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[2006] are there any favorable mayan palace expieriences, purchases or other?

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IT seems there are so many unhappy mayan palace owners out there...I simply can not see the reason for this...we payed 20,000. for a one bedroom grand mayan unit with fair week option, thats 2 weeks possible a year....we let them take a blue green week for 14,000. credit, that would have made the entire purchase price 34,000........ even after reading the ebay deals,I do not feel screwed.... staying at the mayan palace, I have enjoyed 5 star accomodations and no sales people trying to sell me tours, more time,or any thing else ....other then mabee a picture wth a large snake by the pool. no vendors on the beach [at least in r. m.] safe eating and drinking......now we have stayed at many resorts in mexico,none have had the large pools or top service,secure feeling of the mayan palace...in fact most of the time at the other resorts you felt like a piece of meat that someone some where was trying to pry into your money.buy this ..tour that...come to breakfast and sit for only 90 mins and get this.....no thank you!! at the grand mayan there is no preasure period. if we can feel our money was somewhat well spent to be able to get out of a cool day in january and lay by a pool in 85 temps and enjoy the whitest, softest ,sand in the world....not to mention crystal clear. blue ocean water...what more could you want. as far as all the horror stories..we had our margarita moment and mabee payed too much, but when you sit and talk turkey with the sales sharks ,they are sales they are always going to make it out to be a no lose purchase...there will never be fraud if you have written , signed, proof. buyer know what your buying.we knew what we bought, just payed to much compared to the ebay deals. there has to be some people out there that are as thrilled to find a resort that caters to mostly english speaking people ,and has the properties and most importantly proffesional standards that the mayan palace has.....no I do not work for them..I just have had the bad, the good, and the ugly of resorts..............this board is enough to scare any new people thinking of purchasing timeshare right out of thier socks......sheesh!!!!.........................we have friends that think timeshares are for fools and suckers but when we see what thier vacation rooms look like [pictures] and resorts offer for the money they pay we know the investment [yes investment] our timeshares have provided for our family................sally
 

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Sally, I'm sure the Mayan resorts are all lovely, however, my first visit to Puerto Vallarta we were endlessly harrassed by MP salesmen everywhere we went. They were in the grocery store, in shops at the marina, at the airport, standing on street corners. We couldn't go anywhere without being accosted by these guys. One day after being hit on five times I looked at the guy and said "Do you have any idea how many times I have heard that pitch today?". He laughed and said "Oh, don't be so Mexican!". If you read DaveRock's experience with the MP sales presentation you'll know why many of us aren't interested in MP. Their sales practices are enough to keep me uninterested in their properties for good.
 

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I agree with Sally that the Mayan Palace resorts are wonderful. We love them as does our family. We own several Mayan Palace weeks and are considering upgrading to one Grand unit. We bought one 2-bedroom week from the developer. Yes, the price was higher than the ones we bought on ebay, but not any higher than the ones from many developers in the US. Hilton & Fairfield are pricey too.

Yes, the MP hawkers and sales staff are agressive, but we have been to other presentations that were very similar. I think the commission they receive for getting you there is significant enough to make them that way. When you remember that many of the Mexican people make $10 or less per day, you can understand how making $100 or so for getting someone to actually take the presentation, makes them pretty persistent. When we have gone to the grocery stores, we have been amazed that many prices are similar to those in the US groceries. They need the money for survival. Even though they are persistent and everywhere, we try to treat them with as nice as we can. We just tell them no thank you and go on our way with no problems.
 

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Sally- the MP resorts are easy to trade into, BYW, and yes, you paid too much. But if you are happy, fine. The MP resorts have a reputation for shady dealings- period- and that is what people report here. I bought my Westin Club Regina one bedroom float 1-50 for $1,200 and it is lovely. I am sure your MP resort is too. If buyers are well educated and patient they can score great deals for a fraction of the $20,000 plus the $14,000 timeshare trade in you paid. That is the message on these boards.
 

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blondie and quiltergirl

all that I am saying is when visiting a third-world country, you can not expect to find life the same as kansas...the mayan palace..at least if you own the grand...you are treated as if you are royalty..in my opinion this is a rare resort..on vacation I like to be around other vacationing americans or at least english speaking people in mexico ..its just easier for the kids and us. the mayan chain provides this for us..it is a resort on level with an american hilton ..sort of in a mexican way..this is very important as you are in mexico....as far as agressive sales people ..we once were at a vidafel sales presentation the sales guy actually spit on us...by accident of course..if not interested NO!!! should be your favorite word...these people are not shy just get use to saying no... and if you dont like the adventure mexico offers [sales people and all] ...I do not think mexico is good for you..you love it or you hate it ...witch person are you? the mayan product is one of the newest most progressive growing things in mexico ..if you sold in mexico, would you not be a little aggresive too?....my main point is once in the mayan grand resort, you are not asked at all..and that is very very rare at any mexican resort ...we have been badgered on many mexican vacations by resort personel for every thing from timeshare weeks to outings to massages ..ect. ...when you check in the mayan resort you are a treated with respect ..not as a sale..and that is why the mayan palace is a diamond in a rough but awesome third world country.
 

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I Love Mexico

I fully understand the motivation behind the high pressure sales, but frankly I would rather give my money to the vendors and the Chicklet kids. At least they are honest about what they are selling you. We bought at Club Regina PV because we were treated with respect from beginning to end. No harrassment, pretty low key presentation. The resorts are IMO just as nice as MP and I feel better about where my dollars went. I'm quite comfortable in a third world country and seem to do just fine with my bad Spanish. If I wanted to visit Kansas I would go to Kansas, nor do I wish to be treated like royalty. All I want is a nice place to stay with pleasant people and surroundings and be able to experience the area as it really is not the Americanized version of it. As I said before I am quite sure the Mayan resorts are fabulous, however their sales practices will keep me from ever attending one of their sales presentations. If I really want a week at MP I will buy it resale, but I don't see that happening.
 

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We have had generally good experiences at Mayan Palace (not even the Grand). We’ve gotten the weeks we wanted, the properties are very nice, and while some of them are isolated, it takes a little more effort to get around. We’ve been trading and using timeshares for vacations for the past 10 years and we vacation 3-4 weeks a year. Of all the places we stayed at, my 3 kids favorite remains the Acapulco Mayan Palace. Their sales tactics are annoying, but I have had no trouble saying no. By the way, if anyone thinks the sales people in Mexico are bad, believe me they are nothing compared to the gypsies in Paris or Rome (neither city is in a poor country). Live and let live.
 

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Sally--I don't understand what you are looking for in this thread. Are you looking for affirmation that spending $20K. plus a traded-in timeshare for a Grand Mayan timeshare was a good decision? You rationalized making the purchase in the first place, and you apparently are continuing to rationalize it, despite the fact you can buy the same membership for thousands less on the resale market. It really doesn't make much difference what we think of your decision or of the Grand Mayan. What is important is that you are comfortable with the purchase and the quality of accommodations you will have at the Grand Mayan for several years to come. Just enjoy the membership. I'm sure we have all rationalized major purchases that others would not have been able to justify. The bottom line is that it is your money, and you get to spend it however you want.
 

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Sally, I agree with EJC. It sounds like you are happy. I too love Mexico and at the Westin nobody ever once approached us to purchase or take a tour, even though we own there, so I too appreciate that aspect. Further, I never see Westin salespeople take to the streets. On the other hand, the MP folks accosted us many times daily- as we expected- because we had to walk by there to and from the Westin. But, in Mexico that is how timeshare hawkers operate and we knew it. Good luck with your purchase. I just don't think you will change the impression folks have here regarding the MP resorts, if that is your goal. But, to each his own!
 

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I Agree with You, Sally

Sally - you & I think a lot alike. The Mayan Palaces are wonderful. The Grand's are aptly named. We have recently sold our other timeshares and now only own at the Mayan Palace and the Sheraton Buganvilias. When we took our family to the Mayan Riviera for Thanksgiving, 3 weeks after Hurricane Wilma, they all expressed their preference for the Mayan Palace. It was only the 2nd time we had taken our group of 13 to a MP. Everyone commented on how nice the MP was and hoped that I would plan more of the family vacations at one. That is why I purchased more units on ebay and sold my other ones.

PS - Don't knock Kansas - it is a great place - I lived there for 30 years and loved it. We just retired to a resort area in central Missouri so we could be on the water when not in Mexico on vacation.
 
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Well Said, And I Can Believe Every Word That You Say, Grupo Mayan Rat Mayan!!!

[Vera - this thread is from 2006.

TUG is not you personal platform for your vendetta against Grupo Mayan.

1) Stopping digging up ancient threads to post in.
2) Stopping posting the same info. over and over.

DeniseM Moderator]
 
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Couldn't agree more! You did wel not to purchase the Grupo Mayan "deal"

[See post above - DeniseM Moderator]
 
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Wonder why they need to charge the same prices in Mexico as the U.S.!?

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Please note that this thread is from 2006 and was brought out of mothballs by a new user. Since this thread is out of date, and her posts were repetitive, they were deleted.
 
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5 year old thread!!!

Thought I was reading some positive posts when I realized that I recognized Vera, checked the dates, and it is a 5 year old thread that was used!!! No need to say more. Regards........
 

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Wow! I took a break from TUG for some dinner and tv and look what I came back to. I was surprised to see posts from sally and noticed the dates. This thread needs to go back into the mothballs so I'll help it get there.
 
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