We are a 50+ couple and this was our 2nd Al Inc holiday, there are lots of hotels to choose from in Mexico but believe me you wont go wrong with this Resort, Firstly we travelled on the 16th May from Bristol via Manchester, no delays and the flight did pass pretty quickly, Cancun airport was swift, no delays, you can expect the usual hassle as you exit the airport for taxis, etc but nothing major, the road from Cancun through to Tulum is straight and fast, all along the route you see jungle, lime green euculiptus looking trees , entrances to hotels and little else.
On arrival at the Hotel we were given an upgrade to a junior suite, in the colonial section, we were in villa 21, there are covered and uncovered walkways and cobbled looking roads with old fashioned lamp stands, the noise from the birds is amazing, you can also hear the ocean in the distance, from our villa we could reach the buffet, pool, and beach in no time, and there is easy access for people with disabilities too, as well as a main pool each hotel has an adult pool, which was bliss, there was a small bar at each of these serving drinks, daytime activities are full on at the main pool, poolside had ample shade and sunbeds, you could even get a bed in the middle of the afternoon, there are also childrens sections in the pool, poolbeds, swim up bar, water jets, and a huge area for swimming,
Beach bars are busy and serve food all day,
There are traders in a small section selling souveniers, models advertising beach wear that you can buy, photographers, trips the list is endless. there is also a crocodile area.
At the white sand section there is a free boat trip which takes you around the lake, and on route the driver will point out birds fish etc.
The beach at the colonial section does shelve steeply and is not well covered, but entry into the sea at this section is the best, you can walk for miles either way on the beach, to the left and beyond the marriage point you will come to the salt water pool, i have to admit the chairs at this pool are not the most comfy,
There is a beautiful spa, with hot and cold pools ifinity pool and lazy river, its a shame people dont shower before entering the pool, and to be honest i couldnt see the point of taking drinks into the spa, the massage was good, my only complaint was that i could have done with a heated massage bed, i found the room to be very chilly!! we heared that there will be a charge for this facility next year.
Disappointingly we didnt see many fish in the sea whilst we were there, and there are signs on the beach warning of stringreys,
The weather was very hot during our first 10days, but very windy in the afternoon, dont be deceived you will still need high factor suncreams,
Access to all 4 hotels is easiest from the beach if you intend to cover all by foot,
Small buggies and a train transport you from one section to another, although we felt they did need more carriages at night after a show at the Riviera, and also after the white night, it was also a pain having only one ladies loo in this area.
We did do the BBQ, but for me it was far too windy and the food was just ok
On the whole our food was excellent, ok so we had a few not so good,but perhaps chef was having an off night, it happens,
There are shows at the Colonial and Riviera, and bands playing in the lobbies of each hotel.
In the evening I loved the Salsa, Bachata, Meringue, and the interaction of the animation team, great for people who enjoy latin american dance.
Segway is a must, do it sooner rather than later!
Playa del Carmen Fab beach, but it could have been anywhere in the world just one street of shops all wanting your business. Badly....
Akumal beach and swimming with the turtles amazing!
Tulum Fab and take your swim stuff, amazing waves.
Coba Fab you can still walk to the top and you get there by hiring a cycle and cycling through the trees.
Xplor park is the most amazing fun, check it out on you tube, take a pair of water proof shoes swim kit, towel and change of clothes,
Trips can be done easily by bus or taxi, the stop is directly outside the hotel,
The Wildlife at this hotel is awesome!!
A few tips : Take US Dollars, ladies take some comfy shoes or wedges, a good mossie spray (B1 and garlic capsules about 2 weeks before your holiday also help)
check out " palladium addicts " web site for more info on the resort
We had a 24 hour delay on our return and got moved to a villa in the whitesands section it was an ocean view room with a jacuzzi, spacious and lovely, with bath robes,
Loved Zumba at the pool, Salsa with Chuck, and George!!!
Every member of staff works really hard night and day to make this place special, so if you are looking for a different holiday experience one that you wont forget then book it today, you wont be disappointed. Thank you People of Palladium!!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Grand Palladium Colonial Hotel
- Hotel Grand Palladium Colonial
- Grand Palladium Mexico
- Palladium Colonial Resort
- Grand Palladium Spa
- Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa Riviera Maya/Akumal, Mexico