Cancun, Mexico

Whether you are looking for a family vacation or a romantic getaway, I have outlined resorts with your next vacation requirements highlighting notable amenities and uniquenesses along the way. In case you are not familiar with Mexico geography, the resort locations are broken down by territories – Riviera Nayarit, Riviera Maya, and Costa Mujeres – Cancun. Although located in the same country, each location is vastly different based on culture, population, and beaches.

Questions you may have regarding Mexico:

  1. Is Mexico safe? It is recommended that travelers stay within the resort property or major city limits. It is not recommended to leave the hotel at night due to rising crime rates after dark. If traveling to the airport, be sure to use ride-share services, first class transportation, or official airport taxis and travel in the daylight. As with traveling to any location, be aware of your surroundings and exercise increased caution. In addition, stay up to date with Mexico Travel Advisory notices. The current travel advisory states to not travel to Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero, and Zacatecas.
  2. When is the best time to visit Mexico? The best time to visit is from December to April when there is no rain.
  3. When is the cheapest time to travel to Mexico? Travel advisors can typically find the best fares and accommodations prices in the slower months between July and October.
  4. Where are the best beaches in Mexico? If your criteria includes white sandy shorelines, crystal clear waters, and a scene for rest and relaxation, you can’t go wrong with any of the following locations in Riviera Nayarit, Riviera Maya and Costa Mujeres!

Riviera Nayarit

Travelers are bound to be enamored by Riviera Nayarit, Mexico for numerous reasons. This stunning destination offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. With over 300 kilometers of coastline, travelers can indulge in the tranquility of endless pristine beaches. Riviera Nayarit, located on the Pacific side of Mexico, is also known for its charming villages, such as Sayulita and Chacala, where visitors can immerse themselves in local traditions and experience the vibrant Mexican culture. The region offers a range of activities, from surfing in Sayulita to exploring the captivating Islas Marietas. Whether seeking relaxation or adventure, Riviera Nayarit promises an unforgettable experience for all types of travelers.

Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort and Spa

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Grand Palladium is located about 50 minutes from the airport and is surrounded by several world-class golf courses. This resort might interest the avid golfing couples that need to escape their winter climate to get a few rounds in! There are 4 different pools on the property – a kiddie pool for families, one circular infinity-style fresh water pool for the quieter crowd, the main pool where you can make a splash, and an exclusive salt-water pool located on a private beach! The Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness center provides access to luxury massages and beauty treatments, hot tubs, saunas, steam baths and more! In addition to this all-inclusive resort, each suite is sure to bring a desirable view!

Family Selection at Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa

Family Selection at Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa

This hotel is located inside of the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa and provided with premium accommodations specifically for families. In each of the 95 suites, guests receive a balcony and hydromassage tub. The Nest Restaurant is the exclusive restaurant for Family Selection guests located on the oceanside terrace decorated with bamboo, palm leaves and beachy accents to complement the tropical oasis scenery. While staying here, families have access to all amenities Grand Palladium Vallarta has to offer as well. 

Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya is known for its smaller population and strip of hotels between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen. It has been a well-established tourist destination for several decades. The hotels in this region are typically smaller and vary between adults-only and family-friendly accommodations. Compared to Cancun, Riviera Maya has a more laid-back relaxed vibe similar to the ocean water. You will find more waves and surf on the shore in Cancun, whereas the waters in Riviera Maya, along the Yucatan Peninsula, are calmer and more peaceful due to the natural barrier reef. As far as the terrain Riviera Maya is famous for its cenotes, wetlands, and coral reefs. Fun fact: Riviera Maya’s coastline is a part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-largest coral reef system in the world and a habitat to fish, turtles, rays and sharks! The Yucatan Peninsula is also known for its incredibly beautiful beaches, tropical rainforests, jungles, and of course its Mayan culture. The following hotels are very close in proximity and share some of the same amenities and beaches.

TRS Yucatan Hotel

TRS Yucatan Hotel

TRS Yucatan is a 5-star luxury hotel located south of Cancun on the Yucatan peninsula and is about 45 miles from the closest airport. This resort is adults-only and emits absolute sophistication and opulence. Couples or individuals looking for a private retreat will be most interested in this paradise. Sip on a margarita by pool and visit one of the nine show cooking restaurants to dine-in. Some restaurants do have a dress code, so be sure to check the requirements before heading over!

Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa

Grand Palladium White Sand Resort Suite

Grand Palladium White Sand Resort is located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum and is surrounded by an incredibly diverse wildlife. Make the most of a diverse range of dining options, pools, and thrilling entertainment that can be enjoyed alongside two other hotels, Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa and Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa.

Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa & Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa

Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort Dining

Although right next door to each other, it’s important to note the differences of each of these properties. If you’re interested in a more jungle feel, Grand Palladium Kantenah might be the best option for you. Grand Palladium Colonial closer to the spa, where as Kantenah is closer to the pool and beach for swimming. Your choice in resort will depend on your interests, but both hotels share most amenities offered.

Costa Mujeres – Cancun

Located in Quintana Roo, a bit north of Cancun, Costa Mujeres is known for its big city vibe with lots of shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Here, you can learn more about ancient Mayan culture than perhaps other Mexican states. Aside from the vibrant nightlife Cancun has to offer, transporting back in time and visiting the Mayan ruins is a must and is easily accessible by bus or car. 

TRS Coral Hotel

TRS Coral Hotel

TRS Coral Hotel is modern luxury at its finest and is located just a few minutes away from Cancun. This location is perfect for a group of friends or couples looking for a romantic hideaway. The nightlife and leisure activities provide a variety of experiences for everyone, and of course the list of diverse gastronomic options to choose from as well. For the nocturnal folks, let your travel buddies know you might be at the 24-hour sports bar if they’re looking for you!

Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa

Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort Pool

Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa is a foodie’s paradise with 7 a-la-carte restaurants to satisfy any type of craving! International cuisine including Japanese, Thai and Indian can be found on the property. If you’re looking for an ocean view while dining, you’ll need to make a reservation at the sea lounge club, Poseidon. This 5-star luxury hotel is the perfect location for destination weddings and group vacations. Wedding packages can include catering, decorations, flowers and even the cake. Talk about having your cake and eating it too!

Family Selection at Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa

Family Selection Balcony View with Welcome Kit

Family Selection at Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres – Cancun has the same concept as Grand Palladium Vallarta. Special accommodations and privileges are provided to families here in terms of rooms, treatment, room service and more. Family selection offers a special turn-down service that includes milk and cookies for the children. How cute! Additional amenities for children include 3 kids clubs, an aquatic park, and live performances by POP entertainment team that are sure to charm the whole family. Like Vallarta, the Nest Restaurant is an exclusive dining option for Family Selection guests with an international taste palate and an interest in a family environment.

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