This post first appeared in the Puerto Vallarta forum. As a first time poster to this site, I was unsure as to where to place this warning. Someone, kindly suggested that I also post this here as this happened at the Grand Marival resort. There is a follow up posting to this called: "Mexican assault and rape"
Here is the original post. Please read and take heed.
My wife and I just returned from our trip to the Grand Marival resort. Our trip was cut short due to a physical and sexual assault upon my wife on the beach. The hotel will not tell you that it is unsafe to walk on the beach by yourself at night. The main problem is that you feel safe and secure being in paradise. YOU ARE NOT!
The beach area is NOT private. It is NOT owned by the hotel. Anyone can access the beach and therefore the hotel grounds. You must be careful and NEVER be alone on or near the beach at night. Go with friends, a spouse, or companion.
As far as the hotel is concerned, they don't want any bad publicity as was evident when I reported the attack to the hotel concierge and security force (which is worthless). They wouldn't write a report, call the police, or do anything to let other guests know that there was a rapist on site. Fortunately, there was a Spanish speaking member of our party that acted as interpretor and along with another member of our party, forced the hotel to get the police involved.
The hotel doctor was equally worthless but he's probably more accustomed to dealing with sunburn and sea sickness than rapes. You must keep in mind that you are not in the USA anymore.
Now on to the hotel itself. The staff is wonderful. Rooms are spacious and well appointed. My suggestion is to get a 2nd floor room in case you want to keep your door open to hear the pounding surf. We had a 1st floor room which was nice but we were unable to keep the door open especially after the attack.
The Italian restaurant was awesome.
The Mediterranean was very good.
The Steak House was less than wonderful. That is, if you like steak. The sirloin was about 1/2 inch thick and tough. As a matter of fact, all of the beef we had with the exception of the wedding meal, was tough.
We never made it to the Mexican restaurant as we had to get out of there after the assault.
The buffet was very good. Breakfasts were also very good.
The hotel was very clean and accomodating for most things.
All in all, a place that we would still highly recommend but always be aware of your drinks and who has access to them. Never be alone on the beach at night.