Trip Report Day 2 The Grand Moon Palace Cancun All-Inclusive Family Resort

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Welcome back to day two and the second part of our review and trip report with our host, The Grand At Moon Palace Cancun. This was our breakfast view!

Today was all about relaxation and fun.

The day looked like this… we went to breakfast at the buffet, had more snacks and drinks than we can count (so many fresh fruit smoothies!), walked along the beach, splashed in the pool, had a massage, and met up with our friends, Emma and Ellie’s Family. 

The Grand at Moon Palace was the perfect place to vacation together because its location (in Cancun, Mexico) was so easy for everyone to get to. They had non-stop (super quick flights) from Florida and we took a non-stop morning flight from LAX, so getting here was simple. The resort is about 10-15 min from the airport too, so our vacation started fast!

We loved having this beach to play and relax on. It isn’t a swimmable beach, but there are boats you can take out and the sand and view are beautiful.

Since we stayed in The Grand section, we were able to use the other resorts’ amenities too.

We were thankful for the maps throughout the resort because there were a lot of things to see and do. Along with the maps, there are also shuttles that come through at designated spots to take you throughout the property. We love to walk all over, but I can see how this would be a huge benefit to others.

Let’s talk about food for a moment.

The last time we were at Moon Palace Cancun, we rarely repeated the same restaurant, snack, or beverage more than once… well except for coffee. This time we didn’t even eat at most of the ones we tried before because there are so many options. I think it would take a couple of weeks to really try close to everything, and I’m up for the challenge next time. We stayed 3 nights and left wanting to stay much longer.

We structured our days around food though because we didn’t want to miss any of the culinary delights. In the morning we had room service coffee and a light first breakfast before getting ready and heading to the buffet. Each resort has a buffet and they are all fantastic.

We always met up for dinner as a group and most lunches too.

Whenever we were together, the kids loved having their own kid’s table. They also loved that since this was an all-inclusive, there was no saying “no” to anything. Want a soda any time of the day? YES! Want ice cream? YES! Want a second lunch? Sure! They all felt like they could have their own version of the best vacation ever!

Everywhere you turn there are more fun things to do!

We remembered this spot where the iguanas hang out from last time, it is in Nizuc. We were so happy to see they are still here!

Before dinner water fun time!

We started at The Water Park where there are slides, a lazy river, and a wave pool! We didn’t even get to the wave pool area because we were too busy having fun on the slides and lazy river!

Did you know they also have swim-up pool rooms?

After that, we went to one of the many pools.

Emmy’s only request was that it has a swim-up bar. She lives for ordering drinks while in the pool!

After swimming, Maddie, Ash, and I went to Tavola for some amazing Italian food.

I was shocked to see that they had specific vegan options on the menu and gluten-free ones too. It was such a relief to be able to order off the menu and have them completely understand our dietary needs right away and not have to worry.

We ended up eating here once more during our stay because I was obsessed with their vegan risotto. Who knew that a resort-like The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun would have one of the best and my favorite vegan meals ever? Behind the risotto, the vegan Caprese pasta was also a delightful dish.

Maddie had the vegan pizza, and Ash the real cheese Burrata.

After our meal, we went for coffee, of course.

But not without a quick stop in the restroom. I shared before how beautiful the restrooms are here so we went in just to take a picture. I don’t remember ever recommending that you stop in the common area restrooms in anything else I’ve written, but I’m doing it here. Do it!

Each resort on the property has a coffee and snack spot. The one in The Grand is our favorite!

Boulangerie Coffee Shop makes amazing espresso drinks, offers delicious salads and sandwiches along with ice cream and fresh fruit in addition to desserts like cookies, bonbons, macarons, and more!

Soon it was dinner time with Heather, Mark, Emma, and Ellie!

After dinner, we took a golf cart over to The Playroom.

It is inside the Water Park and you might not even realize it is there amongst all the other fun. But once you step inside, there is fun for the whole family. There are arcade games (no coins required), a huge play structure, bowling, bumper cars, Neon Mini Golf, a 3-floor Labyrinth, Arcade, Laser Maze, Time Freak, Interactive Sports, Sky Trail, Mirror Maze, and much more.

After the late-night fun, we all stopped at the coffee shop again for a sweet treat before heading to bed.

The day was so fun and packed to the max!

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun has something for everyone. The resort would be a perfect place for a friend’s vacation like we took or a multi-generational trip with extended family. With all the dining options and the luxury accommodations, everyone can have their own idea of a perfect vacation all-together.

It really was the perfect day spent with friends and I went to sleep that night so thankful for such a great vacation and for equally great friends to take it with.

Shout out to our favorite, best and fantastic travel partner, Olympus Tours!

We love knowing that getting between resorts and to the airport and back is all taken care of when we use Olympus Tours!

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Heather Reese
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Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.