He just returned from his vacation and provided a great update for us all. You can read it on the Current News page. Thanks again Michael. Although your words paint a picture of closed facilities and lots of construction, they provide the transparency we all need to stay in touch with the construction at Nuevo Vallarta.
Today, Michael sent some additional comments. They are as follows:
The primary reason for sending
you another email is to tell you that the sales manager Marcos told me that the
company reads your website often. They are especially concerned with the issues
that people have and what their interests are. I would assume that the data they
get from your website is used to provide a better customer experience, but
mostly to find more creative ways to sell or overcome personal complaints ?
to sell more.
I added an additional Grand
Bliss picture, plus another picture taken from the same spot via rotating 90
degrees (clockwise). The walking path is now extremely lush, full of immaculate
vegetation and foliage, but its closed for construction between the GL and GM.
You either catch a cart ride to get to the GM (exactly 0.6 miles) or you walk
the length of the beach, which is very awkward to reach from the GL due to
construction. The pools that span across the shore line that were originally
developed for the Mayan Palace, are no longer maintained. They are now solid
green from algae. Their plan is to demolish these pools and build new ones for
the GL/Punta after the Punta is complete (another 7-8 months?).
Additional Questions and Replies:
B&MA: BTW, did you get over to the Grand Mayan pool area?
Michael: Yes – Every day. I have a 4 and 7 year old that loved the place. Unfortunately the train and lazy river was closed for either routine maintenance (lazy river) or construction (boats and canoeing) during our stay! I should mention that the location for canoeing has moved (temporarily). It now near the train stop near the kiddy water area where you could get on the river boat. They now offer the canoe adventure as part of an adventure excursion, despite the length of the river-way being 1/10 the length it was before. I fear when it’s all done and said there will be a fee to rent canoes, ride the train (which will be substantially larger in size and track length), and cruise in the boats around the property.
B&MA: You mentioned that the Lazy River was closed.
Michael: Yes, for routine maintenance. They probably drain it twice a year for such activities during the slow season – MORE on that later.
B&MA: You say the Mayan Palace pool is now closed and going to be demolished.
Michael: To be specific I am speaking of the long pools that stretch just past Havana Moon to the GL Punta (they use large white balls as part of the pool décor). The Mayan Palace use to be behind these pools, but the hotel has been completely demolished (all lush vegetation with no sign of a hotel ever being there) but the pools have been left intact with no maintenance. The entire pool area is closed. I walked past the do not enter sign and realized the pools are full of Algae – disgusting to look at.
B&MA: Plus the prospect of a new construction firm entering the picture:
Michael: Could be a con/sales pitch but I was told a large announcement will be made to the Grupo Vidanta staff (late October) that a large US firm will be assisting in the construction to accelerate progress (Name is withheld until announcement). I believe it is for all the properties with a keen focus on construction not operations. I was told that after I hear the name of the American company that is partnering with Vidanta I will invest more money…
B&MA: We are under the impression that Mr. Chavez's company was responsible for building out the property.
Michael: That is the case but the rate of construction needs to be accelerated to attract/satisfy new owners. Plus the addition of a large water park (to be the largest in all of Mexico), plus the mansions of the word, plus adding GLs to all the other locations is overwhelming. I was also told that Grupo Vidanta has 2 properties in Costa Rica, 1 in Hawaii, Maui (not Ohau as shown on your post) and Cuba. Allegedly Paris and Japan and other exotic locations have actually been purchased and planned for construction in the years to come. Uncertain what mix of timeshare will exist at these i.e., GL or MoTW.
B&MA: Were there many guests at the Grand Mayan at the time of your visit?
Michael: I stayed at the GM during spring break in 2009. This time the entire resort appeared empty, which I now realize is the slowest month of the year for PV. The weather is terrible unless you like excessive rain, humidity and mud. During months June-Sept the facility operates with a reduced staff and the entire property undergoes some form of renovation/repair. This is why many of the restaurants only open on alternate days and most of the pools were drained for cleaning.
The mountain runoff makes the rivers dark brown and the ocean literally muddy for about 1 mile out to sea. Amazingly the ocean clears up from October through May, which coincides with the high season. This was apparently known by all except me. I won’t make that mistake again.
B&MA: They (the guests) must have been disappointed if the Grand Mayan Lazy River and wave pools were closed.
Only those people that new of the lazy river were disappointed. However, the GL pools are nice. The GL pool restaurant Blue Fish was a nice addition. Good food and drinks. They have several ping pong tables set up for use.
Thanks Michael. Great information in both the Current News page and here. You can view Michael's photos below.
Thanks for sharing with us Michael....
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