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MOON PALACE [ON LOCATION] DANIELLE ADAMS, CMP Cancun’s largest all-inclusive resort offers something for everyone T he 2,446-room Moon Palace Golf Resort & Spa is the largest all-inclusive resort on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The resort includes three glamorous lobbies, 15 restaurants, three 9-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature courses, a high-end spa and a state-of-the-art conference center. The largest events take place in the 55,850-sf Universal Ballroom, seating up to 5,000 pax. The resort has over 140,000 sf of meeting space. During a recent weekend trip, I completed a 2-day scavenger hunt to learn about the four different sections on property. The newly upgraded Sunrise section is the largest, while the new Moon Grand wing mirrors an exclusive boutique style hotel. The Nizuc section offers a concierge level, which will unveil its new facelift later this year. The Golf Villas are ideal for a small golf incentive. “The golf villas offer luxurious and private accommodations, upgraded amenities and wonderful views of the golf course,” says Susan Hanlon, VP meeting/incentive sales for Palace Resorts. “Groups staying at the golf villas enjoy use of their own personal golf cart for the duration of their stay, which they can use not only to get around the links, but throughout the property. This is a great added value!” The pulsating music events at the Sunrise pool captivated my younger counterparts, while others stretched out on a hammock on the hotel balconies. I enjoyed the peace and quiet lounging on the comfy balcony couches at Moon Grand. That is one of the coolest things about Moon Palace. I can bring an incentive group with varying preferences for diverse accommodations, and everyone can still have ocean views. Swimming with the dolphins in their own environment is always an unforgettable experience. For an hour we enjoyed the gentle rolling waves and sparkling water as these social mammals jumped, clapped, sang and entertained us. I’m exhilarated every time they push me around with their noses on the soles of my feet. Capacity is four groups up to 18. It was now time to relax and rejuvenate. Hopping on one of the dozens of golf carts, the main means of transportation at Moon Palace, we bounced and laughed while passing through the mangroves and golf courses to reach the spacious, deluxe spa. It features 39 treatment rooms, men’s and women’s private sections, and a myriad of services to choose from inside a giant, 2-story Mayan-style palapa. While lounging on one of the many chaises or soaking in a hydrotherapy pool, sip a hibiscus flower ice tea before your private masseuse or masseur comes to collect you. One of my favorite restaurants, the fine dining La Trattoria has a comfortable Italian trattoria elegance and a wealth of pasta types and well prepared side dishes. Executive Chef Arturo Monforte delivered a wonderful ministre di formaggio as one of our four pre fixe menu courses, which was a big success for the entire group. Due to the sheer size of the resort, there are some outstanding semi-private beach areas for large groups that won’t interfere with the general resort population. We attended a large party with stilt walkers and fire twirlers, and it was great to have so much room to walk around and network.; 74 | prevue magazine 74-75_Moon.IRF.indd 74 7/3/13 10:23 AM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue July/August 2013

Planner's Pick: New Zealand
Fresh Meets: Autograph Collection
Bureau Buzz: Monterey County
Good Business: South Africa
sea Shores: Small Ship cruising
The Local Kitchen
Special Section: Caribbean
Dominican Republic
On Location: Hilton/LXR, Puerto Rico
On Location: The Broadmoor
The South, Florida & Las Vegas
On Location: Starwood Resorts, San Diego
On Location: Travaasa Austin
On Location: Moon Palace Cancun
On Location: IRF Cancun
Check Out: Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana

Prevue July/August 2013