Best Hotels North of Cancun
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The sublime beach resorts of Cancun have extended beyond the reach of the popular Hotel Zone. Just 30 minutes north of the city is Playa Mujeres, the secluded region beginning to take shape as a luxurious retreat for travelers in search of an all-inclusive vacation away from the bright lights of Cancun. The Playa Mujeres area sits on a beautiful stretch of beach on the Caribbean Sea, with views of the island of Isla Mujeres on the horizon. A few resorts have popped up along this part of the coast in recent years, each striving to provide guests with amenities and energy Cancun is known for, while offering a refuge from the year-round Spring Breakers and beach parties. Honeymooners, seasoned travelers, and a healthy wave of Millenials have begun venturing North to these upscale hotels. Playa Mujeres also boasts a stunning 18-hole golf course with views of the Caribbean Sea, adding to the area’s luxury allure. Experience a lavish week of romance or a family-friendly vacation at one of these gorgeous resorts.

Excellence Playa Mujeres

This expansive, adults-only resort is abundant with lush tropical gardens and all-inclusive amenities. Enjoy seven swimming pools, nine gourmet restaurants, numerous bars throughout the property, and a healthy array of water sports (water polo; scuba lessons; water aerobics). The spa has a spectacular hydrotherapy area, and the spacious guestrooms each have an indoor-outdoor jacuzzi and sleek, marble bathrooms.

The Beloved

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. Enjoy a catered breakfast on the sun bed, or enjoy the unique tasting-style breakfast at the outdoor restaurant, El Mar. Small bites include tropical fruits, a miniature enchilada, and traditional Mexican pastries.

Villa del Palmar

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. If you’re not in the mood to cook, head to one of the four gourmet restaurants or six bars and cafes on the sweeping estate.

Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort

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. Five gourmet restaurants and a handful of themed premium bars complete the experience.

Sea Adventure Resort and Waterpark

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. While the children are occupied, parents can enjoy a drink at the swim-up Oasis Wet Bar.