It is always fun to meet up with friends who have been coming to the resort at the same time each year. One of the couples has attended every gathering since we held the first one in 2009.
Much has changed since then, and we all agreed the changes have been for the betterment of members. A few bumps along the road have been smoothed out over time. There is no question that those in attendance on Tuesday felt the property is improving and that it is nice to see construction moving away from the existing towers for the time being.
That is not to say all construction has ceased. The lake in front of the SPA Towers should be completed by the middle of December. The new access structures could be finished in time for the Holiday push. The new Tower 5, which is home to the newest product to be offered by Grupo Vidanta called a Loft-Like Studio is at the ground floor. Footings are in place. Plans are the tower will be finished by next November.
The SPA Tower pools are open as is the Kids Club. The Kids Club is different from the Grand Mayan Kiddies Pool because fees are charged for the Kids Club. At the time we were there, the charges are $80 peso per hour, $150 pesos for the day with in and out privileges and without meals, and $350 pesos for the day with meals. Activities are varied. Sort of like ski school without the snow or skis.
The new Greg Norman golf course is well underway. Lakes are in place. Greens are exposed with their drainage in place. The resort is growing its own grass, which is different from the grass on the current Nicklaus course. A bridge walking bridge will be constructed by Spring to allow guests to use this new course by then.
Attendees ventured from all over Canada and the US. No question about it. These gatherings, though not large in number are fun ways to not only meet new people but also get updates that might not otherwise be available.
Hope to see you next year. Hope others start these on their own at different times of the year.