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Sun and sand meet South of the Border spectacular in these top beach hotels, as picked by T+L readers.

No. 22 Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancún

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Forget everything you thought you knew about Cancún all-inclusives: this glam adults-only gem, one of the world’s most romantic, blows all your preconceptions out of the water. For a start, the food is top-notch. The Italian restaurant features handmade pastas while the seven-course French-inflected menu at Lumiere includes Gallic delicacies such as escargots and foie gras. (The breakfast and lunch buffets skew more traditional Mexican.) The hotel also gets top marks for small-but-memorable details like champagne flutes of coconut juice on arrival and chic striped beach totes in every room, as well as its minimalist décor, French-style balconies, and 24-hour butler service. leblancsparesort.com

Best Mexico Beach Resorts

No. 22 Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancún

Forget everything you thought you knew about Cancún all-inclusives: this glam adults-only gem, one of the world’s most romantic, blows all your preconceptions out of the water. For a start, the food is top-notch. The Italian restaurant features handmade pastas while the seven-course French-inflected menu at Lumiere includes Gallic delicacies such as escargots and foie gras. (The breakfast and lunch buffets skew more traditional Mexican.) The hotel also gets top marks for small-but-memorable details like champagne flutes of coconut juice on arrival and chic striped beach totes in every room, as well as its minimalist décor, French-style balconies, and 24-hour butler service. leblancsparesort.com

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Best Mexico Beach Resorts

Decisions, decisions: after a day sunning on a sparsely populated white-sand beach, does one opt for a rejuvenating chaya herb salt scrub, sundowner tequila tasting, or quiet sail around a lagoon on a traditional lancha fishing boat, watching egrets flutter into the mangroves to roost? If you’re staying at the Rosewood Mayakoba, Mexico’s best beach resort, the answer is yes—to all of it.

Spoilt for choice is one way to describe the winners of our 18th-annual World’s Best Awards survey. Voraciously vetted is another. Given that our sunny, southern neighbor is America’s favorite tourist destination (according to the U.S. National Tourism Office), we knew Travel + Leisure readers would have a lot to say on everything from rooms to restaurants to romantic possibilities.

Location is a huge factor—not one of the properties on our list offers anything less than jaw-dropping scenery—as was next-level amenities and intuitive, warm service, something the butlers at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort (No. 3) provide in spades.

Mexico’s famous cuisine, acknowledged by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, also proved a big lure for travelers. Knockout all-inclusive resorts like the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit (No. 10) demonstrate just how far that much-maligned category has come, with restaurants celebrating cuisine both modern (veal osso bucco with mole) and classic (just-caught octopus ceviche). Esperanza resort (No. 4) in Los Cabos just plain celebrates, with a weekly music and fireworks show.

From Riviera Maya’s swaying palms and crystal-clear Caribbean waters to the dramatic desert climes of Baja, Mexico’s best beach resorts are calling. Time to answer.

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