Palace Resorts, Cancun, Mexico – Family-Friendly International Travel Destination
In July, I had the opportunity to visit Palace Resorts in Cancun, Mexico. I had never been to Cancun before and really enjoyed my time there. The Resort was gorgeous and the food was great! Not to mention all-you-can-drink drinks!
Photos Courtesy of Virgin America
From California, I flew on Virgin America Airlines and it was an amazing plane. I would fly on Virgin America again in a heartbeat! I flew directly from LAX to Cancun. What I didn’t hear on the plane was that you lose Wi-Fi as soon as you cross over into Mexico – doh! That made for a longer flight than anticipated. However, there were movies you could order and watch at your own seat and you could order food or drinks anytime you wanted to with the touch-screen in front of you.
When I arrived in Mexico, I went straight to the Mexico Customs desk and the agent was really friendly. I handed him my Passport and Customs Form. He looked at me and said, “Buenos días, señorita.” I replied, “Buenos días. Cómo estás?” He looked at me in shock, like, wow, this little red-haired white girl can speak Spanish? He said, “Muy bien, y tu?” I said, “Muy bien, gracias.” He smiled, stamped my Passport and handed it back to me. My first experience in Mexico. Now I’m not sure if it was perfect Spanish, but it was what I remembered from High School Spanish. I felt pretty good after that.
After I grabbed my luggage, I entered the attack zone. I only call it the attack zone because tourists are bombarded with tons of salesmen trying to convince you to use their driving service, take their tour, stay at their hotel, and more. We’re talking 40 or 50 salesmen (all on the right hand side of the hallway as you’re leaving the terminal). I did a pretty good job. I refused to make eye contact. I did have one man actually walk up to me and try to sell me something and I told him no thank you and good luck. Thank goodness I had a driver waiting for me.
The Arrival Transportation Company who picked me up was Elite Transfers. As I walked out of the airport, I saw a man holding a sign with my last name on it. Yes! That was my ride. I walked up to him and he took my bag and led me to the parking spot where the van would be pulling up to. He was very friendly and his name was Abraham. He asked how the flight was and made me feel very welcome.
We were in the van for maybe 5 minutes before we entered the gate check-in for Palace Resorts. Abraham gave the security officer some information and on we went. There were signs in English, which I surprised by. I honestly thought there would be more signs in Spanish than there were. It was definitely an American-friendly drive to the Resort. I felt really safe, which always makes me nervous about when traveling to a foreign country. If you traveled outside the United States, you know what I’m talking about. We pulled up to the Moon Palace Resort and an attendant helped me out of the van while Abraham grabbed the luggage.
I said thank you to Abraham and to the attendant and headed to the outdoor check-in counter. There waiting for me, before I got to the check-in counter, was my choice of drinks. I chose a Mimosa – yummy! I checked in, showing them my passport and customs form, as well as handing them my credit card (to charge for any incidentals not covered by the hotel). I was here at last – the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort! I headed to my room with the Concierge and he showed me the different things in the room. He showed me how to use the light, which you push on or off, to let housekeeping know if you want your room cleaned. He also showed me that you have to keep your key card in the slot next to the door to keep the lights on. Plus, there was 24 Hour Room Service (yes!) and a hot tub all to myself!
In my room was a plate of yummy goodies (chocolates and a cream puff type of dessert). There was a bottle of Champagne, which I brought back home with me, and a delicious plate of fresh fruit. I had access to unlimited Room Service and drinks – both in my room and throughout the resort. It was awesome! And let me tell you, I did not leave the Moon Palace Resort hungry – I LOVED all the food!
After looking through the food, I toured the rest of the hotel room (see video below) and got ready. I used the awesome, relaxing shower, got dressed, put my makeup on, and headed to meet the other bloggers and journalists at the Welcome Cocktail at La Terraza Caribeño. There was yummy food, a Vodka Cranberry, and friends. Then we were off to dinner at the Palapa Barracuda in the Moon Grand. I had yummy steak and salad.
After dinner, I headed back to the hotel room. As soon as I got to my hotel room, I placed an order for yummy Cheesecake. Let me tell you, it was REALLY good! Then a few hours later, I ordered a plate of Spaghetti. It was seriously the best Spaghetti I’ve eaten (other than my own of course). Then to end the day right, I drew myself a bubble bath. It was a great end to a great day! Then it was off to bed because we were gonna be waking up early the next morning to go swimming with the Whale Sharks.
Hotel and accommodations were provided by Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort during my visit for this Blogging Event. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.