This week we had the opportunity to visit the Grand at Moon Palace. Located next door to the Moon Palace, this resort is a luxury, family-friendly all-inclusive property set along the coast a 12-minute drive from Cancun’s airport. This expansive resort consists of nine pools (with adults’ only options), a beautiful beachfront, and tons of kid-friendly amenities ranging from a state-of-the-art kids’ club with bumper cars and neon mini-golf to a water park. You’ll have no trouble finding something for every eater in your group. Dining options are extremely extensive, including Lebanese, buffet, Mexican, and Italian options. Another perk, there are a dozen bars offering top-shelf liquor. The resort rooms are elegant, with two-person whirlpools, furnished terraces, and Chi hair and bath products. Tons of daytime and nightly entertainment, free Wi-Fi, and a large swish spa and gym are at your disposal.
Guests at Grand Moon Palace have full access to the facilities at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, with golf cart shuttles available between the two properties. Also convenient, visitors can download the hotel’s app, which allows them to order room service, make reservations, and more. Although an adults’ only pool and restaurant are available, tons of kid-friendly features and entertainment mean this hotel attracts lots of families with children.
The Grand at Moon Palace has more of an exclusive feel, and the long stretch of white-sand beach is beautiful. Two golf courses are just a short drive away, as is the Xoximilco theme park for kid- and adult-friendly fun. Cancun’s Hotel Zone, home to popular nightlife spots such as Coco Bongo and Señor Frogs, is a roughly 35-minute drive away. Playa del Carmen and Tulum are around 50 and 90-minute drives.
What Are Rooms Like at the Grand Moon Palace Cancun?
Amenities are excellent, consisting of comfy double or king-size beds, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, minibars, free liquor bottles (guests can choose their alcohol preference), and free Wi-Fi. Sunken levels house two-person whirlpools and dining tables and chairs. These areas lead out to the furnished terraces, which are swim-out on the ground floors.
Marble bathrooms have big showers, dual sinks, Chi bath and hair products (including a straightener), and separate water closets. Family units are double and king rooms that connect and offer Xbox systems and kiddy beach toys. Meanwhile, each Presidential Suite adds a middle living room unit with an eight-person dining table and a microwave.
What Features Are Available at the Grand Moon Palace Cancun?
Guests here will not get bored thanks to the numerous features on-site for both kids and adults. The long, lovely beach is lined with loungers and umbrellas, plus a section houses cozy modern wicker furniture. Non-motorized water sports are available for free, but they’re at the other property. Nine pools include kiddy and adults’ only options, all of which have a swim-up bar except for the adult-only Unique Day Club pool.
The Wellness Pool offers aqua aerobics, while the Fun & Sports Pool has family-friendly activities such as water volleyball. All are surrounded by chic cushioned loungers and umbrellas. A highlight is the well-sized water park, which has waterslides, a lazy river, a wave pool, and various fountain features.
Next to here is the hotel’s highlight, at least for kids: the state-of-the-art Playroom. The multi-story club has a neon mini-golf course, arcade games, mirror maze, video games, snack bar, and a room for little ones. It’s open until late and free to use. Babysitting is available for a charge, as is the bowling alley. In addition to a variety of daytime activities, nightly entertainment is provided at the large theater. For late-night adult fun, Unique Night Club has live DJ performances, a bar, and an adjacent Cigar Room that’s soundproof.
Another wow factor at The Grand is the large spa, which has separate areas for men and women, an extensive array of hydrotherapy pools, relaxation areas, sensation showers, a beauty salon and barber shop, saunas, and steam rooms. Its menu offers an array of massage, body, and beauty treatments. Across the way is the decently sized gym packed with modern equipment, a cycling studio, and aerobics and yoga studio. Bikes can be rented to take around the resort for free. The 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course is popular but requires a fee, though resort credits can be used to pay for a round.
There are officially 10 restaurants at The Grand at Moon Palace, not including the various snack bars spread across the property. All dining options are free, except for the gourmet Chef’s Kitchen experience. Chocolate and tequila tastings in this space also require a fee. Aside from a large all-day buffet eatery, options consist of Lebanese, Japanese, steakhouse, Peruvian, and Italian restaurants. A wine and tapas bar is located by the buffet eatery, and a 24-hour Boulangerie is popular for gelato, coffee, paninis, and crepes. For Mexican fare, La Cantina serves street food in a casual setting, while Cielito Lindo offers upscale contemporary dishes. A traditional French restaurant is the only adults-only option. Food across the board receives positive reviews.
A dozen bars can be found throughout the property, serving top-shelf liquor, soda, beer, and wine. Room service is also provided 24/7.
FlowRider – The FlowRider creates two lanes of endless waves for surfing and bodyboards. Provides hours of excitement for all ages.
Dolphinarium – The Ultimate Dolphin Swim Experience allows you to interact with dolphins. After a 15 minute orientation, spend 40 minutes in the water with a dolphin.
Water Sports – A fully equipped sports marina offers non-motorized water sports such as Hobie cats, windsurfing, snorkeling, kayaking, boogie boarding and body surfing, and paddleboats. There is also a variety of motorized water sports such as wave runners. If you’re a beginning diver, sign up for an introductory scuba lesson in the resort pool.
Fitness Center – The gym is fully equipped with cardiovascular machines, weight machines, treadmills, stepping machines, bicycles, and free weights. Sauna and steam baths are also available.
Exploration and Site seeing – There are several Mayan ruins and exploration opportunities in the region. Site seeing venues offer vacationers several options: Xcaret with its underground rivers, diving, snorkeling, and coral reefs; the natural aquariums at Xel-Ha; the ancient Mayan port of Tulum containing many curious buildings; the villages and cities of Puerto Morelos, San Miguel, Playa del Carmen, and Cancun. Bicycles can be rented in some of these areas. Some of the tours and excursions available in the area are: Tulum Mayan Ruins, Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins, Chichen Itza Light Show, Isla Mujeres, Coba Mayan Ruins, and Ek-Balam Mayan Ruins, Cozumel, jungle tour, Xcaret, bull fights, horseback riding, Lobster Dinner Cruise, and Swim with Dolphins.
Shopping – Check out the lobby shops in the main lobby of the Grand Moon Palace for many essentials and interesting souvenir items. Shopping is a delightful experience in this part of Mexico. Throughout the Cancun region, you’ll find products and services in duty-free shops, jewelry boutiques, fine gifts stores, and logo and sundries shops. You’ll find merchandise from Mexican artisans throughout the country. Shop for Mexican handicrafts, hammocks, silver, clothing, shoes, black coral products, and much more!
Diving & Snorkeling – Pure, transparent waters make for spectacular diving and snorkeling. The nearby coastal waters of Cozumel Island have remarkable clarity, and the waters are alive with colorful coral and many species of marine life. Divemasters allow you and other divers to choose your reef, depending on your experience level. Novices will enjoy Paradise Reef for the many shallow patch reefs, large brain coral, sea fans, and sponges. Intermediate divers may try Palancar Caves or Columbia Wall and encounter big grouper, playful green moray eels, eagle rays, and turtles. For the very experienced, Maracaibo Deep and Barracuda Reef are as alluring as they are challenging, where giant orange elephant ear sponges, black coral, large schools of fish, turtles, rays, and even hammerhead sharks may be spotted. Excellent snorkeling is available in many locations, even very close to the hotel itself.
Deep-Sea Fishing – Plan a fishing trip to nearby Cozumel Island, which boasts some of the best fishing anywhere. Several fishing excursions are available, depending on what you are fishing for. Crews can filet and package your catch to take home. Excursions include fishing equipment, tackle, bait, snacks, refreshments, and pick up and drop off.
Entertainment – Enjoy live music and entertainment, nightly shows, and theme parties. Noir, located in front of Momo restaurant in the Sunrise section, is a nightclub designed with stylish comfort featuring premium drinks, cutting-edge music, and state-of-the-art lighting and audio equipment. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 pm – 3:00 am.
Other Activities – There are many other activities you can do at the Grand Moon Palace, including basketball, volleyball, billiards, table games, squash, bocce, horseshoes, and giant outdoor chess. Early morning and late-night beach strolls allow you to see sunrises and sunsets, the likes of which you simply will not experience anywhere else. Enjoy the music of roaming mariachis and live music venues around the resort and the general Cancun area.
12 Reasons to Book Grand Moon Palace Cancun
- Large family-friendly all-inclusive set along a pretty beach
- 12-minute drive from Cancun International Airport
- Spacious, elegant rooms with terraces, whirlpools, and liquor bottles
- Swim-up suites and units with living spaces available
- Nine pools, with adults’ only options and ample loungers
- 10 restaurants range from Japanese to Mexican to buffet-style
- A dozen bars serving top-shelf liquor, as well as snack bars
- Huge, state-of-the-art kids’ club with arcade and mirror maze
- Water park, daytime activities, and nightly theater entertainment
- Swish full-service spa with hydrotherapy pool and relaxation areas
- Big modern gym, golf course, and bowling alley
- Free Wi-Fi, and resort credit for upgraded amenities