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.
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This adults-only resort sits directly on a sugar-like sand beach and boasts the famous standard amenities Excellence is known for, including a fabulous spa with beach-side treatment huts and six 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 11 bars and nine restaurants serving Italian, Asian, Indian, French, Mexican and more.
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 most exceptional boutique 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 90 luxurious oceanfront suites feel 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 three restaurants featuring locally grown fare and personalized dishes.
This award-winning resort 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. All of its villas and suites feature L’Occitane bath products as well as mini-bars and private balconies or terraces with ocean or garden views. Choose a Garden Pool Villa, and you’ll have your very own private infinity pool. The spa offers Mayan-influenced treatments for indulging in relaxation, and you’ll have a choice of six world-class restaurants serving gourmet cuisine. Guests even have the opportunity to arrange for a private dinner on the beach or a night at the chef’s table.
The Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach sits directly on a pristine stretch of private beach in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, and while it isn’t an all-inclusive, many guests have attributed that to its quiet, more peaceful atmosphere. Renowned for its outstanding services and luxury accommodations, it has been the winner of the Five Diamond award multiple times and has garnered accolades from a number of prestigious travel publications. The resort’s over 600 rooms all offer expansive, awe-inspiring views of the Caribbean, along with stylish decor, private balconies, 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 onsite, including the elegant Le Basilic which serves French-Mediterranean cuisine at Le Basilic, and the beachfront Isla Contoy, canopied by a grand palapa overlooking the sea, which features fresh seafood and fish.
This adults-only, all-inclusive resort with a South Beach, Miami feel sits in the northern part of the Hotel Zone. The pampering starts with a frozen, tropical beverage upon arrival and continues throughout your stay with over-the-top service that even includes a butler-drawn bath each night. Each room offers stunning ocean views with minimalist decor, high-end bath products, an LED TV, an iPod docking station and a pillow menu. The higher floor you’re on, the better the ocean view, so be sure to keep that in mind when booking your room. 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 four onsite restaurants and take advantage of the three beautiful outdoor pools and two infinity pools, or any of the five bars with two swim-up bars.
This adults-only hotel wasn’t made for partying, but it is ideal for those who are looking for tranquility and relaxation. Although it’s an all-inclusive, the quality of the cuisine is surprisingly diverse and high quality, with authentic local dishes and international fare served at six chef-inspired eateries and gourmet buffets. 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.
As its name belays, this 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, five dining options and five bars, along with three 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 (and free classes to learn how), kayaking and paddle boarding. An onsite Dive Center also offers dive classes, and while snorkeling equipment isn’t included, it is available for rent for a minimal fee.
This luxury boutique-style hotel 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 onsite, 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 three 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.
The Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort is a massive all-inclusive luxury resort situated along the Mayan Riviera. It features hundreds of rooms across different resort sections, each with their 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 NOIR 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 play room with multiple themed rooms and playgrounds, and the game-filled Wired Teen Lounge.