Planning a family vacation that pleases everyone from your moody teenager to your adventurous college kids, or perhaps your baby or toddler. Fear not! The Grand Palladium Palace Resort in Punta Cana has emerged as a family nirvana. Here’s why:

Rooms Bigger Than Your Patience

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The rooms here are spacious enough that hopefully, you won’t have to listen to the kids argue about who’s breathing whose air. Pictured here is a regular room but they have larger rooms that can accommodate more. They also have connecting rooms for families that need more space.

Pools Galore (Lifeguards Included)

Kiddie pool at Grand Palladium Palace Punta Cana
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The resort boasts enough pools to ensure that you can avoid anyone you know (including your kids, but don’t tell them that). The presence of lifeguards means you can relax on the sidelines, sipping something tropical, and not leap up everytime someone shouts, “Watch this!”

Baby Club, Because Toddlers Need Vacations Too

Baby club at Grand Palladium Palace Punta Cana
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Yes, they have a Baby Club. No, it’s not a nightclub for toddlers, though that would be adorable. Kids aged 1-3 can enjoy activities more suited to their pint-sized attention spans while you do something reckless, like reading a book uninterrupted.

Black & White Junior Club: Teenager Heaven

Grand Palladium Black and White Junior's Club
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It’s like they know the universal truth: if teens are happy, everyone is happy. With unlimited food you are halfway there when it comes to keeping them happy, their own hang-out space will get them the rest of the way there. This club offers them a haven with video games, arts, sports, and a chance to meet other teens who also pretend they don’t want to be seen with their parents.

Sports Facilities

Sports courts at Grand Palladium Punta Cana (1)
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With archery, basketball, volleyball, and soccer available, you can shoot some hoops or arrows (at targets, please), and feel less guilty about that extra dessert at dinner. It’s vacation calories, so they don’t really count, but your jeans might think otherwise. Plus, they have tennis courts and pickleball courts. I took a pickleball lesson and it was great. I went from never playing before to feeling confident enough to play with friends when I returned home.

Eat, Eat, and Eat Some More

Kusko Grand Palladium Palace Punta Cana
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Their array of restaurants caters to the pickiest eater, except Kusko, which is mainly fish and I (being the mature adult I am) do not eat fish. Granted I am allergic and although this is occasionally an issue Grand Palladium Palace went above and beyond to ensure I was safe eating.

From Mediterranean flavors to Texas barbecue, your taste buds can go on their own global tour without leaving the resort. And, since I am Texan I can vouch for the bbq. At Chic I had a BBQ rib that was next level, the meat fell right off the bone, as it should.

Zentropia Spa & Wellness: The ‘Adults-Only’ Sanctuary

The spa at Grand Palladium Palace Punta Cana
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This is where you escape when you need a break from your beloved offspring. The spa offers massages, steam baths, and a serene sanctuary where the only screams you hear are your own—screams of joy, of course.

The hydrotherapy is extensive and includes a sauna, Turkish Hamman, ice room, jacuzzi, cold plunge pool, mud, and more! It was hands down the best hydrotherapy I’ve ever done.

Shows and Entertainment: Better Than Bedtime Stories

Chic Cabaret
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Every night, there’s a different show. These range from live music to karaoke to dancing to Chic a musical journeys. It’s like having Broadway on the beach, but you don’t need to dress up unless you want to impress the guy selling popcorn. For Chic, men need to wear pants otherwise they can’t be seated.

The Beach: It’s Huge

The beach at Grand Palladium Palace Punta Cana
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The beach is so expansive, that everyone can stake out their territory without encroaching on another’s sandcastle-building real estate. All along the beach are tons of lounge chairs and I was able to always find an available seat no matter what time of day I headed out.

Infinite Indie Excursions

Saoona Island day trip
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Outside the resort, adventures await. Zip-lining through the jungle, swimming with dolphins, or exploring islands—choose your own adventure or let your kids choose and just nod approvingly. A Saoona Island day trip is pretty great, but it does take a while to get there. I do not recommend it for anyone with small children.

Best Accessibility in Punta Cana

Grand Palladium Palace Punta Cana pools have ramps
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I know that is a bold statement but I’ve been to at least 8 resorts in Punta Cana and this is the first time I’ve seen a ramp into the pool. And not just one pool, every single large pool. On top of having ramps, they have wheelchairs that go into the water that you can get from the lobby. If you get around by wheelchair this is what I consider to be the absolute best resort for you to vacation at.