Jack Nicklaus had already opened many signature courses in Mexico when Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort Cancun opened in 2003, but all of them were on the Pacific coast in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, or Punta Mita. The opening of Moon Palace in Cancun brought easier access to a Nicklaus course in a luxury resort for golfers coming from the eastern US and it also introduced a golf destination with different landscapes, different beaches, and different waters.
Caribbean beaches are famous for their white sands and turquoise waters, while the landscape is flat and is home to many mangroves and cenotes. Moreover, the Riviera Maya is not one place but rather a compact region with myriad attractions and activities along its 80-mile stretch of coast. Cancun is one of the easiest and cheapest destinations to get to from the Eastern US and Moon Palace is just ten minutes from Cancun International Airport; it could hardly be easier.
Another distinctive characteristic of Moon Palace is the sheer luxury and great value for money of its all-inclusive packages. You could stay elsewhere and go to Moon Palace to play golf for the day, but it works out much more expensive when you take everything into account. Moon Palace has over two thousand luxury accommodations and a mind-boggling array of luxury facilities, services, and activities to keep you busy in the most beautiful of surroundings. Situated on 2000 feet of Caribbean beach, Moon Palace has fifteen restaurants, twelve bars, pools, Jacuzzis, tennis courts, basketball courts, and lots more.
Convenient for everything, yet separate from other resorts, Moon Palace is an ideal golf vacation destination. The golf club offers an incredible range of practice facilities and instruction, too numerous to mention here, but suffice to say it is the most complete that I have ever seen.
The course itself is certainly no pushover, but the facilities mean that this is perhaps the best course for those starting out or looking to improve their skills in a short space of time. Another factor to take into account is that this is flat terrain with fairways hidden among lush tropical forest, making each hole feel secluded. The flat terrain means the course is friendlier than courses in mountainous settings, but there are still plenty of challenging water hazards, bloody-minded bunkers, and waste areas. If you’re looking for all-inclusive luxury in a beautiful location with superb golf, then you can’t go far wrong at Moon Palace.