The Grand Bliss hotel (one of five within the resort) is a beautiful place to stay. The grounds are lush with plant life and well manicured, and the staff was always warm and very welcoming (even those who were not well versed in English were still kind and helpful).
-- Room --
The room we stayed in was a Grand Suite (two bedrooms connected with a living room), and it was well furnished (very IKEA-ish) and quite comfortable. The bed was also nice; I prefer a firm bed, but even with that, I didn’t think the bed was too hard. The bathrooms are also huge, with a separate area for the toilet, a large shower with a rain shower head, and a Jacuzzi tub (just be aware that you’ll be charged if you use the supplied bath gels). The balcony was very nice and had a wonderful view, even though we did not have an ocean view. We didn’t spend much time on the balcony during the day due to the heat and humidity, but at night, it was a nice place to relax and look out over the expansive resort (and it’s peppering of constructions sites).
-- Grounds --
As I said before, the grounds are gorgeous. The plant life, the cleanliness of the grounds, and the water views made the resort a very picturesque place … very photogenic. The beach was also nice, it didn’t have a lot of rocks in the sand and the water was warm. The water, however, wasn’t very blue since the sand was soft and mixed with the water making it murky. Now on the downside, some may find this resort too large. There are walkways scattered throughout the resort, so you could effectively walk from building to building, but trust me when I say it is a hike via foot. The resort does provide trams that go from area to area, and there are enough that you don’t wait for them for too long, but this is something to be aware of if anyone in your party has issues walking. And one more issue regarding the grounds, is that nothing is in a straight line. Example: My friends and I were trying to get to the beach for the first time. We followed the signs and the walkways, and could see the beach in the distance, but if you follow the walkways, you’ll end up meandering through all this foliage and waterways before you reach the beach (this would have been fine if it weren’t 80+ degrees with 100% humidity). In other words, a walkway from the back of the hotel directly to the beach would have been appreciated.
-- Resort Amenities --
The resort has an onsite grocery store, winery, frozen yogurt shop, bakery, chocolatier, deli, butcher, pharmacy, and a small boutique for those who may have forgot their bathing suit, or need a bag/hat; there’s also a bank associated ATM (Santander) located within the grocery store. The prices were pretty steep, but that’s what you expect for the convenience of having those facilities onsite. But if you’re trying to cut your costs down, you can always take a cab to Walmart.
The resort also has a pretty nice gym (though I didn’t use it … I mean I was on vacation), it looked nice with plenty of machines (cardio and weight), and I think there were some free weights there too.
The pools are large; the one associated with the Grand Bliss was very quiet, with not a lot of people using it. The water was nice, though pretty warm for a pool; I don’t know if they put chlorine in the water, but if they do, it didn’t feel like a lot … which can be both good and bad. We didn’t get a chance to use the lazy river by the Grand Mayan, but it looked like a nice, long, smooth ride. Oh, and speaking of the Grand Mayan, you’ve got to check out its entryway … pretty cool.
-- Food --
The food on the resort was good. Pretty much everything we ate was delicious. The restaurants were a little high in price, but again it’s to be expected on a resort. Also, be sure to check if the restaurant you want to go to is open before you make the trek out to it … most of the restaurants at the Grand Luxxe were closed when we tried to go.
-- THE BURGER CUSTOM MADE
The first restaurant we went to, and we were quite pleased. The prices were high for what you get, but the quality of the food was exceptional. The view by the water is spectacular … just don’t go when it’s very hot.
-- CAFE DEL LAGO
We went here for brunch; and an extensive brunch and delicious brunch it was. ** Tip: If you’re looking for bacon, you can get some from the grill. **
-- HAVANA MOON
Loved Havana Moon. It’s right on the beach, and serves “upscaled” Caribbean cuisine.
Another restaurant that provides a good breakfast brunch; it’s situated right by the pool of the Grand Mayan. Just be careful of the birds, they are relentless. ** Tip: If you’re looking for pancakes, you can get them from the grill next to the omelet station. Also, if you get there early (I think before 8 or 9 AM), you can get a discount on your meal. **
A good Italian restaurant. Nice food and flavors.
We weren’t too pleased with the food here. The food was okay, just didn’t have a lot of flavor.
Paella … enough said.
Went here for dessert. They service gelato and pastries … funny it’s located right next to the gym.
Delicious Mexican fare. We were pleased with the authentic Mexican flavors, and the service
-- Final Thoughts --
You can’t go wrong choosing this hotel/resort; it’s clean, welcoming, and beautiful; and though it’s a timeshare resort, we were never bothered by anyone (I think it also helped that I reserved all our excursions before we arrived, thus we didn’t need the hotel’s assistance for those activities). Everything you could possibly need is located right on the resort, but you’re not too far away from other stores and restaurants if you so choose. And with a quick cab ride and you’ll be in downtown Puerto Vallarta in no time (nice nightlife there).