The five-star resorts offering the all-inclusive dream

From the crystal waters of the Mexican Caribbean to the fine sandy beaches of lush Punta Cana, rest and recuperate in VIP style at the recently-opened TRS Coral Hotel in Cancun, and the Dominican Republic’s Grand Palladium Palace Resort, Spa & Casino

01 Palladium pool


With swim-up pools, immaculate beaches and faultless butler service, five-star luxury is the name of the game at TRS Coral Hotel. Surrounded by exotic vegetation, you’d never know you were a mere 20 minutes from the pulsing heart of the city of Cancun. For a family (or couple’s) getaway with all the luxury trimmings, Punta Cana’s Grand Palladium Palace, Spa & Casino is another resort that ticks every box. Just 13 miles from the airport, this sprawling resort comprises a knock-out beach, multiple swimming pools and a mind-boggling array of restaurants. Care to enjoy the shared facilities of a neighbouring Palladium resort? Guests staying at Costa Mujeres, Riviera Maya, Punta Cana or Cap Cana can make the most of the Absolute Indulgence - a complementary all-inclusive day or night pass to the TRS Hotel and the Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts of the neighbouring destination.

02 El Gaucho

Chow down

With eight à la carte restaurants, six buffets and eighteen bars to choose from, there’s no danger of going hungry (or thirsty) at the Grand Palladium Palace, Spa & Casino. Speaking of bars, four of them are swim-up, so guests can glide their way towards an ice-cold daiquiri or Pina Colada. TRS Coral Hotel boasts a pretty mean gastronomical line up, too – choose from Thai, Spanish, Japanese or Mediterranean cuisine. Drink in that Mexican-Caribbean ocean breeze at the sea lounge beach club restaurant, or hunker down to a classic steak dinner at Argentinian eatery El Gaucho. 

03 Junior Swim Up

Hot date

Adults-only, design-driven TRS Coral Hotel is an old romantic’s dream. Costa Mujeres is known for its Mayan ruins and jaw-dropping beaches, providing an idyllic backdrop for cocktails at sundown. An intricate map of canals allows guests to roam the resort by boat – is there a smoother way to rock up for dinner? With a dedicated kid’s club, baby-sitting facilities and a nursery, parents can kick back at one of Grand Palladium Palace, Spa & Casino’s four pools, or head into nearby Bavaroto to sample the local nightlife. Splash out (literally) on a junior swim-up suite for added ‘wow’ factor.

04 Rafa Nadal Centre

Game, set and match

Anyone who appreciates a spot of bat and ball will love the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre at TRS Coral Hotel – Wimbledon wannabes can learn from the very best instructors, honing their skills on professional indoor or outdoor courts. While TRS Coral Hotel is home to an impressive open-air amphitheatre, guests of the Grand Palladium Palace, Spa & Casino can book themselves in for an unforgettable show at Chic Cabaret & Restaurant. Feeling flush? The hotel has its very own world-class casino.

05 Coral Spa

Take it easy

Beach lovers staying at TRS Coral Hotel can grab a paddle and explore the Costa Mujures by kayak, before recovering at the resort’s capacious, two-storey spa. Or how about a hydro- massage to relax those muscles? All rooms come equipped with jetted bathtubs. The Zentropía Palladium Spa & Wellness at the Grand Palladium Palace, Spa & Casino in Punta Cana is decked out with a gym, jacuzzi, sauna and vapour baths, while offering additional personalised treatments. Where better to partake in a little pampering after an afternoon of beach sports, swimming, aerobics or mini- golf? That’s a day very well spent.


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