A Luxury Tropical Vacation that includes a Gondola and Theme Parks

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  • October 16, 2023

Surrounded by the beauty of the Sierra Madres and the deep blue water of Banderas Bay is Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort. This award-winning luxury property offers a Mexican tropical vacation that will exceed your expectations. With five hotels, beautiful beaches and pools, world class golf courses, stunning accommodations, exceptional culinary options, and one new and very surprising activity, a soon to be open amusement park known as VidantaWorld.

VidantaWorld sign at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort

About Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta Resort

Located just ten minutes from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR) is Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta. This large complex is a world in itself with its five resort hotels: The Estates, Grand Luxxe, The Grand Bliss, The Grand Mayan and Mayan Palace. Each hotel has its own style and ambience. The newest property and most luxurious with its stunning interior design and breathtaking views of nature is The Estates. Privacy and butler service makes this an exclusive experience for guests. Details for each can be found on Vidanta’s website.

The Estates at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort

Grand Luxxe

If you have ever stayed at a hotel where the accommodations are so nice, you don’t want to leave, then you will understand my stay at the Five Diamond Award winning Grand Luxxe resort. My suite was elegant, expansive and so very comfortable. It was like living in a luxurious one bedroom apartment with high-end amenities and finishes. The sophisticated suite design, mesmerizing views from two balconies, a spacious bathroom with a soaking tub and large walk-in shower along with concierge service made for a warm and welcome stay. And a very difficult good bye!


living room Grand Luxxe at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort

On the Vidanta grounds, you will find more than 35 bars and restaurants, 30 pools, an upscale shopping center, Vidanta Golf Academy, three golf courses, over a mile of beachfront, luxury spas and fitness centers, turtle sanctuary, a gourmet marketplace and a convention center. Feel like taking a walk? Enjoy miles of wooden pathways surrounded by lush greenery throughout the expansive complex.

pools at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta Resort

Vidanta Heart of the House Tour

To get a better understanding of how this property operates, I took a fascinating Heart of the House tour that showcases what it really takes to run a resort like Vidanta. Traveling by golf cart, this two hour tour goes through the tunnels beneath the property. From all the efforts done to assure sustainability to the massive laundry service to roasting coffee beans exclusive to Vidanta to making jams and jellies from scratch to an actual chocolate factory, it was an incredible lesson in hospitality.chocolate trays at Vidanta

Dining at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta Resort

With an incredible array of restaurants to choose from, you will satisfy every culinary craving while on vacation. From decadently delicious steak and seafood dinners to the best fish tacos to an all you can eat breakfast buffet, your taste buds will thank you. Here are just some of the restaurants we dined at:

Balche at the Pool

Balche restaurant at pool

Once you have your relaxation on, getting up to go eat lunch is a lot of work. Thankfully, Balche is located next to the main pool in Beachland. From tacos to ceviche, at your lounge chair or at a table, this is a lunch you want to eat. Don’t forget to add a cocktail or fresh juice mocktail to your meal. Sunshine and blue skies are the added bonus.  

Café del Lago Breakfast Buffet

Can’t decide what you want for breakfast? Head to the Café in the heart of the jungle paradise that overlooks the lake at the center of Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta. Freshly made omelets, Mexican specialties, pastries, fruit and more are available.

Quinto Rooftop Steakhouse

quinto three dishes

Fine dining at the top of the Grand Luxxe Tower with stunning views of the Sierra Madre Mountains, Banderas Bay and the Ameca River. Elegant but casual ambience coupled with a menu of premium steak and seafood dishes. So many delicious options to choose from including specialty cocktails and creative desserts to try. 

Puerto Manjar

Puerto Manjar french toast

An open-air restaurant that sits adjacent to the beach welcomes guests for breakfast and dinner.

Puerto Manjar open air restaurant

Start your day with Mexican style dishes, omelets or brioche French toast topped with fresh fruit or a dinner menu of seafood served with a Latin American twist. A spot to watch the sunrise or sunset and to get to know my breakfast companion.

bird at Puerto Manjar

Mercado Gourmet Grocery and Prepared Foods

A global market of gourmet food counters including cheese, fruit, meats, desserts and prepared dishes as well as bottled and snack items.

Costa de Cacao in the Mercado Gourmet

As you take a bite of the rich, delectable chocolate made in-house at Vidanta or realize the “sculptures” you are seeing around the resort are actually made of chocolate, know that chocolate is a big deal here. In fact, you may just meet Executive Pastry Chef Fidel Baeza, the artist behind the pieces, on the Heart of the House tour.

three chocolates

Fiesta Mexicana

Mexican Fiesta

Get your dancing shoes on for the Fiesta Mexicana party held by the beach as you listen to the special folkloric, mariachi, and marimba performances. Wander the buffet sampling traditional dishes and cocktails while being entertained by the musicians.

Activities Beyond the Water at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta Resort

There are so many fun activities for everyone at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta. If you are taking a break from the sun, talk to your concierge about participating in any of the following experiences:

  • Vidanta Wellness Program
  • The Lake Show
  • Live Performances at Santuario
  • Evenings at Salum
  • Teppanyaki Show at Gong
  • Massage at Bio Spa or Spatium
  • Vidanta Golf Academy
  • Culinary Tour
  • Mixology Class
  • Tequila Tour

Golfer’s Experience

Golf lessons at the Golf Academy at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort

For golfers, a visit to the world class golf courses at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta is a must. With three signature golf courses including those designed by Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, the Vidanta Golf Academy outfitted with state-of-the-art analysis technology and personalized lessons, this is a golfer’s paradise.

golf simulator at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort

In addition to the beautiful Vallarta scenery, golfers will travel along the Ameca Bridge which is the longest golf cart suspension bridge in the world. Want to watch a professional golf tournament in person? Vidanta is host to the PGA TOUR Mexico Open from Spring 2022 through Spring 2024. 

bridge to golf course

Exploring Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta

Traveling within the Vidanta resort property can be done by land (golf carts, walking), water (trams) and by sky (gondolas, that is!). The most amazing views of the resort can best be seen by SkyDream Parks Gondola which offers a way to experience this elaborate complex from beach to amusement park.    

tram vidanta

SkyDream Parks Gondola is the world’s first ever gondola at a beach resort connecting Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta to VidantaWorld. To fully enjoy the ride, just relax as you tour the 2,500 acre property with a VIP glass bottom car as it glides on a four mile loop with five stops. Get a feel for the true natural beauty of the area from the gondola.

gondola vidanta

Executive vice president of Grupo Vidanta, Ivan Chavez, says “We look forward to sharing new incredible adventures as we expand the Vidanta universe and transform the future of luxury entertainment travel.“

Follow along with VidantaWorld to stay on top of the progress of this exciting entertainment experience.


The beauty of Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta is in the scenery that surrounds the resort, warm friendly staff, an extensive and diverse list of activities and amenities, an outstanding food and beverage program and stunning accommodations. If you are looking for a luxury vacation destination that is continually recognized for its hospitality, make your reservation at the Grand Luxxe at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta.

For more details, visit the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta website




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