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Are you ready to vacation?Although many of us continue to carefully consider our vacation options, there are those who are confident enough in the protocols adopted by Grupo Vidanta to protect guests against infection by the coronavirus. They are reporting beautiful conditions, lovely surroundings and safe conditions at each of the Grand Luxxe Residence Club properties.
Grupo Vidanta continues to provide visual evidence that the properties are there and ready to enjoy. Following are two videos recently published by the developer:
Jungala is also waiting in Riviera Maya:
It is time to take advantage of the low airfares and attractive cost of spending a week or two in Mexico, specifically at the Grand Luxxe Residence Club in Riviera Maya or Nuevo Vallarta.
March 3, 2020What exactly is experiential travel? Why is it appealing? What qualifies?
Well, following is one hotel that has an answer. Take a look and leave your comments:
Our Luxxe, Presidential, SPA, Loft and Residence accommodations are much larger than the one’s advertised. Value seems to be in the experience - not the space.
This Monte Carlo Hotel Wants to Help You Unleash Your Inner 007 With Two New ExperiencesEnjoy Aston Martin and helicopter rides, a movie premiere, a night at the casino hosted by the Prince of Monaco and more with Hotel Metropole’s two new Bond-themed packages.
As anticipation builds for the April release of No Time to Die—the next James Bond film and Daniel Craig’s last as 007—one Monaco hotel is celebrating the cinematic event in true jet-setter style. Set in the principality that evokes the glamour of those MI6 movies (it’s famed casino was featured in Never Say Never Again and Golden Eye), the Hotel Metropole is offering guests two ways to live like Bond would—including a chance to place your bets in the presence of royalty.
There’s no shortage of luxury experiences in Monaco, and the Metropole’s Golden Eye package puts many of those over-the-top experiences together in the GoldenEye package offered exclusively to guests of the Suite Carré d’Or, which was redone in late-2019 by famed designer Jacques Garcia in a fresh, contemporary style. Check in to the magnificent penthouse apartment (which is spread out over 1,614-square-feet, with an additional 1,184-square-foot terrace) and enjoy a full day and night itinerary that starts with a private visit to the casino and a helicopter fly-over of the country, followed by lunch at the hotel’s Joël Robuchon-helmed Japanese restaurant. In the afternoon, take a ride along the French Riviera in an Aston Martin, indulge in a couple’s massage, and savor a candle-lit dinner prepared by the Robuchon chefs and served on your suite’s massive terrace, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Hit the casino tables after dinner, then return to a suite adorned with rose petals and bubbly.
While the GoldenEye experience is available year-round for guests of that top suite, the Metropole is also offering a limited-time package that will thrill even the most passionate fans of the Bond franchise. The Secret Agent experience (available April 6-8) includes a two-night stay in a Superior, Deluxe or Superior Junior suite, (including breakfast); VIP access to the hotel’s Secret Agent Soirée, a party with with Michelin-starred eats and a performance by a soon-to-be-announced music legend; and preferred seating at the red-carpet premiere of No Time to Die, featuring a tribute to the late Roger Moore and a display of never-before-seen Bond memorabilia. Then it’s on to a glamorous after-party at the Casino de Monte-Carlo hosted by His Serene Highness the Prince of Monaco. At press time, only 25 bookings for the Secret Agent package remain. Rates for the Suite Carré d’Or start at $13,634 per night, and $19,000 per night with the GoldenEye Experience for two guests. Rates for the Secret Agent package start at $2,726 for two guests, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Princess Grace Foundation USA.
Let’s all think about the experiences that we need to introduce here in Nuevo Vallarta to rival what Metropole is offering. Now, granted, this is a bit tongue in cheek, but there is a point here - Gen Xers and Millennials are the future, and we need to appeal to them now.
July 8, 2019We are six months into 2019! Can you believe it? Our last visit to Nuevo Vallarta was the first week in March, 2019. Weather was beautiful, friends were plentiful and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
So, what has happened since then? Well, Vidanta has been very active:
- In Nuevo Vallarta -
- A new building north of Tower Six is under construction and has an unusual shape.
- A new structure is under construction on the other side of the Ameca River and west of the suspension bridge.
- A new shopping area is under construction west of the Grand Bliss tower and east of Chiringuitos.
- Construction in The Park continues.
- A new egress road onto the freeway heading north is under construction.
- The Estates building area is growing into the cow paster directly across the Ameca River from Towers 3 and 4.
- In Riviera Maya -
- The Estates construction is apparently moving forward, but no one has seen the buildings or building area yet.
- The Joya Theater continues to host the Cirque du Soleil event.
- In East Cape -
- Three towers are under construction. No word on when it will open.
- One Vidanta representative stated there would be a smaller tower open in 2019. No verification of that yet.
- In Acapulco -
- DeLuxxe Suites are made available.
- Vidanta Cruise Line
- October, 2019 - Vidanta Elegant sets sail with Luxxe passengers for the first time.
January 1, 2019 - 12:01 AM
New Year’s Day - 12:01 AM in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
It was a beautiful display of fireworks this morning, all designed to welcome the New Year, and we were lucky enough to be on the property to share the joy with you.
2019 is a year of many expectations. In Nuevo Vallarta, the Jalisco Estates may bring happiness to its new members. The Celebrate Park is progressing with 12 new buildings currently under construction. Many plans are being finalized, some of which may come to fruition during the New Year.
In Riviera Maya, a long awaited Water Park is under construction and may open in 2019. This new facility appears to be located in the same area as the Luxxe Jungle Suites on the western side of the property near the highway.
In East Cape, construction is underway, although finishing and opening buildings on the property may not happen until after the Celebrate Park in Nuevo Vallarta opens in 2022.
In Puerto Penasco, Grand Bliss and Luxxe units may be opened during the year. However, priorities for finishing these projects may coincide with the launch of Vidanta Cruises. Speculation! All speculation!
Vidanta Cruises is in the planning stages. The Vidanta Elegant is being refurbished in Naples, Italy and may move to a shipyard in Mexico for finishing touches. First cruise may occur in 2019, which would be a new experience for all of us.
These are just a few of the many projects that are underway in the halls of Grupo Vidanta.
Join us, won’t you as we welcome the New Year! We hope it will bring good health, prosperity and joy to all.