Las Hadas Golf Resort and Marina -
A Moorish-style Fantasy
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Las Hadas Golf Resort and Marina Hotel Review
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.
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
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
Las Hadas delivers great luxury for a reasonable price
and extends guests the chance at days filled with nothing
but dreams and reveries.