The Grand Mayan is stunning. The entrance is unparalleled with huge Mayan statues and walls of back lit onyx.
This is a beautiful group of hotels in the center of Banderas Bay. If you're a keen explorer you will need to know the bus system or be prepared to use taxis as it is somewhat out of the way. The resort is continually expanding so yes, there is construction going on but in the most professional and non-inconveniencing way. Here are a few ideas we feel would add a positive to your trip.
Call or email the hotel before your arrival. They provide a free airport shuttle pick up.
Make the choice to decline all time share presentations even if they promise you the Moon. As with every choice resort the presentation is a grind. We didn't go and we will never go to one but this is what we heard from other guests.
In Nuevo Vallarta there is a new Walmart (60 pesos to and 70 pesos back by taxi). The bus is 6 pesos per person in the Nuevo area or 13 pesos per person for trips into PVR. Go there and get things you like to stock your fridge as the onsite SunMarket is ridiculously expensive. On that note, make sure you bring everything or are prepared to go off site to get it. Internet is way over priced (70 pesos/hour or 170 pesos/day). We ate a few times near the Marina (10 minute walk) at a place called Eddies (Lebonese/Mexican food). They offered free WiFi which served our needs The prices are definitely Canadian/American. We would suggest if you're into drinking at the pool/beach do it during happy hour 11-2 as all their drinks are 85 pesos. On the beach the waiters use Segways to deliver your orders. Very cool to watch. All the staff were fantastic. I saw that they all loved their jobs and learned that the company treats them all extremely well so they are for the most part very happy. I would say the worst part of their job would be dealing with ignorant travellers with "higher that you" attitudes which of course we saw plenty of. Our only real complaint was that all plastic goes in the garbage.
We loved our daily trips around the Lazy river. This resort is so vast in a week we were still discovering. There are fantastic areas for children; a huge pool "beach" area with shallow water for little ones, a wave pool area, a slide off a Mayan pyramid, playground pool areas, grown up areas for partying, areas for reading, relaxing, people watching, hiding; there is enough for everyone to be happy. If you want to get married on the beach this is the perfect place.
Our favorite restaurants were Samba (Mediteranean) and Gong (Asian). Samba has the best breakfast buffet. If you go between 7am and 8am there is a price discount (161 pesos/per person early and then 230 pesos/person after). On a final note we would recomment doing the excursion Rhythms of the Night. Also, at the bus stop there is a Remax sales booth. Relax, those guys, Arturo and Benito are fantastic guys (non pushy) and are a wealth of information about the area.
- Also Known As:
- Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta Hotel Nuevo Vallarta
- Wyndham Nuevo Vallarta
- Grand Mayan Resort Nuevo Vallarta
- Grand Mayan Puerto Vallarta