Manzanillo Mexico.

We chose Manzanillo for this years vacation because we hadn't been there before, the price was right (same or less than other places we'd been), and the resort was recommended by a couple we met last year in Huatulco. They said the place was very very nice and it definately was! Some guests that were repeat customers said service and facilities had been much better in previous years but we had no complaints at all.
Barcelo Resort Manzanillo

A dried flower arrangement in the main lobby. The arrangement was huge, the green "flowers" were actually curled corn husks.
Barcelo Lobby

Looking down the stairs from the main lobby to the pool area and ocean.
Barcelo Lobby

The main hallway connecting our room to the pool and lobby areas.
Barcelo Lobby

Our room, the bedroom area.
Our room

Our living room area.
Our room

Our dinning area.
Our room

Sunrise from one of our two patios.
Sunrise

A shot taken from the bed to give some perspective to the size of the room.
Our room

A sitting area just out our front door.
Our room

For some reason I wasn't in much of a mood for photography this trip. One day Olwyn did convince me to do a walk around of the property. These pictures were taken as I circled the garden and pool areas.

At a first glance the complex looked small and we worried about finding a place to sit. When we started walking we quickly found that was not the case. It only seemed that way as the pools were seperated into cozy, intimate areas. All of the pools were connected to each other via waterfalls, a simulated stream or other unique methods.

Looking back at the entrance to the lobby.
Walk around of the pool and garden areas

One of our favorite shaded spots by the pool.
Walk around of the pool and garden areas

Same pool area, different angle.
Walk around of the pool and garden areas

Looking back at the hotel from another pool. The bubbling water in the center of the photo was one of several Jaccuzzi like sitting areas in the pools.
Walk around of the pool and garden areas

One of the unique ways the pools were connected. The waterfall here dropped to a pool on a lower level. I have shots of that level further down this page.
Walk around of the pool and garden areas

The Aztec looking structure shown here was actually the highest point of the water slide.
Walk around of the pool and garden areas

The conclusion of the water slide.
Walk around of the pool and garden areas

This is a shot showing the multiple pool levels. The earlier waterfall photo dumps into this area. If you look closely at the center of the picture you can see an "under water" window to another pool.
Walk around of the pool and garden areas

Another of our favorite shaded spots, it was shady from 10:30 til 15:30. This spot was close to the pool, bar and beach. When I got back to Olwyn she told me about an iguana that just strutted past her on the way to the pool. I caught up with him in short order.
Walk around of the pool and garden areas

An Iguana sunny himself by the pool. Iguana were plentiful both on and off the resort. They ranged in colour from black to a bright green. This one was in the middle of the colour specturm and of size. It was just over three feet in length from head to tail.
Walk around of the pool and garden areas

Looking to the east from the edge of the resort. The beach went on for miles, Olwyn and I walked daily to the microwave tower that can be seen near the center of the picture. The return trip took us between an hour and an hour and a half depending on waves, sights etc. On the busiest day we passed a whole 32 people. We found that very few guest at the resort walked that beach. I think it was a combination of being scared to leave the resort and the access being a bit difficult. Steep steps and a stream to cross.
Walk around of the pool and garden areas

Locals enjoying a Sunday afternoon in the river.
Walk around of the pool and garden areas

The entrance to Habenaros. Habenaros was the Mexican restaraunt. Real Mexican cusine not Taco Bell!
Walk around of the pool and garden areas


The days on the beach and around the pool had to end. While we didn't go to any of the evening entertainment provided by the resort we always found something to do. These are some shots of how we spent our evenings on the resort.

A typical evening started with a cocktail in the lounge.
Night in the resort

The sun sets as we head to the restaurant.
Night in the resort

On route to Carioca, the nicest a la carte restaurant at the resort. The resaurant was on a point that made you feel you were out on the ocean. Views of neighboring resorts and the lights of downtown Manzanillo were perfect. Just off shore was a sample of some of the yachts in the area.
Night in the resort

A close up of the yacht complete with a Zodiac, jet skis, a speed boat and the all important helicopter.
Night in the resort

Ken seated in Carioca.
Night in the resort

Olwyn seated in Carioca, the lights of Manzanillo on the horizon.
Night in the resort

The inside seating area of Carioca.
Night in the resort


Time to head back to the lounge.

Walking back we pass the terraced seating area of Habenaro's, another a la carte restaurant.
Night in the resort

The inside seating of Habenaro's.
Night in the resort

The rear of the lobby area.
Night in the resort

Approaching the entrance from the pool and garden area.
Night in the resort

The staircase leading to the lobby and lounge.
Night in the resort

Ahhhh, back to the lounge.
Night in the resort

The chairs look comfy but alas they were not.
Night in the resort

Ken drinking a blue drink. OK those that know me know I always say DON'T DRINK ANYTHING BLUE. Needing a new drink I asked the waitress to surprise me with something refreshing. Just bring me anything as long as it's not blue. As she left Olwyn laughed and said you're going to get something blue. Someone else said all the waitress heard was refreshing, blue, por favor. They were right so I had to drink it.
Night in the resort


Some photos taken from the top of the resort.

The pools, 18th hole and marina.
Views from atop Karmina

The Pacific Ocean.
Views from atop Karmina

The gardens and pools.
Views from atop Karmina

The golf course.
Views from atop Karmina

Golf course and tennis courts.
Views from atop Karmina

The Beverly Hills of Manzanillo (as quoted by the captain of our sail boat.
Views from atop Karmina

Carioca restaurant and Manzanillo Bay.
Views from atop Karmina

If you look closely you'll see that the corner suites have private swimming pools. These suites also had multiple bedrooms etc..
Views from atop Karmina

Manzanillo Bay, the Big Fish would be located on the horizon in the dead center of the picture.
Views from atop Karmina

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