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Vidnata NV - Grand Luxxe Room Service & kitchens advice needed

Discussion in 'Mexico Timesharing' started by zentraveler, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. zentraveler

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    We stayed last year in one of the studio/hotel room units at the Grand Luxxe (building 5) and we used room service a lot; we found it reliable and fast, and the food was quite good.

    This year we are staying in 2 BDRM unit. Any experience with using room service in the areas of the resort where the units have kitchens? Slower? Less consistent? Also, are the kitchens in those units reasonably outfitted -- a decent knife, enough equipment to cook simple dinners?

    Thanks for any info.

    [Moderators, I posted this earlier today in the wrong forum. Please delete previous post if appropriate; sorry]
     
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    The kitchens are reasonably well equipped, though they don’t have ovens unless you’re in a loft unit or higher. There may be a fairly large toaster oven you can substitute for that; they have those in the spa units at least. There will be a microwave, blender, coffee maker, etc. The main cooking stuff is a 4 burner cooktop and some usable pots and pans. Every time I’ve stayed there has been two knives I would call serviceable rather than decent; I’ve got fairly high standards though. They’re good enough to use for what you’ll be able to do there.

    The room service is fairly uniform throughout the resort. Don’t use it much myself; we wind up going to the restaurants when we aren’t making our own meals.
     
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    Eric - any idea if Grand Luxxe kitchens have a teflon type frying pan ?

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    I find the Mayan Palace & NV Sea Garden kitchenettes well equipped .

    They have good quality Mexican style. pans including a frying pan . Due to my (limited) cooking skills I have trouble cooking omlets & heating wheat tortillas in this pan . as a result we,now bring a small non-stick style pan with us .

    I also bring a supply of medium zip lock bags for easy storage of left overs . That said - the bowls and small plates seem to be designed to use the plate as a “lid “on the bowl for storage.

    FYI - there is a good farmers & craft market on Saturdays behind the OXXO (that is near the SEA GARDEN NV ) It runs from approx. Nov - May . We have bought vegetables and fruits , good guacamole , sausage etc from local vendors .
    Some of them also have booths at the Sunday market near Paradise Village .
     
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    No Teflon or other non-stick pans in Grand Luxxe; they’re all simple fairly lightweight steel ones. I’ve given up on making omelets there, too, but they work great for scrambled eggs.
     
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    Oh, thanks for the tip about the market by OXXO; I’m down there again tomorrow and will check it out. My wife got down there early and actually figured out how to take the bus from the airport to Buganvilias for less than a dollar. She’s using the free 4 day stay from an SFX deposit before I get there.
     
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    Happy for the info on all counts. The farmers market sounds great and happy to know that room service will likely still work when we don't want to cook. Knives are always a weak point in resorts. Even if they have a good selection of them, they are usually as dull as butter knives. When we go to Hawaii we pack a decent knife (as well as a metal salad bowl and salad tongs, zip-lock bags, scissors and a few other things we like to have) but when we did that once for Mexico the knife was a real problem and we had to go through the "open your bad" hassle. Now I pack a Swiss Army Knife for Mexico.

    What is in Buganvillas? I have read other posts where people mention going there but I can't figure out why!
     
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    Happy for the info on all counts. The farmers market sounds great and happy to know that room service will likely still work when we don't want to cook. Knives are always a weak point in resorts. Even if they have a good selection of them, they are usually as dull as butter knives. When we go to Hawaii we pack a decent knife (as well as a metal salad bowl and salad tongs, zip-lock bags, scissors and a few other things we like to have) but when we did that once for Mexico the knife was a real problem and we had to go through the "open your bad" hassle. Now I pack a Swiss Army Knife for Mexico.

    What is in Buganvillas? I have read other posts where people mention going there but I can't figure out why!
     
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    There’s another timeshare resort called Buganvilias in PV close to the malecon. Atmosphere is a bit different than Vidanta, but it’s convenient to getting out in town.
     
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    In 2017- the start date was Sat Nov 4 / so it is likely starting this weekend in 2018 season
    Your wife will like it as well , & can spend the pesos she saved by taking the bus .

    FYI - If you see the family run food booth that makes blue corn tortillas , fresh in front of you & sells taco lunches ; be sure to try them . I think they are located nearer the Oxxo .

    - The grill in Oxxo makes pretty good lunches as well .
     
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    FYI - there is a good farmers & craft market on Saturdays behind the OXXO (that is near the SEA GARDEN NV ) It runs from approx. Nov - May . We have bought vegetables and fruits , good guacamole , sausage etc from local vendors .
    Some of them also have booths at the Sunday market near Paradise Village .

    This Farmers Market sounds awesome! We will be at Vidanta for 3 weeks in January, arriving at the airport on Saturday about 12:30. It will take time to get to the resort and get checked in. Does anyone know how late the farmers market is open. It sure would be great to start our week with some fresh produce.
     
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    Not sure how late it’s open, but it is running now. There wasn’t that much produce, but we did get some good cheeses and eggs.
     

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