RESORTS by DEAN,
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Mayan Palace Hotels are available at most locations. At Nuevo Vallarta, they have mostly been torn down to make way for the Grand Luxxe buildings.
--1- or 2-bedroom suites
-- least expensive
--1758 sq ft (2-bedroom)
--1 or 2 full baths with tubs
--ample kitchen/living room
--balcony with splash pool
--huge pools and water park
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Grand Luxxe Presidential
Grand Luxxe Loft
Nuevo Vallarta --This is the crown jewel of the Mayan Resorts and contains all levels of luxury --Mayan Palace, Grand Mayan, Grand Bliss, Grand Luxxe, Presidential Grand Luxxe, Spa Tower and Grand Luxxe Loft-- all with access to a beautiful sandy beach. The Grand Mayan has the most extensive water park with lots of swimming pools, a water slide, a lazy river, two wave pools, and kiddie pools. This resort has a challenging Jack-Nicklaus designed golf course. The pools at the Grand Luxxe and Grand Bliss are smaller and aimed at adults. Nuevo Vallarta is a short bus or taxi ride from Puerto Vallarta.
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Riviera Maya --This is developing into a destination second only to Nuevo Vallarta. It's located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, and is an easy trip to either by rental car or taxi. Lots of activities near by; the beach here is rocky with numerous tidal pools--a better swimming beach is a short walk away. It has a challenging 18-hole executive golf course that is also fun for kids. The area offers an intriguing mixture of natural tropical beauty and ancient Mayan ruins. Click for more info....
Acapulco --The Grand Mayan has a beautiful reflective pools plus a small lazy river and also a kiddie pool. The resort is know for the longest swimming pool in the world. Acapulco offers many activities nearby. The resort has a very nice golf course which is one of the top ten in Mexico. Click for more info....
Los Cabos --The Grand Mayan is a boutique resort and romantic getaway that caters to adults. The building and its associated pools are small. You can't swim in the beach there since it has huge waves that are fun to watch. This site has the advantage that you can walk to the small, lazy, town of San Jose del Cabo but also rent a car to drive to Cabo San Lucas for whale-watching trips (in season), to swim in large public beaches, and to enjoy the night-life. There is a small 9-hole golf course associated with the resort (across the street). Click for more info....
Puerto Vallarta --This has a small Mayan Palace that we stay in when we want to spend more time in town. It has a small private beach. The resort is just a short distance from downtown (bus or taxi) and is located near the Marina which has several small but nice restaurants and shops. Puerto Vallarta is located on the Banderas Bay and has many wonderful restaurants as well a thriving art community and many folk-culture activities. Click for more info....
Puerto Peņasco (La Jolla del Cortez) --This has an advantage that you can drive there from Phoenix in about four hours. The resort is close to Puerto Peņasco, another small, sleepy town with several nice restaurants and vendors. The beach is shallow and goes on forever--good for splashing around. It has a great Jack-Nicklaus designed desert golf course that makes this trip worth while. It only has a Mayan Palace at this time, with a Grand Mayan under construction. There is also an airport, owned by the resort developer, which has twice weekly flights in and out. Click for more info....