Mexicos Worst Resort
Well like the title says this all inclusive resort is less then perfect. I did not enjoy my stay there. I found the resort old and frayed. Accomodations were substandard. Ammenities substandard. Food substandard This is compared to other resorts in the same class.
This resort is really a get-away for native Mexicans. It is sold to them at a very reasonable price by their scale and it is not too far away from some major poulation centers. (167 miles from Guadalajara Pop.4 million ) So they don't have trouble keeping the place filled.
If you fly in from the USA or Canada the with a price to match you will find this resort not up to par.
If you fly in from USA or Canada you will in fact have trouble figuring out just what standard they do apply to this place, sub isn't quite accurate.
Any way I only have two words to sum this resort up and they are
We had a wonderful week at the Blue Bay. We also had a rough start at check-in. They clearly were not ready for 2 full busloads arriving from the airport at one time at 11 am. We knew our room would not be ready until 2, but were distressed when we still were not in our room at 6:30 pm. After four hours of Minnesota nice we did get the attention of the manager who made-up our room himself...the rest of the week our room was well taken care of. The young people working the pool activities and the shows each day were great! They were talented and enthusiastic.
The people staying at the resort were friendly and fun. It was for the most part very family friendly. The food was adequate and plentiful. We did not get sick. The posts about the slippery deck need to be heeded.
Be sure to wear something on your feet. The pool although a bit chilly was well cared for, and the grounds clean and. THE BEACH WAS WONDERFUL!
Whether you played in the water or just walked the beach it was great fun. We will go back, especially if we can go again for $500. for the whole package.
Loved it! The resort is a long way out from anywhere; then the driveway in is about three miles of cobblestones. Drive it slowly; we nearly got wiped out by a bus on our way in! It has the most beautiful beach I have ever seen as well as a very well set-up pool area. The smooth tiles are slippery when wet, walk on the rough ones. The food was plentiful, definitely more variety on the weekend when the resort is fuller. The pizza parlour has great pizzas. Our room was plain but clean and bright and had a great view of the pool and the ocean.
Everything worked. The staff were great, unfailingly cheerful and helpful and nearly everyone speaks at least a little english. Take your own travel mug for drinks on the beach, ours were oversize and held lots of ice (or cerveza!) and we could fill them with coffee to have on the beach in the mornings. We rented our own car, it was nice to be able to tour around without restrictions. You need to go to the front desk for a gate pass on your way out, though. We will definitely be going back. Probably won't stay in the resort again but it was a great base for our first trip to the area. I think the biggest thing lacking was something in the room telling you about the ammenities and the resort itself.
Just let go and you'll have a blast
Anyone who says the hotel was aweful just didn't go on vacation they just went to the blue bay club and hogged all the chairs and complained about constant, oooa oooa's (you'll understand when your there). Im not saying the hotel was perfect, but your not paying for perfect. There is some plumbing problems but nothing major, it may take a couple more flushes to get.....whatever down the toilet. Air conditioning works just fine and all rooms have awesome views. The beach is amazing , ive been to many hotels on the west coast and no hotel beach in puerto vallarta, mazatlan, cabos, or acapulco comes even close to this. YOu can go horse back riding everymorning for free with an awesome old guy named manuel....cation he speak NO english. The best way to have fun is to meet people, trust me the people we met just made our trip, secondly do all the activities you can, the more people you become with on the activity team the better, i managed to get myself on the stage a few times and i came home with 3 shirts and botles of Jose Cuevo, the bar tenders are awesome tip them early in your visit for awesome service......see julio for the best service As long as you go to blue bay to have fun, and just totally let go of canadian living you'll have an awesome time!! ttya soon everyone in alberta!!!
3-star resort; 5-star beach
Had a great time! One week at Blue Bay and one week at sister resort up on the hill, Punta Serena. It's definitely worth the extra money for either a Junior Suite at Blue Bay or some time at Punta Serena (Most would rate it as 4 or 5 star. Stay in a villa vs. a bungalow. If it's good enough for Bill Gates, it's good enough for you). Resort is isolated so be prepared for $53US cab rides (up to 4 people can share) to nearby towns/villages but they are a MUST. The driver will wait up to 3 hrs. with you while you tour. See the crocs in La Manzanilla, the market in Malaque and of course Barra de Navidad for shopping. See the dolphins frolic in the bay. We even saw a whale and her offspring! This resort is definitely worth the money and you won't feel cheated. The weather was perfect for the whole 2 weeks (29 degrees and sunny every day).
Good for 3.5 stars
Here is a concise and honest review. I have travelled to quite a few places (on the cheap and not so cheap), so hopefully you will find this review useful. I went with my boyfriend, we are in our late-twenties, not huge partiers:
GOOD - 1) VERY beautiful beach, not busy, great waves for body surfing, and NO beach vendors. You have to get there early to reserve a chair in the shade. Boogie boards are also much-coveted, but we could usually snag a couple if we kept our eyes open for people returning them. 2) We upgraded to a suite for $20 US per night and it was ABSOLUTELY worth it -- huge room, bathroom was actually ok, big patio and right ON the beach. 3) Snorkelling at Tenicatita was fantastic, lots of fish, and cheap beer/delicious fresh seafood right on the beach. We hitched a ride with the "jungle tour" boat to get there for no money (way cheaper than a $40 taxi)
BAD - 1) Food is not good, even for an all-inclusive. No snacks. There is a buffet with questionable dishes i.e. "eggs up the bun" ?? (3 meals), omelette station (breakfast), burger grill (lunch) all in the same main area. There is a pizza place close to the bar (lunch and dinner), we went there lots. The a la carte restaurant is really good but you likely only get one meal there. 2) Original room was AWFUL, behind the disco, bathroom was obscene. No problem to upgrade. Even in our suite, walls are thin and we awoke to a screaming Mexican 2 year old almost every night. 3) Not enough equipment (boogie boards, kayaks)
Bottom line: You get what you pay for. Be prepared for lots of locals. If you want to relax on a beautiful beach and don't mind average food, this is a good destination at a fair price (we paid ~$850 CDN each before upgrade).