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Historical Traveler Reviews Pepes Hideaway Manzanillo
Loved the secluded location
What a lovely secluded spot overlooking Audiencia Bay. The sunrises and sunsets are truly amazing. We were pampered by Pepe and his wonderful staff. They were helpful without being obtrusive. Morning coffee awaited us on our terrace every morning allowing us to ease into the day.
The Emporium of Primitive Sophistication
We first stumbled across Pepe's Hideaway in July 2003, while trying to escape the nearby 5 Star Las Hadas Resort. My wife and I sought a recluse from the hordes and we found it with Pepe and his remarkably attentive staff. The setting is tropical jungle with just 6 private ocean cliff hugging bungalows. Forget TV and room service, the amenities here are the tranquility, wind swept breeze, cool pool and hot tub, endless margaritas and freedom to shed your clothes. Speedy will be your attentive valet and Rita your giving masseuse to make you feel special. The devoted cook and staff here enjoy guests who will all be likeable. If you are fortunate enough to meet Pepe, the bohemian American ex-patriot, he will entertain you from his vast repertoire of 30 years worth of Pepe's Hideaway stories. We've already been back twice and look forward to our next visit.
A Great Hideaway
If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy some privacy and solitude in a naturally beautiful setting then I would highly recommend Pepe's Casitas in Manzanillo, Mexico. The view of the Pacific is spectacular and we enjoy it so much that we just keep going back. The food is great and the staff is friendly and fun.
A Real Find
On the most beautiful ocean front site of the wealthy Manzanillo enclave "La Punta" is a hip little bit of paradise with ocean view casitas of your own, an ocean view hot tub and pool, great meals, a wonderful massuse (Rita), and the company of the expat owner -- the ponytailed and engaging Pepe. This is dress down and comfortable "do your own thing" kind of place -- perhaps the antithesis of its pretentious neighbor Las Hadas, and the price is right.
I Shouldn't Be Telling You This
Did you ever have a secret spot that only you and some other really cool people knew about? If you did, then you will understand why I love Pepe's, and why I have mixed feelings even telling you about the place. My instincts are to not tell too many people.But, the fact is that Pepe's could never be an overcrowded resort. He only has six or seven casitas. And, I expect that the staf (more like a family than a "staff") would object if the place changed too much.OK, some facts: The location is unbelieveable, - you wake up in the morning overlooking the Pacific Ocean crashing against the rocks your casita is built upon. The aforementioned staff (Speedy, Rita, everyone..) is amazing - authentic Mexican cuisine, cooked to order, the best Margarita's anywhere, massages if you like, laundry, and friendly help with anything you need. Pepe - well, you really should know this guy. Keep asking him questions, and you'll hear some of the best true stories on the planet. Services - Not like being in Manhattan, to be sure, but Pepe has a d*** good Internet connection, there's overnight delivery, a fax machine, and a real city only 10 minutes away.But the real secret about Pepe's is the amazing people who come there. Where does he find these folks? Artists, producers, writers, nternational businessmen, and assorted characters and scoundrels.Don't miss this place.Note to Pepe: Hey man, my giving you a good review had better never interfere with my ability to get casita #2 or casita #3 on short notice!!
Pepes truly is Paradise Found
If you are interested in a quiet romantic getaway to Mexico, Pepes is the spot. With a staff of no more than six and accomadations for about 12(six 2 person bungalows) it is impossible not to have your every desire satisfied. The location is so beautiful you feel as if your stay has been carved out of a dream. The food, and service is outstanding with all meals prepared from the freshest fruits, fish and vegetables. And for those meat eaters Pepe will fire up the grill!My girlfriend and I went for two weeks and we just loved it. The personal attention Pepe provides is unlike anyplace we've been before. It seems he takes pride in ensuring your stay wants for nothing. If you enjoy warm waters and lovely vistas with no heavy lifting Pepes' can't be beat.
Pepe's is the most magical place on earth. It sits high above the ocean, has private casitas for all guests, a private beach and a pool and jacuzzi to wash away all the stresses of every day life. It really is paradise. Pepe is the most accomodating host. He loves his property and that love shines through in every detail. The rooms are immaculate, the food divine and the scenery breathtaking. The staff at Pepe's will never let you want for anything. They will cater to your every need.I would highly recommend this fabulous getaway. If you have not made reservations, do it NOW!! You won't regret it.
Pepe's, the most special and unique hideaway
My visit to Pepe's Hideaway was a wonderful experience. If you hate big hotel resorts full of ordinary, vulgar and boring people... If you are looking for privacy, nature, fun guests and friendly staff... if you live life fully and you enjoy the pleasures of live... go to Pepe's hideaway! Carpe diem!! C.
Loved the ecape to pradise - luxury too!
Talk about luxury in plush and rainforest like surroundings! Your own personal villa with a deck overlooking the water. You can hear the waves crash against the rocks. Coffee is brought to your table on your deck every morning. Full breakfast is served in the dining room by a talented and very friendly and helfpul staff. Speedy runs the daily operations and Rita gives great massages out by the pool. Margaritas are stocked in the poolside refrigerator and beer and sodas and water are stocked in your villa's refrigerator. Each villa is beautifully decorated with hand painted concrete walls. Terry robes are provided. THE BEST guacamole we have ever had was made fresh as we requested. This will be a place we cannot wait to return to!!!!!!!
The Hideaway changed my life!!
Nestled in the stunning, private enclave of La Punta, El Refugio is just that, a total refuge from the outside world. This Robinson -Crusoe- meets -Fantasy- Island -sea -side-estate is owned and impeccably operated by "Pepe Telerana," a gracious and attentive host. The level of personal service bests any I've ever received at any five star hotel, resort, boutique hotels anywhere--and I am tres picky. The palapas, unique and whimsical open-air casitas, afford stunning 360 ocean views, unprecedented privacy, ample terraces to loll about in gigantic hammocks, and each is designed in a rustic yet elegant Mexican style that includes modern amenities like Satellite Internet access. The property itself is awesome, the food is splendid, the staff lovely, the amenities fabulous. I hesitate to post this review only because I am selfish and don't want the secret to get out!
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Travel Blogs from Manzanillo
From the Ship's Log: "Despite a rather brief history as a Mexican Riviera resort destination, the local community has remained true to its roots without succumbing to mainstream franchise-ridden touristy malceovers. Instead, Manzanillo does a fine job of maintaining its lush tropical geography and pueblo-like vibrantly coloured houses cascading down its verdant hillsides. The local vibe is alive at the town's waterfront "zocalo" where the city's ...
... We are not even open and have already been getting requests for reservations. Cuytlan is located 30 miles south of Manzanillo Mexico's largest seaport. Also Cuyutlan is the closest beach from Guadalajara Mexico's second largest city with a population of 4 million. A toll road runs the entire length making it a quick safe and easy drive.
Two noted tourist attractions located in Cuyutlan are the Tortugario ...
... well into the night as do most parties in Mexico. Mexicans know how to party!
On the way over we got to see the active Colima Volcano spew a little steam out and on our way home the winds whipped up a rather dense dust storm across the dry lake beds just west of us. The three and a half hour drive was over quickly with toll roads the entire way once we were away from Lake Chapala.
... been having a few issues with the drug cartel, but the vigilantes and federales have really been doing a good job of removing the crooked politicians, and other bad guys. We saw several vigilantes that had set up check stops, but had no issues getting up the Michocan coast. They may have been afraid of our water gun / shower on the roof.
Now we find ourselves in another one of our favorite places La Manzanilla, just north of Manzanillo and Melaque. ...
... you that “Semana Santa” is a religious holiday and is meant to celebrate the Christian holiday of Easter. Since, Mexico is about 90 percent Catholic, many communities celebrates the holiday in different ways, such as reenactments of the Passion of Christ, large church processions, or last supper and crucifixion portrayals. Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to head to town to see any of these. So we didn't get to see the "true" intent of ...