Staying in an all-inclusive resort is great because, well, everything is included!
The Moon Palace, located just 15 minutes from the Cancun airport, includes three sections, each a full resort in its own right: Sunrise, Nizuc and Grand.
Each Moon Palace section's pool has a different vibe — Photo courtesy of Palace Resorts
Walking between the sections along the beach on the boardwalk is a lovely way to get some exercise with a view of the Caribbean Sea, and there are also shuttles running constantly between the three lobbies, from early in the morning until late at night. (This might seem a little daunting, but once you get into the groove of moving around the three sections, it’s easy and comfortable.)
Sunrise and Nizuc have a similar feel, and they're bustling with activity, while the Grand is much smaller and more laid-back. The pool at the Grand is small, elegant and quiet, while Sunrise and Nizuc boast huge pools with bridges, different levels and areas.
All three sections of the resort offer daily and nightly activities. The large, inviting lobby bars in Sunrise and Nizuc are abuzz each night with happy, relaxed guests and sometimes live music.
Sunrise and Nizuc feature large, lively lobbies — Photo courtesy of Palace Resorts
Hungry? That would never happen at Moon Palace, which offers 14 a la carte and buffet restaurants. The buffets are along the lines of most all-inclusive resorts, but the a la carte restaurants are where Moon Palace really shines.
Don’t miss Momo for Teppanyaki tastes and Asian specialties in Sunrise. For Mexican, try Los Caporales in Nizuc. There are always vegetarian and gluten-free options available.
If you have a sweet tooth, the cafes in Sunrise and Nizuc lobbies are your dream come true. Nizuc’s is better, but both offer coffee, ice cream, pastries, cookies, crepes, sandwiches, tea and more to eat right there or on the go.
Don’t feel like leaving your room? All guest rooms at Moon Palace boast 24-hour room service, an in-room whirlpool, a private balcony, nightly turndown service, plush bathrobes and slippers and CHI-branded hair tools and bath products.
Is there anything better than a hotel mini bar? The Moon Palace’s offers water, beer, soft drinks and juice boxes, and it's restocked daily. Plus, there are various bottles of liquor to choose from.
The nightly shows are not to be missed, from Michael Jackson to Mexican traditional folk dancing. Most nights there are two shows to choose from, one normally beginning a little earlier than the other. If the weather is nice, the shows are held in outdoor theaters, with a fully stocked bar nearby.
The Sunrise Playroom is very large, while the Nizuc Playroom is more compact — Photo courtesy of Kristin Busse
Moon Palace is literally heaven on earth for kids. For children four to 12, The Playroom is irresistible, offering a game room, indoor playground, video games, kid-friendly meals and more.
The Sunrise Playroom is very large and located in its own building, while the Nizuc Playroom, which is located by the pool, is more compact. Sunrise also boasts a waterpark for kids, and Nizuc features a large water slide that Mom and Dad will enjoy as well.
The FlowRider, in the Nizuc section, is a unique activity; thousands of gallons of water are pumped over a tilted service, creating an endless wave that guests can ride. One side is for standing on a surf board and the other for lying on a boogie board.
Both adults and children can hang ten on the FlowRider. The minimum height requirement is 105 centimeters.
Who needs Cancun’s Party Center when you can stay in and party at Noir? The Moon Palace's chic nightclub gets pretty crowded, and it's open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. (sometimes later, if the place is really jumping).
If you prefer daytime activities, you can always learn to scuba dive, go golfing or get pampered in the property's world-class spa.
All guest rooms at the Moon Palace offer an in-room whirlpool — Photo courtesy of Palace Resorts
For bookings of at least three days, guests receive a $1,500 resort credit, which can be redeemed for tours, golf, romantic dinners, the spa and more.
The "stay at one, play at six" benefit means guests can also visit and enjoy full all-inclusive benefits at Moon Palace, Sun Palace, Isla Mujeres Palace, Cozumel Palace and Playacar Palace.
It's important to note that the Moon Place is not located in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, but south of the airport. However, Moon Place has so much to offer; you may not want to leave the resort at all.
Ready to visit Moon Palace? You’re in luck, Palace Resorts is offering a Kids Stay Free promotion at four of their amazing properties: Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Cozumel Palace, Beach Palace and Playacar Palace.
The promotion is valid for children under 12 and for travel between June 1, 2015, and Aug. 31, 2015. Kids stay, eat and play for free!