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Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa
3.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juarez Km, 256-100 | Municipio Solidaridad, Akumal 77710, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #9 of 20 hotels in Akumal
Lichfield, England, United Kingdom
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“Fabulous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We had the best holiday here. The food, service, beaches, well everything was amazing. It is in the most picturesque location and only a short bus/taxi ride away from everything that you would want to do, go, see. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Just got back from a two week holiday at The Grand Palladium. We stayed in the Katenah section of the hotel, which is one of the 4 sections. The others being Colonial, Riviera and White Sands. It seems the european travellers stay in the Colonial/Kantenah sections and the American/Canadian in the White Sands/Riviera. We arrived a day late after a 23 hour dealy from First Choice. Arrived at the hotel late afternoon to be greeted by a welcome cocktail. Very much needed. As we checked in we were told we were being upgraded to a Junior Suite for free, although once we got to the room it seemed like the basic the hotel would offer so i wouldnt like to see the basic room. When we arrived at our room our keycards wouldnt work, so we had to get a cleaner to let us in our room, then had to walk back to reception for new key cards. The following day as i walked into the bathroom one of the tiles in the ceiling fell onto my head resulting in a lump on my head. Spoke to reception and they got someone to go out and fix it right away. They sent me free of charge to the on site doctor and also gave me a complimentary voucher for a free massage. Overall not the best start to the holiday, however it did get a lot better. We spent most of our time around the Colonial/Kantenah pool. The pool is massive and has a great swim up bar. There were just enough sunbeds for this time of the year, however if it was any busier would be quite hard to get some sunbeds. It seems people from the White Sands/ Riviera side come to this pool during the day. We went over to the other pool one day and it was virtually empty and had loads of sunbeds available. The beach is amazing however in the middle there is a little rocky section, otherwise this would be the perfect beach. Gets pretty full quite early so you would need to be out before 9:30am to get a sunbed. Pedal boats, Kayaks and snorkelling equipment are all free. Parasailing is available but not run by the hotel. Cost us 1600 pesos for two of us. There is a salt water pool available but is a bit of walk to get there. You can get the train from the lobby and then walk the rest of the way. As for food this is the best all inclusive hotel for food. Always different food available in the buffet restaurants, and about 10 a la carte restaurants. Ribs and More was the best a la carte and the best steak i have ever had. We also went to Rodizo (Brazilian) Portofino (Italian) Bambo (Chinese). We went to the beach barbeque which is held on Wednesdays and Sundays. You have to make a reservation for this at guest services. Overall this has to be one of the best holidays we have ever been on. We would most definately come back one day and would recommend this to anyone!

Room Tip: Ask for a king size bed as the standard double beds are to small for 2 people to sleep in
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ColonialKantenah, Gerente at Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Dear Luke H,

Thank you for your comments. The opinion of our guest it's very important for us and I am glad to know that you have had a great time with us.

Please, if we can help you with anything in the future, don't hesitate to contact with us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

First, let me say that I was very excited to have chosen this resort because the reviews reflected everything I wanted for our vacation. I purchased my trip back in September, and kept following the reviews weekly until we left in March. The reviews are consistently good, and there is a reason for that. The resort is very nice, and offers a lot of choices. The quality in food / drinks / installation is consistent throughout the resort. Before going, I was certain that this resort would now become my home away from home. The fact is, while it is a magnificent resort, with quality installations, great food, great service and all, there are other resorts I’ve visited that I would go back to before choosing this one. Don’t get me wrong here, I really loved the resort, and I would go back in a heartbeat, but I wouldn’t pay extra to go there if I found a great deal for another great resort.
Now let me get done with the bad first...

1. The bridges and wood pathways need fixing. It is not dangerous, but could become very soon. Yellow “Danger” tape doesn’t do the job of a fence. It is OK to put it temporarily, but at some point, you have to fix the fence.

2. While most servers do a fantastic job, many just don’t know what to do, or simply don’t care. (We’ve seen this mostly at the Colonial buffet). It’s like they have too many tasks, and can’t do them all… (or expect somebody else who has those same tasks to do it for them…) We found the service to be much faster, and friendlier at the White Sand buffet. The service at the Bamboo Restaurant was AWEFULL, and the “Sushi Nazi” (ref: Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi) at the salad bar was just crazy… It was like he didn’t want anyone to eat his precious sushis… We have to name some amazing workers though as most of them do a fantastic job, but as always, a few stand out from the crowd and just go above all expectations... Filomena at the Colonial Pool Buffet was amazing. Marcos at the Brazilian restaurant as well (never seen a guy enjoy so much his work. Always smiling, and almost running to serve you…). Freddy at the Isla Pool was so friendly, and made amazing drinks. Antonio at the White Sand Lobby bar is very friendly, and loves to chat about his country. Luis at the Colonial lobby is also great. You will find most workers very friendly, and helpful, but those 5 are the ones we most easily bounded with.

3. 3? Nope… that’s it. I’m really not sure why people complain about the beds or the pillows… We had 3 pillows on our bed which were great, and then 2 more in the closet to choose from. We did not even try the pillows in the closet. The ones on the bed were just fine. Hard bed? Soft Bed? Well, ours was fine, and I believe whenever you sleep in a new bed, you have to accept the fact that it is not YOUR bed, so of course it will be different.
Now the good :
This is the part I like best… This resort offers so many options, you are bound to find something you like.

FOOD : I personally enjoyed most dinners. (We didn’t care for the Bamboo Restaurant, and while many people on TA loved the Ribs and More, we thought it was just OK). The restaurants we enjoyed the most were the Mexican, The Steak House, the Brazilian (#1), and the Seafood (Punta Emilia on the Beach). Marcos at the Brazilian restaurant was an amazing guy. Always smiling, and fast with the Skewers. We also liked the Mare Nostrum a lot, but the 4 others were better. We didn’t try the Italian or the Tepan Yaki Japanese. We still ate at 7 different places during our stay which is amazing. We would have loved to try the Japanese, but it seems to be hard to get 4 seats at this restaurant. The Breakfast buffets are amazing, and offer everything you see at other All Inclusive resorts. We had most of our lunches at the pool buffet on the Colonial side, and thought it was the best place. One of the best servers works there. Filomena is exceptional. She would remember us from previous days, and bring us our drinks before we even had to order. She was always smiling, and made us feel very welcomed.

GROUNDS : Quite amazing I must say, you can see a lot of wild life, the flora is amazing. There is one thing that must be said though… What is it with people feeding the raccoons, and the coatis right next to the sign that says “Don’t feed the animals”. We’ve seen, wildlife throughout the entire resort, but we’ve only seen people feed them next to the sign that said not to… Maybe the sign wasn’t clear... There was only text in 3 languages, and a clear pictogram… ?!?

BARS : Drinks are NOT watered down, and if there is not enough alcohol in your glass, simply ask for more. They will do it however you want it. Most bartenders really know are to make good drinks. There is a drink menu, but most will do just about anything you ask for… We even had a special drink made at the White Sand where we would tell them all the ingredients and quantities. (they loved it, and so did we).

POOLS : I was really excited to know about the 2 adult pools. One of which was right next to our building. Those pools are just soooooooooo boring. I knew there was no animation there, but they are just dead. They play SPA or Elevator music, and it’s not even loud enough to ear when you are not at the bar to order a drink. Everybody is quiet as if someone had just died. They should call them “La piscina muerta”. We still went to the Isla most afternoons because we enjoyed Freddy’s company. The main pools are huge, and beautiful, and enjoyed them as well.

BEACH : The beach is just gorgeous. Magnificent. The water has so many shades of blue and turquoise you never get tired of looking at it. I had brought my water shoes (as suggested here)but never needed them. There are some parts of the water where I would have needed them, but we just got in the water where it was nice and sandy. You surely don’t need any shoes to walk on the beach. (unless you go to the Salt water pool). I thought it was the perfect beach. The rocky parts have corals, so the snorkeling was fantastic, and the sandy parts are just fabulous for swimming. We saw thousands of fishes, and a really big ray while snorkeling. We really loved it. Bring your water shoes, but I don’t think you’ll need them.

THE SITE : The site is big, but we never felt we needed to take the trains. There are a lot of shortcuts, and walking is good. Of course, I can understand that someone with limited mobility would be impressed by the size, and possible have a hard time getting around, but if you are in shape and able to walk for more then 10 consecutive minutes, you will get around quite easily. Our girlfriends kept getting lost, but we got the hang of it quite fast.

RECEPTION : We had an early flight, and emailed the resort ahead that we would need an early check-in. We were traveling with friends, and told them that even if only 1 room was ready, we would be extremely happy. We also mentioned that we would like to be in the same bloc. When we got there at about 1 pm, one of the rooms was ready, we were in the same bloc, and we were even upgraded to Junior suite. They had told us that they would try, but could not guarantee anything. Well, everything was just perfect, and I thank you very much for it.

ROOMS : We were in junior suites in the COLONIAL section. The room was just fine. It was great in fact. I’m really not sure what people are complaining about.

RIVIERA MAYA : RM is great if you wish to go out without paying too much money with the pre-booked excursions. The collectivo system is great, and can take you almost anywhere along the 307. We visited the Tulum ruinas, and used the collectivo to get there, and back. The whole trip costed less than $11 each while Transat charged $37 for the exact same thing. Plus we could go at the time we chose, and visit at our pace, and get back whenever we were done. We would have loved to visit Akumal, and Playa Del Carmen as well, but ran short in time. We will be back. ;)

To summarize: We had an amazing time. This is a great resort. If you have chosen it, you will love it. If your choice is not made yet, don’t hesitate. You just can’t go wrong with the Palladium. Of course, there will be some small points you will like less than others, but all in all, I’m sure you will have a great vacation!

Special thanks to the Grand Palladium team. We’ll be back!

Room Tip: We think the Colonial section is best located because you can easily access any part of the resort q...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ColonialKantenah, Gerente at Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Dear QuebecFrank,

In behalf of Grand Palladium team, I would like to give you thank you for share with us your comments. We appreciate your complete review because the opinion of our guest it's very important for us, is motivation for improve our work. I will share this information with the rest of the team.
Regarding the maintenence of the resort, I would like to comment that we are working continuosly on this.

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Banesa Burque
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I went to Grand palladium last summer with my husband and two kids age 13 and 14 and didn't write review so thought I would do it now. My children are desperate to go back, they had a fantastic time and are hoping we will book again for this summer. We spent three weeks there and I don't think I heard the children moan once. Our children met lots of others and had a good time at the black and white club.

My husband and I are always happy if they are! We were then able to chill on the beach and use the lovely spa and gym in peace. The resort is huge and very much caters for the masses but as long as you are OK with this sort of environment you can't go wrong. The beach is nice although rocky in places and there are lots of loungers and the pools are plentiful and lively. There are many restaurants with lots of choice...although the buffet can be a bit repetitive but we were there for three weeks.

I would definitely recommend this hotel to families as there is a lot to do. We always felt safe in the hotel and our kids were able to go off on their own with their new mates. There are also plenty of family days out in the surrounding area, we went to Tulum, Xel-Ha, Chichen Itza, Akumel beach and we all also tried scuba diving for the first time at the hotel and my husband and son did lots of sailing.

There is also a lot of wildlife and the resort although huge is very well hidden in the surrounding jungle and it really is very well maintained...do bring lots of mosquito spray!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ColonialKantenah, Gerente at Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Dear OxshottLadies,

Thank you for share with us your comments.

Please, if we can help you with anything in the future, don't hesitate to contact with us.

Best regards,

Banesa Burque
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

OK. The only reason why I would not rate this Resort / Hotel "Very Good or Excellent" is that it was MUCH too big! Not as personal as your smaller resorts, and the Food and entertainment was just "average". Otherwise - If you are very nimble and able to walk lots and lots... and lots, then you will like this resort. It was an absolutely beautiful piece of paradise with ALL the services, activities, restaurants, and bars you could ever ask for!

Room Tip: Ask for room close to the beach
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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ColonialKantenah, Gerente at Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Dear Al R,

Thank you for taking time to share with us your opinion about your vacation. We appreciate your time.

Sincerely,

Banesa Burque
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This resort was a recommendation from a travel agent and it almost didn't disappoint. The service and entertainment were great. Our children loved the children's club. We never left them there by themselves, but they truly enjoyed all the activities that were offered by very friendly staff inside the club. There are two reasons, why we took two stars off for the resort. One is the fact that we found a cockroach in the fruit tray and the management wasn't very eager to get the issue resolved and tried to make it look as if it was a fly that for there accidentally. The other one is out of the control of the resort, but the water on the beach has too many rocks and you have to find that one perfect spot where you can enter the water without being afraid of stepping on the stones' sharp edges.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ColonialKantenah, Gerente at Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Dear Anechkaa,

I would like to offer you our apologies for any incident that you could have had during your vacation. We always try to do our best effort and make that the people who visit us have a great vacation.

Best regards,

Banesa Burque
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Our 2nd trip to this resort and the 5th to a Palladium ( 3 times in Puerto Vallarta and 2 here).
Last time the Riviera, this time Colonial. As far as we can tell there are no places on the 5 section resort that are better than the other. It all depends on what you prefer to be close to (Beach, pool, lobby etc).
Same great service and food (although they REALLY need to keep the food hot because it seems to be cold almost always).
About 99% of the waiters and waitresses are super nice but we did come across 2 nasty ones this time (both females). One of which who actually gave me a problem twice because I wanted to sit in a certain section of the restaurant. Wife wanted a section close to the window and it was wide open both times. I should not be grilled why I would like to sit there.

Resort was spotless but we did see an empty listerine bottle (thrown there by some loser) for 2 days on the lawn which was strange for such a tidy resort. With so many workers running around it is hard to believe it was missed for 2 days.
Keep in mind that this is Mexico, so the rooms are good for Mexico. Don't expect first class New York rooms.

Air Transat was great in all aspects.

Bartenders were great. Drinks were always good.

Shows were awesome as usual. I give those guys so much credit.
They work SO HARD !

It was on the night of Saturday, March 9 that I saw the best performance I ave ever seen live.
In the portion of the COLORS show at 9 pm at the Colonial for Argentina they put on a drum show which is really good in itself but the main performer (which I knew his name) puts on a simply incredible percussuion show with these balls on the end of ropes. AMAZING ! ! !
The guy belongs in Las Vegas !

Best people there........all the waiters at the RIBS AND MORE and the all the Guest Services staff. Also, the guy who drives the pontoon boat tour really goes out of his way to make it a nice little tour. Nice guy

Can't say enough about the Palladium.

We will keep going back again and again !

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ColonialKantenah, Gerente at Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Dear hiplainsdrifters,

Thank you for your comments and for your confidence in Palladium.
Don't hesitate to contact with us if we can help you with anything in the future.

Best regards,

Banesa Burque
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Address: Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juarez Km, 256-100 | Municipio Solidaridad, Akumal 77710, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Akumal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Akumal
#7 Romantic Hotel in Akumal
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Akumal
#11 Family Hotel in Akumal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa is located on a spectacular, private Caribbean beach-front complex that boasts of 800 meters of white, fine sand and turquoise blue waters. Guests of the Grand Palladium Colonial are invited to use the facilities provided by the adjoining Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa, the Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa, and the Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa, with the exception of the Royal Suite facilities. ... more   less 
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