The Grand Mayan Riviera Maya is one of seven luxury resorts operated by the timeshare company Vidanta. Thus, their resorts offer timeshare packages for guests who wish to enjoy extended discounts and other perks of belonging to the Vidanta club.
The Grand Mayan Riviera Maya itself is a beachfront resort, which stretches for a sprawling 62 miles of white sandy beaches along the Yucatan Peninsula. The resort’s complex has been arranged around an artificial lagoon, and extends deep into the Mayan jungle. Thus, guests can soak up the sun and enjoy the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean, or embark on nature hikes into the jungle, which is filled with natural caves, waterfalls, and ancient Mayan history.
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Resort Suites and Amenities
Guests at the Grand Mayan are treated to luxurious rooms with personal hot tubs, mini-pools directly adjacent to your personal balcony, and 2 bedroom suites over 1200 square meters. The 2BR, 2BA Grand Master Suite, for example, is a total 1,898 square meters, and sleeps up to 8 guests. For most of the 1 – 2 bedroom suites, you’ll have a personal kitchen, living area, 42” LCD TV, chaise lounges, and a private balcony with plunge pool.
There are also numerous studio suite complexes, however, these do not typically come with as many amenities. Some of the studio suites have small refrigerators and coffee makers, others do not. Online reports are varied, depending on which complex the guest’s stayed in. If you intend on staying in a studio suite, it is best to check with the resort beforehand all the amenities you should expect.
No matter the room you’re in, guest amenities include free access to the complex’s numerous pools, a Kids Club, numerous spa and fitness centers, tennis courts, and an 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.
Transportation and Sightseeing
Car rentals are available, yet mostly unnecessary. A free shuttle will bring you to the resort from the airport, and the resort operates a shuttle every 2 – 3 hours to the nearest town of Playa del Carmen. This is approximately 15 minutes away from the resort, and you’ll be dropped off in front of Walmart. The shuttle costs around 50 pesos, but charges a little more in international currency. You should exchange your currency as soon as possible, such as at the airport when you arrive in Mexico.
There is also a bus line and taxis available. Taxis going back to the resort from Playa del Carmen will typically cost around 225 pesos.
Within Playa del Carmen, there are numerous grocery stores within a short walking distance of the drop off point, and you can also just stroll around the city and explore. Alternatively, once you’re in PDC, you can take the bus or taxi to other destination points. Puerto Morelos, a nearby town, offers numerous snorkeling spots, restaurants, and shopping opportunities. Other points of interest include the towns of Tulum, Coba, Akumal.
Finally, a ferry can bring you to the island of San Miguel de Cozumel, for around 135 pesos per passenger (69 pesos per child). This island and cruise ship port is famed for its scuba diving, underwater caverns, and its population of sea life such as dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles.
Vidanta operates timeshare opportunity presentations throughout the day on the resort’s premises. If you’re interested in purchasing a timeshare with Vidanta, it’s much better to attend these presentations, as the sales personnel will offer discounts and negotiable amenities you may not find online.