In 1979, Bo Derek, with her cornrow braids flying behind her, jogged in slow motion across a pristine beach on La Punta Manzanillo in the hit film 10. That impetus created a burgeoning resort in this region. You will find Pepes Hideaway located here, in the state of Colima on the secluded Mexico beaches between Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta. Hideaway is the operative word, and the Manzanillo bungalows of Pepes Hideaway provide the quintessential romantic getaway.
The seven charming Manzanillo bungalows are clustered on a hill amid beautiful tropical gardens overlooking the private beach in a little cove enclosed by dramatic rock formations. It is in the exclusive, gated resort community of La Punta Manzanillo on a point, or punta, that projects into the sea from the village of Santiago. This is a thriving beach resort that boasts opportunities for Mexico scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, and other water sports without the crowds of tourists found in its better-known neighbors of Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta.
In addition to its own extensive facilities, Pepes Hideaway includes entrance to the exclusive La Escondida Beach Club at La Punta, which is only a ten-minute walk away. Here, Pepes guests will find six fully lit tennis courts with palm trees and views of Santiago Bay and the Pacific Ocean. You will also be able to relax on the club's large private beach under palapa, or thatched, umbrellas, and you'll have privileges for using the club's fitness center. There are also three world-class golfing venues within just a few minutes' drive, and the great shopping and dining spots of Santiago and Manzanillo are easily accessible.
Pepes Hideaway itself offers a swimming pool and cliff side Jacuzzi (your Pepes Hideaway room will give you a sunken tub) where you will find a freezer stocked 24/7 with frozen margaritas. The chef in Pepe's intimate restaurant provides elegant meals replete with fresh local tropical fruits and vegetables—often the bananas come right off the trees on the grounds. If you go out deep-sea fishing, the chef will prepare the catch you bring back for your dinner. There are spa services, including in-room massages, and Pepe's celebrated right hand man, Speedy, can set you up for scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, sunset cruises, ocean kayaking, whale watching, and even mountain biking.
Each of Pepe's Manzanillo bungalows is of authentic Mexican construction and tile with thatched roofs and private shaded veranda, complete with your own king-size Mayan hammock. They are all perched over the ocean, where the waves below will lull you to sleep, and have expansive views of the La Punta Manzanillo bay, the coastline, and distant mountains. This is a perfect honeymoon spot, and Pepe's caters to romantic couples with vacation packages that include flowers, champagne, candles, and other special touches.
If you are in a Mexico car rental, you can reach Manzanillo and Pepes Hideaway from Guadalajara in about three and a half hours. Several airlines to Mexico have direct service from the U.S. The Manzanillo Airport is about 40 minutes away, and Pepes will arrange for airport transfers to be included in your package.