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.
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.
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.
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.
Located south of Cancún in the Riviera Maya, this all-inclusive oceanfront resort caters to both families and couples. Three outdoor pools are surrounded by four-story accommodation blocks, some of which are adults-only.
This isn’t your typical concrete Cancún monstrosity. It’s a boutique inn of just 29 rooms—all junior suites or suites—overlooking a private beach in the center of Cancún’s shopping district.
Formerly Hilton Cancùn Golf & Spa Resort
Combining European sophistication and Mayan design elements, Le Méridien Cancùn Resort & Spa occupies a secluded hilltop, removed from the Hotel Zone's main drag.
The 156-room resort is an oasis of calm away from the crowds of central Cancún. The minimalist design sets it apart from other area hotels: gauzy curtains line the lobby, and whitewashed rooms are filled with fire engine–red chairs.
Ritz-Carlton's only Mexican property is a hacienda-style retreat on a 17,000-square-foot beach area—one of the largest in the Hotel Zone.
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.