by Lissa Poirot
The Grand Mayan is part of the Vidanta chain of expansive resorts found in Mexico. Of its five properties, the Nuevo Vallarta location is its most popular and the largest at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta. The others include Santuario, the Grand Bliss, Mayan Palace, La Plaza and the Grand Luxxe Towers. As a large resort, guests can enjoy the entire property for botanical walks. Dining can be found at 20 restaurants across the property. Guests enjoy multiple pools, an aqua water for kids, live music, live shows and family-friendly programs. A Kid’s Club is available for ages 5 to 12, and parents will love the spa, Nicklaus-designed golf course and shopping. Master Rooms with a king bed and living area can accommodate a family of four. The Grand Mayan suite, a one-bedroom offering, can sleep six with a king bed in the bedroom and a living room, kitchen and dining area. Two-bedroom Grand Mayan Master Suites feature two king bedrooms and a living room, kitchen and dining table that sleeps eight.
Our Editor Loves
- Kid's Club for ages 5 to 12
- Multiple pools
- Ample onsite family dining
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
by Carolyn H
We had a 2BR attached room in the Copan tower, overlooking the beach. Spacious, breezy, competently-equipped kitchen. The grocery store on the grounds continues to improve, we cooked in a lot!
But what makes the Grand Mayan really special is the staff. Shout out to concierge Juan Hernandez, who not only took care of our every need but got to know us well enough to make helpful suggestions. Shout out to transportation point attendant Gabriel Santamaria, who came RUNNING with a wheelchair for our gimpy traveller. And special thanks to our housekeeper Yessinia, who lit up the whole suite with her smile, and who never missed a single detail. There were many others we interacted with casually, all friendly and gracious.
In addition, the meal-ticket package is a nice value. The "culinary tour" through several restaurants over the course of an evening was lots of fun, nice opportunity to meet other guests and mingle.
There's the lazy river -- might just be more fun for grown-ups than for kids. Thanks, Vidanta, for an enchanted couple of weeks!
Kids club so good my kids begged to go every day. We got some Mommy-Daddy time to relax and they got to have fun with pirate treasure in the sand, a Western party, designing their own shirts, building piñata's and more over the week. Roxane, Kimberly, Gisel, Mari and all the staff were AMAZING! My youngest is one year old and went to the babysitter that was able to be in the kids club with my other kids. She lit up in a big smile each time she saw Mari and was perfect with her each time we used her services throughout the week! Thank you!!
Breakfast is BEST at the golf pro shop restaurant. I loved the breakfast burrito and "upgraded" omelets made to order. So juicy!
I gave a 4 star instead of 5 because the breakfast at the other restaurants have the same buffet menu. As the world is big and most visitors are foodies or food critics, this should be revamped for the best experience with al-la-cart breakfasts at each restaurant.
The only other suggestion I have is better lighting in the bathroom of the rooms. I know we don't want to see our sunburn but need to see to put on makeup at night or look decent in the morning! :D
Golf was gorgeous on the Lakes Par 3 course. They have night tee times which are so fun as well!