This was my first time to this resort. We went with two other couples. I have been to the Grand Palladium Punta Cana so most of my comparison is to that. It is a huge resort. We never did see the whole thing. There is a lot of walking. A lot of the walking is in covered raised wooden bridges. They can be confusing but there is a lot of signs.
It was a 2 hour bus trip from the airport because we had to stop at two other resorts to drop people off. We had been prepared for this. The Apple tourguides were very friendly and did what they could to make the trip fun. Beer was available for purchase on the buse for USD $3.
Check in was smooth. You get an orientation to the colossal resort and all it has to offer. We skipped the Apple intro as this was our 4th Apple vacation. They drove us to our room. We were on the 3rd floor. There was no elevator. We were in the standard rooms. Nothing special but very clean. An in room safe that you can change the password. Small mini bar with beer, water and softdrinks that they refill once a day. Standard bathroom. Vernadah with a jungle view.
I will say we were dissapointed with the buffet the first day and a half. After that it seemed to improve. There are plenty of options, some are not good, some are fair and some were great. You just have to pick and choose until you find what you are looking for. The Seafood night was my favorite, the trout and salmon were incredible. The fresh fruits were always great, many delicious cheeses and breads. Loved the blended drinks and mimosas at breakfast.
We went to the Japanese alacarte which was good. The food was mostly good, the service and entertainment was fabulous. We also went to the Brazilian alacarte which was incredible from start to finish, my favorite. I didn't expect very high quality meats but was happy to be wrong.
One day we went to the spa, swam in the infinity edge pool, used the jacuzzis, steam rooms and saunas. It was beautifully done and the hot tub had high pressure faucets that felt awesome on your shoulders.
We went to the beaches early around 8am because we were used to Punta Cana where things filled up fast. They were empty at that time of the morning. There really was no problem ever getting a seat at the beach or the pool. Though they said they were filled, the resort really seemed half full at the most. There weren't crowds anywhere.
The beach was very nice, white powder sand. There was a lot of coral so you had to be careful where you were stepping. Some days it was a little cold and some days it was incredibly warm. There were decent waves. They had a bouncy trampoline thing that you could climb onto in the ocean. It didn't look like it had a lot of bounce left in it. They had a snorkeling area where you could get equipment and go snorkeling.
There were bars everywhere. They were friendly and gave you whatever you asked for. Lots of people were using the insulated mugs. If you asked them too, they would make suggestions for you. Each bartender seemed to have an "especial" drink. The drinks were not watered down at all like I have read on here. We spent a lot of time at the beach bar. They have 24 hour snacks but they switch to beer only after 11pm.
The SaltWater pool was incredible. The scenery is something you would expect from a club med or sandals. The day we went it was windy but still beautiful. They have curtained bed lounges that were great, so comfortable. There is a bar right there, they play carribean music, it must be seen. My favorite thing of the trip. We were not really into nightlife or going off the resort so if you are into that, you would probably want to stay in Cancun. I could definitely see this as a honeymoon destination with an upgraded room.
In comparison to Punta Cana Grand Palladium, I thought:
Punta Cana was closer to the airport, buffet food was a little better, beach was better.
Riviera Maya spa was incredible, salt water pool was incredible, scenery was better, alacarte restarants was much better, resort had more to offer and see, Either resort is a grand time but Riviera Maya was my favorite.
- Also Known As:
- Grand Palladium Colonial Hotel
- Grand Palladium Colonial
- Grand Palladium
- Palladium Colonial
- Grand Palladium Colonial Resort
- Grand Palladium Colonial Resort Spa
- Hotel Grand Palladium Colonial
- Grand Palladium Mexico
- Colonial Palladium Grand
- Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa Riviera Maya/Akumal, Mexico
- 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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