& Ease at The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun
By FBWorld Team
attending the 17th Annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival at Quintana
Roo, I was blessed to escape to paradise at The Grand at Moon
Palace Cancun, where all the conveniences of home were served
up with a chic fusion of elegant design and state-of-the-art
technology. This first class elegant destination boasts 1,316
lavish rooms with a bevy of posh suite options, and each suite
offers double whirlpool tubs, 24-hour room service, world-class
spirits, and unlimited local and long distance calls to the
continental U.S., a complimentary arrival bottle of wine, and
aromatherapy and nightly turndown service. My suite had a beautiful
patio overlooking the pool and an in-room Jacuzzi.
The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun
elegance and detail for comfort at The Grand are initially stunning
but are easily adjusted to. It is an all-inclusive resort and
the suites have everything in place including a full liquor
cabinet, beverages, espresso maker, and snacks at your disposal.
The twenty-four-hour room service is ideal if you wish to dine
in bed or get an early start either to play golf breakfast before
leaving for the airport on your departure date, and the food
is surprisingly good.
vary from extremely charming Asian, Lebanese, French, Italian,
Brazilian to casual pool area dining and a smart little crepe
salon. The International buffet is huge and includes everything
imaginable to eat, including Asian favorites and healthy green
specialties. I especially loved selecting my own salmon to be
grilled to order while I watched, and very healthy salads and
sides to enjoy with it. Every meal at the buffet was overflowing
with a variety of international selections to savor.
Habibi Lebanese Restaurant
two favorite restaurants were Habibi, an exotic Lebanese restaurant
where authentic and delicious Lebanese dishes were prepared
by Amairani Flores Olivares, a talented female chef. Jesus Alain
Jienez Valencia the general manager was both helpful and charming.
From melt in your mouth lamb shawarma, many varieties of hummus,
tabbouleh, fried or raw kibbeth, lamb fetteh, makanek flaming
sausage, cheese sambousek and everything in between the dinner
was simply sensational. The Pinot brought by the sommelier paired
perfectly with the entire presentation and they also offered
Arak an anise digestive on the menu. As I was leaving, I noticed
some guests nearby smoking elaborate hookah pipes, and was told
they were smoking fruit-flavored tobacco. According to the staff
the hotel is owned by a family of Lebanese descent and thus
this fantastic restaurant was included in its design.
the Asian restaurant which was a blend of Japanese, Chinese
and Thai flavors was my next favorite dinner spot, where Saki
Martini's were flowing, and a variety of luscious sashimi mariawase,
sushi, pork belly wafu BBQ, chicken mushroom yuzu soup and Jade
rolls with hot sake totally took me away. The service at Jade
was also exceptional and the ceiling décor of orange
Japanese style lanterns created a very relaxing and romantic
at one of the many pools is a favorite pass time, and servers
bring guest whatever they need to be happy, including colorful
cocktails with wild names. Guests all talk to each other as
though they were on a cruise ship and after a few days they
see you and call you by your first name as if you were old friends
from their neighborhood and ask how you are doing.
three golf courses at Moon Resort are lovely, and several players
told me they provide a challenge to expert players as well as
middle and beginning golfers. The Moon Spa & Golf Club,
a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, offers golf instruction
and a driving range with a panoramic view that would be a great
start to get back in the game. The golf club has two fine restaurants,
a busy cocktail lounge, a fully equipped golf shop, and a spa.
For avid golfers, there are special vacation accommodations
near the club, where a private swimming pool is available as
well a personal golf cart to tool around the resort.
AWE SPA is a surreal journey into a magnificent Scheherazade
like zone. This is one of the most beautiful and perfectly appointed
and designed spa facilities I've yet to visit; it has everything.
The colors and designs bring visions of Turkey, Egypt and Arabia
as guests move from room to room. The pool is beyond anything
MGM could dream up with a myriad of azure blue and gold tiles
and golden plunge fountains spread around the pool area that
massage the head, neck and back. The ultimate Cleopatra touch
was a group of lounges in the pool that became jacuzzi's and
massaged the entire torso under water. Following these other-world
experiences, guests relax on lounges around the pool and sip
waters with fruit or tea.
to treatment, massage or facial guests may sit in the ice room,
sauna or steam room, followed by a shower and time to relax
in the quiet room until their massage therapist quietly directs
them to a treatment room. My facial, a platinum anti-aging treatment,
and massage of neck and hands was beyond exceptional and Wendy
the therapist also massaged my scalp. I just cannot sing high
enough praises about this venue and the excellence of the therapist.
The AWE Spa card reads "just because it's not what you
were expecting doesn't mean it's not everything you've been
waiting for" and are they right!
you are traveling with children this resort has every trick
in the book to keep kids up to teens happy, including game rooms,
an amazing water park area that parents seemed to be enjoying
more than their kids, a bowling facility, movie theatre, special
kids menus and more. Families I saw seemed to be having a marvelous
time together, and family-style dining is encouraged at The
Grand. The resort is also fully handicapped compliant, providing
disabled or elderly special assistance features.
as it is to believe this actually is an all-inclusive five-star
resort where service is exceptional and the quality of everything
is the best. I talked with so many guests who come back once
or twice a year and they just adore the consistent quality accommodations,
very fine food and drinks, and exemplary service. I must agree
with them this is definitely a be back vacation destination
and if we return for the 18th Riviera Maya Jazz Festival at
Quintana Roo I look forward to yet another dream escape to The
Grand at Moon Palace Resort. For reservation information visit
Grand at Moon Palace Cancun
All Inclusive Golf & Spa Resort
1 (888) 774 0040 or (305) 774 0040
By Bonnie Carroll
About Bonnie Carroll
Bonnie Carroll has been a food/travel/lifestyle writer since
1983. She is the founder & publisher of Bonnie Carroll's
Life Bites News - www.lifebitesnews.com,
does travel and food reporting on KZSB1290 radio, and contributes
to a variety of national and international travel/lifestyle
publications. Her first children's book C.C. Charles was published
in 2002 and she is currently working on a second book. Contact
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