The adults-only and most quiet and upscale section of the sprawling five-property Palladium resort complex along the Akumal coast between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, The Royal Suites (TRS) Yucatan caters well to couples; it’s the only section that other guests can’t access. The other sections of the complex are the Colonial, Kantenah, Riviera, and White Sand properties (all are rated Baa1). It’s a little bit of a walk to the beach; but TRS Yucatan offers outstanding restaurant and bar variety (including some that are exclusive to TRS guests), a saltwater rock pool by the ocean, a very large main swimming pool, a good white-sand beach, an impressive six tennis courts (plus badminton and basketball courts and a soccer field, which is unique), a nightclub, and decent food for an all-inclusive. The outstanding accommodations are equipped with luxurious amenities, plenty of space, butler service, and jacuzzis; the Junior Suite Private Pool rooms have private plunge pools and the Wellness Junior Suites include a personalized fitness program, complimentary access to the spa, and a couples massage. The Xtra Time Sports Bar in the Colonial section is one of the best hotel sports bars in the Mexico/Caribbean region; it has plenty of space and TV screens, games such as billiards, and snacks like cheesy garlic bread, wings, and other bar food. Activities include scuba diving, a sea turtle release program, beach volleyball, nightly entertainment, karaoke tournaments, archery, crocodile feedings (in a protected habitat), sailing, and deep sea fishing. The adults-only “Romance Bungalow” suites in the White Sand section of the complex may be worth checking out, too; they’re more economical than The Royal Suites and offer a similar overall experience – although the rooms aren’t as luxurious.
Free COVID-19 antigen tests are offered on-site to guests traveling back to countries that require it for re-entry, including the United States. In order to be eligible for the complimentary test, however, guests must be enrolled in the Palladium Rewards loyalty program before check-out (there is no cost for joining). Test results will be received the same day in digital format as required by the CDC. Guests should contact the Front Desk upon arrival to schedule. PCR tests are also available, at an additional fee. In the event of a positive test, the affected guest can quarantine at the hotel for up to 10 days at no additional cost, with up to three companions.