Palace by the Sea - Shoreline and Palapa

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What is a Palapa?

 

A palapa (a Spanish word of Malayan origin, meaning “pulpous leaf”) is an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof made of dried palm leaves. It is very useful in hot weather and, therefore, very common in Mexican beaches, such as in Manzanillo. It is perhaps one of the most important architectural contributions of Philippine culture to Mexican West cultures.

 

We are very pleased to present this incredible aerial shoreline video of our waterfront and Palapa. So real it’s almost like being there – almost. Enjoy

Palace by the Sea Shoreline and Palapa from Gregory Alper on Vimeo.

 

Palace by the Sea – Aerial view

 

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What is a Palapa?

 

A palapa (a Spanish word of Malayan origin, meaning “pulpous leaf”) is an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof made of dried palm leaves. It is very useful in hot weather and, therefore, very common in Mexican beaches, such as in Manzanillo. It is perhaps one of the most important architectural contributions of Philippine culture to Mexican West cultures.

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Palapa at Palace by the Sea

 

 

Just a few steps towards the ocean from Palace by the Sea, you step down our cement and stone staircase (lit at night) to arrive right at the ocean’s edge.

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Steps from Palace by the Sea leading through the lower gardens to our seaside Palapa

 

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Ocean front Palapa at Palace by the Sea

 

 

Protected by a thick natural barrier of large bolders, you are right at the ocean, feeling her power, listening to the soothing yet strong ebb and flow of the waves hitting the rocky shore, feeling the ocean spray. Add to that the warm sun, cool breeze, serenaded by the sound of the birds, this is heaven.

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View of Pelican Rock, rugged shore and beautiful sun and sky from our Palapa

 

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Feel the Power of the Ocean as the surf soothes

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Peaceful moments and stunning view immerse you in the elements

 

You may enjoy the company of a resting pelican

On a lucky day you may even see a whale or a dolphin. At sunset the cruise from Las Hadas will parade by you as they venture to where the sun sets into the ocean and back again.

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Gorgeous view of the orange Sunset as the cruise returns for the evening

 

 

Without even leaving the Palace, you can read, relax, meditate or even play the flute. Enjoy!

 

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Our inviting Palapa, perfect for reading relaxing or meditation

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A guest practices his Whale Song

Rocks and Stork from Palapa B

You may enjoy the company of a resting Pelican

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Palace by the Sea and La Punta viewed across Manzanillo Bay

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A short drive from Palace by the Sea, the gated community of La Punta – across the small peninsula and onto the mainland, a quick right along the carraterra towards Manzanillo, there is a fun restaurant BIGOTES (it means mustache) with fresh fish and many other delicacies. The feeling is open air, relaxing, refreshing and it offers an incredible view of La Punta – the peninsula that separates Manzanillo Bay and Santiago Bay. You can even see Palace by the Sea from here! Las Hadas – the famous hotel where the movie 10 was filmed is the tower toward the middle of the peninssula. We arrived early (before the restaurant filled up for lunch). Here are 2 quick pics of the simple yet fun and delicious layout and the view.

 

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Bigotes Restaurant before the lunch crowd

 

 

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View across Manzanillo Bay to La Punta and Palace by the Sea

 

 

Palace by the Sea aerial view

 

Art Tiles

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If you want to get some local flavor, within a short drive of Palace by the Sea is a local art market on Sunday. This is the second of several posts to bring to you some of the unique flavors to be found here. The weather was warm and pleasant. We went early, it was not crowded and the sights and tastes were wonderful with their unique Mexican flavor.

This final blog on the local market features  Art, Music, Rugs, Mayan Astrology and Clothes. Here are pictures of some of our favorite vendors and merchandise -

Silver Night – Painting

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Beautiful Art Tiles

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Local Music Store – Guitars, Violins, Flutes, Pan Pipes and Castanets

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Beautiful assortment of rugs

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Hand Woven Sweaters, Gloves, Hats and more.

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Mayan Art

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Mayan Astorology

Thanks for joining us on a stroll through the local arts and crafts market. Now back to palace by the sea for some pool time with margaritas and guacamole!

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An eager taster of Molé

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If you want to get some local flavor, within a short drive of Palace by the Sea is a local art market on Sunday. This is the second of several posts to bring to you some of the unique flavors to be found here. The weather was warm and pleasant. We went early, it was not crowded and the sights and tastes were wonderful with their unique Mexican flavor.

This second blog on the local market deals with edibles, drinkables and more. The first thing that caught our eye was the beautiful displays of molé.

Mole is the generic name for a number of sauces originally used in Mexican cuisine, as well as for dishes based on these sauces. Outside Mexico, it often refers specifically to mole poblano. In contemporary Mexico, the term is used for a number of sauces, some quite dissimilar, including black, red, yellow, colorado (another name for red), green, almendrado, de olla, huaxmole and pipián.

Moles come in various flavors and ingredients, with chili peppers as the common factor. However, the classic mole version is the variety called mole poblano, which is a dark red or brown sauce served over meat. The dish has become a culinary symbol of Mexico’s mestizaje, or mixed indigenous and European heritage, both for the types of ingredients it contains, as well as the legends surrounding its origin.

While chili pepper sauces existed in pre-Hispanic Mexico, the complicated moles of today did not. They did not contain chocolate, which was used as a beverage, and in all of the writings of Sahagún, there is no mention at all of it being used to flavor food.[12] Most likely what occurred was a gradual modification of the original molli sauce, adding more and different ingredients depending on the location. This diversified the resulting sauces into various types.[8][9] Ingredients that have been added into moles include nuts (such as almonds, peanuts, or pine nuts), seeds (such as sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, or squash seeds), cilantro, seedless grapes, plantains, garlic, onions, cinnamon, and chocolate. What remained the same was the use of chili peppers, especially ancho, pasilla, mulato and chipotle, and the consistency of the sauce.

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Attractive display of Molés – a rich paste made of chilies, chocolate and other spices

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An eager visitor tries a sample

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Local artisan cheeses:

Cheese Wheels and Tortillas

Display case of Various Tasty Cheeses

Display case of Various Tasty Cheeses

A cup of yogurt surrounded by a tasty hot-chili decoration:

Exciting cup of chili and yogurt!

 

Something soothing to wash it down and enliven the spirits: Many artisan brands of mezcal, tequila, cream liquors, wines and more.

 

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Arrangement of Liquors from the State of Jalisco

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Cheers!

Soap (Jabon) and Honey complete with active bee-hive.

 

Honey soap

 

Herbal formulas and remedies.

 

Herbal Remedies

Stay tuned for more about this local market and Palace by the Sea!

 

Palace by the Sea aerial view
Talented Potter in Local Art Market

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If you want to get some local flavor, within a short drive of Palace by the Sea is a local art market on Sunday. This is the first of several posts to bring to you some of the unique flavors to be found here. The weather was warm and pleasant. We went early, it was not crowded and the sights and tastes were wonderful with their unique Mexican flavor.

For this installment no further words required – here are 3 pics and a short video of a talented potter we watched in action.

 

 
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Local Art Market in Manzanillo -Potter's Wheel from Gregory Alper on Vimeo.

Palace 10*

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Sometimes the best way to describe Palace by the Sea is through the words of our guests. Of course, better to experience it for yourself but this is the next best thing (along with our pics and videos).

Howie, Frankie, Sonja:

Spectacular! Awesome! Fabulous! Fantastic! Fulfilling! These are just a few of the words from the group used to describe our stay at the Palace. Exceeded our Expectation!

To begin, the Palace itself is absolutely beautiful. What you see in the pictures is what you get, although being there in person is of course much better. The Palace is very well maintained which is a testament to the outstanding efforts of the staff. The location with its many palm trees, ocean breezes, and amazing views enhances the overall beauty and charm of the Palace.

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As for the staff, where do I start? From the moment we arrived until the time we departed, the staff were very accommodating ensuring all of our needs were met. Jose (houseman) did an outstanding job managing our requests each day and did so always with a smile. Jose makes some of the best Margaritas we have ever had. They were so good we made 4:00pm each day our Margarita time and Jose kept the pitcher always full.

Pilar, is indeed and excellent chef. The meals were beyond what we could have imagined. Aside from the great taste, the presentation down to the coordinated table settings (even for our lunch at the beach) added to the excellence of each meal. As you mentioned, Pilar could cause you to gain weight, so I was glad for the pool where I could work off each meal and keep the weight gain down to a minimum.

Paty (maid) was fantastic in keeping our rooms and the overall Palace clean and tidy. Without fail, after breakfast we would return to our rooms cleaned and the linens freshened. After dinner the beds were turned down ready for when we would go to sleep. The other support staff including Carmen (maid) and Alvin (gardener) were also very good in their roles to help make the Palace experience enjoyable. We met Jean Pierre (house manager) the day we arrived, but did not need to see him after that because the Palace staff did everything necessary to ensure our needs were met.

Sonja, thank you for answering all of our questions and guiding us through the small stuff to help make our travels to/from and stay at the Palace enjoyable and stress free. On a side note, the services provided by Haro Tours was great.

We started telling our family and friends about the Palace even before arrived. All were envious when we showed them the pictures and explained what came with the place. In fact, a friend of ours changed previous plans to stay at the Palace when we discussed our vacation with her back in January. The location with its many palm trees, ocean breezes, and amazing views enhances the overall beauty and charm of the Palace.

Upon returning from the Palace we have all been detailing our time at the Palace and showing the multitude of pictures taken that highlighted our stay. We have already talked about going back. We will all be talking about our stay at the Palace for a long time.

Finally, on behalf of the entire group I would like to thank you all very much for opening up the Palace to us. The time spent there will be something we will all cherish and remember for quite a long time. We hope to visit the Palace again soon and wish you and the entire Palace staff the very best.

Regards.

Randy P.
Randy P Group

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While our two minute video tour of Palace by the Sea and La Punta tells it all, some of the pre-edited footage is worth enjoying to allow a more in depth experience of each areas. You can look forward to a few more from time to time.

La Punta Beach and Beach club is rated among the world’s best private beaches. This fantastic aerial video shows why. Sheltered by rock jetties, the water is warm, clear and calm. There is fabulous snorkeling within a few strokes. There are palapas for shade, chairs, tables and loungers.

The three level beach club has a beautiful full size outdoor pool, a wonderful meeting room with couches, tables and chairs where our staff can bring and serve you lunch. Shower and bathroom facilities on every level, your beach or pool experience is complete.

The beach is one of our favorite spots and may become yours too. Enjoy this magical moment.

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Photo Adventure by Dale Fazendin takes a short walk over to the tennis courts and tennis club. Update of previous post on La Punta Tennis Club with new photos and video!

Our stay at Palace by the Sea, in the gated community of La Punta – in Manzanillo, Mexico’s Gold Coast, included access to the 4 private tennis courts. The courts have viewing benches and all  amenities. The tennis club is located on the beautiful grounds in the center of the La Punta community surrounded by palm and fruit trees, large grassy areas and beautiful views of both Manaznillo bay (on the left) and Santiago Bay (on the right). Best of all, the courts are within walking distance. A charming cobblestone road lead us past the many exquisite homes right to the club.

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Best hours to play are before 11AM or after 3 PM depending on the time of year. If you enjoy sun, you can play all day long, as many do. Courts are excellently maintained and well lit for night play. Salvador, the tennis pro at La Punta for over 20 years, gave outstanding, yet inexpensive instruction. He will fill in if you need a partner or fourth. There are also clay courts nearby at Las Hadas Resort.

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Above the courts is the La Punta Homeowners club, with beautiful views all around. This provides yet another wonderful meeting place to take in Paradise.

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Our drone photographer ZoPilot took incredible aerial footage of Palace by the Sea and La Punta

 

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Love, Set, Match. We enjoyed our tennis at Palace by the Sea.

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Continuing this new series of Photo Adventures a glimpse into Manzanillo’s 5 golf courses, with 3 of them rated among the best in the world! We start off with 4 fabulous shots of El Corazon Golf Course by Dale Fazendin.

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With your stay at Palace by the Sea you have easy access to these very special spots (phone numbers provided are local calls from Palace by the Sea. Please check websites for USA access numbers and current rates.

Las Hadas Resort Golf Course – 18 holes with great ocean views in the midst of scenic tropical vegetation. 10 minute drive from Palace by the Sea, 334-0000. Approx $144 + cart $48 + caddy $20

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Isla de Navidad -  27 holes with spectacular ocean, lagoon and mountain views is a well-kept secret. 50 minute drive from Palace by the Sea, 355-5556. $200 high season,  $140 in the morning, $110 twilight, caddy $30

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El Tamarindo Golf Resort - 18 holes with jungle and breathtaking oceanfront views – most spectacular abundance of nature. 70 minute drive from Palace by the Sea 315-355-15031. $187 per person, including cart, $30 caddy.

 

 

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In addition to these 3 outstanding courses, there are 2 more nearby for you convenience and budget.

El Corazon de Manzanillo – New private golf course in Manzanillo. 18 holes with great views. 25 minutes drive from Palace by the Sea. $120 per person, golf cart included.

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Club Santiago – 18 holes, a lesser well-maintained course, more like a city course. 20 minute drive from Palace by the Sea. $48 – 9 holes, $54 – 18 holes. (Picture currently unavailable).

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Listing the Golf Course in Proximity to Palace by the Sea:

Las Hadas

Club Santiago

El Corazon

Isla Navidad

Tamarindo