Grand Bliss Nuevo Vallarta
It happened again! I won't bore you with the details, but circumstances conspired to generate a trip to Mexico with literally 4 hours notice. We packed, found frequent flyer flights, and drove to Detroit for a park and fly hotel. Late next morning we were blinking in pure sunshine and 85 degrees. Before you get too jealous, we did have to truncate this trip to a ridiculously short 5 nights. We started the first afternoon with a futile attempt to arrange an ocean view room (apparently they aren't impressed with "night before" bookings), followed by the requisite margarita by the pool. For dinner we took a leisurely stroll in the dimly lit Mayan garden / jungle down to the Havana Moon restaurant. It was a beautiful meal overlooking a wedding on the beach in progress.
We decided to take a downgrade in room from a one bedroom suite to a studio unit on the ocean side. The deciding factor was that all the Grand Bliss studios come with a coffee maker and a fridge. The coffee maker is particulary important, since there is no restaurant in the Grand Bliss.
Once we got our room changed we headed out to Bucerias, our favorite local resort town. The cab cost only $130 pesos and dropped us in the central plaza. It was sunday so it was family day and it was bustling with activity. We wandered the streets and of course my wife found a very creative necklace that I was allowed to bargain for. After some great fresh guacamole overlooking the beach at Adauto's , things evened out. I spotted a massage on the beach (see details in the last post for this trip ) after stripping to my skivvy's behind a towel (much to my wife's amusement), I spent the next hour getting accelerated into total vacation mode. A couple we had met mentioned they liked Guido's which is right across from the Sea Garden. They were not wrong. There was a singer / guitar player doing covers like Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney. The menu had all the standard Italian choices , which are a little spartan for us. That's why I opted for the pesto penne pollo. say that three time's fast. Linda had a marinara and pasta based dish with sausage , mushrooms etc. The group behind us was extolling the pizza as the best in the area. Getting to the near side of Nuevo Vallarta from the resort is a bit more of a bother at the moment. You have to catch a shuttle from the Grand Mayan to the gate and walk down the road to the Sea Garden area (less than a 10 minute walk) if such a pedestrian approach offends your sense of a leisure vacation, a taxi ride is only around $5 each way. We found the Grand Luxxe Nuevo the perfect option to be close to the Grand Mayan action without the Grand Mayan noise.