Where fairies tred
Legend says that, many years ago, sailors who passed the Santiago Peninsula, in Manzanillo, saw from afar shimmering silhouettes that floated above the water and thought they were seeing fairies. That is why this place is known as Las Hadas (The Fairies) and why fantastic tales were told here.
Even today is it possible to see these luminous shapes. However, now we know why they occur: they are produced by the presence of phosphorus on the surface of the water that, in turn, is caused by the bones of people of ancient civilizations whose remains lie at the bottom of the sea.
Antenor Patiño, a bolivian dreamer known as “the tin king”, wanted to build a completely different private club, a place filled with magic and fantasy. He found in Las Hadas a unique natural setting with exceptional weather year ‘round and the most peaceful beach in the world.
The bolivian and the spanish architect José Luis Ezquerra dedicated a decade (from 1964 to 1974) to the construction of this magnificent place, in which Patiño invested 33 million dollars, and built this superb hotel which is, today, renowned around the world for its beauty and exclusive service.
It has 234 rooms in different categories, all with white marble floors, air conditioning, telephone, balcony or private terrace, minibar and TV. Some rooms, located in the Brisas Beach Club and Suites section, have a small swimming pool on the terrace.
It features 500 meters (1,640 feet) of private beach alongside a beautiful path where the white foam contrasts with the dark, volcanic sand. The ambiance of the bar and the moorish-style cabins will make you feel like a character in a story from the Thousand Nights.
Tennis and golf
There are ten professional tennis courts located next to the Las Hadas Golf Course Club House. Open from 7:00 a.m. to 9 p.m., the excellent lighting is turned on as soon as the sun sets.
The 18-hole golf course, one of the most beautiful tropical courses in the world, was designed by Pete and Roy Dye. Among its multiple attractions are the zigzagging Salahua river, which forms corners that turn each shot into a challenge as well as a memorable experience.
The marina has slips for 70 yachts, electrical installations of 20, 30 and 50 amperes with 110-220 voltage, individually controlled meters, hydraulic installation with individual meters, satellite TV, telephone line and Internet access.
Restaurants and bars
Completely remodeled, gourmet restaurant specializing in international cuisine offering exotic dishes selected by the experienced chef. The bar is adorned with murals painted by the famous spanish artist Fernando Calderón, which portray the voyages of the famous spanish admiral López de Legazpi. Open for dinner during the high seasons.
Enjoy your favorite drink while you take a refreshing dip in the main swimming pool or enjoy the sun. Open from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Av. Vista Hermosa s/n
Fracc. Península de Santiago
T 01 (314) 331 01 01
F 01 (314) 331 02 21
Text: AMURA ± Photo: Las Brisas.