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A sprawling luxury resort -- but beware of the construction noise
Defining itself as the premier high-end Mayan property, the Luxxe does well to live up to its claim. The design aesthetic is creative and thoughtful, something guests will notice the minute they step into the lobby. A black, rough slate wall defines the lobby, which is finished with dark, rich woods, striking artwork, and elegant chandeliers. Outside, guests stroll among lush, verdant gardens, winding down trails that lead to the two pools (one family, one adults-only) and the beach.
Between the multiple resident buildings the golf course, the beach, and the pool area, the place is sprawling -- which is a plus for some, a minus for others. Depending on which building guests stay in, they may have to take a golf cart to get from their room to the pool unless they want to walk a lot.
There are currently two towers of rooms and suites that are operational, and there are others being built, making a tranquil stay sometimes hard to come by.
Part of a gated group of properties on the southwest corner of Nuevo Vallarta
The Grand Luxxe is one of the many properties owned by Grupo Maya, a time share company based in Mexixo. Guests enter the Mayan property through a gate, and then it's another two- to three-minute drive to the lobby of any of the hotels. The scene is somewhat reminiscent of an office park since all the hotels are about the same 10-story height.
The properties are nestled in the southwest corner of the beachside town of Nuevo Vallarta, which is about 20 minutes outside Puerto Vallarta. Nuevo Vallarta was developed in the 80s as a resort community. The area is home to numerous hotels and luxurious vacation rentals, and it attracts visitors with its white-sand beaches. To keep up with the community's increasing needs, restaurants and shops continue to spring up (although there are still fewer restaurants in this area than in others). There are a couple of golf courses, as well as tennis courts, a small zoo, and several spas. A waterpark is also popular among families.
Nuevo Vallarta is less crowded than Puerto Vallarta, despite its focus on tourism. This is perhaps due in part to the rougher waters (that are great for surfing) and the high temperatures and rainfall, which peak higher in the summer months than in other Puerto Vallarta destinations. Dolphins and turtles also enjoy the seclusion of the area -- dolphins can be spotted in the calm waters of the lagoon and turtles lay their eggs on the shore.
Stunning rooms and suites, all with huge terraces with a view
Grand Luxxe is the higher-end member of all of the Mayan properties -- and it's obvious. There are three room types here: the Grand Room, the Suite, and the Grand Suite (a combination of the other two). Most of them are huge with large private terraces and amazing views (though many of these are reserved for time share owners).
A superb golf course and grand fitness center are just two of the great offerings here.
An abundance of options -- including everything at the other Mayan properties
Grand Luxxe is one of the many Mayan properties, a group of time-shares in the area. Of all of them, Grand Luxxe is the most posh (thus the name). From the inspiring design throughout the resort to the state-of-the-art golf course and fitness center to the huge rooms and suites with gigantic private terraces, this place is top-notch design-wise. For guests looking to relax at a beachside resort, this is a great pick. But it's a bit far from Puerto Vallarta, so don't expect to find anything outside the property. Also, it would be a good idea to call before booking to find out how construction is going -- the hotel is building a new tower -- as guests say it is quite loud. Also know that this is not an all-inclusive, since it's a time-share, and the on-site restaurants can be pricey.