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DESTINATIONS REVIEWS | ALL-INCLUSIVE


Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres, Mexico T


ested by: Ben Ireland


On the Atlantic coast of northeast Mexico, within reach of the world’s second-biggest barrier reef, the latest addition to Palladium’s all-inclusive portfolio is neatly tucked away from sight, despite being just 20 minutes from Cancun. The 670-room Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres is


part of a huge complex that is also home to the adult- only TRS Coral and the latest Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre. Grand Palladium boasts 19 bars and four swimming pools (some with swim-up bars), eight à la carte restaurants and an on-site ‘village’ with amphitheatre, cabaret (at extra cost), shopping and wedding chapel within its piazza. The impressive Zentropia Spa also offers a chance for guests to relax in its infinity pool, whirlpool, saunas, steam and ice rooms. The sheer size of the complex, linked together via a


network of man-made canals with boats to ferry guests back and forth, means you could spend a week at


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Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres without getting bored. Yet the resort is also within easy reach of Cancun and the popular islands of Isla Mujeres and Isla Contoy, a gateway to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and a protected area of natural beauty. Excursions are bookable from the hotel, with a day trip to both islands priced from $151 including transfers and snorkelling.


RESORT ROUND-UP Rooms at Grand Palladium are spread across six buildings, with 552 Junior Suites, eight swim-up Junior Suites, 24 Loft Suites and six Ambassador Suites, two of which are swim-up. One of the buildings is exclusively for families with its own separate buffet restaurant The Nest (for breakfast and lunch) and separate pool. The Family Selection, a ‘hotel within a hotel’, is split into 46 Junior Suites, 30 Loft Suites and four Ambassador Suites, with a kids’ club and access to Xbox games consoles and butler service. Children also get a welcome kit with goodies such as baseball caps and toys. The hotel has access to the white sands of Costa


Mujeres, a nice alternative to poolside lounging. Among Grand Palladium’s sandstone architecture and minimalist setting are unique touches such as a herb garden and Onions sculpture in the hotel entrance.


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Perhaps the most interesting selling point of Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres is its Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre. Opened in February by the now 18-time grand slam winner, guests can have lessons where they’re taught using the same techniques as Nadal. The centre has eight clay courts, five outdoor and three indoor, as well as a padel tennis court and seven-a-side football pitch for those keener on a kickabout. Tennis classes can be as intensive as guests want, spread over three to six days, with options including premium programme, drills, and Total Tennis, as well as classes for doubles, kids and juniors. The Total Tennis programme costs $300 for three days or $600 for six days.


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A Junior Suite Swim Up at Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa leads in at £231 per room per night, based on two adults sharing on an all- inclusive basis. A Family Selection Junior Suite starts at £266 per room per night, based on two adults and two children sharing. palladiumhotelgroup.com


Junior Suite Swim Up


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