Member Reviews....Subscribing Member TestimonialsWhat a great way to communicate with each other and Grupo Vidanta.
Members offering what they like and what they would like to see help parent organizations make decisions that are relevant and meaningful. Such exchanges often lead to improved experiences, interactions and surroundings.
We individuals can best be heard when others having the same ideas voice their opinions too. A community voice adds a bit of weight to the community's ideas.
Capture fleeting thoughts. The time to strike is when the proverbial light bulb clicks on. The trick is getting the suggestion into the system while it is fresh in our minds. Wait too long, and click, the bulb is dark and we move on.
So, now that we have started this not so new idea, let's see if anything comes of it. The idea is to let individuals be heard.....if they want to be heard. Comments are not necessarily limited to Nuevo Vallarta. Please note: Participation is limited to Subscribing Members. You can Subscribe Here if you have not already done so.
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Rick, we would be interested in learning the results of your meeting please.|
New Procedure after Checking In. We met with an On Site Services Guest who asked about booking for an update. We clearly stated we wanted to discuss with a company a representative how we can devise an amicable exit strategy from ownership. The person said this would be arranged. He quoted, " The New Management wants to have more positive meetings with long time owners. With the new developments of the park, they need to have access to our rooms". He noted a new change is coming where members with the most monies invested will be given the priority privileges. (I thought that was already in place!!!). I would appreciate to have some replies from other members if you are interested in hearing the results from our meeting. This site appears to be very quiet with comments. I do not want to submit unworthy information to the members. Cheers Rick A.|
The day after New Years day the rain was over, the day was warm as was the ocean. We were looking for a place for dinner. There are ten of us staying at the Luxxe in Nuevo Vallarta, and seating us at restaurants on the property can be challenging.|
As is our tradition, we also walk off the property to Marina Vallarta to see the changes taking place there and visit Ochos Tostadas for dinner. In the past, we could plan on space being available for 10 to 14 us at a time.
So off the property and down the beach we went to view the changes and eat at one of our favorite restaurants.
We were surprised to see new finished construction of condo buildings there. We spoke with an owner who was enjoying the late afternoon on his deck (first floor). He said he loves his new condo. So does his young son, who was there with him too.
We arrived Ochos Tostadas at 6ish PM and the place was packed, and the line waiting to be seated was long.
On our way, we passed a new restaurant called Mazul. The waiter said he could seat us as we walked by. Since Ochos Tostadas was not able to seat us, we returned, were seated, and had a wonderful dinner.
At about 8:00 PM, we finished dinner and headed back to the property.....on the beach again. It was a beautiful way to return to the property. The sound of the ocean, the lights from all the buildings and the white foam from the waves created a memorable end to an evening adventure.
If you want to leave the property for a dinner or lunch, walking the beach is the only way to go!
Update: 3-14-20 - The Little Gate at the 17th Tee Box is open from 7:00 AM to 10:30 PM. This is a great option too….
As of 12/20/2019. The Costa Arena restaurant is temporarily closed and our favorite pool, the adults-only round pool with the island (and iguanas) next to the Grand Bliss pool is closed. Our closest access to the beach from Grand Luxxe is closed. The sign says they are doing some maintenance. The employee at the rental cabanas says they are making some type of beach club which will be “even better” than what’s there. There is no sign that the pool is being demolished, or any trees around it. From what I could see it didn’t look like a huge project, not so far at least. No idea when access to beach, pool and restaurant will be given again.|
Anne Cvancara, Aimfare member
Hi Bob: Hola from the Riviera Maya. News: the Jungala water park is open and not crowded. We had a great time there yesterday. Pricing has been reduced to about MEX$699 for adults and MEX$599 for kids and seniors.|
Warning: Pickpocket in Walmart|
Glad the AimFair site is back up. About a week and a half ago I had my wallet pickpocketed at Wal-Mart in Nuevo. Fisrt time had this occured in Mexico and first time in 50 years ever. A woman approached me and said I had some bird poop on the back of my tee shirt. I was in the produce dept and with the high ceilings I thought it possible? Went to the restrooms to clean up. The handicap stall was open and as I step into it a gentlemen also noticed the poop and offered to help. I thought this was a little strange but took hs assistance. Once I felt him touch my tee shirt I immediately grabbed my hip pocket where my wallet was.It felt safe. He then stepped out of the stall and I cleaned up my shirt and shorts. Went back to finish my shopping and when I went to pay for my groceries noticed all the credit cards and debit card missing. Pesos were still there. Never felt a thing. Fortunately, the gentlemen behind me made up the overage in my bill.I paid and got out of Wal-Mart. Returned to resort, logged into my accounts and canceled all credit cards stolen. About 2 1/2 hours since the cards were taken, there was one new bogus credit and several debit card transactions in error all pending.
Wanted to get this posted to give everyone a headsup. Even Wal-Mart isn't safe anymore. Back to my old methods of carrying as little cash as possible and a credit card is in my front pocket if at all.
Riviera Maya Experience on TirpAdvisor:|
Just returned from my 5th trip to Grande Luxxe since 2012 as an Interval trader.
Here are a few tips to help you enjoy your vacation:
1) Avoid the sales presentation at all costs, no matter what discounts, freebies or bargains they offer. They flatter then insult and degrade you if you refuse to buy — I have never felt so disrespected. It ruined my vacation. Better train your sales staff in respectful business practices and good manners.
2) Traders pay a "resort fee" depending on room size which will include an airport transport to the resort but not back. Read PG 2 of your confirmation. Return trip is $1360 pesos for a van which fits 5-8. Pay in pesos not dollars otherwise you get ripped off.
3) Main Pool Cabanas are reserved the day before at 7:30 AM and cost $25 US which is credited to food and drinks. Very busy. Don’t expect a shady place at main pools. Great Zumba at 10 AM and noon poolside and free kids' activities all day. Best food - drink service - in front of Havana Moon. Happy Hour is 12-2 PM= 2 for 1. Cocktails have virtually no alcohol; a lot of empty calories.
4) Grande Luxxe/Bliss Beach Club line is ridiculous. Get there before 9. Great if you have kids; incredible service.
5) If offered an upgrade, stay in an ODD numbered GL room. Otherwise you are on top of the 7:30 AM to 9:30 PM construction noise-- and it is loud --even with the AC and fans on. Like to sleep? Stay elsewhere. Waterslides they are building next to GL Jungle wont open till after June.
6) All restaurants, casual and elegant, are excellent. US prices, no bargains, but fresh and delicious selections esp the ceviche and Mexican favorites at Balche/Fridas. Try the crickets. Tramonto Italian is probably their finest; need a reservation.
7) The rooms are gorgeous, modern, very clean and extremely comfortable. Maid service twice a day. The employees are warm wonderful people. Treat them well.
8) Best place for an ocean swim is north of the resort where there is less coral and seaweed, near Valentin. Visit a different saltwater resort pool each day. There certainly are enough.
9) Dont miss the Flamenco night on the beach at Chiringuito Saturday nites with Natalia and her husband guitar player. Paella and sangria are amazing. New Salum is always fun anytime with hammocks and swings in the water. Try the tamales, and fresh fruit icepops and churros filled with creme for dessert. And of course, dont forget the traditional flan.
10) The transportation is a major problem. The trams/golfcarts can take forever. Wait is 5-20 minutes. Rides are long, windy and bumpy. Enjoy the iguanas and quatie (racoon/squirrel/mongoose, whatever!) with the two-foot brown tails. There are crocs at Greenbreak and flamingoes somewhere.
Enjoy your vaca, the beautiful Caribbean, and try to tune out the craziness.
Every little tip helps.
Regarding the question about construction of Estates in Riviera Maya, ground may be broken, but there does not appear to be any structural construction yet. Management may have decided where the Estates will be located in Riviera Maya, but there is no official announcement. Just as there is no official announcement regarding Nuevo Vallarta either. That said, the buildings on the Jalisco side of the river are pretty stout, so there is a strong likelihood that they will be the first Estate buildings.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Our group of six adults and four kids had a fantastic time at Vidanta Nueva Vallarta. The resort property is mind-bogglingly large, yet accessible. Walking around the area is easy, and there are convenient shuttles if you'd like that never had a long wait. There are pools everywhere. The ones by the Grand Mayan are best for kids, as there are some fountains that help mask the noise. Before we discovered those, we felt a little guilty about having loud kids in a quieter pool area (but not too guilty; what do you expect at a pool, anyway?). The beach is giant, and the setting is gorgeous.
We were in a Presidential Suite. The Suite was very nicely appointed and had more than enough space for all of us.
Plenty of restaurants to choose from, though we learned the hard way that some won't let you come in your pool attire (even if you are dry. The explanation was odd: the kids can't come, the reason is they are wet, but the kids were the only ones who had changed into dry clothes. And this was one of the restaurants listed as "casual," if I recall). The market was enough to keep us stocked for breakfasts, snacks, a few kids dinners (and could easily allow for cooking more than we did). We did not need to go to a grocery store off-site.
If I had to nitpick, most of the pools were quite cold, except for the ones by the Grand Mayan; WiFi was intermittent and slow, something to consider if this is a necessity; and it was sometimes difficult to get a dinner reservation. We were warned about the dinner reservations during the peak season, but it still did not quite make sense. One place said they only had early availability, but then a good 75% of the restaurant remained empty during our 2-hour meal (lucked out that we left the kids with the grandparents that night...).
In all, we loved our stay. This was our first time here and we are already thinking of coming back.
Date of arrival
December 22, 2018
Re: Estates Construction in Riviera Maya|
Construction may be underway now, but we hear nothing is far enough along to allow tours of the facilities. The general statement is the facilities may be located on the inland side of the highway rather than the ocean side. Also, models do not appear to be available either. The Estates Division is evolving, and there are likely to be many changes to what we are told today and what actually is available for our use. Happy Holidays to you as well.