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.
You can’t get any closer to the clubs than the Krystal. Situated right next to Party Center, you’ll have the city’s best nightclubs steps from your front door; perfect for late nights out.
This large beach resort is considered the headquarters of Spring Break fun in Cancun. During this season, its 1,000 rooms quickly fill as students flock to its 1/4-mile long pool (the largest in the city) for parties and contests.
This gorgeous all-inclusive, adults-only resort has an amazing location on Cancun’s widest beach and is within minutes of the best shopping and nightlife in town.
When this new luxury resort debuts in November, guests will enjoy an adults-only atmosphere and unlimited access to hotel amenities. Highlights include complimentary greens fees to surrounding golf courses, including the Greg Norman-designed 18-hole Playa Mujeres Golf Course.
The all-inclusive Villa del Palmar has richly-appointed suites (leather and dark wood furnishings; floor-to-ceiling windows) and private residences. Zen-inspired interiors furnish the penthouse, and include walk-in closets, floating master beds, and full kitchens.
For a more intimate vacation experience, 109-room The Beloved is a contemporary boutique-style property with modern amenities. Book a beachfront casita for access to a private pool and furnished terrace.
Families love the Sea Adventure’s ability to appeal to kids and adults alike. Here, you’ll discover a fun-filled water park for kids along with a miniature golf course, a kids’ club, and themed dinner theater: pirates, a Michael Jackson tribute show, or a retelling of a Disney classic.
The stylish Secrets The Vine is an adults-only property boasting luxuries you won’t find at most other all-inclusive resorts. Here, you’ll get complimentary greens fees at the Playa Mujeres Golf Club, mixology classes, dance lessons, and unlimited premium drinks, all without a wristband.
One of Cancun’s most renowned resorts, The Royal, is a popular choice for couples and honeymooners thanks to its stunning location on a sheltered beach with calm waters.
Its secluded location in the Playa Mujeres area, about 30 minutes north of Cancun, makes the couples-only, all-inclusive resort all the more intimate. Treat yourselves to a couple’s massage (aromatic baths; marine mud mask) and a soothing hydrotherapy circuit at the spa.
Indulge in a honeymoon at Le Blanc, considered by many as the best resort in Cancun. Upon-arrival pampering begins with a tropical, frozen cocktail and continues throughout your stay.
You won’t hear a child cry or see a college student doing a keg stand at this couples-only hotel Exclusively designed for romance, this beautiful all-inclusive resort has generously-appointed guestrooms featuring personal double jacuzzis, king beds, private balconies, and—what else?
For a more casual Cancun beach experience, Cocos and Grill is a laid-back beach club in the northern Hotel Zone that’s perfect for the whole family. Here, you’ll find enough amenities to keep everyone occupied: rent kayaks and wave runners, or wrangle the group for a game of beach volleyball.
Also located on North Beach on Isla Mujeres, Sunset Grill is one of the most iconic spots on the island. This small-but-hip beach club has an open-air restaurant under a large palapa, serving a variety of snacks and seafood with an ocean view.
Situated on the spectacular North Beach on the nearby island of Isla Mujeres, Fenix is best visited on a lazy Sunday afternoon.