NUEVO VALLARTA, MEXICO
Nuevo Vallarta is the ideal location for relaxation and a bit of adventure mixed in!
Vidanta has endless options: from the beach or the pools, fine dining or grab and go, to entertainment on the property or partaking in an off-site excursion – whatever you choose it is going to be a good time!
How did you get to the destination (car, cruise, flight) and tell us about your travel experience.
To get to Nuevo Vallarta I took a flight from Newark, New Jersey to Dallas, Texas and then took a connecting flight from Dallas to Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR). You can arrange a shuttle to pick you up from the airport through the resort you are staying at, which I did through Vidanta. I called ahead of time and it was nice to know that my transportation would be waiting for me at the airport. The drive to Nuevo Vallarta was about 30 minutes, and very direct. If you have not arranged transportation from Vidanta there were plenty of taxis to hire.
What amenities are on the property including pools, beach, gym, laundry, arcade, etc?
I found Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta to be a rather deceiving property, in a good way. You can see from the resort maps how sprawling the property is, but when you are walking around on the raised boardwalk pathways you get a sense that you are staying a boutique tropical retreat. The property is also dotted by several pools, including a “beach entry” pool with a water slide! Perhaps the best thing about the pools at the Grand Mayan was the lazy river that wrapped around the main pool area. With the lazy river you can float in tube around and around relaxing and soaking up the sun while staying nice and cool! The property is set right along a stretch of private beach where you can set up camp for the day or rent jet skis for an afternoon.
One of the most unique features of Vidanta properties is their dedication to sustainability and ecological preservation, as a result the beach here is home to very special property guests: baby sea turtles! In an effort to protect the native sea turtle population Vidanta has set up biologist run sanctuaries at several of their locations across Mexico. In the last 5 years alone, the Nuevo Vallarta sanctuary has ensured the release of 1.5 million baby turtles!
Please describe your room: what it looked like, the size/configuration of the unit and what you liked about it.
The room I stayed in at The Grand Mayan
was a one bedroom suite which featured a spacious bathroom complete with a soaking tub! I also had a balcony which overlooked the pool and lazy river as well as the mountains across the Bahía de Banderas. The views during the sunrise were spectacular.
How easy is it to get around on or off property?
Getting around the property was a treat because you walk along these raised boardwalk pathways that meander through bamboo and jungle-like vegetation. It really immerses you into the natural environment and is unlike anything I have experienced at other properties. To ensure you don’t get lost there are directional arrows and maps at most junctions along the pathways!