Yes, I did have to walk quite a bit but I did not want to wait for the shuttles. I was in one of the last buildings in this section (67) and it was very quiet at night. The closest beach was rocky but it was a nice walk along the shore to get to the saltwater pool. I spent most of my time at the White Sands pool. The animation staff was great and I never had to worry about finding a chair in the shade. I also ate at the buffet in the White Sands lobby and it was never crowded. For lunch, the laguna buffet at the White Sands pool was awesome. I did not see people tipping to get better service. I found the bar staff and wait staff very attentive and the food was delicious. I ate a lot of fresh fish at lunch and dinner; grilled right before my eyes.
I am planning a return trip with my family this July. I met people from all over the world! Knowing a little Spanish does help with staff interactions but being polite goes a long way. I could not count the times I witnessed people being rude and acting entitled. If possible, show some interest in the people you meet and you will have a completely different experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa is located sea front with superb access to the beach and is only 20 minutes from Playa del Carmen. Guests are invited to use the facilities provided by the adjoining Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa, the Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa, and the Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Palladium Riviera Hotel Akumal
- Grand Palladium Riviera Resort And Spa
- Grand Palladium Riviera Maya
- Hotel Grand Palladium Riviera
- Grand Palladium Riveria
- Gran Palladium Riviera
- Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa Riviera Maya/Akumal, Mexico