Vacationers looking for calm ocean waters, a large beachfront pool, beach bar, stellar Kid’s Club facilities, and easy access to transportation options will enjoy the bargain-friendly Oasis Palm resort. Located on the upper part of the “7” approximately 10 min. from downtown Cancun, the Oasis Palm is an older resort which sits next to its newer sister resort, the Grand Oasis Palm. The parent company calls both the Grand and the Oasis Palm the “Mexican Resort” due to the traditional Mexican cuisine in many of its restaurants, the replica of an authentic Mexican cantina, tequila and Mexican wine tastings, and entertainment with its Mexican folkloric flair.
Since the Grand Oasis Palm is considered an upgrade, Oasis Palm guests normally do not have unrestricted access to the Grand’s amenities. The Oasis Palm has its own assets and charms, however, with its large freeform activities pool which serpentines along the beach, its newly expanded Kid’s Club with pools and waterslides, children’s food court, and adjacent water sports marina. Vacationers wanting more traditional resort amenities will also enjoy the Kin Ha spa, fitness center, sports and tennis courts. Tired of staying onsite and want to experience different resort amenities? Oasis also provides the opportunity to receive day passes to several other comparable resorts, such as the Oasis Cancun, for a slightly different experience (transportation is extra, but the bus stop is right outside the front entrance on the street and only costs about $1 p/person each way). Day passes depend on availability at the resort in question–check with the concierge at the Oasis Plus desk about the Club Runaway program.
Many vacationers choose the Oasis Palm for its complimentary Kid’s Club (Kiddo Zone) which accepts children from ages 3-12. The resort has recently upgraded and added to their existing Kid’s Club which now has 50,000 sq. feet of space and includes the following features:
- kid’s pool with dbl waterslides, mushroom fountain, and kid-size loungers with shade umbrellas
- separate kid’s “splash zone” at the western section of Oasis Palm’s pool with small pirate ship, multiple waterslides, water trampoline, and climbing iceberg
- special beach area on the western side of Oasis Palm with sand, kid-size loungers and shade umbrellas for ages 3-6
- bungee trampoline
- food and beverage plaza for children (Pirata del Caribe) with ice cream and pastry stations, smoothies, and kid-size meals including hamburgers, pizza, tacos, and chicken
- dedicated rooms for crafts, video games, a “Princess” room with small castle, and a kitchen where children can participate in cooking classes
- theater for puppet shows and movies
- face painting
- scheduled music workshops including singing, musical instrument, and song writing tips for age 10+
- nap area
Another reason vacationers choose the Oasis Palm is the lengthy beachfront freeform pool which is host to music and activities throughout the day and evening. Guests are shaded by mature palms while still being able to enjoy the swim-up bar or relax in one of the many loungers on the sundeck. Be prepared to party and put up with quite a bit of noise, particularly during high season and vacation holidays. The beach is a short stroll away and offers white sand, loungers and shade palapas, a large oval bar with stools, massage tables, and plenty of natural shade. While the beach is wider here than over at the Grand, loungers are placed very close to one another which creates quite a crowded atmosphere for sunbathing. Ocean water depth, just like next door at the Grand, is shallow and hip-to-waist at its deepest–not so great for adult ocean swimmers yet perfect for children to splash around in the calm water. The proximity of the pier and marina also limits ocean accessibility for wading and swimming, but water sports lovers will enjoy the marina’s close proximity to check out kayaks and rent Jet Skis.
The Oasis Palm is easy to identify with its basic pyramid shape on the east and west ends of its two guest room buildings. While many rooms have lagoon or ocean views, not many offer a balcony; the ones which exist are typically Family Rooms which can be found on the ends of the pyramid buildings. Families traveling together can stay together thanks to this room category; young children will enjoy the marine or jungle life motifs in their room. Some rooms are more updated than others while others lack such amenities as a flat screen TV–most also lack a coffee maker while mini-fridges must be requested in advance and are an extra charge.
Complimentary Smart Car use is available for all guests staying at the resort. Insurance coverage, however, is an additional cost.
Type of Resort: Family-friendly
Pro: Kid’s Club, calm ocean for young swimmers, proximity to Isla Mujeres ferry, family suites with adjoining rooms
Con: Lack of balcony rooms, extra costs like WiFi/mini-fridge/in-room safe/room service delivery charge/telephone calls, shallow ocean for adults, slow small elevators
Best Suited For: Families with children ages 4-10.
No. of Rooms: 470
Room Amenities: King or two dbl beds, A/C, small table and two chairs, non-digital safe, TV, telephone, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, shower, and toiletries. Room service is 24-hrs. a day and has a delivery charge per order. WiFi is an additional cost. Here is a brief rundown of guest room categories:
- Standard: King or two dbl beds. Various resort and lagoon views.
- Ocean View: King or two dbl beds, large picture window with ocean views.
- Family Room: Interconnecting rooms, one room with a king bed, the other with two dbl beds. Different theme rooms available.
- NOTE: Those who want a quieter room may want to request fourth floor or above. The tradeoff, however, is the small and slow elevators that one has to take to reach these floors.
Physically Challenged Rooms: Not available
Resort Amenities: Onsite amenities include a freeform pool (swim-up bar), spa with Temazcal and select children’s spa services, fish pedicure, beauty salon, fitness center, tennis courts, squash courts, multi-purpose sports court, non-motorized water sports, disco, sports bar, beach bar, pool and beach wait service, snack food carts (ice cream, popcorn), Kid’s Club (ages 3-12), kid’s food court, separate children’s pool with waterslides, kid’s splash zone, playground, concierge, gift shop, tour desk, ATM, Smart Car use, Club Oasis Runaway.
Restaurants/Bars: Onsite restaurants include two buffets (Sisal and Dos Lunas), one seafood a la carte included in the AI plan (La Bamba), Isla Mujeres beach bar for luncheon bar food, La Cantina bar for Mexican snacks, and the children’s food court. Oasis Palm guests may also dine at Makitaco at an extra cost and the sushi bar, both of which are located next door at the Grand; Coffee and Me located next door at the Grand is for all guests as well. Oasis Palm guests have been known to be able to make reservations and dine at some of the Grand Oasis Palm’s a la cartes, but these are an extra cost–inquire at check-in as to the current dining policy. Onsite bars include the swim-up bar, beach bar, Cantina Bar, sports bar, El Rincon del Café bar, La Bamba bar, and the sushi bar next door at the Grand.
Entertainment: While there is no official theater, live shows are typically held by the Oasis pool, on the beach, or in the Grand Salon. There is also frequent live music by the pool or in the reception area.