Grand Palladium Riviera

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Our Opinion

The Grand Palladium Riviera is a good 4.5-star luxury resort. While it does offer the basic amenities of a high-end resort, there are other resorts that offer better luxuries. The buffet restaurants are far more of a superior option than the a la cartes. The rooms could use a little bit of a revamp, as there have been some reports that the bathrooms have a tendency to get a little leaky. The beach view is incredible. However, the grounds are a little rocky. This is a great resort for those who like large scale hotels. There are both shuttle and walking options in getting around the hotel. It is advised though that guests should know the layout well to avoid getting lost.


Located in the Palladium Resort complex, the Grand Palladium Riviera shares its facilities with the Grand Palladium Colonial, Kantenah and White Sand resorts and faces a kilometre of private beach. Respecting the flora and fauna of the area, this resort was built with all buildings blending into the natural surroundings. Nestled in a mangrove forest facing the Caribbean sea of the Mayan Riviera, Grand Palladium Riviera Resort and Spa offers all-suite accommodations in nine peaceful villas, including Suites suitable for up to five guests. 

Location: Located on Kantenah Beach, 25 minutes from Playa del Carmen & 80 minutes from the airport.

  • Beautiful beachfront location
  • A number of pools including large main pool, natural saltwater pool and an adults only pool
  • Large resort complex with many dining options
  • Extensive Spa facilities with a private pool and hydrotherapy area
  • Lots of family activities with Kid's and Teen's clubs and a water park
  • Awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence and Travelife Gold for sustainability in tourism

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Alicia N :
Great facilities, subpar service, okay food

We were there for a wedding last month, and boy, what an experience. We drove up to the lobby and got the luggage; seeing there was a line of suitcases, we thought we'd ask if the luggage was to be held there while we waited for our room (it was 1 pm, check-in was at 3 pm). A bellboy finally came up to us, but just as I was asking, an angry guest approached him about his car not being there, and the bellboy turned around and left me standing there. Okay, I get that angry customers freak people out, so I waited for him to finish and come back, except he didn't. He called for someone else to come take care of the angry guest, and then started taking care of other people and just coming and going while I'm there with two suitcases and two long garment bags. I give up and figure it might be quicker to ask when checking in, so I walk up to the counter (hauling everything while my BF parked the car), and a girl named Rubi tells me we can hang out at the lobby, but need to get the hotel information from someone else "over there", pointing at a desk by the counter and then someone will take my luggage. I wait for my BF to come back, and a girl comes up to me and asks if I need help. I tell her I'd like to know what to do with my luggage, and that I was told I had to get the hotel information from one of the desks there. She says she doesn't know, and doesn't know what type of information I need, but points me to the bellboys to take care of the luggage. When my BF comes back, he takes the luggage to the bellboys and gets them to put it with the others while we get the hotel information. So we line up where the desks are, and it turns out the girl who approached me before and didn't know anything about hotel information is at one of them, so we figure it's the other one, where there's already people waiting. So we wait and wait, and when it's finally our turn and ask about the hotel information, she asks if we want to get married at the hotel. "No, we're here for a wedding." "Then I don't have any information to give you." "I lined up there and the lady told me I needed to get hotel information over here." "No, that counter is the only place where guests are told about the hotel amenities." So we line up again, at the counter next to where the first girl I talked to, Rubi, is now explaining the hotel amenities to a family, which is annoying because if she CAN explain the hotel amenities, why didn't she just explain them to me the first time? But fine, we're waiting there for the people in front of us to finish. They leave and we walk up to the counter, and the guy who was taking care of them turns to the person standing next to him (not us, standing in front of him, at the counter, having just walked up after standing behind the people he was taking care of) and says something in Spanish and leaves us there, standing at a now empty counter, and goes inside a little office where we can see him sitting at a little desk, just pretending he didn't just leave two guests standing there like idiots without as much as a word. So we wait and wait and wait and finally someone comes up and asks if we're waiting for something, and by that time we've been in the lobby for two hours and it's already check-in time. She says she'll be happy to explain the hotel amenities but unfortunately our room isn't ready, so perhaps we'd like to go to one of the buffets before they close and come back to get our room key. I'm tired of typing this out and we're only two hours into the experience. Long story short, we got the room at 4 pm after three hours of wandering around the lobby with employees treating us like ghosts, when we could have gone in and hang out by the pool or at the beach if Rubi had just taken the 45 seconds it took for Sandra to tell us just that. The food was okay, but mostly forgettable. The facilities are amazing, but the service in general was unbelievable, in a bad way. The next day (the day of the wedding) our room was made at 3 pm. No wonder rooms aren't ready for guests to check in at check-in time.

  • MonGinger : Red Deer
"Travel Club" (timeshare) WORST mistake you could make.

This review is purely on the "Travel Club" timeshare they will try desperately to rope you into.Worst financial decision we could have made & now I want to warn others not to make the same mistake! We bought in 2010 & have never used it as we have always been able to get a better deal at comparable resorts through various online booking travel sites. Finally a deal came up through for Palladium making it affordable to us but the resort will not allow us to use our $12,000 membership privileges once we get there because we won't be booking directly through them. They were kind enough to offer us the same package with their booking service for only about $1000 more.... yeah, no thanks.This was our mistake but please don't let it be yours.

  • Brian J :
Macaulay Wedding

Had a great time Quetzalli and the crew did a great job. Hope to see them next with some more exciting games to play like Mexican volleyball lol. The food could of been better. Was not a fan of the buffet

  • Karley M : Ottawa, Canada
Our Wedding Week with 32 family/friends

AMAZING - YOU MUST GO!!! We had our wedding here two weeks ago and it was SO incredibly wonderful! The staff are all so accommodating and provided wonderful customer service! They all remembered us and our group and really made us feel special! We picked the Mayan Pearl package in bridal white and everything was so beautiful and elegant! Nidia was the resort coordinator was so helpful and reassuring that everything would be where it's supposed to be! The day was beautiful and while Nidia couldnt be there for the entire day, her colleague Grace helped out onsite, and she was fabulous!! She knew not to ask me a ton of questions or bother me with details on the day, she let me enjoy each moment and always went to the bridesmaids for questions or logistics. Thank god for Grace onsite!!! I would recommend this hotel and the wedding staff and photographers (Lillo!) every time!! The photoshop and pkgs are amazing and with the Gold package, you can get your photos printed and in a gorgeous photo book within 24hours of your wedding - AND you get to see them all and pick the ones you like best the day after the wedding!!!! How amazing is that!!!! This hotel is a world class resort with amazing entertainment at night, gorgeous beaches and pools, friendly and coomodating staff and we would definitely recommend it and would go back in the future - thank you Nidia and The Grand Palladium for making our wedding week unforgettable !!!

  • holidayjunkie54 : somerset
2nd stay

Wouldn't stay at the Riviera again to far to lobby's spent most of are holiday waiting for carts to go anywhere and no Wifi in rooms,We stayed at Katenah last year far better.We still had a fantastic holiday and will return but will book with Thomson next time so we'll stay at Katenah or Colonial.We we're a bit apprehensive about coming back to a hotel we had stayed at before and being disappointed but everything was good and the improvements we're great. All the staff are great and some remembered us from last year.Valentin Katenah lobby always had a big smile.The bar staff in the Colonial bar work so hard.Gary and all the staff at the Gran azul at lunch time were great the bands were very good to.Big thank you to Ronald In the sports bar for getting the Bristol City football game on sky for my Husband even though they lost.We enjoyed most of the restaurants are favourite la Lola .We had a bit of a scare on are last day at breakfast we ask the bell boys about being picked up with our luggage to check out and there said not a problem and booked us to be picked up at 12 (we were being picked up at 12.45 to go to the Airport)They didn't turn up we kept ringing said they were on the way so in the end we flagged a travel club cart down and told him our predicament,thank you so much to Jesus he came and got our luggage and took us to the lobby with minutes to spare ,its a shame to have that stress at the end of your holiday,when everything else was great.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
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  • 3 meals daily
  • Snacks
  • Room service (11am to 11pm)
  • Unlimited domestic beer & cocktails and select international brands; house wine with meals
  • Mini-bar restocked daily with water, soft drinks, and beer 
  • Towels (pool/beach)
  • Free basic Wi-Fi throughout complex
  • Kids Club
  • Teen Club
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boards
  • Paddle boats
  • Windsurfing
  • Catamaran
  • Tennis
  • Mini-golf
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Archery
  • Access to fitness facilities
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 324 rooms and suites 
  • 5 buffet restaurants
  • 9 a la carte restaurants
  • 25 bars throughout complex
  • 8 Freshwater pools and 1 Seawater pool
  • Spa & Wellness Center (fee)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Fitness facilities
  • Crocodile cage with feeding shows
  • Ecological walking paths
  • Mini-golf
  • Shopping 
  • Dive shop
  • Motorized watersports (fee)
  • Free WiFi
  • Conference facilities (fee)
  • Currency exchange
  • ATM
  • Golf nearby (fee)

Gardenview Junior Suite

  • Maximum Number of Adults 4
  • Maximum Number of Children 3
  • Maximum Occupancy 5
  • Air-conditioned
  • Ceiling fan
  • Hair dryer
  • 1 King or 2 Double beds
  • Sofa bed
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Jacuzzi
  • Connecting rooms
  • Gardenview 
  • Bathroom scale
  • Work desk
  • Flat screen TV
  • Crib available upon request
  • Mini-bar (water, soft drinks, beer, stocked daily)
  • Shower and bathtub
  • Pillow menu ($)
  • In-room safe
  • Bathrobes and slippers

Gardenview Suite

  • Maximum Number of Adults 4
  • Maximum Number of Children 2
  • Maximum Occupancy 4
  • Air-conditioned
  • Ceiling fan
  • Hair dryer
  • 1 King or 2 Double beds
  • Sofa bed
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Jacuzzi
  • Connecting rooms
  • Gardenview 
  • Bathroom scale
  • Work desk
  • Flat screen TV
  • Crib available upon request
  • Mini-bar (water, soft drinks, beer, stocked daily)
  • Shower and bathtub
  • Pillow menu ($)
  • In-room safe
  • Bathrobes and slippers



  • Buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Mexican/Italian

La Laguna

  • Buffet for breakfast, lunch
  • Italian

Ribs & More

  • à la carte for dinner
  • Barbecue
  • Reservations required
  • Dress code

Punta Emilia

  • à la carte for dinner
  • Seafood
  • Reservations required
  • Dress code


  • à la carte for dinner
  • Italian
  • Reservations required
  • Dress code

La Lola

  • à la carte for dinner
  • Spanish
  • Reservations required
  • Dress code


  • à la carte for dinner
  • Brazilian
  • Reservations required
  • Dress code


  • Riviera Lobby Bar
  • El Teatro Theatre bar
  • Bamboo & Portofino
  • Rodizio & Ribs & More
  • La Laguna Bar
  • Punta Emilia Beach Bar
  • La Isla Bar
  • Las Rocas Pool bar

Baby Club (1-3 years old)

  • Located within the 'El Ranchito' Mini-club
  • Indoor and outdoor play areas
  • Trained professional staff on hand to assist the little ones
  • Open from: 9 am - 8 pm

Mini-Club 'El Ranchito' (4-12 years old)

  • Located on the beach between the Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa and Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa
  • Outdoor and indoor facilities
  • Arts and craft room for kids to create their own masterpiece
  • Video games (PlayStation, game cube) and volleyball
  • Children's splash pool with water slides
  • Kids can enjoy a fun-filled day of eco-friendly activities to learn about the culture and history of the surroundings
  • The club features delightful animated characters from the "Play at Palladium with Raggs" program who will sing, dance, and entertain the kids throughout the resort
  • Kids can also have breakfast with the Raggs gang
  • Large lawn play area with supervised staff hosting daily activities that are both fun and imaginative
  • Open from 9 am - 11 pm

Black & White Junior Club (13-19 years old)

  • Located Poolside at 'El Rinconcito', at the Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa
  • An exclusive club just for teenagers, designed with activities to keep you entertained throughout your stay
  • A lounge for video games, online computer games, and table games such as; pool and foosball
  • Mini-disco at Grand Palladium Colonial during the evening, 2 nights per week so you can party with your new friends
  • Open from 11 am - 12 midnight

Child Policy

Child: 3-12 years pay special rate.
Teens: 13-17 years pay special rate.

Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE offer is available at select times. Savings will be reflected in online prices automatically.

Zentropia Spa & Wellness

Should guests wish to use the hydrotherapy facilities or wet areas of the Zentropia Spa & Wellness centre an additional fee of $10 USD per person per day will be applicable and payable locally. Clients who purchase a spa treatment will not have to pay the fee on the day of the treatment. Subject to change. 


  • Spa pools
  • Jacuzzi
  • Dry and wet sauna
  • Vapor bath
  • Hydromassage
  • Waterfalls
  • Eco-meditative cold bath
  • Massage rooms
  • Relax area
  • Gymnasium with locker rooms, air conditioning
  • Unisex hair salon

Stay at 1, Play at All - Guests can use any of the facilities located in the four resorts of the complex, except those located at The Royal Suites Yucatán by Palladium.

Honeymooners - Receive a room upgrade (based on availability at check-in), late checkout (subject to availability), and a honeymoon gift. Request at time of booking. Requires proof of marriage certificate at check-in. Must be within 2 months of wedding date.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel offers early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

Resort Location Map

  • Grand Palladium Riviera
    Riviera Maya,Mexico

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Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa
Carretera ChetumaL-Puerto Juarez Km, 256-100 Municipio Solidaridad, Akumal 77710 Mexico

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.