Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Review: A Brief Overview of the Retreat where Magic Happens
At this luxury All Inclusive family resort I found myself looking at the magnificent landscapes of the Mexican Pacific, captivated everyday by the beautiful Banderas Bay sunsets. The resort has been awarded Five Diamonds by the AAA due to excellent service and impeccable facilities, and can also be found on TripAdvisor among the top 10 All Inclusive resorts in the world.
Upon arriving, the Magician sculpture by Alejandro Colunga greets with the legend “The magic begins here” and for the rest of my stay I confirmed it true. The service exceeded my expectations by providing me with everything I needed even before requesting it and the Concierge’s 24/7 personalized service made me feel like royalty.
In the tropical scenery I breathed deep tranquility, where majestic peacocks promenade and a protective hawk flies over the resort. I observed the pink bougainvillea that decorate the terraces and the hypnotic blue of the pool seeming an extension of the sea. In my suite, I indulged in the Jacuzzi with L’Occitane products while sipping my Nespresso coffee and enjoying the delights I found in the daily stocked minibar.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit’s gastronomic offer delighted my palate with every dish. At Azul international cuisine restaurant, I enjoyed a varied buffet at breakfast and was deliciously regaled with an a la carte menu. Healthy snacks are offered by the pool in Selva del Mar. Dinner was full of culinary surprises for my palate with Lucca, Italian specialties; Frida, Mexican gastronomy; and French delights in Piaf. All three have been recognized for their excellence with Four Diamonds, awarded by AAA.
The three-level infinity pool boasts being generously spacious with an endless ocean view. Here I had fun with the various activities organized by the staff including water polo and aquaerobics and I relaxed in an adult-only oceanfront jacuzzi. I also took surfing lessons and borrowed a boogie board to enjoy the ocean waves under the sun.
The gymnasium has the latest technology in cardiovascular equipment and fitness accessories such as dumbbells and Pilates balls. Tennis courts and paddle tennis are also available. At the Spa, I was relieved of all worry and from the moment I entered, I perceived the soft fragrance of the essences and observed the beautiful mandalas made with flowers. When I started with the water ceremony, I understood how essential this element is for our health and beauty. Each treatment is inspired by ancestral techniques that transported me to a healing culture represented by the butterfly totem symbolizing the renewal of being.
Strolling through the resort areas, I saw that, aside from the seasonal activities, a Kids’ Club is open for kids from 4 to 12 years old, where learning and playing takes place including: workshops, movies, dancing at a minidisco, cooking classes and many more activities accompanied by Pancho, the resort mascot.
I also took a tour of the Teens’ Club featuring its own cafeteria, individual video game booths with high definition screens and seats with integrated speakers, plus billiards, ping pong, foosball, air hockey and a dance floor with karaoke.
During my stay I realized that the resort is perfect for group meetings and weddings, with impressive facilities like the gazebo facing the sea, the gardens and the large lounges.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is an earthly paradise surrounded by luxury to which I would certainly return. If you want to live this incredible experience or learn more about the resort, click here.