Last summer, I had the chance to visit the Moon Palace Golf Resort and Spa in Cancun as part of a press trip. I shared the story of swimming with whale sharks, but my post about the resort ended up on Family Travel Magazine. I think about this trip often, partially because it was such a beautiful location, and partly because it was such an impactful trip on my life. The great part about it is that I had never really dreamed about visiting Cancun or even an all-inclusive resort. It just wasn’t on my bucket list. Moon Palace changed my mind, so I wanted to share with you some of the things I loved about it there.
Much like any other hotel, the first thing I did upon arrival was to check in. I was given my wristband that signifies that I was a guest and then I was escorted via golf cart to my area of the resort. This is the courtyard in my building.
The rooms themselves feel palatial and I was pretty certain they’d have to drag me out of there. I had two queen beds. Down below on the right is the jacuzzi tub, and off to the left is the bath room. These are some of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in, and you can even order special pillows to suit your needs. There’s an aromatherapy menu as well.
I never had time for soaking in the jacuzzi, but it’s designed for two people to lounge comfortably. If your room is in a private area, as mine was, you can open your curtains and take in the view.
The bathrooms are bigger than some hotel rooms in New York with double sinks, and separate areas for the toilet and showering. There are shutters that open to the rest of the room, making the whole space feel bright and airy.
I’m not a coffee drinker, but even I was excited for this setup. If you can figure out how to turn it on, you’re set for the hot beverage of your choice.
But wait! You’re not on vacation to sip on some tea! Where’s the good stuff? Tucked into your own mini-bar of course. The fridge itself was stocked with a variety of juices and sodas, perfect for pairing with your self-serve liquor cabinet. I actually didn’t have any of this because I was always on the go, but I love that you can indulge while you’re soaking in your tub or lounging on the balcony.
I did take some time to relax out here. There was a soft breeze and the view was stunning. I was overlooking part of the resort that wasn’t being utilized and it was so peaceful.
The view after a long day of sightseeing and fun… It was breathtaking!
Moon Palace is broken up into three main areas. We were in a more secluded area called Moon Grand. If I were on my honeymoon, that’s where I’d want to be. With kids, I’d opt for Nizuc or Sunrise, as they are a bit closer to the action. This is one of the more central resort buildings. There are buses to take you around, but you can also walk from one end to another in 15-20 minutes along the beach.
This is part of Los Tacos restaurant and one of the beautiful smaller pool areas. At night, they transform this into a romantic locale, but during the day, it’s a great place to get a light lunch or snack and take a dip.
As you’d expect, there are no shortage of food options. You’ve got a few different buffets, some casual spots like Los Tacos, and then some swankier sit-down restaurants. I loved this salad bouquet! There are 14 restaurants and 11 bars, and it’s nice to just be able to experiment. Being at an all-inclusive resort means you can sample what you like. If the kids turn up their noses, they can grab some pizza later on. I’d love to go with my family one day and not be worrying about the cost of things once we arrive.
Moon Palace has a lot of activities for kids and families. One of the big hits is the FlowRider which simulates a surfing experience. The Kids’ Club is for kids ages 4-12 and has a range of activities, all supervised by trained staff. They take them swimming, do crafts, play sports, and even have special activities like lessons from resident circus performers. Families can enjoy mini-golf, movies, shows, and more, or just spend their days at the pool. And for teens, there’s a lounge called Wired, which is full of all of the electronic entertainment you can imagine.
This isn’t advertised in their brochure, I’m sure, but you also will likely meet some local residents along the way…
Moon Palace Golf Resort and Spa has wonderful options for couples, families, and singles. They’ve recently released a free app for iOS and Android where you can check out all of the Palace properties, look at restaurant options, excursions, and amenities. It’s a great tool for planning your trip or for daydreaming about vacations to come.
If you’re planning a family trip to Cancun, head on over to the Moon Palace website and see what they have to offer. And if you’ve been, I’d love to know your thoughts!
Disclosure: This an all-expense paid media trip to Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico. I took the trip at no cost, but no additional compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.