I'm not usually fond of all-inclusive hotels, but the Palace hits all the right notes. First, and most importantly to me, it's small, with only 62 generously sized rooms with whirlpool tubs, stocked minibars, balconies, and small seating areas. Tip: start filling the tub early—it takes a while. The whole place is spacious, with a soaring palapa (a palm-leaf roof) over the lobby and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating in the single restaurant. One flaw: the food needs improvement. Stick with omelets made to order, the salad bar, and the pizza served by the pool. The à la carte dinner is the best meal and the menu changes daily. Pastas are reliable choices. The pool area is small, but the swim-up bar is a friendly spot with good service. The beach is clean, but the sea grass in the shallow water by the shore makes swimming a less attractive option. The vibe is definitely couple oriented; unless you’re accustomed to traveling alone you’ll feel out of place. You’re a fair distance from town; a taxi costs about $5.