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PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO:
(March 22-29, 2008)
Playa Del Sol Grande Resort (Room 3104)- Beautiful resort with a complete "tropical" feel set back on the ocean in Banderas Bay. Upon arrival, we were greeted with complimentary drinks ( …
Camping in the Walmart parking lot was an interesting experience. It was quite loud until around midnight as some locals use this area to tailgate and drink. A bit of a fight broke out in the parking lot and we watched from the peeled back curtains of the van. There was lots of yelling and pushing, but no real punches thrown. Let's be honest, it …
... got off, ordered his lunch, went next door and bought a Coke, picked up his lunch and we were off. We have included a pic of the restaurant, there is barely a sign on it at all, we would never eat in a place like that. But, the driver didn't get sick, and he drove on the narrow, winding mountain roads with one hand while he ate his lunch. We got out alive, there was only one near miss when a car was passing a bus and was in our lane when we came around a curve. The driver hit the breaks ...
... bonita. More sashimi! The crossing was nice with a bit of wind, a little sailing and a lot of sun. Yelapa is an interesting spot. The land surrounding Yelapa bay was given to the natives hundreds of years ago and is still owned communally by them. There is no road into the village. All supplies and visitors come in either by boat or burro. The bay is extremely deep so anchoring is not an option. As we approached the bay, Edgar, one ...
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calendar again to double check.
Once again it’s far better to "show" than to write about December in Mexico featuring ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa Vallarta Nuevo Vallarta
Playa del Sol Grand is a beautiful resort but it still has some startup problems to resolve, and I think they jumped the gun with the 5-star rating.
Just got back from 2 wonderful weeks. PDSG is a wonderful private little place. The food is great, the staff is wonderful, the accomodations lovely, and the pool and beach perfect. If you are looking for the hustle and bustle of an AI don't go to PSDG. If you want relaxation, no vendors, and a beautiful place, go to PDSG. Yes there is construction going on in phase 2 but it never bothered us. Yes there is time share pressure but this is PV and that is EVERYWHERE! The food places in Bucerias are wonderful and we had great meals all the time. If you are looking for a place to party you will need to go in to PV to find it. This is a place for families looking to call home and find quality time. The activity directors Hugie and Octavio we will miss dearly. They are wonderful. The kids club is opening soon so there will be more for little ones to do, but mine were very happy with the beach and pool. Not a place for a bunch or busy young adults looking for wet tshirt contests and such. Stay in town if that is for you.
We were promised $250 to listen to a 90 minute sales presentation.
After linstening quietly for 135 minutes of hard sell we went to the receptionist to pick up our money. We were told we did not qualify and would be give only taxi fare back to the marina. When I protested we were told if we didn't leave the property the management would call the police.
Great Beach, Nothing to eat
Playa del Sol Grand just opened and the rooms were very nice. Beach was by far the best in Vallarta!!! The timeshare was a little obnoxious, but overall a great stay.
Since they just opened, not any good restaurants, but for a nice treat, skip over to Bucerias and try some 'Za...Za Pizzeria was the best pizza we ever ate. Live music and the place was immaculate.
Had a wonderful family vacation
We stayed at the Playa del Sol Grand for two weeks in mid March. We had a wonderful family vacation. Our two sons, (Niko-7 and Aidan-5) fell in love with the activities directors, Hugo and Octavio. They kept our spirited and active children busy while we enjoyed the beautiful pool and excelent food. The thing we like the best was that the staff were so friendly and it was clean and new. (Mexico can get a little funky) The beach was great for walking. We found the beaches in downtown Vallarta and Sayulita to be filthy, but the water and beach at the Grand was clean. We also liked that it was centrally located for day trips around the area. Thanks for a great vacation, Alex and Melissa Cserhat
What a great place to kick back!
Away form the big crowds. Super beach for walking...a long way. Very attractive pool area with spectactular views...and quiet. The apartments are new, clean, crisp, well designed, quiet comfortable, and again...great views. Take a few books and use the poolside bar/grill.
I stayed at Playa del Sol Grand in mid-January and had a wonderful time there. The accomodations were very nice - spacious, clean and well decorated. I had a room overlooking the bay with windows on 3 sides of my bedroom and a private balcony - the views were grand and the sunsets spectacular. The pool is great too - it appears to fade into the ocean.
The resort is very pretty and has a great beach. very close to Bucerais (if you walk the beach to get there) where we have several favorite resturants. The staff for most part were friendly. My complaints however were not addressed as they should have been. First, I booked and paid for a 1 bedroom condo unit with separate bedroom, living room with hideabed, full kitchen, dining room and large balcony for 4 adults. What they had ready for us was a lock out unit with 2 queen size beds - basically a hotel room (10 by 12-14 feet) with a 3 foot counter area that included a 2 burner stove, sink, small refrigerator and cupboards none of us could reach without a chair. No way you could cook in this space, let alone make a sandwich!! Even with my paperwork that showed reservation and payment and many complaints we did not get the appropriate accomodations - they repeatedly said that all 1 bedroom units were occupied and it was the internet companies fault. (However it was their web site that I booked on) We were finally placed in 2 different lock out units on the same floor. And then on check out, they tried to charge us for the rooms again - only this time each room was $69.00 instead of the $99.00 (special promotional opening rate). Also any 90 minute presentation they talk about you attending, turns into 5-6 hours and they don't seem to understand "NO thankyou" - or atl east it takes you saying this to 6 different people and then they are rude when you ask for your gifts. NOT a place I will stay again.
Just returned after 10 days at Playa Del Sol Grand, with mixed feelings. First the pro's The people were very nice and very helpful The pool was nice not big, but not that many people were in the pool.
Rather than provide you with a long-winded narrative, I'm bulleting this review so you'll see what happens when you book a resort that isn't as finished as it claims to be:*Playa del Sol Grand is not located in Nuevo Vallarta, but in Bucerias. Quite a bit farther. Their marketing folks continued to say Nuevo, but the stationary address in our condo said Bucerias. *Not all promised amenities were available. For a fully furnished condo the kitchen supplies were very skimpy. I felt like I was camping and ended up buying more "things" to get by. *Taxi rides were a minimum 120 pesos each way to PV. The ATM bus service was a milk run that took over an hour from Wal-Mart to PdSG at 15 pesos per person. *Next door a monster resort is being built and we were wakened to the sound of electric tile cutters every morning and bulldozing work throughout the day. *The building acted like a gigantic echo chamber. We could hear every person, no matter which floor, slam their door. *The two hot tubs were actually one. The one hot tub was not hot. *The swim up bar was great if you didn't freeze to death from the cold pool water. *No laundry facilities on site. The closest was Paradise Village mall, a 100 peso round-trip ride. *No e-mail services at all--unless you walked behind the desk and coughed up $5.00. *No privacy from the shared hall. There is a roll shade over the kitchen window but anyone can easily see in. We hung towels over the window each night. *Expensive to eat there, no happy hour, no deals. *The facility is so far out you don't even get beach vendors (some might consider that a bonus). *The staff was curteous, gracious, and a pleasure to deal with--especially considering the newness of the resort. Bottom line: This place was a long way from being finished. I should have known based on the pictures that were posted on their web site--drawings more than photos.It will be a long time before we return to the resort. The potential for growth in Nuevo Vallarta/Bucerias is good. The beaches are beautiful and the views are fantastic. But try farther south like Paradise Village or Mayan Palace. Better still, if you enjoy the sites, sounds, and action, stay in PV. Next time that's exactly what we'll do!