Known for Mayan ruins, vibrant turquoise water and 14 miles of sugary white sand beaches, the seaside city of Cancún on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula has long been a favorite holiday destination. While Cancún was once considered a party town thanks to the plethora of cheap all-inclusive resorts, a new crop of upscale all-inclusive has since emerged, offering top-notch dining, drinks, and amenities. Catering to everything from romantic adults-only breaks to fun-filled family vacations, here is our pick of the best all-inclusive hotels in Cancún and Riviera Maya.
Hard Rock Hotel Cancún
Rocker glitz and VIP glamour define this Hotel Zone resort. As you explore, you’ll spot nostalgia-inducing music memorabilia from drum sets to stage costumes, and live performances by rock bands and doo-wop groups. Order a guitar to your room through the Fender guitar menu or sign up for the Music Lab that lets you and your friends form a rock band and learn to perform a song live with the resort as your audience. The massive infinity pool has swim-up-bars and games, and quieter areas with waterfalls and submerged loungers. There are several restaurants which is a boon as the all-inclusive plan goes beyond the average Cancún resort.
Paradisus Cancún is renowned for its outstanding restaurants – including Tempo, created by seven-star Michelin Chef Martin Berasategui (not included in the room price). The resort sits on a massive 600-metre stretch of beach and consists of five interconnected pyramids which house indoor tropical gardens, an extensive range of restaurants and guest rooms. Facilities are impressive too, with four lagoon-style pools, an array of kids’ clubs, and an adults-only section – Royal Service – with sleek guestrooms, butler service, an exclusive pool with cabanas, a private restaurant and complimentary access to the spa’s hydrotherapy area.
Secrets The Vine Cancún
Secrets The Vine Cancún, set on a white-sand beach, the resort’s towering height allows for unbelievable views of the Caribbean, Nichupté Lagoon and the Cancún skyline from many of its rooms and restaurants. Travelers seeking contemporary design will obsess over the hotel’s warm, romantic, and sleek aura. From the immense yet cozy lobby and seductive restaurants to the fashionable pools and chic, sexy suites, it has style-focused guests eyeing every detail. The resort’s “Unlimited Luxury” concept includes extensive perks like 24-hour gourmet meals and top-shelf drinks, free Wi-Fi, all-day activities, and live entertainment.
Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún
Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún, as one of the most well-loved Cancún all-inclusive resorts, the Live Aqua appeals to all the senses through a menu of scents, personalized music, comfort-filled rooms, and rave-worthy cuisine, as well as its spectacular beach. Friendly but unobtrusive service sets the stage for a relaxing Cancun holiday; the smaller size of the restaurants – tucked away throughout the lush grounds or on the beach – allows for personalized attention, while the pool concierge attends your needs during the daytime. Bedrooms are contemporary; book the Aqua Suite for a combined bedroom-bathroom area with circular hot tub, living area and large terrace. Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún is revered as one of the most well-loved resorts in Cancun.
Hyatt Ziva Cancún
Hyatt Ziva Cancún, this property boasts Cancún’s best location on the Punta Cancún peninsula, surrounded by Caribbean Sea on three sides. It has a warm, welcoming quality through contemporary furnishings and surprising design, as well as captivating views. Each restaurant and bar have eye-catching style without being too over-the-top, and the spa and pool areas just might take your breath away. The main pool – massive and multi-level – fills the center of the resort, and there is an enticing beachside pool, but the Punta Vista rooftop infinity pool (exclusively for Turquoise guests) takes the prize as one of Cancún’s most unbelievable locations. Hyatt Ziva Cancun has a warm, welcoming quality through contemporary furnishings and surprising design.
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancún
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancún, this beachfront resort is a haven for pool junkies, fun-seeking kids, and the spa-obsessed, and has been designed so that every guestroom has a balcony and an ocean view. The Junior Suites offer a spacious bathroom and cozy living area, while the extra-roomy Master Suites boast a large terrace. For added amenities, book a stay in the Grand Club, where you will have access to a VIP Penthouse Lounge and the Beachside Deck. The sprawling lagoon-style pool is lined with fountains, shallow lounging areas, and three swim-up bars, while the huge Gem Spa is a must-visit with its 10-step hydrotherapy circuit. Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach is a beachfront resort is a haven for pool junkies, fun-seeking kids, and the spa-obsessed.
Le Blanc Resort
Le Blanc Resort, the ultra-contemporary Le Blanc is a couples-oriented resort on the white sands of the Le Blanc is one of Cancun’s most highly praised resorts and designed for couples. The staff always manage to stay one step ahead: refilling poolside drinks before you ask, waiting with a clean towel as you step out of the pool, and the butlers add even more luxury, unpacking luggage, preparing baths and aiding relaxation with aromatherapy. You can request these services through Le Blanc’s phone app, along with restaurant reservations, room service orders, and spa appointments. The calming décor permeates the entire property by day until the evenings when stylish lighting illuminates all areas in a wash of different colors.
Beloved Playa Mujeres, Playa Mujeres
Beloved Playa Mujeres, Playa Mujeres, agreat option for romance-seekers in search of a hidden escape. A serene world of soft whites and beiges welcomes you on arrival and follows you throughout the resort. Pathways lined in sand gardens lead you from the main building past the villas and all the way to the infinity-edged main pool and the palapa-adorned beach. Rooms are huge and bursting with amenities, each of the suites features a hot tub with indoor-outdoor access by the spacious terrace, and a living area. The all-inclusive rates are higher than most luxury Cancun-area resorts, but the small-hotel feel is worth it for travellers seeking a quiet getaway without the crowds.
Fairmont Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen
Fairmont Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, the luxury resort of Mayakoba has a calming natural setting, part-beachfront, part-lagoon-side. The hotel is grand but modern, with Mexican elements and a balcony looking out over a vast stretch of jungle and mangroves that leads to the oceanfront. There are plenty of ways to get active or relax, from kayaks, tennis courts and swimming pools to eco-boat tours. Large, spacious rooms feel private but for a treat, plump for a Beachfront Casita which include butler service, additional living rooms and rooftop with private pool. There are three restaurants and three bars, including an exceptional lagoon-side Mexican restaurant.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen
Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, most tourists come to Playa Del Carmen and never leave the luxurious bubbles of their all-inclusive resorts, and Grand Velas Riviera Maya – on a vast and breezy plot beside the Caribbean Sea – is certainly no different. From the vast beds of pink bougainvillea to the manicured 1,700-foot stretch of private beach, this hotel appears to be run (and maintained) like the proverbial well-oiled machine. The food is exceptional, ranging from high-end French and Italian cuisine to poolside sushi and sashimi; the pools are gargantuan; and there’s so much space that, despite the huge footfall, the place never seems remotely crowded.