We just returned from a one week stay at the Grand Mayan with my wife, daughter (12) and two sons (10,7). We all had a great time and our kids loved the facilities and all the options available to them.
We found it difficult to get chairs by the main activity pool, but there were usually chairs available by the wave pool, and always chairs available on the beach. There are signs asking people not to reserve chairs, but we found that most people ignored this and that ~50% of the chairs just sat empty for most of the day with someone's towel on it. Despite this, we found that the wave pools, water slides and lazy river were never very crowded. The lazy river did get a little crowded in the afternoon when they turned on the 'rapids'. My wife and I were also a little surprised that there were no lifeguards around except for the people handing out the tubes at the lazy river and one person at the top of the water slide.
Our kids enjoyed getting a virgin drink each day during one of the two happy hours. Happy hour was from 12-1 and 4-5 each day, with many drinks available for half price. We also enjoyed getting an ice cream in the afternoon. For ice cream, we found 3 choice: a Häagen-Dazs booth near the craft area (most expensive, ~$4 ea), an ice cream cart that was pushed around the pool areas (~$3 ea) or a short walk to the Sun Market in front of the hotel allowed us to get the largest selection of ice cream for the cheapest price ($1.50 - $2 ea)
Taking taxis from the hotel with 5 people was a little challenging. Most of the normal taxis could accomodate 4 passengers. Some allowed us to place our youngest child on a lap, but others did not. Sometimes we were forced to get a large van which was double the price.
We found the rooms to be very spacious and clean. The kids loved the turn down service each night, as the maid placed a Hershey kiss on each pillow. Also, for the amount of people at the hotel, we were very impressed with how quickly the elevators came. We asked to be away from any construction at check in, and were never bothered by any noise.
All in all, this is a great resort for families.
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- Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta Hotel Nuevo Vallarta
- Wyndham Nuevo Vallarta
- Grand Mayan Resort Nuevo Vallarta
- Grand Mayan Puerto Vallarta