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Monday October 3, 2011 - Huatulco ~ gotta be on the bucket list.We arrive in Huatulco under sunny skies and are greeted on the pier by locals in costume and a festive air. The town depends on tourism and locals are most welcoming. Shortly after disembarking we meet up with our guide for the day, Alberto. He will take us for a visit entitled "Ancient & Modern Huatulco". We are blessed with a guide who speaks English very well and who is ...
... snorkelling stops we went in search of sealife – and spotted about a dozen turtles – much larger than the one that hatched on an earlier blog. Nario brought the ponga right up close, and the next thing we know, Nelson is diving in and picking up the turtle for photos!!! We had to draw the line when they started to hoist it up onto the boat – "No Senor!". Their good natured spirits and our joint attempts to communicate made for a very fun day. ...
... Escondido, the local buses were trucks with a canopy and benches over the box.
We take in many fleeting scenes as we pass through rural towns and villages: Mom swinging her babe in a hammock, a man carrying a load slung from across forehead down his back, farm
workers bending to harvest vegetables, a woman tending a pot over an open fire
at a roadside restaurant. And the faces! Many people here in ...
The overnight bus trip was fine.. again not much sleep.. the buses here are perfectly comfortable and well equipped but we have been so spoilt with the buses in South America where they serve you food (sometimes wine), play English films and give you blankets and pillows for your fully reclining seat..
We arrived in the fishing village of Zipolite after a further 40 minute ride in a collectivo (a pick up truck with benches in the back ...
... to do again in a long time. We arrived at Hurricane Divers at 9 AM, and headed out to the first area. It took me awhile to get used to breathing underwater, it really is a weird sensation. But once I got used to it, I had so much fun looking at all of the colorful fish. I had my eye out for sharks, jellyfish, sting rays, and eels the entire time, of course. It felt like I was watching the Discovery channel, but in real life!
On our way to our second ...
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Gala nice but no 5 star
Just returned from the Gala after a weeks vacation. Although it was a satisfactory experience I would not rate this property a 5 star. My rating would be 3++ to 4. The grounds are nice and clean but could use some updating, the same could be said for the rooms. Unfortunately unless you are a "gold member" (at $30 US/day/person) none of the rooms face the ocean. The meals were adequate but with little variety and most times the buffet items were cold. The a l'carte meals were hit and miss depending what you ordered with some antree's downright distastefull. The location and weather were fabulous and the staff very freindly and eager to attend to guests. The highest compliment I can give would be to the service, I have been to over a dozen all inclusives and would submit that the service at this resort was the best so far. There was no wait required for any meals or made to order omlettes. The bar service was excellent with drinks being served on the beach, you need not raise from your lounger to get a drink as the staff would be asking you what you wanted before you had finished your beverage. This could become dangerous without the feedback of the bar run to gauge your intoxication level. All in all it was a very enjoyable resort and would recommend it to other travellers if a discount is appreciated with your agent.
Just returned...loved it.
Have just returned from the Gala Resort in Huatulco. Let me begin by saying we had a fabulous time.
Check In: The check in was very efficient and uneventful.
Rooms: Nothing to write home about. You won't find towel swans on your bed but overall they are fine. We had two double beds. The bathroom is on the small side but there was a hair dryer that worked. The water pressure in the shower was good but the water temperature fluctuated from very cold to very hot. There is a sign that says towels are not changed everyday unless left on the floor, however we found that someone came by in the afternoon each day to provide clean towels if we wanted them. The view from the balcony was lovely. We did however change rooms after the first day because we were travelling with friends and our rooms were on opposite sides of the resort and we wanted to be closer. The hotel accomodated this request without question and we got rooms with a better view and on a lower floor.
Service: You won't find better or friendlier service anywhere. There were no fewer than 3 waiters on the beach to take you drink order all the time. The restaurants were the same. I cannot say enough about the staff at this resort.
Beach: The beach is small but very nice. The water is fabulous. There is a nice little spot for snorkeling at one end of the beach. The beach was definitely not crowed but you do need to get down there by about 9 to get a little hut. You need the huts because the sun is brutal and you will need to get out of it at some point during the day. I don't believe we saw a cloud in the sky at all the entire week we were there. We were there in January and it was amazingly HOT!
Activities: We didn't really partake of the activities although my husband did play volleyball on the beach everyday at 4. We took out the hobie cat for a nice sail everyday. There were snorkels, boogie boards, kayaks, sailboat, and the before mentioned hobie cats available at no cost. There were sea-doos available too but they were quite costly.
Food: OK here is where my review takes a slight nose dive. Let me start by saying breakfast was great. You can get eggs made to order any way you could want. The fresh fruit was abundant and there was a variety of pastries, bread, pancakes etc. Do yourself a favour and have breakfast and lunch in the beachfront restaurant (I think it was called O La La). Lunch was good as well. Everything from hamburgers grilled while you watch to pasta, and a variety of Mexican dishes. There were cooked veggies available too. There were done to perfection...slightly crisp and not the least bit overcooked. Dinner was another matter. We found the buffet restaurant lacked any kind of variety and the food was invariably cold. Do yourself a favour and skip dinner and go right to dessert which was amazing! There are 2 other restaurants: The Italian one was quite good. No real complains about it. The other restaurant was Mexican and to be quite honest we hated it. The nice thing about this resort is that you can dine at the a la carte restaurants every night if you want (make reservations by about 10 am). We went to the Mexican twice and really didn't like it either time. That said...if you do go make sure you try the Coffee Oaxaqeno (sp?). It is coffee with icecream over which flambed Mezcal is poured. It is prepared at your table and it's a nice touch. For dessert be sure to try the caramel crepes. Overall I have to rate the food at the Gala about a 6 out of 10...I'm being generous because breakfast and lunch were good. Room service is available 24 hours a day.
There are a number of tours available. The Bays of Huatulco tour is great. Only about $25US per person. We also did a sunset cruise on a 38' sailboat which was lovely but in a word...GRAVOL is a must...The waters are quite wavey and you do pitch and roll a lot.
Overall I would recommend this resort. We truly had a wonderful time. Aside from the food everything was outstanding. I'm not sure it deserves it's 5* rating...I'd give it a 4. Enjoy!
Want to keep it a secret
I ahve stayed at quite a variety or resorts in both mexico and the Carribean and this one remains on top! The food was excellent on the buffets as well as the specialty resteraunts. If you go fishing and catch a fish the chefs will cook it for you however you wish. There are refridgerators in every room stocked daily with soft drinks ,water and beer. At first our room was by the nightly entertainment and we have two young children so we asked that our room be changed and it wasnt a problem at all. Its very clean and the daily activitys always keep you going. The staff is outstanding! The beach is beautiful but beware,a strong undertow can happen on real wavey days. I am right now booking another trip to this hotel. It is a little more expensive but well worth it.
I have had the pleasure of staying here and loved it so much I returned with my family numerous times. The trip for L.A. is long as it is not direct, but once you arrive you'll see it was worth the effort. This is a 5 star hotel. the rooms are big and clean. w/ac, cable tv, and balcony. The staff is very friendly (Maeva Amigos) and very attentive.
There is buffet style dinning, breakfast, lunch and dinner, with different thyme each night. All beverages ( including alcohol) are included. until 11pm. They also have their own disco. It is right on the a beautiful beach, but also has a very large pool for the adults and a smaller kiddie pool. Day care is also available on the property for some quiet time if desired. Also you can arrange for off property excursions through their travel agency.
This is a great hotel if you want an easy (no brainer!) I recomed it highly! A+A+A+
Just returned from the Gala. Very nice. Not exactly posh but clean and efficient. On a beautiful stretch of beach. The staff is friendly and helpful. There is a nightly show which utilizes the staff as the main actors. In that way, the show is inferior to other resorts I have been too.
The food is good, nothing exactly outstanding but all well prepared and fresh. The buffets can pretty much please most. A nice bonus is that all of the water in the hotel is treated so you can drink the plentiful mixed drinks and soft drinks without worry.
Overall, a relaxing vacation.
We have been to many vacation destinations, and the Gala in Huatulco is the best by far.
Importantly, the weather is always good there. It almost never rains from December to April, and is almost alway sunny. This is a far cry from Cuba, where we sat in the hot tub for the first two days to keep warm.
Huatulco is wonderful. The area is very clean by any standards, and the hotels are all built to blend into the scenery, in stark contrast to the high rises of Acapulco, Cancun or Honolulu. And the beach is beautiful.
The Gala is great. The food is flawless. I love spice and variety, and the Gala has it. The ala carte restaurants serve great food and good quality complimentary wines with great service. Even the buffet serves a good variety of tasty food. For the less adventurous, they have hot dogs and hamburgers. In our last vacation to a 4 star hotel in Cuba, the food compared to the Gala like McDonalds to Stuart Angus.
Oh, I forgot. The group that we met in Huatulco all agreed to lie about the place, so that our little paradise will remain an undiscovered secret. So don't go to Huatulco. It's a horrible place.
A great trip
WE just returned from the Gala resort. We had the best time the all inclusive was the best. The people were very friendly, the staff got in a nd played and ate with you and went on some of the trips on their days off. there was always something to do. We took the Quad trip it was dirty but was a very excellent trip, they pretty much let ride how you wanted as long as you stayed with the group. Then we went on the 7 Bay tour and that was very relaxing. I would recomend this trip if you get a chance well worth the money.
Ok, I just got back from Atlantis in the Bahamas, and surprisingly it made we want to submit a review for my previous beach vacation in Huatulco, Mexico. Though the resort was called the Royal Maeva when I went (now Gala Resort Huatulco), it was amazine and I'm assuming still is. We went for our honeymoon in 1996 and am overwhelmed what we were able to get for $1,000 (total price). Three nights, airfare, all-inclusive. We spent WELL OVER THAT at Atlantis, and didn't even really feel comfortable leaving the resort. Whereas in Huatulco we went on an ATV tour, a
snorkling boat tour and shopping at the market off property (without any concerns). The food was excellant (even for buffets, alot of the food what made to order). The pasta night was the best so don't miss that one. When we went, you could also have one night in the restaurant, which was fabulous as well. Breakfast was spent waterfront with made-to-order omletes. All rooms are ocean view, which we really
missed in the Bahamas. In Mexico we spent 1/10 as much and had the most beautiful view I have ever seen. Since the city only has a few resorts, it is incredibly clean. I don't remember the exact month we went, but it was some time in between the rainy season and the desert season, so there was an amazine mix of cactus and tropical greenery. The nine bays of Huatulco are beautiful. The airport at that time was literally a Gilligan's island thatched room hut. Don't know if that changed, but how neat it was to fly into that. You immediately felt like you were on vacation.
The view from the plan was amazine the picture I took from the window clearly shows all nine bays. We had a fabulous time and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an excellant deal on a great beach vacation. Be prepared, alot of people off property only speak Spanish (especially when we went, we were told it wasn't like that during "peak season"...don't know when that is).
The best place we have stayed
Of all the places we have stayed this is the best by far. Not too big, eye for detail and friendly staff. Great for young children. This year will be our 4th time after lesser experiences elsewhere. *****
A Great Get -Away
No one should go here!
Just kidding, I want to keep the crowds away. I highly recomend this place. If you are looking for an all inclusive luxury hotel, that is not well known and doesn't cost all that much, for what you get. This is a great place to get away and not feel like your in an "Americanized" resort like somewhere in Cancun. My wife and I were 2 of about 6 people from the U.S. at the resort.
Every thing is included: food, drinks & activies (including snorkeling & diving!). The rooms are big and clean. The staff was helpful and very friendly. They were eager to get the guests involved with the various daily activities. The food was good, a la carte buffet or choice of two more formal restaurants. The near by town was easy to get to and was safe to walk around in and do some shopping. There is a nice golf course just across the street.