Just 10 minutes from the Cancún airport but a world away from the rowdy beachfront resorts
Dramatic boxy architecture frames views of untouched mangrove marshes and the Caribbean Sea
Thoughtful layout creates natural zones for families, honeymooners and business groups
What To Know
Meals in the resort’s six restaurants are very expensive, and it’s a cab ride to town
The resort is spread over 29 acres, but golf carts are readily available
Bring bug spray
Parking on site
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New upscale option in Cancún, with Asian-inspired design, two beaches, six restaurants and a top spa
Designed by architect Alejandro Escudero, the 274-room Nizuc Resort & Spa is a showcase of Punta Nizuc’s natural beauty, with dramatic boxy architecture that brings the outdoors in and raw and reclaimed materials that suit this unspoiled corner of Cancún. From the dark stone tiles on the floor to the rough-hewn (but expertly crafted) tropical wood furnishings and intricate lattice room dividers, the guest rooms have an earthy style that reflects the resort’s thoughtful sense of place, along with private furnished balconies and spa-like marble bathrooms with stand-alone egg tubs and double vanities. While Garden Rooms offer the most privacy, it’s well worth splurging on an Ocean View Room for the Caribbean vista at sunset. Spread across 29 acres of beachfront and quiet waterways, guests quickly find their favorite enclaves, from the adults-only infinity pool and the lounger-dotted main pool (which has a sunken bar), to the beachside water sports center or the romantic pier. Start with breakfast in the airy Café de la Playa, then set up camp on a beachfront lounger or daybed at the secluded Terra Nostra pool or the heart-of-the-action Punta Nizuc pool, which has its own sunken bar, beach views, and kid-free lounging. For dinner, choose from six gourmet restaurants including Ramona for inventive Mexican fare, Indochine for Asian fusion, and Ni for Peruvian favorites. Double-down on relaxation at the 30,000-square-foot Nizuc Spa by ESPA, which has 12 treatment rooms and suites, a spa café, a meditation garden, and a signature thermal experience.
In the Area
Nizuc’s in-house tour operator can organize personalized daytrips to a host of Riviera Maya sights, including the ruins at Chichen Itza, Coba’s exceptional pyramids and underground caves, and bohemian Tulum’s white sand beaches. For golfers, the Greg Norman–designed El Camaleón course, at the Mayakoba Resort, provides 18 challenging holes between limestone canals and the sea, while tennis fiends can practice their swing with a pro on Nizuc’s hard courts. And for families, the resort’s Winik’s Kids Club keeps youngsters occupied with cooking classes, pottery, painting, dance and music.