Manzanillo, MEXICO: TANNED BODIES line the runways of Club Maeva's stage. Wouldn't you know they're young staff members who, coincidentally, are attractive and incredibly fit.
Sashaying around Club Maeva with "Maevamigos"
Photo by: Arielle Singer
|Welcome to Club Maeva where throngs of inviting employees or "Maevamigos" strut their talent and bodies before hundreds of hotel guests gathered for nightly shows. It doesn't matter the evening's theme (from Broadway to Latin Tropical), length, or even the sophistication of entertainment.
What really matters is watching the workers dance, sing, and tell jokes in front of appreciative onlookers.
|If some of this seems familiar, think back to Club Med. Maeva is its duplicate for fun and especially for utilizing the natural aptitude of its crew to put on glossy productions. Within one evening, guests acquire a genuine feeling of gusto, a comfort zone within reach for all the family.
Hola! Tanned, fit bodies of
Photo by: Arielle Singer
Because of the fun factor, there's no use booking for a day or two. Make it three or four. Take advantage of the inclusive rates where one price fits all: unpretentious accommodations, water sports, Mini Club for kids, nightly shows, plus all the food you'll ever want from 5 different restaurants. Equally appealing is the light wardrobe you'll need: bathing suit, shorts and tee shirts. No need to impress the crowd. Just relax with the "Maevamigos."
Manzanillo, known as "Sailfish Capital of the World," is home to this relaxing hangout that stretches for 90 acres and faces the sheltered waters of the Santiago Bay. The canvas brightens with 514 painted blue and white villas that are protected 24-hours a day. There's a staff of 500 along with a doctor on the premises. During the summer when my daughter had one of her chronic earaches, the physician not only prescribed medicine but also made a villa call. (The fee was only $15.00)
| The main pool has enough swim space for everyone, while another smaller area is reserved for snorkeling. The beach is within walking distance. So is the immense waterslide. Of course, if you don't want to be bothered by all this exercise, you can relax at one of the bars and sip away the day.
Club Maeva pool and villas - Photo by Linda-Marie Singer
If you're wondering about whether you should brush up on your Spanish, staff members speak English. The waiters, especially, are eager to converse with youngsters and have infinite patience with screamers.
Other amenities include day tours and sunset cruises, an air-conditioned gym, beauty salon, and mini super market. The only disappointment is not having Alfredo's Italian Restaurant open daily.
Waiter Juan Carlos - Photo by Linda-Marie Singer
| It's one of those venues where you have to reserve and space is limited. The cuisine proves superior to any of the club's locales, and a rare find for even a more upscale resort.
Rates vary according to seasons. The summer is your best bet with adults paying as little as $80 per day.
That rate includes all meals, sports, the entire works. Fly into Colima, the international airport, and the club is only twenty minutes away. (If you live in the Los Angeles area, starting this fall, Alaska Airlines will fly directly from LAX to Colima)
Should you be vacationing in other parts of Mexico, say Puerto Vallarta, your best bet is to rent a jeep and drive the four hours. You'll twist through breathtaking scenery that includes sea vistas, mountain ranges, one-donkey towns, and a few cows padding along the roads.
Manzanillo. Bring the kids. They'll thank you for taking them to Club Maeva. Who knows. You may even get a "gracias."
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CLUB MAEVA MANZANILLO
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