Stayed at the Sun Palace from July 16-20, 2008 and I was very satisfied with my stay at the resort. No rose colored glasses here as the resort does have some issues....
Rooms: Booked a Junior Suite (#409) and thought the view and room were very nice. We overlooked the beach and the small pool while our friends in #526 had less of an ocean view. The rooms were well-sized and if you like an open bathroom plan you will be happy. Mattresses are very firm. Housekeeping does a nice job but make sure and flip your light to red so they don't try to clean your room at 8 a.m! Mini-bar restocks were a bit slow as I drank all the beer and my wife drank all the Coca Cola Lights each day. Hallways are very noisy and you can hear room service deliveries plus TV's and phones ringing in other guest rooms. The marble floors don't dampen any sound whatsoever. My advice is to drink alot for a better night's sleep.
Food : Breakfast and lunch are buffets. For lunch you can eat by the party pool or dine inside the main buffet. Good choices and lots of options for cook-to-order. Highly recommend the grilled meats and "Mexican Appetizers". Dinners were very good. The Italian Restaurant enforces the dress code. Guys need long pants (no jeans), collared shirts and closed-toe shoes. If I had a dime for every angry male guest they had to diffuse over this policy I could have stayed an extra night! Plan ahead for this guys as the food is worth it. Every lady I saw had a dress or skirt with some type of strappy shoes on. Food at the Thai place was very good. Sushi was just average but hey it was included! Steak place was good (strip steaks) and they had grilled shrimp as an option. Mexican dinner menu looked good but we loved the Thai place so much we went their twice. Try the Curried Coconut Shrimp, Corn Fritters, Miso Soup, or the 5 Spice Ribs.
Beach: Nice! There is some sand unlike so many other resorts. Tropical Storm Dolly gave us some nice body-surfing wave action and we saw the Sea Turtles come up to lay their eggs on the beach at night. Topless for ladies is ok if you like. Note to European Guys - Please leave the Speedo thongs/
Banana Hammocks at home and get some board shorts!
Bars: Drink the day away at the pool bar. Drink the night away at the lobby bar and at 11p.m. or so get on the bus ($1 or 10 pesos) and go to Coco Bongo, Corona Bar, Daddy O's, Carlos N Charlies or Senor Frogs! You've saved so much money by choosing the Sun Palace you can splurge for tours and bars at night!
Advice : Bring $100 in ones like I did. Tip a few bucks for meals and a buck every two or three rounds at the bars and you will get service like you are a rock star! I really mean that. The servers will brink you what you ordered last before your drink is empty and take great care of you.
Overall the Sun Palace was amazing. Look at the pictures and you will see for yourself. I would recommend this place to friends and family!
The only bad point of the trip was the 8 hours we spent at the airport trying to leave while Dolly came through. No worries though - they have a massage place and bars to pass the time.
- 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