I am so excited to share this review of the Grand Park Royal Cancun Caribe Resort in Mexico. My son and I were lucky enough to stay at the stunning all-inclusive resort located on the beach with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. The upscale, family-friendly, resort is a perfect option if you are looking for comfortable luxury.
Grand Park Royal Cancun Hotel Review
Grand Park Royal is one of the best upper-middle-range all-inclusive resorts in Cancun. It is located at the midpoint of the Hotel Zone (Zona Hotelera). It is a great resort for families as well as couples looking for a beautiful beach location, great food options, and gorgeous grounds.
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Cancun, Mexico is considered one of the world’s premier beach resort destinations. Because of its status as a sought-after Mexico beach destination, there are plenty of options when it comes to accommodations, ranging from affordable to ultra-luxurious. In my opinion, the Grand Park Royal is one of the best resorts in Cancun and one I would love to visit again.
There are two Royal Cancun hotels located in the Zona Hotelera in Cancun. Both the Park Royal Beach Hotel and the Grand Park Royal are beachfront hotels. This article is a review of Grand Park Royal Cancun.
Here’s what to expect from this incredible resort.
Grand Park Royal Cancun First Impressions
Our Cancun vacation started with an easy and fast check-in. During the check-in, they shared an overview of the facilities, services, and restaurants on the property.
One of the best perks of Grand Park Royal Cancun is the option for a personal Butler. If you book a deluxe villa at Grand Park Royal Cancún, lodging includes personalized butler service. The butler truly makes the Grand Park Royal Cancun a luxury experience. Our butler met us at check-in and escorted us to our room and then took us on a tour of the property to familiarize us with all the facilities, restaurants, pools and more. The butler option, for me, makes this one of the best family resorts in Cancun!
The resort is beautiful. With one adult outdoor pool and a second mega-pool surrounded by palapas, hammocks, palm trees, and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, it immediately put me into vacation mode. After our tour, all I wanted to do was put my bathing suit on and find a lounge chair.
Grand Park Royal is one of the best resorts in Cancun for families and couples. During our stay, I saw an even mix of couples and families.
The Grand Park Royal sits on one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in Cancun. The hotel looks out to the gorgeous Mexican Caribbean and from any vantage point you’ll see a beautiful pool, relaxing hammocks, gorgeous gardens, or amazing facilities that will make your trip an unforgettable experience.
The Rooms & Villas at Grand Park Royal Cancun
There are 311 guest rooms as well as 33 private villas at the Grand Park Royal Cancun. All rooms have a balcony or terrace; some have a small private pool. Rooms on the first floor of the main building have a patio that leads to a private pool area for this floor of rooms.
The rooms at the resort are designed to have the best luxury experience. All rooms are built to get the sea breeze, which means you can also hear the gentle lapping of the ocean, which is one of my favorite things about a beach vacation.
Rooms here are situated in two buildings: a seven-story main building that is curved to take advantage of its beautiful beachfront location and view of the pools as well as a low-rise annex of villas closer to the beach.
Our Deluxe Villa at Grand Park Royal Cancún had a stellar view of the beautiful Caribbean Sea. We were on the first floor, so we had a sliding glass door that led to a patio with two lounge chairs and a small pool.
The fact that my son and I woke up to this gorgeous view every day of our vacation was not lost on me.
If you want to take your visit to an even higher level, check out the royal tower room and villa master suites.
The bathroom is very spacious it has two big vanity mirrors, a hairdryer, and a rainfall shower, which was quite nice and relaxing after a day at the beach or pool.
Our bathroom was stocked with Kaab brand organic products. Our room also came with a canvas beach bag with beach towels.
The Personal Butler
If you would like to have a personal butler, you can request this at the time of booking. If you book a Deluxe Villa, the personal butler is included in the rate.
Our personal butler did everything from taking us on a tour of the property after check in, to reserving beach cabanas, to delivering food to our room and arranging for our check out. It truly takes the hotel experience to a whole new level.
Our butler also made our restaurant reservations, and drove us to anywhere we wanted on the property. My son’s favorite thing was to request room service, which our butler would deliver and tended to be snacks like hotdogs and freshly made pizzas.
When staying in the Villa we were brought nightly treats such as chocolate-covered strawberries.
Amenities in Rooms
Upon arrival, we had a lovely fruit salad, a plate of fruit, freshly made chips, and a bottle of tequila. The treats keep coming, which is another reason this is one of the best all inclusive resorts in Cancun for families and couples. I am gluten-free and they made a point of setting little ‘gluten-free’ cards next to items, so it was clear they were safe for me to eat. Such a nice touch, that I truly appreciated.
Overview of a few of the room amenities
- Room service 24/7
- Minibar with soft drinks and snacks refilled every day (A fun perk, especially for kids (and my teenager)).
- Kaab Bathing amenities include body lotion, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, and soap bars
- Shower cap and sewing kit
- Air conditioning
- Internet and Wifi
- 32′ TV
- Patio or balcony
While it’s one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Cancun for families, the Grand Park Royal can be quite romantic, especially if you stay in a Villa.
Grand Park Royal has two pools. Both have a stunning ocean view from all angles. They are surrounded by lounge chairs and palapas. The entire ambiance of the pool area is quite tropical.
Activities in the main pool include scuba diving demonstrations, volleyball, and party games.
The adult pool has a swim-up bar for enjoying great cocktails. My favorites in Mexico are a Paloma, Pina Colada or a Margarita.
Curious about where the Margarita was invented? Check here & find the best Margarita recipe!
Grand Park Royal is located on one of Cancun’s best beaches. The white sand beaches and the azure blue water are something you need to experience for yourself to believe. The Caribbean Sea can be completely calm, which is when it is most spectacular. On calm days, the water is crystal clear. You can swim out quite a ways and still see clear to the bottom.
One of the things Cancun is well known for is having one of the top-rated beaches in Mexico. The white-sand beach is not hot to walk on it even in the hottest months of the year.
Grand Park Royal offers private cabanas on the beach, which you can reserve. They are quite nice for families with small kids, so the kiddos or adults can have a break from the sun. They are also quite romantic and a perfect place to relax with a cocktail in late afternoon, when most families have headed back to their rooms.
The Restaurants & Food
Food is one of the best parts of an all-inclusive resort! Grand Park Royal offers a variety of dining options and restaurants that are family-friendly as well as ones that are more upscale. They also offer buffet options as well cuisine-specific restaurants.
Grand Park Royal has four restaurants with specialties from all over the world; from American cuisine to Asian food, and of course, Mexican cuisine as well as three snack bars located throughout the hotel.
La Concha, El Oriental, and El Mirador all have casual elegant dress codes and only seat guests over the age of 12.
They clearly marked most high allergy items with a card at all the buffets including gluten-free items. Restaurant menus were also clearly marked with gluten-free options. They even had gluten-free soy sauce at El Oriental restaurant.
For those who enjoy wine with their lunch or dinner, you’ll be excited to know there is quite a nice wine list at the restaurants.
The executive Chef is Luis Rosales and manages the quality and menus of all the restaurants including:
La Concha “Mediterranean”
This is a casual but elegant dining option with an eclectic menu and incredible views of the Caribbean Sea. La Concha borders the main hotel swimming pool, and meals are served with a spectacular view of the sea.
EL Oriental “Asian”
If you love Asian food, you’ll want make this restaurant a priority! The menu includes dishes from Thailand, Japan, China, and India. The restaurant has stunning tropical decor and a menu of a la carte Asian classics. Live music completes the experience.
Reservations are required for El Oriental restaurant.
El Mirador “Italian”
This upscale dining option serves delicious Italian dishes with a view of the Nichupte Lagoon. Live entertainment and a dessert buffet make the experience even more luxurious. Reservations are required for this restaurant. The restaurant had a very nice buffet of salads, anti-pasta, bread, butter, and homemade jams to pair with cheese as a starter in addition to a wonderful full menu. During our dinner, there was a great saxophone player.
El Mirador has a very nice brunch, that is a must!
This is Grand Park Royal’s signature restaurant. They serve an international buffet in a casual atmosphere, It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their menu includes traditional Mexican options as well as favorites from around the world. No reservation is required.
In addition to the restaurants you’ll find:
- Juicy “Fresh juice bar” A variety of fresh juices and smoothies.
- Pizza Corner: If you prefer a fresh pizza for lunch, be sure to grab a slice from this delicious pizza stand.
- El Jardin: This poolside snack bar has an excellent range of lunchtime options, including fries, hamburgers, and hot dogs. On the weekends, they open a delicious taco stand.
- Café Sole: Enjoy a coffee with a nice dessert, a menu of varied coffees and teas, as well as ice cream, sandwiches, and other snacks.
All Restaurants took my gluten allergy very seriously. As the best resorts in Cancun do, they took it upon themselves to speak to the chef about my allergy at every meal.
Nightlife & Bars At Grand Park Royal
There’s no shortage of places to grab a drink at the Grand Park Royal. Top spots to enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine during your stay.
Ekinox Lounge: When you’re having dinner at El Mirador, head up to the roof and have a drink at the Ekinox Lounge. The bar is the best location on the property to catch the sunset over the lagoon.
Premier: This swim-up bar makes it easy to enjoy a drink while relaxing in the pool.
Fresco Pool Bar: This bar is conveniently located across from the main swimming pool, and it’s a great place to take in beautiful views while sipping on your favorite cocktail.
Lobby Bar: The Zen-inspired Lobby Bar is a great place to socialize with other guests.
Entertainment & Activities
Daily activity programs include fun activities for adults and kids. There’s beach and pool volleyball, live entertainment and bingo.
The entertainment staff is always planning different activities from beach sports games to Pool volleyball.
Additionally, non-motorized watersports are available including pedal boats, kayaks, windsurfing, and snorkeling. They are all great options to spend quality time with your kids. Simply ask the hotel concierge or the entertainment staff for details.
As a Family-Friendly Resort, you can enjoy the resort with your husband or wife with peace of mind while your kids are having fun at the beautiful pool, the beach or playing games in the Kids club.
The main activities for kids could be just getting a snack at el Jardin which is at the pool area or playing to be a chef for a day cooking their own Pizza or physical activities for kids as Yoga Classes.
Beyond the kids club, what makes Grand Park Royal one of the best all inclusive resorts in Cancun for families is kids under 6 stay FREE.
The kids’ club is open from 9am- 8pm daily.
Turtle Rescue & Hatching
Grand Park Royal Cancun is one of the hotels that protects endangered turtle eggs by keeping them in a safe hatching environment. The hotel has staff who protect the turtles until hatching time and then help them find their way back to the ocean at the best time of day for survival.
The turtle eggs are fenced in and located on the beach at the hotel.
This upscale, family-friendly resort has amazing service. Our butler, waiters, activity staff and front desk people were extremely friendly and kind. We felt welcomed from the moment we put arrived at the hotel. It is clear all the staff works very hard and everybody has that special Mexican hospitality.
If you have the butler service, they stop by at the end of their shift daily to see if you have any special requests for the next day or if there is anything that you need. At the end of our stay, our butler checked with us to confirm what time we wanted our luggage picked up.
The only thing that we wished was to stay longer at this amazing resort.
Grand Park Royal in a Nutshell
Grand Park Royal is one of the best resorts in Cancun for a variety of reasons. It does a great job catering to both couples and families. Every room has 24 hour room service, a mini bar, coffee maker, cable TV, free toiletries, and more. Here are a few more of the Park Royal perks!
- Luxury Rooms with great amenities
- 2 pools; one for adults only with a swim-up bar
- 4 Speciality Restaurants with unlimited meals
- Room service is available 24 hours a day.
- Cabanas (surcharge available only by request)
- Kids club, Fitness Center and Yoga Studio
- Free Parking and Free Wifi
- Activities every day and water non-motorized activities such as kayak
- All specialty restaurants require a reservation in advance.
- One of the best all inclusive resorts in Cancun for families
- All taxes & gratuities included
- Close to attractions such as the La Isla and Forum By the Sea Shopping Malls, shops, restaurants, and nightclubs.
- Checkin is at 3pm and checkout is at 12pm.
Since Grand Park Royal is an all-inclusive resort, most amenities are included. You can enjoy your drinks, meals, and activities without having to worry about the bill at the end of your stay. Keep in mind that some amenities, like spa services and car rentals, are an additional fee.
Overall, the Grand Park Royal is an excellent option for a Cancun vacation; with unbeatable views, delicious food, and plenty of fun activities to enjoy it is one of the best resorts in Cancun.
Rates start at $299 USD depending on the season. Rates for an all-inclusive family of four start at $450. As always, check the website for current pricing and resort specials. You can check for reviews and best rates on Tripadvisor and Hotels.com
Park Royal Hotels & Resorts are a stellar Mexican hotel chain with 50 hotels in 29 cities across Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. The Park Royal company also has a foundation that helps people have a 1st vacation. where you can make a donation of 400 pesos or a $20 USD
Cancun – Tips and Recommendations
While an all-inclusive resort means you don’t have to leave the beach property, there are plenty of things to see and do in Cancun, Mexico.
With pristine beaches and vibrant nightlife, travelers have plenty to do from dawn until dusk in this incredible resort town.
- Isla Cancun (also known as the Hotel Zone) is a 15-mile strip shaped like a 7. The Hotel Zone is the primary tourist area and filled with resorts, beaches, restaurants, shops and lots of nightlife. Kulkukan Boulevard, runs from one side of the Hotel Zone to the other.
- Hotels.com – is the best website for booking family hotels in Cancun. I love the fact you get a free night for every 10 booked.
- Best Hotels in Cancun (Reviews): TripAdvisor
- The best kid-friendly tour in Cancun is the Cenote Day Tour which takes you to 4 amazing cenotes where you will swim, snorkel, and zipline. (Kids need to be 6 years or older.) Swimming in a cenote (a sinkhole filled with cool freshwater) is the highlight of any trip to the Yucatan. Tour includes hotel pickup, lunch, snorkel gear, and life vests.
- Car Rental When I visited Cancun with my son, we rented a car and drove ourselves to several Mayan ruins and cenotes. We used rentalcars.com to reserve our car in advance.
- Travel Insurance: I love World Nomads and highly recommend having travel insurance in today’s world.
- Must Bring Items for a Cancun, Mexico vacation!
The Best Time To Visit Cancun
Cancun is located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo and is a good year-round destination but the best weather is between December and April. On average, April is the month with the least amount of rain. The weather is generally clear and warm, but not too hot. Expect temps between 75°F and 90°F from December to April.
Summer can get fairly hot and late summer and early fall is hurricane season. The hottest month of the year in Cancún is July, with an average high of 90°F and low of 77°F.
The rainiest months are January, June, September, October and November. October usually is the rainiest month with 10.75 inches of precipitation.
Between May and September, whale sharks migrate through Yucatan waters, and can often be spotted off Cancun.
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Alexa Meisler is the editorial director of 52 Perfect Days. Born in Paris, France she has since lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She currently resides in San Diego with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring California and Mexico.
Travel has always been a part of her life; traveling to such places as Morocco, Tangiers and Spain as a young child as well as taking many road trips to Mexico with her grandparents as a young girl. Since then, she has traveled abroad to locations such as Russia, Taiwan and throughout Europe.
Prior to working at 52 Perfect Days she was a freelance travel writer; focusing on family and women’s adventure experiences.