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“Nice...but not for everyone” 4 of 5 stars
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Grand Isla Navidad Resort
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   Circuito de los Marinos S/N | Fracc. Isla Navidad, Isla Navidad 28838, Mexico (Formerly Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad)   |  
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Milwaukee, WI
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15 reviews
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“Nice...but not for everyone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I've vacationed in Mexico a number of times, but never to this area. This is the first small, non-touristy part of Mexico I've visited. The area itself is beautiful -- reminded me alot of Hawaii. The hotel is pretty nice, but is in need of a few updates. Location is amazing...as the hotel is built within a mountain. If you're looking for a nice place to stay that's out of the way AND you are really looking for quiet time & R&R, then this is a place for you. However, if you are looking for fun, noise, & young(er) people - this is NOT your place. I am 40...and 95% of the tourists at the resort were 20 to 30 + years older than me. Restaurants at the hotel were decent, but you do get tired of the menu pretty quickly, but with Barre just a quick 2 min taxi ride across the lagoon, you do have other options. Pools were beautiful as were the grounds. I would probably go back, but not for another 20 years or so. Best excursion we had was a 5 hour boat ride which included a snorkeling trip & lunch on the beach. Well worth it and the guide was great. A lot of great fish to see.

Room Tip: We were on the 2nd floor - I would recommend going floor 3 or higher for better views, but we needed...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Grand B, General Manager at Grand Isla Navidad Resort, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Thank you very much for your comments, it is always a pleasure to hear that our guests have had a wonderful vacation at our property.
We are looking forward to receive you again at Wyndham Grand Bay Isla Navidad Resort, to personally meet you.

Sincerely,
Jorge Garibay
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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calgary
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18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We just loved this resort, 6 of us went down on jan 4. It was very quiet for a a few days then some more visitors came they were mostly gray hairs , I in bed by 10 pm so mostly had the place to ourselves. The food was good in all the restaurants and there was no problem getting reservations at the nice places. Rooms were clean and quiet. Service was excellent. I would not recommend doing the Colima tour as it is 12 hours of boredom. All the good places like the museums were closed , the volcano is a joke and so is the magic hill..lol.. If you want to go fishing ,snorkeling, sunset cruise and whale watching do not book with the tour people. Best to go down to the marina area where they have the sea doos, and ask for Jose ,they call him Window, phone # is 044 315 100 3432. They have 2 boats we booked the 28 ft for 2 days. It was awesome, we caught saifish mahi mahi and tuna. Saw whales alligators and snorkeling was great to. If you want to to Barra you have to pay for a water taxi 20 pesos return ,still a good deal. Great little town to do some shop lifting. If you want a good tequila get a ground taxi to Malaquie.
another plus is there are no time share people or people bugging you on the beach.
and for the golfers it looks like a good challenge 27 holes.

book it and enjoy..

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

It was the first time we went to Mexico. The landscape and the location of the hotel is breath taking. Every where is spotless. It is a prefect place to relax and unwind. They have 3 different swimming pools and a hot tub, of course there is a pool bar, there is a fourth swimming pool with a hot tub on top of the hotel for those who want some quiet time. The golf course is magnificent.

Staff were very friendly. We are frequent travellers. This is the first hotel, except from cruise ships, we experienced room being made in the morning and in the evening, blinds were closed, bed were prepared with chocolate placed on our pillows. Management does not lose sight on small detail; every guest receives fresh fruit and a personalized welcome letter upon arrival. Service from restaurants staff was outstanding. There were different theme of live music at the bar and two restaurants in the evening. They have a club for kids and provide free baby sitting for hotel guests.

We were leery about Mexico with all the negative news, but staying in Grand Bay has changed
our perception. We plan to go back with our children and grand children next year.

Room Tip: Though every room has a very good view, the higher up you are the better.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grand B, General Manager at Grand Isla Navidad Resort, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
I would like to thank you for sharing with Trip Advisor's community your comments about your recent stay at the Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad Resort.
I’m glad that you have enjoyed your stay with us, but specially the warmth of our people, which is our most recognized hallmark, we hope to see you in the near future.

Sincerely,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

This is a nice resort with all the usual amenities. The rooms have great views of the marina, lagoon and ocean. They are a bit dated with old tube like TV and 1980s color patterns. The room A/C and wifi are quite spotty. The staff and upgrade Restuarant were fabulous. The best meal is down in the "market" Restuarant where you buy your meal by the kilo. The 27 hole golf course is challenging but most of the caddies are of great help especially on the greens. You much take a trip via water taxi (cost $2 US) round trip to the little village. Food over there is very reasonable and generally good quality.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Grand B, General Manager at Grand Isla Navidad Resort, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your comments in regards to your last visit to the Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad Resort.
We are very pleased to hear that you have had a fabulous vacation at our beautiful resort.
We appreciate your valuable comments regarding the areas that we need to improve, be sure that your feedback will help us offer a better experience to our guests.
Isla Navidad Resort, our Team and Myself Personally look forward to receiving you in the near Future

Sincerely
Jorge Garibay
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Madsen, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

This was our first trip to somewhere tropical March 6 - 13, 2012 and also our honeymoon. We were nervous about travelling to a foreign country, we were unsure of what to expect. We searched and searched and finally decided to book the Grand Bay and we were not disappointed!! This place is MAGICAL! When you dream of paradise, this is it! The staff at this resort are EXCEPTIONAL! Friendly, happy, always right there to help whenever you need them. Everyone, from the cleaning people to the bar tenders to the concierge, all of them were so helpful and pleasant, going out of their way to make our vacation perfect!
The hotel and grounds are breath taking! We took a couple tours, went whale watching, fishing, snorkeling and had lunch and dinner on the beach. Juan was fabulous, helping us book tours and arranging for us to have a true Mexican dinner at a small place on the beach.
A few small little villages are only a short water taxi ride away and are true to everyday life in Mexico. The residents in these towns are just awe inspiring, working hard everyday in scorching heat, always willing to stop and say hello or answer questions. At no time did we feel pressured to buy anything.
Grand Bay is a place to go to relax. It is not a party place which was perfect for us. We lead a busy life and we wanted to go somewhere to unwind and revive, this was the place. They have a wonderful spa and a beautiful golf course.
I could go on and on and on about how this place was our dream come true!!
We are booking right now for another vacation in two weeks. Although there are many places that look nice at a great price, my heart is calling me to go back to Manzanillo. I have already stated to my husband that I wish to retire there. We will be returning Jan 29, 2013 and staying at the Grand Bay, there is no other choice for us!

Room Tip: We had a room over looking the pool and it was beautiful. We moved rooms half way through up to a hi...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grand B, General Manager at Grand Isla Navidad Resort, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
I would like to thank you for taking the time to share with Trip Advisor's members your comments regarding your stay at the Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad Resort.
We are very happy to hear that you had a wonderful and memorable Honeymoon in such beautiful property.
It is with pleasure that we will be sharing your kind comments with our staff and let them know, that their efforts are noticed & appreciated by our distinguished guests.
I look forward to welcome and meet you in person again in your proximate visit.
As our appreciation for choosing our beautiful property for your Honeymoon, we will have an Anniversary surprise for you up on arrival.

Sincerely,
Jorge Garibay
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Crestline, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

The sprawling grounds, warm ACCOMODATING staff, professionalism. and understanding and a true mexican spirt of welcome and readiness to accomodate my needs above their own. Truly selfless. The Hotel itself is a castle of old mexico and the restaurants, and ALL staff is friendly and eager.

Room Tip: GO BIG get a 'named suite'
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grand B, Manager at Grand Isla Navidad Resort, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
I would like to thank you for taking the time to share with Trip Advisor's community your comments in regards to your recent stay at the Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad Resort.
We are very pleased to hear that you had a wonderful and memorable vacation.
Isla Navidad Resort, our Team and Myself Personally look forward to receiving you in the near future.
Sincerely,
Jorge Garibay
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Calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Early December of 2012 four of friends had a great golf experience staying at this hotel. We got a very good all inclusive deal with airtransat from Calgary. INCLUDING UNLIMITED GOLF AT THE RESORT GOLF COURSE.

AIRPORT TRANSPORT - We landed at Manzillio airport and the bus took us to the resort. vwry comfy 30 mins bus ride.

CHECK IN - WE WERE CHECKED IN RIGHT AWAY. handed welcome drink. golf bags were stored safely in the storage room at the entrance.

ROOM - excellent room with a view of the harbour. we did not even ask for a good room they just gave it to us. beds were comfy, old tv but who cares. the fridge was not stocked up as i would have thought. but we use to take away extra beer cans from the bar for later so our fridge was stockd up alays by us.

FOOD - was very good. not much choice in the evening. pasta every night. but if you go to the antonio restaurant there was enough food choce. i liked the 250 varieties of trquilas. tased only 3 varieties. could have done better.

GOLF - this was the best part. shuttle to golf course. we use to play 27 to 36 holes evry day. take a break to drink coconut water after 9 holes. very refreshing. golf course was in good condition. the lagoon course was the hardest. ocean course is the best. Mountain is also good. as we had unlimited golf deal we use to get a note from the hotel each morning and we played all day. use to come in to the resort for lunch and back to the golf course. very hot but cold water and coconuts gave the energy. CADDY IS MANDATORY. WE HAD A CADDY NAMED PANCHITTO. PANCITTO IS 6 HANDICAP AND HE GAVE US LOT OF ADVISE. GETTING OUT FROM ROUGH IS A TRICK AS THEY ARE VERY THICK. CAUSE OF HUMIDITY TAKE 1 CLUB EXTRA THEN FROM THE DRY CLIMATE OF CALGARY. CADDY CHARGED 400 PESOS FOR 18 HOLES (FOR ALL FOUR OF US) BUT IT IS THE BEST SERVICE. GAME IMPROVES A LOT. I SAVED 6 TO 8 SHOTS EACH ROUND BECAUSE OF PANCHITTO.@@@ ALAYS ASK FOR CADDY PANCHITTI@@@

Room Tip: Rooms on the harbour are quieter nd have a nice sunrise view
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Circuito de los Marinos S/N | Fracc. Isla Navidad, Isla Navidad 28838, Mexico (Formerly Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad)
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Colima > Isla Navidad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Isla Navidad
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Grand Isla Navidad Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 199
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