Grand Bliss at Nuevo Vallarta is now open for business. Gary is there now and has sent us photos of the facility. Very nice looking with great views of the ocean and surrounding property. Click here to see his photos. Thank you Gary. Great information and photos.
More to come, so stay tuned....
December 5, 2010
Grupo Vidanta has issued a news release that announces the creation of a new portal designed to serve travelers interested in luxurious resorts. The new website is www.vidavacationclub.com. Click here to view the article.
We think this is a positive move for a number of reasons. It provides viewers with insight the organization's plans for the future. It shows the company will be using social media as a way to gain awareness of its products and services. And, it shows the company is image conscious.
November 23, 2010
The Grand Luxxe at Riviera Maya and the Grand Bliss at Nuevo Vallarta are open for business. These two fine facilities bring to four the number of resorts opened this year by Grupo Vidanta. Very gratifying for those of us who invested in a concept and trusted the organization to develop what they said they would create.
Ken and his family are at Riviera Maya now. Ken sent us comments and photos from his IPhone, which are very good quality. Dave and Terrina sent us their comments about their stay in the new units. Enjoy the photos and comments. We are sure more are on the way. Thanks Ken, Dave and Terrina for thinking of us.
November 23, 2010
I am a Luxxe owner staying at the GM at RM
now. I walked over to the Luxxe yesterday it is located north of the
Palace building # 5 there is only 1 building occupied at this time 3
stories triangle shaped in the jungle.
I was given a tour of a room on
the second floor NICE but only jungle view.there are Italian coffee
machines in the room with supplied coffee cartridges, you use a room
card that you wave in front of the lockset to open the door. I was told (
you know what that is worth) that it also works the washing machines
on each floor no charge.
They said there will be a total of 4 buildings,
a second building structure is up but not being worked on they seem to
be working full time on a pool very close to the beach just north of the
Havana Moon restaurant. When walking around and also looking on Bing it
seems that there is a grouping on about 10 buildings just like the
palace building west of the Luxxe and north of the existing Palace
buildings 10 thru 14 with a partially built pool and lazy river but no construction going on.
is also a Ocean Breeze Hotel just west of that group that I was told
is for use by the Mayan folks for extra days????.
Next to the front
entrance just to the north is a LARGE underpass going under the main
highway with quite a few construction vehicles passing. I was told that
they are constructing a Greg Norman golf course there in the future.
GM is very nice with a nice pool area away from the Palace pools where
there are LOTS of people. The Blue Fish restaurant is very good for
Interesting to note the construction activity across the highway from the entrance to the property. A Greg Norman Golf Course would be a great addition, don't you think? Certainly there is enough property on the west side of the road. Stay tuned!
Now for Dave and Terrina's comments:
November 23, 2010
Good evening from GL RM. Yes there is only
1 GL complex finished at this time. 17 GL villas and 18 GL suites.
Building 2 is just a skeleton with no activity. Ground work is done on
the 3rd and 4th building. Some colums are in place and they are doing
some work on those buildings. The GL pool is just north of the Havana
Moon and is a stones throw away from the ocean. There is lots of work
going on there and should be finished early 2011.
GL members do have a private area in the GM sanctuary pool area on
the north end, they are keeping everyone out of this area except GL
members.This is the only GL area that we have found.
A note to GL suite owners. Your master rooms now have a living area
just like the GL villas, so your lock off now has a living room with a
small deck, with a fridge, microwave and an espresso machine "30 pesos" a
cup. Also the bottle water in the room is "21 pesos". We didnt see that
till after the 10th bottle we used. The tap water is good but didnt
taste right in the coffee.
There is still a lazy river in the plans and there is some work started but nothing going on at this time.
MOTW buildings are only going to be in major cities of the world, not beack resorts.
I will try to post some pictures later in the week of these areas
that are under construction. I cant see this location being complete for
at least a couple of years , maybe 3. When it is done it too will be
fabulous. But remember this is RM and the views will be limited.
Have a great day and look forward to your vacation.
It seems to us that these two families are having a great time. Vicarious enjoyment through the eyes of other members is nearly as good as being there. What's that you say? Well, almost, then.
Dave and Terrina were very gracious to offer to all comers golf rounds they could not use. Very generous gesture, indeed!
Thank you for sharing your comments and experiences with us all.
November 21, 2010
Ed sent us a review of his recent stay at Nuevo Vallarta in the Grand Luxxe Tower I for one week and and Grand Luxxe Tower II for the second week.
Reality has set in. There is no more waiting. We are all able to use the two towers in Nuevo Vallarta, the Grand Bliss in Nuevo Vallarta and Grand Luxxe One buildong in Riviera Maya. More is on the way, although we would not be surprised to see reduced emphasis on building and more on increasing cash flow through use and sales.
Also, there were rumors of alliances that some speculated would be announced in November. We have not heard anything yet, but stay tuned.
In the meantime, enjoy Ed's comments. Very fun!
November 15, 2010
Just returned from Nuevo last Saturday after staying two
weeks at the Grand Luxxe. First week was in a Junior Villa in Tower I and the
second week in a Villa (1 Bdrm) in Tower II.
First, the views of Puerto Vallarta
from Tower II were fabulous. We were on the 7th floor and had a great view of
the Bird Sanctuary at the mouth of the America River as well as the bay in front
of downtown PV. We could see almost out to the southern point of Banderas Bay
(blocked by Tower I and if you leaned out off the deck could just catch the
sunsets. Great morning sun on the deck and nice afternoon shade. The city lights
in PV were beautiful at night as well as cruise ships coming and going. We were
the first residents in our particular room and initially some minor problems.
The finish in the wood deck was still tacky so for a couple of days we wore
their slippers on the deck and changed into our own shoes in the room. We had a
'punch list' the first couple of days of some problems and they were fixed
immediately. Some nice improvements over Tower I - No Hammock, you now have two
chaise lounges as well as table, chairs and sofa on the deck. Pool has a color
wheel installed so by tweaking with the pool light (in the bedroom) you can set
the speed the colors change. Great at night while sitting on the deck. Colors
slowly fade to several shades of blue, green, yellow and magenta. Sinks in
bathroom much deeper than in Tower I with faucets higher on the wall. Much more
functional. There may be more differences but nothing major.
that they number rooms with odd numbers facing the ocean and even facing the
grounds with the exception of Tower I both sides face the water - one in the
direction of the resort and the other facing the city. Don't think there is a
bad room in Tower I. The even sided rooms in Tower II face the lagoon, Nayar
Town eventually and the golf course. Unfortunately, presently, much of that is
As previously mentioned, the Spa on the first floor of Tower
II will be a great added benefit. No dramatic lobby like Tower I but very quiet
at night. One final observation, the side deck on the Junior Villa in Tower II
also has two chairs and a table (no hammock) similar to the deck off the
bedroom. Much more useful for two people and now in most rooms you'll have one
deck typically in the sun and the other in the shade depending upon the time of
day - Your choice, sun or shade. Can't wait to go back!!! Thanks Ed. Can't wait to see your photos.
November 19, 2010
The Grand Bliss opened on the 19th of November. It might have been a "Soft Opening" because not all the rooms were available for use. Regardless, the building looks great and should be a fun place to stay. Note, guests will use the Mayan Palace and Grand Mayan pools because the Grand Bliss does not have any swimming facilities yet.
October 25, November 1 and 8, 2010
We had a great time during our stay at the Nuevo Vallarta Grand Luxxe. Two weeks of listening to the ocean on the beach. Some don't like the noise. But we love it.
We are all different.
A great example of a subject that garners differences of opinion are Owners Gatherings at each resort.
One good friend let me know that when his family is on vacation, they rarely interact with others, primarily because they have all the friends they need.
Lots of truth to that.
But, when it comes to the gatherings at the Grand Luxxe on what ever evening or time of day everyone agrees to, we found there was a different feel to the resort after getting together. New acquaintances wave from the pool, people stop to say hello, dinner arrangements are made, people share experiences, the whole range of options is amazing.
We had the pleasure of meeting twenty to twenty five couples from all over the US and Canada on our two Monday afternoons.
These gatherings don't happen by themselves. People like Kathi, Joan, Debbie, Lorine, Cheryl, Nancy, their husbands and many others who make these opportunities for getting together so much fun.
The gatherings are spontaneous and bring disparate people together. Who knows, some new acquaintances may become very good friends during future stays at one of the resorts.
Getting together is very enjoyable to us. If it is to you as well, then take the time to participate . These are very impromptu gatherings. They take place around Happy Hour near a Grand Luxxe watering hole that suites everyone. Just check email@example.com (password is letsgetT). Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. This email is a two way street....a message to email@example.com from firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a great way to strengthen your ties to your friends and neighbors at the Grand Luxxe and other resorts offered by Grupo Vidanta and Vida Vacation Club, which is the new name of the operating company.
October 15, 2010
Ken sent us a map of Riviera Maya for us all. It will be fun to hear his comments after he returns from the Riviera Maya Property in three or four weeks. He will be traveling to the Riviera Maya property in a couple of weeks and will be there for two weeks. We may be able to gain more insight to the property and buildings when he returns. Click here to view Ken's map.
September 20, 2010
Over the weekend Don sent us a review of the Grand Luxxe at Nuevo Vallarta and his photos. Read what he had to say. Great fun for sure. BUT, there are some conclusions he made that Michael arrived at too. Enjoy Don's comments and take a look at his photos on Don's Corner.
I have just read Michael's
comments re his recent visit to NV. I would like to add the following comments
to supplement his but I don't know how to accomplish this task. Perhaps you can
paste them in some way.
We stayed at the NV Grand
Luxxe from September 5- 12 and confirm Michael's report. First of all our
owner's update was also hosted by Marcos. I wonder if he gets all the Grand
Luxxe owners? He also told us that the company does monitor the aimfair website.
So nothing that we share on this site is confidential among the owners. We were
also told about an announcement concerning a large US company partnering with
Grupo Vidanta that will be made public in October/November. My wife thinks that
We also will never make a
September reservation again. This was the only time available to make a Grand
Luxxe reservation this year. We were very anxious to see the facility so we
booked a reservation last March. It rained every day. We could only
play golf once. The course was closed most of the week. More about our owner's
update. It lasted 4 grueling hours. I know that my wife will not attend another
one notwithstanding a free breakfast and a 10 % discount. It was a good thing it
rained. If the sun was shining my wife would have been out of there. I agree
with Michael that the salesmen are trying to reconfigure your contract. We were
told that our June 2009 Grand Mayan to GrandLuxxe exchange was on "hold". The
reason for this status was due to the fact that our salesman never
fully explained certain prepayment options. We were never told about prepaying
our maintenance fees and saving substantial sums over the life of our contact.
Thus giving our children a legacy of no future maintenance fees. We were
presented with a myriad of payment options. We were not convinced that we wanted
to invest any more money in this property. Particularly since we can not get
reservations according to our calendar and not when Customer Service says
reservations are available. I find the entire reservations system entirely
unsatisfactory. We were told that there is no availability at any Grand
Luxxe location from October 2010 to March 2011. Can any one confirm this
Having expressed our
disappointment in the weather, another lengthy sales pitch, closed facilities
and limited restaurant availability I must candidly state that the Grand Luxxe
facility is great. We enjoyed the staff, Blue Fish Grill, a meal prepared for 8
in our Villa. Our next Grand Luxxe reservation is at Riviera Maya in February
and we hope it matches Nuevo Vallarta for service and amenities.
ps Bob did you receive my pictures?
Thanks for your review, Don. Yes, we did receive your pictures and have posted them on your Corner.
September 10, 2010
Brenda received a call from someone posing as a pollster for the Mayan Palace. This is what she had to say:
Hi Bob and Mary Ann, I received a phone call yesterday from "John" on behalf of the "Mayan Palace". John wanted me to take a survey. I took his phone number and said I would call him back at a more convenient time (1888-320-4234). I called Grand Luxxe customer service about this call as was told that the number I was given was not in their phone system and that since we are Grand Luxxe, the caller should have known this if it was legitimate.
Has any other members mentioned getting calls for a Mayan Palace survey?
Thanks Brenda. Please let us know if you to have received a call from "John".
September 5, 2010
September 1, 2010 - Michael generously sent us an update to his earlier comment. We asked who was his source of information about the tennis academy. He sent us his comments, which included the name of the source of his information and a great update about the Nuevo property and status of the resorts there. See Michael's Corner for more comments. Thanks for your update, Michael. Enjoy, everyone...
It was the sales manager Marcos. He?s the same person I met last year during my tour. A lot going on here. There are 5 Grand Luxxe?s being built simultaneously, and the 6th one (that I?m typing this message from) is also under construction. Specifically the 1st, 8-9th floors are not available for rent, the bar is still being built, and an apparent lack of furniture abounds in the lobby. There is also a Grand Bliss that is also under construction, albeit only a couple of months from completion. I reluctantly went on another tour to get the 10%. The offers they make now are more configured around altering your contract than selling good?ol timeshare weeks (i.e., converting vacation weeks to registered weeks, reservation priorities, elimination of the doubling of maintenance fees every 5 years etc.)
Overall I can honestly say their vision is still compelling, but the lazy river is closed, all boats and trains are gone, most pools are empty, if not under construction, and all walking paths are cut off for construction. However, the Grand Luxxe vision is stronger than ever, with a long list of semi-consistent promises and features; from totally remodeling the interior of the rooms (To be available in the new GL finishing in November), to the Punta GL and Mansions of the World.
I talked to a person who visited the Riviera Mayan recently ? same story. I think PV will be amazing when it?s completed (or near completion), but for now it?s NOT a good time to visit this resort. We?ll come back to PV no sooner than 18 months when the grounds are far more presentable and functional. With that said my father will be here in mid-October with another incremental update regarding construction progress and the latest timeshare ?deals?. Michael is willing to share more information with anyone who is interested. Let us know and we will send you his email address.
Lots of activity, unfortunate closures now and with substantial promise. That's our take away. Thanks Michael....
August 29, 2020 - Michael sent us an update. He started with a response to the issue of the tennis facility. According to his source of information, who is a Grand Luxxe Sale Manager at the Nuevo Vallarta, a tennis academy should be built on top of the parking structure in probably 6 - 12 months. This is great news for all of us who want to play tennis. The parking structure is a very large and long structure, which could be a great spot for a tennis academy, for sure.
July 19, 2010
So far, all responses to the tennis question are positive. Keep your comments coming.
July 7, 2010
A couple of weeks ago, a viewer suggested expanding the tennis facilities to fulfill a promise made a couple of years ago. We certainly would like new tennis courts. How many others would like them as well. Drop us a n email with "Tennis - Yes", "Tennis - No" or "Tennis - What's That" in the subject line. We will report back. If there is a large number of tennis players in the ownership, then the organization should know about the issue.
June 17, 2010
A Luxxe owner asked whether other owners have seen or received documents that spell out the terms of the "Premium Gold" Interval International program that the sales staff at various Mayan resorts was touting and selling. You can see the results of the informal poll by clicking on this link.
The bottom line does not seem to be a program that is specifically designed for Luxxe owners.
Thanks to those of you for taking the time to share your comments with us. Also, if you have anything to add, please let us know at email@example.com.
June 13, 2010
Scott and Sue just returned from their vacation at the Nuevo Vallarta Grand Luxxe Tower I. Their comments include items we have not read before. Very complete and interesting. Lots of construction is taking place. Luxxe III, IV and V are underway. Luxxe VI may be coming online soon, if it is not already started.
We need to give Scott and Sue a resounding Hi Five. Click here to see their comments.
Thank you from everyone, Scott and Sue....we appreciate you thinking of us all.
May 10 and May 17, 2010
Wendy posted a review of their experience at the Grand Luxxe in March. Interesting reading and very similar to others who have taken time to share. We thought it would be worthwhile to post her comments in the Current News page because of the information her post contains. You can view her comments here.
April 6, 2010
More construction, more excitement by those who are staying in the Grand Luxxe I Tower and new restaurants. Sean has just returned from a cruise and spent time at the Nuevo Vallarta Grand Luxxe Villa. He sent us all photos that show the property in its current light. The pad for the third Luxxe Tower, which we heard some time ago from John that this tower will be called Luxxe Punta. One never knows, however, because change can occur in an instant.
Earlier this month, Dale told us about the Nayar Golf Course photos he found on Jack Nicklaus' web page. Maybe a day later, Ross sent us the entire list of photos. We have posted them on a new page called Nayar Golf Course, which is the name of the course at the Nuevo Vallarta property. Lots of fine golfers are waiting for the course to open. So are a lot of not so fine golfers, like me!
A couple of new restaurants have opened and gained immediate popularity. Reid, Dana, Dale and Nancy returned from their trip to Nuevo and "Loved" Fajita Republic, liked the new restaurant called Prime 159 and Portobello and had only luke warm things to say about the resort restaurants. The important note to keep in mind about this group is they had young children with them. So, from their point of view, Fajita Republic was the best.
Golf is of interest to many of us. We have some photos of the Nuevo Vallarta new course that Ross brought to our attention. Also, Brenda shared photos of the Riviera Maya golf course that they love. We will be looking for more info about the golf courses in all the cities that have Grupo Vidanta resorts, What fun. Check her photos out by clicking here.
March 13 , 2010
Two members, Gordon and Brenda, have shared information about their experiences with sales presentations. Gordon is in Nuevo Vallarta and Brenda is in Riviera Maya.
Additionally, we have received some additional photos of the Grand Bliss and Punta Arena in Nuevo Vallarta from a second Gordon and possible Riviera Maya Grand Bliss from Ron. Another Gordon just returned from his vacation at Nuevo Vallarta while Ron is currently enjoying the Riviera Maya property.
Take a look at Owner's Corner for the sales presentation updates from Brenda and Gordon. Nuevo Vallarta photos from Gordon are there as well. Finally, go to Ron's Riviera Maya Corner for a new video.
Thanks everyone. We are all benefiting from you sharing your time, information and photos.
February 27 , 2010
Lot's of fun going on around here. Just read what Julie and her husband Joe are having to endure:
Hello everyone, Feb.27 2010
Just want to let you know we have been staying in the luxxe villa NV for the last 11 days and my husband and I are amazed of the level of service the company has brought the Luxxe property up to.
Check in is very personal service. We received our keys and were brought up to our floor and introduced to the concierge. He took us to our villa and showed us the way everything worked in the apartment and asked us when we wanted our coffee delivered in the morning he even asked us if he could help us unpack and put our things away.
Also the time we wanted our turn down service and morning maid service. We wondered if the time we gave them and the service would actually happen and it did. The next morning coffee came, delivered by a big smile and a well dressed and polite concierge.
Everything from big white fluffy towels and house coats to die for and white terry slippers, your every need is looked after.
Pool side service is wonderful. There are lounge chairs and cabana beds everywhere. The chairs have very soft cushions on the backs plus a roll pillow for your neck, and every chair has another big fluffy towel.
The staff around the pool come and ask if you want your sunglasses cleaned and later bring you home made different flavor popsicle's and then later still ice cold face clothes that smell like lemon. It is truly amazing service.
At night down stairs by the bar there is always music, a violin player or a piano player or a saxophone, it is different every night, but because the inside is hollow, the sound travels through the whole building.
We all have bought a wonderful place to stay on our vacations.
My husband and I have been to many places around the world in 5+ hotels and never have been given the level of service the Grand Luxxe gives. Enjoy!!!!!
Wow! What a review. Thank you Julie and Joe. Have a great time during the remainder of your trip!
February 27 , 2010
Ross and Marc have shared their photos with us. Marc's photos are from the February 7, 2010 era, while Ross's photos are from the February 13 to February 18 range.
Both are wonderful contributions because they show the Grand Luxxe I Tower and facilities in different shades. The photos are fabulous because they truly provide one with the idea that they are actually on site. Well.....maybe we get a bit carried away (Bob that is).
It is wonderful that we have the opportunity to stay in touch with the changes that are taking place at all the different resorts. We have only to thank all of you who have taken time to send your photos and comments in.
February 21 , 2010
We have been busy!
Thom and Gloria sent us photos of Riviera Maya, including photos of the golf course, some of the resort's permanent friends and views of new buildings and architect's renderings. We have never been to the resort. However, Thom and Gloria's photos provide us with a great feel for portions of the area. Great to see there are friends of the leathery kind who poke about to say "hello" now and again to the photographer.
In addition, Gina Marie has provided us with a glimpse of the Sanctuary, which is a pool area that is surrounded by one of the Grand Mayan buildings. Mary Ann says the area is "very adult". Gina Marie's photos make the place look peaceful and serene. It would be difficult to leave the area because one would be so relaxed, he or she would be out of touch with reality. We suppose that is the point!
So, what else is new?
Sean has contributed photos of the Grand Bliss and Bliss models at San Jose del Cabo. The look terrific and they are nice upgrades to their companion units.
The building that will house models is located on the beach and under construction. Interesting to note that the building is two stories tall, which suggests there will be other models in the building as well. Thanks Sean. Your views of San Jose del Cabo are wonderful.
Additionally, Sean provides us with a view of the new building that will house the models. The models will be on the beach. Also, the building has two floors and there is room for more than two brands of units, being the Grand Bliss and Bliss. It seems there will be are quite a few units in the building. Chances are there are more that which is under construction We can't post any new information other that what we see from the Today,
we are treated to photos from Mark and Dale. Mark's photos show us how
the Ameca River entrance to the Grand Luxxe I Tower looks. He also
provided additional views of the Foyer, the Grand Luxxe Villa Suite
kitchen and living areas and the Grand Luxxe Jr. Villa living area and
February 15 , 2010
Today, we are treated to photos from Mark and Dale. Mark's photos show us how the Ameca River entrance to the Grand Luxxe I Tower looks. He also provided additional views of the Foyer, the Grand Luxxe Villa Suite kitchen and living areas and the Grand Luxxe Jr. Villa living area and kitchenette.
Dale's photo comes from his Mayan Resorts contact, who sent him a great deck view photo of the left side of the Luxxe pools and the infinity edge. The nice aspect of this photo is it shows how much foliage Gupo Vidanta has planted on the other side of the water way.
received word from Linda that she has friends who are now in Nuevo Vallarta and
informed her the "Soft Opening" starts February 12. Her friend also
sent her a number of photos, which she said her friend authorized us to
share with our viewers. We are in the process of posting them as we
speak. They provide a great glimpse of the reception area, the atrium,
pools and views from the decks. You can see what we have posted so far
by following the link to Linda's Corner.
to say, we are very excited about the opening. We hope to receive
reviews and photos from those of you who are invited to upgrade your Grand Mayan reservations to the Luxxe units. Vicarious enjoyment that comes from viewing photos and reading comments is the next best thing to being there.
Thank you Linda
and friends. We all appreciate your willingness to share with us.
Grand Luxxe I Tower Reception Area. Click The Photo To See More
January 17, 2010
We have some great photos to share with everyone. They are views from the Luxxe I Tower 9th floor deck. Quite exciting, to say the least.
What a view! Just think. The Luxxe Tower I will have a total of 112 rooms for guests every day. It seems to us the units will be great gathering places for all of us to get to know one another. Chances are the decks will be where we all exchange over adult beverages.
Enjoy the photos and enjoy your vacations.
January 9, 2010
Thanks, Scott and Lindsay, your photos are terrific. They provide all with a progress report that is undeniable. Workers are busy on the pool in front of the Luxxe
Tower, on the decks of many of the floors and on the snack shack outside the Cafe del Lago.
They returned from their family trip to Nuevo on the 8th. Not much time lapsed between their return and sending us their updates. Great fun! Enjoy!
December 2, 2009
We just returned from two weeks at the Nuevo Vallarta Grand Mayan resort. Yes we had a great time, in spite of the enormous amount of construction that is taking place there. We have posted and will be posting photos that show the progress of all the projects. Also, we have some new sections on the website that we will call "Corners". These are going to be repositories for viewers with photos they would like to share. We will start with Kathi's Corner and Cheryl's Corner. Both have provided very interesting photos about the Vidanta property at Nuevo Vallarta as well as photos of the surrounding areas.
On or about November 15, 2009, Mayan Palace reopened for business. The pool is clear as ever, although a portion has been eliminated. Only those visitors who regularly stay at the Mayan Palace would know the difference because the pool is enormous in it's current state as it is. We found it to be a great spot, especially because it is so close to the ocean. A dip in the ocean followed by something from the snack shack followed by a dip in the pool.
Cafe del Lago also opened on or about November 15, 2009. We attended the sales update and were treated to a great breakfast there. Interesting to note, there is a difference between the breakfast offered at Samba's and Cafe del Lago. We liked the larger offering at Cafe del Lago and the walk. Build an appetite and satisfy it. All our breakfasts at Cafe del Lago ended at about noon!
The Grand Bliss building reached its top floor while we were there. It certainly has a commanding view of the property and is centrally located. It will be very popular for a number of reasons, not the least of will be the activities we hear will be there. Rumor has it the sales floor could be moved to the large circular area and models of all units could be on the top floor of the building. Also, there could be attractions that would be fun for all visitors, like swimming with dolphins. All rumors but fun speculation.
We walked the new peninsula, which opened on or about November 29. This is the finished product that John first reported and photographed for us in August. His photos showed lots of heavy equipment moving dirt, bringing in dirt and changing the shape of the waterways. Great to see the finished product and know it will only become more interesting as all the plantings mature. Although no one has confirmed this, we think the peninsula would make a great landing spot for boats carrying visitors to the Grand Bliss or Mayan Palace. In fact, the beginning of a pathway leading to the Grand Bliss is in place. We will post photos in the near future.
The restaurants are open. These included Gong (formerly Green Break), Samba's, Ristorante Tramonto, Havana Moon, Cafe del Lago and the bars in the lobbies of both the Grand Mayan and Mayan Palace. Also, activities are in full swing. Big wedding on the beach, with music lasting to 4:30 AM. Some guests were grumbling, but overall the idea of an authentic event on the beach was great. In fact, that was the second for the week, as the resort offered a Thanksgiving Festival for those of us who celebrate Thanksgiving, also on the beach.
September 26, 2009
We thought we would try something current....allow viewers to express their opinions about how we should improve our website and presentation material. Try out our new Suggestion Box and leave your thoughts. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing how your ideas stack up with other member ideas.
August 26, 2009
We have been working on the great contributions from John and Ruth. They returned on the 23rd from a two week stay at the Nuevo Vallarta Grand Mayan and sent us a number of photos. They are terrific and provide us with a glimpse of the current state of construction on the property and possible future scenarios. We say possible scenarios because, as we all know, until construction is under way, plans can change.
Regardless, we continue to work on the photos from John and Ruth. Thank you from all of us!
July 22, 2009
Thanks to Don and his family, we have more photos showing the changes taking place at the Nuevo Vallarta Mayan property. And changes they are!
Lakes are changing, deepening to reach fresh water and expanding. As we speak, earth movers and trucks are in the middle of the Mayan Palace Lakes - some dry and some digging into the water to dredge deeper.
A total transformation is taking place. And, although we all would like to keep the property in the pristine fashion that we remember, the change means upgraded facilities for all members. Plus, the fact that travel is down means the pressure on availability is not as great as it would be if travel patterns were not down. Good News - Bad News, right?
Thanks to Steve and Sandra for providing us with an update on the Nuevo property. Good to know that construction continues to move along in spite of the horrible one - two punch Mexico is reeling from. Hope you enjoy their comments.
June 12, 2009
The Luxxe tower is progressing nicely and we were told during the sales presentation that the first rooms will be available in November of this year.
The Yellow and Red Mayan buildings were 90 % demolished while we were there and the complete Mayan Palace side will be closed until November while all of the lagoons and surrounding areas are re-worked.
Cabalto and the old laundry facility will be the next to get demolished to give way to the Bliss building (which is two floors off the ground and going strong), Bliss pool area and I believe another Bliss tower.
We were told that they will be planting grass on the golf course in the next month or so, so that should be completed hear in the near future.
One of the interesting things that our sales rep told us was that in November when the Luxxe tower opens they plan on starting another tower where the Mayan Palace Yellow and Red buildings were located which we had not heard before and none of the maps indicate that so we found that interesting.
He also told us that Nayar Town is expected to open in November of 2010 due to commemorate some anniversary (I believe for Nyarit, Sorry I have vacation brain fade on that one!) so he said there is a deadline to complete for this celebration.
The only restaurants open were Samba, Tramanto, Tacos Break, Ola Mulata and Havana Moon (which is new since we were there last year) was only open for breakfast during FR, Sat, Sun and Mon presentation breakfasts. Gonj (which is also new and in place of Green Break since we were there last year) only had a limited Sushi menu available in Tramanto.
Thanks again Steve and Sandra. Your comments provide us all with the update we need, given all the negativity that seems to be spreading around these days. We all would love to see the GL open early in November. What a treat that would be, right?
June 9, 2009
Following is the most recent report from Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, a company that provides services that operate airports in various cities in Mexico, including Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. International Travel was off by 44% and domestic travel was off 37%. Its no wonder there are no tourists!
Mexico's GAP Airport Group May Passenger Traffic Falls 37%
6:01 pm ET 06/04/2009 - Dow Jones
MEXICO CITY (Dow Jones)--Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (PAC) said Thursday its passenger traffic fell 37% in May from the year-ago month to 1.21 million, affected by the impact of the A/H1N1 influenza virus on travel in Mexico.
Domestic traffic sank 33% to 863,000 passengers, while international traffic slumped 44% to 346,900 passengers, the airport group, known as GAP, said in a press release.
GAP's local B shares closed down 0.4% Thursday at 27.26 pesos ($2.06).
This month, GAP's passenger traffic is likely to be affected by the suspension of local airline Aviacsa by federal transport authorities. Aviacsa passengers represented 3.6% of GAP's total traffic so far this year.
The Communications and Transport Ministry, or SCT, grounded Aviacsa's planes Tuesday, citing irregularities in the aircraft that threatened safety.
Aviacsa officials have maintained that the irregularities are "cosmetic" and don't compromise the planes' aeronautical safety. They say they intend to correct the problems as soon as possible and planned to meet with authorities Thursday to propose a program to strengthen the company's inspection system.
Hector Gonzalez Weeks, director of civil aviation at the SCT, said at a press conference that the SCT has a team working with Aviacsa to resolve the situation. He said authorities won't clear individual planes to fly as they are inspected, but will wait until the airline implements proposed measures to improve its overall system of inspections. The SCT has given Aviacsa 60 days to meet its demands.
Gonzalez estimated that between 13,000 and 15,000 Aviacsa passengers will be affected by the suspension.
-By Paul Kiernan, Dow Jones Newswires; (5255)5001-5726, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 5, 2009
The peso reached its low against the US dollar not long ago and is now on its way down. Consider the following article from thenews.com.mx:
The peso gained on Thursday, rebounding from the biggest drop in three weeks, on speculation the worst of the country's recession is over.
Demand for pesos increased after Finance Secretary Agustín Carstens said Wednesday that the nation's slump will ease in the coming two quarters after gross domestic product tumbled in the three months through June 30. Economic activity should get better every month through the end of the year, Carstens said at a financial conference in Monterrey.
"The good news is that the worst is over," said Mario Copca, a currency strategist at Metanalisis SA in Mexico City. "This is what the market is acknowledging."
The peso gained 0.4 percent to 13.2868 per U.S. dollar at 11:06 a.m. New York time, from 13.3381 on Thursday. The currency sank 1.3 percent yesterday as prices for oil, the nation's biggest export, dropped. The peso has risen 17 percent since touching a record low of 15.5892 per dollar on March 9, after a government decision to line up a $47 billion credit line with the International Monetary Fund helped shore up confidence.
The central bank sold $100 million to buy pesos at a local auction today. The central bank and Finance Secretariat said last week that Banco de México will cut in half its daily dollar sale to $50 million starting on June 9 after financial market conditions improved and the peso's volatility eased.
The central bank has spent $25.9 billion from its foreign reserves to shore up the peso since it began intervening in the currency market in October.
Yields on the 10 percent bond due December 2024 were little changed at 8.24 percent.
The bond's price traded at 115.35 centavos per peso, according to Banco Santander SA.
May 11, 2009
Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico reporsts (sic) that during April 2009, total terminal passengers decreased 10.4% y/y
5:14 pm ET 05/06/2009 - Briefing.com
Co announces preliminary terminal passenger traffic figures for the month of April 2009 compared to traffic figures for April 2008. During April 2009, total terminal passengers decreased 10.4% compared to the previous year; international passenger traffic decreased 4.5%, and domestic passenger traffic decreased 13.5% compared to April 2008. Regarding material events for the month, during the last week of April, the epidemiological alert level was raised from a 'Phase 3' to a 'Phase 4', and currently to a 'Phase 5' alert due to the AH1N1 flu virus epidemic, which the company estimates will affect both domestic and international passenger traffic flows and has already led to the cancellation of flights arriving from Canada, the United States, as well as some domestic flights due to a lack of passengers. The effects of the AH1N1 flu on traffic and operations at PAC's airports will depend on the duration of the sanitary crisis in Mexico, as well as tourists' perception of the containment of the epidemic.
About the company: Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, S.A.B. de C.V. engages in the operation, management, and development of airport facilities in the Pacific and central regions of Mexico. It operates 12 airports in Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana, San José del Cabo, Silao, Hermosillo, Mexicali, Los Mochis, La Paz, Manzanillo, Morelia, and Aguascalientes. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Guadalajara, Jalisco. (Thank you Yahoo.com Finance)
April 23, 2009
As we mentioned in our home page, the new location of the professionally shot photos of the Nuevo Vallara Grand Luxxe Models is on the Interval International website, on the Grand Luxxe page. The photo album provides great views of what the interior could look like when completed. We say "could" because there may be slight changes as the completion date nears.
Thanks to the Bryan and McClure families for providing us with Riviera Mayan Grand Luxxe photos. The photos are very similar in quality and provide a great feel for the proposed Luxxe accommodation.
Also of note, we heard from a friend in Puerto Vallarta that the Yellow Sales office at the southwest corner of the property and toward the beach from the Grand Luxxe tower may be torn down and replaced by lower height Luxxe buildings. That was the dream we originally clung to when we first purchased our units. As we all know, the developer has had a number of great ideas for that spot, and he may have many more before the day is done. Regardless, we thought it important to let you know that the Nuevo Property maps are likely out of date.
One thing is for sure.....there is progress and we think the Nuevo Vallarta Mayan property will be a jewel of a place to visit!
April 9, 2009
The McClure family also returned from the Riviera Maya Grand Mayan resort and sent us a complete set of photos of the Luxxe models. We are very grateful to the McClures, Bryans and all the rest of you who have participated by providing us all with updated information about the resorts you have visited. Needless to say, the information is welcome, interesting and fun! Click here for the McClure's photos.
March 24, 2009
The Bryan family just returned from a two week stay at the Riviera Maya Grand Mayan resort and sent us some great photos of the Luxxe models. Thank you very much for thinking of and participating.
According to the Bryans, the models are very compelling and luxurious. They decided to increase their ownership to the Villa and are very excited about their new ownership. We know, we are sounding like an advertisement.....but what is wrong with being excited about something you have bought and can't wait to use? What the heck, we are just as excited ourselves.
and Joanne sent us a map of the Nuevo Vallarta property. It gives a
nice proforma of the development as Grupo Mayan (Grupo Vidanta) see the
property expanding. Interestingly, the development is moving in the
same direction as we were told in December 2007 when we purchased our
Luxxe weeks. We are happy about that because it shows the organization
is very good at executing their plans.
Take a look below.
Nuevo Vallarta - Grupo Mayan/Grupo Vidanta Pro Forma Development Map
January 31, 2009:
Thanks for the following information. One of our visitors notified us that Linda in Seattle wrote a good summary of her findings about the status of the Grand Luxxe construction, ownership, trading information and other pertinent subjects of interest to Grupo Mayan owners. Following is her post, which we copied from the Mayan_Palace_Owners Group at yahoogroups.com. Very worthwhile group, for those of you who are interested and were not aware of it.
Thanks to Linda, our viewer, who told us about Linda's post and to Linda in Seattle for her generous post.
Following is the information on the post:
"Linda in Seattle" wrote:
“OK, I gotta warn you this is a long message. It contains the info we got from Member Services today about our upgrade to Grand Luxxe and general MP, GM information.
We sat down with a Member Services person on 1/29/09 to discuss questions we felt weren't answered clearly by the salesperson at our Owners Update (and subsequent upgrade to Grand Luxxe) on 1/27/09. We wanted to do this during our 5 day contract rescission period. We had about 25 questions based on our reading of our new contract, my subsequent internet research and the questions all of you had posed to date. We were prepared to rescind the contract if we didn't like the answers.
That didn't happen and we are looking forward to our Grand Luxxe ownership.
First of all, no surprise, not everything said by the salesman we talked with on the 27th was accurate but the Member Services person was really helpful and, we felt, upfront about everything. There were a couple of verbal promises made by the salesman that were important to us and she surprised us by, after discussing the issues with us, writing an addendum to our contract to include the verbal promises. I assume she did this because our contract was (a) brand new and (b) rescindable at that point.
I don't think it would have happened after the contract was "final".
I would recommend, as did she, that if you have questions about your contract or about any problems or procedures (like for exchanging) to call Member Services. "That's what we are there for".
Nuevo's phone # is 011 52 (322) 297-5183 and their hours are 9am-1pm central time. (They also said if you call you can give them your name and contract number and they will call you back so you don't incur big international long distance charges.)They can look up any of your contracts in the system and guide you through the problem.There are about 12 people in Member Services. We've talked with 2 of them and were impressed by their ability to answer questions and/or get the answer if they didn't know it.
So I'll list the questions we asked her and her answers but I'll edit out specifics about our personal contract.
Topic 1: Grand Luxxe building configuration?What is on the huge ground floor of the under-construction Grand Luxxe building?
The lobby for the building. It's about two stories high inside and will be glass walled. This raises the units for better views and keeps a pleasant view at ground level.
What is the configuration of units within the building?This first building will have both Grand Luxxe Villas and Grand Luxxe Suites. The villas will be at the corners of the buildings and the suites will be between them. This building will probably have 4 Villas (the larger version of GLuxxe) and 4 suites (the smaller version) on each of 9 floors. Future buildings may have only Villas or only Suites or may be a mix of the two. There also may be larger buildings with 4 Villas and more suites per floor.Villas are always in the corners of the buildings.
Is the second building planned to replace the old sales office at the far south of the property?
No, that area will be the amenities center for Grand Luxxe. There will be a theater for shows (she said like Cirque du Soleil) and other GL amenities. The future GL buildings will be built inland from the current one along the new lakes and golf course being built.
Topic 2: Grand Luxxe Amenities?addition to free wifi, satellite TV, free golf and free massages do we still get complimentary airport transport, use of all the resort amenities and ability to charge to the room?
Yes. Plus we will have the services of a concierge and a (shared) butler.
Topic 3: Timeline of construction systemwide?When can we start reserving Grand Luxxe units at Nuevo?
They will not open reservations until all furnishing are in and they have tested all systems. At that point they will open for reservations and have a Grand Opening. Before the end of the year but no promises as to a date. There will be an announcement to all owners as soon as they are ready to take reservations. Until then you can exchange per your contract into GM units, or if it's in your contract, you can roll over your weeks to the next year. You can also exchange through II before construction is complete...see below for more info on that.
What is the construction schedule for the rest of Grand Luxxe, GM, Grand Bliss, Bliss, etc, etc.?
She said they don't tell the sales staff or member services specific dates anymore because the salesmen turned them into promised dates and then people were mad if they didn't happen as "promised". The timelines she knew about are as follows:
Nuevo Grand Luxxe = end of 2009
Nuevo Grand Bliss = approx 18 months from now (rough excavation has been done) Nuevo Bliss = approx 18 months after April
Riviera Maya Grand Luxxe = 2010
Acapulco Grand Luxxe = after Riviera Maya
There will be a Grand Bliss at the PV Marina, a GM at Puerto Penasco, a GLuxxe at Puerto Penasco, a GLuxxe at Cabo and she's pretty sure the Buenos Aires property will be a GLuxxe.
They also purchased property in Costa Rica but she doesn't know construction details. There's a rumor that they are looking at a Dubai property but it's only a rumor.
Are GM and MP still being sold?
We are not promoting GM and MP sales to the public anymore. There are still models open and sales happening because current MP, SG or GM owners may want to upgrade or buy more weeks. The majority of MP owners have upgraded to GM (or higher) and they are maintaining the ratio of sold units to available units for each level. So MP owners who have not upgraded will still have enough units available based on the number of MP owners.They are committed to having enough units for each level of owner.(My note: remember, the # of units available is system-wide. So if all MP owners want to go to Nuevo they won't all get in.)
If someone walked in off the street and wanted to buy a GM or MP would you sell it to them?
Yes of course. But since we are not promoting the units to the public that would be a rare occurrence.
How many weeks do you sell for each unit?
They keep 12 weeks per year unsold for each unit because of the floating time system.So that means they can sell up to 40 weeks per year per unit. That number will likely beless for the GLuxxe system in order to increase availability for GLuxxe owners.
Topic 4: Trading Grand Luxxe
What exchange company do we use for GLuxxe?
The "designated exchange company". Grupo Mayan (and virtually all timeshare companies) always retains the right to change the designated exchange company. As of the beginning of the year, the Grand Luxxe designated exchange company is Interval International. Grand Luxxe has signed an exclusive contract with II. II has been trying to woo Grupo Mayan away from RCI for many years so Grupo Mayan has agreed to use them exclusively for Grand Luxxe. In Grupo Mayan's eyes it's a test run to see if they provide the level of service they want for Grand Luxxe owners. II has assured them they will receive top notch treatment and preferences. The Member Services person said if there are any problems in using II to please call Member Services to let them know and they will intervene on your behalf as II very much wants to retain Grupo Mayan's goodwill and business.
How do we trade GLuxxe before construction is complete? How do we trade after it's complete?
II has been given a block of virtual GL units to use for member trades prior to completion of the GL buildings. She emphasized that if you have any trouble with II please call member services and they will help straighten it out. She said since this is a new program for both II and Grupo Mayan there may be glitches at the beginning but member services is there to help you through it. After completion it is traded as normal trades. She said II trades in weeks not points and that they have agreed to give top priority to GLuxxe owners in exchange for the exclusivity of the contract.
Can we use Registry or RCI for GL trades instead of II?
No. Because the II contract is exclusive for GL.
Who is Vedanta Capital Group and how are they connected to Grupo Mayan? They are a new business partner of Daniel Chavez, the owner of Grupo Mayan. Chavez is still the owner of Grupo Mayan.
Is the new golf course 18 or 27 holes? (We had heard both numbers)It was originally 27 holes but it was changed to 18 when they decided to create Nayar Village. It is a Nickolaus (sp?) designed course.
There is a large excavation pit behind the Cobalto nightclub right now. Is that the new Grand Bliss?
Yes. They have done some preliminary excavation while the heavy equipment was onsite for Nayar Village and the golf course. Actual construction hasn't started yet.
Hope that's helped a bit. I'll watch the Yahoo group for more questions over the next couple weeks and hopefully be able to answer them. We took a lot of photos of the interiors of the Bliss, Grand Bliss, and Grand Luxxe Villa model units and a photo of the current Grand luxxe construction. Will post those when we get home. I also have a map of the planned future development of Nuevo that I will post when we get home.
Linda in Seattle, in Nuevo”
Thanks Linda. Great comments.
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