Villa La Querencia - Manzanillo has numerous beaches Villa La Querencia - Frequently Asked Questions Villa La Querencia - Manzanillo Mexico frequently asked questions

 

 


Does the Villa have Internet Access?
More than just an amenity, Internet access is mission-critical for the business traveler, in addition to being a great perk for kids/teens in tow. For your convenience, the Villa offers FREE high-speed Internet service. Bring your laptop and stay connected with friends, family, and the office or surf the Internet for your next Manzanillo activity!

 
Who cooks and pays for meals at the Villa?
One of the amenities that are part of our vacation rental package at the Villa is the service of the cook staff. They are available to cook and serve up to three meals daily. After finishing your meal, retire to the pool or living room and they will clean up.

Villa La Querencia - Manzanillo Mexico meals and dinnerOne question that is frequently asked regards how arrangements are made for the meals. If you choose to dine at the Villa you are responsible for the cost of the groceries, including beverages and condiments. For regular meals, costs average about $20 - $25 per day per person. Alcoholic beverages and seafood purchases would cause this estimated cost to increase. Villa guests set up a petty cash system with the house manager, advancing him funds to do the grocery shopping. Receipts for purchases made on your behalf are always provided.

 
How are meals served at the Villa?
Meals at the Villa are served family style. When making your meal selections, please choose the main entrée and side dishes knowing that only one main entrée selection, etc. will be prepared for the group, as we are not equipped to serve each guest a separate menu choice. Breakfast is a little more flexible.



 
How many people can the Villa accommodate?
Our Villa can comfortably sleep 16 adults and two children. We have accommodated groups as large as 21 people at the Villa at one time. In those cases there were small children or teenagers that were part of the group and they slept on sofas and mattresses in different areas of the Villa.

 
Does the Villa have air-conditioning?
All enclosed rooms at the Villa are air-conditioned. Air-conditioned rooms include all seven bedrooms and their private bathrooms, the television/game room, the kitchen and the indoor dining room of the Villa. The main living area and outside dining area are open to take advantage of the magnificent view and are cooled by the natural breezes from the Pacific Ocean.

 
Villa La Querencia - Oceanside ViewsHow large and deep is the pool at the Villa? Is it heated?
The pool is approximately 12 feet wide and 25 feet long. It is about 4.5 feet deep. Enjoy mesmerizing views of Las Hadas and Manzanillo Bay from the swim up bar. Although not typically needed, the pool can be heated for an additional charge.  It may take up to 24-hours to reach desired temperatures, so please let the Villa house staff know in advance if you would like this service.

 
Will American blow dryers and miscellaneous electric devices work with the plugs at the Villa? Yes, the Villa uses the same current and all electric devices that work in the United States will work at the Villa.

 
How old is the Villa?
The Villa was built in the late 1970’s using one of the most enduring styles of architecture—Mediterranean (Moorish) with Mexican colonial details. The individual who built the Villa was at the time president of the Las Hadas resort. He had his pick of lots in the area and chose the lot the Villa is built on because of it's breath-taking views. Meticulously maintained, and regularly updated to include the most modern amenities, the pristine facility contains some of the area’s most coveted adornments, such as beautiful antique doors, distinctive trim work, curved archways and more. Everything you would expect to find in a 5-star hotel—all contained within a beautifully maintained private villa!

 
Does the Villa have a baby bed available for guests?
The Villa has a traditional baby bed with adjustable side rails, a portable baby bed and high chairs that can be used by our littlest guests.

 
How far is the Villa from Manzanillo?
The Villa is just a few miles from the town of Manzanillo. By car it takes about five minutes to reach the mall and shopping area from the Villa.

 
Are there golf courses near the Villa and what are their rates?
There are three challenging golf courses in the Manzanillo vicinity - La Mantarraya at the Las Hadas resort, Isla Navidad and El Tamarindo. The golf course at the Las Hadas resort, La Mantarraya, is available for our Villa guests. Pete and Roy Dye designed this course in the late 1970's. La Mantarraya has hosted many celebrity golf tournaments over the years. This course is a five-minute car ride from the Villa. Rates for La Mantarraya, as of fall 2008, are as follows:

La Mantarraya

18 Holes - $150.00 Cart-$50.00
Rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars and are subject to change without notice

Located about one hour from Manzanillo is the Isla Navidad course. Isla Navidad boasts 27 holes set in a gorgeous lush tropical setting. Many of our Villa guests have golfed here and they tell us that this course is not heavily booked and rivals some of the world’s best! The course, designed by Robert von Hagge, is considered challenging, making it a favorite of our golfing guests. Rates for Isla Navidad, as of fall 2008, are as follows:

Isla Navidad

Shoulder (low) Season 5/1-10/31

18 holes - $172.50 Cart Included
27 holes - $195.50 Cart Included

High Season  11/1-4/30

18 holes - $230.00 Cart Included
27 holes - $253.00 Cart Included
Rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars and are subject to change without notice

A short 90-minute drive from Manzanillo you will find the El Tamarindo golf course. Our golf enthusiasts have said this course is one of the finest in the world. Well worth the trip, El Tamarindo features tropical vegetation and a challenging round. Rates for El Tamarindo, as of fall 2008, are as follows:

El Tamarindo

Shoulder (low) Season 5/1-10/31

18 holes - $190.00 Includes a shared cart

High Season  11/1-4/30

18 holes - $238.00 Includes a shared cart

Rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars and are subject to change without notice



 
Can you scuba dive and snorkel in the Manzanillo area?
Yes, scuba diving and snorkeling are popular activities in Manzanillo. We are blessed to have a scuba shop not far from the Villa. It is run by a woman from the United States who has the highest certification available in the diving industry. Her shop, Underworld Scuba, rents equipment and offers tours for the scuba and snorkeling enthusiasts. It is a PADI Dive Center, a CMAS Dive Center and a member of PIRA (PADI International Resort Association). If you book an excursion with Underworld Scuba they will pick you up and drop you off at the Villa.

 
Villa La Querencia - Manzanillo Mexico beaches snorkeling paddle boats, sandHow close is the beach to the Villa?
Manzanillo has numerous beaches. There are two beaches within walking distance of the Villa. Audiencia beach is located near Hotel Tesoro. This is the beach that the movie "10" was filmed on, featuring Bo Derek and Dudley Moore. It is a quick car ride or a less than 10-minute walk from the Villa. Chairs and beach umbrellas are available for rent. This is a good area for snorkeling. Paddle boats, jet skis, kayaks, boogie boards and banana boat rides are available from beach vendors. Bring a cooler from the Villa and spend the day at this fun beach in Manzanillo. The beach at the Las Hadas hotel is accessible only after paying an entrance fee at the main gate of Las Hadas. This is a very nice beach with beautiful white beach tents, towels and chairs available for rent. See our FAQ about Las Hadas and the gorgeous Mexican Riviera beaches. There are numerous other gorgeous Mexican Riviera beaches in the Manzanillo/Santiago area within a 10-15 minute drive.

 
Do Villa guests have access to the Las Hadas Hotel?
Las Hadas allows entrance to Villa guests to their golf and tennis facilities. Guests pay the posted fees for those activities. Since the hotel was purchased by Brisas, they have been charging an entrance fee for visitors. As of the fall 2008, they charge $300 pesos (about $30.00 US) for each adult per day and $200 pesos (about $20.00 US) for each child (ages 6 to 12) per day (one child per adult). They provide you with coupons that can be exchanged for services within the hotel, such as beach tents, towel rental, lounge chairs at the beach or pool and merchandise. Las Hadas has a beautiful pool with a swim up bar. The beach is gorgeous and clean. Coupons can also be used for meals at the several hotel restaurants and for bar tabs. Guests who choose to dine at one of the Las Hadas resort restaurants do not have to pay any entrance fee at the gate. Simply tell the guard station that you are eating at at one of their establishments and they will waive any entrance fee. Prices and conditions are subject to change without notice.


 
Is the Villa rented to more than one group at a time?
Each rental has private use of the Villa. Whether your group has four or 20, you will have the entire Villa to yourself.

 
Do you charge for children to stay at the Villa and is the Villa set up for children? With the exception of infants less than one year of age, children are considered in the rental calculation. We base the number of staff needed to provide excellent service on the total number of guests staying in your group. Children tend to keep our staff quite busy, as we strive to keep a clean and safe atmosphere for your group. If you have children in your group, remember that the Villa has a lot of steps and areas with balconies that are not child-proof and the Villa pool and hot tub are located right off the main living area. Children must be supervised at all times. The staff is not permitted to babysit, but there are local babysitting services available that will come to the Villa and sit for your children. The house manager has a list of names/agencies that you can call--but make sure that you call in advance of need. We have had many groups with younger and older children alike stay at the Villa with great success (see Villa testimonials). The Mexican culture is very family-oriented, and your children will be most welcome by our staff.

 
Does the Villa provide childcare services?
The Villa does not provide a formal child care service.  Please consult with our knowledgeable house staff regarding recommended local babysitters. It is your responsibility, however, to contact these individuals to set up service and work out payment arrangements and other important details. The Villa assumes no responsibility with respect to this service and accepts no liabilities relative to these services.

 
Is there a minimum or maximum stay required at the Villa?
There is no minimum or maximum number of nights a group must reserve to rent the Villa. If we can fit you into the calendar, whether it's one night or 30 nights, we'll do it. We do have a 6-person minimum charge per night. Please note that there is a minimum 10-person charge during the Christmas Holiday 12/15-1/5. This works out well, as smaller groups do not have to pay a huge weekly rental fee when their group doesn't use all the bedrooms and does not need the large staff that a big group requires. Why pay for it if you don't use it?

 
We have family/friends all over the United States that would like to go to the Villa. How do we get there? Manzanillo has an airport. There are frequent flights into Manzanillo from Mexico City and from Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix and other cities throughout North America. During the high season there are flights from other cities, but this changes. The best thing to do is to check with your travel agent. Some of our guests fly into Guadalajara and then either hire a large 12 passenger van (about $340.00 US dollars plus tip through our office) or take the ETN Bus Line (nice and safe, too!) for about $25.00 per person to get to Manzanillo. They find this saves a lot of money. Call the Top Joy Vacations office at 1-800-683-0131 for further details.

 

If there is an emergency and someone needs a doctor or a clinic, is there one close to the Villa? The Villa house manager has direct contact with several prominent physicians that can direct you to area clinics or hospital, or perform a "house call" if needed. The emergency clinic is located less than 5 minutes away, and the closest hospital is a 10-15 minute drive. The Villa house manager is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week-do not hesitate to call him in a case of emergency, or for any other need. The Villa is always at your service.

 

Is there a fax machine or copy machine at the Villa? In the media room at the Villa, there is a fax machine that also can make copies of documents you may need copied. There are office supplies, such as paper, staplers, paper clips, post-it notes, etc. as well so that you can handle work or personal business tasks during your stay.

 

What kind of phone service is available at the Villa? Can we make outgoing calls or receive calls? The Villa subscribes to Vonage which will allow you to make calls to the continental U.S. at no charge. You may also receive calls. If you make calls to other countries, or need to make long distance or directory assisted calls that are fee-based, you will be charged for those calls. The total cost of calls made by your party will be deducted from the security deposit upon receipt of the bill. If the cost of phone calls exceeds the deposit, you will receive an additional bill.

 

What kind of amenities are offered or available in the bedrooms at the Villa? The Villa provides complimentary use of luxurious bathrobes (two per adult room) from the exclusive Peacock Alley Spa Collection. The plush robes have been embroidered with the Villa logo and are so comfortable that many of our guests choose to purchase a robe to take home with them. In addition to the robes, each room is furnished with an ample supply of spa soap,tissues and toilet paper.





















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