TRAVEL DOCUMENTS NEEDED AT GRAND SLAM FLYFISHING LODGE
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GENERAL INFORMATION FOR GRAND SLAM FLYFISHING LODGE
You’ve been fishing the flats all day, you’re spent from the concentration, physical exertion and adrenalin spikes, and you want to return to a cool, comfortable spot where you can put your feet up and savor the day overlooking the sea. Your GrandSlam villa is that place.
Here you’ll appreciate the air conditioning, 24-hour electricity and hot water, and no loud generator noise at night. GrandSlam is like a boutique resort with king-sized beds, a flat screen television with satellite service and DVD player, an iPod docking station for music and a stocked mini bar in each room.
This beautiful brand new Ascencion Bay fishing lodge has six beachfront villas, each with two separate rooms featuring contemporary interiors. The ground floor unit has two king-sized beds, an ocean-view Jacuzzi, and a wrap-around deck with lounge chairs and a hammock. The second level bedroom has one king-sized bed, a living area, and a balcony with a hammock.
Fishermen will appreciate the locking personal rod racks, and the fishing magazines in the rooms. There’s a safe for valuables and daily housekeeping service.
GrandSlam Fly Fishing Lodge is like an exclusive boutique resort that happens to be run by fishermen, for fishermen (and their non-fishing companions).
Situated on a narrow, palm tree-studded strip of sand, the lodge faces the Caribbean on one side with the lagoon lapping on the other side. So you get great sea views plus easy access to Ascension Bay with our lagoon dock.
Enjoy the beach on comfortable, king-sized Bali day beds, and let our beach butler deliver cool drinks to you. Go for a swim – the sea has a sandy bottom and nearby areas of coral for snorkeling. You can opt for the swimming pool; our pool butlers will deliver drinks to your lounge chair there too. You can also go kayaking or snorkeling.
The main lodge has a tropical thatched-roof design with natural flair. It features a social area, a bar with swings for seats, and Kai Restaurant with an air-conditioned dining room and covered beachfront deck. There’s a library, computer and fly tying station. At the shop you can buy Cuban cigars, flyfishing supplies and more.
FISHING INFORMATION FOR GRAND SLAM FLYFISHING LODGE
Start your morning with a good breakfast, and head for the dock with your gear to start your assault on Ascension Bay fish. Eight hours of fishing per day (except arrival and departure days) are included in your stay package, typically running 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the light is best for spotting fish.
We customize our fishing services to your desires. Want to sleep in and start later in the morning? How about splitting your fishing day with a mid-day lunch/siesta back at the lodge? A sunset session on arrival day? You can fish longer hours from sunrise to sunset, or just a half day. Anything is possible on your Ascension Bay fishing trip, although there may be an extra fee.
Good shallow water flats fishing is just minutes from the lodge; the best spots are a 10- to 25-minute boat ride. You and your guide will get dropped off in a promising area to wade for a specified period of time, while the other fisherman heads to a different spot with his guide to fish from the boat, possibly for tarpon in deeper water. The boat returns later and you switch off, alternating wading and boat fishing with the other fishing team.
Your package includes two anglers with their personal guides in each panga, but you can have your own boat for a half or full day if you like.
All fishing in the biosphere reserve is catch-and-release. For fishing diversity we can range north to Boca Paila lagoon and south to Espiritu Santo Bay on request.
GRAND SLAM OPPORTUNITY IN ASCENCION BAY
The Holy Grail in fishing is a Grand Slam: landing a bonefish, tarpon and permit in the same day. It’s like a hole-in-one for a golfer. Add a snook to the trio for a Super Slam. In Ascension Bay, your chances of earning this achievement have never been better. Plus add an amazing nights stay at the Lodge in Ascension Bay to complete your trip!“Luck is the fundamental thesis of a Grand Slam. Then you need a good guide to bring you to the fish, and a good cast to get the fish’s attention,” says Alessandro Spinelli, lodge manager.
The acknowledged strategy is to land a permit first since it is the most difficult to hook, and then go in search of tarpon since they may take time to locate, explains Spinelli. “About 4 or 5 p.m. is a good time to go for bonefish. They can get spooked by noisy boats during the day and head towards the outer beaches, but they always come back into the shallow waters of the bay for the night.”
SEASON AT GRAND SLAM FLYFISHING LODGE
Grand Slam Fly Fishing Lodge is open for fishing all year long. Our high season is March through June, but many anglers prefer to take advantage of the rate discounts and quieter pace in the regular and low seasons.
Ascension Bay Fish:
|Permit||Present year-round, spring is the best season, summer and fall good too|
|Bonerfish||Present year-round, best season is November to June|
|Present year-round, summer is the time for large migratory tarpon|
|Snook||Present year-round, winter is the best season|
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES AT GRAND SLAM FLYFISHING LODGE
You’ll thoroughly enjoy your time at Grand Slam Fly Fishing Lodge, whether you want to simply relax or take in some other activities. If it’s relaxation you seek, choose your villa hammock, the king-sized Bali beds on the beach or a lounger by the pool. Enjoy chilled drinks delivered by our beach and pool butlers.
You can stay active by snorkeling at the lodge. Go kite surfing with an instructor right off the lodge beach. A personal trainer can provide one-on-one advice on how to strengthen for various sports. In the evenings, savor a cognac and a Cuban cigar while telling fishing tales. Hang out in a swing seat at the bar, play a game of cards, throw darts, grab a book from the library or a DVD to watch in your room. You can also replace the flies you lost that day at the fly tying station in the main lodge.
Want to take a day off from fishing and do something unique in the area? How about seeing the underwater world on a snorkeling or scuba diving trip? Or visiting one of the renowned eco-parks to swim with dolphins or float through cool cenote caverns?
Learn about the Mayan civilization at the impressive archeological ruins at Tulum on seaside cliffs, or at Coba where you can climb the steps to the top of the Yucatan’s highest pyramid.
If you’re after adrenalin thrills (other than landing a fiercely fighting fish), you could try kite surfing, a zipline canopy tour, or ATV jungle ride. If you’re a golfer, check out the two championship courses in the region; El Camaleón Mayakoba hosts a PGA Tour event.
The lodge offers a complimentary concierge service to arrange excursions. There are full-day and half-day trips. The tour company picks you up right at the lodge. Or, you can rent a car for a day to explore on your own. The concierge will arrange to have your car dropped off and picked up at the lodge for your convenience.
HOW TO GET TO GRAND SLAM FLYFISHING LODGE
You’ll appreciate the ease and affordability of air travel to Cancun (don’t forget your passport). We’ll arrange a private transfer from the airport to the lodge when you book your stay. It’s a three and-a-half hour drive south of Cancun International Airport; most of the trip is on smooth highway, but the last hour from Tulum to the lodge is on a rough dirt road.
Consider the transfer time when you schedule your flights. If you arrive to Cancun late in the day or have an early departure flight from Cancun, we can help arrange a hotel near the airport.
2012 RATES FOR GRAND SLAM FLYFISHING LODGE
High Season Double Occupancy
4 nights, 3 days - $2002 pp
5 nights, 4 days - $2457 pp
6 nights, 5 days - $2832 pp
7 nights, 6 days - $3397 pp
Regular Season Double Occupancy
4 nights, 3 days - $1902 pp
5 nights, 4 days - $2342 pp
6 nights, 5 days - $2782 pp
7 nights, 6 days - $3222 pp
Low Season Double Occupancy
4 nights, 3 days - $1762 pp
5 nights, 4 days - $2167 pp
6 nights, 5 days - $2572 pp
7 nights, 6 days - $2977 pp
Rates listed are in U.S. dollars.
Rates for Children:
Children up to their third birthday may stay at the lodge free of charge. From their third to 13th birthday, they may stay at half price.
For your fishing guide, we suggest $25 to $50 per day paid in cash (U.S. or Mexican currency) directly on your last day of fishing. A $100 tip is typical for landing a Grand Slam. Tips for the lodge waiters, bartenders and housekeepers are at your personal discretion. You can take care of this upon departure and add any tips to your final bill if you choose.
Extras and Incidentals:
Cash transactions are not allowed at the lodge, instead, all extra charges are added to the final room bill and paid at departure.
WHAT'S INCLUDED AT GRAND SLAM FLYFISHING LODGE
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED AT GRAND SLAM FLYFISHING LODGE
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