Wyndham Grand Bay Hotel Isla Navidad
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... to do a good thing. Check out the flyer tho--as much as they try, English is dang difficult for them, but then I'd hate to have to write a flyer in Spanish, either.
So the four of us get duded up and walk over to the restaurant at 6:30. Starts at 6:30, right? Flyer says 6:30 and like dummies we show up on. the. dot.
Oh dear. Have we learned NOTHING yet? Of COURSE we're the only ones there--they hardly have the tables set. I believe ...
Manzanillo is a town on Costa Alegre in Mexico. Costa Alegre translates to happy coast. It was a good getaway to come here although there is literally nothing to do in town. There is a giant port and a marlin statue with some shops and that is it. There aren’t even local restaurants or cathedrals here. I guess on the bright side, I think this port brings a lot of money to the locals ...
... looks like it has been carved from a coconut plantation --there is so much shade it's wonderful! If they had wifi we'd probably stay here forever. There's a lagoon on one end with crocodiles who come out on the beach in the early mornings, I'm told. I was sensible enough to have been sleeping at the time.
I did get up early enough for the sunrise our last day though.
... days before heading out again to the coast.
We will get back on the road the next morning and drive about 300 miles to Yax-HA
in Calderitas, Quintana Roo, Mexico near the Mexico and Belize border. We have read very nice reviews about this park, but, it has no beach and if we go to the Caribbean coast, we want to have a beach. So we ...
... shortly approaching, we found the road back to Melaque.
Returning home was pleasant and accompanied by starvation, since our only meal was BBQ from Pollo Asado, the best road-side BBQ chicken in Melaque. for $75MP total, we each got 1/4 chicken, rice, coleslaw, and tortilla. Great place to dine for a Jew! :)
We planned to see the sunset from Barra de Navidad that evening while having dinner on the beach front. Dave was ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Wyndham Grand Bay Hotel Isla Navidad Manzanillo
First time and making an annual trip
We picked this place blindly and we were very impressed when we got here. The service was second to none with a one on one service. We felt like we were the only ones at the hotel in March of 2003. We like it so much, we plan on returning every year in the spring.
Our stay in early January 2004 at the Grand Bay was a trip of a lifetime. Impeccable grounds and service. Georgeous views of the Marina, bay and nearby Barra de Navidad. We never envisioned ourselves spending a week in such a magnificent hotel. It is all the Travel Channel says(#1 of Top Ten Mexican beach resorts) and more. I would discount completely any negative review I read.
Recently returned from Grand Bay. Absolutely beautiful! Very low
Beautiful place, fine for kids too
This is truly a grand hotel. The lobby, restaurants, and rooms are beautifully decorated with wonderful views. The only drawback is that the hotel location is not directly on a beach, but more of a lagoon and marina. This was great for kids, as the "beach" is very calm and sheltered. For those travelling with small children, there is a nice kids club (although not too many kids) and a special 3ft deep kids pool with a slide in a shady section at the end of the main pool. We also used their babysitting service, and the women (from the housekeeping staff) were very nice.
This may be the best large hotel in all of Mexico. My fiancee and I stayed at the Wyndham Grand Bay in mid-December and had the best time. We booked a room for $119 through Wyndham webrates, which is a fantastic deal compared with the $200+ quoted from some secondary sites. The only con about the hotel is location. Flying to Manzanillo often is prohibitively expensive, so we made the nearly four-hour drive from Puerto Vallarta. Needless to say, our nerves and tempers were a little short when we arrived at Isla Navidad. But that changed the moment we walked through the door...staff greeted us with cold drinks and towels. We were upgraded to a ridiculously large suite with two marble bathrooms and a fabulous view of the marina. Service was quick, attentive and very friendly. And the sprawling resort is a joy to explore. The 10th floor pool/spa/bar area is secluded and spectacular. The views of the bay are incredible. We loved every minute.This is a luxury hotel without the luxury attitude. If it was slightly more accessible, it would be twice as expensive. But that's what makes this hotel a real find. The small town of Barra de Navidad is fun and just a two-minute water taxi ride. You can even swim across to it. The prices in the town are great, and it's a nice alternative to the luxury of the Grand Bay. Definitely check it out.You cannot go wrong with this hotel. The rooms are big, the service is good, the location is out of the way and beautiful, and the activities are unparalleled. This is quite simply a stunning hotel.
Get the Web rates
Beautiful location, very private and secluded. Not the place for kids. Excellent rooms, astonishing grounds, wonderful beaches with no people.Go to Wyndham website to get the web special for $120/nt.We found it a little hard to find good food so ask around for places that grill, instead of frying in oil. It helps to speak some Spanish as many locals speak little English.Also, you have to ask the concierge to get access to the ATM machine, which is behind the counter. But don't forget cash because most local stores and restaurants don't take credit cards.
Nothing else comes close
My wife and I spent Thanksgiving at the Grand Bay. It is possibly the best hotel I have come across in years of travel. The attention to detail is superb.The hotel is spectacularThere are no Timeshare pitches or annoying beach venders, just total relaxation. One of the prettiest golf courses I've played(it is much less expensive if you stay at the hotel and get a voucher from the front desk)I paid $98 an absolute bargain. As for the cockroaches, I never saw one but just a hint, keep your a/c on all the time as they hate cold. Bring bug spray for the no see-ums.
Our stay at this resort was fantastic. I echo everything that the previous posters have mentioned about the staff and facilities. The day that we checked in, the hotel was practically empty. The next few days were slightly busier as there was a realtor convention at the resort, but there was still no crush of people at the pool or the restaurants.
we stayed at the grand bay in february...it is a fabulous place, very private, but just a short boat ride to the little town, barra de navidad. they have a wonderful golf course, private marina, tennis courts..lots of swimming pools. it really is incredible. everyone is very friendly, the service is excellent, the grounds are immaculate & the resort is just like a palace. one of the loveliest & most elegant places we have ever stayed, & we do a lot of travelling. one of the nicest things about it is that it appears to be a well kept secret...not full of tourists, no lines for anything. very very romantic!
We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in June. A beautiful place. Great service, good food, private beach, we regretted having to leave! The staff spoke english and were very accomodating. The resort is very private and was quiet since it is their low season. Apparently they do not have many Canadians staying their mostly Americans. It is a bit pricey, but well worth it. We would definetly go back and highly recommend it.