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“Best Vacation Ever” 5 of 5 stars
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Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
5.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Av Cocoteros 98 Sur | Riviera Nayarit, Mexico C.P. 63735, Nuevo Vallarta 63735, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in Nuevo Vallarta
South San Francisco, California
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“Best Vacation Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Impeccable service, savory food, tastefully appointed, luxurious rooms, incredible spa, ...I could go on. Jose Ramos (pool concierge), David Aguirre (poolside bar), Miguel Lopez (Azul), Gloria and Maria Carmen (masseuses) combined to make this the most enjoyable trip my wife and I have ever taken. There were innumerable others in passing who always addressed me with a warm smile and pleasant greetings.

Grand Velas was recommended by dear friends who had been here 3 times prior. They raved about the quality of the resort. While I was expecting the experience to not live up to the hype, I cannot wait to "rerave" about Grand Velas to them. After our experience at this resort, we will return to Nuevo Vallarta and we have no need to research other establishments. Grand Velas is where we will stay!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DirectorGVRN, Director General at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, responded to this review, July 30, 2014
Thank you for your cheerful and animated observations. I am pleased that you found our staff to be “wonderful” as it is they that can really make the difference to a successful vacation. Alejandro has been with us in our concierge department for some time now and although he has not made anybody rich that I am aware of, he has made a lot of guests very happy. And Israel is one of the master waiters in Azul who has a certain gift in making correct dining suggestions for his guests. Please know that as a team it pleases us greatly that you enjoyed your vacation tremendously and we thank you also for your solid recommendation of Grand Velas to others. Take care and a special salute to everybody in Benton, Arkansas.
IGNACIO MENDOZA
DIRECTOR GENERAL
HOTEL GRAND VELAS RIVIERA NAYARIT
imendozarn@velasresorts.com
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is by far the best all inclusive luxury resort on the Pacific coast. The resort is located on the beautiful sandy beach, which they clean more than once a day. Everything at this resort makes you feel like your visiting your old friends in the luxury surroundings and a friendly atmosphere.
There are 3 things in my opinion that make Grand Velas unique: rooms, food and service. All rooms are suites facing ocean. Lower floors have more garden view and some partial ocean view, higher floors have ocean front and ocean view. All rooms are around 1,000 sq feet, big, comfortable, well designed and well equipped. We stayed in what I believe they call master suite on the 6th floor and had a beautiful view of the ocean from our large balcony. ALL food at 4 restaurants is gourmet. All alcohol is premium bar. The main restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner is a buffet style but not just a traditional buffet - it has a gourmet menu that is creative and a good quality. 24 hours room service is great and the service you get at the beach is very friendly and attentive. This is a family friendly resort they have an outstanding kids programs. Although, I prefer adults only resorts, I would come back here anytime.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on a higher floor. Make sure to try all 3 dinner restaurants.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DirectorGVRN, General Manager at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, responded to this review, September 8, 2014
Thank you very much for your very positive and descriptive review. I am pleased that you took note of the various aspects of quality that we strive for in Grand Velas. Every one of our spacious suites was designed for luxurious comfort using the finest quality in bedding, electronics and amenities such as L´Occitane personal products and Nespresso machines that complement our included servi-bar. I am always pleased when our guests have the time during their vacation to dine at all of our culinary centers as well as suite service dining. The variety that we provide whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner is not only very ample, but of great quality and freshness as you so kindly mentioned. I thank you as well for your kind kudos on our service. The young men and women that take care of our guests throughout the resort are very dedicated to your well-being and comfort and know that they can go the extra mile in doing their part to provide their guests more than they could have imagined from an all-inclusive resort. I hope that you will be able to find or create the opportunity to return to the place that you consider “amazing”, while always knowing that our 530 employees are here to professionally serve you. Thank you again for your marvelous insights and on behalf of all of us here at Grand Velas I send you our finest greetings to you in beautiful Chicago, Illinois. Take care.

IGNACIO MENDOZA
DIRECTOR GENERAL
HOTEL GRAND VELAS RIVIERA NAYARIT
imendozarn@velasresorts.com
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My time spent at this resort extremely exceeded my expectations. My boyfriend and I go on a vacation every summer and this was the first place we both said we want to come back to. The room was beautiful. The service was excellent. And the food did not disappoint. We spent most days in the pool at the aqua bar. Rene Rodriguez and Alejandro Gonzales became our best friends for a week and we WILL be back!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DirectorGVRN, General Manager at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, responded to this review, September 8, 2014
I am very gratified to read that we are now the first resort that you and your boyfriend would revisit after many years of summer vacations. To have “extremely exceeded” your expectations is just the type of expression that every day we aim for with our valued guests. And whether it is due to the beautiful suite that you enjoyed, the excellent service received or the culinary surprises that delighted you or even the culmination of all, we are honored to have created such a favorable and positive experience for you both. I will definitely pass along to Alejandro and Rene your fine compliments and you can be assured that they will enjoy the day that they see the two of you relaxing again in their section of the pool. Thank you for sharing your vacation happiness with everybody on TripAdvisor and we wish you both all the best this autumn in beautiful LA, California. Take care.

IGNACIO MENDOZA
DIRECTOR GENERAL
HOTEL GRAND VELAS RIVIERA NAYARIT
imendozarn@velasresorts.com
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Saint Louis, Missouri
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is without a doubt the best resort I have visited. From the moment we arrived we were treated with exceptional service. Our concierge, Cesar Rios checked with us each day, often more than once, to make sure we were happy. I cannot say enough about our pool concierge, Jose Ramos. Our cups were never empty! Jose treated us like we were his #1 customers, bringing us drinks and food, reserving chairs for us, and telling us about the city and other attractions. He was very friendly and made our trip even more enjoyable. The resort is amazing! Very clean, EXCELLENT food, great staff, and a beautiful pool! During our stay we also visited the spa.....twice! The spa experience was unbelievable. If you stay here, a massage is a must!!! I would highly recommend this resort, and can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DirectorGVRN, Director General at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, responded to this review, September 4, 2014
As a team it is very pleasing for us to know that your two families were treated like VIPs in all aspects of our service. And with the smiles of the four children, our kids club and pool staff was able to keep everybody well entertained while having fun in the sun. I am glad that Omar, Isanti and Francisco were there to make your recreational fun that much more enjoyable. When two families such as yours with varying ages really enjoy the culinary options that we offer, it says a lot to our variety and to our innovation. As you mentioned, if anything that you need prepared and it is within our means, our chefs would be more than happy to prepare the items that you wish. And that includes our 24 room service as well. I am thrilled that your experiences in August have already inspired plans for your next visit and I hope that next time we can eclipse your expectations even more. Thank you for sharing your happiness with everyone and we wish you all a terrific autumn in Sunnyvale, California. Take care.
IGNACIO MENDOZA
DIRECTOR GENERAL
HOTEL GRAND VELAS RIVIERA NAYARIT
imendozarn@velasresorts.com
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

An incredible resort with incredible people! All the employees were more than helpful and knew us the second time they saw us and made us feel so welcome and pampered. The resort has many onsite activities: boogie boards, kayaks, bicycling, parasailing, and water aerobics, just to name a few. We took off site trips that included zip lining, snorkeling, and paddle boarding, all of which were reasonably priced and had employees that were above any expectation! The week were there melted away and created memories we'll never forget!

Room Tip: All rooms face the beach!!
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DirectorGVRN, General Manager at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, responded to this review, September 4, 2014
Thank you for describing Grand Velas as an “incredible resort with incredible people”. We certainly try to add that personalized yet professional touch to our interactions with our valued guests and making you feel pampered and wanting for nothing is a sign of our success. And for the active person such as yourself you now know that we offer diverse water and land activities both on and off the resort if you are so inclined to break away from the pampering of our staff. Thank you again for your kind words and as a team we hope to have you return in order to relive some of the amazing memories that really went above your initial expectations. Take care and enjoy a great autumn season.

IGNACIO MENDOZA
DIRECTOR GENERAL
HOTEL GRAND VELAS RIVIERA NAYARIT
imendozarn@velasresorts.com
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We had a great time at this beautiful resort. The kids liked having planned sports activities throughout the day. The pools were awesome. Boogie boards were available for use on the beach. The food was the best and very fresh. Azul Restaurant had a good variety of food choices. The snack bar had great cerviche. The sunsets were gorgeous. Lots of nice places to take photos, on the beach and garden area. The best part was having a concierge available to us. He was there to coordinate dinners and get us anything we needed. He would ask if the kids needed anything. He takes great photos also and was very patient. His name is Alejandro Topete. Ask for him to be your concierege. He does his job very well and enjoys it. We also want to say thank you to the guys that play with the kids in soccer and volleyball. They also instruct the water aerobics class. It was my first time for that and I really enjoyed it. Obler (I think that's how you spell it), he was a really good instructor and very energetic. All 3 or 4 of those activity guys were full of evergy and very good with the kids all day long. Yes we would definitely go back one day. We were there for one full week and my kids said they already miss the resort.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DirectorGVRN, General Manager at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, responded to this review, September 5, 2014
Thank you so much Tina for sharing the happiness that you felt on your family vacation at Grand Velas. It is a focus of ours to treat the little ones just as if they were direct clients of ours, because we know in many cases that although mom and dad pay the bills, the children really contribute to the selection of where the vacation will be enjoyed. And the proof of that is when you mention “my kids said they already miss the resort”. Thank you Tina for expressing your kind recognition of Alejandro, your personal concierge as well as the activity team that made it a very fun experience for your kids. They and all of our personnel have a commitment to ensure that their guests are taken care of in a personalized and professional manner so that their contributions to your Grand Velas experience culminate into a fulfilling time for all. Tina, thank you again for your kind words and on behalf of the 600 employees of Grand Velas please send your kids a big hug from all of their friends here. Thank you and all the best to you in Texas. Take care.

IGNACIO MENDOZA
DIRECTOR GENERAL
HOTEL GRAND VELAS RIVIERA NAYARIT
imendozarn@velasresorts.com
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Alejandro Topete was an excellent concierge cater to our ever needs, always with a big smile, and every knowledgable of the entire resort. He went far beyond excellent service. We will return and make sure he is our concierge everytime we come.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DirectorGVRN, General Manager at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, responded to this review, September 5, 2014
Mr. Palmer, thank you so much for taking the time and effort in recognizing the kind work of Alejandro Topete. This gentleman is well known amongst our staff and also with the many guests that have had the fortune to come in contact with him, even if it is only to receive one of his warms smiles as you mentioned. And as a hotel we are also fortunate to have him as a concierge as he truly exemplifies an excellent spirit of service and attitude. Mr. Palmer, I hope that can you return soon and we will make sure that Alejandro is the man that is taking care of your every need. Thank you again and greetings from all of us and especially from Alejandro. Take care.

IGNACIO MENDOZA
DIRECTOR GENERAL
HOTEL GRAND VELAS RIVIERA NAYARIT
imendozarn@velasresorts.com
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Address: Av Cocoteros 98 Sur | Riviera Nayarit, Mexico C.P. 63735, Nuevo Vallarta 63735, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Nayarit > Riviera Nayarit > Nuevo Vallarta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#1 Family Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#1 Spa Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#2 Romantic Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#4 Business Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit 5*
Number of rooms: 267
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover the most luxurious all-inclusive resort in the Puerto Vallarta area; a retreat of lavish beauty and comfort that is sure to exceed your expectations. Having revolutionized the all-inclusive concept, Grand Velas is pleased to offer you a "Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare" vacation experience with exceptional gourmet dining, world-class hospitality, and luxurious accommodations in a spectacular setting on Mexico's golden coast. Experience a breathtaking resort and spa near Puerto Vallarta that seduces your senses and rejuvenates your spirit. ... more   less 
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