Grupo Vidanta is a Mexican conglomerate involved in the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of hotels, resorts and associated infrastructure. The company also owns and operates the Mar de Cortés International Airport. The company was founded by Daniel Chavez Moran in 1974 and is headquartered in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. As of 2015, the company employs 15,000 people with an annual revenue of more than US$750 million.
Daniel Chavez Moran founded the group in 1974.
The Mar de Cortés International Airport, located in La Jolla de Cortés, Sonora, was opened on November 5, 2009.
In December 2010, the company launched a luxury destination club named Vida Vacations. The resort hotel brands associated with Vida Vacations membership include Grand Luxxe, The Grand Bliss, The Grand Mayan, The Bliss, Mayan Palace and Sea Garden.
In November 2014, Grupo Vidanta opened JOYÀ, a theater resident show of Cirque du Soleil with a capacity of 600 attendees near The Grand Mayan resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
In 2015, Grupo Vidanta invested in the James Bond film Spectre, whose opening scene was filmed in Mexico.
In April 2016, Grupo Vidanta signed an exclusive partnership agreement with the Hakkasan Group. The deal, worth $150 million, will lead to the development of new concept beach clubs, nightlife venues, restaurants and a hotel at Mexico’s Vidanta Resorts.
The company is in the planning/building stages of a $1.3 billion theme park-resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico, in partnership with the Canadian Cirque du Soleil, scheduled to open in 2018.
The firm owns six golf courses under the Vidanta Golf Brand at Acapulco, Puerto Peñasco, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, and Nuevo Vallarta.
In 2011, the company organized an annual Uniting Nations Cup golf tournament in Puerto Peñasco.
A Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy opened in Nuevo Vallarta in July 2012, and was the fifteenth Nicklaus Academy worldwide.
In November 2014, Mexican golfer Carlos Ortiz became the brand ambassador for Vidanta Golf.
In May 2015, the company opened a new golf course, designed by Greg Norman, at the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.
Vidanta ranked 6th in the Hospitality Sector as one of Mexico’s Great Places to Work.
The Travel+Leisure México Hotel Awards recognized Vidanta’s Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya in two categories in 2016: The award for Best Design/Décor; and the Reader’s Choice Award for best overall experience, noting the hotel as the Best Hotel in Mexico.
The Grand Luxxe in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico received the AAA’s Five Diamond rating for a second consecutive year in January, 2016.
Obras awarded its 2015 ‘Building Project of the Year’ award to the Grupo Vidanta-owned theater in which a Cirque du Soleil performance and dinner venue, JOYÀ, is housed.
In 2016, Mayan Palace Puerto Peñasco received the EarthCheck gold certification for its long term commitment to sustainable tourism in Mexico. The Gold designation recognizes five continuous years of independent accreditation.
In 1988, the Delia Morán Vidanta Foundation was founded in order to help underprivileged children in Mexico.
In 2005, Daniel Chavez Morán launched the Vidanta Foundation to promote the social sciences and democratic values in Latin America.
Along with the founder Daniel Chavez Moran, CEO Michel Beuffe, Executive Vice President Ivan Chavez, and Benny Michaud, Director of Hotel Operations, are key people in the company.