Alas, we finally made it back to our favourite Mexican mega-resort, Vidanta. When we thought that their Riviera Maya location was gigantic, their Nuevo Vallarta location blew it out of the water. I don’t even think the word “mega” can even describe it. It is its own town. Everything you need is right here. A marketplace, countless pools, a wide stretch of beach, golf courses, an authentic taco stand, over 25 other international food restaurants, long boardwalks through forested areas and over lakes… No wonder people live here two to three, even up to SIX months of the year!
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What I love about Vidanta is the swirls and lengths of boardwalks all over their different properties. You can walk along rivers and spot cranes and ducks or submerge yourself in the forests and see geckos and iguanas! This place is a beach, lake and rainforest all in one 💗 📸 @jasonmengvisuals . . . . . @vidanta #worldtravelbook #worldtravelpic #puertovallarta #mayan #mexico_amazing #mexicotravel #mexicotrip #mexicovacation #mexicomagico #mexicomaravilloso #mexicolindo #beachvibes #leadinglines #sonyalpha7iii #sonyalphaclub #girlslovetravel #damestravel #resortlife #resorts #travelgirlshub #travelgirlsgo #girlswhowander #girlsabroad #aroundtheworldpix #theinfluencerbootcamp #sidewalkerdaily #hotelhideaway #beachvacation #travelwithme #voyaged
The Nuevo Vallarta location is comprised of 4 different resorts: the Grand Mayan, the Mayan Palace, the Grand Bliss and the Grand Luxxe Residence Club; each one having their own pools and area on the property. The Grand Mayan and Grand Luxxe are so massive that they’re made up of multiple towers. The Grand Luxxe offers their guests the most access across the property. They have multiple exclusive pools including two “sky” pools, situated on the rooftops of two of their towers. The Grand Bliss has high notes of luxury and exclusivity. Though not as high tier as the Grand Luxxe, it’s granted access to its own pool as well as the Mayan Palace pool and Grand Mayan pools. The Mayan Palace, albeit only having access to its own pool, is a haven for adults and particularly couples. The Grand Mayan is where a lot of the fun is at! Appealing to mostly young adult groups and families with kids, it’s a highly entertaining area to be in. Its towers also sit right behind and envelop its grand cluster of pools, gorgeous lazy river, pyramid water slide and wave pool. We were here every afternoon and never in the slightest got bored of the lazy river.
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Can you spot the gal making her way down the lazy river? IT ME! 🙋🏻♀️🌟 I know I never talk about what goes into the making of some of my photos so here’s a little rundown of the BTS of this one! 1. On our suite balcony, I pictured the perfect shot of the lazy river and I discussed with Jason the right framing for composition. I then got into my swimsuit and asked him to wait for me to go down to that exact spot. Being the perfect Instagram boyfriend that he is, he complied 😏 But he asked me to text him when I actually got down to the Lazy River start so he could get a good idea of how long he should wait for me to pop up. 2. I made my way down, grabbed a towel and a chair and tried to message him. “Poor wifi connection,” my phone said, so I walked back to a nearby tower to send it off. Five minutes later I’m at the river’s start and headed off in my tube. 3. The next ten or so minutes were a breeze for me. Spotted some iguanas along the way, chilled in my tube… But I was really close to three other people so as I approached the mark that Jason and I talked about, I grabbed onto the side and held back until I was far enough behind the other folks (editing people out of a photo can be a pain). Meanwhile Jason has probably been standing waiting for me for 15 minutes 😁 4. Alas, I come under the main bridge and spot him. The rest was easy: stick to the centre of the river and have an awesome time. 5. After siphoning through 492637 photos and editing the one, here are the results! 👆🏻 We’ve had times where trying to get that final product was frustrating, painful and even leading to failure. This was definitely not one of those times 🏝💖 📸 @jasonmengvisuals . . . . . #dametraveler #damestravel #girlslovetravel #voyaged #wanderlustgirl #girlsabroad #lazyriver @vidanta @visitpuertovallarta #luxuryresorts #resortlife #dametravelerhotels #theglobewanderer #girlswhowander #wanderlustwednesday #tripadvisor #beachtrip #beachvacation #beachvibe #somewhereonearth #worldtravelbook #worldtravelpic #luxurytravel #sidewalkerdaily #mexicovacation #nuevovallarta #travelgirlshub #summereveryday #vacationgoals #girlsdreamtravel #girlstoptravel #mexicotrip
We stayed at the Grand Mayan as the other resorts were fully booked by the time we wanted to reserve our week stay. Not only is it still pretty high season for us snowbirds, but Mexico residents were also observing a holiday at the time. Although the Grand Mayan isn’t as luxurious as the Grand Luxxe, there’s no way I was going to deny this view from our balcony! Bonus: it has a plunge pool too!
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It’s been an amazing week here! Being able to take a lovely beach vacation with the future in-laws and catching some sun when currently, at home, that isn’t at all possible. I’m bracing for the cold that is welcoming me back in Calgary but this is definitely not the end of our Mexico series! You’ll be seeing lots more of coconut trees and ocean blue hues so stick around! Let’s spread a little more summer ☀️ during this cold winter ❄️ 📸 @jasonmengvisuals . . . . . #worldtraveller #sidewalkerdaily #worldtravelpic #mexicotrip #mexicovacation #beachvibe #theglobewanderer #girlsabroad #girlsdreamtravel #balconyview #plungepool #resortlife #traveltodaytv #traveltolive #damestravel #puertovallarta #nuevovallarta #travelgirlsgo #travelgirlshub #zaful #luxurytraveller #luxurytravels #luxurytrips #vidanta #dreamersanddoers #visitmexico #visitpuertovallarta #travelandleisure #westcoastlife #summercolors
The Grand Mayan pools create a beautiful cluster with pool bars, water fountains and permanent in-water lounge chairs. It’s fun to jump from one pool to the other in the midst of coconut trees and bridges.
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Finally got to escape the -35 degree weather to +20 to 30 and I can’t say I’m complaining 🏝🍹 Any other snowbirds out there escaping the winter up north this month? 📸 @jasonmengvisuals . . . . . @vidanta @vidanta_ambassador @experiencevidanta #vidantanuevovallarta #nuevovallarta #puertovallarta @visitpuertovallarta #visitmexico #mexicovacation #beachvacation #beachparadise #sonyalpha7iii #sonyalphaclub #luxuryresort #luxuryvacation #grandmayan #dreamhotel #luxuryhotels #experiencesoverthings #girlsdreamtravel #girlslovetravel #amazingplacestovisit #travelshots #traveltheglobe #passionfortravel #theinfluencerbootcamp #damestravel #welivetotravel #discoverworld #worldtravelguide #worldtravelpic #worldtravelbook #worldtravelscapes #dametravelerhotels
We walked for hours on the Vidanta property every morning and spotted these gorgeous seating areas at every building. It was refreshing to be able to sit in an outdoor lounge area with no one around, except for the odd passerby.
La Plaza is home to a grocery store, luxury shops, an outdoor taqueria with live music entertainment, and one of the fancier restaurants on the property, Azur. Trying their tacos at the taqueria is a must! They weren’t awfully expensive and it definitely gave more of an authentic Mexican vibe eating on this rooftop. Also, they have bottomless nachos for free with super delicious and spicy condiments so definitely worth spending money on a meal or two here!
If you’re fortunate enough to book a suite at Vidanta, make sure to take a cab to Walmart so you can cook most of your meals. It was about a $20 US taxi ride there and back (the driver waited for us while we shopped) and we managed to cook all but five meals for four people in the week with only $100 CAD spent at the store.
Vidanta has become our home away from home. I’ve been to a number of luxurious resorts and so far nothing has beaten the Vidanta experience!