The flight from Toronto to Huatulco was uneventful. We flew with Sunwing. As with every chartered flight not much legroom but I must say the customer service @ Sunwing surpasses all other chartered airlines. I have always found the flight attendants very friendly and attentive. Our return flight was on time and uneventful, however the in-flight movie system wasn’t working correctly and half the plane did not have sound. Being a late flight I didn’t mind I slept most of the way.
Huatulco Airport was small the baggage claim was quick and customs well was not so quick. We were lucky they only check baggage randomly you push a button and if the street light turns green your free to go if it’s red they would go through your bags. Only one couple in our party had there bags checked.
On are way out of the country was a different story. The flight check-in was quick we waited for 2 hours in the Airport for our flight. Beware the area where you wait is not air conditioned. Change before you board the plane. The Airport is open which allows the air to circulate but it can be warm midday so if your scheduled flight is midday wear cool clothes. There were 2 planes scheduled to depart about 30 to 45 min ahead of us, 2 Sunquest flights, one heading for Toronto and the other Winnipeg. This made the airport area very busy and the boarding area (air-conditioned) was crammed. It made for a lengthy stay and caused a lot of confusion when they were calling to have one flight boarded when another one was filling the room. Oh almost forgot they only have one! Yes one baggage security scanner which caused the wait in that area to be long and annoying. Remember try to be on time to beet the crowd. All that said we arrived in Toronto on time.
The drive to the hotel from the airport is about 30-45 min. Very nice scenery we drove through La Crucecita very clean and nice city. We finally arrived check in was quick, I was not impressed with the lobby which made us a little apprehensive. Since we arrived late around 9pm the Sunwing rep suggested that we go ahead and eat in the buffet before we headed to the room. It also helped her deal with the back log of guest being brought to their rooms. We thought it was a good idea instead of unnecessarily waiting inline. Since it was the end of the evening the buffet food was limited which is understandable. The food was OK but limited and sometimes cold.
By the time we went back to the lobby there was no line up and we where whisked up to our room in no time. We had requested ahead to have adjoining or neighboring rooms with another couple our request was granted. Remember when booking that if you book two rooms at a time your eligible for an upgrade to the beach club section. We were not privy to that information when booking so we missed out. We were placed in the Estrellas (stars) section in the Mirach building on the top floor. The rooms were nice clean and what a view!! The bathrooms were a little dated. But the rooms are getting renovated one by one. Free safe and mini bar with 2 soft drinks 2 bottles of water and 2 Sol Beers. Tip if you don’t use them put them in the closet they won’t give you anymore the following day if you don’t use them. I found the maid service to be impeccable! Our linens were changed every day the bathroom and room floors were swept and cleaned daily. This was the first place we visited when our room was clean every day before lunch which was nice. Towel art on some days, I cannot say enough about the maid service bravo!
I need to tell you about the history of this resort it’s important for every one to know. It will help you understand why the resort is the way it is. The resort was previously owned by Club Med Hotels. After 9-11 the resort chain was going belly up and they had to sell some of there unprofitable locations. This was unfortunately one of them. The resort stayed empty and abandoned for about 4 years. When the Las Bisas chain bought the property and began a multi million dollar renovation of the facilities which is still on going. Don’t be alarmed I never heard or saw any construction. But this little piece of information will give you a better understanding why some areas seem a little run down like the Lobby, some of the rooms and the buffet. The resort has lots of character and will grow on you the more you stay you will realize it really deserves its 4 ½ star rating.
The resort itself is beautiful lovely gardens of flowers, palms and cactuses. Walking around the resort area is wonderful lots of iguanas. The resort is 4 villages all perch on different sides of a cliff. The Mar (beach) side has balconies and those rooms were renovated. The others Estrellas (stars), Nubes (clouds) and Montanas (mountains) all have views of the bay or the ocean. We never spent time at the pools we are beach people. There are 3 private golden sand beaches one for snorkeling, one to lounge and the other is the activities beach. We preferred the activities beach as there was always a palapa available, be warned that the water is a little rougher at this beach and it does get deeper than the others. The locations of these beaches are better than Tangalunda beach the water is calmer and safer to swim in and best of all private no hagglers!! I personally find the view also better!! Ahh! And Wait service on each beach una cervesa porfavor!
The activities team did what they could do to keep people (who wanted to be) entertained. They never pushed people to participate. The nightly entertainment at this resort was poor the disco was always empty and well on most nights they did not have nightly shows. The resort band was good and I found it a good alternative. The evenings were relaxed and quiet but much appreciated after spending all day on excursions or on the beach. This also pushed people to go into town for the evening. La Crucecita has a couple of bars and restaurants and the taxi there is really cheap and it’s worth a visit. The restaurants we tried were Senior Cactus and Tostados Grill were good and the Popaya disco is great! I have to say go to town you’ll enjoy it and it’s good to support the local economy day or night!
We also went on two excursions the 7 bays tour which is not to be missed and the ATV tour which was well worth the money spent. We also went Sea Doing off the resort beach lots of fun.
The buffet was well a resort buffet need I say more. I swear they must all use the same hand book they all serve the same food!! The food was good and a good variety. We enjoyed the Mexican a-la carte and the Moroccan a-la carte. We didn’t try the Asian as other reviewers thought it wasn’t great. One pet peeve of mine is the patrons that don’t respect the dress code! Common fellow Canadians we would never go out for supper wearing a beach dress or bathing suites at home! Respect the rules! I was embarrassed seeing people wearing this kind of attire, truly distasteful! In all of my travels I never saw such disregard of this rule. I never understood the necessity of this rule before. But after this trip I understand why we need this rule to be enforced. Most of us spend hard earned cash to go to these places and it’s just part of making the dinning experience a better one. I found that the few people who observed the rule one day just thought that they should join the majority (of CANDIANS) that weren’t the next. Well our group and I refused and so should future patrons.
Again I have to say go to town you’ll enjoy it, support the local economy day or night!
Huatulco is great area I loved it for its beautiful beaches, scenery and the wonderful Oaxacan people. I will return and I will certainly recommend Las Brisas as a Resort.
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