We stayed one week at Sun Palace and one week at Beach Palace and liked them both. I liked being able to eat at the other Palace Resorts if we wanted to. (not available at Le Blanc).
Sun Palace is located at the south end of the hotel zone it's away from most shops and restaurants but it's so easy to take the bus it's not an issue. Beach Palace is north of the midway point closer to shopping.
The beach, lots of room on the beach at both resorts, although narrower from the water to the hotel at Sun Palace and more room at the northern hotels like Beach Palace. Everyone gets a lounge chair and umbrella if you want and they will set it up for you. The beach is divided into class areas, the high rollers elite section, the concierge class and then the rest of the people staying at the hotel. Better chairs and service in the upper classes. I found the beach hard to walk on as the sand is a ground coral and wouldn't pack down unless you walked on the wet sand at the water’s edge. And because the sun was just so hot during the day we couldn't last very long without shade.
Food and drinks, overall I would rate the all inclusive very good in this category.
Drinks were whatever you wanted and as much as you wanted. The room had 4 bottles in the mini bar and they even swapped out vodka for coconut rum when we requested it. For breakfast there was one buffet restaurant that had enough choices to keep us interested for the whole week. I would rate Sun Palace better for breakfast. Lunch was similar to breakfast but we ate there less because we tended to be out doing things during the day. Dinner had a few choices like Asian, steak house, Italian and Mexican. We tried them all and found the one we preferred but they were all very good. For Dinner I would give the edge to Beach Palace for the service. It felt more like a 5 star resort but I was still very happy with Sun Palace.
My RCI trade didn’t get me the best room view but the interior and amenities were fine.
A few tips;
1 Don't change all your money to pesos, everyone will accept US dollars and most will give you a good exchange rate. Have pesos for the street vendors and anyone who wants to give you a 10 to 1 exchange rate rather than 13 to 1 for example.
2 Day trips like Tulum, Xel Ha or snorkeling will most likely take all day. Meet at 7:30, get started at 8:30, spend an hour or two on a bus, do your excursion, another 2 hours on the bus and get back at 6pm. It's a long day at the mercy of some tour company. Lots of tipping too. I’m not saying don’t go, just be ready for the reality of it.
3 Take newer US bills; some people won't take ripped or very old bills. Take smaller bills for tipping and giving exact change when you buy something. There's no arguing with a street vender that gives you $18 change in pesos at a bad exchange rate.
4 Sun screen costs about $20 for a decent bottle of biodegradable. If you plan to do any snorkeling or diving on the reefs you need to use biodegradable sun screen. Plan ahead and take some from home.
5 One thing about Mexico, no one enforces any rules or laws unless it means the tourist pays more.
6 The busses along the hotel zone are easy to use. $8.50 pesos (about 80cents) or $1 US. Some drivers will even give you a few pesos change for your $1. There are lots of stops and lots of buses each one trying to get to the end of the race track first.
It could be 1000 feet between stops and they will get the bus up to 60mph between stops.
7 We always felt safe in the Hotel Zone. There is no end to the people wanting to sell you something or get you in their shop. Just smile and say no thanks. They’re just trying to make a living.
8 Beware the Timeshare salesmen. They will trap you for hours.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As the first couples' only resort in Cancun, Sun Palace is the perfect retreat from the every day stress. This oasis for couples lies along the coast overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Conveniently located at just 15 minutes from the airport, this property provides service and amenities of the highest level. We invite you to enjoy this old favorite in a whole new way. A stunning coast line serves as a dramatic backdrop for this recently renovated resort featuring 252 richly appointed guestrooms. Five restaurants and three bars cater to a full range of tastes and moods. Golf enthusiasts can play all year round at the nearby Moon Spa & Golf Club which houses the only Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course in Cancun. Expert hands deliver spa services to those who seek a serene and rejuvenating experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sun Palace Hotel Cancun
- Cancun Sun Palace