This was our 4th stay at Mayan Palace in Riviera Maya, a 40-minute drive from the Cancun Airport. (Hey, if we keep going back it means something!) Mayan members get free transportation to resort, but pay $15 for return trip. This is a great family resort. If laughing children get you peeved, go elsewhere.
BEDS: Huge, platform beds, firm but comfy
ROOMS: Large, spacious LR (sleeps 4 kids/teens), lousy furniture. Kitchen is more than enough for a vacationing family. Lighting is dim. 3*
BATHROOM: You can hear upstairs neighbors flush—sounds like a waterfall, especially in middle of night. Out-dated, but kept clean. 3*
PORCH: Tiny, useless
LANDSCAPING: Superb, 6*
POOL: Gorgeous, comfy lounge chairs, can pay extra for day beds, 6*. There is a tram from lobby to pool and several other routes as well. This is a huge property. The trams run often, but expect up to a 10-15 minute wait at times.
MAID SERVICE: Daily, friendly, speak only Spanish, abundant towels/toiletries
SECURITY: Safe on grounds, beware outside. We met one couple that got caught speeding and police threatened to take away his license. After some bargaining, they compromised on a $100 bribe to get license back without going to police station. (Do NOT try this in the USA!)
BOUTIQUE: The “Jade” offers clothing and food. Eggs, meats, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are available. Fair selection, but very overpriced. A 2-liter bottle of Coke will cost close to $4.
GRAND MAYAN: Minimal increased luxury compared to Mayan Palace, not worth much extra. (We have stayed in both.)
- Also Known As:
- Mayan Riviera
- Mayan Palace Cancun
- Wyndham Playa Del Carmen
- Riu Palace Riviera Maya
- Cancun Grand Mayan
- Grand Maya Mayan Riviera
- Playa Del Carmen Wyndham
- Mayan Palace Playa Del Carmen
- Mayan Palace Riviera Maya Mexico
- Mayan Palace Riviera Maya Playa Paraiso, Mexico