Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa reviews – Mayan Riviera, Mexico hotels – Debbie's Tavel & Caribbean Resort Reviews

January 2006

Flights
We flew to the Riviera and spa with Sunwing air out of Toronto on Jan 12th. They have comfortable planes but had to fly to Cancun via Cuba. made for a long day.

Resort
This is one of the new additions to the Palladium resorts in the Myian Riviera. After the hurricane of the fall the people have done a wonderful job of getting things up and running. There is still some planting and finishing touches that must be done. The spa will mot be finished till late in march. There is a spa over at the Colonial section of the resort that they are presently using.

We stayed in rm 6025. This building is the one closest to the water.
Being a corner room we had a view of both the ocean and te resort. The room had a king sized bed plus a pull out couch. large balcony overlooking the ocean. The bathroom had a large walking shower and a double Jacuzzi tub. All the rooms have wall safes that you pick your own combination for. Our safe the door would not pop open when we put in the combination. Just stuck a bandage on the door for a handle and it worked great. All the floors are marble and te rooms are clean and spotless.

There are lots of paths to walk throughout the resort. The lagoon which surrounds the pool has a pontoon boat that takes the guest for a ride on. The result is that all the bridges over the lagoon are ten feet high. Great for exercise . There are other walkways around the lagoon that do not have these high bridges so people with strollers and wheelchairs can get around fine. There are no elevators in the complex.

The beach is long and has fine sand. Every morning the workers are out early raking up any seaweed that has come ashore. We had two windy days but managed to swim in the ocean everyday. One area in front of the Colonial is roped off for swimming. This area has very little coral. Other areas have more coral. We took water shoes but did not use them.
There a lots of sun lounges on the beach. There are both shade and sunning spots to sit. There is a saltwater pool infront of the Riviera. This is made of concrete with an outlet at both ends for the sea water to flow in and out. At the sports center you can reserve sailboats. Kayaks. peddle boats and snorkeling and scuba gear. There are a couple reefs just off the beach to see fish on.

Food.
There is a good variety of food at the buffets. Nobody will starve. If you are down there for a week you have the choice of three ala carte restaurants to pick from. There are 13 ala carte restaurants in total at the resort. We were at the Asian,(bamboo) The Bazillian(Rodizio), The Steakhouse(El Dorado) All were excellent.

The staff at the resort were excellent. No waiting for anything. We had a problem with out water not working and they were there to fix it in ten minutes.

There is a small train that runs around the resort. This is fun to ride on and great for meeting people . Being a large resort there is something for everyone. The Riviera pool seemed quieter than the one over at the colonial. There were shows overnight. For a resort they were pretty good. Maybe not Las Vegas but Las Vegas does have a nice beach either.

If you are looking for a big resort with a nice beach and great staff I would recommend this. If you desire a small intimate resort this maybe too big. The clientele ran from babies to older couples.

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