Akumal is a small beachfront resort community that lies between the towns of Playa del Carmen and Tulum, a little over 60 miles south of Cancun. Part of the popular Riviera Maya area, the name Akumal means “the place of the turtles,” which makes it a great place to snorkel alongside sea turtles as well as lots of tropical fish and other marine life in the calm bay that frames it. If you’re looking for all-inclusive accommodations for your stay in this peaceful area, these resorts offer the best of the best.

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Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka'an Don Pablo Collection, Akumal, Mexico

Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka'an Don Pablo Collection (Prices & Photos)

The Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka’an may host some 400 suites, but it manages to retain the tranquil, relaxing feel of a boutique hotel. An adult-only resort, it’s the most exclusive among the Mayan Riviera’s Bahia Principe resort complex, featuring a private beach area off-site with a beach bar and water sports like paddle surfing, kayaking and snorkeling as well as four swimming pools, four restaurants and five bars. Golfing enthusiasts get a special discount to play the renowned Riviera Maya Golf Club which boasts two distinct 18- and 9-hole courses that wind through Mayan jungle dotted with cenotes and lakes. All guest rooms include 24-hour room service, lavish amenities and top-shelf minibars, 24-hour room service, spread throughout the lush garden grounds. Some include private decks with hot tubs.

Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Hotel & Spa (Prices & Photos)

Once operated as two separate resorts, the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Hotel & Spa now features nearly 950 rooms for double the fun. This all-inclusive mega-resort is the ultimate Caribbean paradise surrounded by breathtaking nature that includes lush jungle, powder sugar-like sands edged by clear turquoise waters with coral reefs and an ancient Mayan ruin. It’s just about impossible to get bored here, with everything from swimming pools and a lazy river to beach games, snorkeling, diving, fishing and even a dolphin park.  Dining options are varied too, with fabulous dishes served in 8 thematic restaurants and 2 buffet-style eateries, while the massive SPA Grand Sirenis is the ideal place to relax and refresh. Rooms include extra-spacious bathrooms with jetted tubs and spa showers, large comfy beds and sitting areas.

Grand Palladium Kantenah (Prices & Photos)

The Grand Palladium resort complex is made up of five separate resorts, one of which includes the Grand Palladium Kantenah. The over 400-room property shares space with the Colonial, though guests have access to all four of the other resorts’ amenities, including food, drink and entertainment. The Kantenah itself hosts nine a la carte theme restaurants with a wide selection of fare, five buffet-style eateries and other open-air services along with 25 bars that are spread throughout the complex. Guests also enjoy seven freshwater pools, a first-class spa and wellness center and after dark, the Sunset Boulevard Discotheque.

Grand Palladium Colonial (Prices & Photos)

As mentioned, the Colonial shares space with the Grand Palladium Kantenah, set within the huge massive five-resort complex. This higher-end property offers the same all-inclusive experience but with even more food and drink options. The package also includes all day and night activities, lots of wildlife, soft sand and coral-rock beaches, nature-filled grounds and a fabulous hydrotherapy-based spa with a gym. All rooms feature an array of welcoming touches like pillow menus and free minibar items as well as private outdoor spaces.

El Dorado Royale (Prices & Photos)

An award-winning adults-only all-inclusive resort, the El Dorado Royale sits across a dazzling stretch of white sandy beach and offers luxe accommodation, with each suite including a beautiful Jacuzzi and a balcony or terrace with chaise lounges, and most enjoying wonderful ocean views. By booking a swim-up room you’ll get direct access to the sprawling lazy river. There are a dozen pools to choose from, all with a variety of styles, amenities and activities, from Jacuzzis, Balinese beds and swim-up bars to traditional loungers, a beachfront pool, saltwater pool, water sports and hammocks.  The world-class Náay Spa is absolutely spectacular, introducing Mayan principles into its treatments – you can even order up an outdoor massage at sunrise, mimosa included. It’s hard to beat this property when it comes to dining too, with nine a la carte restaurants, several snack bars, and dishes made with spices and vegetables grown right onsite at the 70,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse.

Grand Bahia Principe Tulum (Prices & Photos)

This large all-inclusive resort offers a gorgeous beach and a party vibe that’s not too over-the-top for those that want to let loose without getting overly wild. Its spacious rooms with a tropical feel include minibars and private outdoor spaces. Guests can also take advantage of two swimming pools, a spa with a variety of massages, rituals and treatments, 10 restaurants and bars as well as a Dolphinarium and access to the Hacienda shopping plaza and golf club.  The pools feature swim-up bars and surrounding loungers with palapas, and also host activities like water polo and volleyball.

Grand Oasis Tulum (Prices & Photos)

The Grand Oasis Tulum hosts contemporary, spacious rooms with beach, pool or garden views, some of which are oceanfront and include luxuries like high-end toiletries, spa showers and private beach decks with hot tubs. There are five pools, two with swim-up bars, a private beach area, nine restaurants and eight bars. Its on-site spa offers an extensive selection of treatments and a traditional Mayan sauna, while the kids’ club can help keep the little ones happy and having fun as parents enjoy some alone time.

Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort (Prices & Photos)

The Akumal Bay Beach and Wellness Resort sits alongside a vast expanse of unspoiled sands framed by clear azure waters. A luxury all-inclusive, it has a tranquil, relaxed vibe, ideal for those who want to spend their days napping on a hammock, reading a book on the beach or taking a refreshing dip in one of the relaxing oceanfront pools.  The property hosts four a la carte restaurants, a large buffet-style eatery, 24-hour snack bar, and a sushi bar, along with multiple bars and a new spa and wellness center. The rooms are all Junior Suites and feature upscale amenities that include outdoor hot tubs and oceanfront views – book a penthouse and you’ll enjoy its expansive rooftop terraces with breathtaking panoramic views of the water.

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