Gran Festivall All Inclusive Resort
- What's Included
- All Inclusive Features
A fairly basic but charming resort, the Club Maeva features villa accommodations. This hotel is a great place to meet Mexican travelers, many which are from Guadalajara. The great entertainment team keep guests active day and night. Request Villas #101-138, these ones are close to main area and the rooms are larger. This resort is more like an activity park with accommodations. A lot of walking around with the main area to beach being a good 10 to 15 minute walk. A large kids club makes this a great place for families.
This charming property on Mexico's pacific coast offers the contemporary comfort of spacious villas and facilities especially designed for a fun family vacation. Adults can enjoy a relaxing swim in a pool built exclusively for them while children are entertained at the Kids Club. The talented hotel animators will keep guests active with a wide variety of activities and sports... unless, of course, you prefer to unwind at one of the hotel's four bar or bask in the sun. Gran Festivall is an ideal choice for all.
Location: Overlooking Santiago Bay, across the street from Miramar Beach, 15 minutes to downtown, 25 minutes from the airport.
This was a fantastic resort. Rooms were clean and spacious. Food was great. Service was awesome.... no they didn't speak much english or french but remember you chose to go to Mexico. There were enough workers that were fluent in english if you needed. The pools were enormous and clean. They had a great adult only pool if you wanted. It was across the road from the beach but they had a walkway over the road. The beach was beautiful. There were more activities than was possible to do in a week. They had zip lining(at the resort, no need for an expensive tour), archery, tennis, volleyball, basketball , table tennis, soccer, waterslides. Suites had two air conditioners. The 200 rooms are central to everything. If you don't want to walk or do stairs you may want to be in the 100's though they are close to everything and could be noisy. Would go back again. Loved it.
This all inclusive hotel was quite ok for the cheap price it offers. Food was average food, service ok, the installations were not in their best shape (old, partly unrenovated). Specially the pool for kids had the floor in stone (not painted and it was very rough for the skin). If you are up for a good 10 min walk to the sea each morning from your room, it's quite ok. Not sure if we would come back next time..
My wife and I, Just got back last night from 1 week at the Gran Festivall Manzanillo. We were very disappointed. We had read a number of reviews on trip advisor before we went. However there are a number of them that conflict and are very confusing. I think this is in turn because this hotel sells off rooms at a considerable discount when it cannot fill the hotel. Also depending where you are staying at the hotel. The Villa's will be renovated or not renovated. We stayed in the "Not renovated" As with most of this resort is no renovated and all the foreigners we placed here! After we got home and I started looking at the pictures of the resort. There are none that show how bad this place is. So I will upload them as I did a walk around the property before we left. I will say this, The original villa we stayed in had the entire kitchen ceiling falling down to garbage cans in catch the water leaking down like a stream. We did see cockroaches on the property. However not in the food area or villas. I am going to upload a picture of a salt shaker in the restaurant. The black things in the salt are dead ants. (Thank god we found this on the last day!). Food was poor at this resort. Disappointing as we read some reviews that it was quite good. You could always find something. Restaurant staff looked down at us a few times. (First time I had ever seen this). A number of other people that were on our plane rated this resort as a 1 star and we would have to agree. (Depending if in renovated villa's or not, But hey don't take my word for it. Check out my pictures of the villas!). The locals do come in on the week. Plan accordingly. Beach and pools will fill up fast. So go down there right away or plan something else. We did reach that it was a major walk down to the ocean. My wife and I did not find this. It is a bit of a walk but nothing major. We read on how big the property was and thought. Wow that thing is huge we can't go wrong! Boy were we both wrong! While we were down there our lock on our room broke. Took them 3 hours to try and get in. In the end they broke in through a Window so we could get our stuff. They moved us to another room for the rest of our stay. All the people on our airplane that stayed at this resort. Referred to the area we stayed in as "Gangland" or the Ghetto. Please note: That we know of at lest three people that got room changes while we were down there. (Black mold, Ac not working,). None of them were moved to the newly renovated units! Some people spoke of how great this place was back in the day with fond memories. That's why they came back. (18 years ago). Toronto had this place discounted at around the $600.00 marker. Western Canada was paying around the $900 - $1000 marker.One other note: When we first showed up our room was dirty and they had to page the maid last at night. As the place had been trashed from the last people. Not a great welcome for a place.-PRO's:-You can hail a Bus right out front of the resort. 7 pesos to get you to Santiago and Manzanillo.- There is a Walmart in Santiago. Cheap duty free booze and stuff- Beach that this resort sits on is the best one down there! Just awesome!- Big Pools!- Maids were good- Lifeguards on beach some days. - Shower water pressure was very good. Never ran out of hot water.- Check in was fast and smooth/ So was check out.- CON's:- Very few staff spoke anything but Spanish, Including the front desk- Non - renovated villa's! Just brutal. See pictures! and they are still booking people for the night in them!- Cockroaches seen running around the property- Ants in the salt shaker in the restaurant! Brutal! (Again see pictures!)- NOT at Three Star resort. 2 star at best. 1 star in some areas!- Ran out of some drink mixes and did not refill them.- Sheets on bed were not the correct size. (Two double sheets for a queen)- Restaurant staff seem to snub there nose at you for some reason.( You were never offed that second cup of coffee in the morning)- Black mold in a number of rooms.- Some rooms missing light bulbs.- One Jug of water when you check in. If you want more you have to go to one of the bars and get it refilled. They do not bring anymore.-DO NOT BOOK THIS RESORT! HORRIBLE!! (Uploading pictures for everyone to see! For shame!)
As most people know with my reviews I am not one whom believes the world owes me anything and that I am special because I pay X amount of dollars for my travel, I am an avg guy who enjoys the simplest of things when I travel whether its business or pleasure.As we usually do as a family we like to celebrate New Years on a different Caribbean or tropical destination over the last 7 years with our 3 kids 25,22,and 21 so not babies and been taught to enjoy the simplest things in life.So this year we decided to go to Manzanillo Mexico and stay at the Gran Festival. We read the reviews prior and as usual that never sways us because we make our own fun and opinions.1st of the resort itself is great lots to do and for the most part the grounds are well kept, the resort and rooms (good chunk of them) could really use a coat of paint and some refurbishing but definitely not the worst I have seen. The food was ok some good some bad but something for everyone. The adult pool was amazing the large resort pool has a big hornet problem and is busy busy busy.The beach is very local and we loved it because it was very local oriented. It is not your common tourist style beach like a Cancun or Riviera Maya.The New Years Party was one of the best we have ever done on a resort and staff deserve top marks for the event they put on from the band to the fireworks show this was our favourite time all week.Now the negative, this is now (recently) a Sunwing property and the fact that your front desk staff and majority of the staff whom do not speak English or even have the time to try and work with you to try and understand instead of basically dismissing you because they don't have time to try. outside of the very odd handful of scattered waiters or bar staff that can speak English also or at least care enough to try, blows my mind. The resort guests are predominately Spanish speaking people with maybe a quarter of the people being English for the most part. Now understand we loved the fact we felt we were in a local setting and enjoyed trying to learn and communicate the language but if Gran Festivall and Sunwing are to move forward as a great spot for tourists whether Canadian or American or wherever they really need to strategically place some bilingual people in the most important areas (front desk, info desk, management etc that questions can be answered as it was extremely frustrating to ask for the simplest of things. The entertainment looked fantastic but not once did the staff they try and tell you what was happening or going on in English, geez at least say hello here is our show Welcome.Lastly if you need any sort of internet for the ability to stay in contact outside of Manzanillo or because millennials need their social life forget it the internet here will frustrate you and perhaps annoy your trip, wasn't a factor for our family but could see it for some families as well as business people.All in all we had a fun time and enjoyed the local feel and fun, would I go back perhaps if Sunwing and Gran festival made more of an effort to put some people that would love their job an opportunity to work with guests from all over not just Spanish speaking people.Life is what you make of it don't avoid this place its worth the money, Sunwing and Gran Festivall you have a diamond in the rough do something with it and you will reap the rewards
The property is in need up upgrading...old and needs to be refreshed, FOOD IS AWEFUL, drinks are plentiful, caters to Mexican no English or French spoken. There is an adult area but it is small and limited in space.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- A la carte dining w/reservations
- Domestic drinks from 11am-2am
- Introductory scuba diving & snorkeling lesson in pool
- Rock climbing
- Spanish lessons
- Daily activities program
- Nightly entertainment
- Entrance to Disco, drinks included
- 450 villas in eight 3-storey buildings
- 5 Restaurants including, Italian a la carte restaurant
- Snack bar
- 4 bars
- Disco (including a disco for families)
- Pools including 1 for adults only
- Water slides
- Tennis courts
- Non-motorized watersports (fee)
- Adventure activities
- Paintball (fee)
- Currency exchange
- Laundry service (fee)
- Medical service (fee)
1-Bedroom Villas include:
- 1 queen or 2 single beds
- Ceiling fan
- Living area w/2 single sofa beds
- Cable TV
- In-room safe
- Bathroom with shower only
- Balcony or terrace
- A staircase leads from the living area to the bedroom
2-Bedrooms Villas include the same as above but with a 2nd room on the mezzanine.
Kids Deals - Kids 5 & under stay and eat free when sharing a room with paying adults; pay a special rate on airfare & transfers only. Kids 13-17 pay the teen rate.
For the Kids - Kids 2-12 can enjoy supervised activities at the Kid's Club, Kid's pool, Kid's entertainment, Kid's disco and Kid's pool. Babysitting subject to availability (fee).
Golf Bonus - Special golf prices available. For more details, please inquire.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
Resort Location Map
Gran Festivall All Inclusive ResortManzanillo,Mexico
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
Km 12.5 Carretera Manzanillo, Manzanillo 28200 Mexico
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