I want to start out by saying that this was my 3rd time in NV and my 2nd staying at the GM (stayed at the Mayan Palace the first year)
The perks began as soon as we got off the airplane because they added a complimentary shuttle from the airport to the resort as long as you made reservations in advance. A nice savings in time and money.
We got to the resort and since check-in isn't until 5PM we were stuck without a room for a few hours. They offered us free drinks at a few of the bars around the resort and used our time creatively, with our friend mr. margarita. =]
Finally, got to our room and it was better than ever: the main room had two couches, tv and a kitchen and each bedroom included a TV, queen sized bed, couch, and nice tub. The room was clean and well-kept, even the dipping pool was refilled once a day. The maid service came twice a day keeping the room sparkling.
Since we had been there before, we pretty much knew where to eat and last year the food was only average. This year however, the food was superb with great entrees from Green Break, Samba, the pool side place (starts with a "B" and I can't remmeber the name) but the best was Tumtah, which is right on the beach and perfect during the sunset. I recommend the beef tenderloin if you eat there.
Spent most of the days in the pool; sitting in the lazy river might be the most relaxing thing a to do. Forget your images of band-aids and floating diapers that you have from waterparks back in the States, this lazy river is immaculate. The pool is great and if you want to venture over to the HUGE Mayan Palace pool, no one is stopping you.
The beach was also cleaner than ever and the vendors will not bother you if you have your eyes shut or if you're sleeping. The water isn't great for surfing or anything of that nature, but coming from the Jersey shore it is a different feeling being in the Pacific.
The service everywhere is superb; bell hops are happy to take your baggage where it needs to go, taxis are there with set fares within seconds of needing them, the people at the front desk are great, and the waiters/waitresses are all very friendly.
As for night life, I have done the fiesta the past two years, but honestly it is not the most amazing thing I've ever been to. I've found that the Luna night (mondays) appeals more to the "get up and have fun" type of crowds. The Cobalto disco club is off and on, some nights, especially after the Luna and Fiesta, it will be packed fulling of dancing drunkards, but other nights you may walk in to find yourself the only person present. The "bouncer" at the front door, Aaron, is a great guy and very fun to talk to. Give him a shout out and he'll tell you some things about the hot club nights.
The resort has it all; dancing, great food, great service, aerobics, an incredible gym, easy to get out of, not far from town, massages, stores, a decent computer lounge, whine, cigars, jazz, sports bar, arcade, the list goes on.
I've been an owner all 3 times we've stayed at the Mayan resorts and they have never failed in impressing us. We want to venture out and explore other resorts, but the GM in Nuevo is simply one of the greatest resorts in Mexico.
Bring some extra cash, enjoy the pool bar, catch some rays, let everyone wait on you. It's your life, your vacation, live it to its fullest. And remember, "What happens in Mexico, stays in Mexico!" =]
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