Firslty, timeshare offerings in Mexico should be avoided at all costs, and MP is near the top of the list. That said, the Grand Mayan provides a quality beach resort experience. The property is maintained very well, the staff is pleasant and efficient, and the rooms are comfortable. Be insistent with the MP timeshare people, and if need be, just ignore them. Really, just look away and continue to talk to your companiions like the MP folks don't exist. They can't bother you if you don't acknowledge their existence. It works.
The issues with the dirt-moving, regardless of the necessity, are a legitimate complaint. MP and RCI warn of this situation, but only after vacations are confirmed and air is paid. Still, a year or two from now, the MP experience will be much bigger (but, we think not "better"). Even though we are MP owners and even with our guests attending a sales presentation just to leverage a better room, we were unable to get an ocean view suite after two days of patiently waiting for the staff to come through as promised. The mountain / city views, however, aren't bad -- we had glorious sunrises from that side a few years ago.
One thing to say about the developer, Grupo Mayan, it is always improving its properties. Many MP resorts are being re-done, and that entails the "construction zone" issues that some have to endure. The resort should provide compensation such as discounts on food / beverages or free tours to those assigned to the dirt-moving views in the southern-most wing. The "River City" that will eventually emerge on the site will be welcome to many, but to us, will just be another theme-park experience with little to do with the traditional culture that we come to experience.
The lazy river is a treat, even for our group of "mature" adults. All the food and beverages are expensive, but that is why we always get a 2-bdrm unit with partial kitchen. Shop at the Mega Store or Walmart (both are good) and stock up for the week (the prices and selection at the resort's Sun Markets are terrible). We brought a Mexican cookbook this last visit and made most (and our best) meals in the unit. We bring a rolling insulated cooler (works as a carry-on or personnal bag) and lexan hiking bottles for our beverages, and the resort has never hassled us. The units have blenders. The walks to pool and beach are long, so a wheeled cooler is helpful. Our group saved $650 in food and drink at the Grand Mayan during that week.
The beds at Grand Mayan are firm, but not the concrete-slab versions of traditional Mexican beds. The baths are very nice and the partial kitchen was well-equipped with all the critical items to cook on a small cooktop and microwave.
The cheapest mode to downtown is by bus, and the walk to the stop is 4-5 blocks. There is a decent restaurant across the street from the bus stop. The ride into El Centro requires a change of buses and takes at least 30 minutes, so plan well for long stays. Get good directions from the Concierge or front desk about the return bus . . . and if you stay downtown too late, be prepared to spend $10-15 on a taxi as the bus service starts getting very irregular.
- Also Known As:
- Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta Hotel Nuevo Vallarta
- Wyndham Nuevo Vallarta
- Grand Mayan Resort Nuevo Vallarta
- Grand Mayan Puerto Vallarta