Live Aqua, Cancun
Since relaunching in 2007, Live Aqua has become the alternative all-inclusive for those who crave Cancún but loathe the razzle-dazzle. Small touches help to create the relaxed, anti-stress vibe: consider the aromatherapy (the scent of eucalyptus and lavender wafts through public spaces, including an outdoor contemplation area) and the meditative, mini–Japanese sand garden boxes left in the room at turndown. All 371 rooms are done in neutral tones and natural materials, soyour eyes are drawn straight to the pool deck, where eight swimming pools are rimmed with loungers. Sleep in: there are so many private enclaves that youdon’t have to wake at dawn to secure a beachfront spot.