Cancun

Hotels in Cancun

Many hotels in Cancun are housed in the Zona Hotelera, a long strip of hotels that runs between the lagoon and the sea. Most hotels in this area are large, luxury resorts, with pools, restaurants, bars, spas and all sorts of on-site entertainment. However, there are also smaller options for those who prefer more private surroundings. The Ritz Carlton is one of the best Cancun hotels, with its gorgeous beachfront setting, heated outdoor pools, tennis courts and seven restaurants, including a sushi and ceviche bar, and the Culinary Center, where guests can take cooking lessons using local ingredients.

To get off the beaten path, head to the Fairmont Mayakoba, located in nearby Playa del Carmen. The resort boasts lagoon and jungle view “casitas” and suites, an 18-hole golf course, and the Willow Stream Spa. The Fairmont is also a popular setting for beach weddings. The ME Cancun is a sprawling all-inclusive resort, featuring modern architecture and state-of-the-art amenities like rain showers and 24-hour room service. At the Beach Club, you can find comfy day beds to lounge all day on.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Cancún all-inclusives: this glam adults-only gem blows all your preconceptions out of the water. For a start, the food is top-notch.

After a nearly $100-million facilities upgrade in 2012, Cancún’s beachfront Moon Palace resort is putting a little luxury back into the all-inclusive model.

For those who fear Cancún is all spring break debauchery, the Royal may be what you're looking for. With its adults-only policy, this 288-room quasi-Palladian all-inclusive has a distinctly grown-up sensibility.

Wellness is so integral to this 14-acre Riviera Maya property that its signature Endless Privileges experience includes Hydrothalasso pool and cold plunge access, anti-aging diagnostics, in-room massages, and wellness consultations.

Since relaunching in 2007, Live Aqua has become the alternative all-inclusive for those who crave Cancún but loathe the razzle-dazzle.

This doyenne of Cancún luxury resorts is best known for the view it commands from every room: a 270-degree sweep of bay where the roiling Caribbean meets the placid Bahía de Mujeres.

Azul Beach Resort knows just how to appeal to first-time all-inclusive guests. The resort has just 97 guest rooms, each featuring a patio or balcony, in low-rise adobe buildings clustered along the water's edge.

Among the most family-friendly resorts in the Hotel Zone, the CasaMagna Marriott Cancún has a well-organized kids’ club, an extensive stretch of beach, and a children’s menu at almost every restaurant.

Villa del Palmar is a part of Playa Mujeres, a new resort development on the Caribbean with a Greg Norman golf course and tropical oceanfront grounds. It’s only 30 minutes from Cancún’s easily accessible international airport, but it’s a world away from the city’s party scene.

Forming a horseshoe-shaped enclave surrounding its four pools just off the Caribbean Sea, the all-inclusive Dreams Riviera Cancún brings a feeling of close-knit tranquility (and zero fuss) to its prime location on the Riviera Maya.

Formerly Paradisus Riviera

Unique among the cookie-cutter resorts populating the city's Hotel Zone, Gran Meliá Cancún is modeled after the ancient Mayan temples of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Family-friendly beachfront tower in the heart of Cancún's hotel zone, with an unprecedented level of service for a resort of its size. A swank beachside hotel, with glittering sea views from guest rooms. The 35,000-square-foot spa is the perfect antidote to Mayan-ruin outings.