Las Hadas Golf Resort and Marina
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Our HOME from HOME - Viva Las Hadas!!
Well, we returned from our 4th visit to Las Hadas and, as previously, WONDERFUL vacation. Brisas redecorated all rooms white on white befitting the moorish theme - very pretty. Since this was our 4th visit as "Club" guests we were upgraded to a spacious 2 room suite. The staff is wonderful - the rooms are clean and spacious. As everywhere, you get what you pay for - I strongly recommend the "Brisas Club" accommodations. Also a bit more expensive it includes free continental breakfast and "happy hour" and a wider, better selection of rooms - all air conditioned with marble floors, balconies and gorgeous views. If you go "out-of-season" this place is quiet and beautiful, sometimes you think you are the only guest, and the only people on the private beach with warm, clear green water at all times. The draw-back is that only a limited amount of restaurants are open, Delfinas on the beach, Las Palmas for breakfast and sometimes the elegant "Lezpage" on weekends. Also certain activities available in the "season", as the popular sun-down ocean trips are not available "out-of-season". However, the little town "Santiago" is just 10 minutes away via taxi (35 pesos) where restaurants are plenty. Santiago also sports 2 large shopping malls, where souvenirs, etc. are a lot less expensive than in the small Las Hadas boutiques. Las Hadas is not cheap, a shrimp dinner for 2 with wine and desert runs about US $60.00. But there is not anything like sitting in the warm evening breeze at Delfinas, enjoying your dinner and seeing the fishes jump in the ocean. Advice: take 45 water-proof sun lotion and be careful - it only takes about 10 minutes to get a sunburn on the beach. Take a good insect repellent - a MUST- remember you are going into a tropical climate and oh yes, a soap dish... for some reasons Las Hadas doesn't believe in soap dishes, although everything else is provided in multitude, towels, lotions, bubble bath, soap and thick terry robes. Leave yourself 1 hour prior to departure to examine your final bill, especially as a "Club" member, due to miscommunication your "free" breakfast might end up on your bill. We NEVER had a problem having any of these charges removed - I guess as with most people - it is the tone that counts. All in all - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - next year we will try a 3-week in-season visit - 2 weeks are just not enough for this superspecial beautiful place.
Las Hada is beautiful. We travelled last week of March/first week of April and the resort was very quiet. It was not uncommon for my husband, teenage daughter, and myself to be the only people on the beach, or in the pools. Although we paid for an all inclusive-it was not. There was an extra charge for some meals, some drinks, and although my husband paid for all-inclusive for golf, there were extra charges, and drinks were extra at the golf club. The other problem was the travel rep at Las Hadas would tell people arriving with children that the hotel is boring, and for a small fee she could transfer them to another hotel with more activities. Needless to say our daughter was unable to meet other kids. The "theme nights" mentioned in the brochure were not dance or local entertainment-it was different meals offered. There were some unfortunate things that happened, but the people at the resort, the food, location was excellent, and we did enjoy ourselves. I would highly recommend this resort for anyone (without children) who need to get away from the hustle of the city, as it is very quiet, very elegant.
Beware of Las Hadas All Inclusives
Warning: If you are planning on going All-Inclusive DON'T do it!! I New Years 2003 from Vancouver on a World of Vacations all-inclusive package and was extremely disappointed with the service and food. I don't expect gourmet on an all-inclusive plan, and have travelled many times this way so I know what to expect. The problem was that only about 10% of the guests were all-inclusive, thus the selection was poor, the turnover poor and the freshness poor. We ate lunch at the "buffet" (if you can call it that) as soon as it opened to make sure the food was OK to eat. Ditto with dinner. Also, we made sure we didn't eat the "leftover" food from the previous meal. Breakfast was definitely the best meal by far (almost everyone eating at the hotel ate breaky at the buffet). Dinner was OK, again it was a limited selection. Having said that, I was glad that I was all-inclusive because the prices were very high, considering we were using a deflated Canadain dollar. $14 for a Margarita or for a burger!! In Vancouver our high end restaurants are cheaper, and much better. Also, I had to make sure I got my own cultery from their cutlery tray because they sometimes didn't remove the old cultery used by the previos diner in the Buffet. Thankfully, the property was gorgeous!! Fantastic rooms, lanscaping etc. and the service staff were good. The beach was nice, good snorkling and kayaking. Fabulous weather. So if you are not staying all inclusive, you will enjoy - as long as you have a big checkbook. I'm saving the best for last: the NEWS YEARS DISASTER!! Our all-inclusive plan was to include a new years party...well, WRONG! The all-inclusive people were not "invited" and were asked to pay $40 US ($60 Canadian each) for something we already paid for since the rate at New Years was several hundred dollars more than the following week. They were not going to feed us at all, but after dealing with our World of Vacations agent, they realized they must feed us...so they stuck us in a empty buffet room with a plate of dry turkey (no choice of food and I hate turkey) and NO DRINK SERVICE!!!! So we complained about no drinks - it's New Years for crying out loud!! - and finally by 10 pm got a glass of wine out of them. So Las Hadas saved me from a New Years Day hangover!!! And to make matters worse, the spent 2 days setting up the New Years event on the beach, taking away half of the beach, so it was crowded on the beach for 2 days. Then, the GRAND FINAL....when we went to check out there was an $80 US charge for the New Years Party on our 'bill'. We spent several hours trying to get this sorted out..but to no avail. We had payed for everything in cash, tipped in cash, and thankfully had not left our charge card number at the desk at check in. So, we finally walked out to catch our shuttle to the airport, in a fit! What a way to end a nice vacation!!! We thought we'd get arrested at the airport. And yes, we complained but nothing was done (that we know about). So, would I go again? Yes, if the entire property was all-inclusive or I won the lottery!!!! (or got paid in American Dollars!)
This place is just like a Dream! Beautiful and the people it's so gentle and friendly
This place it's like a Dream!
Very clean and people it's gentle.
Las Hadas - a Perfect 10
Ah, Las Hadas. Exquisite Moorish Architecture. Sand like black gold. Delightful people. Delicious Food. Our favorite vacation spot in the whole world! We first visited Las Hadas in 1987, and have returned four times since. We've lived through ownership changes, from Westin to Camino Real to Las Brisas. But the essential spirit of the place remains. It's more of a resort for the Mexican people than for north Americans, and that's fine with us. That's why we go to Mexico -- to get AWAY from north Americans! Try to get one of the small suitelettes (they were once called the Camino Real Club) along the side streets parallel to the beach. Very quite. Very private. Most have hot tubs outside, and most have private access to the beach. We stayed in one of the hotel units (7 stories high) our first time, and it was terrific. But the Camino Real Club is a real treat, and not a whole lot more expensive. The restaurants are great, and the people are very, very nice. We went down for Christmas 1999/New Years 2000 (we wanted to stand on top of the Pyramid of the Sun outside Mexico City at the dawn of the Millennium, but that's another story). Our son was a little upset about Christmas away from home, so I bought a little artificial tree to take down, with some lights and inexpensive (unbreakable) ornaments. Soon after we got there, my wife and I went down to the beach, and our son set up the tree himself (he was 11 at the time). When we came back to the room, he was so proud of what he'd done. But that wasn't the end of it. The next day, when we were out and about, our maid added more decorations to the tree!!!!! All we can figure is that she swiped some decorations from the backs of christmas trees around the resort, or maybe she had a secret stash. Now I ask you, can you think of another resort, another country, where that would happen????? (when we left, we made sure the hotel manager gave the tree and our original lights and decorations to the maid's family). Funny thing was, we
w the Mexican people are. Warm and friendly, giving, and they LOVE LOVE LOVE children! So if you want the BEST of Mexico, in a beautiful setting, go to Las Hadas. You won't be disappointed.
This resort was the ultimate in value. I enjoyed every minute of it. The golf course was terrific and world class. The service and grounds were unbelievable. I highly recommend this resort.
Not a 10
Expectations are everything. It is advertised as a 5 star hotel, and although the architecture is beautiful and the grounds well kept, the service was disappointing. From the backed up toilets to the broken minibar, don't ask for something and expect to get it. For 3 days we tried to get a hair dryer, everytime being told 'right away', but it never arrived. The golf course may have been beautiful at one time, but looks more like a municipal now. ($75 just to rent a cart!) The beds are hard as a rock and we were overbilled (oops, sorry, it's an accident) on about half the meals. Also, if you do go...book direct, the manager
A Golfer's Paradise
My wife and I booked at Las Hadas for the golf. We did not know what to expect of the resort, but feared the worst. We were totally surprised by everything we experienced. We loved every minute of our vacation, even losing a couple dozen golf balls! The rooms, food, drinks, service, pool and atmosphere were truly exceptional. The golf course was well groomed and very challenging. There were only about 5 foursomes playing at any one time. The only negative comment we could make was the entertainment at night (one group, got quite boring), but we did not book at Las Hadas for the night time activities. We booked for the golf, the sun, the pool and the food. We were thrilled with them all, and will return again in 2003.
This is the resort where the move "10" was filmed and is rated as a 5 star resort.
The beach and weather are beautiful as well as the grounds. It is not too busy and a quiet resort. The hotel is getting older though (25 to 30 years) and needs repairs. The plumbing system needs work as our bathroom often smelled in the morning.
Also, all inclusive does not include room service or the mini bar.
Very nice place. Clean and well run. Staff very helpful and curtious. Food was a little boring. Theme nights were introduced but just a play on the same items. Breakfast was the same day after day.
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