Living in the palace

All-inclusive resorts have been around for more than 30 years in some form or another, but not all of the brands that have emerged in that time can be said to be truly innovative. A case in point is Palace Resorts, which has successfully combined premium accommodations with deluxe amenities, facilities and services – plus an emphasis on A-list entertainment and a full menu of resort activities.

“An unparalleled level of service and comfort is standard throughout every property under the Palace Resorts umbrella,” said Palace Resorts Vice President of Sales and Marketing Kathy Halpern, referring to the company’s eight properties in Mexico and its resort in Jamaica. “We take the all-inclusive concept to the next level with well-appointed guestrooms featuring in-room whirlpools. We also feature CHI-branded products and amenities, including flatirons and blowdryers, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and soaps.”

Palace Resorts properties have also “raised the standard” on food-and-beverage offerings, said Halpern, offering guests “top-shelf alcohol and luxury dining throughout the resort,” plus 24-hour daily room service.

Additionally, Palace distinguishes itself on the entertainment front with performances by top-shelf international entertainers. “We’ve had top-notch performances featuring incredible acts such as Shaggy, Usher, Ricky Martin, OMI, Enrique Iglesias, Gloria Gaynor, and Kool and the Gang,” Halpern said, adding that Duran Duran closed out 2016 with a concert at the Moon Palace Arena, with The Cranberries scheduled to perform there this year.

In other developments, the Grand at Moon Palace Cancun, a resort-within-a-resort located within the Moon Palace Cancun complex, is undergoing a $450 million renovation, designed to elevate it to the “highest possible luxury standards,” said Halpern. The revamped property will offer travelers more than 1,300 guestrooms; an expanded lobby; nine outdoor swimming pools, including an adults-only pool with a live DJ; five swim-up bars; a beach club; a waterpark; and a bowling alley.

“The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun will offer guests who wish to elevate the concept of a traditional all-inclusive an unparalleled luxury feel,” said Halpern. “Guests of all ages will have hours of endless indoor and outdoor entertainment at their disposal via a massive waterpark and six-lane bowling alley.”

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun will also offer guests eight dining options, including Asian, French, Lebanese and Mexican fare, and family-friendly facilities including The Playroom for younger kids, and a teen lounge featuring video games and a giant concession stand. Additionally, the resort will offer the Awe Spa, a new 76,875-square-foot facility featuring more than 60 spa suites, a hydrotherapy circuit, plunge pools, and steam and sauna rooms.