Karmina Serenades Guests With 'Soulful Sounds'

Resort hits a high note with visiting musicians lineup

By: Dawna Robertson

Talk about sweet music to the ears! Karmina Palace’s “Soulful Sounds” series unites the musical talents of up-and-coming entertainers from across Canada and the United States in the balmy, tropical atmosphere of Manzanillo.

The sultry sounds of Toronto jazz trumpeter Danny DePoe (www.dannydepoe.com) have returned to the property for a second year in a row. This year, DePoe oversees an eclectic and acclaimed group of rising stars who provide nightly jazz, acoustic, soft rock and folk music entertainment in two-week slots until April 2006 at the all-suite, all-inclusive property.

Karmina Palace provides the ideal venue to showcase their talents in three outdoor settings. Crooners will serenade guests at the intimate Trattoria bistro, the open-air Carioca dining room overlooking the bay and the air-conditioned lobby bar.

“Soulful Sounds” series guest artists include Toronto folk/rock guitarist with jazz influences Peter Katz (www.peterkatz.com), Vancouver-based acoustic guitarist and singer Marnie Mains (www.marniemains.com), folk/rock guitarist Adrianne Gonzalez (www.adrimusic.com) of Los Angeles, Toronto folk/rock guitarist Dylan Murray (www.dylanmurray.net) and native jazz vocalist Hazel Walker (www.hazelsings.com) from Nova Scotia who pairs with Toronto pianist Graham Howes (www.grahamhowes.com).

The 324-suite Karmina Palace Resort has polished the all-inclusive concept by offering special complimentary amenities like high speed wireless internet access, eight interconnected lagoon-style pools, nightly entertainment, 24-hour room service, a full-service spa and unlimited food and drink.

Several airlines are adding nonstop service to Manzanillo during the winter season. Alaska Airlines resumed five direct flights weekly from Los Angeles in November, while Aerocalifornia also flies twice weekly from Los Angeles. Beginning Dec. 17, America West Airlines will launch nonstop service from Phoenix.