by Lissa Poirot
The Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa is one of four Palladium Resorts’ Riviera Maya properties, which also consists of the Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa, Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa, and Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa. All four resorts share restaurants, activities, and amenities on the 5-star, all-inclusive property, which is situated along 2,400 feet of white-sand beach.
The all-inclusive, family-friendly resort’s best feature is that kids 12 and younger stay, play and eat free. Teens 13 to 17 cost a reduced rate when staying with parents. Proving kids are ever important to the resort chain, the Palladium Hotels & Resorts partnered with Emmy award-winning, live-action TV show Raggs, which features five colorful and musical pups. Kids will enjoy Raggs-themed breakfasts, dance parties, pirate shows and more during their stay — all included.
Perhaps one of the best parts of the Riviera resort is its commitment to the environment. Instead of large buildings on the beach, the resort is spread across its massive acreage, surrounded by lush tropical greenery. Rooms are offered in three-story buildings with walkways and paths beneath palm-fronded coverings connecting them to the resorts’ restaurants and shopping areas. You may pass flamingos, iguanas and crocodiles en route. Even at capacity, Riviera never feels crowded and families can find places to be alone together.
The Palladium Resorts make a wonderful choice for families visiting Riviera Maya.
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- Family Room 5+
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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The Riviera resort features 270 junior suites and 54 suites.
Junior suites feature two queen beds or one king bed with private terraces, as well as a double-sized sofa bed. Suites include large living rooms with TV's in both the living and bedrooms.
Play at Palladium with Raggs
A new Play at Palladium with Raggs program brings the cast and characters of the award-winning children's TV series, Raggs & Friends, to life across the resort. Special breakfasts, dances, activities and events are scheduled throughout a week-long or weekend stay. On Sunday nights, kids can join in Pido's Surf Party dance party, as well as the 50-minute live Raggs Pirate Show spectacular.
The entire resort shares activities and amenities, with families able to enjoy four pools (three additional adult pools are available), a saltwater pool and Jacuzzis. Lifeguards are on duty at the pools from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests must get pool and beach towels from towel huts. A brand new water park opened late in 2013, with water slides, a splash zone and a kid-friendly pool.
Located at the large pool between the Colonial and Kantenah Resorts, two all-inclusive kids' clubs provide a place for supervised activities for young children. A Baby Club, open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., is offered for children 1 to 3, and the El Ranchito Mini Club is open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. for kids 4 to 12. Radios are provided to parents of infants so they can be reached. Activities are divided by ages 4 to 8 and 9 to 12, although exceptions may be made for siblings wanting to stay together.
Teens 13 to 19 will enjoy the Black & White, which is located far from the kids clubs at the Kantenah Resort, so they won't feel like they are little kids. The teen center offers computers with Internet, pool tables and video games, and is open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily. Children's activities are planned throughout the day and evening.
Two indoor theaters offer kid- and adult-friendly entertainment nightly, as well as live music and karaoke, and a disco for the 18-and-over crowd also provides evening fun. Special evening Raggs' events entertain children and are supervised, if parents want to attend adult programs.
The resort's sports complex features six tennis courts, two basketball courts, a soccer field, a shooting range, archery and mini-golf, while three beach volleyball courts are also available for active guests. Water sports includes kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling, pedal boats, pontoon boat rides and sailing aboard the resort's catamaran. The facility is located at the Colonial resort.
With a focus on the environment, guests will find two flamingo lakes and two crocodile habitats with public feedings. Koi ponds and ecological walks are also part of the charm of the property, with multiple paths connecting guest wings and main areas of the resorts.
The small spa provides basic treatments for children, including manicures, pedicures and hair braiding.
The resort features nine a la carte restaurants, five buffet and open-air restaurants, and 21 bars, spread across the entire property.
The main buffet at Riviera is La Laguna, which serves breakfast from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., lunch from noon to 4 p.m., and snacks and tea from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The buffet is also available at White Sands. At Kantenah and Colonial, the El Gran Azul buffet is offered.
A la carte dining is available during the evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with men 12 and older required to dress in long pants and sleeved shirts. A la carte restaurants across the resort include Mare Nostrum Mediterranean restaurant, Sumptuori Japanese restaurant, La Adelita for Mexican, El Dorado for steak, Italian at Portofino, Chinese at Bamboo, Brazilian at Rodizio and BBQ at Ribs & More.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
A shuttle train services all four properties, so guests can travel to different restaurants, theaters and pools. Shuttles operate between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m.
Lobbies provide free Wi-Fi access, and in-room access is available for a fee.
Babysitting can be arranged through the kid's club for in-room and off-hours sitting services.
Cribs are available at no additional charge, but are limited, so reserve in advance to guarantee you'll have one. Rollaway beds and cots are not available.
An onsite doctor is available between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Medical services are not included in the resort and are additional fees, as needed.
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The resorts peak season is spring break and the holidays, with summer through November being hurricane season, creating the possibility of some rain-filled days.
The nearest airport is Cancun's international airport. The resort provides shuttle service to the airport, which takes 45 minutes to an hour.
For Mom and Dad
The Renova Spa at the White Sands Resort features a wonderful outdoor spa with steam baths, infinity pool, pediluvium, Jacuzzi and sauna, as well as outdoor showers. The spa does not offer changing or showering facilities, but does feature things like massages, Vichy showers, facials and body treatments. There's also an onsite beauty salon and state-of-the-art gym and workout room. The spa is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.