sun palace cancunThe Sun Palace Cancun Resort ($308 – $537) is a small, quite, couples-only, romantic get-away – primarily older clientele and newly weds. Professional and exceptional service is one of its main selling points. It is considered one of the best values in Cancun and rated 2nd after another Palace Resorts property, the Le Blanc Resort Spa.

You are welcomed with champagne and a flower, then the Concierge takes you in hand with a private check-in, and settles you into your room, taking care of any needs and answering questions. The concierge will also book your dinner on the beach, tours, etc. A bottle of wine and a fruit basket is already in your room.

The Sun Palace is located at the bottom of “the 7”, ten minutes from the Cancun airport. Walk the beach to Club Med. Take a short bus ride to north to Cancun’s hot club zone and shopping, or a half hour south to Playa del Carmen, then on to Tulum and the Mayan ruins. Room are sparkling clean with a king-sized bed, jacuzzi, and balcony (most have ocean views). With four restaurants, numerous bars, a fully equipped, air-conditioned fitness center, three infinity pools and a Spa, don’t be surprised if you decide not to leave the hotel for a single day, many guest prefer to remain on the property their entire visit.

Upgrade to “Concierge Level” immediately upon arrival with your $1500 “Promo Dollars”. Unused credits are lost when you leave. Concierge level includes private, beach chairs, an expanded room service menu, aroma-therapy pillows and oils, a massage, private dinner on the beach, and more. Rooms on 6th floor have an extended patio with queen size lounge, table and chairs. The beautifully tiled showers have rain shower heads, are built for 2 people, and have a bench (this is a couples resort). You’ll love the designer gels and lotions.

Rooms at the end of the halls have the jacuzzi outside on a deck. All other rooms have the jacuzzi in the middle of the room. Sixth floor balconies are larger.

Besides the more luxurious accommodations and services, use your credits at the Spa, Jungle Cruise, Lobster Dinner Cruise, Tulum and Chichen Itza tours, dolphin swim, and the Sun Palace hotel’s photo service. The ladies (guys too) enjoy the Spa massages, manicures, pedicures, reflexology, and body wraps. The Sun’s photo service captures your stay with shots on the beach, around the pools, and with a variety of wild animals (lizards, snakes, monkeys, your mate, etc). Other activities include jet skiing, ATV excursions, snorkeling, repealing, zip-lining, parasailing, and lots more. The Jungle Tour through the “Black Lagoon”, just across the street, lets you jet around in a speedboat, and snorkel on the reef. A complementary trip to Isla Mujeres gives you a view of the Island of Women (pirate Jean Lafitte’s hideout), and lunch at the Palace Resort there. Duffers can use their Promo Dollars at the Riviera Cancun Golf Course (10 minutes from Sun Palace). Bring lots of balls ($20 for a sleeve at clubhouse). If you don’t land on the fairway, you’re in the swamp with more snakes, lizards, and monkeys.

The restaurants are no reservation and no wait. The Italian requires long pants but the others are casual. The staff insists on carrying your plate from the buffet tables. Breakfast and lunch are buffets, dinner is from a menu. The lunch buffets are however more like a dinner with selections of steak, grouper, salmon, etc.

The Alamo (Cottonwood) Restaurant has a huge breakfast buffet with a large selection of unique Mexican dishes such as chimichangas, chiliquilies, huevos rancheros, enchiladas, tacos, etc. You’ll find lots of fresh fruit, yogurts, breads, omlettes, pancakes, and French toast made to order. There is even ice creams. It is also a popular dinner restaurant. Enjoy an excellent tortilla soup and pepper filet au grautin as Mariachis serenade. You may choose what you’d like to have grilled and eat outside on the deck, right by the beach. All the restaurants have ocean views.

“The Steak” restaurant, which is outside, serves a fine, New York strip, and the Filet Mignon “melts in your mouth”. Choose your steak, chicken or fish, and it’s cooked to your liking. The sides and desserts are buffet.

Dining at the rooftop Hibachi grill hits the spot for Sushi lovers. Reservations are not required unless you want to sit at the Hibachi table. It serves up spring rolls, chicken, shrimp, beef, and fried rice appetizers. Some couples have their appetizers here and then go to another restaurant for the main course.

The “La Trattro” Italian restaurant has chicken scallopini, veal parmesan, fettucini alfredo, and lobster bisque on the menu. The lamb chops get honorable mention.

Take full advantage of 24/7 room-service where you may order even “off the menu”. Have a romantic breakfast in bed or a late night snack after clubbing. The quesadillas and mini-cheeseburgers are favorite munchies.

The Sun Palace beach is one Cancun’s biggest and best. The beach beds reserved for the concierge level guests are an added treat. No towel games here. If you want quite and private this is it.

The Michael Jackson show has been described as “super cheesy, but great”? The Cirque de Soleil show gets good reviews. The fire and drum show on the beach doesn’t seem to faze the sea turtles as they arrive.

The sea turtles swim ashore at night, dig four-foot deep holes and bury their eggs. After they leave, the hotel, which has an environmental program, gathers the eggs and places them in incubators. Guests are welcome to join in the work. When hatched, the guests may also help release the young back into the sea. This is an exciting and unique experience for many of the patrons.

sun palaceThe Cancun Sun Palace Resort has four pools (three are “infinity”). On one side of the property are the “quiet” pools where you can retreat when you aren’t feeling so “social”. The other side has the larger “activities” pool with its swim up bar and fun and games. It’s a good place to mingle and make new friends. Snacks and fast food including nachos, burgers, grilled chicken, and of course drinks are only a waiter away wherever you are. You usually never have to leave your chair or ask. Savvy vacationers bring insulated mugs that are kept topped off and cold in the blazing sun.

One hundred one-dollar bills a week for tips should keep everyone happy.

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