it was bumpin'!
Jorge (or George) could always be found to help arrange an excursion, or explain anything about the resort, or just bend your ear! The staff at the front counter were nice (notice a theme here?) and there always seemed to be someone at the desk who spoke English. Also, as others have said, this resort is mostly occupied by Mexican families, from surrounding cities (lots of people from Guadalajara, and also quite a few folks from the states visiting families-and always willing to act as interpreters!), So if you are looking to go to Mexico to hang out with other North Americans where everyone speaks English, probably you should think of somewhere else. But as my wife said on the beach our last day she would much rather spend the day at the beach with laughing Mexican children than drunk North Americans any time.
The beach itself is fantastic. You have to cross the street to get to it, but there are guards at the crossing to stop traffic. Best beach in the area-nice waves for surfing or boogie boarding, but not so much surf that you could not hang out in the shallower water)-
The food was very good. Simple and very flavorful. Could be hotter,but really, pretty typical of all inclusive resorts. Beer was cold, drinks were tasty. Lines at the beach bar could get a bit long on the weekends, but again, like any all inclusive on a holiday weekend.
There is lots to do near the resort. Down the beach toward Club Santiago has nice restaurants (waves are a bit smaller there), and Manzanillo itself is a 30 minute bus or car ride away, with some touristy spots for food and shopping along the way also. We surfed or boogie boarded pretty much every day. Caught some fish in the surf in the evenings. Rented a panga for some more fishing, trolling for mahi mahi and casting to the rocky islands. Kayak and stand up paddle board rentals could be found around the beach. There were beach vendors, but they were not pushy I didn't think.
To the management and staff of Vista Playa de Oro, particularly Jorge, thanks for showing my family a wonderful time. Everyone in the family said they would come back any time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a hill side, across the street from the beach, this beautiful hotel resembles a Mexican village town with cobble streets and clay tile roofs. This family-oriented All Inclusive resort is at only 15 minutes from downtown Manzanillo and only 20 minutes from the international airport. It has 250 rooms, with Mexican contemporary decoration. Services included are one Buffet Restaurant, one themed restaurant with alternated Italian and Caribbean menu. four bars, Palapa snack bar, Beach snack-bar • Tennis courts (not lighted), two Zip-lines (One for adults and one for children), Wall climbing, Children’s Club, Baby Club, Pool tables, Gym , Mini-golf, Safety deposit boxes at reception, wireless internet in public areas. The property also has a nice beachfront restaurant with a seafood menu, for an additional charge. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is also open for locals. All rooms feature one king sized bed or two twin sized beds. Maximum occupancy per room is three adults or two adults and two children. Children under 11 stay for free, one child per paying adult. Maximum 2 children per room.Activities for children also include a weekly camp-out night, supervised by our entertainment staff, as well as a fun Pirate Treasure Hunt. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vista Playa De Oro Manzanillo