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Carved out from the virgin forest of the Yucatan Peninsula, the resort city of Cancun has won its well-deserved reputation as a premier tourism destination with pristine white-sand beaches, clear turquoise waters and luxurious hotels. A tropical climate helps maintain its status as the ultimate in beachside holiday destinations while ancient Mayan ruins, amusement parks and energetic nightlife also prove irresistible to travelers the world over. With so many diversions to keep visitors occupied and entertained, all-inclusive hotels have risen to prominence. These top Cancun hotels have been selected to guarantee that all your accommodation and catering requirements are attended to, so you can focus on the real business of enjoying yourself.
Best Overall: Live Aqua Beach Resort
Situated directly on a beach in the heart of the Cancun commercial district, the adults-only Live Aqua is located within easy walking distance of the La Isla Shopping Village, Cinemax and popular Interactive Aquarium. Its 371 rooms are tastefully decorated with stylish, modern touches and come equipped with indulgent luxuries such as gourmet coffee and aromatherapy oils. Beyond that, balconies provide gorgeous sea views. Plush cabañas and comfortable lounges flank a sparkling infinity pool which offers access to an exclusive private beach. A range of hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and massage treatments are available at the luxurious spa center, and multiple yoga and fitness classes are conducted out of the gym. Nine restaurants offer a wide variety of international cuisine options coupled with ocean views, while five bars run the gamut from lively poolside scenes to sophisticated cocktail lounges.
Best Budget: Royal Solaris
With a rate that comes in at about half the price of other top resorts in Cancun, the Royal Solaris is notable more for what it offers than what it lacks. A balcony, minibar and 24/7 service provide the necessary comforts in large, open rooms. A sparkling pool offers beautiful views over the Caribbean and the private marina where kayaking and windsurfing are available and a modern gym overlooks the green Nichupté Lagoon. Kids will be entertained with a fun playground, game room and water park while adults can enjoy a variety of cooking and fitness activities. Five different restaurants provide tasty fare from stone-fired pizza to fresh sushi. A shady poolside bar keeps things cool during the day, while a social lobby bar hosts performances and parties well into the evening.
Best Boutique: Beloved Playa Mujeres
Situated on the quiet, remote beaches of the Playa Mujeres peninsula, the Beloved Playa Mujeres adults-only resort manages to combine the convenience and amenities of a large all-inclusive resort with the private feel of an intimate boutique hotel. Spacious rooms are warm with a mix of modern fixings and rustic driftwood décor, while 24-hour room service ensures your every need is met. Guests can relax in large whirlpool tubs before cracking a book on fully furnished balconies with expansive ocean views. A range of water sports such as kayaking, snorkeling and paddle boarding provide fun activities to occupy the day, while a bright, spacious fitness center offers the opportunity to work up an appetite for dining at one of four restaurants. Comfy pool lounges and thatched umbrellas create a relaxed atmosphere around the three hotel pools which offer views over the sandy beaches.
Best for Families: Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
Only 15 minutes from Cancun International Airport, the Moon Palace excels in ensuring that every moment of vacation time is spent enjoying all the entertainment, scenery and indulgences that Cancun has become renowned for. Surrounded by green Yucatan forest, this sprawling mega-resort prides itself on offering every possible diversion, from the famous Flowrider surf machine to the world-class 27-hole golf course. Seven pools offer slides for kids and relaxing deck lounges for parents, as well as a wide range of outdoor activities like minigolf, beach volleyball and kayaking, providing fun for the whole family. Dedicated entertainment zones engage kids and teenagers while parents enjoy a relaxing massage treatment at the Awe spa. A variety of pool-facing restaurants offer fare that suits every preference and nightly shows bring the day to a spectacular close.
Best for Romance: Sun Palace
The oceanside Sun Palace, located in one of the more quiet, secluded areas of the Hotel Zone, is a couples-only resort that provides the perfect setting for an intimate getaway. With decadent two-person jacuzzies on private ocean-view balconies, a fully stocked minibar and room service providing food and beverages at any hour, guests never even have to leave their room. Couples can indulge at the hotel's full spa with massage treatments, dips in the lengthy infinity pool overlooking the ocean and tasty treats and top-shelf spirits from the poolside bar and snack area. A selection of scenic restaurants provides relaxed dining atmospheres from casual alfresco to upscale elegance while the social lobby bar provides live nightly entertainment and the opportunity to mingle with other couples.
Best Luxury: Le Blanc Spa Resort
The stunning location, personalized service and opulent pampering on offer at the Le Blanc Spa Resort prove that you get what you pay for. Consistently ranked as the ultimate in Cancun all-inclusives, the attention to detail in the care of their guests is what sets the Le Blanc apart. Whether it’s the butlers who attend your room to the assistants around the beautiful pool leading out to the private beach, every possible convenience is provided at all times. Bright comfortable rooms offer spectacular views and are kitted out with all modern luxuries and 24/7 service. Experienced therapists in the stylish and peaceful spa provide a full range of massage and hydrotherapy services and top chefs offer formal French dining, fine Italian cuisine and exciting, cutting-edge Peruvian and Asian fusion in a range of stunning restaurant settings. Top-shelf drinks are provided by attentive staff at the bars scattered throughout the resort building, pools and adjacent private beach.
Best for Singles: Hard Rock Hotel
In an area known for its energetic, world-class nightlife, the Hard Rock Hotel has a reputation for providing the best in entertainment. Free-flowing drink service is provided at the private beach and oceanside pools to keep guests cool and happy, while numerous billiards and ping pong tables draw patrons to stylish bars. An abundance of outdoor activities encourage guests to socialize with other travelers; tennis and beach volleyball courts provide great opportunities to mingle. Guests will appreciate the level of detail in creating a true rock star stay — from music memorabilia adorning the large, lavish suites to Fender guitar lessons and bar service at the adults-only plunge pools on the terrace, they've truly thought of it all. Nightly live entertainment and themed parties keep guests partying into the early hours to cap off the hedonistic experience.
Best Business: Paradisus Cancun
Located right in the middle of the Hotel Zone peninsula, the Paradisus offers ease of access between both the international airport and the entertainment districts in the north end of the peninsula. Nearby car rental agencies also provide easy movement within the region if you need to travel to a meeting or conference. Large, bright hotel rooms come with all the amenities required to create a comfortable working space, including handsome desks, fast and reliable Wi-Fi and efficient room service. Guests will be awed by the lush tropical gardens and smooth marble floors of the main atrium, and business presentations will be smoothly facilitated within spacious meeting rooms stocked with modern audio-visual and communication equipment. More informal business can be conducted in one of the many fine restaurants or bars within the property, or even while playing a round of golf on the resort’s own 9-hole course. At the end of a working day, unwind next to the beachside pool or enjoy a relaxing massage at the on-site spa.
Best Ocean View: Hyatt Zilara Cancun
Despite being surrounded by the shopping malls, restaurants and nightclubs of the Hotel Zone, the Hyatt Zilara provides little incentive to leave the resort. With all rooms facing the blue waters of the Caribbean, the only thing that beats the sweeping views from the graceful balconies is the experience of swimming directly to your room from the stunning beachside pool. Colonial décor in the spacious rooms creates a comfortable and tasteful atmosphere to complement the resort's luxe sense of style. A centrally located swim-up pool bar provides refreshing drinks and cocktails, while guests can lounge in comfort on plush poolside cabañas. Six themed restaurants — offering Asia cuisine, a la carte seafood buffets and gourmet dining experiences — all provide stunning ocean vistas (especially the panoramic alfresco dining terrace). The elegant lounge bar, scenic lobby bar and beachside drink service are the cherry on top of the resort's exclusive atmosphere.