Moon Palace Grounds
Water Magic at Moon Palace
AWE Spa Magic at Moon Palace
One of the biggest gems at Moon Palace is its luxury spa: AWE. Be sure to read my separate write-up on the spa. Because we have several sections dedicated to wellness and it’s a big part of our site, also check out our wellness section as well as our section on spas and retreats.
Massage options at AWE Spa include deep tissue massage, aromatherapy, as well as holistic and citrus massages and they have individual experiences which include body treatments for total renovation, soul breathe, relaxing and ones that involve citrus, freshness and scents.
We love anti-aging facials so was thrilled to see a Vitamin C and Ceutical facial on the menu. They also have an Essential Shock Intense facial, a balancing one as well as something they refer to as Diamond Energy.
While they offer the traditional treatments you’d expect to find at an upscale spa, the real magic is in the hydrotherapy room. The sounds and colors are so relaxing that you won’t want to leave — a hot tub is located on one side and a cold dipping pool on the other.
Moon Palace Entertainment
Cultural Cuisine at Moon Palace
Moon Palace Rooms
Notice that all the room photos show a whirlpool tub right in the room, which is similar to my experience at the Hard Rock. Wellness Suites provide access to the Wellness Pool, aqua spinning bikes and a private instructor. There’s also the Ambassador Suite, which is a great option if you want an upscale experience or if you are traveling with kids and want plenty of space.
Because it’s an all inclusive resort, the perks extend to your rooms. For example, in our room, there were bottles of whiskey and other spirits, as well as a fully stocked fridge with water, soda, beer, and snacks. If you book the Family Superior Deluxe Suite, you also get Hershey’s milkshakes in your mini-bar.
T’is the Season
This may have been the first time I’ve ever traveled for my birthday, so it was nice to have birthday cakes throughout the week (yup, I’m a Sag!). It’s always so close to Thanksgiving (and sometimes ON Thanksgiving) so traveling usually isn’t in the cards.
We were also lucky to be there at the beginning of December, so the resort was decorated for the holiday season. My favorite ‘holiday feature’ was the massive festive Christmas tree in the lobby.
If you’re heading to a beach side resort, it’s good to know if there’s shopping on-site, especially if you forget something. The Moon Palace Cancun gift shops sell beautiful jewelry, swimsuits, sandals, shoes, hats, dresses, cover-ups and more.
For more information on how to book, the room rates and the special offers Moon Palace Cancun has, head on over to their website. BTW, on-site, they can also set up side cultural and adventure tours to nearby tourist attractions as well.
Cancun & Surrounding Area
As much as I am a cultural enthusiast and am always interested in the historical traditions wherever I go, this trip was all about R&R, reading books (we have two dedicated section to book reviews now – a general one and one for spiritual reads) and spending time in the water as much as possible. Because of that, we didn’t head north where ruins and other tourist attractions lie. I’d strongly recommend that you do however, especially Tulum.
As for its history, much like Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and the entire Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun was originally home to the Maya people, and scattered remains of that culture still dot the landscape. Nearby, you can get day tours to historical gems like Tulum, Mayan ruins, or for adventure enthusiasts, you can go snorkeling, kayaking or zip lining.
We didn’t have a positive experience with one of the local tour operators, so I’d suggest booking directly through the hotel or getting a private driver for a day and going solo.
Don’t forget to check out our review of the AWE Spa at the resort and our overall Spa Reviews section for reviews of great spas around the world. Also be sure to read our Hotel & Resorts section of the site as well as our comprehensive article on the food and wine offerings at Moon Palace, where cultural cuisine is the order of the day.