We checked into the Mayan Palace in the Marina of Puerto Vallrarta without difficulty. The check in process was smooth and without a glitch. We were on an RCI exchange. We were in a one bedroom unit overlooking the entrance, no view essentially as is typical of exchanges. This was not an issue for us. We drove so we did have to pay for valet parking and due to being an exchange we were told would have to pay for use of safe which they never billed us for. Either way we found the valet worth it for the safety and having our car in covered parking. After check - in they of course asked us to go to a member's update meeting ( timeshare pitch). We did go as we had some questions and were given member bands ( we are members) and also 3000 peso room credit, plus a 10 % discount and promo tours. We must be crazy Ugh LOL.
Our room had a living room with 2 couches that pulled out to make beds, a small TV, 2 lamps, end tables, a side chair and large coffee table. Small balcony off living room. Connected dining room had table with 4 chairs, and the kitchette off that with a variety of appliances, pots, pans dishes, sink, coffee maker, blender, toaster, microwave, etc. We did not need anything essentially. The refrigerator was the small apartment size so might have liked a bigger refrigerator. Ice was available throughout the resort, every other floor. The bathroom was off the bedroom and also off the kitchen, connecting doors with a seperate and second sink and vanity between the kitchen and bathroom entrance. Thus we had 2 sinks, 2 vanities, a toilet, tub with shower and these were stocked daily with shampoo, soap, lotion, shower cap etc. Bio spa brand.
The bedroom had a large closet with another large closet in vanity area off kitchen. King size bed with a firm mattress, Tv and in room safe,sliding doors onto a small balcony. The whole unit was a good size and was maintained very well with nice decor.
Bottled water was in room but use of it would incur a cost of 20 pesos for 1.5 liters, quite expensive. There is an Oxxo, jut up the block or a Grocery store in the Marina, we shopped there for groceries. Internet was 70 pesos for one hour or a daily charge of 170 pesos with your own computer. We opted out on this. The service was excellent from the maids, to room service. They even had turn down service each night.
There is a gym on site and it has treadmills, elyptical machines, free weights, and many other options. There is a charge of 200 pesos for the week or 50 pesos per day/person.
There are a few restaurants on site and we did eat at one a few times, Bakal and got ice creams at Balance Cafe across street also part of Mayan. The resort uses a no cash policy so you have to charge your expenses to the room or pay by credit card. We found the prices at Bakal to be on par with other restaurants in the Marina, even having some deals on certain nights ie; Dinner Set menu, Mon. weds., friday soup or salad of your choice, 5 main course options and dessert. We ordered 2 for one pizza room service 2 times throughout our stay it was 140 pesos for 2 thin crust pizza's. very good. Dining out can be done on site or just a short walk away in the Marina with a lot of restaurants or via a taxi into town. Many, many options and varied prices.
The grounds of the resort are beautiful as is the case with all Mayan properties. Lush greenery, waterway, pool and ocean. The beach area is quite small with few chairs. There is a lounge type place right on the beach, nice for a drink and relaxing. This Mayan is much smaller than the one in Nuevo Vallarta but we liked it a lot due to the smallness and close proximity to Marina, shopping, restaurants etc.
The presentation was out in Mayan Nuevo. We did end up upgrading to a Grand Bliss, much like the Grand Mayan but larger units with golf and spa, parking and gym benefits included along with 8 month span for booking etc. No maintenance fees unless use. The sales pressure was not too heavy but of course might have been different if not upgrading. We utilized our 3000 peso credit for eating at resort and lo and behold we had a credit at end of stay which I had to use in gift shop, how sad!!! LOL.
We spent most of our week stay in PV, walking the marina, shopping, using the gym, resting etc. The weather was a tad chilly so the use of the beach was not ideal for us. The Marina really comes alive at night. Lots of people out to eat, drink and have fun in early evening. You can go up into the lighthouse for a drink and check out the view of the marina and beyond. The boats and yachts in the marina are a sight to behold. We did notice a foul smell at times when walking the malecon in Marina and unfortuantly it would be a turn off if it was dining time.
We ate at "Sticky Fingers Grill House" one early eve. Hubby had wings in teriaki ( approx.) 15 for 85 pesos, and a beer. I had coconut shrimp on a pineapple slice, with rice and Mango sauce, included 8 large shrimp for 170 pesos and also had a coupon for a free margarita. they have a varied menu from hamburgs to lobster etc. Food was good and prices on par with rest of Marina. We enjoyed our time there with good service and people watching.
We stopped at Balance Cafe many times for an ice cream cone and they were delicious with a variety of flavors some very unique. They also offer sandwiches, coffee etc.
We spent a lot of time chatting with timeshare off site salespeople, tour guides, shop owners etc. We did partake of a few timeshare sales while there, looking for a fractional, true fractional ownership not in pre-construction, we did get some great gifts ie: cash, added to our knowledge of sales and what is being offered, pricing etc., got to see some resorts we plan to exchange into or not, and no we did not buy any other timeshares though we did come close at one but lo and behold at the very end we found some discrepancies so the deal was off. We did not find any legitimate fractionals we were interested in and most were just marketing a vacation club or timeshares under the name of fractional. We learned a lot, helped a lot of off site sellers and enjoyed most of our time, of course this would not be recomended for a one time or first time trip to PV, we go many times a year so thus have much vacation time.
We also ate at and made great friends with some workers at "Gazebo" another restaurant in the Marina. They have soups, salads, seafood, fine cuts of meat and 2x1 margarita specials. We both had the Lobster Special. This included a baked lobster ( warm water variety, I prefer cold water), giant shrimp, fish, rice, & veggies. We each had a few drinks margaritas and beers and we also had an excellent dessert which is an absolute must try. Avocado Pie, sounds absurd but is delicious. Like a cold ice cream pie with exceptional flavor surprising both of us. The meal wa svery good, cooked perfect and the service by Oscar and Luis was fantastic. We will return here again for a meal and the pie for sure.
We walked the beach one day and visited many vender friends we know and folks working at Velas Vallarta where we vacation frequently. The beaches in the Marina are nice but many are somewhat rocky.
At the on site restaurant "Bakal" we had a variety of things. One night we went to Mongolian Buffet ( 190 pesos including dessert variety), which was excellent. Well worth the price. Another night we got the Dinner Set menu ( 149 pesos each, good deal) and another night we just ate off the menu. We enjoyed a very tender beef filet with potatoe and vegetables, bread etc. for 205 pesos and a tender Rib Eye for 285 pesos, slightly expensive but on par with Marina prices and very good and tender, not always the case for meat in Mexico. They had a shrimp turnover appetizer that was very different. The service was very good and the atmosphere was good as well looking out to ocean or at grounds of resort.
This first week went by pretty quickly but we also felt relaxed at end of week as we had time to just chill, sleep and relax. We checked out of the Mayan by 10 am, the check out time. We had done express checkout the night before so it was simple just turn in keys and get car. No discrepancies in bill. Off we went to another hotel Casa Isabel for the night and a few days in Nuevo Vallarta at Paradise Village.
All in all I would highly recommend this resort to all ages and physical limits including the handicapped. The location is good, the service great, acommadations very good and prices all within par for the area. We will definatly go back to Mayan Palace Puerto Vallarta Marina even with our new Grand Bliss upgrade. A very relaxing vacation indeed!
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