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Best wishes to future guests!
We had an awesome time in Puerto Vallarta because we met some terrific people at the Blue Bay Getaway! Would we go back there or reccommend this hotel? The answer is NO! Its a great place I would say for singles or the twenty something crowd that has no expectations for first time travelling to Puerta Vallarta. We really enjoyed the nightly shows and the entertainment staff! The rooms were clean and spacious and the maids were very efficient! What we did not like was the food, sanitation practices of glasses and the overall service provided from the bars! Don't expect to be waited on by the pool or even in the buffet restuarant! Don't expect any Mexican food at the restuarant! Many of us ate pasta daily and the cheeseburgers were quite good! From our opinion, we found most of the food to be unappetizing! What really made us sick was the way they wash their glasses! Basically they are not sanatized...they are simply rinsed out and reused! Many of us at the hotel became sick! It was our first time out of five trips we actually got sick from Mexico! If your not concerned with food, service or sanitation then give it a try, we did meet some awesome people who made the trip very enjoyable! Goodluck future BBG'ers!
Good view/Bad food
We stayed at the B.B.C. in March/02.
PROS: ocean view! Huge (Hawaii 5-0) type waves washed up for the first week. The roar actually kept me awake a few nights. This is the closest I've stay to the ocean. Most resorts have big beaches and are situated farther back. Not this one! Even though are brochure said this property did not have a beach, we discovered their private beach (that even some guests are unaware of). It opens when the tide is low enough--it's beautiful and very much in a natural (and clean) state.
The drinks are good and never lacking in booze.
The staff is very friendly and went above the call of duty many times.
The food is so/so (watered down orange juice!). Mexi resturant is very good (try the Tequila shrimp), but the French & Italian not so. The buffets were usally bland and lacking flair. The roast beef is something to truely run from. We were told they'd improved the food over the last year, so I'd hate to have tasted it back then. Elevators are way too slow. Most people end up taking the (uneven) stairs. And keep in mind, they don't have the same safety codes we do, and as a result of uneven sidewalks, ramps, stairs floors, etc. we saw many a person in casts or wheelchairs. Be careful. Look down!
The noise from the pool area (kids and social directors) is too much at times. They should enforce the kids rule (they have their own pool, but never use it). For that reason alone, we won't go back. If you've got a family of little ones, there sure to enjoy as kids seem to run the place. (Yes, this hotel chain has an adults only hotel near downtown, but boy is it ugly-compared to the Blue Bay Get Away.) If they ever swap policies, we'd be the first ones back.
For the price, I would say this is a great value, but 2 weeks may be a bit much of that food. (we found some great places to eat downtown--The Shrimp Factory is awsome!).
My wife and I spent the week of March 23-30, 2002 at this resort. We had a great time. This is an all-inclusive resort (room, food, domestic drinks (yes, alcohol), nightly entertainment, and some water sports all included with the room rate). Guests are identified by yellow wristbands. It is for adults only. See "Blue Bay Club" if you have kids. Blue Bay Getaway is on the beach about a mile north of downtown Puerto Vallarta. Blue Bay Club is south of downtown, also on the beach. This review is for the Blue Bay Getaway only. Here's the breakdown:
The room: We upgraded to the superior ocean view room in the tower building. All west-facing rooms in the tower building face directly over the two pools, restaurant and the ocean. It was very clean, and much larger than I'd expected. It was also quieter than I'd expected. Includes phone, cable TV, in-room safe (small extra charge), daily maid service, nice large shower, big balcony, great view, waves easily heard if door left open.
The dining: The main restaurant is a buffet-style open-air, no-reservations-required restaurant. I loved the convenience of just wandering in there whenever we were hungry. No waiting, no worrying about having enough money with you. There was a large variety of food, and it was all good. No authentic mexican food, however. Fare included seafood/beef/chicken/soup dishes, etc. Several food stations so no lines to wait through. There was another smaller buffet restaurant with outdoor seating next to the stage and one of the bars. It was also good, but with a limited selection (burgers, fries, hot dogs, selected entres). This restaurant converts to the reservations-only "Steak House" in the evening. Another "reservations only" restaurant was "La Caverna," an indoor, slightly more formal restaurant with better food and better drinks.
The staff: No problems with the staff. Generally they were quite helpful and friendly, however a few of them seemed weary and were unable to muster up a smile during the entire week. Generally though, no complaints.
The environment/atmosphere: Relaxed, clean, fun. Lots of people just laid by the pool (topless optional, however only one female patron took the option during the week we were there). There were daily water aerobics, daily shows with talented dancers, daily scuba-intro lessons in the pool. Latin music played most of the day in the pool area - very enjoyable, good selections. Despite the included domestic alcohol there was a surprising lack of overly drunk, obnoxious people.
The activities: Daily water aerobics, scuba intro lessons in the pool, nightly dance shows, ocean kayaks available for checkout if surf is tame enough. Other tours and activities available at extra charge.
Access to downtown: Very easy. Just walk out front, go next door to the bus stop in front of the Sheraton and wait for a bus that says "Centro" on it. There's one every 5 minutes. Cost is 4 pesos per person (less than 40 cents US). Or you can walk (downtown starts less than a mile away). Or take a taxi from the hotel (25 pesos one way, $2.75 US).
Negatives: No negatives for the resort. These are for Puerto Vallarta in general. Beach vendors are quite persistent, but not bad people. Just politely say no and they usually keep moving. You get used to it. Beware of timeshare salesmen downtown though - anyone appearing overly friendly is likely wanting to get you into a high-pressure sales presentation in return for tour discounts. Just keep walking. Downtown bars were so crowded we almost literally couldn't move. We didn't stay long. Tons of tourists. Prices high in comparison with other places in Mexico.
Summary: We really enjoyed Puerto Vallarta and the Blue Bay Getaway. If you're looking for an escape in a warm, tropical location, and like the relaxed, casual resort atmosphere, this is a good place. This is not the place to be at one with the Mexican people however. If you're looking for a cultural connection, an all-inclusive resort such as this will be a disappointment for you.
I am writing to give some information regarding one of the hotels I stayed at this past January 2002. I was at the Blue Bay Getaway (NOT THE CLUB) and I had an excellent time. We had an awesome room with a great ocean view.
The facilities were well kept, the pool was clean and the staff was friendly. The food was good except for one BIG ISSUE. After staying at the hotel a couple of days, I realized that the plastic drinking glasses were not being
washed with soap after each use. They were merely being rinsed with water. UGHHH!!!
It was so disgusting that I started to lose my appetite. The thought of having improperly sterilized plastic
water drinking cups scared the hell out of me. Imagine how filthy that could be!!!! I saw them rinsing the dirty glasses that people had left on the counter with WATER ONLY and then putting them back out for re-use. This become more apparent to me as I noticed women's lipstick on my drinking glass after I ordered a beer or someother alcoholic drink.
Its so gross and the thought of it makes me sick. I hope other people will learn from my experience.
Had a blast!
Just returned from the BBG. Had a great time! Lots of activities if you want to join in, rooms clean, food- lots of selection. Staff very helpful and friendly. Would definitely recommend trying it out.
The Blue Bay Getaway
The Blue Bay Getaway Club was the best vacation ever! Remember though...The "Club" and the "Getaway" are not the same place. Everyone staying at Blue Bay Club were spending their day at the Blue Bay Getaway. It was so much better...and such a blast. I highly recommend it.
Great Hotel for Scuba Divers
We had a great time last winter 2001 at the Blue Bay Club ,the service was good,accomodations great and food excellent.
The most important commodity for us though as scuba divers was to have a great Padi dive shop " Ocean Quest Dive Center " located inside the hotel,where instructor & owner Klaus and his fellow instructor Ivan took great care of us with many days of great and safe diving.It was incredible,first time we dove with a giant manta two feet from us and sea turtles .
Also the activities team with their daily shows was great and the kids club took great care of our three year old doughter while we went diving
Blue bay getaway
A group of us have stayed at this hotel for the past two xmas holidays and have had a great time on both occasions. If you are going to stay here, upgrade to the superior or deluxe rooms because the standard rooms are the size of a closet. The hotel is really clean; the food was much better than at other inclusive hotels; the beach and pools were great as was the fun and energetic activities staff. i would definately reccomend this hotel over the blue bay club anyday because there are no kids to bother you while you are trying to relax.
Blue Bay Club Jan 19-26/02
I would definately recommend staying at the Blue Bay Club! Clean hotel, friendly staff and an awesome view. Did I mention the good food?!?! We really enjoyed our stay at the Blue Bay Club. It was nice to be able to go over to the Blue Bay Getaway to experience the "Party" atmosphere, then come back to the Club where the view is spectacular! Even though it is a family hotel, the children don't seem to be any problem or distraction to your holiday experience. Every night there is a different show put on by the activity staff, very well done for not being professionals. I would recommend getting an ocean view room though, we had an economy room facing the otherside of the hotel. It was a nice room, but the ocean view rooms were
bigger and had an awesome view with a balcony. Two thumbs up from us!!
Blue Bay Club 25-12-00 to 9-1-01
This is a class place well worth the price one of the best hoildays i've had in a long time. friendly and helpful staff great activitys on site. i advise doing the scuba diving
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We went down to see the town of Ouerto Vallarta. It is about 20 miles south of our location . There is a seawall that is called a malecon. The sea wall was built to stop flooding from the sea. When there wasn't a seawall, the water rose up 10 blocks during a hurricane. That ...
... overlooking the ocean on a cliff. It is only accessible by boat.
On the way home we snorkeled among huge schools of yellowtails, angel fish and god knows what else.
We headed back and were amazed to see a whale flippig and flapping around. We followed him for quite awhile.
Our captain gutted one of our catches and we took it home to bbq. We will see how chef Scott does with that tonight.
Who knew there was so much drama in retirement? How did I nearly end up in the centre of a seniors love triangle on my very first night?
Anyway, I got home and enjoyed a glass of wine and the view, the sound of the waves crashing while my favorite music played in the background, sans any internet connection, by the way. No need to get crazy on the first night when you're around for a month, right? There is still lots of time for that. :)
... did not keep Kona and I out of the water however, as we are slower
learners. No major damage done, Kona is in his recovery position, and
I'm enjoying a cerveza. Cathie is cleaning Hazel, dosen't seem fair
I know.... I have tried to get Kona up to help Cathie but he will not
Hucapala from Chacala
That's also one of the words in my new language.
... standing around with M-16s. I’ve noticed this level of security everywhere I’ve been in Mexico so far.
The Malecon was starting to fill up so I walked a block up to where the streets were almost deserted. By now I’d finished my Go Cup so stopped for another one at an empty little bar called Bebotera and started heading back the way I’d come. I cut back onto the southern end of the Malecon and followed the road that runs beside the bridge crossing ...