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Trip Report Grand Luxxe March 23-30

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Portland, Oregon
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Trip Report Grand Luxxe March 23-30

Went back to Grand Luxxe for the 2nd year because spring breaks lined up and had brother and sister in law staying at Grand Mayan and wanted all to spend time together.

Rented a Spa 3bed from an owner. Wanted a place that would allow eight people so all eight could have bracelets while four were actually staying at Grand Mayan. Worked perfectly...we all checked in at Luxxe and were provided bracelets and then Grand Mayan folks walked over there and activated their bracelets to work as room keys for Grand Mayan. No problems.

Day 1: Travel

Easy flight from PDX to SNA, then Alaska was missing a pilot so all had to sit around for 4 hours at the airport while waiting for crew to show up. They gave us food vouchers and $100 discount codes, so at least they felt bad and did something about it. So instead of landing at 1:35, we landed at 5PM. The one good thing was we were one of the only flights landing at that time. I could tell because we quickly got a gate and we SAILED through immigration and customs. We did all forms online and made it curbside in under 20 minutes. Crazy, considering the stories. Easy ride from PVR to Disney....errr... Vidanta land...lol. Construction continues with more and more buildings going up in theme park area. Had an easy check in process where we so clearly weren't interested in timeshare that they didn't even bother us and sent us on to our room. Last year we had a 2bedroom loft, this year a 3bed spa tower. Liked the extra bedroom, but preferred the loft room last year. Had a great dinner at Tacos Break and then went to bed exhausted from a day of travel.

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Portland, Oregon
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1. Re: Trip Report Grand Luxxe March 23-30

Day 2: Wife and I walked up the beach to Eddies and had a great breakfast. We rented two beach cabanas at the Luxxe beach. Last year they were 1500 pesos with a 1000 peso credit towards food. This year 2500 pesos with 1000 credit towards food. We enjoyed the service and food and had a great time. The cabanas hold 4 people and are really great to have a base camp without worrying about getting pool chairs, etc. We ate ceviche, tacos and sushi and had a lovely day with perfect weather. Dinner was at Azur, the French restaurant on site. Nice meal, overpriced, but whatever, we knew that going in. Had tough time sleeping as our room in tower 4 was somehow angled exactly the right way to pick up maximum sound from the entertainment at Santurario until 12:30AM....white noise and books on tape helped a little.

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Day 3: Luxxe Pool at Tower one

Wife and I had eggs toast and papaya on our deck. The whole papaya was 35 pesos at the market on site and was the best we've had....truly. We managed to secure a lovely space for all eight of us even at 11am....with day beds and loungers by a great pool. There are still towel games that go on here, but they enforce the rules a little more than they do at Grand Mayan where by 8AM all the pool chairs are littered with books, hats, water guns, flip flops, shirts, etc, with no one actually in sight. We have a great lunch from Limon and Sal, the particular restaurant that services that pool. Great ceviche and octopus tacos. My wife and sister in law had a nice massage and then we all headed back to Tacos break. We then went to "Jazz Night" at the Santuario and watched a few numbers...then went back to the room and couldn't sleep (see above lol).

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Days 4-5 Beach Cabanas again

Can't lie, these days blended together a bit as we were pretty relaxed at the cabanas. One breakfast at Eddie's and one on the balcony. We spent the days relaxing, using various pools, lazy river and just enjoying the sun. Dinner on one night was in our room with all eight of us playing cards. Room service took 2 hours....ridiculous. The second night was at Havana Moon. We love the Cuban music and dancing and had a nice time. Unfortunately three people had the cubano sandwich and all three didn't feel well the next day or so.....who knows the cause...but a bummer.

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Day 6: Punta Pools

If you look at the Punta Pool from Google Maps, this is the money shot for Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, and I must say it is a lovely spot. We had great lounge chairs and umbrellas and some lovely company in two iguanas. It was perfect weather and a perfect view of the pool water, palm trees and ocean. I will say the staff are pretty attentive and quick to recognize issues. There was a man who drank way too much and got sick and his girlfriend took him away, then collected her things. The staff quickly cleaned up and actually took away the lounge chair and replaced it and cleaned the whole area. The crazy thing is the man managed to stumble back an hour later, couldn't really function and proceeded to get sick again. When I told the waiter, his eyes nearly bugged out of his head and he said: "He's BACK?????...aye yay yay...." After a few hours a the pool, several of us took a cab to El Baracuda in PV and enjoyed a nice meal before strolling down the Malecon to watch the sunset. Great day...except no falling asleep because it was some theme night or another (funny part is no matter what the night, it all seemed to be the same music, until the last night.....more on that later).

Portland, Oregon
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5. Re: Trip Report Grand Luxxe March 23-30

Day 7: Grand Bliss Pool

Lovely breakfast on the patio with more papaya. Wife and I talked about how we would do this if we spent more time down here...how we just loved a simple breakfast on the patio.

Had great loungers and food at Grand Bliss pool. We all thought this might be our favorite....just the view from the pool over the edge to the beach and beyond. Simply gorgeous. Also reminded us how massive Vidanta is and that although we don't mind logging the miles of walking, we much prefer a place we can just go downstairs and be at the beach/pool, etc.

Since my son missed the PV trip the day before since he didn't feel well, I repeated it for him, and we headed to El Baracuda and the Malecon just the two of us in the afternoon and made it back to Vidanta in time for sunset with the rest of the family. The last night we were there was "rock" night at the Santuario....and I finally drifted off to "Highway to Hell" at around 12:30.... ahh...the sweet music of Mexico (not).

Portland, Oregon
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Day 8: Travel day... Yuck.

Vidanta makes you check out at 10AM, so even though our flight wasn't until 3PM, the day feels like a waste. Checking out is a whole process as well. I carefully reviewed the bill the night before and had them take off charges we didn't make (including water from the room, an order of six margaritas from a restaurant we didn't go to, the foundation donation...etc.). Relatively easy flight from PVR to San Diego, and half the plane as going on to Portland, so even though we were late, they basically held the next plane for us. We have Global Entry, and were through customs in minutes. When you land in San Diego, after clearing customs, you then have to walk a LONG way outside to get to your connecting terminal. Not much fun after a long day, but we made it.

Overall thoughts: Lucky to have some really nice time and location for our two families. The people of Mexico and the staff at Vidanta are all great. People work so hard and just are very welcoming. That said, not sure we will go back to Vidanta....not knocking it, just prefer other places. Feel free to ask any questions!

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7. Re: Trip Report Grand Luxxe March 23-30

Nice report. Thanks for sharing. Sounds like you had a nice relaxing time.

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8. Re: Trip Report Grand Luxxe March 23-30

Great review! Thanks for sharing ;-)

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9. Re: Trip Report Grand Luxxe March 23-30

We also go to GL next week and will stay in tower 4. Did you walk to Eddy restaurant? How much time it takes? We also planning to have 1 dinner @Azur, how expensive this place?

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10. Re: Trip Report Grand Luxxe March 23-30

RNM6, it took us 15-20 minutes to walk to Eddies from the Grand Mayan beach....so add another 10-15 to get there from tower 4 (depending on your walking speed). You walk up beach to Sea Garden, go through hotel to street and turn left.

Azure was nice...not cheap. If you do meal plan, it's best to use on expensive restaurants like this...but we probably spent close to $200 for family of four...without a lot of drinks or extras.

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