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The Grand Bliss
Ranked #5 of 27 Hotels in Nuevo Vallarta
Certificate of Excellence
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“This resort is top notch!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2011

The Grand Bliss is part of a group of resorts that are all connected. Guests have the use of the amenities on the entire property, which is vast and perfectly appointed. Large varity of restaurants and all are excellent. Everything is very well kept, clean and the service is great. They keep the beaches clean too. You can't go wrong here!

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Teresa L
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sacramento, California
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2011

We just returned from a week at the Grand Bliss. The grounds were beautiful, the staff in general was very helpful. My only complaint: Prior to arrival, we were promised an ocean view because the resort was well below capacity. Upon arrival, we were told that all of the ocean view rooms were full, although you could tell the place was deserted. We were approached multiple times regarding attending a time share tour/sales promotion. Then, we realized why we did not get our ocean view room....these rooms are reserved for those that attend the sales pitch. So, the view of the construction and the constant hammering was not exactly what we had expected, but we still managed to have a nice, relaxing week laying on the beach and by the pool. If I returned, I would get the promise of the ocean view in writing!

Room Tip: Only book if you can guarantee an ocean view room.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank SusaninSac
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Nashville, Tennessee
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31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2011

We bought membership into The Grand Bliss two years ago. This was our first opportunity to stay there. It was everything they had promised and more. Everything was wonderful. The view of the ocean from our room was breathtaking. I would highly recommend this resort to anyone.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lovetotravel55229
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2011

The Grand Bliss proved to be a real treat! The rooms facing the water are a must otherwise you face construction....and more construction.
The grounds are a marvel. Paths through stunning gardens and flora lead to beaches and various restaurants. The other sister hotels are within easy walking distance. You will be thankful for this because the Grand Bliss has neither its own pool or places to eat.
The rooms are spacious, well furnished, the bathrooms excellent with jacuzzi tubs. Kitchens are well furnished. The balcony looking out over the water is spacious and you will probably spend much time out there...try to get an upper floor.
Avoid the Asian Restaurant at all costs....terrible! The Italian Restaurant and Breakfast Buffet are awesome.
The pool at the Grand Mayan next door is much preferable to the pool with the lazy river which is always crowded and very noisy. If you insist on the Lazy River pool you must get there at about 8 am or all the chairs will be covered with towels and saved....even though no people are present yet. Unless you are staying at the Luxx you can not use their pool even though The Bliss has none.
The dinner trip by boat to to a jungle island with dinner and show is not to be missed!
Ask for the waiter Leone at the quiet pool.....he is the best!

Room Tip: Even if yo are an owner you might not get a water view unless you insist at the front desk.....
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Ramapo13
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Chicago, Illinois
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55 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2011

We stayed at the Grand Bliss this past week, as my family purchased a Time Share there. We had an amazing unit - overlooking the ocean, it was beautiful. The grounds are beautifully kept, the rooms are nice, the kitchen was useful, living room awesome, and absolutely loved the infinity pool on our balcony.

The Grand Bliss does not have a pool, or a restaurant, however the Grand Mayan (which is right next door), has the Spa/Gym, Pool/Lazy River/Restaurants and Grand Bliss guests have free access to that.

As for restaurants - Cafe del Lago is great for a breakfast buffet! Gong is OK, expensive, not really that great. Tramonto was AMAZING. Very well worth it! I would highly recommend renting a car or taking a taxi to the Marina and eating there, many different options and much cheaper!

Golf Course - beautiful grounds, and we had a great Caddy! Prices are reasonable as well!

Service was great, we went during the low season, so everyone was so attentive to us, making sure we were taken care of.

One FYI - Be wary of sales people trying to sell you Grand Luxxe residence clubs, they will try to have you sit in a 90 minute presentation and sell you one of their units (which is how my family first got involved), however you do get a free meal out of it. :)

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Jenniye5
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Michigan
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115 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2011

We stayed at the Grand Bliss the second week of August. We are Grand Mayan membesr by way of there ill faded Mayan Blss slaes pitch and were upgraded to the bliss for all our troubles. The Grand bliss and its rooms are beautiful that is the good. The bad they don,t have there own pool,gym or restaurant. You have to go to the Grand mayan or Mayan for those things.
And if you are a couple with no kids good luck finding a spot in the pool away from the kids to swim and that includes the bar area they need an adults area only. The grounds are beautiful but the building of new areas or taking down of old is a downer easpecially if you are in earshot of the noise we weren,t.
If you choose to go to the timeshare presentation they give you 10% off you bill but get them to throw in an excersion make them work to get you to go. The one good thing about the timeshare speal they are pushy as in years past. But they are pushing the new LUX over $ 26,000 upgrade not with our economy woes. They weren,t even interested in upgrading us to the bliss almost like that is the next one being phased out.
It was nice to see there is now a walmart built close to the resort ( 140 pesos ) or a little further a mega that is like a walmart but better deals we are told. There is also an excersion place ( Vallarta adventures ) within walking distance outside the resort ( they have a shuttle that takes you to the entrance.
As for excersion we did the snorkel tour and I wouldn,t do that one again. The guides were great but the water wasn,t clear as it is the rainy season and you have seen everything in 10 minutes. Plus you go back to Peurto Vallart to pick up more people and then come back past the resort to the island they take you too and do the same thing after the trip. They do have a good breakfast at the place before you get on the boat and give you lunch and drinks ( all you want ) on the boat.
The best thing I have done in a long time was the outdoor adventure ( zip lines ) it was free for going to the timeshare speal but I would still say the same thing if I paid for it. We took a speedboat ride to Peurto Vallarta once there we took military vehicles ( very bumpy ) but fun up to the camp site. Once there we met our guides, got our equipment and changed clothes if need. Bring comfortable shoes that you are willing to get wet plus you WILL GET WET. They hold you belongings for you while on the tour. You then put your gear on and take a donkey ride up the mountain ( lots of laughs I mean it ). Then you hike to the first line now I was worried I am in good shape at 50 but I have a hip replacement that causes me problems on occasion. But the trail is easy to get up and I was the first up the trail I guess I was really amped.
The zip lines are grat and what a rush but beware you break yourself and you do it too soon as my wife did and you are stuck they may have to come help you. There is also a repel down a waterfall ( I did it in college ) so no big deal but the guides are there to help you. And yes there is only one way to go and that is down no going back if you get cold feet as my wife did ( the guide helped her down ). Then there is a free drop repel which she did with no issue along with the many zip lines. There are no camera,s allowd once you get to camp on the excersion they have a person that goes and takes pictures about $ 60 if you want the disc we felt it was worth it. Bring extra money to tip or buy shirts etc.
At the resort we golfed which we normally don,t bring our clubs but we had too rounds free. You must take a cart and have a caddy too which I was skeptical but he sopke really good english and knew his stuff as he too was a top golfer. Tip them about 150 to 200 pesos.
As for money the timeshare people tell you that mexican are not supposed to take our american money because of laundering but that is not true they do but sadly it is now worth less.
As for dinning out we left the resort twice and that was mainly because we met two ladies from new york who had a car. One of the ladies was a travel agent who spoke good spanish. She took us to a place called boocho rios ( spelling ) and a place called Karens the food was great and it was on the ocean. But this is a small poor town and some cabbies may not know of it. There are also several restaurants just outside the resort a short cab ride away.
All in all a good vacation but very hot at this time of the year but with both of us having been in school over the last two years or normal November vacation haven,t been possible.

I MUST STRESS THAT ALL OF THESE AREAS OF MEXICO APPEARED VERY SAFE NOT A HINT OF TROUBLE.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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8 Thank Dave A
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Minneapolis
Level Contributor
62 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2011

We stayed at the end of April during Easter week, the busiest week of the year. We had checked in to the Grand Mayan, where the lobby was a zoo populated by children scrambling every which-way. So when they offered us an upgrade to the newer, quieter Grand Bliss in exchange for a 4-hour timeshare presentation, we jumped at the chance. Let’s get the negatives out of the way: This hotel does not have its own pool, and I clocked a seven-minute walk from our room to the pool/beach. The beach is far from pristine and at one point we realized that the crunching beneath our feet was the sound of hundreds of tiny-shelled creatures being squished to death by us. This complex of hotels has been a construction site for at least five years running, and I expect they will continue to overbuild it for years to come. The soundproofing wasn’t bad, but I sometimes heard the incessant beeping of trucks backing up. The kitchen lacked an oven (no big deal, there) and if there had been four of us, the mini-fridges would have been too small. The quantity and size of the pots, pans, and bowls was meager. There are absolutely no daytime activities or nightlife at or around this building, though there’s more going on at the nearby Grand Mayan. Now for the good stuff: Our two-bedroom suite was the nicest I’ve ever stayed at anywhere. Each room had its own large bathroom and each bathroom had its own effective hot tub. There were two loaner bathrobes per room and each room had it’s own TV. The living room/dining room area had a large flat-screen and everything was clean and modern. Our balcony had a dipping pool, though I didn’t spend any time there as it overlooking some of the construction. There are more restaurants in the complex than you could possibly need (though none in this specific building). The nearby Mayan Palace has a decent size convenience and clothing store, as well as a wine bar. The water park at the Grand Mayan is great, though too overcrowded during holiday weeks. Yet, our hotel was almost empty. There was never a line at the front desk, and rarely a customer at the bar. If you need to call home a lot, you can buy a phone card for unlimited U.S. calling for the full week for $21. Oh, and about that walk to the beach. It’s through a patchwork of glorious gardens and man-made lakes. It’s sheer bliss.

Room Tip: Agree to give up four hours of your life for a timeshare presentation
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank DaveDworkin
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Property: The Grand Bliss
Address: Av Pasedo de las Moras, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Nayarit > Riviera Nayarit > Nuevo Vallarta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#5 Spa Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#7 Romantic Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
#11 Family Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta
Number of rooms: 6
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