Posted by & filed under Beachfront, Fantastic Views, Golf, La Punta, Las Hadas, Luxury Vacation Rental, Manzanillo, Palace by the Sea Blog.

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

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Isla Navidad

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A Convention of Palapas on the Bay

Posted by & filed under Beachfront, Fantastic Views, La Punta, Las Hadas, Luxury Vacation Rental, Manzanillo, Safety in Mexico.

This post is a quick update of previous articles on this topic that have appeared in this blog. There are many more incredible photo adventures of Palace by the Sea by Dale Fazendin to come. This time I’ll address safety in Manzanillo from a personal perspective as well as providing specific details to this area of Mexico. Written in response to an inquiry from a Palace guest. it’s a perfect opportunity for me to share it with you.

We recently visited Palace by the Sea and took a little road trip about an hour north. No problems or worries.

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Some guests enjoy their entire stay at Palace by the Sea or La Punta. It is very secure and exclusive there.
There is a 24 hour guard gate for our community. I’m not aware of any problems there in the 30 years I’ve been traveling there.
The Palace has a pool and jacuzzi, exercise room, seaside palapa and beautiful gardens and a large living and dining room area. Massages, manicures, exercise trainers, etc. are all available to make house calls.

 

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Inside La Punta there is tennis and a fabulous private beach and beach club with a large pool. Lots of scenic walks. Our chef is fantastic and I usually prefer never to leave the house except for walks or trips to beach.  Right outside our gated community is the famous Las Hadas Hotel (where the movie 10 was filmed, for those old enough to remember).
There is a marina, snorkeling boat rental, sunset cruise, great restaurants, shopping etc.  There are 3 world class golf courses in the area. Including one at nearby Las Hadas.

 

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We’re familiar with the area so we are comfortable driving south towards Manzanillo for restaurants along the highway. Located on the opposite side of the bay from the Palace, they offer beautiful views. Some have live music and dancing.

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Downtown Manzanillo

 

Or turning north you can go into the smaller city of Santiago only a few minutes away to find more wonderful restaurants, local shops and authentic Mexican flavor.

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There are also large super markets, shopping centers, movie theaters with American movies.

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Manzanillo, Santiago and the entire area have developed so much since we started coming here 30 years ago. It’s the best of both worlds – great restaurants, sports of all kinds for all ages, shopping and activities for the adventurous;

and luxury, privacy, beauty and seclusion for those who prefer solitude and quiet. As you know the service at Palace by the Sea is also first class, especially our wonderful Chef Pilar.

 

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We have never had any problems being here. Of course with any travel, it’s best to know where you are going. The areas mentioned in and around Palace by the Sea and La Punta provide everything guests would want without concern. We have always found the atmosphere peaceful, beautiful and the people warm, good natured and friendly.

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Palace by the Sea - Aerial view

The following links  take you to the previous posts on Palace by the Sea  relating to Safety in Mexico. You can also search all posts for Safety in Mexico
Maznanillo is Safe

You’re safe in Manzanillo – part 1

Manzanillo is Safe – updated article

Mexico: A Traveler’s Guide to Safety Over Sensationalism

Safety in Mexico – part 3

Are You Safer in Mexico or America? – Safety in Mexico – Part 4

 

Posted by & filed under Beachfront, Fantastic Views, La Punta, Las Hadas, Luxury Vacation Rental, Manzanillo, Palace by the Sea Blog.

Continuing this new series of Photo Adventures by our friend, well known photographer Dale Fazendin.

Dale just completed a wonderful and comprehensive set of photos of and from Palace Palace by the Sea, featuring some of the highlights of La Punta, including A sunset cruise, tennis, nearby golf, beautiful flora, the amazing food served by Pilar, our Palace chef and the incredible views from everywhere!

This blog features the La Punta Private Beach and Beach club. With your stay at Palace by the Sea you have access to this very special spot – rated one of the world’s 10 best private beaches by Conde Naste. The beach offers palapas and ample loungers, tables and beach chairs. The swimming area is clear and marked on all sides with rope and buoys. Great snorkeling awaits adjacent to the swimming area. Offering gorgeous views of Manzanillo Bay and the Pacific, it’s beauty and serenity is unequaled.

While swimming there in February a mother and baby gray whale joined us in the bay and gave us quite a show. (Sonja took a picture, but the whale is too far away to be identified in the photo.) The whales were there for about 30 minutes and it was quite a thrill.

The beach club includes a large pool and jacuzzil with fantastic views – for kids and adults who prefer a pool to the ocean. There are bathrooms and showers at every level. The club house has couches, tables and chairs. Palace by the Sea guests can request our fantastic chef Pilar prepare them a delicious picnic, which our staff will come and serve you at the beach club!

Paradise!

 

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La Punta Private Beach Club viewed from the beach.

 

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Inside La Punta Private Beach club

 

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Pool and Palapas

 

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Palapas and beach.

 

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La Punta Private Beach club viewed from Manzanillo Bay.

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La Punta private Beach and beach club – aerial view

 

 

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La Punta Private Beach – Palapas, beach loungers tables, chairs and view of Las Hadas.

 

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View of Las Hadas, Manzanillo Bay, secure swimming area from La Punta Private Beach.

 

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There is fantastic snorkeling in this area right on La Punta Private Beach.

 

Posted by & filed under Beachfront, Fantastic Views, La Punta, Luxury Vacation Rental, Manzanillo, Palace by the Sea Blog.

Continuing this new series of Photo Adventures by our friend, well known photographer Dale Fazendin.

Dale just completed a wonderful and comprehensive set of photos of and from Palace Palace by the Sea, featuring some of the highlights of La Punta, including A sunset cruise, tennis, nearby golf, beautiful flora, the amazing food served by Pilar, our Palace chef and the incredible views from everywhere!

This blog features a small sampling of the beautiful flora at Palace by the Sea. Enjoy. Beautiful, Dale!

 

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Posted by & filed under Beachfront, Fantastic Views, La Punta, Las Hadas, Luxury Vacation Rental, Manzanillo, Palace by the Sea Blog.

Continuing this new series of Photo Adventures by our friend, well known photographer Dale Fazendin.

Dale just completed a wonderful and comprehensive set of photos of and from Palace Palace by the Sea, featuring some of the highlights of La Punta, including A sunset cruise, tennis, nearby golf, beautiful flora, the amazing food served by Pilar, our Palace chef and the incredible views from everywhere!

A favorite activity is to walk around some of the handmade stone streets of La Punta. Being located on the tip a La Punta peninsula, even a short journey offers spectacular views of Manzanillo Bay, the open Pacific and Santiago Bay. There are many wonderful photos of the ocean and Manzanillo Bay in our blogs, here we present the equally beautiful other bay of Santiago.

Inhale deeply and enjoy the picturesque, serene beauty of the North side of La Punta and Santiago Bay.

Santiago, Hotel Coast, Las Hadas Tower and Manzanillo Bay

 

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closer view of Santiago bay and La Punta inlet

 

View from the Path

View from the Path

 

A Convention of Palapas on the Bay

A Convention of Palapas on the Bay

 

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Dale’s beautiful shot of the Santiago Bay

 

Dale's exquisite Panorama of Santiago Bay

Dale’s exquisite Panorama of Santiago Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by & filed under Beachfront, Fantastic Views, La Punta, Las Hadas, Luxury Vacation Rental, Manzanillo, Palace by the Sea Blog, Sunset.

We are excited to present this new series of Photo Adventures by our friend, well known photographer Dale Fazendin.

Dale just completed a wonderful and comprehensive set of photos of and from Palace Palace by the Sea, featuring some of the highlights of La Punta, including A sunset cruise, tennis, nearby golf, beautiful flora, the amazing food served by Pilar, our Palace chef and the incredible views from everywhere!

This first installment of the series is a short photo journey of the Sunset Cruise which leaves every night from Las Hadas Marina. Experience unique views of the fantastic architecture on La Punta, beautiful views of Santiago Bay and Sunset.

Relax, have a margarita and enjoy the ride!

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Leaving the Dock – Condos and the Marina at Las Hadas

 

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Palace by the Sea viewed from the Sunset Cruise

 

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Palace by the Sea as the Sunset Cruise passed Pelican Rock. Palace is located at the very tip of La Punta Peninsula

 

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Incredibly beautiful picture of Sunset on Santiago Bay captured by Dale Fazendin

 

Sunset Cruise View of Palace Night

As the Sunset Cruise returns – a special view of Palace by the Sea at night

 

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As the Sunset Cruise returns a most spectacular sunset

 

Posted by & filed under Beachfront, Fantastic Views, La Punta, Luxury Vacation Rental, Manzanillo, Tennis.

We are happy to present the long awaited aerial video of Palace by the Sea taken by drone. This was filmed with a high resolution camera by a very powerful drone that captured great shots from all angles and altitudes. There are also some wonderful scenes presenting the beautiful Suites and Bedrooms at the Palace.

The video is on Vimeo and Youtube and is included below. It is high resolution 1080. To view with the best clarity please watch at 1080 (youtube) or HD on Vimeo.

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user39076489/palacebythesea
Youtube: https://youtu.be/6bkrvvWmHls

A picture is worth a thousand words and a video is worth a million so enjoy…..

Posted by & filed under Beachfront, Fantastic Views, La Punta, Luxury Vacation Rental, Manzanillo, Palace by the Sea Blog, Tennis.

Dear Palace Guests,

We are very excited to announce that the new Palace by the Sea Video is in production and will be available for viewing very soon. This video will feature exquisite and incredible views of Palace by the Sea and La Punta from a drone. Here are some advanced screen captures of what you can look forward to. Stay tuned for more Palace news.

 

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Posted by & filed under Luxury Vacation Rental, Manzanillo, Palace by the Sea Blog, Uncategorized, Western Artists.

The owners of Palace by the Sea are also big fans of Western Art and many of these fine artists have also been our guests. This is the next installment in a series of profiles of some of the fine artists who have chosen to vacation at Palace by the Sea.

 

If you are unfamiliar with the term Western Art, here is a quick overview from Wikipedia:

Visual Art of the American West is sometimes referred to as “Western Art” by Americans. This relatively new category of art includes paintings, sculptures and sometimes Native American crafts. Initially, subjects included exploration of the western states and cowboy themes. Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell are two artists who captured the “Wild West” on canvas. Presently, the genre flourishes in variety and popularity within the United States. Many designers and decorators in the southwest include “Western Art” in homes and businesses.

 

Featured Artist: Michael Dudash

 

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Michael’s career as a successful artist began in 1977, when he became a full time illustrator and oil painter. He has done so many assignments, commissions and gallery paintings that he has lost count. “Somewhere in the neighborhood of eighteen hundred paintings I would guess” he says.

Over his career Michael has written and published articles for American Artist, The Artists Magazine and Step-by-Step Graphics; his work has been showcased twice in Art of the West magazine, most recently in the Mar/April 2014 issue, and Southwest Art in Dec 2010.  He has featured his work as a guest lecturer and instructor at the Booth Western Art Museum, Brigham Young University, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Columbus College of Art & Design, Mass Art, the Graphic Artists Guild in VT, the Kansas City Art Director’s Club, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and Dallas, TX, the Savannah College of Art & Design, and taught an illustration class for the Vermont Community College.

While living in VT, Michael was fortunate to have had the opportunity to paint and study with Richard Schmid and his wife Nancy Guzik. Michael has participated in Richard’s Rist Canyon Art Auction for the last several years as well. “Richard is a wonderful teacher and human being, and I have always appreciated his ability to inspire his friends, fellow artists and collectors.”

Michael has had numerous one man shows and participated in a large number of group shows. In Sept of 2014, he won Artist Choice and Patrons Choice Awards at the Quest For The West Show at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, IN.  He has won awards of excellence in the 2004 & 2005 National Oil Painters of America shows, including best portrait. His paintings are in the collections of the Pearce Western Art Museum (Corsicana, TX), Booth Museum of Western Art (Cartersville, GA) and the The Museum of Biblical Art (Dallas, TX). He has conducted workshops at his studio and in several locations including Los Angeles, Dallas & San Antonio, TX, Columbus, OH, and Tokyo, Japan. His ever growing number of corporate and individual collectors appreciate the draftsmanship, use of light and colorful atmosphere that Michael is able to bring to his work.

Although he has increasingly been turning his attention to painting the characters and history of the old west, Michael still loves to paint the variety of subjects that he finds around him, and is equally adept at masterfully handling landscapes, figures, portraits and still lifes.

“I have always been interested in well executed and beautifully designed oil painting, no matter what the venue, style or label.” Michael says. “Most artists, myself included, can count dozens of incredible representational painters who have come before us as positive influences and teachers. Although often the most important, subject matter is only a part of the painting. The challenge for a painter is to take his subject of interest and create works of art that are moving, beautiful, timeless and universal in their appeal. As for me, I have to daily rely on the good Lord and His inspiration to help me accomplish this formidable task.”

Although trained in the fine arts, his decision to begin a career in classic illustration won him a prestigious and national reputation, with his numerous awards and hundreds of Clients being far too many to list. His transition back into fine art was the natural course for Michael, as his influences as an oil painter have always been the classical painters such as Sargent, Zorn, Fechin, the Impressionists, as well as the golden age illustrators like N. C. Wyeth, Dean Cornwell, Haddon Sundbloom, Harvey Dunn and Rockwell.

As with most artists, Michael is incredibly passionate about his life’s work, but he does allow himself considerable time to pursue his equally passionate commitment to Christian ministry. He lives with his wife Valerie, and currently works out of his home and studio in the Coeur d’Alene, ID area.

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Please visit Palace by the Sea blog for many further installments featuring the work of our fine Western Artist guests.

Posted by & filed under La Punta, Las Hadas, Luxury Vacation Rental, Manzanillo, Palace by the Sea Blog, Western Artists.

The owners of Palace by the Sea are also big fans of Western Art and many of these fine artists have also been our guests. This is the next installment in a series of profiles of some of the fine artists who have chosen to vacation at Palace by the Sea.

 

If you are unfamiliar with the term Western Art, here is a quick overview from Wikipedia:

Visual Art of the American West is sometimes referred to as “Western Art” by Americans. This relatively new category of art includes paintings, sculptures and sometimes Native American crafts. Initially, subjects included exploration of the western states and cowboy themes. Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell are two artists who captured the “Wild West” on canvas. Presently, the genre flourishes in variety and popularity within the United States. Many designers and decorators in the southwest include “Western Art” in homes and businesses.

 

Featured Artist: John Fawcett

To view more John’s work click on: John Fawcett

 

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An uncommonly talented artist working in watercolor and oil, John Fawcett has spent his life studying and gaining inspiration from his subjects.  His first hand knowledge of horses and dogs is evident in his detailed images which often focus on the relationships between animals and people.  “I want to make the viewer smell the horse, hear the hoof beats, and have all their senses be taken in by the painting.”

John Fawcett

 

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John Fawcett was born in 1952 and grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Although his family lived in town, they kept horses nearby.  After his father challenged him to raise half the cost, a ten year old Fawcett became the proud owner of a mare, Copper, purchased for $150.00.  In tandem with his passion for horses, was a desire to draw and paint.  “I was always really interested in art and my parents were very supportive, but I didn’t have any formal art training.  All through high school, college and vet school, I did artwork for student  newspapers and yearbooks, but I never considered art for a career.”  Instead, he studied pre-veterinary medicine at the University of New Hampshire and received his doctorate at Iowa State University in 1978.  After working for both an equine and small animal veterinarian, he opened up his own veterinary practice in 1980 in Pennsylvania where he practiced for the next 20 years.  As his practice grew to a total of 5 veterinarians, his passion for art grew as well, and he sold his practice in 1996 to paint full time and pursue his dream.

Fawcett started out painting mainly in watercolor but has introduced oils to his repertoire.  “It depends on the subject matter and what medium I feel like painting with at the time.  There is a certain softness and fluidness with watercolors, while oils provide rich color and textures and a buttery feeling.”   Since taking the leap of faith to become an artist, he has been invited to participate in some of the most prestigious Western art shows in the country and has developed relationships with the top galleries.

Expressing gratitude for those who have helped his career along the way, including western artist, Jim Bama and Ron Riddick, John also gives several painting workshops a year to help others.  He has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Horseman, Cowboys and Indians, The Equine Image, Informart, and US Art magazines.  He and his wife Elizabeth, their three Labrador Retrievers, and four Quarter Horses divide their time between a farm in southern Pennsylvania and a ranch in northern Colorado.

 

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Please visit Palace by the Sea blog for many further installments featuring the work of our fine Western Artist guests.