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Luxurious resort that so far feels incomplete
The Grand Bliss will be a great destination resort, but it isn't quite complete yet. Currently it depends on other nearby Mayan properties for services and amenities, forcing guests to walk between the properties. The Bliss is more luxurious than the Grand Mayan, and less luxurious than the Grand Luxxe, occupying its own specific niche. At the moment it is lacking in facilities, as the gym, spa, and restaurants are all located at the other properties. The pool, however, is open and is a wonderful area to take a dip. Construction noise is ongoing and some guests complain about this inconvenience. If there is a scene at this hotel, it can be found in the elegant lobby bar -- the Grand Vista -- in the back of the building where its curving facade opens onto gardens and lagoons.
On a secluded beach in Nuevo Vallarta
Nuevo Vallarta offers lovely, secluded beaches and many fine hotels along the beach and on nearby golf courses, but it is a bit far from Puerto Vallarta. To reach Nuevo Vallarta from the airport, venture north for 15 minutes and cross the Ameca River via the Punta Ameca bridge. This bridge connects the states of Jalisco to the south and Nayarit to the north. In the southwest corner of Nayarit, on the beach, is Nuevo Vallarta. Once inside the gate of the Mayan hotels, the hotel lobby is another 2-3 minutes away.
Spacious rooms, some with wonderful ocean views
The Grand Bliss offers spacious, comfortable, well-appointed rooms and suites with wonderful ocean views on one side, and a golf course and mountain views on the other. Similar to all the Mayan properties, the Bliss has three room types: the room, the suite, and the master suite that combines the other two. All of the Bliss rooms feature natural wood textures and natural, pale-toned fabric finishes on modern furniture, including an ashwood dining set (in the suites). An extra perk of the suites is a contemporary kitchen with stainless steel appliances.
The atmosphere here is light, white, modern, and more spacious than the Grand Mayan, although the basic layouts are the same.
Luxurious atmosphere, but incomplete amenities
While the Grand Bliss has created a luxurious and serene environment, the hotel is currently incomplete as a result of its lack of amenities. Guests can use the gym, and restaurants of neighboring hotels, but a walk is required. The pool has opened, and is a lovely place to take a dip. The best features of this hotel are the big balconies and ocean views, and the golf course.
No restaurants on-site, but plenty at nearby Mayan properties
Currently there are no restaurants at the Grand Bliss, but there is an appealing lobby bar and a casual lunch spot by the pool. There are many restaurants to choose from at the other Mayan properties, and room service is available too. Golf carts and mini-trams connect the hotels. In some cases, restaurant hours can be seasonal. The following includes what to expect from restaurants at the other Mayan properties.
The Grand Bliss is a step up from the nearby Grand Mayan in Nuevo Vallarta, in terms of room and suite size, elegance, and exclusivity. A minor flaw at this chic, high-end time-share with hotel options is that it currently depends on the Grand Mayan and the other adjacent properties -- the Mayan Palace and the Grand Luxxe -- for most of its facilities. The restaurants, fitness center, and spa are located at the sister resorts, but there is an appealing pool, snack bar, and lobby bar on-site. Highlights here also include gorgeous gardens, an inviting beach, and soothing decor made up of natural materials.