by Whitney Rife
Grand Sunset Princess is an ideal resort for families who want to be close to Playa del Carmen. Suites feature elegant decor with balconies or terraces. With seven restaurants, even the pickiest eater in the family will be satisfied. Kids will especially love the onsite ice cream parlor. Grand Sunset offers a complimentary shuttle to Playa del Carmen, which has many other eateries and bistros.
Grand Sunset has a myriad of family-friendly amenities. A monstrous 13 swimming pools cover the premises. Four of these pools are just for kids. Children under 12 can also enjoy the Mini Club, which plans daily and nightly activities. Teens also have their own club — Funtastic Teen’s Club — which offers age-appropriate activities like video games and sports. Together, families can enjoy the beach with water-sports equipment. The “Princess Theater” also presents daytime and nightly entertainment.
Our Editor Loves
- Thirteen pools
- Mini Club
- Funtastic Teen's Club
I am very surprised by the negative reviews on here. This was one of the best resorts we have ever stayed at, and we have had our share of experiences. Yes, it is huge. Keep that in mind when booking. Our room (1175 on the sunset side) was a perfect location. Close to the pools/restaurants and a little bit of a longer walk to the beach but that's ok. Food at the restaurants was good (Mexican by far the best, and teppanyaki 2nd). Buffet was what you would expect but we never had an issue finding something. We were so impressed by the daytime pool bbqs, those guys worked their butts off to serve everyone. Snack bar food was always great. Alcohol at the resort was impressive, absolut and smirnoff were available for everyone (did not have to pay for a premium package).
If you have kids -- this is the resort for you!!! Book the family side, we wish we had. The water park will keep your kid busy allllll day and the kids club is amazing. There's also an icecream parlour that is set up 50s style. I heard the family side rooms also have bunk beds. The evening shows were awesome, my 2 year old had a blast.
Don't listen to the negative reviews. This is an absolutely beautiful resort, with so many pools you won't be able to spend time at them all. The grounds are so well taken care of. Lots of cats, iguanas and coatis hanging around.
The ONLY negative was the number of timeshare workers trying to get you to attend a session. They are marketing themselves as resort staff, which they might be, but they will waste your time. We were firm with our "no" every day and they mostly left us alone but we saw lots of other people get reeled in.
Brilliant family holiday - 9 of us. Food was great and a la carte restaurants brilliant.
Try the boat trips to Cozumel and Isla Mujeres - the scenery is fantasic - try hiring golf buggies to drive around Isla Mujeres - fantastic beaches.
The only disappointment was the seaweed on the beach - which is not the hotel's fault!