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Historical Traveler Reviews 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.
Gran Bay Critique
Recently returned from Grand Bay. Absolutely beautiful! Very low
occupancy when we were there.A visually pleasing resort. Manicured
grounds. Excellent wait staff. Administration needs a little help. They
can trim a hedge into the shape of a bird but could not fix our shower!
Haughty little english speaking gentleman will register your concern
promptly and forget about it just as quickly. Despite the arrogance of
the management, a good experience.
Golf will cost you about 200$ american for 18 holes. Green fees are 180$-a discount from the resort when attached to the 17% tax brings it back to 180$. Cart is included but there is the mandatory caddie for 20$ plus a 10$ tip. He rides the cart with you. Had 2 different caddies. Great guys who could not read greens worth a hoot. But, what the heck, I'm on vacation. Course staff a little agressive, hard to believe I needed to slow down my Mexican hosts!
Von Hagge course-designed after a waffle-stunning views-Lagoon course
Will go back--Will check out everything in the room first.
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.
One of the best in all of Mexico...
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.
Loved the Grand Bay!
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 did a fishing/snorkling excursion with Felix from the activity center and had a great time. My husband even caught a 50 pound Mahi Mahi! I highly recommend it. There were only two "negatives" of our stay - 1. There were three large cockroaches in our bathroom which appeared to come up through the drains - slightly scary to encounter in the middle of the night! 2. We had returned to our room as the housekeeping staff was doing their nightly turn-down service. We waited for them to finish and when we entered the room, there was a lingering odor which suggested that our bathroom might have been utilized. We just laughed and decided it must have been an emergency. All in all - great stay - would highly recommend!
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.
TripAdvisor Reviews Isla Navidad Manzanillo
Travel Blogs from Manzanillo
... different from the ones (caiman?) we saw in our lagunna (it is true that we did not see these ones close enough to observe carefully). Perhaps we saw both kinds.
The sunsets over the ocean and sunrises over the lagoon are beautiful. Those times were our favorite.
On March 13, we were informed that a 4 day rain storm was expected in the area. This may make the roads impassable for larger rigs, especially since a ...
... Passed a school and later saw a class of little kids all in White having a very exciting excursion walk to see the ship. Probably had to go back and draw it putting words of description all over. We retired to the ship early PM for cold shower, rinse clothes and lite lunch. Tonight we are trying our hand at Beetle songs guessing. We had a miserable score last night with only 9/50 for our knowledge of 80's music. What were we doing then. One we did get ...
... the beach here, just finished a delicious mango on a stick, hey you have to support the beach vendors. Ray is coming out of the water, I’ll get an updated snorkeling report from him. Kona is almost out of energy after swimming and running a few kilometers chasing his ball. Ray says visibility is still low, but I may have to go out and verify. The surf has been flat and we have no boogie boarding injurys to report,… well none that needed ...
... you that “Semana Santa” is a religious holiday and is meant to celebrate the Christian holiday of Easter. Since, Mexico is about 90 percent Catholic, many communities celebrates the holiday in different ways, such as reenactments of the Passion of Christ, large church processions, or last supper and crucifixion portrayals. Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to head to town to see any of these. So we didn't get to see the "true" intent of ...
... that. Cool. I reeled in a fish today, this one was tuna, not mahi mahi. I was pretty small though, so we let it go.
I am probably as tan now as I've ever been. And I still have weeks at sea to go. Who knows, maybe I actually will get tan.
Looks like we are going to pull into Manzanillo for fuel today, we are almost there. We were going to weather Hilary there, but it sounds like she is turning out to sea and we won't have to worry about her. So ...