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Gran Festivall All-Inclusive Resort

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Between the blue sea of the Pacific and the untamed mountains of Colima, discover the splendor of nature within a magical atmosphere at Gran Festivall All Inclusive, facing the tranquil Santiago Bay. Cradling the resort is a lush, 90-acre extension of golden sands, with the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean shimmering in the distance. Relax in one of 514 air-conditioned, Mediterranean-style villas, situated across from a beautiful beach. Dine at five restaurants and enjoy unlimited tropical libations at five bars.

Dive into the cool waters of five pools, one exclusively for adults. The Adventure Circuit is sure to raise your adrenaline! Enjoy fun in the sun at the hotel waterpark with two Kamikazis and two regular slides, volleyball, beach soccer, tennis at ten courts, paintball, basketball, and more. Scale a vertical formation with rock climbing, try zip-lining, or take to archery and let arrows fly. Introductory scuba diving and snorkeling lessons are also available. Kids have their own getaway at the kids' club, where they will find everything for creative fun, security, attention, and happiness!

At night, enjoy live entertainment and dance at the disco as you spin and glide your way across dazzling laser lights. The Animation Team's mission is to ensure that you have a great time with fun-filled activities both day and night.
Gran Festivall is a tropical playground facing the calm, tranquil waters of Santiago Bay, 15miles from the International Airport and 7 miles from downtown.

Local Phone: 011-52-314-3310800
Toll Free Phone: 1-866-411-7070
Fax: 314-331-0865
Website Address: www.clubmaeva.com
Boutique Shops
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Shopping Mall Nearby (5 miles)
Number of Pools: 5
Outdoor Pools: 5     
Swim-up Bar
The hotel offers a total of five swimming pools, including an adult pool, a water slide park, and a kids` pool.
La Mantarraya Golf Course
La Mantarraya Golf Course is an 18 hole, par 72 course designed by Pete and Roy Dye. It is located next to the Las Hadas, and has been ranked among the top 100 courses in the world.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: $49
Cart Fee: $34
Caddy: Mandatory
Lessons Available
Number of Courts: 12
Outdoor Courts: 12
Lighted Courts: 6
Court Fee: free
Raquet Rental Fees: Free
Pro Onsite
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Additional Charge
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Additional Charge
Other Sports Available
Other Sports: Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Gran Festivall consists of 514 one- or two bedroom Mediterranean-style villas built on a 90-acre extension facing the waters of Santiago Bay. Each air-conditioned unit features a living area and balcony or patio. The 90-acre extension completely surrounds the resort like a small town, and hotel features include five restaurants, four bars, nightly entertainment, massage area 2 the pool, skating ring, canopy and paint ball (fee for activities). Beach: The hotel is situated across from a lovely stretch of golden sand beach with its own Beach Club. Youmust cross a bridge in order to get to the beach area. Check-in: 5:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 514
Year Opened: 1979 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express
No handicap access in the rooms, the only facilities are outside. There is no adult beach but thereis an adult pool
Queen or 2 twin beds, Private bathroom, Shower, Living room area with 2 studio beds, A/C, Balcony or terrace, Safe depsosit box, Satellite TV, Telephone
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Room Safe
Queen bed in one room and two beds in second bedroom, 2 private bathrooms, Shower, Living area with 2 studio beds, A/C, Balcony, Safe deposit box, Satellite TV, Phone.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Room Safe
Gran Festivall All-Inclusive Resort features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-FULL-All
There are 5 Restaurants at Gran Festivall All-Inclusive Resort:
Blue Seagull - Buffet
Alfredo`s - A casually elegant la carte restaurant.
Sol Y Mar - Buffet and snacks
Caf de la Place - Buffet
Parrillada - Buffet
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Non-Motorized Water Sports, Tennis, Soccer Field, Volleyball, Basketball, Gym, Beach Club, Archery.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Stage Show every night, Contests.
"The MiniClub" is an ideal solution for a perfect family vacation, offering a varietyof activities supervised by a specialized staff. Activities include arts & crafts, painting, swimming, and tennis lessons, and there is also a video room and nursery.
Applicable Ages: 2-12 years old.

Children's Facilities
Game Room

Babysitting Fee: $7.00 per hour
Advance Notice for Babysitting: At least 8 hrs.

Cribs available at no charge.

TripAdvisor Web Reviews
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Wonderful at a distance
denverutah1, Dunnville, Canada
Sat Feb 06 07:21:20 EST 2016
Our family of 4, 2 adults and 2 kids age 11 & 13 just returned from the Gran Festival after a one week stay. We read all the reviews before we left so we weren't expecting luxury at all but were still quite disappointed. First I'll start with the good. The waterslides were fun for all of us once you made the climb to the top, lol!! They were a bit hazardous though, all of us coming home with bruises from being tossed around. Was a nice change of pace when we were tired of the pool in the afternoon. The beach was lovely, always clean with warm ocean water. There were always lots of large waves though which are fun if your older but pretty scary for kids. All of us got taken down a couple of times by 6-9 foot waves. The staff were very friendly even if most don't speak English. The adult pool is amazing to get away from the noise of the main pool. There is even a bar there that even serves you pool side and provides peanuts to snack on, very, very nice!! The villa we had was 112 which was in a great spot for quiet and was very large, 2 separate bedrooms-one with 2 twin beds for our kids and the 2nd with a queen bed for my husband and I. There was a separate living area, kitchenette, and 2 bathrooms with showers and another 2 piece bathroom off the kids bedroom. We were close to the main pool and waterslides which was nice. The villas have lots of character and are nice to look at from the outside built into the hillside. The beachside restaurant was really nice with a few different choices then the main buffet with very attentive staff. The bar staff was also amazing, remembering our drink orders and very friendly. The BEST part of the week was the weather!!! It was sunny and HOT all week!!! Not a cloud in the sky all week which was AMAZING!!! Now for the bad: There was only 1 buffet open most of the week plus the beachside restaurant but they seemed to serve "leftovers" at each meal with some fresh food mixed in. The omelettes in the morning were yummy but hotdogs sliced up for breakfast really??? On the weekend they opened both buffets, the snack bar and the beach restaurant so there was potentially a little more selection except that they served the same food basically at each one. There is an Italian a la carte but it was closed 3 nights of our 7 so we never actually ate there. There were often ants found climbing on the serving plates of the cold food at the buffets which was kinda gross!! Lots of Mexican choices of food but not sure how good they were compared to other resorts since they were dishes I don't know. Actually there were lots of ants throughout the resort so be prepared for that too. The main pool was very large but almost 5 feet deep with no shallow end so it was challenging for my son who is barely 5 feet tall himself. Hard for him to take advantage of any water sports when he could barely touch the bottom. There were very few activities in the pool. They would put up a net across the pool at one end for volleyball in the morning but then take it down right after. Given the size of the pool it would have been nice to have it up all day to play with our kids. There were chipped tiles throughout the pool but it was clean and refreshing. There were about 8 entertainment staff but most seemed quite disengaged even while they participated in the activities. Mila was the only one who said hi to us everyday and came and asked us to join her for activities. Not many of the entertainment staff spoke English which made communicating very difficult. When they would go on the loud speaker announcing the activities they only spoke in Spanish. At the nightly show the MC only spoke in Spanish so when he was speaking we didn't have a clue what he was saying. The beach was nice but FULL of vendors. We have travelled a lot in Mexico and NEVER been bothered by so many vendors while we tried to relax on the beach. It made it difficult to relax when you kept having them come up to sell you something. Our villa was very large and nice with 2 bedrooms but the bathrooms looked like they haven't seen any updates in 20 years. There were chipped tiles, old faucets with no cold water in the sink, poor drainage in the shower and a horrible sewage smell a lot of the time which made the entire villa smell disgusting. Thankfully we were only in the villa to sleep. This was the nicer of the 2 villas we were given. The first one had no fridge, peeling paint in the villa not just outide and bathrooms in even more disrepair. Again, they have the potential to be amazing with some upgrades. Overall the resort is in drastic need of repair. There is peeling paint, chipped tiles, moldy bathrooms and just an overall sense that they are overwhelmed with the upkeep of this VERY large resort. There are very few English speaking travellers so if you want peace and quiet with no one making small talk then this is the place for you. It is 90% Mexicans who stay there but actually is only busy on the weekends. The weekends are CRAZY busy with locals who come to the resort so there are line-ups at the bars and restaurants all day. From Monday afternoon to Friday it is very quiet. I think we counted about 50 loungers at the pool one day and not all of them were being used. We've never seen that in all our years of travel. At least there was no having to get up at 7am to reserve a chair, lol!! Because there were so few people at the resort though not all restaurants were open (as mentioned above) and a lot of the activities on the schedule did not take place which was disappointing. Knowing that the food was not going to be great based on reviews we read before we left we made a list of restaurants to visit for dinner while we were in Manzanillo and we weren't disappointed! First we went to Juanito's which was a short taxi ride and served very casual Mexican food as well as burgers and fries. Great food at a very reasonable price. The next night we tried the Oasis Ocean Club which was casual but very upscale. We had a wonderful dinner there on the beach with live music playing in the background and waiters that took care of our every need. At little more costly at about $170CAD for the 4 of us. Our favourite restaurant was El Vaquero which we went to twice. The atmosphere was not ocean side and a little louder with outside traffic but the food was amazing!!! They brought flank steak that was served on a mini charcoal grill to keep it hot while you eat, in family sized portions that you all took from. The portions were HUGE which made for great value since the food was delicious too!! The service the most attentive we had while in Mexico EVER but not bothersome. I should mention that each of the restaurants I mentioned were within a 10 min drive which was no more than 70 pesos to get to. Overall if you get a great deal on the resort and don't mind the rundown state of some of the rooms and resort as well as eating some meals off the resort then it is a good place to go. Would we return, no not again. We are not resort snobs but do appreciate good food and more up to date facilities when we go away for our family vacations. Thankfully the weather made up for the lack of service, food and rundown facilities. If you have any questions we'd be more than happy to provide more specific feedback. More>

VikTowers, Guadalajara, Mexico
Sat Feb 06 07:16:29 EST 2016
This place is unbelievable, there is gross grime anywhere you look. I like small hotels, I have stayed at very rustic places, but this hotel should be closed until cleaned properly. The air conditioning works as a fan not A/C, thank God it is February and not so hot. We stayed at a bungalow they call "suite". The master bedroom has a double bed and the heat is unbearable up there, if you happen to be a big person there is no way in hell you could go up and down those stairs safely. The food is OK, to be honest it was better than expected. My kids got sick and we had to stay in one day. It was absolutely uncomfortable!! More>

Annette B, Edmonton, Canada
Thu Jan 28 06:36:03 EST 2016
We found this resort disappointing, as the services were no where near what was advertised when we booked. Many of the advertised available activities were not open or available. The resort advertises a variety of eating locations however when we were there only 1 buffet was open at a time(except on the Saturday when all the locals arrived for a Conference) for meals due to the lack of people at the resort. Their definition of "all inclusive" does not match mine. We frequently had to purchase water, juice, or soda as the bars were not available until 11 am. Cold bottled water is only available at the bars if you specifically ask, but they do supply free filtered non-refrigerated water at all the bars and lobby. The food available is decent but not if you are looking for authentic Mexican cuisine. I am sorry but I do not consider cut up wieners qualifying as breakfast sausage, however, the omelets are outstanding. Our Villa suite had black mold on the walls around the air conditioners, which was frightening, and lacked a fridge that was supposed to be included. The pool side lounges were all torn or broken with the exception of a few. Overall the resort was in serious need of repair pretty much everywhere. The biggest plus at this resort was the people. Our servers, housekeepers, maintenance men, and bar tenders had to be the nicest, friendliest folk. Not everyone on staff speaks English, but they do their best to communicate and are very pleasant. Activities at the main pool are directed mainly to the children and youth so this is a wonderful family atmosphere and the activity directors were wonderful with the kids. More>

Family Vacation in the Sun!
CJ1322, Edmonton, Canada
Tue Jan 26 09:58:09 EST 2016
We just returned from this resort - stayed the week of Jan. 18 - 22. Lots of good and not so good points about this resort. Evening shows are excellent entertainment....totally enjoyable. We found the food to be just average. This resort is basically a local Mexican one where tons of Mexican families come for a few days. Therefore, the resort caters to them and has more Mexican food than Canadian. If you like Mexican food, then you'll enjoy. This place has lots of activities for all ages (two zip lines, 4 huge waterslides, soccer field, tennis courts). They keep the grounds absolutely beautiful with lots of palm trees, flowers, and lush green grass. You definitely need to bring bug spray as there are lots of mosquitos at night. Most of the staff are pretty friendly, and only some speak English. We stayed in a two-bedroom villa in the 200 section. Great location (close to the pools, and restaurants). Villas need renovation work badly (especially the bathrooms). Otherwise they were very clean. Only one a-la-carte restaurant which was Italian. Pretty good food and service. They have an only adult pool if you want to get away from the noise and kids at the main pool. The main pool is quite large and deep... there is no shallow end of the pool. Not good for kids. There is also a pretty nice kids pool area where smaller kids can hang out. The walk to the beach over the bridge is nice....lots of vendors and a couple of flea markets to buy your souvenirs. Overall this resort is average.... if you are looking for luxury.... go somewhere else. If you are looking for a fairly priced getaway with sun, sand... and fun... book here. The Gran Festivall has Mexican flair ! More>

Outdated? Yes but has a character! There are lots of more modern places, but modern are all the same
vivo154, Toronto, Canada
Sat Jan 02 09:39:38 EST 2016
This resort deserves a good review! We consulted Trip Advisor before booking and pretty much knew what to expect from our trip. With the risk of repeating some of the previous reviews – shortly: It is a relatively quiet resort for families and couples. If you need more action – go on town. There are few night clubs and life entertainment (music) with compatible pricing. Beer is $2 CAN a bottle. It is safe and the city is clean. Can’t get lost – there is one main street and it winds along the shore line. Check Google for maps – they are pretty accurate. Most fancy places have free Wi-Fi… If you want to save money take the bus for 7 pesos (50c) to the other side of the city – about 1 hr ride. Busses come by under the bridge to the beach every 5 min. The local ice cream is absolutely delicious! And I say that coming from Canada where we have the best Italian ice-creams in the world!    :-) :-):-0 It helps to you have a google translate on your smart phone if you don’t speak any Spanish. Local people have hard time with English off the resort grounds. Now something about younger adults – my kids and their friends(16,17,19&20) had a great time surfing. Apparently even if there is no wind you get some long surf waves in this part of the Pacific - enough to learn how to balance on the board. There are few surfboarding teachers on the beach. It is difficult to book in advance, since most of them have second jobs and don’t answer the phones. Although if you are staying at Gran Festivall, the first surfboard instructor you find is Packo. His sons are manning the tent from early morning to late afternoon. He is about 20 min walk along the beach going south. Can’t miss his signs. It is about $20 - $30 CAN a day if you negotiate on the spot and double that if you book through an agent on the resort. If you walk another 5 min along the beach, past the rock formation you will find HOA (Hostel Ollas Altas) with few umbrellas and tables right on the beach where you could enjoy a cold one while watching the kids crashing in the waves. Henry is the owner of the place. Very pleasant young lad from Colorado. Most of the staff speaks English and are super accommodating. Bunch of hard core surfers are staying at the hostel and are very helpful if you want to learn surfing. There also some boards you could rent for 150 pesos or $12…(talking about price differences) ... and the chicken place across the road will deliver lunch for you right on the beach for 90 pesos (whole roasted free-range chicken with rice and salsa in plastic bags) mmm, tasty! – just tell Henry and he will order for you. Yet – this review is about the resort so in conclusion I will say – great – if you wish to stay at the resort grounds and enjoy some all-inclusive piece and quite, you won’t be disappointed. If you want to mingle with local people and enjoy authentic Mexican hospitality – you won’t be disappointed. Just don’t forget that their salaries do not allow them the same standard of living like us so … tip them fairly… 10–15% is normal, 20-25% is a little excessive but they will take it gladly :-):-);-)    Wish all clients and the Staff at the resort, Happy New Year! P.S. Apply bug spray in the evening on your feet up to the knees. We never got bitten higher than that. Guess bugs got their wings heavy with moisture :-) and can't fly high More>

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