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!
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.
Grand Isla met & exceeded our expectations.The facility was wonderful, the staff friendly & helpful. We were down to this area to see what our friends were raving about.It was a wonderful experience!
No one factor (room, food, service, etc.) rates five stars, but this is a place where the sum of the factors exceeds the whole. A 640 peso 35 minute taxi ride from the airport through fairly remote territory (for a moment I thought maybe I was being taken for a "ride") until reaching de Navidad and what must have been a two mile entrance drive along the 27 hole golf course to the hotel. Upon arrival I wasn't sure it was the Grand Isla de Navidad since the name has changed to the Bay Hotel. It is a SPRAWLING 200 room complex. Took us a couple of days to figure out how to navigate 3-4 elevators from our room to the restaurants. QUIET and BEAUTIFUL is the best descriptor. The only complaint I heard was that it was TOO quiet. No thumping music, no loud parties; just quiet...though that might also be attributed to the approximate 30% occupancy when we were there 2nd week of February. Don't know how this place can sustain itself at that rate given the massive maintenance required. Nonetheless, service, food and resort cleanliness were at least standard or above. We even had the 10th floor pool to ourselves for a couple of hours one day. We had the buffet breakfast as part of our room package and although static, it was plentiful enough to allow you to vary your morning diet (though I suspect some items saw more than one morning buffet). The water taxi to Barra is an essential connection; though anyone with hip or knee concerns may need an assist. Good restaurants there as well as in Melaque, a short taxi/bus ride up the bay. Above all, we enjoyed the peace and quiet. This is not a place for those seeking wild and crazy nor much for kids (yay!)....I could count on one hand how many children we saw (yay!). We are older (not going to say how old), but this is not so much a young person's hangout (yay!). We loved it. We've been to Mexico 18-20 times, all over and this resort and this location is now our favorite. Staff are well-versed in English and there are ample tour options including trips to Colima and elsewhere. By the way, any concerns about crime/violence are over-blown; much safer here than in any U.S. City. So, viva Bay Hotel. We shall return.
Kudos to Juan Carlos and the staff at Grand Isla Navidad Resort for providing my travel companions and I with a most memorable vacation. It was our second visit to Grand Isla Navidad which speaks volumes for the resort as we tend to be gypsy travelers. A big shout out to Gabriel and his staff at the golf club, especially our caddie, Rickie, who provided excellent advice, and expertly chose our clubs and read our lies. Butch Harmon couldn't have done a better job. And thank you for acknowledging my husband's hole-in-one on the #3 ocean hole with a congratulatory certificate which he has proudly framed.Grand Isla Navidad is a beautiful resort built on a hillside overlooking a lagoon and marina and the town of Barra de Navidad on the mainland. The public areas are immaculate and the lawns expertly manicured.The rooms are spacious with flat-screened televisions, a sitting table with 2 chairs, and a love seat with coffee table. A programmable safe is provided free of charge.You may adjust the air conditioning to your preference. We had an excellent view of the marina and mountains in the distance from our balcony.The bathroom is also spacious with a separate shower stall from the bath tub. Thank you for the amenities - shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and massage soap, they were very much appreciated and used.We enjoyed many breakfasts and dinners on the outdoor terrace at the Grand Cafe. Our favourite meal though was lunch on the patio by the pool at La Plazuela where over the course of 2 weeks I'm sure we tried every item on the menu and were never disappointed. The entertainment was an added bonus.Meals at La Terrazza and Antonios (reservations required) were also delicious and memorable. Please thank the staff at Antonios for taking the time to give us a lesson on the various types and qualities of tequila. Good opportunity to try some excellent tequila from their extensive selection. The guitar player who supplied the music at both restaurants is very good and takes requests. Thank you for indulging my husband with Ain't No Sunshine (original by Bill Withers), it was an excellent rendition.The wait staff and hostesses at all the restaurants provided friendly,efficient and attentive service at all times and worked very hard to make our dining experience enjoyable and memorable.Every night we would finish off our evening with a night cap at the lobby bar. My only recommendation to management would be to provide some entertainment in the lobby bar till midnight. The piano player is a nice touch but I think he is better suited to playing from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the before dinner crowd. You need livelier entertainment for after dinner.The pool is large and tiered with a shallow end at one end (higher) connected to the main deeper pool by a gentle water slide. Plentiful loungers as well as tables and chairs are located around the pools. Food and beverage service is provided or you can take a refreshing short swim to the swim-up bar.If you enjoy good golf in a scenic location with comfortable accommodation, good food and excellent service, Grand Isla Navidad Resort is the way to go.
Friends and I spent a week in January at Grand Isla Navidad. It is a lovely resort. Our room faced the beautiful marina. It is a good place to relax by the pool. The draw for my friends was the golf; there are 3 golf courses associated with the resort. In fact it was the second time my travelling companions had visited this resort. I would have preferred activity at night and music by the pool. There was a mariachi band playing at lunch time on a couple of occasions while we were there. My favourite time of day was lunch outdoors enjoying a good lunch and glasses of Chardonnay. All in all it was a nice restful vacation.
This is a difficult review to put together because as the management points out, it is not a typical all-inclusive. It is kind of a hybrid that has charter company all-inclusive guests, regular hotel guests who can choose an inclusive plan or pay-as-you go & boat people from the marina who use the hotels pools and food services.We booked a golf package thru Sunwing. Wednesday is travel day for Vancouver/Calgary & Edmonton/Regina flights. For whatever contractual/economic reasons Sunwing has both flights landing and departing within 5 minutes of each other. Add any other airlines into the mix and this very small airport struggles to deal with the volume/chaos.Resort occupancy seemed to be quite low while we were there. It would get marginally busier on Fri/Sat with some families and other weekenders coming in.The overall resort is quite beautiful and elegant, I believe built in a Spanish colonial style. Although apparently it only has about 200 rooms it is spread out over a large area with multiple buildings and is terraced up the hillside. There are a lot of twists and turns and nooks and crannies. It can be quite a confusing layout at first until you get acclimatized. I believe it was built in 1992 and is starting to get a little frayed around the edges. They do keep the place immaculately clean and my wife insists I point out that all the washrooms in public areas were spotless.Room:We booked a grand deluxe room which theoretically has better views. It paid off as we lucked into a corner unit on a high floor. From our balcony we had a 270 degree view: to our right we looked over the marina and all the way back to the far reaches of the lagoon and distant mountains, Straight ahead we looked over the top of the lobby/main area toward the town of Barra, a little left and we had a view of the bay. Great spot for a late afternoon cocktail, only bad point was the air conditioner from the lobby area could be a bit noisy. Because our room was on a high floor it was a bit of a trek to get there from the pool area. 1 elevator from the pool level (PB) up to the lobby level on the 6th floor. Walk a bit to another set of elevators to go up to the bridge level. Cross the bridge which spanned the road going to the lobby and then take a 3rd elevator to our floor.The room itself was nicely appointed with a king bed, flat screen TV, sitting table with a couple of chairs squeezed into a corner and a typically uncomfortable love seat.The washroom was a bit cramped. The shower door and the bathroom door both opened into the same space so if you were having a shower you had to close the bathroom door. Shower always had hot water but poor water pressure. Shower head could use a CLR treatment as water was coming coming out of about 1/2 the holes. Air con worked well and was quiet.Small programmable safe included.Mini bar was not included, if you wanted it unlocked to put any of your own stuff in there you had to open a "voucher" at the front desk. Each day you got 2 bottles of water in the bathroom and these were replenished with the "turndown" service. Oddly there were 2 bottles of water beside the coffee maker with tags on that indicated you would be charged if you used these. You could also ask for bottled water at the pool bar. Food services:Breakfast 7-noon at the Grand Café. Small buffet but it seemed to have most basics covered including bacon, sausages, some kind of potato, a Mexican dish or 2. 1 person managing the egg station and she could handle 2 people at a time. This restaurant is also open at dinner and has a nice outdoor terrace.Lunch: only option was La Plazuela near the pool bar. noon-6. A la carte only. Nice varied menu, food quality quite good. No quick eat and run here, lunch was minimum 1:15. Could also order poolside from a limited menu. Service times for this varied but it was usually not fast. Dinner:Grand Café starting at 7:00. Depending on occupancy some days there would be a very limited buffet sometimes no buffet at all. Either way they also had a menu you could order from. Food quality and wait times varied here. I think this restaurant for dinner is the weak link in the food chain.La Terraza a la carte, open Sunday-Thursday reservations usually required. Beautiful setting on an open terrace. They wanted to call it either a Thai or "Pacific Rim" but I guess you could call the menu Asian influenced. At any rate the food was top-notch and service excellent.Antonios a la carte, open Friday & Saturday only. Reservations required. Indoor restaurant, men have to wear long pants and supposedly no sandals but I did see some men wearing them. 5 star food and service here. Chef refused to give me his recipe for the shrimp soup. Try a hot of tequila from the tequila bar here. 210 different brands of tequila. Could use a little light background music. Never tried the room service. The menu looked pretty typical. Not part of all inclusive package.Overall the food quality is very good but options are a bit limited for more than a brief stay. Had a couple of service glitches that were annoying/disappointing at the time but looking back service level was at a very high level.Because there is a mix of guests we always had to wait at the end of a meal to sign our check even though the total would be 0.We also noticed that people not on an all-inclusive package were ordering off a different menu which had additional items on it. I could get an all-included burger but I would have to pay for sliders. I could get one type of included soup but would have to pay for a different one.Bar service:Pool bar was open 11-6. Really good service. good size glasses, no need to bring your bubba mug here.Lobby bar opened at 6 till supposedly midnight (we never made it that late). Beautiful old school classy type bar with a nice veranda wrapping around the exterior with great views. Often had a piano playing in the evenings.There was a 3rd bar that was sometimes open in the evenings located near the a la carte restaurants. Although it is outside it has a kind a sterile feel to it. 3 large tables widely spaced in a large open brightly lit area. This was a designated smoking area, saw a few people there but generally not heavily used.Entertainment. Most days a trio would set up by the pool bar/ La Plazuela and play from 2-5. They are pretty good but a little loud to eat lunch if you are sitting too close to them. Others may not appreciate the music if hoping to have a quiet time around the pool. Of course you could always move to a quieter spot along the pool complex.Most evenings they had a singer/guitar player set up outside La Terraza restaurant. You could also hear him from the outside seating areas of the Grand Café or Lobby Bar. He has kind of a crooner style. Quite talented actually.Pools/BeachThe pool complex is adequate but not spectacular. A series of pools connected by mini-waterslides starting with the kiddy/shallow pool at one end eventually leading to the deepest pool by the pool bar. There are a couple of "secret" pools in quieter areas far from any bar service. One is on level 1 behind some of the marina buildings. A really nice one is up on the tenth floor. You may need to hire a Sherpa to find it. Not much of a view though as it is surrounded by guest rooms including the presidential and governors suites. The beach is OK, it sits on a little protected lagoon. Lots of lounge chairs and shade from palm trees or a few canopy/tent style palapas. Should not surprise anyone as hopefully people who book here have done a bit of research.The quick/inexpensive ($30 peso round trip) water taxi over to the town of Barra adds another interesting element. Many restaurants, bars and a long beach to walk.If you like long beach walks you can ask the shuttle service at the front desk to take you to Playa Coco, about a 5 minute drive away bordering on the golf course. You go down some steps to a beautiful little beach and you can walk practically all the way to the airport if you want to. The shuttle will return to pick you up at whatever time you have specified. Golf:We booked the golf package thru Sunwing which seemed to be a reasonable deal and served us well.Proshop is 8 minute shuttle ride from front desk.27 holes although when we were there the Lagoon 9 (which is the prettiest and most challenging) was closed. Some kind of bugs were eating the greens although we toured it before we left and it looked in good shape.So we played the Ocean & Mountain 9s. They provided a really nice lay-out that was challenging enough. Generally in pretty good shape but a few dry spots and some bugs were starting to get at these greens as well.Most days there was hardly anyone on the course. We went out quite early and usually finished in under 3 1/2 hours playing as a 2some. Tuesdays can be a little busier as there is a bit of a special. Avoid playing on the last Saturday of the month. They run a super-special and the course gets overloaded. We heard they ran out of carts & caddies and some people took 7 hours to play. The Sunwing package indicates a special rate for the power cart and once we got our e-docs the fine print said it was $44US + 16% tax. Once at the course they insisted it was $50 US + tax. The course was adamant that Sunwing was not honoring the contract. In the end after unnecessary haggling and negotiating, a combination of different rates and 1 day of a free cart balanced everything out in the end.Caddies are mandatory. After the 1st day we liked our caddy (Alberto) and the caddy-master asked if we wanted him the next day. As we thought he was great and feeling no need to embarrass ourselves to someone different each day we had him every day we golfed.The caddy fee which is paid directly to the caddy can be a bit of a mystery. All the printed info states $40 US per caddy regardless if playing as a 2some or 4some.Some 2somes we talked to were told $30, others were told 300 pesos. If you get a good caddy, keep him and tip well.Summary:If you are looking for a good golf destination this can be a very good choice as the quality of golf helps over-come any shortcomings you feel about the hotel.If you are just staying a few days this can be a really good option too.If you are the "average" all-inclusive type person looking for a 1 or 2 week stay you may not enjoy this place as much. There is no grand open-air lobby. there are not multiple bars open at any time There are not multiple a la carte restaurants or humongous buffets. No 24 hour snack bar. No infinity pools or nightly shows. No disco. Beach average at best.
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- Daily and nightly entertainment and activity programs
- 199 rooms
- Bars (including swim-up bar)
- Beach volleyball
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- Island tours
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- Live music at night
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- 24-hour room service (fee)
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- Iron and ironing board
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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 ResortManzanillo,Mexico
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Circuito de los Marinos S/N Fracc. Isla Navidad, Isla Navidad 28838 Mexico
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