Our family recently completed our first trip to Acapulco and the Grand Mayan and we were very pleased with the accommodations and thrilled with the weather... 88-90 degrees each day with no rain. My wife and I took our son (16) and daughter (18) and two girlfriends (both 18). There weren't a lot of teenagers at the resort while we were there (March 23-30) but the kids enjoyed the pools, lazy river and beach.
Grand Mayan is right on the beach, while Mayan Palace is on the golf course. Golf-cart shuttles run back and forth and you can use both properties. Our kids liked the pools at Mayan Palace and felt it had a better lazy river.
Miguel Zequeida, known as Miguel #4 is one of the taxi drivers for Grand Mayan. He has a veru nice suburban and is a life-long resident and knows everything about Acapulco. He gave us his cel number and we called him for everything we wanted, including taking us shopping, to dinner, to the grocery, etc... I needed some pain pills for my back and he took me to the pharmacy and even went and got me more when I needed it. He took us for a city tour, which included seeing famous people's houses... Stallone, Swartzenegger and Gates... to the cliff diving and to the market. When the girls wanted a late night out in town, he took them out and waited until they came out and brought them home. If you are headed to Grand Mayan, you can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The drivers from Grand Mayan are a necessity if you really want to see Acapulco. They can set you up at local restaurants, give you tours, take you shopping, etc... We felt this was also the safest way to go. These guys know the area inside and out, just tell them what you want to see.
Grand Mayan has you go through the standard timeshare sale, but we didn't feel any real pressure to buy. It helped that we already owned a timeshare (Grand Luxxe in Nuevo Vallarta) from the same company.
When we didn't upgrade the timeshare, Joel asked us if we wanted to do a day-long boat trip while we were there. We ended up doing it for $120 per person and it was a lot of fun. The views from the water are amazing and the excursion included sight-seeing, snorkling, swimming, jet skiis and cliff divers...
The cliff divers are a must see... we saw them from above as part of the city tour, then from the water in the boat excursion. They not only dive off from like 150 feet up, they also climb the cliff to get there. They have to wait until the tide comes in to jump as the water is only 10 feet deep before the tide. It cost 60 pesos to watch from a covered area up top and they asked for donations from the people in the boat. The girl who came to our boat happened to be the first girl to dive from the top.
There wasn't a lot of shopping like in other Mexico vacations we have had. There were a few flea markets but the cab driver said less and less people are setting up in Acapulco.
The restaurants at the hotel are good, but we elected to have our driver take us to places with scenic views or local flavor. The view of the bay from Senor Frogs was really special... especially at sunset.
There is a lot of building going on and the resort promises to be much better with the addition of Grand Luxxe buildings in the next couple years. I would definitely recommend the resort and don't forget Miguel... he made the vacation!