Grand Mayan in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

We spent my week of spring break at the beautiful Grand Mayan in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. When I say beautiful I mean every inch of the resort was immaculately landscaped and felt like you were literally in the middle of a jungle! There were so many pools, swim up bars, a lazy river, water slide, wave pool and not to mention the beach. The lobby of the hotel was amazing. There were HUGE statues and it was just so impressive!

Grand Mayan Lobby




Our first night we arrived pretty late and pretty hungry. We went to La Cantina immediately after check in for Mexican food and margaritas. We got the biggest bowl of guac I’ve ever seen and I was just so happy.

The next morning we set out for Wal Mart to get some supplies for the week. There were literally whole chickens sitting out uncovered (but on ice)! Um.. what?! We passed on that. But you could buy anything from a stove to an ATV there as well. {Side note, we carefully planned what we were going to buy because we thought we would have to carry it to our room. When we arrived back concierge transported everything back to our room for us and we felt so dumb for not realizing this but got a good laugh at ourselves!} We spent the rest of the day just lounging on the beach – and getting sunburned despite the total body sunscreen we applied. Mountains surround the Banderas Bay, so you get a pretty impressive view. There is also a sea turtle conservation program on the resort. They collect the nest year round and protect them then release the babies daily when they hatch. The babies were just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

Beach Views


Baby turtles. I die.

On Monday we had a 12 hour offshore charter with PV Sportfishing but I’ll write a separate post on that because it was one of the best days of my life so far!

Tuesday through Thursday were pretty much the same. We spent the entire day either on the beach or at the pool or both. We met some fun friends from Iowa at the pool and played pool volleyball.  Happy hour was every day from 11am-3pm with 2 for 1 drinks! I am almost ashamed to admit how many times we order chips, guac and pico (and margaritas) from Ola Mulata Snack Bar but I mean, one we were on vacation and two what is better than eating it Oceanside? Relaxing was the whole idea for this trip!

New friend
More new friends?

We checked out a few restaurants on the resort while we were there. Gong was seriously so good. We had sushi, pad thai, and crispy octopus and I had an amazing blackberry margarita. We had the chef at Samba prepare a piece of the tuna we caught. He made us each a tuna tartare dish to start followed by a salad and then grilled tuna with manga salsa over risotto and zucchini and eggplant. I never wanted it to end and ate until I thought I would die. The rest of our meals we had in our room.

Pre dinner sunset beach walk
Incredible sunsets


Dishes from Samba – SO good!


We checked out Santaurio one night and enjoyed the entertainment there. We also went to the Fiesta Mexicana beach party, which was pretty fun with different buffet lines, open bar, and entertainment.


Headed to the beach party


Overall, we had a really great and relaxing week. A lot of the reviews I read before going said they felt trapped on the resort but we felt like it was super easy to get a taxi into town. There were also a lot of complaints about the amount of walking but we enjoyed exploring the grounds. It is a HUGE place though. Everything we ate was delicious and reasonably priced. This is a timeshare resort but I would highly recommend it. There was a great mix of couples, families, retirees and spring breakers when we were there.

What more could you ask for?

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