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Expectations Exceeded in Purto Vallarta

A June 2004 trip to Nuevo Vallarta by AirFed

Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta Photo, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico More Photos
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Expectations Exceeded in Purto Vallarta

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Santa Maria Boat Trip: Free for us since we attended a TS sale pitch. Get to the Port at the Marina early (we were 17 & 18 out of 128+). They do a good job of lining up everybody in ticket sequence. This is where your advantage is; you load the boat by ticket number. We should have gotten on the Starboard (right) side to avoid the blazing sun out and back. Instead, we sat on the Port side on the main deck. It was recommended by someone else the day prior (that was cloudy). The left side offers a view of Puerto Vallarta on the out trip southbound to Los Arcos. My wife did not snorkel. So she got to see the raging fish when the crew threw some bread overboard. When you get to Las Animas beach, you get a...Read More

Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta

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Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta Photo, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
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Mayan Palace: We had a one-bedroom suite. The rooms were just fine. We’ve stayed at a Hotel in Cancun where the air conditioner barely moved the air. The air conditioning at the Mayan Palace works very well. They have extra blankets if needed. And extra pillows were in the living room entertainment center. It was nice to have a separate vanity sink of my own in addition to the one that my wife used in the bathroom. Six towels were available every day but they were not soft. The bed was firmer than ours but it’s good for the back and we slept well. The couches in the living area were rock solid. I don’t think I could have napped on them. I recommended to them to have a VCR or DVD player at the TVs. The...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 4, 2004

Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta
Av. Paseo De Las Moras S/n, Fracc. Náutico Turístico
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico 63735
+52 (322) 226-4000

Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta

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Hotel | "Mayan Palace"

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Best Things Nearby: Best Things About the Resort: Resort Experience:Activities Pool: The pool is super large as they state. If you’re thirsty early, bring your own drink. The Balche snack bar doesn’t open until 11:00. The activities staff does a good job of getting guests involved. They start off slow with Tai Chi, and then speed it up later with beach volleyball among other contests for children. We got to the pool about noon on Thursday. This must have been the busiest day. We walked around for about ten minutes before we found lounges to use. Though there were lounge chairs down on the beach available to sit in. Train: There is a little train t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 4, 2004

Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta
Av. Paseo De Las Moras S/n, Fracc. Náutico Turístico
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico 63735
+52 (322) 226-4000

Bakal Restaurant at Mayan Palace Puerto Vallarta

Restaurant | "Bakal Restaurant and other Mayan Palace Eateries"

Bakal Restaurant at Mayan Palace Puerto Vallarta Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Bakal: This is the new Bakal. The old one is on the beach, and I was told that it will be torn down to expand the pool to connect with the Grand Mayan’s pool (I guess it’s a Latin American Size competition thing). We had a wonderful Tex-Mex Buffet on Saturday Night for only $195 pesos per person. And the morning we checked out, we had their Breakfast buffet for only $125 pesos each. The Bakal served a specific buffet each night we were there. Tex-Mex, Italian, Mexican Fiesta, Tepanyaki/Sushi. Balche: This is the snack bar at the edge of the pool open from 1100 to 1930. We had great drinks and Quesadillas there. My wife still says I make the best Margaritas though. Tumtah: Is t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 4, 2004

Bakal Restaurant at Mayan Palace Puerto Vallarta
Paseo De La Marina Sur 220
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
(322) 226-6028

Tequila’s Cafe

Restaurant | "Tequila’s on the Malecon"

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Tequila’s is a restaurant we found in downtown on the Malecon. It is on the second floor of one of the original buildings built in Puerto Vallarta in the 1950’s. Food was great, but expensive. I guess we paid for the view & a lesson on how Tequila is made.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 4, 2004

Tequila’s Cafe
Galeana 104, Downtown
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
+52 (322) 222–2733

Mayan Palace Golf Course

Attraction | "Mayan Palace Course"

Mayan Palace Golf Course Photo, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
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Golf: Mayan Palace Course – I was allowed to pay $50 for a round at the course (This is the normal fee for owners of Grand Mayan) because I attended the TS Pitch. Since I had no clubs, rentals (Cat Eye, better than what I own) were $35. The course was well groomed and easier to play than the desert courses I hack at. The course requires you to have a caddy ($15). He helped out in knowing the danger spots and reading the greens. They also need an official witness in case you ace their signature hole (#14 par 3 over a pond which the tee box and green have the only beach view) which they said would net you $10,000US. You’ll have to ask about that one if you play.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 4, 2004

Mayan Palace Golf Course

Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

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Shopping Photo, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
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Santa Maria Boat Trip: Free for us since we attended a TS sale pitch. Get to the Port at the Marina early (we were 17 & 18 out of 128+). They do a good job of lining up everybody in ticket sequence. This is where your advantage is; you load the boat by ticket number. We should have gotten on the Starboard (right) side to avoid the blazing sun out and back. Instead, we sat on the Port side on the main deck. It was recommended by someone else the day prior (that was cloudy). The left side offers a view of Puerto Vallarta on the out trip southbound to Los Arcos. My wife did not snorkel. So she got to see the raging fish when the crew threw some bread overboard. When you get to Las Animas beac...Read More