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Las Hadas Golf Resort and Marina - Colima, Mexico

A Moorish-style Fantasy

An exterior view of Las Hadas Golf Resort and Marina in Mexico
An exterior view of Las Hadas Golf Resort and Marina

Las Hadas Golf Resort and Marina Hotel Review

Those shiny particles in the sand, often said to be fairy dust, give this enchanted resort its name: Las Hadas, or "the fairies." Built to suit the vision of Bolivian tin king, Antenor Patino, this white-washed, Moorish-style fantasy of a resort spills down a bougainvillea-covered hillside to a palm-fringed beach.

Designed by architect Jose Luis Ezquerra, and featured in the 1979 movie "10," you could say that Bo Derek (in a bikini and braids) put Las Hadas on the map, for it quickly became a prized vacation destination for a worldwide audience and has remained so ever since. The kind of resort where they sprinkle bougainvillea petals on the beds during turn-down service, it's no wonder Las Hadas is a favorite with honeymooners.

The majority of visitors flies in to the little airport at Manzanillo and drives south another half-hour. Once on the property, managed by Las Brisas Hotel Collection, there is no reason to contemplate leaving it, since Las Hadas truly is self-contained and offers a glistening beach and such amenities as a giant pool with a swim-up bar, five restaurants, lighted tennis courts and adjacent eighteen-hole "Las Hadas" championship golf course.

Deluxe room at Las Hadas Golf Resort and Marina in Manzanillo, Colima Poolside cabanas at Las Hadas Golf Resort and Marina in Manzanillo, Colima
Deluxe room
Poolside cabanas

The hotel and its friendly staff have done a fantastic job keeping it in outstanding shape. One of the challenges is which specific accommodation to choose in one of the ten towers. The prime target among the 234 suites and rooms is a deluxe ocean-front room with its own pool, but for a view of the entire Bahia de Santiago, you may want to elevate yourself to one of the main towers.

Entertainment options include the Piano Lounge for great martinis, a Bedouin-style tent right on the beach and El Duende bar in the pool. The dining options are equally varied and include tropical and casual El Palmar, fine dining Legazpi, and for a traditional Mexican, very romantic meal by the water, Los Delfines.

More activities incorporate diving, snorkeling, kayaking, water-skiing and fishing. The village-like atmosphere of the resort encompasses shops, a beauty salon, a health club, massages, shiatsu and reflexology, and golf and tennis clinics.

Las Hadas delivers great luxury for a reasonable price and extends guests the chance at days filled with nothing but dreams and reveries.

Las Hadas Golf Resort and Marina
Av. Vista Hermnosa s/n,
Fracc. Península de Santiago
Manzanillo, Colima 28867
888-559-4329
52(314) 331 0101 | Reserve with Booking.com for the best rate!
www.lasbrisascollection.com

 


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(Updated: 01/16/13 CT)


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