Grand Palladium Riviera Maya – The Perfect Escape

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Grand Palladium Riviera Maya – The Perfect Escape

¡Viva Mexico! Once you visit the beaches you’ll know why we keep coming back to this part of Mexico. On our recent trip, we stayed at the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya, which is right by Akumal in the Riviera Maya. We’ve stayed in Cancun, Tulum, and lived in Playa del Carmen for 5 months so we know the area. This was our first time staying in this part of the Yucatan and if you’re looking for an All-Inclusive in the Riviera Maya that is close to all the attractions – this is it!

Grand Palladium Riviera Maya

The Grand Palladium Riviera Maya is a great spot on pristine beaches located right between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Here are some of our favorite things about the resort and reasons to put the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya on your list to visit.

White sand beaches in front of the Grand Palladium Riviera MayaWhite Sandy Beach

White sandy beaches and several shades of blue were a quick minute walk from our room. We are total beach lovers and nothing beats white sandy beaches. There were always beach chairs and umbrellas available, which is great because no one likes to wake up early on vacation to save a chair. If you are into snorkeling buy a cheap snorkel set before coming (cheaper than renting), there is some great snorkeling right from the beach. If you’ve never gone snorkeling before we think the best place to learn is a place where you can walk out from the beach as opposed to being thrown into the ocean of a boat. So, the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya is a great place to get your feet wet with snorkeling.

Swimming pool at the Grand Palladium Riviera MayaPools for Everyone

If for some reason the beach isn’t your thing, don’t worry there are several pools at the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya. The main pool is HUGE. I loved the built in lounges in the pool and whirlpool areas. I spent most of our time at the adult pool which conveniently had a bar too, it’s a great place for couples traveling without children. Again we had no issue finding a sunny or shady lounge chair mid-day.

Tres Leches Cake at the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya with berries and waffel coneTons of Food Options

We stuffed our faces silly with guacamole, no really the guac here is amazing (lunch buffet & snack bar daily)! The lunch buffet mains changed daily and our favorite was the day they had a taco station with Al Pastor on the spit over flaming charcoal.

For dinners make sure to make reservations for the specialty restaurants at the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya: La Lola (Spanish), Portofino (Italian), Ribs & More (American), El Dorado (Steakhouse), Rodizio (Brazilian), Sumptuori (Japanese), Chang Thai (Thai), La Adelita (Mexican), Punta Emilia (Seafood), and Mare Nostrum (Mediterranean). Our favorite restaurant at the Grand Palladium was La Lola, we had amazing tapas the patatas bravas tasted just like they did in Barcelona.

Woman swimming with sea turtles in AkumalSwimming with the Sea Turtles In Akumal

If swimming with the sea turtles in Akumal is on your bucket list then the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya is the perfect place to stay. The hotel is literally only a 10-minute boat ride away. We’ve been to Akumal before always by car. Visiting by boat avoids the normal hassles of having to deal with the parking guys, renting the snorkel gear and going with a group. If you stay at the Grand Palladium they will have swimming with sea turtle from a boat that takes off right from their beach.

We’ve been to Akumal several times all throughout the year (March, May, July, October, and February) and we’ve always seen sea turtles. So we can say you almost guaranteed to see them, we always have.

Woman standing at the tulum ruins near Grand Palladium Riviera MayaVisiting the Tulum Ruins

Add a little bit of history to your trip and visit the ancient Mayan Tulum Ruins. The ruins are only 20 minutes away from the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya. We highly suggest going early in the morning, not only to beat the crowds – but the heat as well. No matter what time of year it’s always really hot at the Tulum Ruins. Don’t forget your swimsuit, there are stairs leading down to the beach at the ruins where you can jump in for a swim and cool off.

Woman with a red drink at the seim up bar of he Grand Palladium Riviera MayaSwim Up Bar

After a day exploring some of the Riviera Maya excursions grab a barstool at the coolest bar the Grand Palladium. We love making friends at the swim up bar and chatting with the bartenders, it usually the liveliest crowd too. The Grand Palladium Riviera Maya doesn’t cheap out on drinks either, all the bars have top shelf drinks. Don Julio in your margarita or Bombay gin & tonics, NO problem! The Grand Palladium has some great alcohol options and brands available. Which is great because no one likes a hangover from low-quality alcohol.

overwater bungalows at grand palladium riviera maya in mexicoUnique Room Options

The Grand Palladium Riviera Maya has a wide range of room types for any family size or budget. One of our favorite room types was the overwater bungalows located around the lagoon waterways of the property. Built right over the water these rooms were both very private and super exotic, and much more than your standard room. Aside from the awesome setup right on the water, the location was close to the pool, lobby, and the beach. Breakfast on the balcony was pretty epic!

sunset over palm trees at Grand Palladium Riviera MayaSunset

Don’t head back to your room too early. Make sure to check and see when the sunset is. Head down to the beach bar or snack bar and grab a sundowner before claiming a beach chair to watch the sunset. Sunsets in the Caribbean are amazing and Riviera Maya puts on a pretty good sunset!

Have you stayed at the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya? Share with us your favorite things to do in the Riviera Maya and about the resort? 

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This is a Palladium-sponsored post but as always all opinions are our own.

  • Char
    Posted at 10:29h, 30 July Reply

    This looks like SUCH an incredible hotel! Your photos are amazing!

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 09:53h, 05 August Reply

      We had a great time, it was hard to check out. Do you have any Mexico travel plans?

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