By Jared Benoff | Published on July 9, 2023

Moon Palace Cancun Hotel Overview

Moon Palace Cancun is a vibrant, family-friendly resort with luxury accommodations, gourmet dining, a selection of swimming pools, and diverse nightlife.

While this is an energetic, large hotel brimming with things to do, there are plenty of opportunities to unwind. 

Retreat to the world-class Awe Spa, where you can indulge in a pampering massage or experience a restorative hydrotherapy session. 

The resort is split into two sections – Nizuc and Sunrise – and adjacent to Moon Palace The Grand (more on that below). 

If you’re looking for a family-friendly destination wedding with a beautiful selection of venues, this hotel ticks all the boxes.

How far is Moon Palace from Cancun Airport?

Moon Palace Cancun is located in Cancun, Mexico. It’s situated on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. 

The resort is approximately 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of the Cancun International Airport and about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of downtown Cancun.

The transfer takes just 15 minutes, making it an easy choice for wedding guests.

Is Moon Palace Cancun adults only?

Absolutely not! 

Moon Palace Cancun is one of the top choices for a family-friendly destination wedding, especially if you have a large guest list (100+ guests).

Moon Palace offers more than the standard family-friendly amenities.

There’s The Playroom, a gaming paradise for kids (and we often find adults hanging with their kids there too!) 

There are plenty of other curated activities for kids, from a Candy Girl, a Bounce Zone, a foam party beachside, a cookie-making experience, mini golf, a magic course, a circus course, and so much more.

If your guest list includes plenty of kids, the Moon Palace Cancun should be one of the resorts you consider. 

What’s the difference between Moon Palace Cancun and Moon Palace the Grand Cancun?

The Moon Palace Cancun shares its location with the Moon Palace Grand, an expansive resort built in 2017. 

The Grand offers even more luxury with larger accommodations, nine swimming pools, and a waterpark.

It’s important to note that guests staying in the Moon Palace Cancun do not have access to the facilities at The Grand, but a day pass is available to purchase for $99 per adult or $50 per child as of 2023. 

You can read our full review of hosting a destination wedding at the Grand at Moon Palace here.

Ceremony and reception venues at Moon Palace Cancun

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There are several venues for a wedding at Moon Palace Cancun. Each venue promises an idyllic setting with stunning sea or garden views.

For wedding ceremonies, you can choose between:

  • Tucan Gazebo (up to 100 guests)
  • Bugambilias Gazebo (up to 100 guests)
  • Chapel (60 guests seated or 80 guests standing)
  • Meditation Garden (up to 80 guests)
  • Beach locations (Unlimited guests)

For wedding reception venues, choose from:

  • Chapel Garden (Cocktail set up for 200 guests, buffet setup for 100 guests)
  • Bugambilias Terrace (cocktail setup for 140 guests, buffet setup for 70 guests)
  • Lake Terrace (cocktail setup for 300 guests, buffet setup for 180 guests)
  • Tucan Terrace (cocktail setup for 140 guests, buffet setup for 70 guests)
  • Venado Terrace (cocktail setup for 140 guests, buffet setup for 70 guests)

For something extra special, several beach locations can cater to weddings of all sizes. 

The hotel also offers a selection of ballrooms for a romantic indoor wedding – an excellent choice for weddings with over 100 people.

Wedding packages at Moon Palace Cancun

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Whatever you are looking for, Moon Palace has wedding packages for all sizes and budgets. 

The wedding packages at this resort include everything from the ceremony to the cake. There are even honeymoon and anniversary packages for those wanting extra time at the resort. 

The hotel has a dedicated wedding planner and can even arrange cake-tasting sessions when you arrive. 

Wedding perks at Moon Palace Cancun

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When booking your destination wedding with Destination Weddings by Vacationeeze, you’ll unlock wedding benefits such as free wedding events, a complimentary room upgrade, or credits toward your room. Here’s an example of some recent wedding benefits a couple we recently worked with received: 

  • Complimentary roundtrip transportation for their guests
  • One complimentary room night credit for every 10 room nights paid
  • Upgraded room for the wedding couple
  • $20 per room credit for flowers, decor, and cakes
  • Free private events based on the number of rooms booked (i.e., with 30 rooms, the couple would receive 9 hours of events for free) 

All these wedding benefits can add up to thousands of dollars in savings – helping to defray the cost of your destination wedding.

How much does a wedding at Moon Palace Cancun cost?

Prices vary depending on the type of venue and number of guests.

The more guests you have, the more wedding benefits you’ll unlock. It also depends on how much you want to spend on decor, flowers, and extras for your wedding events, which will certainly increase the price. 

Here’s a wedding budget example from a couple recently married at Moon Palace Cancun. They had 108 guests, including 10 children.

Welcome event (Chapel Beach)

  • 3 hours with a premium open bar and appetizers
  • White tablecloth, cocktail tables, white avant-garde chairs
  • Customized centerpieces of tropical flowers
  • Board to hang Polaroid pictures
  • Campfire
  • Upgraded decor (palm leaves around campfire, bistro lights, tropical cushions around campfire)
  • Basic audio 
  • Total welcome event cost: $3,745

Ceremony (Tucan Beach)

  • Bridesmaid package (2 professional artists for hair and make-up)
  • Bride hair and make-up package
  • 8 hours of photography and videography
  • 1-hour drone of ceremony
  • Avant-garde chairs
  • AV / sound system
  • Bridal bouquet
  • Bridesmaids bouquets
  • Groom boutonniere
  • Groomsmen boutonniere
  • White arch with floral on all poles
  • Palm leaves under chairs and white aisle runner
  • Horse and carriage for wedding couple entrance
  • Ceremony total cost: $4,694

Cocktail party (Tucan Gazebo)

  • 1 hour with open bar and appetizers
  • White tablecloth, cocktail tables, white avant-garde chairs
  • Cocktail party total cost: $0

Reception (Tucan Terrace)

  • 2 hours of service with buffet style dinner and 4-hour premium open bar
  • White avant-garde chairs, round tables, white linens, lavender napkins
  • Wedding cake
  • Custom floral centerpieces
  • LED candle decor
  • Wedding couple table and chairs
  • Sunset gold rim table chargers
  • Bistro lights
  • DJ, sound system, LED lighting system
  • Infinity dance floor
  • Sparklers and fireworks
  • Photo booth
  • Reception total cost: $14,536

Wedding events total cost (Before $20 per room credit): $33,525

With the $20 per room promotional credit, the couple saved nearly $3,000, not to mention the other complementary aspects of their various events as part of the wedding package.

Want to hear how Madi, another recent bride, planned her wedding at Moon Palace Cancun? Watch our interview with her here.

Can you host a Catholic wedding at Moon Palace Cancun?

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Yes – the Moon Palace Cancun is one of the only resorts to offer Catholic weddings in Cancun.

The Catholic chapel at this hotel is particularly beautiful, with contemporary designs and stunning sea views.

It seats up to 100 people, and a large event space is right in front of the chapel, making it perfect for a cocktail party and reception after the ceremony.

Pros and Cons of Moon Palace Cancun

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Starting with the pros…

We love that the Moon Palace handles so much in-house, including their flower shop and bakery, where you can enjoy personalized cake testing sessions.

We also love the impressive selection of wedding venues available at the Moon Palace Cancun. Whether you want an intimate wedding on the beach or a large-scale celebration, there is something for every couple.

With a kids club, playground, swimming pools, and more, the Moon Palace Cancun is a fantastic choice for family-friendly weddings.

When it comes to dining, Moon Palace weddings can cater to gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian diets, with plenty of nutritious options available.

Now for the cons (there aren’t many!)…

The beach at the hotel is certainly not one of the best beaches in Cancun. You are likely to encounter seaweed on this beach. Having said that, the hotel boasts spectacular sea views and plenty of water-based activities. You will find better beaches just a short drive away. 

Moon Palace Cancun is one of the most popular venues for a destination wedding near Cancun. Because of that, trying to secure enough rooms and your desired venues can be challenging. 

We recommend booking your destination wedding at least 12 months in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Resorts similar to Moon Palace Cancun

For wedding packages that are similar to Moon Palace Cancun, check out the following resorts:

Recap: Hosting your destination wedding at Moon Palace Cancun

Unsurprisingly, Moon Palace Cancun is one of the most popular venues to host a destination wedding in Mexico

From the stunning location and diverse wedding venues to the comprehensive all-inclusive packages and exceptional amenities, the resort provides an ideal backdrop for couples to exchange vows and create unforgettable moments with their loved ones.

Need help planning? 

Our experienced wedding planners at Destination Weddings by Vacationeeze are with you every step of the way.

With decades of experience planning hundreds of weddings, our team understands what couples are looking for and how to navigate working with the resorts. 

Our dedicated team will work with all your friends and family so you can focus on planning your dream wedding.

Ready to start planning your big day?

Call us at 215-454-2070 or get in touch with us here

Looking forward to chatting soon! 

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About The Author

Jared Benoff

Jared is a certified destination wedding travel advisor and has been recognized as a top agent by Palace Resorts, Karisma Resorts, Lomas Hospitality, and Hyatt Inclusive Collection.

He caught the travel bug early in his life as his parents (the founders of Vacationeeze!) instilled a passion for travel and adventure in him and his siblings.


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