Brenda and her husband are at the Grand Mayan Resort at the Riviera Maya. She took time out to send us her observations and comments. They appear below. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and photos with us Brenda.
We are at the end of our first of three
weeks in Riviera Maya. We were last here in January 2008. The resort
is beautiful with the vegetation very lush. Attached is a photo from
our Grand Mayan room. At check-in we, too, were escorted to a separate
lobby area. We were handed mimosas and seated. Erikka gave us our
member update invitation and told us about the travel services. Jose
checked us in and we were then escorted to our room.
We attended a 'member update' on Wednesday and toured the
model. The model is located on the beach and is of course beautiful.
We haven't visited the construction site and are planning to later in
our stay. Reg, the 'project manager' told us that all his workers are
on the Grand Luxxe project so that it will be completed by November
We were also told that all the Grand Luxxe contracts at all the
resorts were sold out. (Of course, this is impossible to verify). Jack Legoun was our sales presenter. Our contract for 2+2
from 2009 in NV was written as two 1+1 contracts so we had not received
any mailings from Grupo Maya. He told us at the 'member update' that
the Mexican government is shutting down the airport resort "OPCs" by
June 30, 2010. The new marketing strategy, we were told, was with
Global Marketing for the next 25 years and is centered on golfers.
Global Marketing brings golfers to the resorts.
Grupo Maya will use GL
weeks to exchange for Grand Bliss units for the golfers which apparently
are a high success rate for sales of Grand Bliss. Grupo Maya wants
Grand Luxxe owners to sell some of their weeks back to the company for
$4000/week guaranteed, plus profit sharing. The profit sharing portion
is equal to the maintenance fee and deposited into an escrow account
that is used to pay for maintenance fees. The requirement, however, is
that only certificate weeks, not registered or vacation fair weeks, can
be used in this program. Also with certificate weeks there is a 100
year contract with a renovation fee every 10 years of 1/2 maintenance
fee for every certificate week. There is no longer any renewal fee
every 25 years. There are no elite weeks, however, this is based on
We did upgrade our 2+2 to 4 certificate weeks
plus we got 2 "member" weeks to use for the next 10 years, The member
weeks are not renewable. I read the contract for the certificate weeks
and it is similar to the old 2+2 contract. There is one provision that I
caught that others should be aware. Requests for February and March
can only be made 45 days in advance for the first 10 years of the
contract, then it reverts to the normal 12 months for half of the
members weeks. This is only for reserving Grand Luxxe units, not any
other units. We have a Profile A++ membership, so we have 12 month
advance reservation on all our weeks.
Brenda's comments are very interesting to us.
It appears Certificate Weeks are different from the Registered and Vacation Fair Weeks in the following ways:
Certificate Weeks are the only weeks that can participate in the Global Marketing program.
Certificate Weeks are issued for 100 years.
Certificate Weeks carry a renovation fee of one half Maintenance Fee every tenth anniversary of the contract.
At the end of the first ten years of the 100 year contract, half of the Certificate Weeks can be used to reserve use during February and March up to one year in advance (if the contract holder is an A+ or A++ member). During the first ten years of the contract, reservations for Feb and March can be made 45 days in advance.
In addition to the Certificate Weeks, those who choose to upgrade receive 2 "Member Weeks". These last for ten years and provide the same benefits the Certificate Weeks provide, with the exception that Member Weeks cannot participate in the Global Marketing program.
Please keep in mind that the above analysis is based upon our interpretation. Any definitive understanding would be found in one's contract. No one should rely on the above analysis for any reason, what so ever.
Thank you Brenda.....
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