So Fun I Loved It!!
Just came back from Los Angeles Locos and all I have to say is HOW FUN! We spent 4 days there and everything went smoothly. The service was great and the staff was very friendly. Really enjoyed the swim up bar, you can seriously drink all you want! One of the guys at the swim up bar was very nice his name was Enrique. I am 16 and had a great time. My family enjoyed it, it's more of a family oriented place. Lots of fun people you can meet there. I recommend it for families with kids ages 5-16, I'm sure they will have lots of fun!!
A Good Family Resort
Our family (2 adults and two kids, 9 and 7 years old) just returned from a week at the Blue Bay in Manzanillo. Here are our thoughts.The rooms -- our charter contact told us that he thought the rooms were more of a 2.5 star rating whereas the beach was a 5 star rating. I would agree. The rooms are basic and small. There has been no upgrading for years. Our washroom did not have any of the problems others have reported. The drain hole in the tub was a tad rusty but nothing in the bathroom was unpleasant. The beds were comprised of a futon type mattress (double size) on a cement slab. It was not the most comfortable bed but not too bad either. Standard rooms had two double size beds. There is also a couch of sorts that can be used for a bed. Each room has a noisy air conditioner. It seemed to work best in the days and not as well at night (likely due to greater demand). All rooms had water views although some would be partially blocked by other buildings.The hotel -- a spectacular assortment of colors -- oranges, blues, pinks. There is a stage with nightly entertainment, sometimes a Las Vegas style show, other times a theme show (our last night was a Wizard of Oz musical). There is a large pool, with swim up bar. The depth ranged from 4?7? to 5?. There is also a shallow kids pool. There are three restaurants. One is a buffet serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. We found the food good and the selection plentiful. There is a smaller restaurant with pasta and pizzas. There is also an ala carte restaurant where you need to make reservations. We had an excellent meal there. If the restaurant has not been booked up for the night you may be able to dine there as a walk-in. There are three bars -- the main ones are the swim up bar that is also accessible by land and the Tequila Sunrise Bar. There is also a quieter bar by the ala carte restaurant but that is only open in the evenings. I believe the main bars open up around 10 AM. There is a nightly disco as well. We had no problems with the water and were told it was fine to drink.The employees -- the Mexicans work harder than anyone. The dancers in the nightly shows are also the activity staff ? we noticed they were practicing their numbers at about 10 AM, then off to handle activity staff duties, then the nightly show at 9PM, followed by some late night activities. The restaurant and cleaning staff also worked equally hard. Only a few staff members were completely fluent in English, some only had a few English words and many had no English language at all. It is worthwhile to learn a few useful phrases like cerveza and the like. Our charter contact told us that the average worker earns about 14 peso a day which works out to about $1.40 US or $1.90 CAN. Tipping is not required or expected but we thought the service was good and even a few extra dollars given as tips would no doubt be greatly appreciated.The beach -- outstanding -- a stretch of about a mile of nice sandy shores, and a nice waves for body surfing. Go to the far end to visit a shrimp restaurant, see the pelicans and explore a river. Look for tiny sand crabs and periwinkle shells. No sand fleas that we experienced.The guests -- while we were there most were from Canada. Other large contingents were from the USA and Mexico. Mexicans were not favoured as other reviews suggested -- they just had the language ability to make their wishes better known. It?s a Mexican resort people ? expect Mexicans to be there!!The activities ? many free and paid activities are available. There is horseback riding along an easy trail and then back along the beach. This is only a slow walk and not a chance to ride all out. There is a jungle river boat tour which was interesting just to ride thru a dense jungle. We didn?t see much wildlife other than tree crabs, vultures and heron or flamingo type birds. Another group saw some crocodiles. Boogie boarding is fun. There are tennis courts (but too hot to play really), beach volleyball and various pool activities. There is a kids club but not many kids were at the hotel when we were there so we did not see many activities at all. There is a nearby fishing village called Tenacatita that we never went to but some others went and raved about the seafood.The location ? you are an hour from the airport in a secluded and secure section of the coast. Manzanillo itself is over an hour away from the hotel. If you leave the hotel grounds, visitors need a pass from the front desk to re-enter the grounds as there is security at the front gates. The nearest towns are at least a 30 minute cab ride away. Unless you are willing to pay for the travel, make sure you bring adequate supplies such as batteries, sun tan lotion, medical supplies and cash. There is no bank machine on site. As an all-inclusive there is little you need to buy unless you run out of essentials. The hotel does have a store but items there can be expensive.Miscellaneous ? there are reports of lots of bees or wasps. Based on our visit, the problem was exaggerated ? there are bees/wasps but no one was stung and they were hardly everywhere. The tiles are slippery but like any pool, the normal rule of not running applies.Overall we enjoyed our visit. This is a developing foreign country so you can?t expect North American standards for everything. If you are open minded and relaxed you are more apt to enjoy a visit here. If you higher standards or expect more luxury, you?ll have to pay for it at another resort. We found this to be a good family resort, a safe place to let the kids wonder off while the parents do their own thing.
HAD A BLAST!!!!
My husband and I have travelled to Mexico several times and this has to be one of the best trips yet. The beach is beautiful...the weather was fantastic..and the friends we made were just great!! Yes, the rooms weren't the Holiday Inn(and we never paid Holiday Inn prices) but they were clean and the A/C worked just fine..we were only in our rooms to sleep so that wasn't an issue at all. Also, yes sometimes you could smell sewage first thing in the morning...but Mexico in general has a sewage problem. I read some reviews on here complaining about a hornet problem(it kinda worried me) but all it is are honey bees on the far side of the pool bar around the fruit juices...believe me if it were a problem I wouldn't have spent that much time at the pool bar *smile*.
The boogie boarding was a blast....great waves and a lot of fun. We walked down the beach about a mile and found a little place that sold cold beer and great shrimp...it is a nice afternoon walk. There are several activities during the day...beach volleyball, water volleyball, and of course the real killer was the tequila volleyball (if you missed the ball you had to take a shot of tequila). We never went on the jungle tour only because everyone we talked to said it was kind of lame. The staff there was very friendly (but knew little english) and if you give them a few pesos here and there they will take very good care of you. The food was good but after a week it gets a little repetitive(the ala carte restaurant was super!!) They shut the pool bar down at 5:00 and then open the inside lounge...I think it would be better if they kept the pool bar open a bit longer...there is also a nice lounge up at the ala carte restaurant. The evening shows are okay but after the second night we opted out...it's the same kind of music each night. The disco was fun and if you are hungry after you can go to the pizzeria where they have pizza in a warming oven for a late night snack. All in all it was just great....any vacation is what you make it and the people you meet..and if you are lucky like us and meet fun people you will have a great time.....Scott,Jill,John,Chantal,Andy,Brandy,Norm,&Sherri.....we luv ya!!!! We'd go back again!!
My family and I just returned from a one week vacation during Spring Break and we had a great time. As what was stated in some other reviews, the hotel is very clean but it is in desperate need of some renovations!!! The bathrooms are old and rusty, the paint on the walls throughout the room need to be painted again and the tiles on the floor need to be replaced. However, the rooms are very clean and all rooms have a fabulous view of the ocean. The food was excellent and there was a great selection. The people who worked there were most friendly and eager to please. We loved the opportunity to mix and meet with some local Mexicans who stayed at the resort as well-They were most friendly!! The beach at the resort is the BEST!!! Trust me when I say this as we have had the opportunity to travel and stay at various resorts in Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. The beach goes on for about a mile or two and it is totally free of vendors and other resorts. You can lay your Beach Blanket down just about anywhere and you wouldn't have to worry about someone else invading your personal space. The sand is a beautiful golden color and it is very clean. The water is very clean as well. It is great for Boogie Boarding and it is oh so warm. I highly recommend that if you stay at this resort that you take a day trip to Tenicanatta(I hope that I spelled it correctly) to do some snorkeling- It is AWESOME!! While you are there be sure to bring some money to buy a cold Corona and some garlic shrimp at one of the Mexican style restaurants along the beach. If you are looking to purchase a few typical souvenirs, it is here that you will find a few local vendors on the beach who are willing to barter with you. All in all my family and I had a great vacation and we will most definitely consider going back as the price was right and the beach was AWESOME!!!
Great Place Amazing Beach
We took this trip with our 18 month daughter and 8 year old son. It was great! We loved that it was out of the way and on such a perfect 2km private beach with the soooooftest powder sand. It was HARD to find even bits of shells. We went in Feb and it was not crowded at all the beach was nearly deserted! Seems many people preferred the poolside! Watch small children there is a rough undertow that would nearly pull my small daughter from the shore so keep that in mind.
The food was great the entertainment was enegertic funny and really well done. We liked the outdoor buffet theme dinners alot. We did not use the kids club, there weren't may kids there when we went but our son made friends with a few. The included excursions were fun, go to tenacatita if you want really good deals from vendors late in the afternoon. Barra de navidad was nice too, nicelittle streets tons fo shopping but check out all the prices before you buy, they vary ALOT. We took the boattour through the mangroves, we commissioned a boat to fish in the ocean, the snorkeling around the hotel was nice there were puffer fish and colorful fish.
There is foreing exchange at the front desk its average rate so don't be afraid to use it as the towns are far away. There were alot of Canadians at this resort a few americans and some europeans. On the weekend mexican families also come in. Be prepared to HEAR the partying until the wee hours here! There are alot of things to see and do and you will not be dissappointed. I liked the fact wehad a bathtub instead of jut shower for the baby.
Transport to and from teh hotel was easy and the only complaint is the airport is very small and HOTTTTTT! Sweltering in their actually.