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If you’re in the market for some winter sun, Cancún is the place to get it. The popular Mexican resort town has white sand beaches, plenty of things to do and see, and all-inclusive resorts that cater to every type of traveler. Whether you want to frolic on the beach with your family, have a tranquil, romantic honeymoon, or live it up on a spring break party trip, there’s an all-inclusive resort in Cancún to suit your needs.
We’ve rounded up some of the top all-inclusive resorts in Cancún — just keep in mind that the Riviera Maya is large, and we tried to stick mainly to the Hotel Zone and slightly north and south of it, but not as far down as Playa del Carmen. Stay tuned for further articles on top resorts in Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, and more.
Cancún is easily accessible for U.S. travelers, just a nonstop flight away from many U.S. hubs. For those who may be nervous about heading to a different country, Cancún is the ideal spot to get your feet wet, as many locals speak English and the destination caters to international travelers who may not want to step too far outside their comfort zone.
On the other hand, if you’d prefer to get local, there are plenty of spots nearby to explore for travelers with all sorts of tastes, from the pristine, idyllic sands of Holbox to the charming city of Mérida.
While Cancún is especially ideal for travelers who want to stick to their all-inclusive resort, lounging on white sands and sipping cocktails, there’s also lots to do and see, from excursions to Mayan ruins and cenotes (swimming holes, usually in the jungle), as well as water activities like snorkeling, Jet Skiing, fishing, and diving.
The town of Cancún is relatively safe for travelers, and some places in the touristy Hotel Zone even accept U.S. dollars. But of course, you should always follow proper travel precautions. Mexico is still a foreign country, so have some pesos, prepare your passport for travel, and pick up some travel insurance for Mexico if you plan to head to Cancún.
All-inclusive resorts are perfect for travelers who want to maximize what they get out of a short trip or who simply don’t want to leave the resort. It’s easy to plan, because the resort caters to all your needs, taking care of everything from food to activities to entertainment.
These are the types of travelers who might benefit from an all-inclusive getaway in Cancún:
Organizing a trip for everyone can get complicated fast, and all-inclusive resorts cater to your clan’s every need. That means everything, from giving the kids snacks before they get cranky to offering childcare and activities to keep the whole family — toddlers, kids, teens, and adults — happy.
If you want to hole away in total seclusion, an all-inclusive means you don’t have to do or plan too much — you can just relax with your partner and have everything you need at your fingertips.
Two words: unlimited booze. Staying at the right all-inclusive means you’re right in the middle of all the fun, from swim-up bars to foam parties to on-site nightclubs.
Adults-only all-inclusive hotels mean you get to spend time and enjoy all the resort amenities with your favorite adults — without any kids around.
Since everyone is probably sticking around the resort, staying at an all-inclusive means you never feel alone. It’s also the ideal place for solo travelers worried about safety. Since you won’t head off the resort much, the likelihood of staying safe is higher.Hot Tip:
Wondering if an all-inclusive resort is right for you? Learn more about what “all-inclusive” actually means and how you can benefit from an all-inclusive vacation.
Cancún is the perfect destination for adults to escape to, whether they’re couples leaving the kids at home, a mom and daughter on a getaway, or gals, guys, or cousins on an annual trip.
Adults looking for the widest stretch of sands along the Caribbean Sea in the Cancún Hotel Zone will find it at the adults-only Hyatt Zilara Cancun. One of the best all-inclusive resorts in Cancún for adults, the hotel features coveted amenities perfect for a grown-up getaway, such as beach bed cabanas set directly on the sand overlooking the sea, swim-up suites, and 2 massive pools (1 with a swim-up bar). And every guest accommodation (yup, all 310 rooms) features an ocean-facing whirlpool tub and a balcony overlooking the crashing waves.
With 6 on-site restaurants (including Mexican, teppanyaki, and fresh seafood) and 5 bars, you can eat high-end cuisine, kick back on the beach with a burger, sip craft beers, do seaside tequila tastings, or clink glasses while drinking wines from around the world.
This particular all-inclusive hotel comes with unlimited food and drinks and access to fitness classes, beach volleyball, beach yoga, and nonmotorized water sports. The resort also offers entertainment like live music, trivia contests, and aerial and acrobatic shows.
Guests can also go to the Zen Spa, a 22,800-square-foot space with 11 treatment rooms, an oceanfront gazebo treatment space, and a hydrotherapy circuit complete with an ice fountain and herbal steam room.
Rates start at around $450 or 35,000 World of Hyatt points per night (based on double occupancy).
Another all-inclusive, adults-only Hyatt property, the Secrets The Vine Cancun is for all-inclusive enthusiasts who want a chic Cancún experience. The high-rise tower practically rises out of the sea, and the sky-high room views are incredible in almost any direction, looking out over Laguna Nichupté and the Caribbean Sea.
This particular property has nearly 500 rooms, 217 of which are suites. It’s not hard to feel the sophistication of the hotel from the rooms, which make use of luxury furnishings like walnut wood, Italian porcelain, and custom headboards. Rooms and suites also have balconies, some with gorgeous soaking tubs.
The resort has 9 restaurants and bars, including a sports bar, an Italian eatery, a piano lounge, and a wine bar complete with a special wine cellar and wine lounge. Meanwhile, the Secrets Spa by Pevonia has 12 treatment rooms that offer treatments inspired by local traditions and products, incorporating ingredients like coffee, seaweed, and cacao.
From the hotel’s 2 swimming pools to the live music, theme nights, cocktail parties, galas, wine tastings, and beach and pool volleyball tournaments, adults have plenty to do during their stay.
However, those itching to get off the property should consider adding on the Sip, Savor & See program. This lets guests have dinner, drinks, and live entertainment at a nearby participating resort from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. — arrange it with the Secrets The Vine concierge by 3 p.m. the same evening.
Rates start at around $430 or 21,000 Hyatt points per night (based on double occupancy).
Hyatt offers more than a dozen all-inclusive properties around the Yucatan Peninsula and the Riviera Maya, including Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Cancún, Puerto Morelos, as well as many other beachfront Mexican destinations. If you know you’d like to have an all-inclusive vacation in Cancún or somewhere else in Mexico, it may be worth heading directly to Hyatt to learn more about the hotelier’s Mexican all-inclusive portfolio.Hot Tip:
If you want to stay at an all-inclusive Hyatt property, consider paying for your stay using World of Hyatt points. Earn World of Hyatt points by getting The World of Hyatt Credit Card. Or, earn points that transfer to the Hyatt program at a 1:1 ratio with a credit card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve®, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, or Bilt World Elite Mastercard® Credit Card.
While you might think that any adults-only property in Cancún is perfect for a honeymoon, but different resorts have distinctly different vibes, some catering to older adults and others more geared toward a party scene or younger adults.
For a secluded, romantic, and serene honeymoon that still has plenty of activities, consider one of these top Cancún hotels.
Couples looking for those chic, barefoot-elegance vibes should head directly to Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancún. While the Royale Deluxe Lagoon View suites (the lowest room category) offer lovely views and comfortable amenities, honeymooners should opt for the Royale Honeymoon Suite Oceanfront, which features a double Jacuzzi, a liquor dispenser with premium brands, Bulgari bath amenities, a welcome bottle of wine, and more.
If you’re looking forward to a romantic meal or fine dining, this hotel is the right choice — forget everyone shoving out of the way to get french fries at the buffet, like at some other all-inclusive properties. Le Blanc focuses on elevated cuisine and beautifully designed spaces, from the minimalist Japanese restaurant Yama to classic French flavors at Lumière. Some restaurants even offer complimentary Moët & Chandon by the glass for toasting, and some of the on-site bars offer wine tasting and mixology lessons.
Spa-goers should note the Mexican-inspired spa menu, complete with wood therapy massage, hydrotherapy journeys, and seasonal wraps and scrubs. Honeymooners can also enjoy private spa experiences for 2.
Couples can take yoga and Pilates classes, try aquatic spinning or paddleboard yoga, dip into 1 of 3 pools, or snuggle up together and enjoy 24-hour room service, included in the all-inclusive package.
Rates start at around $800 per night, and rates for the honeymoon suite start at $1,100 per night (based on double occupancy). The Le Blanc Spa Resort isn’t a part of a traditional rewards program.
For a more intimate honeymoon escape, consider the Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun, home to 371 newly renovated rooms and suites. And speaking of suites, the honeymoon suite is one to remember, with its gorgeous sea view terrace and living room. The honeymoon suite includes access to the hotel’s Aqua Club Lounge, butler service, sparkling wine and strawberries, a couples’ massage, a VIP Bali bed on the beach, and more.
However, we also appreciate that the hotel’s lowest-category rooms start at just over $300 a night — ideal for honeymooners on a budget who want a romantic honeymoon escape at a more affordable price.
Lovebirds can partake in activities like volleyball, water games, dance classes, yoga, tai chi, and culinary workshops, as well as live music and other themed events. The Harmony Spa by Live Aqua has 12 treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy area, and even a temazcal, a type of traditional Mexican sweat lodge.
From casual beachfront Italian cuisine to a sushi bar and even an Asian restaurant tucked away in a secret garden, the hotel offers various dining opportunities that include beachfront casual, exclusive and high-end, and secluded and romantic. And while the resort’s entertainment is relatively tame, it sells tickets to the nightlife extravaganza Coco Bongo, which is only 10 minutes away.
All-inclusive room rates start at $333, and the honeymoon suite starts at $685 per night (based on double occupancy). You can’t book this resort with points.
Honeymooners who prefer something more private than the Hotel Zone should head to the adults-only Excellence Playa Mujeres, in the more luxurious and serene Playa Mujeres.
The all-suite hotel is particularly suited to luxury travelers looking for a secluded getaway. The 2-story honeymoon suite has a rooftop terrace, private pool, Jacuzzi, and butler service. Staff will also decorate the 2,500-square-foot space with flowers and leave sparkling wine for your arrival.
One of the reasons this hotel is ideal for honeymoons is because it never feels crowded — with 7 swimming pools, 4 Jacuzzis, and 5 whirlpools, there’s plenty of space to find a peaceful pool nook to relax.
With nearly a dozen bars and restaurants to choose from, guests can munch on Italian fare, sample high-class French cuisine, or hang out by the pool bar. The Miilé Spa offers a full-service salon, hydrotherapy circuit, and 15 treatment rooms (including 2 for couples with double massage beds). The all-inclusive package also offers unique activities perfect for couples to bond, like Spanish lessons, yoga, board games, water aerobics, beach soccer, kayaking, and more.
Double-occupancy rates start around $570 per night, while the honeymoon suite starts at $1,100 per night. There are also special honeymoon packages available, offering Champage breakfasts in bed and discounts on photo packages and spa treatments.Hot Tip:
Considering a honeymoon not too far from home? Besides Cancún, consider honeymoon destinations in the U.S. Or, for year-round warm weather, these Caribbean islands are ideal for a honeymoon. For couples in the market for an all-inclusive honeymoon, consider destinations like Mexico, the Dominican Republic, or Thailand.
Cancún makes it simple for families to have an easy all-inclusive getaway, thanks to child-friendly services and amenities like on-site water parks, kids’ clubs, and teen areas, as well as plenty for adults to do, like casinos and spas.
Here are some of the best all-inclusive resorts in Cancún for families.
A massive, family-friendly resort with over 1,000 rooms, the Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort caters to families with amenities such as a water park, 2 lazy rivers, bowling, laser tag, an indoor trampoline park, and kids’ club. The water park has 10 slides, a splash park, and spray grounds. The resort is located toward the quieter resort area of Puerto Morelos, south of Cancun’s livelier Hotel Zone.
Meanwhile, parents can go to the spa, which has a hydrotherapy circuit, or indulge in unlimited alcoholic beverages and reservation-free dining (especially helpful when your toddler simply refuses to leave the swimming pool for dinner or your baby has an unexpected diaper blowout before breakfast). After a long day at the water park with the family, parents may also appreciate the comfy DreamBeds, the handcrafted, signature bed choice of the hotel.
Speaking of sleeping, the all-suite hotel has rooms to fit any family, from junior suites that sleep 4 to 2-bedroom suites that sleep up to 10. Families will likely enjoy unique dining options such as The Cave, a restaurant surrounded by cavernous rock, and the Scoops Gelato ice cream and coffee shop. There are even a poolside food trucks for a quick hamburger, taco, or hot dog between games of Marco Polo.
All-inclusive rates for 2 adults and 1 child start around $500 or 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.
The sister property to the adults-only Hyatt Zilara Cancun, the Hyatt Ziva Cancun is the family-friendly version. It has 3 infinity pools and is surrounded on 3 sides by the sea.
One of the things the Hyatt Ziva does well is cater to each and every member of the family. Children can play in the KidZ club, while teens can head to the @Moods Teens Club. Meanwhile, parents might head to the microbrewery or hit up the Punta Vista Rooftop Bar, one of the 8 restaurants and 10 bars the property features.
The all-suite hotel features in-room amenities for all ages. Parents may make a beeline to the espresso machines and rainfall showers, while kids will probably flock to the rooms that overlook the dolphin habitat. Swim-up suites are available for families with kids who are 13 or older.
The property’s Zen Spa features a hydrotherapy circuit, massage, and aromatherapy treatments. Frazzled parents can take things a step further with an Alchemy Workshop, where you can create your own spa treatment, mask, scent, or cream from aromatherapy oils. There are also family-friendly activities such as kayaking, dancing, golf experiences, Tiki parties, beach volleyball, and more.
Room rates start at $600 per night or 35,000 World of Hyatt points based on double occupancy. Note that children between 2 and 12 will each incur an additional cost of 12,000 points or around $125 per night. Children over 12 are charged as full adults.
If you’re looking to earn or burn Marriott Bonvoy points, the Marriott Cancun, An All-Inclusive Resort is reopening in 2024 after extensive renovations. The entire resort will be newly all-inclusive and feature renovated rooms, pools, dining concepts, and a brand-new lobby.
Children can splash around the water park and play in the kids’ club, while parents can relax in the tranquility of the muted rooms, decked out in beige and inviting warm wood tones. Dining options should suit the needs of everyone (even the pickiest kids), with 9 different specialty restaurants, including a beach shack, Polynesian grill, organic bakery, and Japanese restaurant.
Parents can rejuvenate in the spa, which includes partially open-air massage rooms on the beach, as well as visit the newly renovated fitness center, do yoga, and enjoy live entertainment.
As this hotel is still undergoing renovations, it’s not currently accepting reservations. But it’s scheduled to reopen in 2024, and you should be able to pay in cash or using Marriott Bonvoy points.Hot Tip:
Is there anything better for families than a Cancún resort with a water park? We think not. These are the best Cancún hotels and resorts with water parks for families, including the aforementioned Hyatt Ziva and Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun.
Cancún is just as (if not more) popular with party animals, solo travelers who want to make friends, and celebratory groups as it is with families and couples.
From the best all-inclusive resorts in Cancún for a bachelor party to the best party resorts in Cancún, here’s where you should go for some serious fun in the sun.
One of the best all-inclusive resorts for singles, groups, families, or couples alike, the Paradisus Cancun, a resort within the Melia portfolio, has something for everyone, making it the ideal place to stay, no matter your travel situation. Its pyramid-like structure is a nod to the area’s ancient Mayan architecture, but its rooms are modern and welcoming.
Both singles and groups can try out amenities like the swim-up bar, while couples and honeymooners should upgrade to the adults-only Reserve section of the resort. With daytime and nighttime entertainment, there should always be something on hand to keep boredom at bay, whether you’re on your own or traveling with the kids or friends. Activities like sushi workshops, wine tastings, pool parties, and yoga classes can be equally as fun for solo travelers as they might be for groups, couples, or families.
The all-inclusive package includes dining at 8 different restaurants and 5 bars, as well as free golf, access to the gym and spa, tennis courts, nonmotorized water sports, diving demonstrations, and a kids’ club.
All-inclusive room rates start at $400 per night based on double occupancy.
The Hard Rock Hotel Cancun lives up to its infamous name, and remains one of Cancún’s best party spots for groups of friends, singles, and even fun-loving couples or families. It’s also one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Cancún for young adults or college students (at least ones who can afford a bit of a splurge). The hotel pegs itself “the ultimate beachfront celebrity playground.” While we can’t confirm if celebrities are always hanging around this beachfront or not, we can confirm that there are a lot of beautiful people drinking booze around the hotel’s gorgeous pool and beach areas.
This particular party hotel rocks some pretty unique amenities. For travelers who really want to let everyone know they’re having the time of their lives in Cancún, some of the resort’s packages even come with complimentary photo shoots . You can also get a Fender guitar delivered to your room, as well as in-room video guitar lessons (the guitars are free but require a security deposit — they’re loaners). Pets are treated like royalty at this hotel, with their very own memory foam beds and welcome gifts.
With 5 thematic restaurants, a floating pool bar, and plenty of other indoor and outdoor spots to eat and drink, the Hard Rock tries to make it easy to dine, imbibe, and have a good time. And young adults or college students won’t want to miss the hotel’s iconic weekly foam parties.
All-inclusive room rates start at $412 per night based on double occupancy.
Cancún, Mexico, is for everyone. Honeymooners, groups of friends, families, and solo travelers can all enjoy the ease of an all-inclusive package at a hotel perfectly suited to their travel style. Whether it’s a massive resort with a water park, a hotel with a vibey pool scene, or a secluded getaway from the grind, there’s an all-inclusive resort in Cancún that’s right for you.
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Cancún has several all-inclusive resorts, and there are places to suit families, couples, groups of friends, solo travelers, young adults, college students, honeymooners, and more. You can easily find an all-inclusive resort in Cancún that matches your travel style.
When choosing an all-inclusive resort, think about your travel style, your budget, and what you want out of your vacation. Some all-inclusive resorts are adults-only, which is great if you’re on your honeymoon but not ideal if you’ve got a family of 5. Think about your needs, then search for a resort that matches them.
Each Cancún all-inclusive resort has its own inclusions, but most resorts include accommodation, meals, snacks, drinks, entertainment, and resort activities. In many cases, all-inclusive resorts come with complimentary nonmotorized water sports and include alcoholic beverages, but check the resort website carefully to be sure.
One of the best ways to get a good deal on an all-inclusive is to book in advance. Traveling during low or shoulder season can also incur lower prices. You might be able to find Cancún deals on popular shopping days like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or Travel Tuesday. You can also compare the prices (and the advantages and disadvantages) of booking directly vs. booking via an online travel agency.
If you’re concerned about safety, the best place to stay is the Hotel Zone. Because it’s such a touristy area with many large resorts, it’s usually buzzing with activity, has more police protection and security personnel, and feels very safe.
December through April is peak travel season in Cancún, thanks to its warm, sunny, and dry weather — it perfectly coincides with spring break. However, you can also enjoy Cancún’s decent weather in the shoulder season during a month like May. Prices are usually lower and hotels are less crowded in low season, which is the Atlantic hurricane season, from June to November.
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