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One post of our amazing family vacation to Grand Palladium The White Sands Suites easily flowed into two posts and I still felt there was more to say so I'm doing one last wrap-up post that will cover a full review style write up for those planning their own visit to Riviera Maya! Special thanks to Palladium Hotel Group for inviting us to experience this wonderful resort and for sponsoring this post.
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We stayed at the Grand Palladium, The White Sands Suites, one of five resorts on the property. They are all located on the same all-inclusive complex and all five are 5-star hotels with direct access to Kantenah beach.
The resorts are connected with a network of nature trails that are fun to walk through and explore. There is also a crocodile habitat, two greenhouses, sea turtle camp, and eco-tours.
Getting here is easy. You fly into Cancún International Airport and then it is a one hour drive from there on a modern road. Wondering about water safety? The water at the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya is filtered and drinkable and any of their off-site excursions will have bottle water available.
The resort has waterways throughout with pools and village lobbies all enclosed in a forest of jungle trees.
The lobbies are all open air with plenty of luxurious touches. There are also bars in each of them serving alcohol, coffee drinks and other beverages of your choice!
There are even bungalows on the water!
Since the resort is built in a forest, the 30-second walk to the ocean is through tree canopied bridges.
There is wildlife around every corner too! There have even been monkey sightings!
You can stay in your resort or head to the other ones on the property by walking, taking a boat, a golf cart or little train.
The pools are beautiful and spacious featuring seven freshwater pools and one seaside saltwater pool.
There is even a pool area for kids!
The salt water pool on the edge of the ocean is the coolest pool ever with the water feeding into the pool and even smaller fish swimming in and out!
Emmy had some bits of a cracker left and fed the fish…
All hotels on the complex have access to the 9 themed restaurants, 5 buffet restaurants, 25 bars, and 9 swimming pools that are sprinkled throughout the resorts.
The desserts here were scrumptious and beyond anything we expected. There were rows and rows of them and they all had a homemade flavor and beautiful plating.
Fun desserts for the kids too! Plus they had an expansive ice cream and sorbet offering for all palates.
This resort is located on the beach in Kantenah with white sandy beaches and rocky areas that lead to tide pools. There are hammocks, lounge chairs and snacks up and down the beach for your enjoyment.
We all could have spent all day here. It is nestled in the trees with a sprawling array of treatment rooms, relaxation waiting areas and water every which way you look. There is an adults only pool too. Pete and I had massages while the girls had manicures and pedicures. Emmy also had her hair braided, making this perfect for the whole family. I recommend scheduling time at the spa the first day you are at the resort to really kick off your vacation!
Although we don't end up spending a lot of time in our hotel rooms, we still like to stay in upscale accommodations and we were thrilled with our suite. It is a family suite that was recently updated with a family room, large bathroom, bedroom (with a king sized bed) and balcony on one side. It was connected to another room with two queen sized beds, a sitting area (with a pull-out couch) and another large bathroom and balcony. It was perfect for our family of 5.
For Kids and Teens
There is so much to do for everyone in the family starting with fun clubs for all the children. There is the Baby Club (for children between 1 and 3), the Mini Club (4 -12), and Black & White Junior's Club (13+).
Emmy had so much fun at the Mini Club. Everyone that works there really loves kids and they set out to make sure that everyone has fun and is well fed at all times. Em loved getting surprised with cookies each time she was there!
The teens had the club to go to along with a segway tour, the beach to hang out at, the pools, the spa, ordering room service, entertainment options and so much more.
As the girls get older I realized that they are more into having options than ever before. One moment they want a snack or a latte and the next they are ready for a swim. This resort is great because they can have the freedom to explore on their own while in a safe compound. There were hours that they were off on their own and we only saw them for meals.
The more I talk to others with teens they too join me in really considering the options and enjoyment of their older kids when they chose where to vacation. That is why an all-inclusive is a great option because there is so much to do on site and pretty much everything is included so teens can go off and have a good time.
Here are a couple more videos of our time at The Grand Palladium Resort & Spa Riviera Maya.
SEGWAY TOUR AT THE GRAND PALLADIUM, Riviera Maya
Drone Tour Grand Palladium Riviera Maya
Here is more info for you to know before visiting Riviera Maya, Mexico.
The official language of Mexico is Spanish. Check for current rates, but when we were there, 1 US dollar was approximately 18.07 Mexican Pesos. The average high temperature of Riviera Maya is 80- high 90's. Mexico uses 100-120 Volts and North American sockets (the same as U.S.) The Time Zone in Riviera Maya falls within the Eastern Standard Time (EST). There are a lot of nonstop flights to the US and more are being added all the time. We felt very safe in Cancun and it was more like an extension of America down there with many recognizable stores along the highway.
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