Cozumel’s All Inclusive Resorts
Cozumel, sitting pretty off the Yucatán Peninsula, is a popular destination for travelers looking to enjoy Mexico’s laid-back island side.
Where better to luxuriate than at one of the all inclusive resorts that dot the isle, where a sybarite’s only concerns are which pool to sit by and which drink to order next? Throw in crystalline Caribbean Sea views and it might be tough to leave the chaise lounge. But, if you feel so inclined…
As part of one of the largest coral reef systems in the world, second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Cozumel is a wonderland for snorkelers and divers. Most of the island’s resorts offer diving and snorkeling excursions (albeit for an additional fee) to experience exotic marine life and coral formations firsthand. The three-mile long Palancar Reef, easily reached from the island’s southern coast, was the subject of a documentary in the 1950s filmed by famous ocean explorer, Jacques Cousteau, and is often regarded as one of the best scuba diving spots on the planet.
Speaking of exploration, Cozumel’s location serves as the perfect basecamp for venturing out, with access to the Riviera Maya via a quick ferry ride to Playa del Carmen. Once on the mainland, head a bit further north for a jaunt to Cancún or south to Tulum for sightseeing and lounging on world-class beaches. Trips to the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza or water park extraordinaire, Xel-Há, can also be arranged through particular resorts, like Cozumel Palace or Occidental Cozumel.
Engaged couples on the hunt for a unique venue can get married on one of the island’s sandbars or even better, submerged completely underwater, at the all inclusive Secrets Aura Cozumel.
Take your pick from any of the idyllic retreats below for an immersive and worry-free escape.
Grand Park Royal Cozumel All Inclusive
Gaze out at the Caribbean Sea from one of two infinity pools. From the resort’s lush gardens, find the private underpass that leads to an exclusive, secluded beach club. Party the afternoon away at the Bikini Bar. Let your aching feet slink across the cool marble floor of your room. As the self-proclaimed “Most Inclusive All-Inclusive” of Cozumel, Grand Park Royal leaves nothing to be desired — even snorkeling at on-property Paradise Reef is included in the plan.
On the western coast of the island near the San Miguel ferry port, the 169-suite Cozumel Palace beckons travelers to enjoy a glass of red wine on arrival and curl up with a good book in the room’s private balcony hammock. Once R&R is out of the way, hop off the resort’s dock and into snorkeling paradise. Cap the night off with a fire juggling show, but not before uploading a photo or two to social media via free WiFi (a perk surprisingly hard to come by). The already generous all inclusive package is made sweeter with a resort credit which can be used on anything from spa treatments and special dinners to scuba diving and chocolate tours.
The bungalow-style digs of IBEROSTAR Cozumel sit upon a pristine private beach, resident peacocks and flamingos adding to the grounds’ uber-tropical vibe. Activities for kids and adults abound, including sand castle builds, dance classes, and shows at the resort’s very own theater. Major bonus points for a primo location: bucket list diving locale, Palancar Reef, is mere minutes away.
Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive
Fully renovated and rife with clean, modern design elements that only enhance each spacious suite’s cerulean vista (some complete with semi-private plunge pool), the Fiesta Americana Cozumel’s five restaurants, three bars, and private beach club make it easy for families to kick back and relax. However, the resort’s close proximity to Chankanaab Natural Park demands a day trip if not simply to swim with dolphins.
The Explorean by Fiesta Americana
Travelers favoring adventure should check into The Explorean, Fiesta Americana’s greener sister property. Guests have full run of both resorts and can take advantage of on-site excursions like horseback riding, kayaking, or an actual guided jungle tour before retreating to the pool. Perhaps most noteworthy is the restaurant, Lool Kan, where the chef prides himself in cooking “spontaneously,” catering to the desires of diners on the fly. Bonus: dream up your own cocktail recipe at the self-serve Explorer Bar is self-serve.
If a little seclusion is what you’re after, the charming Occidental Cozumel is set among the verdant flora of tropical mangroves on the southwestern end of the island. The hideaway’s six restaurants and four bars will keep you satiated for scuba classes at one of its three pools, or a night dive to revel at bioluminescent plankton. For an additional charge, the resort facilitates trips to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza or Tulum.
Secrets Aura Cozumel
Whether it be for a honeymoon or just a long-overdue getaway, the adults-only 266-suite Secrets Aura Cozumel certainly delivers on romance factor. Book a swim-up suite, which has direct pool access for late night dips. Lovebirds can enjoy cocktails and sweeping views at the rooftop Sky Bar or find an intimate corner in aptly named lounge, Desires. If the trip’s going really well, why not get married underwater. Yes, it’s a real wedding package option!
Playa Azul Golf, Scuba, Spa
With just 50 rooms, this charming, boutique property emits a warmth the larger resorts lack. Playa Azul guests are treated to unlimited complimentary golf (save for nominal cart fees) at top-rated Cozumel Country Club for the duration of their stay. The on-site diving center offers excursions not only to the more popular reefs, but to mainland cenotes, underground caverns that double as swimming holes.
Sunscape Sabor Cozumel All Inclusive
Little ones get the rock star treatment as soon as they step foot into Sunscape Sabor, which boasts a kids “check-in experience”, complete with red carpet steps and welcome amenities. The Explorer’s Club and Core Zone Teens Club afford parents the chance to catch a show at the theater, play a round of golf, or escape to the property’s private wine cellar. The “Unlimited Fun” package includes suites with private terraces and of course all the food and drink a family could desire.
El Cozumeleno Beach Resort All Inclusive
Located just north of bustling San Miguel, this expansive 252-room oceanfront resort features its very own pier where dinner cruises depart, garden, five pools and a swim-up bar, and a discount for the Cozumel Country Club across the street. The all inclusive package includes on-site scuba and snorkeling lessons, which typically come at an extra cost.