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Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

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Our Opinion

A great hotel! Located in Vallarta Nayarit, it has a large, beautiful and quiet beach. There is not a lot to do nearby, so this resort is ideal for rest and relaxation. The spa is big and beautiful, and effective! This is an all suites resort, and the suites are so well taken care of, that you literally feel like you're in a modern, New York apartment. All suites have an ocean view and balcony or terrace. The buffet is so amazing, you'd think it was an a la carte. The staff is clearly fully trained, courteous, friendly and helpful. The pools are large and gorgeous and a good alternative to the beach. The resort is absolutely impeccable and is definitely recommended for the more luxurious, high-end traveler.


Overview

Featuring only one and two-bedroom suites, all with private terrace and oceanfront views, the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is redefining the standard for luxury in "Grand All Inclusive" accommodation. Each suite is beautifully furnished with teak woods imported from Bali and decorated in contemporary style with tropical colour tones. You will enjoy the full range of amenities of a world-class resort including kayaking and boogie boarding. Or take time out to pamper yourself at the spectacular Spa Grand Velas.

Location: Beachfront in Riviera Nayarit, 35 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta & 15 minutes from the airport.


tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Katie B :
Best All-Inclusive!

You can't go wrong with Grand Velas! The staff is so friendly and the service is excellent. We left the resort twice- once for an Outdoor Excursion (mule ride, zip lining, repelling and water slide) and the other for a day of shopping in Puerto Vallarta. The staff helped us line up both adventures and made sure we knew exactly where we were going. Other than that, we were happy to relax at the beach, boogie board in the ocean (perfect waves), play sand volley ball and enjoy the pools. Isasti Juarez (activities coordinator) was so great with the older kids and made the trip "the best yet!"---definitely a destination we would visit again.

  • JakeNorris_16 : Omaha, Nebraska
Grand Velas, Mexico

Grand Velas Nayarit is the best place I've stayed at besides home, but it is as welcoming as home. Thanks to Isasti Juarez I had a great time even when I was just relaxing or playing games, like ping pong or water volleyball. If you visit Grand Velas Nayarit then talk to Isasti Juarez because he's the happiest and funniest guy I've met! People at Grand Velas are always happy and positive. Grand Velas Nayarit is the best resort to stay at and I do hope to come back someday!

  • Teresa M :
Best all inclusive!

I have been to this resort 4 years in a row, and they never let me down! The food drinks and service are always on point! Almost every room has a view of the ocean, and don't miss the sunset from the hot tub! There are about 20 of us in our group, and they take amazing care of us, which i'm sure can get trying and annoying at times! This resort is highly recommended!

  • HectorC5455 : Eastvale, California
Great Hotel & Service (Caesar Casteneda especially)

1st time here. Visited Grand Velas in Playa Del Carmen 18 months ago. Same fantastic service. Food was great & you cold get it in 4 resturaunts OR poolside (including the pool bar). Have to single out Caesar Casteneda for his attention to us. We showed up late the 1st day (AZUL restaurant was closing) & he did not hesitate to get us some food. That was something my wife & I truly appreciated. This set the tone for our entire visit. His appearance & manners were very professional, as was all of the GV staff that we encountered, and when we go back there we hope to see him again. We are already planning our next visit!

  • JTW69OR : Seattle, Washington
Splurge on the extra experiences

We last visited the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit 10 years ago, so we were unsure if the second experience would live up to our expectations. Of course in some ways it didn't and in some ways it totally blew them away. We travelled with our 12 year old daughter, and right off the bat, the large room and TeenClub were great ways for us to be together but separate if we needed space. It was worth the upgrade to the higher floor as the room we first had was 'pool view' on the second floor and very dark behind trees.We mostly ate at the reservation restaurants and found the food to be fine... other than the experience described below which was amazing! And it seemed like the last time we stayed the liquor was a higher quality... this time if we didn't ask we were served really mediocre quality of wines, tequila, gin or whiskey... and if we did ask the quality only rose to mid level (think Makers Mark for whiskey rather than Knob Creek.... okay... but not great.)One of the nicest parts of the experience was the amazing service, particularly as it applied to sitting by the pool and having our room taken care of. I was amazed at both the kindness as well as precision of the housekeeping staff. Definitely 5*. And our servers by the pool, especial Samuel, were fantastic... helping us to find spots, get food and drinks, even point out where our daughter was playing in the pool. They remembered us from day to day and made the whole experience really fun and relaxing.But, speaking of the pool, what wasn't relaxing was the fight for lounge chairs. Even though they have a'no holds' policy... with warnings that items will be taken off chairs if left for more than an hour... I never saw this happen, and after not finding any good lounge chairs the first couple of days we ended up doing like everyone else and going down to put stuff on the chairs early in the day. You could walk around at 7:00 am most morning and already see sunscreen, beach balls, hats, magazines, laying on chairs without anyone near them. It was pretty crazy, especially given the policy... and we heard more than a few people complaining about it. For this reason alone I would have given the resort a 3* if some of our other experiences hadn't made up for it.And, our top experience that really made our stay memorable was the private cooking class we set up (for a fee) with the resort's executive chef, Chef Hotter, and the head chef for the french restaurant, Alejando Goche (whom we called Marco for some reason:>). What kind and interesting and experienced chefs! From planning the menu we would learn and being open to basing it on my daughter's love (and my inability to make) a buerre blanc sauce, to the amazing chocolate torte's that filled my husband's craving for chocolate.... the menu was very carefully put together. It was just the three of us with the two chef's but they took the time to explain things and help us try our own skill at making them. Our ceviche turned out amazing... something I would never hope to make at home. But best of all, the care didn't stop once we were done with our cooking class. That night and the next we arrived back to our room to find a beautiful plate of sweets, clearly chosen and made specifically for us and based on what we had discussed during our time with them (my daughter's love of macarons, and my own interest in tempering chocolate. Their thoughtfulness nearly brought tears to my eyes. And certainly, when we showed up for dinner at the french restaurant the following night and Chef Marco prepared a tasting menu for us that was incredible, I did have tear up. It might have also been the beautiful live trombone music... but I really think it was the obvious attention to detail and passion he had for his food that made me feel so touched.While I enjoyed my spa experience, it was a little weird being herded through the 'water ritual' and not really relaxing in the traditional sense as I felt like we were on a program we had to keep to.Other nearby experiences made our trip something to remember... the hotel set up a driver to take us around Puerto Vallarta and it was really nice to walk around with a guide. BTW - different concierges know different tourist information... one person pointed me to a 'professional' tour guide company that wanted to charge a LOT of money... but the nice concierge I had previously emailed was much better at finding a guide who had a lot of knowledge but didn't cost a fortune. I would absolutely find him again if I went back to Puerto Vallarta and we would spend more time going to some of his recommended restaurants and locales. (His details are: Carlos Soriano, with Fun Chaser's Transportation- 322-290-0387.)Finally, this was also the second time we arranged outings with Vallarta Adventures and after zip lining and dolphin encounters in other places I can say they are the most professional, well run, fun and careful organization I have ever dealt with. I know that all sounds superlative, but as a mom their concern for safety but also fun, really makes me comfortable recommending them. My daughter had a wonderful time swimming with the dolphins, and even doing it on her own, with us watching from afar, she was well taken care of and engaged. We then returned mid-week to do the Outdoor Adventure... which for about $100 included a boat trip to a cute beach town, a crazy jeep and then mule ride, zip lining, repelling down waterfalls and finally waterslides through the forest. As I walked along the meticulously kept trail it was hard to believe I was in the jungle... but I was... and the plants and wild-life reaffirmed that. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience.So... overall... so much to do and see that I am just not sure about wanting to do an all inclusive again. But... just considering the amazing and kind service we received I would consider returning for that alone.

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

  • 3 meals daily plus snacks
  • 24-hour room service
  • New Year's Gala Dinner
  • All drinks (Premium brands, Domestic beer, 11am to 2am)
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Boogie Boards
  • Waterpolo
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson
  • Tennis
  • Exercise classes (Aerobics, Body sculpting, Floor workout, Step aerobics, Water aerobics, Yoga)
  • Pottery lessons
  • Daily activities
  • Evening entertainment
  • 267 rooms in 9-storey buildings
  • 1 buffet restaurant and 3 a la carte restaurants (International, Mexican, Mediterranean, French)
  • 3 bars including Swim up bar, Entertainment lounge bar, Snack bar
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Shopping plaza
  • Internet service (fee)
  • Sauna (fee)
  • Steamroom (fee)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Fitness facilities
  • Exercise classes
  • Scuba diving on-site (fee)
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Spa (fee)
  • Golf 5 minutes to 25 minutes away
  • Outdoor Wedding Location

All accommodations include:

  • Concierge service
  • Air-conditioning
  • Cable TV
  • In room movies (fee)
  • CD & DVD player
  • In-room safe
  • Iron
  • Bathrobes with slippers
  • Terrace
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee maker
  • Room service (24 hours)

Parlour Suites include:

  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Living area
  • Internet access (fee)
  • Full bathroom
  • Max occ 4 up to 3 adults

Master Suites include:

  • 1 king bed
  • Sitting area
  • Internet access
  • Full bathroom with Jacuzzi tub
  • Max occ 2

Kids Deals - Children 0-1 stay and eat free when sharing a Parlour Suite with 2 adults. Children 2-12 pay child rates when sharing a Parlour Suite with 2 adults. Maximum 2 children. Children are not allowed in the Master Suite.

Golf Special - Multiple golf deals available, please inquire for details.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel offers 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.

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  • Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
    Riviera Nayarit,Mexico

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Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
Av Cocoteros 98 Sur Riviera Nayarit, Mexico C.P. 63735, Nuevo Vallarta 63735 Mexico

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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