During a recent trip to Mexico before we made our way to Tulum, Casey and I spent a few incredible days at The Grand at Moon Palace, the newest addition to the all-inclusive Moon Palace resorts in Cancun. We arrived directly after spending a week in Cuba, which was a challenging country to navigate and accommodations weren’t very comfortable, to say the least. Arriving mentally and physically exhausted, a luxurious stay at The Grand was exactly what we needed. Currently in soft opening until May, the sprawling luxury resort hosts a dreamy tropical vacation experience catering to your every need in the heart of the Yucatán Peninsula.
Each spectacular room includes plush beds, free Wi-Fi, Smart TVs, bath robes with matching slippers and a double whirlpool tub with bath bubbles. A complimentary mini bar comes stocked with water, drinks, snacks and beer. There’s even a cupboard with four ready to pour bottles of liquor at your disposal, which feels like having your own bar in the room 24/7. Both the mini bar and liquor bottles are refillable at any time with a touch of a button to housekeeping. If vino is your preferred method to a buzz, you’ll be happy to know there’s always a complimentary bottle of red wine waiting upon arrival.
At the time of our visit, there were six restaurants operating serving Mexican, Lebanese, Asian, Caribbean and Italian cuisine, a Steakhouse, and poolside snack bars serving quick bites. There’s also a grand buffet open for all three meals of the day, where we ate a majority of our meals since the choices were endless and the quality of food was on par. Breakfast turned out to be my favorite meal with chilaquiles, guacamole, fresh veggies, and fruit, chocolate croissants, green juice, coffee, and mimosas all in one sitting. Safe to say I was in a major food coma after that meal, but yummm!
In case you miss the scheduled dining times or are in need of late night munchies, 24-hour room service is at your every beck and call. This proved to be heaven sent when major munchie mode set in after one (okay, maybe a few) too many drinks at the onsite nightclub Unique. With a quick phone call, we were soon devouring delicious quesadillas and paninis in the comfort of our own room.
If none of the on-site food options tickle your fancy, you're welcomed to dine at any of the other restaurant options at the neighboring Sunrise and Nizuc Moon Palace resorts, which are both on the same property, although a short complimentary shuttle bus ride away, That is, unless you opt to dig your toes in the sand and take advantage of the resort's beachfront property and walk along the Caribbean waters to reach your destination. Guests of The Grand are also invited to take full advantage of all amenities provided at Sunrise and Nizuc, including restaurants, bars, daily activities, entertainment, shows, fitness classes, yoga and more. Stay at one resort and get access to three, pretty sweet deal right?
Upon completion, The Grand at Moon Palace will host a water park complete with waterslides and a lazy river (it’s almost done and looks huge!), gym, a 76,875 square-foot Awe-spa, more than 80,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces, a six-lane bowling alley, teen lounge, stylish nightclub, 17 food and beverage options and more. Last but not least, there will be a total of nine outdoor swimming pools, including two adults-only pools with a live DJ spinning poolside beats, five swim-up bars, and an elaborate beach club. Sounds like the perfect setting for some incredible day parties!
If lounging on the beach and doing absolutely nothing is more your thing, there is plenty of opportunity for that too! Lounge by one of the pools boasting breathtaking views of the ocean, or find yourself a spot on one of the many beachside couches or cabana beds as you sip pina coladas until sunset brought to you by the friendly wait staff. Whether you’re single, married, traveling with friends, kids or none of the above, there really is something for everyone at The Grand. You’ll discover there is never a dull moment to be had!
Palace Resorts’ all-inclusive accommodations start at $172 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. For more info, visit PalaceResorts.