Gran Festivall All Inclusive Resort
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... stage by other city officials who helped plan and coordinate the weekend. Saturday we helped friends(Juan, Nick, Roger and Mac) who own a business there "Cuyutlan Realty" decorate their entry for the parade. Their mission was to throw as many beads and balls out to the crowd as possible. They had positioned 4 boys out front to clear their way but at one point they had to get out and clear a ...
... travelers. Its ½ block from the beach so just qualifies under our maximum distance requirement. Rodrico is very nice and knows a lot about the area, like the trail to the light house. A small group of us hiked it yesterday. Great views up and down the coast, plus back into the bay of Zihuatanejo.
This morning we were up early (holiday time) and off to go snorkeling with Pechuga. Those of you up on your Spanish will wonder about the name "Chicken Breast" ...
... Police at numerous places like the toll booths we often went through. The vigilante objective of dealing with local crime syndicates seems to be paying off as there has been capture or killing of some major crime figures recently. As a gringo tourist we do not figure as a target and feel quite secure in the midst of this.
The masked men of the second incident which was the most intimidating were saying "welcome,
welcome". So it is hard ...
... to the warmth of the Pacific Coast on a prop plane. When we arrived, we looked through an open door and we could see our smiling, dapper and relaxed-looking friends, Pat and Gail from Washington State. So exciting. It has been 2 years since we last saw them, so it was a real treat to meet up with them again. And they were dressed in beachtime pink and yellow - not in the drabby colours of Ontario at this time of the year!
We only brought two ...
... and I was rapt. I’m making good progress on my Spanish and will be writing a blog entry soon about helping out with the construction of a new classroom at Micah and Zola’s school. Micah and Zola love school and are speaking a lot of Spanish. It is fun to listen to them play with their friends in Spanish. They have great accents. In fact, Micah and I have been amusing ourselves and our family by talking to each other with bad American accents. Mooey ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gran Festivall All Inclusive Resort Manzanillo
Time Of My Life
I went to Club Maeva at the very beginning of this year and I have never had that much fun in my life. The people I met were amazing, both from Mexico and Canada. We spent the day on the beautiful beach and nights drinking and dancing in the clubs. The "maevamigos" made it so much fun. I couldn't believe how much energy they had and how they kept everyone going. The shows were good, except maybe the fashion show, but hey, you have to advertise somehow, right? The food was good...a little repetitive but very good. It was nice to have the Italian restaurant there just to mix things up a little. I have read a couple bad reviews on Club Maeva but I have to disagree. If you are going to Mexico, definetly look in it, you wont regret it.
Dont go there please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i recently returned from a manzanillo and stayed at club maeva and had the worst experience of my life. Not only did i not get my moneys worth but the place is a slump. The front desk area was also rude and very unhelpful. Please do not go to this dump.........
Not a bad place
I spent two weeks at Club Maeva with my wife and children 13, 11. The food was quite good, almost like homemade. Buffet style, but lots of waiters around to get drinks for you, clear tables etc. The a la carte restaurant also had good food.
The dinner shows were not all that interesting but some people seemed to enjoy them.
Best of all were the tennis courts. 12 courts, 6 lighted. Also tennis lessons were given three days a week and they would have three mini-tournaments a week. Next (for the kids) were the waterslides. I had expected some tiny slides but the four slides they had were actually quite large.
The main pool was very large and it was generally kind of noisy. They liked to play loud music all the time. You had to arrive early to get a lounge chair. People would go by very early in the morning and leave stuff on the chairs to claim them and then come back hours later to use the chairs. The adults' pool was a very nice quiet area.
The beach was OK, not far from the main area, with a special walkway over the highway. Lunch at the beach or an afternoon drink at the restaurant there was very relaxing.
Our condo was cleaned everyday. It was by no means luxurious but we didn't expect luxury. There were a few minor problems but nothing I haven't experienced in more expensive places. The air conditioners could have worked a little better.
They have a large soccer field as well as a smaller one. We used the fields for playing baseball when there were no soccer games.
Would I go back? probably not. Manzanillo was too hot when we were there, 33 or 34 every day and I found the constant playing of music in the central area annoying.
Would my kids like to go back? definitely
A so-so place for singles
I was recently at Club Maeva and found the place to be very good IF you were with a family with children OR as a couple. As a single young adult, I found the place to be overrun with teenagers on holiday with parents who could care less that their children were drunk and allowed into the 'adult only' disco. The entertainment staff were very friendly, but again, seemed more interested in 'playing'(both sports and 'after hours activities') with the young 14-17 year old girls. Someone actually got fired for 'spending too much time' with a young teen girl.
Final thoughts: good for a family holiday...not great for young singles who are actually of-age to do what they choose and not suffer consequences.
A Wonderful Experience!
Hi!....Im a student in British Columbia and I wanted to tell
all you adventurers that Club Maeva is the place to be...Its a 4 star Resort but honestly I think It should have a higher rating because I got more than I expected! Its situated right on Santiago Bay and is surrounded by beautiful scenery and perfect weather. The food was great (a good variety for those of you who are afraid to dive into the concept Mexican food) and the service my family and I recieved was awesome! Our villa was cleaned every day and we had no problems. There are 2 restaurants sitting right beside the gigantic pool on the resort and there is a bar and restaurant on the beach. I honestly had an excellent experience and I hope I have the chance to go back again....so, all in all, give it a try!
Discrimination against non Mexicans
THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN SENT TO THE TOUR OPERATOR WE USED AS WELL AS SEVERAL OTHERS
My family and I returned last night from a one week vacation at Club Maeva in Manzanillo. I am contacting several tour operators to advise that in 12 separate trips to Mexico over the last 20 years, we have never encountered such open blatant discrimination against non Mexicans. This discrimination was clearly orchestrated by hotel operators and not by staff who for the most part, were as as friendly and helpful as we have come to expect.
The problems related to the location and state of repair of rooms provided, timing and calibre of housekeeping services, restaurant dress codes which were imposed on non Mexicans only, and serious restrictions on where North Americans could sit on the beach (which in Mexico is purportedly public).We were able to get no acknowledgement of the problem(s) or any form of apology from hotel management.
We were not looking for a five star resort (this most certainly is not) but we were dismayed by our treatment which hotel staff openly acknowledged was related to policy; at least two whom we spoke to were clearly embarrassed by the policies they were asked to enforce.
I encourgae you to investigate these matters, and seriously consider whether this is a location you wish to continue to offer, as if uncorrected, it will begin to reflect on tour operators, and not just the property itself.
Bruce W. Healy
Not too shabby
My boyfriend and I went to Club Maeva during the third week of February 2002. We had a great time, as this was our first vacation together and our first time down south.
Our room was very nice. It was a two bedroom villa which was definitely too big for us, but we had booked at the last minute, so they probably gave us what was leftover. The air-conditioning was great, we also had a fridge, a kitchen table, 2 bathrooms, 2 bedrooms, and a tv area with 2 day beds (definitely too big for us-but we enjoyed it). There were a few problems with our room: some of the lights were burnt out, the comforter for the queen sized bed had a big iron-burn mark on it, and there were some hairs on the bed linens. These were minor things, though.
We spent most of our days at either the adult pool or the beach. If Javier is working the adult pool bar, you should order a banana daquiri. He made the best ones on the resort!! The adult pool was never too busy and much quieter than the main pool. The beach was a bit crowded, with all of the resorts umbrellas crammed together into one area, so get there early if you want an umbrella! The water was a perfect temperature and the waves got really big. I actually got pummelled a few times by some big waves, so be careful! I did some of my best body surfing on the beach. One thing which might be troublesome for some people is the constant presence of panhandlers asking you to buy blankets, silver, t-shirts, get you to have your hair braided, etc. One good way to get rid of them is to offer them a ridiculous price for something! Other than that, if you say no, they'll usually leave you alone. We never ate at the pool restaurant, we just used the bar.
Most of the time we ate at the Blue Seagull restaurant. We liked it better than the Tropical Hut. The food was excellent. There was plenty to choose from, and if you don't want the Mexican food, there are always hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch and dinner. I think the salsa upset my stomach on several occasions, probably because I'm not used to such spicy food, but it tasted very good.
The dinner theatre was pretty good, but some of the shows were really stupid. The Mexican Fiesta show was great, with a bunch of traditional dances from around Mexico being performed. Don't go to the sports demonstration, tropicalisimmo, or the fashion show. These shows were just excuses for the Maevamigos to prance around in bikinis and skimpy costumes. Seriously, they were really lame.
During the day, there were always people doing groundskeeping which was nice to see (trimming hedges, for example). There were a lot of broken beach loungers around the main pool, but the pool area was very clean.
We checked out the adult disco one night and weren't too impressed. My boyfriend and I are 22 and 23, but at the disco, it was mostly middle-aged women being cat-called by Mexican men. We left in a hurry. I think it would have been good if we'd had a big group of friends to hang out with.
One sort of strange thing (and I don't mean to sound racist or ethnocentric here) was that there were a lot of Mexicans vacationing at the resort. There were plenty of Canadians too, but we were surprised (just because Canadians would go there as a getaway from the cold winter). This wasn't a problem, just something I thought I'd mention.
I can see why Maeva is not a 5 star resort based on several things. For one, it was very crowded when we were there. The pictures in the travel brochure don't do justice to the huge size of the resort. Also, the problems with the room, which I mentioned. The fact that it is not 24 hours all-inclusive is another reason. We had a great time, but we are students, therefore we knew we were getting a deal. So, if you're looking for a classy place, Maeva is not for you. It is great for families as there is plenty to do, but it is definitely not luxurious. That's okay for me, though. We still had a fabulous time!
I have just returned from a week at Maeva, and have never been so happy to be home. The resort was not at all maintained well from broken chairs around the pool area,garbage scattered about, poor maid service, rooms and pool contained black mold,no food availble from 11am-1pm,items disappearing from rooms,lack of security,and poor management. I had the most terrifying experience while there. One evening wnen I was returning to my room I was followed by a male who hid every time I looked behind me as I could here footsteps. After some time he jumped out and asked what room I was in and is I had a boyfriend waiting for me,to make a long story short he chased me to my room where I made it to safely. I did notify the management of this situation and was basically brushed off as I was not physically hurt. No apology just a million excuses. There is much better out there then Maeva. I did meet alot of great people who also left the week with the same impression I WON'T BE BACK!
Club Maeva, Manzanillo - Excellent
Club Maeva(Manzanillo)offers something for everyone.
My husband and I have been escaping to Club Maeva for 10 years. We have visited as a couple, we have taken our son, and last year my sister and her family joined us along with my parents.
Each time we visit, we thoroughly enjoy all aspects of our vacation.
My husband is a sports freak and he plays from morning to night (water polo, volleyball (beach/water/court), basketball (water/court), and tennis (beautiful courts)etc. All sports are coordinated by the Amigos sports and entertainment team.
My son looks forward to the sports, the waterslides and boogie boarding at the ocean club.
He says the waves are awesome!
I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere Maeva has. I have a stress-filled job requiring me to dress up every day. At Maeva I put on a swimsuit and a wrap when I wake up and I'm set for the day.
The staff is very friendly and they are constantly maintaining the beautiful gardens, palms and hedges that line the pathways between the villas.
The Main pool is MASSIVE and the Solarium pool offers an adults only quiet getaway.
You can walk the beach, visit the flea markets along the beach, golf at Las Hadas, or rent scooters and go into town to shop at the mall.
The food is great and they have live shows every night.
We dance at the Tropical Hut or party at the Boom Boom Disco till the wee hours.
The resort is very large and you will do alot of walking. If you want an ocean view try and get a villa on the 600/700/800 levels. Be prepared to climb stairs for the ocean view rooms.
I prefer the main pool level villas - close to everything 100/200 level.
If you want a affordable,fun filled, relaxed, vacation, I highly recommend Club Maeva, Manzanillo.
IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!
I went to Club Maeva in March 2001. It was amazing, i had such a fun fun time!! The people there are so nice. There beach is so cool! And the rooms are really cool, when i was there i was put in a room, and i turns out one of the friends that i made there were in the room beside me! If you make friends you will have an amazing time, and you won't want to say the bad words "Buh-Bye!"
I would go back there in a second!! I don't know if anything will every be as good as my march break was!!