Camino Real Zaashila
Travel Blogs from Huatulco
Loungin' the days away on the Beach. That's exactly how we spent three days in the beautiful Tangolunda Bay (one of nine bays) in Huatulco on Mexico's Pacific coast. After almost a month of non-stop get-up and go action of sightseeing, piramid climbing, sierra traversing, potato chip munching, and freezing on overnight bus rides, we decided to take …
... shacks and basic accomodation. When we got to Ventanilla in the afternoon to watch the sunset we met a group of turtle conservationists who walk 15km up the beach every night searching for turtle nests. They collect the eggs and care for them until they hatch. Then they release the baby turtles back into the wild. You all probably know a bit about turtles anyway, but, out of a batch of 60 baby turtles only 2 will survive ...
Today's weather hot again. We wandered over to playa for tornillo. It's the furthest beach from our rooms. Here there is plenty to do. There is tennis courts, soccer fields, ping pong (one of Kai's favorite ) , kayaking, windsurfing and you can take a hobie cat out with a lesson. We all went kayaking. You were only allowed an hr, but that was enuf to paddle around. The sand here is really hot! You had to wear sandals! The waves were bigger so we had fun in them today. The ...
... time tried to hoist it, the halyard popped and ran to the top of the mast with no sail, with no downhaul. So Matthew had to climb to the top of the mast to retrieve it. Then we hoisted the gennaker and ran with it a while. Then we had saviche! I don't know if that is how it is spelled, but it was good! It's fish that is cooked by soaking it in lime and lemon juice. It's served like salsa fresca, and was delicious. It was the fresh tuna ...
... of the lagunas at Teacapan and San Blas for some calmer paddling.
We were fortunate to meet Lutes, a 71 year old German Canadian, who took us on two great hikes near Rincon de Guayabitos. We could barely keep up with him! 21 kms through jungle, across beaches, up hills and through agricultural fields, ending with lunch at a seaside restaurant with whales in the distance on the bay.
We haven’t come across ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Camino Real Zaashila Huatulco
We just spent a week here. Nearly impossible to get there from NY--we left at 1:30 AM from Newark, and arrived HUX 11:30 AM the next day. The return trip took only 7 hours or so--better connections through MEX.This is a beautiful place. Staff are very friendly (although they seem a bit harried in reception), and the food is wonderful. Breakfasts are great; lunch at the bar on the beach was terrific (ceviche and other fish were delightful and fresh), and dinner was a bargain at prices from 150-170 pesos--actually too much food, as this included a large appetizer and entree, as well as a glass of wine and dessert.
We were so impressed with the hotel itself and the view was so great from our lovely room, that we did not want to change rooms after finding all of the problems with it! First of all the mini-bar had been broken for some time, no coffee-pot in room, the bath was a complete mess. Shower did not work and the tub was so plugged up would not drain, sometimes the hand held shower would work. We of course reported all of the things wrong with the room the first day, and were assured that the problems would be taken care of immediately, NOT! We reported this everyday after that to no avail!! We were there March 21 thru March 26th. never got the shower fixed at all, nor the minibar, finally got a coffepot last day we were there. We feel this was caused by the reception desk personnel not conveying the messages to fix things!
This resort is for you if you don't like all inclusives, don't crave a lively nightlife, and want to relax and enjoy the beach and pool. We just returned and were overall pleased with our stay. A few warnings: Avoid the restaurant on karoke night in the bar next door; the noise ruined our meal. They don't have ice machines so to get ice you have to call for room service. The maid service leaves water and coffee in your room and then you find charges for them on your bill. Due to strong undertow, you couldn't go in the ocean. I couldn't quite figure out how often this happened; one employee seemed to say it happened often. There are no elevators so be prepared to walk many steps to get anywhere. Breakfasts were nice. You sit right at the beach. Try the fresh juices, fruit, cheeses, Mex. coffee, eggs. You can get a room that has a splash pool outside, and if you sign up for a certain rate the breakfast is included. The rooms are nicely air conditioned too.
We just got back from a week in Huatulco. We stayed at both the Crown Pacific and the Camino Real. The Crown Pacific has casual charm and spectacular ocean views from large balconies. The food was quite good at this all-inclusive resort, and the 7th floor pool and ocean front beach club are both great places to relax and enjoy the flawless weather. The Camino Real, however, is almost surreal and other-worldly in its beauty, reminiscent of the adobe style architecture of Mallorca or Morrocco. We had a gorgeous room with its own private plunge pool overlooking the hotel grounds (which are lush and immaculate) and the ocean beyond. The staff is polished, professional and attentive. The beach area is the largest on Tangolunda bay, and it's picture perfect.
We found the Camino Real to be luxurious, clean, comfortable and well managed. We arrived in early March and the hotel was mostly empty allowing us the luxuary of an upgrade to a private pool. The breakfast buffet was excellant. My fried eggs were done to my order and perfect. They lady that made the eggs must have 6 hands, she was prepairing half a dozen orders at the same time and each one was perfection. The diner specials were well priced and above average. The service excellent. We were particularly impressed by the way the waiters lifter the silver covers from our entries, simaltaniously. Very elligent, we thought. At check out, billing was clear and correct. This was our second time in Hautulco, if we go back I'd stay at the Camino Real but having driven here from Acapulco, we found it very quite and not worth the long (9 hour) drive.
We arrived in Huatulco on Sat. Feb.21st and were very happy to see the hotel we picked great area where you check in it's like a big Palapa. then you walk down this great path way to the pool and rooms unreal. We stayed in room 96 a Camino Real Club room with it own private plunge pool I would recommend this type of room your Cont. Breakfast is included in the rate and the pool is a nice 12' x 12' which is perfect size. We ordered room service 3 times and was excellent each time they even would call your room a few minutes before the came just to let you know it was on it's way. It is tough to find any drawbacks except for one NO ICE MACHINES!!! You need to go the bar or have room service bring kindy of crazy. We travel with a soft side cooler and love to have soda's and some cold beer in it at all times. That was the only bad thing looks like they have started some construction project next door to the hotel and one day we had to listen to a huge buldozer go back and forth wierd thing is it did not start working until about 3pm. Watch Expedia if you have booked thru them my rate drop by more then 100.00 a night the week before we went our room was listed at 210.00 a night and drop to an average of 115.00 right before we left. Feel free to drop me an E-mail should you have any questions.Best Regards,Mark
My husband and I visited Huatulco the first week of February and were thrilled with the accommodations at the Camino Real Zaashila. Rooms were very comfortable and quiet except for the sound of the waves breaking. A real treat! Staff was very friendly and courteous. We especially loved the pool, beach area which was clean and well maintained. We were also able to snorkel at this beach which is the first time we have been able to snorkel while staying on the pacific coast of Mexico. The hotel is a good size, not so large that you get lost, but large enough to have all the options. We are not all-inclusive customers and appreciate the atmosphere of this lovely spot. Weather was absolutely perfect every day. We'll definitely be back and stay there.
Great hotel with a beautiful location! Good sized hotel--not too big. Ask for a room down by the beach--lots of stairs--this is not a great place if you can't do stairs. Breakfast buffet delicious and served from 8-11 am. Beautiful underused pool and enough lounge chairs for everyone. Dinner was a bargain--150 pesos ($15) for anything on the menu + wine--and the food was quite good with lots of choices. Biggest problem is getting there--starting with a red-eye to Mexico City with a stop in Guadalajaro and then another flight to Huatulco (9 hrs. flying time including stops). We'll go back as soon as we can find a more direct way of getting there.
My wife and I spent one week at the Zaashila in January 2002. It is located on a beach that is naturally separated from other beaches by a rock formation. This keeps the beach very sparsely populated and private. Unlike some of the other hotels, this one seems to cater to the Mexican vacationers rather that the American partygoers. There is an all-inclusive resort down the way that does cater to the American partiers, but if you dont search them out, you will never see/hear them as they tend to stay close to home and are rarely up before noon. As a result, the Zaashila is very quiet and peaceful. The breakfast in the morning is excellent. One may choose the heavier (more expensive) buffet or the lighter continental. We chose the lighter option as it offered plenty. The pool is very large and winding so one can sit next to the pool in an area where people congregate or in an area next to the pool, secluded from everyone. There is also a second, smaller pool that is located adjacent to the second restaurant that is most popular at lunch time. The restaurant for dinner is excellent but rather expensive. Go to town and experience real small town Mexico and an excellent meal for half the price. One word of caution for those considering this area for vacation. This is not a place for the typical American that wants/needs everything handed to them. Although the Zaashila is superb in its accommodations and level of service and hospitality, this resort is located in an area of Mexico that is not cosmopolitan. My wife and I have traveled Mexico and Western Europe looking for adventure and a taste of what our destinations have to offer. She speaks Spanish and I speak French. Wherever we go, we look for things to do that dont remind us of Phoenix, or Chicago or New York. We enjoy being removed from the American experience. As such, we were able to create a perfect, active, adventurous vacation for ourselves. If you are one that needs a resort as well as American type bars and American type nightclubs and Amerind an area of Mexico that is not too far removed from your comfort zone. However if you are looking for an excellent resort tucked away along a beautiful beach located near real, relatively small, culture rich, authentic Mexican towns, you will have a time of your life. Oh, and yes, my wife and I plan to return to exactly this hotel as soon as we are able.