Michael generously sent us an update....to his earlier comment. We asked who was his source of information about the tennis academy. He sent us his comments, which included the name of the source of his information and a great update about the Nuevo property and status of the resorts there. See Michael's Corner? for more comments. Thanks for your update, Michael. Enjoy, everyone...
It was the sales manager Marcos. He's the same person I met last year during my tour. A lot going on here. There are 5 Grand Luxxe's being built simultaneously, and the 6th one (that I'm typing this message from) is also under construction. Specifically the 1st, 8-9th floors are not available for rent, the bar is still being built, and an apparent lack of furniture abounds in the lobby. There is also a Grand Bliss that is also under construction, albeit only a couple of months from completion. I reluctantly went on another tour to get the 10%. The offers they make now are more configured around altering your contract than selling good?ol timeshare weeks (i.e., converting vacation weeks to registered weeks, reservation priorities, elimination of the doubling of maintenance fees every 5 years etc.)
Overall I can honestly say their vision is still compelling, but the lazy river is closed, all boats and trains are gone, most pools are empty, if not under construction, and all walking paths are cut off for construction. However, the Grand Luxxe vision is stronger than ever, with a long list of semi-consistent promises and features; from totally remodeling the interior of the rooms (To be available in the new GL finishing in November), to the Punta GL and Mansions of the World.
I talked to a person who visited the Riviera Mayan recently; same story. I think PV will be amazing when it's completed (or near completion), but for now it's NOT a good time to visit this resort. We'll come back to PV no sooner than 18 months when the grounds are far more presentable and functional. With that said my father will be here in mid-October with another incremental update regarding construction progress and the latest timeshare "deals".
Michael is willing to share more information with anyone who is interested. Let us know and we will send you his email address.
Lots of activity, unfortunate closures now and with substantial promise. That's our take away.