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Grand Palladium Riviera Resort - A to Z Inspection

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The following is feedback from a recent hotel inspection about this family friendly resort.

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Ambiance-The words that fits best when you arrive at this property is tropical paradise. This is the newest section of the mega 4 resort complex, Grand Palladium Kantenah, Colonial, White Sand and Riviera. After staying here in 2010, I was thoroughly impressed with the quality and service.

Beach-One of the best beaches in the Riviera Maya. Ok, if you read those consumer reviews they will say there is no beach just rock. All 4 resorts share the same beach but the Riviera section is the farthest from the beach. Took me a whole 7 minutes to walk from my room.

Charges (extra) - Spa services and some of the non motorized water sports.

Distances-In the heart of the Riviera Maya. You would pretty much want to stay on property unless taking a day trip.

Entertainment on Property -Varied entertainment and activities during the day and evening. Activities for the kids and teenagers.

Grand Palladium PoolFitness Area - A state of the art fitness center and spa!

Food- 14 restaurants, yes count them 14 of which include Mediterranean, Oriental, a Steak house, Brazilian, seafood and Mexican just to name a few. What is great is you do not need reservations and you can eat at any of the restaurants expect the Jardin which is a private restaurant for the Royal Suites section.

Getting Around- Taxi, renting a car for the day or taking day tours from the resort.

Internet Access -Free wi-fi from the public areas and lobby. Free wi-fi in the rooms at the Royal Suites.

Jackets and Ties- Keep them at home, but bring slacks and polo shirt for dinner in the A la Carte restaurants.

Kids- Kids will love the Palladium Grand kids club. Mini Club El Ranchito is open from 9:00 to 5:00 daily for kids ages 4-12. Kids will enjoy age appropriate fun and games as well as many eco-related activities. Teens and grown up kids will enjoy the extensive sports zone with tennis courts, mini-golf,non motorized water sports and snorkeling.

Little Known fact-The resort is marketed as 4 different resorts but really is one large resort with 4 sections.

Medical Services-On call medical services.

Negatives-About the only negative which really is not a negative is the size of the resort. It is a very large property. But the larger resorts have more amenities.


Nightlife- Live nightly entertainment in lobby with easy listening music, theater with live shows and audience participation, disco

Opportunities-The Royal Suites is the adults only section and if you can splurge a bit they have their own private pool and restaurant. I loved it!

Pool-There are 5 pools and I am a pool person so I enjoyed it. One of the pools is a salt water pool right off the ocean.

Protection-In room safes.

Recreation-Between the tennis courts, water sports, jogging trail, fitness area and pools, families will have plenty to keep them occupied.


Rooms-All the rooms here are either Junior Suites or 1 bedroom suites. If you need two connecting rooms, they are in the White Sand and Riviera sections and need to book a Suite connected to a Junior Suite. There is the new Royal section with Suites and Junior Suites that is adults only.

Shopping-Small gift shop on property. Most of your shopping will be in Playa del Carmen or Cancun.

Spa-State of the art Spa, probably one of the newest and best facilities in the Riviera Maya.

Terrain-Very flat and spread out.

Updates-New adults only Royal section.


View- None of the rooms technically can be booked as anocean view but if you book with us, I will request the buildings that do have a view.

Weather-January through March are the driest months. July through November are the wettest months.

WOW Factor-The number of dining choices that do not require reservations. Not to mention this is a stunning resort!.

X-Y-Z-This is a fantastic resort for families and couples!

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"Just the Facts"

Hotel Location

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Located 3 miles from Akumal on Playa Kantenah. 5 minutes south of Barcelo Riviera Maya.



Local Phone: 011-52-984-877-2100
Fax: 011-52-984-877-2101
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Hotel Facilities

Grand Palladium Rooms
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Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Casino Nearby (Not available.)
Shopping Mall Nearby (18 miles)
Number of Pools: 4
Outdoor Pools: 4     
Main, Adults, Spa and Children's pool. 1 Pool with Swim Up Bar
Number of Courts: 6
Outdoor Courts: 6
Lighted Courts: 6
Court Fee: Fee for night play.
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Hobie Cats: Complimentary
Wind Surf: Additional Charge
Other Sports Available
Jogging Trail: Complimentary
Health Club / Spa
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Sauna: Complimentary
Spa: Additional Charge
Steam Room: Complimentary
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge

Hotel Room Details

Grand Palladium Grounds
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270 Junior Suites:

  • King-size bed or two queen-size beds
  • Views to the garden
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Double-size sofa bed
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Hydromassage bathtub
  • In-room bathroom available upon request
  • Minibar with daily reposition
  • Satellite TV with Internal pay-per-view movie channel
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Safety box
  • Hairdryer
  • Magnification mirror
  • Coffee or tea maker
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Alarm clock, station for MP3 players
  • Pillow menu*
  • Terrace with table and chairs

54 Suites:

  • King-size bed
  • Views to the garden
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Double-size sofa bed
  • Large living room
  • Jacuzzi and showe
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Minibar with daily reposition
  • Satellite TV with Internal pay-per-view movie channel
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Safety box
  • Hairdryer
  • Magnification mirror
  • Coffee or tea maker
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Alarm clock, station for MP3 players
  • Pillow menu*
  • Terrace with table and chairs


Grand Palladium Bar
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The Palladium Grand Resorts features 1 meal plan options:

All Meals, Drinks & Tips-24 hour all-inclusive

There are 14 Restaurants at The Palladium Grand Resorts and here are a sample:

Sumtuori - Japanese a la carte restaurant, reservations are required. Air Conditioned Men must wear long pants for dinner
Tikal & La Hacienda - 2 large air-conditioned buffet restaurant with a "Creole Corner' and nightly show cooking.
El Dorado - A la Carte air conditioned International Steakhouse. reservations required. Men must wear long pants for dinner.
II Vaticano - This is an air-conditioned a la carte restaurant with a Mediterranean flare. Reservations are required. Men must wear long pants for dinner.
La Adelita - A la carte Mexican restaurant. Air conditioned. Reservations Required. Men must wear long pants for dinner.
El Gran Azul - 1 large buffet restaurant designed with an open plan allowing its diners to experience the magnificent surroundings and views of the main pool. This restaurant serves continental breakfast, lunch from 12 noon to 4:00 pm, snacks 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Activities & Entertainment

Grand Palladium Activities
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Daily Activities & Entertainment:

1 Multi-Activity court equipped for outdoor football and basketball. Diving Center offering snorkeling, water-sports and scuba.

Nightly Activities & Entertainment:

Live nightly entertainment in lobby with easy listening music, theater w/live shows &audience participation, disco

Children's Programs
Grand Palladium Kids Club
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Mini Club El Ranchito with daily activities, many of which are eco-related. Club is open from 9:00 to 5:00 daily. There is also a Teenage entertainment program at peak times.
Applicable Ages: 4 to 12 years old
Program Fees: Complimentary.

Children's Facilities
Children's Pool

Babysitting Fee: $15.00 an hour
Advance Notice for Babysitting: 24 hours

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