First of all, we have owned a timeshare with the Mayan group for 8 years, so we are well prepared for our visits. This is our second visit to the property in Cabo, the first was five years ago shortly after they opened in 2007. The resort itself is beautiful, well-maintained and the staff are very friendly. I agree with most of the others who have visited, that the pools are very cold and difficult to swim in. Even some of the hot tubs were only lukewarm.
Although we are Grand Mayan owners, we had a challenge reserving a room this year. Very simply, this resort is small compared to the other properties, so the number of rooms is a fraction of what they have at Nuevo Vallarta or the Riviera Maya. The Mayan group continues to try and upgrade members to levels that they do not have properties for. (Anyone familiar knows that the highest level of membership is now the Grand Luxxe. They only have "real" Grand Luxxe rooms in Nuevo and Riviera.) So, the Grand Luxxe members can book rooms at the other resorts (Cabo, Acapulco, etc) 6 months before other members. This makes it very difficult for Grand Mayan members to get a room since Cabo has become a very popular destination. They are supposedly building a new property for Grand Luxxe members further east of San Jose del Cabo (so I have heard!)
We own a one-bedroom unit, but were only able to book a studio due to availability. We really wanted to visit Cabo this year, so we were ok with this. When we checked in, they gave us a room on the second floor. Very limited ocean view, noisy, long walk to the beach. This room was also a handicap-accessible room, not a big deal other than the entire configuration of the bathroom was different, more closed in. Not what the room is "supposed" to look like. The bathrooms is the rooms typically have a separate shower and toilet room with a full soaking tub in the middle. This bathroom had the tub/shower together and the toilet was not closed off like usual. Again, not a huge deal, just frustrating. We asked for a room on a higher floor and were told that "nothing was available." For the record, we never saw huge numbers of people, the pools were never crowded and the restaurants were empty, so I'm not sure where all of the people were.
Overall, the resort is great. The proximity to San Jose makes it very easy to walk into town to eat at better restaurants and experience somewhat "real" Mexico. There was a festival the week we were there, so we saw a parade, a rodeo and they did an Ironman Triathlon. The Art Walk on Thursday nights in town is nice. A lot of the art galleries and stores stay open late and offer free tequila tastings. They also usually have special pricing for artwork and souvenirs. We ate at some great restaurants, including Mi Cocina and Mi Casa. I also had the best churros from a street vendor in the town square! We also ventured into the new marina area, Puerto Los Cabos. We had a delicious Sunday brunch at the new hotel, El Ganzo. The marina has a walking/biking path that goes around the perimeter. There are sculptures and paintings of very interesting Mexican folkart. It's definitely worth the trip.
We went into Cabo San Lucas for a day trip. We ate and had drinks at a few places on Medano Beach. Tabascos was great for good food and cheap beer. There is great people watching at the Me Hotel on Nikki Beach.
All in all, a fantastic vacation. The Grand Mayan is a timeshare resort with all of the problems inherent in timeshares. We did not go to a presentation this year, which they call an "update" for owners. Although they were a little pushier in asking than in previous years. We just kept saying, no thank you, and they finally stopped calling. We do love Cabo, but will probably go back to Nuevo Vallarta or Riviera Maya next year to avoid some of the room hassles.
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