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Return to The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun


Bebé and I recently returned for a second stay at The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun. The last time we stayed there, it was the smallest, quietest section of Moon Palace Cancun, which is actually 3 resorts in 1. However, The Grand was completely expanded and redone and is out of this world!

Where to start?!

Instead of a play-by-play, this time I’m going to talk about the different (and amazing) aspects of The Grand, starting with…

The Room

The room was huge and comfortable and we received a warm welcome.

Moon Palace Grand Cancun Presidential Suite

Photo: Palace Resorts

In addition to all of the usual amenities there was a hot tub in the room, snacks in the minibar area, a liquor dispenser, a beach bag, and your bracelet opens the door, so no key cards to worry about. Plus there were plastic bags in the room to take your wet clothes home in. I love that.

Moon Palace Grand Cancun in room Jacuzzi

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun view

The Restaurants

Yum! The food was excellent, especially in the a la carte restaurants. Each restaurant has its own children’s menu. Bebé liked the one at the Japanese restaurant, Jade, the best.

We also ate at the Italian restaurant, Tavola, and the Lebanese restaurant, Habibi.

Everything was delicious. This is not the usual all-inclusive resort fare.

Moon Palace Grand Cancun dining

The Boulangerie cafe is a highlight. It is open 24 hours and offers cookies, ice cream, sandwiches, salads, and of course, coffee.


The Grand at Moon Palace also offers 24-hour room service and that fantastic breakfast arrangement where you can place your order by filling out the card the night before and specifying what time you want your order to be delivered the next morning.

The Pools

There are so many pools at The Grand. There’s something for everyone.

There is a family activities pool…

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An adults only pool…

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An Olympic sports and activities pool (there are actually 3 pools here)…

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There is also an activities-wellness pool and a couple others. Never a problem finding a lounge chair at The Grand and best of all, no towel cards!

Most pools have a swim-up pool bar and there are also snack bars and/or restaurants at all of the pools.

Kids Activities

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun is a paradise for kids. I have never seen anything like it, and I have stayed at quite a few resorts. Bebé was over the moon!

The Playroom

The Playroom features arcade games, a mirror maze, bumper cars (yes, I said bumper cars) and much, much more.

Moon Palace Grand Cancun Playroom

Moon Palace Grand Cancun arcade games

Can you find Bebé in this picture?

Moon Palace Grand Cancun mini golf

Moon Palace Grand Cancun kids activities

The Grand at Moon Palace Playroom

There are also kid-friendly snacks available at all times. The Playroom is for children ages 4-12, and you can leave your children there. I didn’t do that though, because they can come and go as they please. Children under 4 must be supervised. There is also a special play area for very young children.

Each morning we went to The Playroom before we headed to the pool. It wasn’t easy getting Bebé to leave!

Outside of The Playroom there is a water park with a lazy river, a small wave pool, a surf simulator and huge water slides. (It should be noted that the surf simulator and water slides aren’t open yet.)

You can see the water slides here in the background.

The Grand at Moon Palace waterpark

This contraption dried your wet clothes!


Wired is located in the lobby and features arcade games, video games, a snack bar (with cupcakes!!), and more. Bebé played FIFA on Xbox (he doesn’t have one at home) for an hour each evening before dinner, while I had a cocktail at the gorgeous bar in the lobby (more about that later). Wired is supposed to be the teen club but there were children of all ages there.

One day we headed over to the Sunrise section so Bebé could try the FlowRider.

The Beach

Moon Palace is not really known for its beach, but at The Grand, the beach has been left natural. The vegetation wasn’t disturbed and it’s very pretty. It reminded me of the dunes in Michigan in the summer.

There is a large beach club as well. That being said, I didn’t see many people spending time on the beach, but the views were gorgeous.

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun grounds

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun views

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun beach club

How to Get Around

You may want or need transportation to get around The Grand because it is very large. There are well-marked golf carts to get you where you’re going.

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun golf carts

There is a shuttle that runs between resorts every 10 minutes.

Our Favorites

Palace Resorts App

I have always carried around the huge pamphlets that included a map and schedules and information about dining, activities, etc. They still give you a map, but Palace Resorts now has an app that gives you access to activities and restaurant schedules. It’s really easy to use and super convenient.

Palace Resorts app

The Grand Lobby Bar

It’s just sooo gorgeous! The cocktails were perfection. I wanted to sit there for hours.

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun lobby bar

This was like the strongest margarita I have ever had. I couldn’t even have a second one!

The Grand at Moon Palace lobbyVanilla Cookies (!!!)

They had these last time we stayed at Moon Palace and we were thrilled to find them again, but take note, they only have them at the cafes in The Grand and Nizuc. Best of all, they’ll give you a bag so you can take some with you to the room, pool, etc.

Activities Pool at Sunrise

The pools at The Grand are pretty chill, but if you’re looking for a party, you’ll find it at the activities pool at the Sunrise.

Moon Palace Cancun Sunrise activities pool

Magic Show & Michael Jackson Show

On Friday night we went to the magic show in The Grand and it was very well done. We sat there with our mouths wide open most of the time!

If you are a fan, the Michael Jackson Show at the Sunrise is really entertaining.

Cancun Michael Jackson show

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The Restroom in the Lobby

Just look at it. I had to take a picture. I considered applying my make-up here instead of in the room.

pretty restrooms

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun also has a bowling alley (extra charge applies), a nightclub, a fitness center and gift shops.

It should be noted that guests of The Grand have access to the Nizuc and Sunrise sections, but guests of Nizuc and Sunrise do not have access to The Grand. However, special day passes are available for purchase.

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun is truly an ideal all-inclusive experience!

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