Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Manzanillo, Mexico & Barcelo Resorts
SHOES: Flip-flops all the way! But if you head out of the resort, I'd recommend closed toe shoes, because some areas aren't so clean (like downtown).
A couple of weeks ago, I was on assignment in Mexico, with multiple connections from Manzanillo. at Barcelo's Karmina Palace, Manzanillo is located in the State of Colima on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, south of Puerto Vallarto. Beautiful golden beaches, lush green valleys, majestic mountains, with banana plantations lining the valleys and mountains.
Manzanillo is the the sailfish capital of the world, and this is the best place for deep sea fishing enthusiasts. Besides sailfish, other varieties caught include tuna, marlin, and dorado. This small fishing village admittedly needs some cleaning up, but their downtown is doing just that in preparation for their cruise ship traffic as a major port for cruise lines.
I stayed at my favorite Mexico all-inclusive chain: Barcelo's Karmina Palace. Several years ago, I visited Karmina before it was purchased by Barcelo, and the changes are subtle but noticeable. Service is definitely at a higher level. For an all-inclusive, the food is decent, and the breakfast buffet includes made to order omeletes and eggs. Other meal options included a fine dining restaurant "Carioca" as well as several other buffet, less formal meal spots, and a nightly show.
Other upscale amenties at Karmina Palace: oceanfront with white beaches, interconnected cascading swimming pools, two secluded adults-only areas, attentive staff - need I say more?
Shoes: optional. :-) but bring along your comfortable flip-flops for walking.
Next up -- the glitzy Acapulco and the Fairmont Acapulco Princess & Pierre Marques.
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