The all-inclusive rate includes excellent à la carte meals, most alcohol, room service and non-motorized water sports
Beach butler service and Balinese-inspired daybeds at the Royal Service pool
The soothing citrus and honey wrap at the 5,000-square-foot Yhi Spa
What To Know
Make dinner reservations at the best à la carte restaurants, such as Mole and Fuego, or risk missing out
Spa treatments, golf rentals and dinner at Tempo, the fine-dining restaurant overseen by Michelin-starred chef Martín Berasategui, cost extra
One pool is exclusive to the adults-only Royal Service wing, and another is reserved for those with Family Concierge service
Book now and up to two children 12 and under stay and eat for free from May 1 to Dec. 22, 2016 (maximum two children per room; other restrictions apply); blackout dates: July 12 to August 22, 2016
Parking on site
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Mayan-inspired megaresort on Cancún’s widest beach, with all-inclusive dining, four pools and a nine-hole golf course
In the middle of Cancún’s widest beach, a row of modern pyramids look out over the Caribbean and the Nichupte Lagoon. Although it's massive and cast in concrete, the resort’s Mayan inspiration makes it a striking element of the Hotel Zone beachfront. Inside, an $8 million renovation completed in 2012 has refreshed the restaurants and bars with bold, contemporary looks. By day the setting is tropical: Huge skylights brighten the foyer in each pyramid, and vines cascade over nine stories of balconies. By night, red and purple lights transform the common areas into a club-worthy scene.
Bed & Bath
The 678 guestrooms are also modern, but with more classic refinement than the public spaces. Soft lighting in dark wood frames replaces headboards, making the inviting bed the focal point of each room. Tones of muted orange and pale maroon give a sense of place, as do black-and-white portraits of locals on the walls. Cool, marble floors run from the bedrooms to the large bathrooms, which have rainfall showerheads in standard tubs. Every room has a private balcony or terrace that faces either the sea or the lagoon, and those in the Royal Service and Family Concierge pyramids feature personal butlers and cell phones to ring for them.
One of the benefits of the size of the resort is its wide variety of dining options. After a breakfast buffet (with full-service juice and omelet bars), lunch and dinner options are à la carte. Reserve a table at Vento for wood-fired pizzas, or choose Bana, a funky sushi spot on wooden platforms. For more local fare, go casual with Blue Agave’s tequila and taco pairings — or upscale with Mole’s exceptionally executed Mexican dishes. There’s room for all on the wide white sand beach that made Cancún famous, and servers bring cold drinks to loungers around the four pools. Guests in the Royal Service and Family Concierge pyramids have exclusive access to private pools surrounded by hand-carved daybeds. There are also tennis courts, kayaks to rent, a huge fitness center and a nine-hole golf course. Treatments at the multilevel Yhi Spa are worth an extra splurge, and so is star chef Martín Berasategui’s tasting menu at Tempo. If you’re still looking for diversions, a daily schedule lists free activities, like Spanish lessons and tequila tastings.
In the Area
If you can pull yourself away from the powdery beach, the resort’s travel agents can arrange trips to snorkel or scuba-dive along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System or at the Museo Subacuatico de Arte, an underwater sculpture park. More experienced golfers should skip the on-site course in favor of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Moon Palace. And you can explore real pyramids at the nearby ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum.
Paradisus by Meliá Cancun All Inclusive Resort
Boulevard Kukulkan Km 16.5
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Gran Melia Cancun is Cancun, Quintana Roo (CUN-Cancun Intl.) - 11.9 km / 7.4 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.