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There are a dizzying number of resorts in Cancun – if you’re looking for the best of the best, how do you choose? This list of the most amazing resorts in this popular Mexico destination can help you make the right decision.
One of the best adults-only resorts in Mexico, this luxe resort sits directly on a sugar-like sand beach and boasts the famous standard amenities Excellence is known for, including a fabulous spa with beachside treatment huts and gorgeous free-form swimming pools. After you walk through the Spanish marble lobby, you’ll enjoy a room with lots of extras like whirlpool tubs, flat-screen TVs, and private patios or balconies, all also feature ornate Italianate furnishings. While you’ll probably want to spend lots of time in the pool or sipping margaritas under a beach-side palapa, there are lots of ways to stay active, including kayaking, volleyball, tennis, archery and even dancing lessons. All of this, and there are multiple bars and restaurants to choose from.
The moment you walk through the pair of stone dragons guarding the entrance into this grand resort, you’ll feel as if you’re a member of the royal family. Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita is a AAA Five Diamond property that’s consistently named among one of Mexico’s top all-inclusive resorts, and here, all-inclusive literally means everything, from room service to tips, food and drinks, champagne, sunset catamaran rides and so much more. Set upon a 500-yard private stretch of sand, each of the luxurious oceanfront suites feels as if you’re in your own private vacation home. All offer sweeping jungle and sea views and are distinctly styled after some of the world’s most alluring destinations, including Mexico, Africa and Bali. The property’s natural landscape makes it ideal for immersing yourself in total relaxation, and the spa with its treatments provided in custom-built saltwater pools takes that up another notch. When it comes to dining, you’ll have amazing choices too, with on-site restaurants serving locally grown fare and personalized dishes.
One of the best resorts in Mexico’s Yucatan, NIZUC Resort & Spa is an award-winning resort that offers the ultimate in luxury and seclusion, nestled within an uncrowded, postcard-perfect white sand beach sheltered by mangroves. It faces the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, offering jaw-dropping views of the Caribbean and easy access to outstanding snorkeling. For the ultimate getaway, book the Private Pool Villa for a private tropical garden with an infinity pool and waterfall, freestanding deep soaking tub, and outdoor nature-inspired shower. There’s multiple on-site restaurants to choose from and a special wine pairing dinner option, while the NIZUC Spa has signature Mayan treatments influenced by the local environment. You can also enjoy beach activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling, or join a tequila journey through authentic Mexico at Havana Lounge, try cigar rolling, or ceviche-making classes.
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun All Inclusive Spa Resort sits directly on a pristine stretch of private beach in Cancun’s Hotel Zone. Renowned for its outstanding services and luxury accommodations, it has garnered accolades from a number of prestigious travel publications. The resort’s stylish rooms all offer expansive, awe-inspiring views of the Caribbean, along with modern decor, private terraces, and large flat-screen TVs. When you’re in need of rejuvenation, you can head to the 40,000-square-foot Gem Spa to enjoy a hydrotherapy treatment or a soak in the Sensations Pool. There are also numerous bars, restaurants and cafes right on-site.
Le Blanc Spa Resort is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort with a South Beach, Miami feel that sits in the northern part of the Hotel Zone. The pampering starts the moment you walk through the door, with each room offering stunning ocean views with minimalist decor, high-end bath products, an LED TV, an iPod docking station and a pillow menu. Rooms are either lagoon-facing or with views of the ocean, so keep that in mind when booking. When you can tear yourself away from the luxurious comforts of your suite, you can enjoy an afternoon at the Le Blanc Spa. You can dine at one of the multiple on-site restaurants and take advantage of the beautiful outdoor pools and infinity pools, or any of the swim-up bars.
Hyatt Zilara Cancun is an adults-only hotel that wasn’t made for partying, but instead, it is ideal for those who are looking for tranquility and relaxation. Although it’s all-inclusive, the quality of the cuisine is surprisingly diverse and high quality, with authentic local dishes and international fare served at multiple chef-inspired eateries. The all-inclusive packages include unlimited beverages (alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks), lounge snacks, and 24-hour in-suite dining as well as daily and nightly activities, live music and other entertainment, a beachfront pool with relaxing cabanas, a spa with ocean views, wellness center and more. Suites include expansive balconies, some that are even swim-out, while bathrooms include huge walk-in showers and Jacuzzi tubs with more amazing views.
The Moon Palace Cancun is a massive all-inclusive luxury resort situated along the Mayan Riviera. It features hundreds of rooms across different resort sections, each with its own unique amenities and appeal, along with one of Cancun’s two Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses. It also boasts multiple pools, including a giant one with waterslides, Flowrider machine, a swim-up bar and a spa that welcomes guests with a relaxing hydrotherapy experience followed by a choice of spa services. Dine at one of their many restaurants, and afterward, head to the swanky nightclub or catch a show at the amphitheater. If you’ve got the kids with you, they’ll find plenty of things to do too, with a dolphin swim program, a supervised playroom with multiple themed rooms and playgrounds, and the game-filled Wired Teen Lounge.
Beloved Playa Mujeres is a luxury boutique-style hotel that is all-inclusive and doesn’t skimp at all when it comes to pampering and the most minute of details. Located about eight miles north of Cancun on a pearly white sand beach, guests have access to an expansive spa, phenomenal restaurants and bars right on-site, and golf enthusiasts can enjoy teeing off at the adjacent fairways of the Playa Mujeres Golf Club. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with a refreshing tropical cocktail and the keys to lavish accommodations, all of which include Jacuzzis, private terraces, large flat-screen TVs and Nespresso machines. There are also multiple swimming pools that wind through the grounds and an array of activities offered at the hotel, including snorkeling and diving, deep-sea fishing expeditions, sailing, kayaking and private cruises.
As its name belays, Temptation Cancun Resort was designed for the single adult vacationer (21+) who is looking for a wild getaway and doesn’t mind encountering, or taking part in activities that their parents or children shouldn’t and probably wouldn’t want to see. At the same time, there are strict rules to keep things from getting too out of hand in public areas, and Temptations is one of the classier, party-oriented resorts. It features a full-service spa and salon, multiple dining options and bars, along with outdoor pools, each with a different theme: relaxation, sports and sensual entertainment, and all are topless-friendly. Entertainment includes risque live shows, all-night clubs, provocative games and contests like the Miss Temptation competition, and even a pajama and lingerie casino. Also included in all-inclusive packages are non-motorized water sports, including windsurfing and Hobie cats, kayaking and paddleboarding.
Home to beachfront rooms just steps from the glittering ocean waters, Excellence Playa Mujeres is one of Mexico’s top resorts. Located in a private resort community in northern Cancun, guests will find a range of modern facilities and luxury amenities. Those looking to splurge on their vacation getaway will find the suites with swim-up access and private plunge pools will suit their needs, while standard guest rooms come equipped with plush king-size beds, fully-stocked mini-fridges, and furnished oceanfront balconies to soak in the breathtaking sunset views. While the rooftop terraces garner all the attention with its ritzy plunge pool, guests will also find the property’s multiple outdoor pools, fine dining restaurants and luxury on-site spa to be top-notch.