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Best Overall: Grand Park Royal Cozumel – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Guests at the Grand Royal can easily access the reefs and wildlife of Cozumel National Marine Park, as well as Chankanaab National Park."
Best Value: Cozumel Palace – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Meals and drinks at any of the four restaurants are included, and evenings can be enjoyed with a fire-juggling show."
Best for Families: Sunscape Sabor – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The “Unlimited Fun” package includes spacious suites with private terraces and all of the kid-friendly food and drinks a family could desire."
Best for Romance: Secrets Aura Cozumel – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Lovebirds can drink cocktails and enjoy sweeping views at the rooftop Sky Bar, or sit in one of the many, intimate nooks in the lounge."
Best for Adventure: The Explorean – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The Explorean is close to the gorgeous Chankanaab National Park and Mayan ruins, so day trips are a must."
Best for Central Location: El Cozumeleno – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"To balance town activities, it also offers five pools and a swim-up bar, and included on-site are scuba and snorkeling lessons."
"This boutique family-run resort is a fraction of the size of most on the island, making it easier for warm, personalized service from the staff."
Best for Seclusion: Occidental Cozumel – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Active guests will appreciate the access to tennis, volleyball, water aerobics, and scuba diving classes."
Best for Divers: Iberostar Cozumel – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The resort has its own boats and diving center, to make arranging water excursions even easier."
Best Overall: Grand Park Royal Cozumel
Self-proclaimed the “Most Inclusive All-Inclusive” of Cozumel, Grand Park Royal Cozumel is a Mexican destination with some of the best beaches around. This upscale hotel is located just three miles from Dolphin Discovery Cozumel water park and five miles from the Cozumel International Airport.
With four pools (two infinity), supervised children's programs, Spanish lessons for all ages, cooking classes, and an amphitheater with live entertainment, there is never a reason to be bored here. There are casual Mexican, Italian, and buffet restaurants to choose from and a whopping six bars.
A private underpass leads to an exclusive, secluded beach club. All of the 342 spacious rooms come with TVs and balconies, plus, granite or marble bathrooms. Not all rooms have ocean views, so make sure to request that when booking.
While staying at the Grand Royal, you can easily access the reefs and wildlife of Cozumel National Marine Park, as well as Chankanaab National Park, since both just minutes from the resort. Plus, the buzzy nightlife of the city center is also close by.
Best Value: Cozumel Palace
To be clear, this is not a budget option, but the resort does give a lot of bang for its buck.
When booking a five-night stay (which most travelers do), Cozumel Palace will provide you with a resort credit to be used on spa treatments, special dinners, scuba diving, or some of the more exotic excursions that are not usually included in the room rate, such as chocolate tours. Free Wi-Fi is also offered, which is not as common on the island as one would hope.
Located on the West Coast of the island by the San Miguel ferry port, the 169-suite is easy to get to and from—meaning less time in transport and more time lounging on private balcony hammock.
Spacious suites come with flat-screen TVs and minibars, balconies, and in-room Whirlpool tubs. Some have separate living areas, loft bedrooms and/or dining areas, and all have Caribbean views. Meals and drinks at any of the four restaurants are included, and evenings can be enjoyed with a fire-juggling show.
Best for Families: Sunscape Sabor
From the time you step foot onto the property, little ones get the royal treatment. Sunscape Sabor has a fun kids' check-in experience, complete with red carpet steps and kid-friendly welcome amenities.
The Explorer’s Club and Core Zone Teens Club lets you have some much-needed alone time, while your kids are preoccupied. De-stress by enjoying a spa treatment, a show at the theatre, a round of golf, or the property’s wine cellar for a glass or two.
The “Unlimited Fun” package includes spacious suites with private terraces and all of the kid-friendly food and drinks a family could desire. There is a large selection of daily activities that include, guided bike tours, karaoke sessions, and movie nights. There's also watersports, beach volleyball, and ping-pong available for your enjoyment.
Best for Romance: Secrets Aura Cozumel
Whether you're looking for a destination wedding, a honeymoon, or just a long-overdue romantic escape, the adults-only, 266-suite Secrets Aura has the romance factor down pat.
The resort offers sophisticated swim-up suites, with direct pool access for late-night dips, Hobie Cats for two to explore out on the water, and even a wedding package for you and your partner to get married underwater.
You and your sweetheart can drink cocktails and enjoy sweeping views at the rooftop Sky Bar, or sit in one of the many, intimate nooks in lounge named Desires.
While Secrets Aura offers many dining options (seven restaurants and 24-hour dining included), you'll have full access to the amenities at the sister property Sunscape Sabor Cozumel.
Best for Adventure: The Explorean
Many all-inclusive resorts in Cozumel are aimed at either divers or those looking to sit poolside with a cocktail in hand. For those wanting a more varied adventure, a stay at the Explorean should be considered. Since this is the Fiesta Americana’s greener sister property, guests have full access to both resorts.
There are on-site excursions such as horseback riding, kayaking, or a guided jungle tour. The Explorean is also close to the gorgeous Chankanaab National Park and Mayan ruins, so day trips are a must.
After any adventure, hungry guests can come back to the restaurant Lool Kan, where the chef is known for cooking spontaneously, catering to the desires of diners on the fly, with ingredients he finds on his daily trips to the markets.
The self-serve Explorer Bar means guests can also get creative making their own cocktails. This upscale hideaway has suites called Explorer Bungalows and upgraded stand-alone casitas for the ultimate luxe private stay.
Best for Central Location: El Cozumeleno
Located just a few easy minutes from the main town of San Miguel and opposite Cozumel Country Club, this 252-room oceanfront resort does not have the secluded feel that many other Cozumel resorts strive for.
El Cozumeleno knows that some travelers value a more bustling vibe and access to city life. To balance town activities, it also offers five pools and a swim-up bar, included on-site scuba and snorkeling lessons, bike tours, kayaking, and a ton of supervised kids' activities.
All rooms have terraces or balconies with garden or sea views and come with flat-screens, minibars, and sitting and dining areas. Family quarters are also available.
El Cozumeleno also has its own private pier: the starting point for memorable dinner cruises under starry skies. For easy transfers, Cozumel International Airport is just three miles away.
Best Boutique: Playa Azul
With a mere 50 rooms, this boutique, family-run resort is a fraction of the size of most on the island, making it easier for warm, personalized service from the staff.
Playa Azul guests receive unlimited, complimentary golf (players just have to pay a small fee for cart use) at the top-rated Cozumel Country Club. The on-site diving center offers trips not only to the more common reefs, but to mainland cenotes: underground caverns that double as gorgeous swimming holes.
This hotel has an ideal location for wildlife sightings, as pods of dolphins are often seen playing in the waters here. After a long day out on the golf course or in the water, you can indulge in relaxing treatments at the Savia Spa, where they specialize in hot stone massages and chocolate body wraps to melt tension away
Best for Seclusion: Occidental Cozumel
Set amid the verdant flora of tropical mangroves on the Southwestern part of Cozumel, Occidental Cozumel was inspired by the traditional haciendas of the Yucatan Peninsula. It's the perfect place to enjoy Spanish Colonial architecture, vivid colors, and a relaxing atmosphere helped by colorful gardens.
With six restaurants and four bars, guests could spend the whole vacation eating and drinking, but active guests will appreciate the access to tennis, volleyball, water aerobics, and scuba diving classes.
Night dives can be arranged to see bioluminescent plankton, and for an additional fee, the resort arranges trips to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. Occidental Cozumel has a massive, main pool directly on the pristine, white-sand beach, with plenty of sun loungers to accommodate all of the guests.
Best for Divers: Iberostar Cozumel
Set on its own private beach, with resident peacocks and flamingos adding to the tropical vibe, the bungalows and suites at Iberostar Cozumel are perfect for serious divers who come to Mexico to both check out the reefs and to unwind in style.
This laid-back oceanfront hotel has 293 rooms and is very family-friendly with a dedicated kids’ pool, club for your little ones, a mini-disco, and activities including sandcastle building, dance classes, and theatre shows.
The location is ideal, with the famous Palancar Reef just a few minutes offshore. The resort has its own boats and diving center, to make arranging excursions even easier.
At Iberostar Cozumel, food offerings are abundant with a healthy menu that incorporates local products in season.