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The Executive Golf Course may open in April, if Mother Nature cooperates and grasses grow.  These photos were taken on February 9, 2017 at 7 AM.
The Executive Golf Course may open in April, if Mother Nature cooperates and grasses grow. These photos were taken on February 9, 2017 at 7 AM.

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Recent news, gossip and comments from Bob and Mary Ann...and all members of Aimfair....

February 28, 2017

The question was raised the other day....What are the Fire and Emergency Protocols on Vidanta's property in Nuevo Vallarta?

The issue was escalated because there allegedly was a fire that broke out in the Tacos Break (Old name) in the Mercado, across from the Azur Restaurant in La Plaza. The fire must not have been very large because only one person brought it to our attention. Regardless, that does not reduce the importance of knowing what to do and who to call.

Interestingly, there is a new Emergency telephone number we can all access while in Nuevo Vallarta. The new number is being introduced now and will replace the old 611 number. Here is what we found:

The new emergency number is 911 in Puerto Vallarta and surrounding areas.
The new emergency number is 911 in Puerto Vallarta and surrounding areas.

The source for this article is the following: http://pvangels.com/news/5328/puerto-vallarta-initiates-replacing-emergency-call-number-from-066-to-911

It is a website for spreading news about community and charitable activities in Jalisco and Nayarit. Here is their charter:

Charity & Community United

Become a Partner for Change

Being a Partner for Change can have a different meaning to each of us depending on our role, our location, our clients, our relationships. But no matter where or who you are, you can be a Partner for Change.

PVAngels is about introducing the world to a safe, thriving, community-driven Puerto Vallarta, raising tons of support for its local charities and having a boatload of fun doing it.

The PVAngels site is a unique blend of community awareness through the daily posting of local news and events, formal introductions to the charities and their needs, online fundraising, social networking and giving back.

The dream of PVAngels is to create an atmosphere of pulling together in making our perfect little corner of the world a better - and better known - place.

Whether you're an individual, group, company or corporation, PVAngels will inform, entertain and be of benefit to you, and we welcome you to become involved.

Stay in touch with them through their website.
Now we know who to call in case of an emergency. The Fire Department will respond.

February 13, 2017

This view is on the Golf Cart Bridge looking east of Blvd. Nayarit.  The bridge is open to golf cart traffic during the day.  The gate has been locked after the last golfer finishes playing the east side.  Use caution when using this bridge to walk to restaurants near the Marina.  Taxi home at night.
This view is on the Golf Cart Bridge looking east of Blvd. Nayarit. The bridge is open to golf cart traffic during the day. The gate has been locked after the last golfer finishes playing the east side. Use caution when using this bridge to walk to restaurants near the Marina. Taxi home at night.

This is on the Golf Cart Bridge looking west of Blvd. Nayarit.  The bridge is open to golf cart traffic during the day.  The gate has been locked after the last golfer finishes playing the east side.  Use caution when using this bridge to walk to restaurants near the Marina. Taxi home at night.
This is on the Golf Cart Bridge looking west of Blvd. Nayarit. The bridge is open to golf cart traffic during the day. The gate has been locked after the last golfer finishes playing the east side. Use caution when using this bridge to walk to restaurants near the Marina. Taxi home at night.

Security is a major concern for resort management. An incident involving a golf cart crossing Blvd. Nayarit and a taxi could have been serious. As it turns out, according to one person familiar with the incident, no one was injured. Everyone dodged a bullet, as we all know how fast cars and trucks move on Blvd. Nayarit during the day and at night.

That said, members of Vidanta get the feeling that management unwittingly or knowingly tries to restrict their freedom to leave the property on foot. There are many attractions in the Marina Nuevo Vallarta area that guests frequently like to visit. (Please tap the photo below to enlarge, and tap your browser's back arrow to return to this page.)

The Marina Nuevo Vallarta district offers restaurants, an art gallery and a theater.  Many fun venues, and they are all accessible by foot.
The Marina Nuevo Vallarta district offers restaurants, an art gallery and a theater. Many fun venues, and they are all accessible by foot.

Are restrictions relaxing? Read what this Aimfair member, who is there now, had to say about his party's recent experiences leaving the property on foot:
Well, we went to Porto Bello and Blue Shrimp over past 2 nights. Had no trouble walking out over golf bridge at sunset. Both restaurants were busy. Both had good service and good food. Took a cab home.

Are restrictions loosening? Management seems to be listening, and leaving the property on foot may be a new reality. Stay tuned....

February 10, 2017

The Snow Moon is alive and well in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.
The Snow Moon is alive and well in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

Moons have been given a number of names over the years. The moon we saw last night and this morning is called the "Snow Moon", and, according to the Farmers Almanac, the name came from native Americans. Evidently, they named all the moons in order to keep track of months and time.

Of course the Snow Moon would look beautiful in a snowy setting. But, then again, who wants to be in the snow when you can see this when you get up to start you day full of golf, pool side reading and beach walking?

Maybe we should start our own naming system....Beach Moon 1, Beach Moon 2....No? Not very creative? OK, you win....we will forget that idea.
It certainly is wonderful having photos like this one sent often from Nuevo Vallarta. Thank you, and keep them coming...

January 27, 2017

Grand Luxxe Residence Club Towers in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.
Grand Luxxe Residence Club Towers in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

We learned from The Mexico Report that the AAA has named its list of Five Diamond Hotels and Restaurants for 2017. There are four hotels in Riviera Nayarit that are on the list. These include:
  • The Grand Luxxe Nayarit (2014)
  • Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit (2007)
  • Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico (2001)
  • The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort (2009)
It is good to see that The Grand Luxxe remains on the list, and we remain convinced the Grand Luxxe has earned this designation for the third year in a row.

That said, there are issues we would like management to reconcile. These include:
  • Return the ability for guests to leave the property and return by foot. There are ways to do this surreptitiously. But that is not what we all want to do. A shuttle to the old entrance and a short walk over Blvd. Nayarit on the cart bridge could resolve this issue.

  • Open the northbound access road to Highway 200. Although there appears to be a cloverleaf in place, there is word that a turn-around across the bridge and near the Starbucks Coffee shop is the project underway that will enable travelers from the Vidanta property to head north.

  • Resolve the reservation system.

  • Improve shuttle service around the property.

  • Noise on the property is intrusive and should be reduced out of respect to guests on the property.

  • Although concierges are friendly and accommodating, they are not well equipped to provide reliable services to guests who expect Five Star levels of service.
Achieving AAA Five Star status in four years, which is the time it took the Gand Luxxe in Nayarit to achieve its Five Diamond status, is no easy feat! We applaud and congratulate Management for building and maintaining such beautiful and luxurious facilities. Now that the goal has been achieved, we encourage management to listen to its members to continue trying to exceed expectations.
Congratulations for retaining the AAA Five Star status in 2017. Let's keep improving!

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