Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta
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With temperatures a balmy -3 in Chicago, decided to escape to Puerto Vallarta for a long weekend with my Mom and Aunt. When I left Chicago it was -5 and when I landed a few hours later it was 82. We are staying at the Grand Luxxe in Nuevo Vallarta. It has grown into a really nice resort with grat restaurants, tons of entertainment and best of all a …
... s shrill whistle across the parking lot. When he got back within hearing range of Patti she informed him he hadn’t forgotten to pack it after all. He had just forgotten he had packed it…
The second way we went wrong was thinking the Puerto Vallarta airport was like the airports back home. Unlike home, there is one and only one ramp for all the passengers from all the airlines to come through after they have ...
2011 November Notes:
Our 72 hour passage from La Paz to Banderas Bay was thankfully uneventful. Light NW winds and swells from the west kept us moving along nicely. We sailed without the motor for about 17 hours; then kept a steady 5.0 kts motor-sailing which got us into Banderas Bay at the light of day on November 2nd.
Not knowing exactly when we were ...
... have been very busy with the nationals enjoying there vacations, and the gringos getting out of town for the holidays. I truly expect this to fall off after this weekend, but who knows. Also at times there are up to 4 tour boats in the harbour, which is a lot as one usually has to anchor off in the bay.
So that is where our month has gone. Getting acquainted to the new digs, and re acquainted to PV ate up the first 2 weeks, and then our ...
... each, and I had 2 huraches. It was a great little place, with about 5 tables and they made the tortillas and put the meals together on the street, and served us inside. I volunteered to pick up the tab for the 5 of us; it was $200p with tip for the 5 of us. Last of the big time spenders. I joked with John that this makes us even for the night out at Fajita Republic. LOL
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta
For the first part of my stay we were in the Grand Luxxe. The Mayan Palace resort has a series of buildings, restaurants and entertainment all connected by boardwalks lined with Palm trees.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta
Start here if you've never stayed at a Time Share before....
Wow! Had some trepidations about this resort because of some of the bad reviews. I can't imigine why anyone would not have a super time there. We were expecting to stay at the Mayan Palace and when we got there found we had been upgraded to the Grand Mayan. We had a wonderful room with a ocean view, a splash pool on our balcony and the best service in the world. We would go back tomorrow if we could
Time Share? Yes, we were asked to do it but they took a no from us and that was the end of it. It was not an issue.
The food was great, the pools magnificent, the service excellent. We did find the restaurants pricy but saved a bit buy getting some breakfast and lunch foods at the Walmart so not to have to eat those meals out.
Don't think twice. Go and enjoy
Best Resort Ever!!!
This is the most beautiful resort I've even been to in my life. The resort is like its own waterpark. They have a wave pool, water slide, lazy river, tubes which you can rent (for $3) and lots of activities daily. Plus the resort has it's own beautiful private beach with volleyball and soccer. The staff is wonderful and very friendly. Definetely without a doubt the best resort in Nuevo Vallarta. I've been to many resorts in Nuevo Vallarta, and this one was the best.
My 14 year old son and I went to Nuevo Vallarta in May of 2005 with my parents. Our whole experience in Mexico was one we will never forget. My son is still talking about it to everyone. We had the hotel service pick us up at the airport. We got off the plane, and there in the distance was a big sign with our name on it. How awesome is that! We were a little nervous not knowing what to do with customs and all, but that sign with our name on it helped a lot. The gentleman outside put all our luggage into his Yukon XL, gave us all a bottled water, and off we went to the resort. He was very pleasant, and explained alot to us, (how to make calls to the US, what things were that we were passing), very helpful. Then we arrived at the resort. It was breath-taking. The staff met us at our car, helped us out, took our luggage, and pointed us in the right direction for check-in. Just walking through the doors of the Grand Mayan will blow you away. In a dark, cool, atmosphere is these tall, huge mummy like figures all the way to the ceiling. The music in the lobby set the tone. We were speechless for a few minutes, and were only in the vestibul. Everyone was so helpful at checkin too. Telling us all about the resort, what we had access to, and things we could do. They put bracelets on each one of us, and sent us up to our room. At each exit and entrance is a guard. Very friendly, and always there to push the button on the elevator for you. Our room was so cool. We looked over the Golf Course with beautiful scenery behind it. We had a private little wading pool on the patio, a jacuzzi tub, and our room slept 6 people comfortably. It was a real modern decorated room with plants and a cute little kitchen with a frig, microwave and all the dishes and utensils you would need. We just couldn't believe we were in Mexico in this 5-star resort. Everything was awesome. After we put our stuff in our room, we decided to go exploring. Then, there is was. A 2-1/2 acre pool, surrounded by a lazy river, in the middle of the resort with restaurants and everything you needed right there. My son Alex just froze. There were staff members all over taking orders for drinks or food, swim-up bars, and activities going on all around you. There was definetly no reason to ever leave until it was time to catch your plane home. And that's exactly what we did. Alex made so many friends with the staff, and the clients in the hotel. He lived in the lazy river, participated in al the activities throughout the day, (dance lessons, aerobics, volleyball in the pool & beach, etc). He was known to the staff as Mr. Muscles. We did go down the Mexican Fiesta on the beach one night, and that was quite an experience. They really do an excellent job decorating, and providing you with entertainment, food, drinks and shopping. I have never experienced a resort of this nature, and the four of us didn't want to go home. In fact, we are already planning our next vacation there in 2006. You have to go there once, and then you'll be sold. Don't miss out on this opportunity, It's worth every minute and penny.
My husband, I and our baby, who was 10 months when we traveled, stayed at the Grand Mayan for a week in May. We were a bit nervous about traveling with the baby, but it turned out to be a wonderful, comfortable and fun experience.
My wife and I just returned from our honeymoon stay at the Grand Mayan Palace in Nuevo Vallarta. I read several poor reviews of the Mayan Palace, but please note that our stay was at the Grand Mayan Palace, which is next door the the Mayan Palace. I didn't go into the Mayan Palace, so I cannot comment on the accuracy of the other reviews, or of that facility. What I can say is that the Grand Mayan truly was "Grand"! Our room was a large suite, with a view overlooking the nearby Mountains. At first we were a bit dissapointed that we didn't get an ocean view, but came to appreciate the mountain view just as much. Our room had a nice sized kitchen with everything you could have wanted to prepare some of your own meals (although we didn't). The fridge was small, but what would you expect in a hotel room? The interior decorating was beautiful, and I was very pleased with the sound proofing from room to room. The bedroom had a couple of couches for relaxing and a deep bath tub that was large enough for two people. Both the bedroom and the living room opened onto our balcony, which had two lounge chairs, a small table, and a personal swimming pool just for us! This pool isn't large enough to swim laps or anything, but it was a nice feature that we relaxed in quite often. We ate the room service on several occasions, and were quite happy with both the quality of the food and the service that came with it. It takes about a half hour to get your food, but in most cases it was well worth the wait. We also ate at the SAMBA restaurant that is located in the pool area. The food was excellent along with the service, and it makes for a relaxing dinner in the evening. The pool itself was also a high point. They boast that it is the longest in Latin America. That's mainly because they have a "lazy river", but we enjoyed quite a bit. Along with that there are several free form pools that are interweaved throughout the river and most of them have varied depths, a couple of swim-up bars, volleyball, basketball, and even some chaise lounges built right into the pool. In addition there are two wave pools...one with small waves for young children and one with larger waves for adults and older children. This entire pool area opens onto the beach, which is technically not owned by the Grand Mayan, but is still pretty nice. The drink and food servers at the hotel are able to come out onto the beach and serve you there, so you're really not missing anything by spending your time on the sand. I noticed that at least one of the other reviews mentioned how far away from downtown this resort is. While that is true, we both found the taxi drivers to be very polite and friendly....more than I can say about many of the drivers in the Chicago area! The most we paid for a cab anywhere was about $16 American dollars each way....not something we wanted to do everyday, but was worth it when we did. If you do go to the Puerta Vallarta area, I would strongly recommend that you eat at Los Palomar de los Gonzales. This was an extrordenary restaurant with an exceptional view overlooking the entire marina area. Make sure to call ahead for a reservation, and be sure to enjoy their free after dinner drink....almond flavored tequila!
Wow!! Loved this hotel!!!
This hotel was absolutely awesome!! We wish we could have stayed another week, and look forward to going back!! We stayed in a 1 bedroom - very spacious, nice size kitchen, lots of space, bathroom was huge, bedroom had a huge bathtub, sitting area, balcony with little wading/dipping pool. The grounds were paradise - loved the lazy river and all the pools, water slide, steps from the beach! Fantastic service, great restaurants, and are able to use the Mayan Palace and the Sea Garden amenities as well.
We can't wait to go back!!
We (my father in law and mother in law, husband and myself) went to mexico april 29 thru may 6th. The flight was good but beware of the time share people at the airport. Do not stop and talk to them. Even if you see a sign that has your resort on it. Just go outside and get your own taxi.
Just returned from a ten day stay at the Grand Nuevo Vallarta. I read the reviews from this site and book my stay there. I will never use reviews to choose a hotel again, for I was very dissapointed. It was diffently not a five star. I would been happier in a Motel 6. When You enter the hotel you are tagged with a plastic rist band for your entire stay. Which marks you as tourist and cannot be removed. It also made us stand out and be approached in town who selling time shares. The staff as a whole were pleasant waiters, excursion planner, consieire. I was extremely annoyed by the hotel managment and some of the staff for placing a table right by the elevator staffed with people selling vacation timeshares for this hotel. They tried to approach you daily to attend one of there meetings. They even follow us you to another hotel for fear you were attending a presentation at that hotel, but we were only picking up a rental car. The bed hard as a rock . The food was bland and we ending up eating most of our meal out. There was bird dropping throught the resturant. I found a beetle in my bathtowel an a dead fly on my sink. Many nights the hotel was noisy tell about 3 or 4 in the morning.T here were bus loads of famlies that came from the city and filled up the hotel on the weekends. At the beach the chair were never dusted off from the following day. If you choosing a hotel for cleanliness and relaxation This is not the one to choose.