Why You Should Visit Grand Palladium Kantenah In Riviera Maya

If you’re on the hunt for a fun sunny holiday for your family, look no further than this kid-friendly all-inclusive resort

I was nearing the end of what felt like a very long pregnancy and I wanted to go somewhere we could relax and reconnect before the new baby arrived. Our travel agent suggested The Grand Palladium Kantenah, so we took the plunge and booked a week-long trip.

The rooms
My family and I have travelled pretty extensively to Mexico and the Caribbean and have stayed in many all-inclusive resorts. The rooms at the Palladium Kantenah get high marks for their size, set-up and cleanliness. The beds were comfortable; our daughter got her own pull-out bed (she had just transitioned to a big-girl bed and the pull-out was low to the ground so we had no worries about her falling out).

The bathroom featured a jetted tub and lots of room to unpack toiletries. The balcony felt very secluded and looked out into lush greenery.

While on vacation we try and spend as little time in the room as possible, but with our daughter’s early bedtime, it didn’t feel like a sacrifice having to retire early each evening. A bonus for larger families: the resort has family-of-five-friendly rooms for 3 kids under 12.

Entertainment

A high point of the holiday was the entertainment provided by the character Raggs and his gang of loveable pups. While the Raggs characters are from a popular American television show, as Canadians we had never heard of it before visiting the resort.

That hardly mattered—by the time my daughter saw them in concert she was immediately obsessed. Throughout the week we were treated to a breakfast hosted by Raggs and friends, a kids disco night, daily visits by the pool and the soundtrack playing throughout the property.

Food
Overall I would give the food an A-.

It’s far superior to the food offered at many all-inclusive resorts. The options at breakfast were limitless, much to my surprise they even offered non-dairy alternatives for coffee and cereal (something I’ve never seen at an all-inclusive).

While most of the guests raved about the a la carte restaurants that didn’t require reservations, the wait times just were not conducive to my very tired and hungry three-year’s mood at the end of a long day. The buffet food was fresh, tasty and had something to please every palate, whether young or old. Bonus: there is a very popular all-day ice cream bar located near the lunch buffet area. 

Waterpark and pools

There are so many pools I lost track of how many the resort actually has. There are shallow pools, deep pools, lounging pools, water-sport oriented pools and adults-only pools—basically something for everyone.

The waterpark provided hours of entertainment for my daughter. The waterslides were never crowded and parents could easily sit in the shallow pool and have a clear view of their child coming down the slide (great if you’re on your own or very pregnant like I was).  For babies and toddlers the separate splash pad area had lots of fun features.

Kids Club

Kids ages one to 19 can enjoy the complimentary kids club. Each club is broken into different age groups (1-3 years; 4-12 years, 13-19 years) and the baby club has their own air-conditioned club house. My daughter was a little old for the activities in the baby room and a little young to join the older kids, so we didn’t spend much time in the kids club. However, if you’re travelling with older kids, the activities looked really engaging. Bonus, you plan a night out with your spouse and the kids’ club staff will take the children to the buffet for dinner and to the 8pm kids entertainment show.

A few other things to keep in mind if you’re travelling with young kids:

  • The bus ride was an hour-and-a-half from the airport, which is not a deal breaker, but good to know if you have small children so you can be prepared with extra snacks and activities after an already long plane ride.
  • The resort is connected to three other sister properties by a series of trolleys which can be found in the lobby of each resort. The overall property is massive, but once you’re at your own hotel, it feels much smaller.
  • The Grand Palladium Kantenah’s property is filled with lush gardens and forested areas. The guest rooms are connected to the main resort area by boardwalks, which make for a beautiful walks, but can be difficult to navigate with a stroller.
  • If you forget your camera at home don’t fret. Staff photographers can be found all around the resort ready to capture your special moments. I believe you can even book some time with a photographer to ensure you get a great family shot. Images can be viewed and purchased at the photography stand located near the beach. 

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