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An upscale oceanfront resort with a wide array of features and great snorkeling
The Cozumel Palace has features for a range of travelers, including families, couples, and groups. Services such as an on-site wedding planner, a wedding suite and a gazebo overlooking the turquoise Caribbean waters make it a popular destination wedding pick, and its great pools with a swim-up bar and lively sun deck draw young groups of traveler. However, the resort caters mostly to couples, with large rooms featuring big whirlpools and hammocks on balconies, as well as a full-service spa with treatments for two.
Families will also find tons of things to do, including a kids’ club for children four to 12, a playground, small kiddy pool, and nightly entertainment for all ages. Loft Suites have the same amenities of a Junior Suite, but have two rooms -- one in the lofted space and one in the lower level. Plus, the hotel can provide walkie-talkies for parents to keep in touch with their kids while not with them, and all restaurants offer kids’ menus.
The Palace is an oceanfront property, but the beach is man-made and small, which is a little bit of a letdown. It’s nice enough and pretty relaxing, with white sand, straw umbrellas, excellent snorkeling, and a VIP area with bar service -- but it lacks the sandy, zero-entry shores of the beaches in remote eastern Cozumel. Those who like to snooze in the sun have two pools to choose from: an infinity-edge one, and a smaller one with a volleyball net and a swim-up bar -- both with ocean views.
Rooms are large and appealing, with contemporary decor, balconies, and solid amenities, including flat-screen TVs and liquor dispensers. All but Standard Suites have big whirlpools. For added luxury, the Concierge Level offers great extras, such as a 25-minute back massage per guest per stay, Bulgari toiletries, beach bags, and iPod docks.
Oceanfront location within walking distance of the action in downtown San Miguel
The Cozumel Palace is located on San Miguel’s main drag, Rafael E. Melgar, within walking distance of stores, restaurants and bars. It is also on the coast, so it has the advantages of both worlds -- it's right on the beach, but not isolated from the action.
Cozumel is Mexico’s largest inhabited island and a snorkeling lovers’ paradise. There aren’t as many cultural or historic attractions as in Riviera Maya, but there are a few minor Maya ruins worth checking out. Cozumel's main source of income and tourism comes from the dozens of cruise ships that dock here daily year-round. There are a few upscale stores on Rafael Melgar -- San Miguel’s main drag -- and dozens of varied international restaurants, but most tourists come to Cozumel for its world-class snorkeling and unspoiled eastern beaches. There are wonderful half and full day trips to gorgeous snorkeling spots, and there are many water sports available at any of the beach clubs found along Rafael Melgar.
The Cozumel Palace is an upscale all-inclusive resort located within walking distance of shops, restaurants and bars in San Miguel. It offers an impressive array of kid-friendly features, but is mostly popular with couples. Rooms feature liquor dispensers, flat-screen TVs, minibars and balconies, and all but the standard rooms have a big whirlpool. Dining options are varied and solid, and the pool area offers daily activities as well as a swim-up bar and loungers. The beach is great for snorkeling, but it’s man-made and small, so those looking to spend some time on a postcard perfect stretch of sand might want to look elsewhere.