What are the differences between the different sections of the resort ?
The Grand Palladium Resort has done a fantastic job in incorporating this resort complex into the existing lovely natural setting. They have taken great pride to keep the natural jungle setting and the flora and fauna that goes with it.
Nice to see that modern technology can live in harmony with the environment at this resort. They take great pride in this and will let the natural environment heal and rebuild itself after any storm damage. It is such a pleasure to be able to hear the birds singing and seeing all sorts of wildlife in their natural habitat while vacationing in Paradise. This resort complex is also close to a variety of excursions for everyone’s tastes. Any area that you chose, you will be very happy with, and you get to explore and use all sections of the resort. It is amazing and a lot of fun. And if you get “walked out”, there is always the train or the golf carts to give you a ride. The staff are the friendliest people.
Great ecological paths throughout the whole resort. The most incredible selection of scrumptious food. Great activities. Great shopping. Kids Club. Renova Spa, which offers a wide variety of free facilities as well as spa services. There is so much to see and do at the resort itself, that you don’t even feel like you are missing out on anything if you don’t leave the grounds. See first hand why we all love to refer to the Grand Palladium Resort as our Home Away From Home.
For more detail, check out our accommodations page
Do I have access to the whole complex?You have access to everything in the whole complex (Riviera, White Sands, Colonial and Kantenah section), this include buffet and a-la-carte restaurants, bars, pools, etc The only thing you do not have access to is the Royal Suite area (which include the EL Jardin restaurant, Royal beach area on the Kantenah beach).
Five buffets | Nine ulimited a la cartes | 26 bars | Two theaters | State of the art Spa | state-of-the-art spa and gym | discothéque | sports bar | athletic field | tennis courts | minature golf | 10 pools(waterpark) | teen center/kids club | water sports | shops | Free WiFi in all lobbies | Internet |
Can I book directly with the Palladium ?
Yes. You can book on their Palladium Hotel Group Website but you may find lower rates using a travel agent or on-line reseller.
What Credit Cards are accepted ?
Visa, Master Card , American Express and Discover.
How do I contact Public Relations ?
You can email Guest Services, Public Relations.
Download for free your PALLADIUM CLIC2C app at the Apple Store (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) or Android Market using your smartphone. Open the PALLADIUM CLIC2C app and point your camera at the image at a distance of 10-15 cms (4-6 inches). Wait a few seconds. Your phone will read the invisible code and connect you to a whole new world of virtual Palladium experiences
Where can I find some useful Spanish phrases ?
I would like to get married at the resort, whom do I contact ?
Have a look at our Wedding page
Can I use walkie talkies in Mexico ?
Yes, but please read this
Does the resort offer a Catholic Mass ?
Yes, Catholic Mass takes place in the church, La Iglesia De Nuestra Senora De Las Nieves located next to the Colonial lobby Saturday and Sunday at 5pm
Does the resort accept spring breakers ?
The following is a direct quote from Felipe ( Operations and Product Director – Vacational Americas): We don’t accept spring breakers but that means we do not admit groups of young people without their parents of other “responsible” relatives. Of course this is a family resort and during spring time many of them will come with their teen sons or with sons that are studying in the college.
This is why you can see many young people during that time. As you probably know there are hotels in Cancun that work a lot with this market but it is not the point the Riviera Maya and we totally agree with this. There are chains that, if I am not wrong, are not accepting these guests neither but this is not our case.
Felipe Martinez Operations and Product Director – Vacational Americas
Does the resort offer beach towels?
Yes, each guest will be given a towel card
Towel huts are located at Colonial, WS Pools, Bar La Jarra Kantenah beach, La Rocas salt water pool. Towel exchanges are also now located at the “Rinconcito Pool” in Kantenah/Colonial, the “Adults Pool,” the “Isla” pool in White Sand, and the Royal Yucatan Suites Pool. The ‘towel huts’ are open from 8am till 8pm in the summer and 8am till 6pm in the winter.
Royal Yucatan Suite and VIP guests will not need nor be given a towel card.
What are the check-in and checkout times ?
Check-in time is 3pm. If your room is made-up you will be allowed to check-in early. Checkout time is noon on the day of your departure. You may be allowed a late checkout depending upon availability and with an extra charge. Late check out charge until 4pm is $40 USD and until 6pm is $60 USD. After 6pm is subject to a full night stay at the rack rate price.
Are there changing rooms at the resort for early arrivals and late departures? Where can I keep my personal belongings?
What is the proper attire at the resort ?
Does the resort rent Long pants?
Yes at the Colonial Lobby. The charge to rent pants for your entire stay is $20.00. Your money will be returned when you return the pants.
Are passes available for friends staying at other hotels and would like to visit me?
Subject to change YES! Both Day Passes (9am till 6pm) and Night Passes (6pm till 2am) are available at US$60 each for adults day pass and US$70 Night. Prices subject to change Day Passes are for the Grand Palladium Resort, Colonial, Kantenah, White Sand, Riviera only NOT the Royal Suites Yucatán. Children 3-13 years old are half price, night pass children, $35.00. With a night pass the dinner included is in the buffet not in the a la carte restaurants and the teenagers under 18 will not have alcoholic drinks and they are not allowed to go in to the discotheque or spa.
To receive a pass you have to enter and pay the pass fee at the front desk of the Colonial. If you wish you can confirm the day you want the pass with (Front Desk Manager) in advance and they can inform the security department. *note that an ID will be require as a deposit, when they checkout the ID will be provide it back.
Gerente de Recepción/Front Office Manager* Contactby email
What are the different color wristbands?
Can I checkout the night before I leave ?
Yes. You can check out and settle your account between 7pm and midnight the evening before leaving. Be sure to turn in your towel cards and get a “check out pass” that you’ll need for the bell captain before being allowed to depart.
Is there a doctor at the resort ?
Yes. Medical office located in the Colonial lobby. Regular office hours are 9am – 2pm and 4pm – 8pm. During non-office hours contact reception for 24-hour medical assistance. Their professional services are not included in the all-inclusive plan. Payment by cash or credit card will be required.
Is laundry service available?
Yes. In your closet you’ll find a laundry prices and a plastic laundry bag. Subject to change
The clothes will be returned in 24-hours. They also offer express same day service for an additional charge. Check out “the laundry mat” in the Behind the scenes article.
Do I need local currency?
With a very few exceptions, U.S. dollars are accepted just about everywhere. The Palladium’s front desks offer a currency exchange at the rate of 10 pesos to the dollar.
For a more advantageous exchange rate use one of the 5 ATM machines on-site, cash given in pesos. Two ATM machines on – site Colonial lobby/Riviera lobby dispenses US dollars.
The Palladium will cash your travelers checks, currency given in Pesos. Currency conversion.
Is there Internet?
Yes! All the lobbies, rooms.
The free WiFi speed is .5Mbps = 512 kbps in all the rooms, lobbies, bars etc. for emails and Skype.
For premium 1 Mbps = 1024 kbps WiFi in the rooms
Prices for Premium WiFi – 1 Mbps ( download files etc. )
1 day – 14.99 USD
2 days – 24.99 USD
3 days – 29.99 USD
4 days – 59.99 USD
Royal Yucatan receive free premium WiFi
subject to change
Is there a Internet Cafe? Yes, the Internet Cafe is located in the Sports Bar, Colonial Lobby. Their is a charge to use the computers. Royal Lobby offers free Internet.
The Palladium even has a computer geek on staff who will assist you with any serious problems — for free.
What do we do in case of severe weather such as a hurricane ?
In case of an alarm, the resort has shelters available. Executive personnel and hotel management will inform guests of the measures and procedures established. Detailed information will be provided through channel 2 on your TV. Click on these links for more information: Hurricane Information and
Grand Palladiums Hurricane Policy
What if a power failure occurs ?
In case of emergency, the resort has its own back-up power generators. Check out “in the heart of the matter” in the Behind the scenes article.
Will my cell phone work in Mexico ?
Maybe. During the past year many new cell towers have been added along the Cancun/Tulum corridor and service has improved dramatically. Unfortunately not all cell phone carriers have service available. Check with your provider in advance. (Verizon works very well at the Palladium.)
Does the beach have lifeguards on duty ?
Yes. They are on duty from 9am to 6pm.
What do the different beach flags mean?
What is a collectivo ?
They are 12 passenger vans that travel between Playa del Carmen and Tulum picking-up and discharging passengers along the way. There are collectivo stops directly in front of the Palladium entrance and one on the opposite side of the highway. Fares range from $2.00 to 3.00 (USD). Price subject to change Pay as you exit the Collectivo in either pesos or dollars. They run from 5:00am to 10:00pm every 5 to 15 minutes. The rate is fixed so if you only go 1 km you still pay the full fare.
Is there a car rental agency at the resort?
Yes. There is a Europa car rental desk in the lobby.
The rental agent is EuropCar, and they are located in the Colonial and White Sands lobbies. Insider tip – if you book it for Tuesday, pick up the car on Monday at 5 pm, and the car is due back on
Wednesday at 8 am as a one day rental.
Where can I catch a taxi ?
Taxis are readily available almost everywhere a tourist goes. You can ask for a taxi in the lobby of any area of the resort.
Subject to change
Can I purchase calling cards at the resort ?
Yes. There are vending machines in the lobbies and designated phones that will accept the cards.
What hours do the pontoon boats run ?
Pontoon Boat tour : Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 12:30PM to 8:00 PM/ Wednesday, Saturday, 8:00AM to 8:00PM with no charge. Subject to change
Is transportation available around the resort ?
Yes. There are several diesel powered “trains” that operate from approximately 8am till 2am. Each “train” has a capacity of up to 50 passengers. They circle the entire resort making stops along the way. Their frequency and routes vary with the time of day. There are also 8-10 passenger electric golf carts available.
How much cash should we bring with us ?
Since your vacation is already pre-paid, not that much. At the Palladium you’ll only need cash for tips and small incidentals. Generally 100 to 300 US dollars in singles and small bills will be sufficient (depending on length of stay and number of family members).
If you plan on using a private transfer, shopping in town, or taking some side trips, bring additional funds and/or a credit card. If you find yourself running low on cash, you can always make a withdrawal from one of the two ATMs on site.
What are the safe dimensions?13 1/2” or 34 cm wide, 12 3/4” or 32.5 cm deep, 5 1/2” or 14.5 cm high Safe
What is the mangrove ?
The “swamp like sulfur smell” mentioned by some, comes from the Mangrove, the aquatic forest ecosystem, vital to the life of the coast, reef, and food chain to most of the wildlife you see along the coast of Riviera Maya and at GP itself. Referred to by some guests as ‘the jungle”, mangrove is made up of over two dozen varities of tropical maritime trees or shrubs that send out many prop roots and form dense tangled, low canopy growth, most observable from the covered walkways throughout GP. In 2005 Hurricanes Emily and Wilma damaged much of the mangrove in the immediate area of GP. The sulfur like swamp smell (often referred d to as sewage smell) experienced by some, is the result of the natural restoration process of the mangrove.
The relationship between mangroves and their associated marine life cannot be overemphasized. Mangroves provide protected nursery areas for fishes, crustaceans, and shellfish. They also provide food for a multitude of marine species such as snook, snapper, crab, tarpon, jack, sheepshead, red drum, oyster, shrimp and lobsters. Mexicos important recreational and commercial fisheries would drastically decline without healthy mangrove forests acting as a filter and a nursery. Many animals find shelter either in the roots or branches of mangroves. Mangrove branches are rookeries, or nesting areas, for beautiful coastal birds such as pelicans and spoonbills.
As visitors to the Riviera Maya we need to remember we are in a tropical environment, an eco system, dangerously close to being destroyed by the onslaught of building taking place along hwy 307. As guests to GP we should understand and enjoy the environmental process that is going on around us and do our part to leave it undisturbed.
Can I view turtles nesting while I am there ?
The Kantenah bay is a protected area for turtles. There is a biologist that patrols the beach every night to ensure the turtles are not bothered. If a turtle realizes there is someone close to them they will not nest. Once they are nesting they will not stop but if they see anyone close to where they want to nest, they simply don’t do it. The resort has security staff by the beach and they will not allow anyone to approach the turtles with any type of light. As a matter of fact, most of the lights by Punta Emilia or the Beach Bar at the Colonial and also some wooden bridges will be shut off from May to the end of October.
Does the Palladium have a theme song?
How many ala carte reservations will I get ?
The Palladium is now using a pager system for the a la carte dining. All guests now have unlimited a la cartes. If you wish to dine at a particular restaurant you must check in with the manager at that restaurant. You will be informed at that time if there is a sitting available on that night. If there is not an immediate opening you will be given a pager When a table becomes available your pager will beep and shine for 5 minutes. Your table will be held for 10 minutes and if you have not arrived within this time your table could be assigned to other guests.
In order to receive your pager you will be required to leave your room key. In the case of a lost or damaged pager there will be a $100.00 charge assigned to your room. Royal Yucatan guests may make reservations at any a la carte restaurant and these reservations need to be made at least 24 hours in advance. If you have a group of ten or more people and you wish to dine together you may make a group reservation with guest services at least 24 hours in advance. The group will all have to select a common entre and dessert.
Royal’s guest; Palladium Travel Club members, Imperial Club’s guest (Air Transat), VIP guests continue to reserve. General Manager, José Luis Caneiro Rey, Grand Palladium Director /General Manager
How can I make my group dining reservation ?
They must be made in person at the guest services desk in the Colonial or Riviera lobbies, or by your concierge if a Royal guest. The guest services desks are open daily from 8am to 1:30pm and 2:30pm to 9:30pm. Check out the Restaurant Guide for more information.
Guest Service desk will close for lunch at 1:30 PM and open again at 2:30 PM.
Royal Yucatan guests may make reservations at any a la carte restaurant and these reservations may be made in advance.
If you have a group of ten or more people and you wish to dine together you may make a group reservation with guest services at least 24 hours in advance. The group will all have to select a common entrée and dessert.
Does the Palladium have a wine menu?
Yes. There is a wine list and other amenities. Please refer to the menu
Amenities – Amenities 2014
How are food allergies dealt with ?
There is a great buffet selection available for all kind of taste and diet. There are fresh salads, fruits, rice, bread, different kinds of sausages, hams, etc. We are pretty sure that you will always find an option.
It is very important that you advise our Public Relations Desk about your food allergy.
We have implemented, in all our destinations, a procedure to take care of guests with food allergies, since celiac to those who suffer from nuts allergies. Contact us before your arrival we will explain how to proceed. On arrival we will give you a card (different according to the allergy) with some instructions. Our staff will be trained to assist them at any time.
We have our Staff available to help you at the Buffets and Restaurants (Restaurant Manager). For more information regarding food quality and preparation, please refer to the Behind the Scenes Article.. Also check out Management Address Concerns on Food and Water
Is the milk they serve pasteurized ?
Yes. It is ultra-pasteurized and needs no refrigeration until opened.
Does the resort have Soy Milk?
You will need to contact the resort with your arrival date and they will make sure it’s there for you. email
When are the evening beach BBQs ?
Check with Guest Services for day. Any beach BBQ will be subject to the weather. There are two seatings, one at 7:00pm and a second at 8:30pm. The only way to know for sure is to check with your guest services kiosk in the lobby. A reservation for any of the scheduled night starts the morning prior to the scheduled BBQ. Tables and chairs for four diners are set up on the beach near the snack bars (restrooms are nearby). Subject to change
There is waiter service for drinks and dress is causal. It’s a festive atmosphere with candlelight along with a marimba style band playing. Feel free to dine in your bare feet! Food is grilled outside and served buffet style. The menu consists mostly of grilled food – ribs, chicken, steak, sausage, burgers, hot dogs, etc., along with an assortment of vegetables. There’s also a salad bar, various breads/rolls, and fruits for dessert. There is something for everyone.
Is smoking permitted in the restaurants and buffets ?
Smoking is not permitted inside any of the eateries. Some a la cartes have outside seating where smoking is allowed.
What is the legal drinking age in Mexico ?
Eighteen years old. All minors will receive a special color wristband alerting bartenders of their non-drinking status.
What type of beer is served at the resort ?
Draft Sol and DosXX dark are served at all bars and restaurants. Bottled Sol and Superior beers are stocked in your room mini-bar refrigerator. The Royal Suites lobby bar offers bottled Sol, Superior, DosXX dark and Bohemia, plus canned Miller and Heineken beers. The Royal Suites pool bar offers draft Sol and DosXX dark as well as canned Miller and Heineken.
At the Royal Suites, the guest can find this beer inside the minibar in the room and of course at the Bars (pool and reception).
Does the resort have high chairs ?
Does the resort have cribs?
Are cribs up to cdn/us standards? I read an older thread indicating they were not – more space between slats? Should we bring our playpen?
As far as I know they are still not up to standards. I’d bring a Pack N Play.
Can you bring strollers into restaurants?
Yes, but if space is limited, you might be asked to leave it at the entrance.
Vacation tips courtesy Stvdar 36
What is included in the Spa, Fitness and Sports Center ?
Have a look
What are the pool hours ?
El Gran Azul Main Pool – Summer 8:00 PM | Winter 6:00 PM
White Sand Main Pool – Summer 8:00 PM | Winter 6:00 PM
Adult Pool Secret Pools (Colonial & White Sand) – Summer and Winter Midnight
Kantenah El Rinconcito – Summer 8:00 PM | Winter 6:00 PM
Salt water Pool Las Rocas – Summer 10:00 PM | Winter 10:00 PM
Spa pool Adults only – Summer 9:00 PM | Winter 9:00 PM
Royal Suites Adults only pool and Royal Yucatan – Midnight
Kids pools Colonial & White Sand- Summer 8:00 pm | Winter 6:00 pm
Subject to change
What are the gym hours ?
Does the resort offers fitness classes ?
Yes, Gym Hours: 7:am to 9:pm. There are fitness classes somewhat like aerobics, Monday at 9:00 AM on the Kantenah beach, and Wednesday and Friday at 5:00 PM at the gym in the spa (before fitness class). Fitness class are everyday at 6:00 PM in the spa.
Where can I watch major sporting events from back home ?
The new air-conditioned Sports Bar in the Colonial Lobby has a number of monitors showing many international sporting events via satellite TV.
At what age may my child use Archery & rifle shooting?
The Age for Rifle shooting and Archery is 12 yrs old, with parent/adult until they are 19yrs old.
Does the resort offer babysitting services?
Yes. The babysitter service offered by the hotel is NOT a professional service; it is made up by individuals who work in the hotel and are willing and able to provide the service outside their regular working hours.
Rules and Policies RM Babysitting
Does the resort have a disco ?
Yes, the disco hours for adults are from 11pm to 2am. Teen hours are from 9pm to 10:30pm and are subject to change depending on the season.
What is there to do on a rainy day ?
In the rare event of a rainy, non-beach day, most activities move indoors to the lobbies, theaters and even the disco. The Palladium’s “Fun Team” has a number of organized activities planned from morning to late afternoon to keep you busy. It’s also a good day to visit the new Sports Bar – or any of the bars.