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Exceeding a guest’s expectations is what all-inclusive resorts in Mexico do best. If you’re in search of a locale where the sunsets always wow you and the resort amenities are stunning, look no further than Sun Palace resort in Cancun, Mexico.
Having visited several all-inclusive resorts, Sun Palace resort sets itself apart because it prides itself on luxurious accommodations in a couples-only setting. From the moment you walk into the lobby, you are treated like their only guest, a feeling you quickly learn to appreciate.
Whether you’re a “I don’t want to leave the resort” kind of traveler or a “I like to adventure off the resort and return to luxury” kind of traveler, Sun Palace has everything you’re looking for and more. I prefer during a vacation to take each day at my own pace, and Sun Palace resort caters to that kind of whimsy.
Located along the resort strip overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea, the resort is a short 15 minute drive from Cancun International Airport. You can easily get to the resort by shuttle van, a much preferred method of transit versus taking a bus. The room’s balconies face the ocean so you’re perfectly poised for breathtaking views from your balcony or pool lounger.
The rooms defy your expectations. Blonde marble floors stretch from wall-to-wall accented by dark wood finishes. Every room comes with a complimentary full bar (liquor included!), jacuzzi spa, walk-in shower, and a spacious balcony. There’s no need to pack extra toiletries or hair styling tools since the bathroom is stocked with everything you need. The closets are large and come with two, plush robes and slippers. Need to lock away your passport, cash or jewelry? You can use the secure safe located inside the closet.
We were pleased to find our Deluxe Ocean View room decorated especially for us as we were celebrating our 10 year anniversary. Heart-shaped balloons adorned our room and rose petals were strewn along on our bed. A bottle of chilled champagne, two glasses, and chocolates awaited our arrival! At Sun Palace, you can expect to be treated like every day is a celebration.
Take my advice. Upgrade your room. The accommodations of a deluxe or presidential suite are definitely worth the extra charge. Our room was a large as a small apartment, and the view was unmatched by any that I’ve seen in Mexico thus far. You’ll find that your pace slows down upon arrival to paradise. There’s no rush to make it to anywhere. Pull up a front row seat to the best sunrise you’ve ever seen.
As far as amenities, the room comes with a small kitchenette space that include a fully stocked refrigerator, snack drawer, liquor bottle dispensers, and coffeemaker. It’s all included so enjoy it! Should you crave a snack that your room doesn’t include, simply call room service.
Do you love to unwind with a spa treatment? Look no further than your own jacuzzi tub in the middle of your room. Open the complimentary red wine and enjoy the bubbles.
Note: The resort has been undergoing renovations to improve its luxurious offerings. There was some painting taking place on the grounds, but it did not take away from our experience.
I can’t stress enough how impressed I was with the dining options at Sun Palace. The menu options, the flavors, and the presentation were top-notch! This resort doesn’t just provide a buffet where tourists gather every day for breakfast and lunch (Aurora Resturant), but it includes multiple reservation-only restaurants on the premises such as Thai, Feugo, La Tratto. Expect your dining experience to take one to two hours. Be sure to also make a stop at the lobby cafe. You can order ice cream or crepes there any time.
Available 24 hours a day, the resort promptly delivers exceptional room service. We ordered breakfast to our room nearly every morning so we could watch the sun come up over the ocean while enjoying plates of bagels and lox and steak and eggs. You can even order from a late night menu that includes all of the foods you crave from nachos to sandwiches. Sometimes when you visit an all-inclusive resort in Mexico, some foods and condiments don’t taste quite the same as they do in the States. That is not the case at Sun Palace! We were quite impressed.
Should you get hungry while lounging poolside, simply walk over to grab lunch from the taco cart (a popular choice!) or order a sandwich or small pizza at the Snack Bar. If visiting the Bar at Sun Palace indoors, a comfy spot for happy hour, you can order tapas and appetizers to nibble on while waiting for your dinner reservation. The bartender will make you anything you want from their full bar.
THINGS TO DO
Whether you want to unwind with a spa treatment or leave the resort for an ocean excursion or seaside adventure, there is more than enough to do! We reserved a couples massage at Awe Spa where we had access to cold and hot plunge pools, herbal steam rooms, and comfortable lounge beds before and after our spa appointments. Oh, and don’t forget to use your resort credits when booking spa treatments!
If you’re an adventure seeker, simply visit the concierge desk to discuss the off-resort options from scuba diving excursions to sailing. We took a catamaran tour to Isla Mujeres via Cancun Sailing, which I recommend if you’re comfortable at sea and want to take in the view while someone else captains the boat. Our experience included adult beverages and lunch.
Once back at the resort, you have a multitude of entertainment options. The staff hosts various nightly activities from trivia nights to musical performances. The Bar at Sun Palace is the place to be every night if you want to participate in group games or just kick back and relax and watch others interact. Don’t forget to tip your bartender! I recommend bringing at least $40-50 in single bills to have on hand depending on the length of your stay. (I learned that the bartenders rotate the property every couple of weeks, so they share in the heavier foot traffic in different areas of the resort.)
Of course, you’re going to want to take a dip in one of two pools (or both) when you’re not sitting near the ocean taking in the sound of the waves. The service is prompt no matter where you claim your beach chairs. I recommend grabbing a couple of magazines or towels of your own to claim chairs before breakfast time. Make sure to check which areas are available to you based on the color of your wristband, which is most of the resort even if you don’t have diamond status.
Take advantage of your ability to visit sister resorts of Sun Palace during your stay. We took a resort shuttle to Moon Palace so the guys could play a round of golf while I lounged by the pool. A family-friendly resort, expect to see areas dedicated to kids including a wave pool and playroom. I thoroughly enjoyed getting a new perspective on the resort life while relaxing poolside. Moon Palace caters to your every need. Other sister resorts to visit include Beach Palace and The Grand at Moon Palace. However, check with the front desk clerk to discuss which ones you can visit with your wrist band status. When visiting the other sister resorts, you’re able to eat and drink at any restaurant or bar.
I have no doubt that you’re going to enjoy your stay at Sun Place. From the moment you step inside the lobby, prepare to be transformed to paradise. Let the future travel planning begin!
Of all of the resorts I’ve stayed out in Mexico, this one is my favorite thus far. If you love traveling to all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, you will also appreciate staying at Barcelo Premium in Puerto Vallarta. Be sure to click on this link to learn more from one of my past travels to the resort!