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I didn't think Manzanillo was a popular tourist destination compared to some other cities like nearby Puerto Vallarta to the north or Acapulco to the south. Imagine my surprise when I embarked on a packed Boeing 777. I hadn't heard of this city until a good friend moved there.
Now the airport is tiny and obviously not designed to handle …
One week in mexico in the bag. The first few days were rough with the time change but we are on local time now and Nev is taking naps at the normal time, more or less. As with most surf adventures I just missed a great swell. We spent 3 nights in melaque where the beach was head high at the shoreline and crashing loudly throughout the night. It is not as hot as I expected ...
The ATM in Barra crashes worryingly and so we have to visit Melaque further up the beach. Its a little quiet and dilapidated and out of season but they have great street tacos. We try our first Michelada (beer with salt and juice - great for hangovers) and play Angry Birds on touchscreens on the back of the bus seats as we leave - very high tech!
... it was a charter. It was just arriving back at dock when we were at Grand Bay so George went out to check the prices. As is turns out it was a private yacht whose owner was from Texas and wife from Bay Springs, Mississipipi. They had family down and were just going out for day sails. They, we assume lived on ...
... that it really wasn't our scene, the beach is great
to take long walks along, the waves are huge and good for the entertaining wave dumping game which the kids love, but all said and
done you are still in a place where every day the coaches come in
full of new guests and leave taking wearisome beach dwellers with.
Onwards and upwards – adios amigos
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Pure relaxation at theDolphinCove Inn in ManzanilloD
The Dolphin Cove Inn was so lush and beautiful! The people were warm as was the water. Every day was a delight! A wonderful spot to slow down and just relax in the tropical breeze.
Beautiful and Restful
My husband and our grandchildren loved our stay at Dolphin Cove Inn. The swimming pool and restaurant are excellent.
We would recommend this hotel to our friends.
A great place!
The suites are superb--clean, well equipped and maintained, with magnificant balcony and sliding door views of the bay. Quiet, with good privacy. The pool and food were good, too. We had a wonderful time, and would love to go back again. f
Lovely views and setting
My husband and I just got back from a very relaxing week at the Dolphin Cove Inn. Our one bedroom unit was not posh by any means but it was comfortable and roomy. The terrace was huge and very private and the views spectacular. The grounds are absolutely lovely. Yes, there are alot of steps but they are manageable. The restaurant does not have a very large menu but the food and service was good. There are many good and reasonably priced restaurants just a short cab ride away and the Las Hadas and Karmina Palace resorts are within walking distance. As an aside, if you want a massage, ask the concierge to set one up with a service that comes to your room. My husband had the best massage of his life for 300 pesos/hour ($30.00)! All in all, we had a lovely, low key and relaxing vacation.
Stayed in a studio suite. Beautiful view and excellent beds. Be prepared to walk up and down numerous steps to get anywhere. Was there the week after Thanksgiving and it was very quiet. Would recommend for its value, but there is nothing fancy here.
Dolphin Cove Inn has the view and location of Las Hadas at a reasonable price. The suite we were in had a huge terrace with gorgeous flowers overlooking the bay, framed by coconut palms. It was breathtaking. The rooms were stark white, but restful. The beds were excellent. Any maintenance item noted was attended to the same day. The staff was very accomodating and gracious. We were able to get around the property fine - even with one young child. Lots of stairs - no need for a stair master workout - but the walks to the office, the pool, and the beach were worth it. The website is very accurate about what to expect - the one thing I wish I knew before going was to expect that few (if any) merchants take credit cards. Most prefer pesos. Once I knew that, I was fine, but expected it to be more like Baja (CSL). Our limited Spanish proved helpful, and a phrase book helped us even more. All in all, it was a great place to relax for a week, and entertain all 5 of us.
Stayed in late Feb.03. The owner's guidebook overstates the quality of the property although the location is good in terms of the neighborhood and view. Property, part of a condo complex, situated between Las Hadas and the Kamina Palace. Our one bedroom suite was large with great deck. Large kitchenette area. Some deferred maintenance which, if taken care of, would make it much nicer. Guidebook info understates the challenging steps to access pool area and beach area and restaurant. Leak in kitchen sink drain pipe; lost water for a few hours one morning and shower diverter valve needed replacement. Hot water was not until hot water heater thermostat was adjusted. Relaxing during week - got crowded on weekend with lots of kids around pool but easy enough to go to beach area. Great view of MZ bay but there's a factory of some kind to the south spewing smoke and whatever into the sky every day spoiling the otherwise great view because of the haze. I think we prefer Ixtapa.
My husband and I just got back from a week at Dolphin Cove. We had great time. Very relaxing. The view from our room was one of the best we've ever had. If you need a long stretch of beach right in front of your hotel, this isn't for you....their website shows exactly what the rooms and beach are like. If you like small hotels, yet like some conveniences of larger ones, this is it. The hotel staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. The on-site restaurant was good with reasonable prices and beach service.When they warn about lots of steps, they aren't kidding. But we are just moderately fit, and we had no problems.
My wife and I, plus 7year old daughter, loved our 1bedroom condo at Dolphin Cove. We have been to Mexico many times (Baja, Playa Del Carmen, Cancun, Acapulco, PV, etc.) but I have to say this place had the prettiest view of all. Our huge terrace overlooking the sea had bougainvillia, citrus trees and assorted other flowers. Beautiful! The condo itself was huge, with full kitchen, washer dryer, bedroom with 2 queen beds and nicely (if starkly) decorated large living room. (I wish the A/C's were quieter).
The pool was nice--kiddie pool with slide plus a connected "adult" main pool.
A few caveats: There are a lot of stairs (w/o elevator) if you're staying at one of the upper units--not recommended for the elderly, infirm or unfit. The place seemed deserted when we were there in mid-Jan, which is OK if you like peace and quiet but a bit boring if you like chatting people up at the bar.
The "public" beach accessible from the condo had deep black sand -- almost like tar, though everyone said it was simply a natural mineral deposit. The better beach is at neighboring (and pricey/exclusive) Las Hadas, but you have to say you're going to a restaurant or something to get past the gates. It's easier to get into the big hotel to the left of this one (Las Hadas is to the right).Also, Manzanillo is spread out without a particularly charming center so I was dissappointed from that perspective with the town in comparison to Puerto Vallarta or Playa del Carmen. Still, for the price and the view, this place is hard to beat.
Could be a winner,but is not
Very hard location to find. Lack of proper signs. Studios very stark. All white (newly painted), no pictures, heavy metal chairs with plastic seat coverings(stick to your body). Chairs need rubber padding on legs to avoid noisy movement. Maid used sheets that were too small for the beds. That was corrected the nest day.
No help from the office. No indication of where restaurant was or when open. Was closed on Tuesday- we were not notified ( no easy walk to find out it was closed). No indication of the TV channels. No English channels(strange for Manzanillo). Maids not consistant on room cleaning time. As the place was all but empty, that should not have been a problem. Maid came a little after 9am on Monday. Returned to room after 1pm on Tuesday and made had not come.
Many,many steps to rooms, pool, restaurant and beach.
A little improvement wouls really help. W e saw a young Mexican couple struggling with their bags from their room to their car. A motorized cart would have been helpful.