"The place you thought you knew"
By Meghan Chalfant
As the old saying goes, “As one door closes, another one opens” and what better way to begin your journey as newlyweds than on a honeymoon in paradise? Escape on a romantic getaway where turquoise blue water and white sandy beaches stretch on forever. If you’re looking for serenity, adventure, and romance, then travel to Cancun, where you’ll create memories that will last long after you say, “I do.”
Situated north of Cozumel along the northeast coast of Quintana Roo and Gulf of Mexico, lies the beautiful locale of Cancun, Mexico. While this destination is widely known for spring breakers, it’s also a popular destination for honeymooners and travelers. With its natural landscape, endless adventures, and romantic ambiance, it’s no wonder why more than three million visitors return annually. The tropical climate in Cancun offers year round sunshine with temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees from October through March and 75 to 91 degrees from April to September.
Home to over 200,000 inhabitants, many residents speak Spanish, the official language; however, most people in the tourism industry are multilingual and speak English, as well as French, Italian, and German.
Where to Stay
Catering exclusively to couples, Sun Palace is located in the quiet southern end of the hotel zone only 15 minutes from Cancun International Airport. Offering luxurious yet affordable accommodations and amenities, Sun Palace features 252 guest rooms including deluxe rooms with ocean views, junior suites, concierge level rooms, and presidential suites. Guests staying at Sun Palace will enjoy an all-inclusive experience, which includes meals, snacks, beverages, 24-hour room service, entertainment, non-motorized water sports, and a variety of activities.
With a variety of specialty restaurants located on the resorts grounds, your palate is sure to be satisfied. Dine at El Alamo for casual Mexican cuisine, make reservations at La Tratto serving Italian or The Steak restaurant for seafood fare. At Oriental Lounge, enjoy Asian hors d’oeuvres and a sushi bar or fulfill your cravings throughout the day at the Pool Snack Bar.
Things to Do
From relaxation to adventure and shopping to nightlife, there are many things to explore while honeymooning in Mexico. With its ancient structures and extraordinary views of the Caribbean, Tulum (meaning “wall”) is one of the most visited and famous archaeological sites, located 82 miles south of Cancun on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.
About 117 miles west of Cancun, discover the Mayan culture and pyramids at Chichen Itza, located in the peninsula of Yucatan. Named as one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO Heritage Site for over 20 years, this is the second most visited archeological site in Mexico.
If you’re an adventure seeker, driving through the jungle in an open top jeep, free-fall bungee jumping, or zip-lining may be the perfect tours for you. The turquoise blue water gives way to breathtaking sea life of vivid colored fish and corals- perfect for scuba diving or snorkeling. Other activities you might want to consider are fishing, sailing, swimming with dolphins, or visiting Xel-Haâ€• the largest natural aquarium made up of a series of inlet and lagoon systems.
From designer and famous brand stores to flea markets and souvenir shops selling Mexican local handcrafts, shopping in Cancun is sure to be extensive and an enjoyable day out. The nightlife in Cancun is also an all time favorite with a variety of restaurants, discos, bars, and nightclubs. At Coco Bongo, watch entertainers bring the stage to life as acrobats perform choreographed numbers and impersonators pay tributes to pop stars such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Britney Spears. Let loose at Senor Frogs “where anything can happen”. This casual restaurant bar features nightly entertainment including contests, prizes, conga lines, a reggae band, and more.
Back at Sun Palace unwind at the spa with individual or couple’s therapies offering a blend of Mayan, Oriental, or European techniques for the ultimate pampering experience. Relax at one of three infinity pools with swim up bars and signature submerged lounge chaises and bask under the Caribbean sun with private beach access. Get your daily workout at the fully equipped fitness center with exercise rooms and daily classes. The options are endless; do it all or nothing at all.
From upgraded luxuries to intimate private dinners and turndown service, Palace Resorts can enhance your honeymoon experience with one of their honeymoon package options. Available to couples who present proof of marriage within the past year, enjoy all of the upgrades in the Complimentary Package offering upscale guest room amenities, such as double Jacuzzis, premium Farouk Biosilk bath products, and 24-hour room service. Other upgrades include breakfast in bed, a bottle of sparkling wine, honeymoon cake, private dinner for two, turndown service, access to the exclusive honeymoon concierge desk, and late check-out (available upon request and availability).
Additional packages can be added to your vacation at an additional cost, which includes a small floral arrangement and two 25-minute back massages infused with natural botanical oils in the Romance Honeymoon Package to the Deluxe Honeymoon Package consisting of two 50-minute holistic massages, optional tours, and a medium floral arrangement. The Ultra Romance Honeymoon Package pampers guests with a holistic spa package, intimate in-room dinner with butler service, optional tours, and a large overflowing in-room floral arrangement. All optional packages offer a guaranteed king-size bed, ocean view, chocolate dipped strawberries upon arrival, and personalized aromatherapy keepsake bathrobes and slippers.
Palace Resorts also offers wedding packages to those couples who want to tie the knot in a tropical oasis. For more information on Palace Resorts wedding collections, visit weddings.palaceresorts.com.
Traveling To and From
Getting to Cancun is easy, since many airlines provide direct and non-stop flights to and from Cancun International Airport throughout the week. Most U.S. air carriers, such as American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue Airways, US Airways, and Spirit Airlines are available to fly into Cancun from New Jersey and New York. Upon arrival, a valid passport is required, as well as a customs form (Hacienda) which is given and filled out during the inbound flight. Your travel agent can answer any questions you have regarding the specific documents you may need.
With endless activities, pristine beaches, and a serene environment with romance, your honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico is sure to create everlasting memories. Visit www.PalaceResorts.com for more information or to book your honeymoon at the luxurious Sun Palace.