Acapulco Mexico – The Grand Mayan

Kelsey P. Gonzalez September 26, 2010 1 Comment

The Grand Mayan Acapulco in Mexico

The Grand Mayan Acapulco in Mexico


Though our trip to Acapulco in April of 2009 goes down in the books as one of the worst I’ve ever taken, (see the article, Acapulco Mexico - Our First Disaster Vacation), the resort we stayed at was beautiful.  It’s located about 20 minutes from downtown Acapulco which is one of the things I loved about it; I liked that we weren’t right in the city surrounded by all the noise and traffic.  The resort has a number of restaurants, a cyber café, health spa, gift shop, clothing store, and a small convenience store stocked with the essential snacks, drinks, and a limited selection of medications.  The fact that we could spend our entire vacation at the resort without really having to leave was a lifesaver since our son—who was 1 ½ at the time—got sick the first day there.  The onsite doctor was also wonderful!  

Grand Mayan Lobby Acapulco Mexico

My husband and son in the open-air lobby of the Grand Mayan Acapulco.


Our room at the Grand Mayan Acapulco was beautiful!  My husband had called ahead and requested an ocean view in honor of our anniversary (it happened to coincide with the wedding we were there to attend), and we were fortunate enough to get one.  When we stepped inside we found the hotel staff had left a large vase of flowers and a basket of goodies for us to celebrate with.  They’d also made a little dog out of towels and placed it on our bed; our son thought that was the coolest thing ever!  He also loved the  

Jacuzzi Tub Grand Mayan Acapulco

Our son enjoying the jacuzzi tub.


Jacuzzi-sized tub in the room and couldn’t wait to take a bath at the end of each day.  The bathroom was large and comfortable and the room was huge.  It had a giant, king-sized bed, a full closet, a couch and coffee table, and a balcony overlooking the pools and ocean.  We enjoyed sitting on the private balcony each morning while our son colored on the little patio table between us.  I could see that the room next to ours had a small pool on their balcony and while I thought that would be great for adults or families with older kids, I was glad we didn’t have one with our room.  It would have made the balcony a lot less enjoyable if we were constantly trying to keep our son from falling in!    

Infinity Pool at Grand Mayan Acapulco Mexico

The Infinity Pool at the Grand Mayan Acapulco.


While we really enjoyed our room, our favorite feature of the Grand Mayan Acapulco was the pool; we were told during our stay that it’s one of the longest in all of Latin America.  On one end there’s a deep infinity pool positioned in such a way that it seems to just disappear into the ocean beyond it.  Way on the other end is a shallow kid’s pool separated from the deeper water by a rock barrier.  Connecting the two ends is a very long, winding pool that passes beneath a bridge before finally leading out to the other side.  It’s surrounded by lounge chairs and patio tables all along its length and roving waiters allow you to place a food or drink order without ever having to get out of the water.  There are also a number of activities that go on here throughout the day.  Everything from water aerobics to bingo are available for anyone interested in joining in!  

Aqua Park Lazy River at Grand Mayan Resort Acapulco

My husband and son enjoying the lazy river in the Aqua Park.


The resort also has what they call an Aqua Park which is great for the whole family. Unfortunately our son was sick so we had to keep him out of the water for most of the trip, but we did give the water park a try at the end.  While the other pool is free to all guests, the water park charges for admission.  We were fortunate to receive one free entrance with our stay since we were there with a wedding party and we were really glad we used it!  There are a number of slides and water toys that provide lots to do but in our opinion, the best part was the lazy river.  It was so popular that sometimes we had to wait to grab a raft, but it was worth it!  The air temperature and water temperature were so closely matched that we never felt chilled; it ended up being the perfect way for our son to feel like he was enjoying the water without actually swimming.  As with the pool, the Aqua Park also had a staff of waiters ready to fill any of our food or drink orders while we lounged by the water.  

Bakal Restaurant and Cafe Grand Mayan Acapulco

My son and I enjoying our breakfast at the Bakal Restaurant and Cafe.


There are several different places to eat at the resort and our favorite was the Bakal Restaurant and Café.  It’s all outdoors with an incredible view of the ocean.  The menu offers a fairly wide selection for lunch and dinner and the breakfast buffet has more choices than you can eat in one sitting!  They even had a good assortment of foods that our little son could enjoy.  The room service menu was also good.  We ordered breakfast in our room one morning and ate on the balcony while enjoying the view!  

The Grand Mayan Acapulco was a stunning resort and very family-friendly; it’s the perfect place for a vacation with the kids.  Not only were there plenty of water activities, but there was also a kid’s club with daily programs for children ages 4-11 and an arcade.  The T.V. in the room even had the Disney Channel and our son enjoyed watching some of his favorite Playhouse Disney shows in Spanish!  

The service at the resort was outstanding; the staff was extremely friendly and very helpful.  They provided us with a portable crib for our son and made sure we always had plenty of extra blankets and towels.  Our room was always clean and the concierge was there to help us with any questions we had.  I would definitely recommend the Grand Mayan to anyone wishing to have a 5-star experience in Acapulco! 

My husband and son enjoying sunset on the beach.


For more information visit the Grand Mayan Acapulco website!

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Kelsey lives in Southern Utah with her husband, their 3-year old son, and their newborn daughter. They enjoy the adventure of exploring new places together and love building memories through family travel.

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