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The Grand at Moon

Surprised. Delighted. Excited. These are just a few of the words that immediately come to mind after my husband and my recent stay at The Grand at Moon Palace near Cancun, Mexico.  When planning our most recent trip to Mexico, I was not exactly thrilled to be spending time at a family resort without our family. That thought quickly disappeared as we stepped into the breathtaking lobby at the Grand at Moon Palace. After a quick and efficient check-in process, we were whisked away to our palatial room.

Spacious rooms await 

There are 5 different room categories for you to book at the Grand at Moon Palace. The Grand Family Deluxe room category is the perfect option if you want to be guaranteed a connecting room with your children. If you are looking for a unique family experience, try the Grand Swim-up suite where you can dive into the water off your private patio. The Grand Deluxe resort view or garden view are also spacious rooms with a large jacuzzi whirlpool in your room. Every room category offers a large, comfy sitting area for you to unwind after a long day at the pool or on the beach.

Activities for days

Even if you don’t opt for the Grand Swim-up suite, there are pools everywhere throughout the resort. You could even pick a different one each day! The white-sand beach is full of lounge chairs with cushions and plenty of umbrellas. Bar service at the beach was always available and quick. Not to mention, there are 12 bars throughout the resort so you’re never far from a daiquiri or margarita.

While you’re enjoying your margarita beach-side, your kids will be having the time of their life at the kids club. When we toured the kids club, I had the impossible choice between a bag of popcorn or a red velvet cupcake. As we continued the tour of the kids club, we moved onto the virtual reality sports arcade, bumper cars, and the ropes course. The kids club is the ultimate oasis for your kids to escape boring adult talk.

Delicious dining options for the entire family

With 14 restaurants, I was nervous we wouldn’t be able to try all of them during our short 3 day stay.

Problem solved! I downloaded the Palace Resort App and could determine what restaurant was open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was also really helpful that we could peruse all the menus in advance. Obviously if you’re traveling with young kids this is a great method for making sure there are plenty of options for those picky eaters.

If you prefer a la carte dining versus the buffet there are many options. For instance, you could order off the menu for breakfast at the Lebanese restaurant or you could experience Peruvian food for lunch and then enjoy dinner at the French restaurant aptly named Le Chateau. If you’re looking for an adults-only restaurant Le Chateau is the place for you. At the Boulangerie (the coffee shop), you can pick up a handmade piece of chocolate, a specialty coffee or even a yummy crepe.

All the restaurants have a kid’s menu and offer signature drinks for adults. In addition to the dining options mentioned above you can also enjoy other cuisines like Caribbean, Mexican, Italian, Asian, steakhouse, tapas and the Grand Buffet. We were blown away with the dining options at the Grand at Moon Palace. Not only are there plenty of options to please the whole family but the food quality and depth of flavors is quite impressive.

Service that rivals any boutique resort

The service at The Grand is what impressed me the most. If you needed to get up from the table, your napkin was immediately folded. Those of us who wear black colored clothing are grateful for a black napkin versus a white napkin. When we ate at the Grand Buffet my dish was always carried to my table. No detail is too small for the staff at the Grand at Moon Palace. They are attentive, friendly, and accomodating to ensure your vacation is excellent.

After feasting my way through the resort’s delicious dining options, I thought I should spend some time in the fitness center. Again, I was blown away. It was huge, clean, and had all of the most up-to-date equipment. There is a spin room and a yoga room with classes throughout the the day.

Added bonus

Another added bonus to this fabulous resort is the resort credits. The longer you stay, the more resort credits are available to you (up to $1500 per room). The resort credits can be used for excursions, golf, upgraded wine, or at the spa. You can put some of the credit toward your family swimming with dolphins or treat yourself to a day filled with pampering at the tranquil spa.

As you can probably tell from my glowing review, I loved our stay at the Grand at the Moon Palace. The resort spared no expense and no detail is too small for the incredible staff. I can’t recommend this resort enough as the perfect family getaway with plenty of activities and dining options for all ages.

Caribbean Cruises

Selecting your Caribbean cruise can be fun and complicating.  There are many ships to choose from and many different islands to visit.   Here are a few of our top picks.

Best Itinerary for Culture-Western Caribbean

On this cruise you will typically stop in Jamaica, Mexico and Grand Cayman.  Some also stop in places such as Roatan and Belize. The cruise will give you the opportunity to learn about past civilizations in Mexico, climb a waterfall or ride a bobsled in Jamaica or swim with the sting rays in Grand Cayman.

Best Itinerary for Relaxing-Eastern Caribbean

This cruise will have many days at sea and typically a stop at a private island.  You will typically stop at 2 ports such as St. Thomas, St. Martin or St. Croix  or San Juan.  You will also usually make another stop in the Bahamas or Grand Turks.

Best for Exploring Many Place-Southern Caribbean

This cruise will leave from San Juan and you will usually stop every day.   If you want to experience many of the islands deep in the Caribbean such as Grenada, St. Lucia, Aruba, Barbados,  Tortola, St. Martin, Bonaire, Antigua and many others this is the cruise for you.  Each island has plenty to offer as well as amazing beaches.

Best Cruise for Exploring the Ship-Royal Caribbean

If you have been to most of the ports but want to make the ship the adventure then choose one of Royal Caribbean’s large ships such as Oasis, Symphony, Allure or Harmony of the Seas.  On these ships you can climb a rock wall, go ice skating, eat at one of 20 restaurants, choose from over 7 pools and even watch a diving show.  These ships have balconies that overlook central park.  Many clients don’t even get of and just enjoy all the activity on the ships.

Best Cruise for Exploring Smaller Ports-Windstar

Windstar has 3 ships that sail the Caribbean during the winter.  They have one ship that has only 148 passengers and another with 200.  These ships can give you the ability to explore destinations that the larger ships can’t.   They also have a marina on the back of the ship so you can go wakeboarding or sailing right from the ship.  Windstar has a partnership with the James Beard Foundation, so you can expect 5 star food and service.

Contact the team at Vacationeeze and we can help you decide on which is the best ship and itinerary for your next Caribbean cruise.

 

 

 

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