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Grand Isla Navidad Resort

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A secluded, luxurious golf & marina resort and condo located in the developing Barra de Navidad area. In and around town there are some great little seafood spots as well as lovely hand crafted souvenirs. The Grand Bay Hotel is run by Wyndham Resorts and the unique suites are pure luxury. They do not do free nightly entertainment here but they do have live music around pool during the day. This resort is also great at hosting large groups. The Grand Bay Resort is perfect for couples who want a relaxing, luxury vacation. This resort is also great for golfers!


Overview

Bordered by beautiful natural coves and a tranquil lagoon on a private island, this Spanish-style luxury resort features a spectacular 27-hole golf course and 199 well-appointed rooms and suites in several 3-storey buildings. At the Grand Isla Navidad Resort one can experience the luxury of modern conveniences complemented by the charms of Old Mexico. This four diamond hotel is ideal for a luxury Mexico vacation. Play a round of golf on the gold medal course surrounded by majestic mountains and crashing ocean waves. In addition to golf, deep-sea fishing, horseback riding and a private marina are a few of the other recreational features of the Grand Bay.

Location: On a cove and marina in Barra de Navidad, approximately 30 minutes from the Manzanillo city and airport.


tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Laura T : Regina, Canada
Great and Relaxing vacation for the family

Beautiful hotel, great food, and great service, but was disappointed about no entertainment at night. And the bars closed at 11:00 pm. Spent New Year's there and it was the only great entertainment night we had. During the day they had a band playing by the pool, that was it. They definitely need to improve the entertainment and close the bars later at night, I understand that it is a family resort but it doesn't mean you have to close that early. other than that it was great, we got to take the water taxi twice to go to Barra, it was nice to do a little bit of shopping and spent time at the ocean. They had different water activities which was nice.The rooms were kept very clean, and so were the surroundings in the hotel. I definitely recommended if you like to have quiet time on your vacation.

  • grver : victoria
Good Deal

This is a 5 star resort for a 3 star price. We are a family of 4 (2 teens) and got a breakfast included deal for a good price by dealing directly with the hotel. Our room was huge. Meals and drinks at the hotel are a bit pricey but the town of Barra de Navidad is very close via the inexpensive water taxi, 30 pesos per person round trip. In Barra there are lots of bars and restaurants with nice views on the beach. If you want to grab a six pack and chips you can also visit a village by walking out through the marina (15 min.), however, helpful but probably not absolutely necessary to know a few words of Spanish.The hotel does not offer a nightly show or crazy games around the pool like many resorts. The hotel does not really have a beach on the ocean but rather a small lagoon where you can swim. The pools are not huge like some resorts but they're good for small kids who seemed to enjoy them. There's even a small water slide between two small pools. There is a games room with a pool table and lots of board games with a full-time facilitator. There are tennis courts, ping pong table and a foosball table outside. We visited the neighbouring town of Melaque which was a nice outing, it's bigger than Barra with more amenities, taxi from Barra only 70 pesos or local bus works well too. It has a better beach for ocean swimming than Barra. You probably never want to take a taxi to or from the hotel to Barra or vice versa. It takes 3 min. by water taxi and 20 min. via the road so the taxi is much more expensive than the boat.We also hired a taxi to go to Tenacatita which was not worth it. I'd heard there was good snorkeling there but it was a nice beach with good waves and pretty well nothing else there.

  • Jill T : Santa Barbara, California
Worst customer service EVER!

I don't know where to begin ... management was not interested in making us happy as customers, whatsoever. Would not honor the Expedia VIP upgrade without having to pay. AC in bedroom didn't work, but AC in living area was freezing cold and could not be adjusted. I called the front desk and they had to turn it completely OFF. The room adjoining us has several kids and they kept waking us several times every night. Calling down to the front desk did not help at all. There is a house above the property on top of the hill that plays their music extremely loud until 5 am. It sounded as if we were at an outdoor concert! Again, the front desk said there was nothing they could do about it. 8 of the 16 channels available in the room were scrambled and we were told it was due to the satellite signal and was only repaired on our LAST day there! They advertise having internet, but it was only in common areas and it was HORRIBLE. The food was very average and the breakfast buffet had the exact same items every single morning of our entire weeks stay. The mattress was like sleeping on the tile floor... hard as a rock. The hot tub stayed full of mothers with their toddlers and small children the entire time and other adults were not able to use it. This was the worst Christmas vacation we EVER had and will not ever return.

  • HWPKG : Brampton, Canada
Best Family Vacation Ever

First things first, we went there for a family vacation knowing in advance that it would be suitable for kids. If my wife & I had to go somewhere similar, we would have looked for an adults only resort. Have done multiple trips to places like Aruba and Curaçao but our first to Mexico. The entrance to the resort is awe inspiring and opulent. I was quite frankly taken aback. Resorts in the Caribbean have nothing comparable in terms of the artistic detail, grandeur, character, interior of this place. The buffet is fantastic. All 3 meals offer tremendous variety almost daily. The quality ingredients and preparation and flavours are excellent. By far the best food I have ever had at a resort. It would outclass a $50 per person banquet back home easily. I am a red wine person and their wines are not watered down or bad at all. The room is very spacious, very clean. The beds are comfortable, the pillows are ok. The linen is decent. Air conditioning in the room is excellent. They have a ceiling fan in each room which really helps. You can play room music through speakers in the ceiling. I like that sort of a thing. Each and every one of the 199 rooms on the property faces the lagoon / harbour. All rooms come with a decent size balcony that has clean furniture. You can see the sunrise from every room. The pools are clean and have depths varying from 2 to 7 feet. The pools are truly super clean and extremely well maintained. In fact the entire premises is really well maintained and hygienic and clean. Even the public washrooms near the pools and elsewhere on the floors are clean and well maintained. Service varies from average to excellent. The staff can be prompt and very attentive as well as super courteous and professional. Housekeeping is also good. Read below for tipping the wait staff to ensure excellent service. Weather was excellent but no surprise. I expected dry weather with lots of sun for my entire stay based on the time of the year - over Christmas. Beach is a bit of a misnomer. It is a lagoon so the water is really not for swimming. But they keep the sand clean and the surroundings at excellently maintained. If you are a sun bather like I am then you won't much care for not hearing splashing waves of "aqua blue" water. Beach towels are plenty and easy to obtain. Barra de Navidad is the nearby town that you can take on a 30 pesos water taxi - that is a 2 way fare per person. Great place to enjoy some local shopping on cobble stone roads and also maybe enjoy some local cafes and the more conventional beaches. Minor consAt the Grand Cafe buffet - on Dec 24 & 25 - you have to make dinner reservations. Their leaflet does not tell you this and you only find out when you get there for dinner. Other nights is not a problem. Again even the reservations are not a problem - except for the fact that you do not know that you need to do so. You have free mineral water in the room and then water for which you pay. Having both is kinda weird especially since the water you pay for is free at the pool bar during the afternoon hours. Also why have one bath robe in the room - have zero or two. Minor logistical issues that can easily be sorted out. Tips / Value At the restaurants, ask to be seated where the following wait staff may be: Andres, Ivan, Brian. Lorenzo, the manager at the buffet needs to be made friends with on Day one. He will do literally whatever he can to make your breakfast and dinner memorable. Make use of the map to understand the property. To say that it is huge is an understatement. Walk around the damn place for crying out loud. Take a break early morning or late afternoon from your drinking, sun bathing and so called activities and walk around the damn place. For a family vacation with kids, way better experience and much better value for money than places like Aruba, Curaçao and Jamaica. All things being equal about 12-20 percent cheaper and I would say, about 15-20 percent more value. Bring a lot of Mexican pesos as cash in 20 and 50 denominations. For a party of 3-4 you will need about $80 - $100 CAD worth for a week in tips. $1 CAD is about 15 Mexican pesos. Cab from and to the airport will cost about 600 to 700 pesos. TippingFor the cleaning person, leave 20 pesos per day please. For each of your meals, about 15 - 20 pesos per person as a tip at the beginning of your meal will go a long way. People speak or at least understand English but words like Ola, Por favor, Gracias, Buenos dias, Amigo, Senor, when said with a smile go a long way. Read upLook Mexico is a growing developing country but the average person cleaning washrooms, cleaning rooms or waiting on people is truly making lowly wages. Even the federally regulated minimum daily wages are about $4-$6 CAD. That is per day. In a country that is in the top 15 in size, GDP and population (about 125 million), the average person working their butt off for relatively menial wages is encouraged to go the extra mile when you incentivize them to do so. Next YearIf my kids are up for it, then we will surely come back next year and the years to follow. A true 4 star plus property that earns its 5 rating

  • Rzrbk007 : Shreveport, Louisiana
Expensive ..... 1970's services.

Nice hotel .... but NON-EXISTENT wi-fi. Although their web site says internet in the entire hotel, unless you are sitting five feet from the reception desk you cannot connect. ZERO internet in any rooms. Rooms are nice but the TV is at least 20 years old and only has maybe five channels. None in English. Pool is nice but there is NO beach access. Came here for a relaxing vacation and to catch up on a little work. Paid over $500 for three nights, non-inclusive. Very disappointed and will most definitely avoid this place in the future.

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  • All meals (buffet breakfast, daytime and late night snacks)
  • Dinner can be a la carte (reservations required, dress code in effect)
  • Unlimited international and domestic drinks
  • Daily and nightly entertainment and activity programs
  • 199 rooms
  • Restaurants
  • Bars (including swim-up bar)
  • Pools 
  • Whirlpool
  • Beach volleyball
  • Exercise room
  • Ping-pong 
  • Chess 
  • Island tours 
  • Daily activity program 
  • Live music at night 
  • Concierge service  
  • 24-hour room service (fee)
  • Golf  (fee)
  • Water skiing (fee)
  • Jet skiing (fee)
  • Pedal boat (fee)
  • Kayaking (fee)
  • Spa treatments (fee)
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Boutiques
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Hotel Room includes:

  • Air-conditioning
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  • 1 king-size or 2 double beds
  • Bathroom
  • Bathrobe and Slippers
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  • Satellite TV
  • Radio/alarm clock
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffeemaker
  • Mini-bar (fee)
  • In-room safe
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Living area
  • Balcony or terrace

Kids Stay Free - Children under 13 stay free.

For the Kids - Kids' Club (ages 4 to 12), Wading pool, Water slides, and Babysitting available for a fee (subject to availability).

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  • Grand Isla Navidad Resort
    Manzanillo,Mexico

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Grand Isla Navidad Resort
Circuito de los Marinos S/N Fracc. Isla Navidad, Isla Navidad 28838 Mexico

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