If you follow me on Instagram, then you will know that I recently visited the gorgeous Cancun in Mexico. I say recently, it was actually around a month ago and it’s taken me a while to decide whether I wanted to write this post or not. I love writing about my travel experiences and sharing pictures of the places I’ve visited, but every once in a while I start questioning how much of my life I want to share on the Internet. Perhaps this is a subject for another time, and please let me know if you want me to write something about it, but in the end I decided the holiday and hotel were most definitely worth sharing.
I flew from London Heathrow to Cancun to stay for a week at the infamous Moon Palace Resorts, Cancun. I don’t even know where to begin to be perfectly honest. This hotel is on a completely different level. Not to sound like I’m showing off, but I have stayed in a fair few 5* hotels, and this just blew everything out of the water. The flight was around 9 hours and it went fairly quickly (mostly because I slept through it haha).
We booked to travel to and from the airport with the company we booked with, and once we arrived at the hotel, check-in was super easy, nothing is ever too much which really sets apart this hotel from the rest. The actual resort is separated into three different hotels: Nizuc, Sunrise and the Grand. We were staying in the Nizuc which is located in the middle, but all three hotels are easily accessible through either walking, shuttle buses or golf carts.
Our room was incredible. I really wish I had taken more pictures before settling in, but the only thing I didn’t like was that it was on the ground floor. I’m not sure why but it just wouldn’t have been my first choice. However, the room more than made up for that. We had a freakin’ hot-tub/jacuzzi in the middle of the room! Alongside a king-size bed, a huge rainfall shower, a fully-stocked minibar, a plasma TV – really what was there to complain about?!
Staying there for a week, I was so worried that we wouldn’t be able to do everything. There are literally so many things to and so many places to eat that I would fully recommend at least two weeks here! Because you can freely use the 14 restaurants at the other two parts of the resort, there is so much to choose from! Our favourites were the JC Steakhouse and Momo – although booking Momo was probably the only thing I didn’t like. The staff didn’t know how to communicate the way to book it. Every other restaurant was easily booked through reception, but with Momo you had to go to Sunrise on the day you wanted to eat there at 4pm, and then book it. Most people started queuing from 3.30pm because once they booked all the tables up, there was no chance of eating there that evening. I only found out through blog posts like these and TripAdvisor reviews! Also if you love sushi and Japanese food then you may be tempted to visit the Jade restaurant in the Grand but the food at Momo was so much better, definitely worth the 4pm queue!
In terms of activities, there is a golf course on the resort, as well as a spa, bowling alley, two nightclubs, a teen lounge (so cool by the way – there are loads of arcade games and pool tables and games to play!), not including the entertainment staff who play games and have planned activities around the pool and then shows in the evening.
You also get to use resort credits whilst staying here, it was the first time I’d ever experienced something like this so I asked a million questions to our travel rep about it. Basically the hotel gives you a certain amount of ‘money’ that you can use on various activities around the resort and you just have to pay tax so it actually works out pretty well if you want to use the spa or play golf.
As much as we didn’t want to, we did leave the resort a few times. We wanted to visit the Chichen Itza because it’s a famous landmark and that took the whole day. We decided to book through our travel reps instead of the hotel, as we thought that it was a better deal. It was a whole day out, with the coach picking us up at 8.30am, driving to the cenote Ik Kil (a natural sinkhole that you can swim in, with waterfalls) which was incredible. We stopped off for some lunch there as well, and then made our way over to the Chichen Itza. It was super hot so it wasn’t ideal but the history behind it was so interesting. It’s a shame that you aren’t allowed to walk up the steps but it’s understandable considering what happened there.
The other day trip we took was at Xplor, this place was insane. Again we booked through our travel reps, as we got a discount and it just made sense. The whole day was paid for, as lunch was included there as an all-inclusive buffet. The coach picked us up similarly at 8.30am, and we spent all day there. The first thing that we did was driving the vehicles which was my favourite thing about the whole day – you get to drive their amphibious cars and follow the route around a jungle with bumps and bridges, and through caves. We got stuck a few times because it started raining and it was so muddy so I wouldn’t recommend wearing any nice clothes! The zip-lining is famous at the park so we did that next and there are two sections of it, the easy zip-lines and the difficult ones. It was fun but I personally think they are a bit over-hyped and some of the queues were quite long. After that, we had lunch which was really good, with loads of choices. Rafting was next, it was in the underground caves with loads of lights and you had to follow the route around, it was so tiring! We did the driving again before we left because we had so much fun before! The day ended at 4.30pm, which was when we had to be on the coach to go back to the hotel. Basically BEST DAY EVER!
I had the best week in Cancun and I would fully recommend Moon Palace to anyone, whether you travel as a family, in a couple or with friends. I can’t wait to go back already!
Have you ever travelled to Mexico?