Grand Luxxe resort in Nuevo Vallarta sits serenely along the Banderas Bay on Mexico’s western coast in the state of Nayarit. Bordered by an estuary; private, fine white sand beaches; and the natural beauty of the Sierra Madre Mountains, Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta calls to jetsetters, golfers, foodies, baby boomers and all those who wish to escape the more commercialized neighboring Puerto Vallarta.
Still a young resort, Grand Luxxe, built in 2010 and operated by Grupo Vidanta (a full-service tourism developer in Mexico that maintains luxury properties across the country), has quickly established its reputation as one of Mexico’s elite luxury destinations. AAA awarded the Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta the prestigious Five Diamond designation in 2014, one of only 15 hotels or resorts in Mexico to achieve such recognition.
815 luxurious suites are spread among six beautifully designed Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta towers, offering unparalleled views of the ocean and jungle. Suites range from 850 square feet to 7,075 square feet residence units that cater to visitors who often spend weeks or months on the resort.
Amenities are nothing short of amazing. The interior décor differs from tower to tower, with impeccable attention paid to architectural design inspired by the natural landscape. Bathrooms feature the finest products from Etro, and full gourmet kitchens are available. Best of all: Each room or suite features a private deck complete with a Jacuzzi tub or private plunge pool.
For many, a trip to Grand Luxxe represents the pinnacle in luxury relaxation. Grand Luxxe guests have exclusive access to Spatium, a private on-property spa that treats visitors to a journey – personalized to every client’s desires and adapted from traditional Mexican healing techniques. The secluded location allows for total relaxation. 25 treatment rooms – including multiple open-air massage rooms under shady palapas – offer services ranging from the four-hand New Fire Ritual massage, complete with corn oil, incense and myrrh, to the rejuvenating Diamond facial.
And yet, while visiting Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta, one’s downtime need not be spent in a complete state of relaxation (however hard it may be to pry oneself from the glimmering blue pools that line the resort). A seemingly never-ending selection of activities awaits. Golfers will delight in the Jack Nicklaus-designed course on property, and even the novice may find their swing after a lesson with the pros at the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf. In fact, guests’ requests inspired the development of a second on-property course, which will debut in December 2015. Not cutting any corners, parent company Grupo Vidanta has partnered with world-renowned golfer and course architect Greg Norman for the design.
Foodies can delight in an afternoon cooking class at Epazote, where authentic Mexican cuisine reaches a new level of distinction. Throughout the resort, more than 15 dining options span global cuisines. Fine dining includes Italian cuisine at Tramonto or Asian fusion at Gong; don’t miss the lamb osso buco, served with a flavorful broth derived from coconut, pineapple, peppermint and ginger. More casual favorites are Spanish tapas restaurant Chiringuito or the poolside cevichería Blue Fish.
A private gym for Grand Luxxe guests offers daily spin and yoga classes, and travel agents, conveniently stationed in the Grand Luxxe lobby, can arrange offsite excursions ranging from parasailing or jetpack-powered surfing to ATV rides and scuba diving. Even shopping comes to life at La Plaza, an exquisite market with gifts, vacation necessities and even a gourmet chocolatier. Don’t miss the refreshing fruit smoothie bar, either! (And maybe after that, a trip to the gym…)
Nightly, Santuario – a relaxed, central meeting point at the Nuevo Vallarta resort – hosts free entertainment from performing acts from around the world. And it should come as no surprise that a company with a decorated 40-year history of bringing vacation dreams to life scatters hints of what is to come throughout the stay at Grand Luxxe.
A personal concierge – each Grand Luxxe floor has its own, who you’ll come to know, befriend and enjoy a cup of coffee with each morning – may mention recently announced plans for an entertainment park. The first park of its kind; To be built in partnership with Cirque du Soleil. The resort is kicking in more than $1 billion in development, and the park should be complete by 2018, bringing a thousand-person outdoor Cirque du Soleil show to Nuevo Vallarta, as well as additional attractions still in development.
And that’s truly the Grand Luxxe way. Constantly innovating. Impeccably serving. Endlessly working to deliver that personal oasis of luxury to each and every guest, year after year.
Grand Luxxe at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta is located 15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta International Airport. Direct flights are available from major U.S. airports including Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, and additional markets seasonally. The drive from the airport is short and sweet; cab fare is approximately $15 USD, or private transportation with the resort can be arranged.
The setting will leave any wanderlust traveler craving more: breathtaking views of Banderas Bay, immersed in the lush green jungle vegetation of the Sierra Madre mountains. Known for its natural beauty, Nuevo Vallarta and Grand Luxxe don’t disappoint. And with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s no wonder guests come back year after year to visit this paradise.
For more information on the Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta please visit www.grandluxxe.com or call 800-292-9446.