Words cannot begin to describe the beauty of Las Hadas Resort. It is listed as one of the top 400 resorts in the world. Almost every amenity that that one can think of can be found on site. It attracts a wealthy set of of well-heeled travelers from all over the world. Besides the main hotel the resort features numerous white washed Arabian looking buildings nestled into the sides of a steep hill. Las Hadas is located on the Santiago Peninsula overlooking a picturesque nearby bay.
One can also visit Las Hadas Resort for short stays – and is an excellent option for those not actually staying here. For a set price one purchases coupons to be used for food and drink – which also gives guests access to the pool for the day. This fee also includes covered parking. One of the highlights of a visit, is the stunning pool located towards the rear of the property. Very popular, this pools is usually surrounded by many sunbathers.
An old looking wooden rope bridge crosses the middle of the pool. This bridge receives constant use from not only guests but also the staff who are always on the move delivering food and drinks to patrons. One of the more noticeable and impressive parts of the pool is its swim up bar often frequented by sun tanned beautiful people.
Stools are mounted about 1 foot below the surface while a canopy overhead provides much needed shade. After a refreshing swim one can leisurely swim up to the bar and requests a vodka on rocks or perhaps a mojito – from one of the young and cute bartenders.
Sip your tropical themed drink while being half immersed in the cool refreshing water, and try to think of places better then this. You won’t be thinking those thoughts for very long!
During my visit, I noticed that most topics of conversation around the pool were centered on the diversity of drinks available. Everyone left the pool area when the bar closed. However, I found this the most relaxing time. The air was still very warm and I had the pool almost entirely to myself.
The open bay and saltwater is located within merely 100 feet from the pool. This water is much warmer then the air-conditioned pool, but is equally enjoyable. Two large platforms are located a bit offshore – great for mingling with all the other young people showing off their dives to their girl/boy friends. As you make your way from the pool to the swimming bay you will pass seemingly hundreds of people soaking in the rays from the sun.
A marina and boat launching facilities are located near the pool and swimming bay. Chances are you will see people fishing from the docks and piers. This is a good place to see both small and much larger fish swimming in the shallow waters of the marina. I even witnessed fishermen swimming among the rocks, catching fish with their bare hands, and then tossing them out of the water onto the cement walls. I also saw several fisherman land some very large fish. They were straining to even bring these fish out of the water. Once they were on the deck they had to wrestle with the fish and beat them over the heads many times before they died.
A visit to the marina is gives one a a sense of the local fishing industry and also is an ideal place to take photographs of people fishing.
Las Hadas offers an exercise room, 18 holes of golf, 10 lighted tennis courts, as well as 3 dining rooms. Las Hadas Resort also sells a mini-golf package which entitles one to 3 rounds of golf on what I found to be a fairly empty golf course. It should be noted, that only guests of the Las Hadas Resort are able to take advantage of this package.
If you get a chance I highly recommend driving out to the northern part of Santiago Peninsula. The road leads to a high point on the peninsula from which there are spectacular views of the both the northern and southern bays. A stunning place for photographers, especially in the early morning or late afternoon. One side is Las Hadas Resort and on the other side are brightly colored umbrellas lining the already palm lined beaches. The water casts a number of shades of blue and aquamarine colors, a warm breeze is blowing, and you know that life doesn’t get much better then this.
For more information about Las Hadas Resort and or to make a booking, please visit: www.lasbrisashotels.com.mx/en/manzanillo