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What We Love

  • An all-inclusive, adults-only Caribbean resort with seven restaurants, four bars and a theaterThe resort’s all-inclusive basis, keeping you well-fed and well-hydrated
  • The adults-only policy, meaning you can enjoy your beach escape in peace
  • The sheer amount of things to do here, from windsurfing and snorkeling to watching live theater

What To Know

  • WiFi is an additional $15 per day
  • Book an Ocean View room for optimal sunrises or a Lagoon View room for the best sunsets
  • Free shuttle service to sister property the Great Parnassus is available


  •  Bar
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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An all-inclusive stay in a room with a lagoon view on a sprawling Caribbean beach resort for adults

The Lowdown

You can settle for a just-average Cancun vacation, or you can go for the gold. Wondering what “gold” even looks like in a city that’s not exactly known for its, well, subtlety? It looks a little something like seven restaurants, four bars and a live theater – something, in other words, like Golden Parnassus Resort & Spa. Never mind the beachfront property’s all-inclusive basis that will allow you to take advantage of everything above, on the house.
That’s right: This resort goes big. But it’s not just about flash and dazzle here, as the quality of service is just as golden, hence its TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Count on enthusiastic restaurant hosts who will happily seat you without a reservation, bartenders who will sign you up for on-site guacamole-making classes and performers at the theater’s shows who seriously know how to pump you up. And if you feel like downsizing from all that dining and drinking out, count on a helpful waiter to bring you room service, 24 hours a day.
Good to know
This property is adults-only, and guests must be over the age of 18 to stay here.


Deluxe rooms at Golden Parnassus are comfy abodes, each with a king or two double beds and a private balcony. You’ll have a view of Nichupte Lagoon pretty enough to compete for your attention with the shows or movies playing on your cable TV.


Hungry? Not for long, when you’ve got seven restaurants waiting to serve you whatever it is you crave. Find Italian, Japanese and Mexican specialties at oceanfront Paradise restaurant, or hit Shangri-La for a range of international flavors. Pier 12 and The Breeze share a marine theme, as well as a laid-back feel, with pasta in the first and seaside snacks in the second. You can also dine at a steakhouse or sushi joint, or take your breakfast, lunch or dinner in-room.When you’re thirsting for a cocktail or pint, with a snack, choose from a beer garden or sports bar, or grab a fruity drink on the beach or by the pool.


Treat yourself to a thermotherapy ritual or a Vitamin C wrap at the Spa at Golden Parnassus. This seaview spot specializes in super-sumptuous therapies, like lomi lomi and hot-stone massage, and many such treatments honor tradition, while incorporating unconventional ingredients; chocolate or royal jelly are two. Also available are salon treatments, including manicures, pedicures and even henna tattoos.


Golden Parnassus is set in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, which means you’re likely near any friends you might make at the popular local clubs, not to mention those nightlife spots themselves. If you stay, home, though, you won’t get bored very easily; you’re right on the beach (one of Cancun’s quieter ones), for starters. You’re also among a seaview pool, volleyball and tennis courts, water-sports equipment – including snorkels, windsurfs and kayaks – and a theater for live entertainment.

How to Get There

Golden Parnassus Resort & Spa -Adults Only- All Inclusive
Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 14.5, Retorno San
Cancun, 77500 Mexico


4.0 Very Good 8202 Reviews
My first but not my last visit.
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are looking for ultra fancy big crowds, a fight for a pool chair then This isn’t the place for you .. it’s very dated ( who cares ). , small and convenient , friendly guest , good food , comfy cold rooms and a super staff you might give it a chance.

Love this place
Reviewed 3 days ago

Awesome experience. Best staff in Mexico. Love the smaller resort. Maybe more variety on the buffet on different days. We will definitely be back! Nightly entertainment could be more updated. Love this place!!

A bit outdated, but still a great time!
Reviewed 6 days ago

As other reviews have mentioned, you get what you pay for with this resort. Upon our arrival, we were a bit dismayed to see how outdated and lacking the rooms are. There isn't a mini-fridge and you're only given 2 water bottles per day. I will say, the bathrooms seemed to have been updated recently and those were OK. The safe in the room was manual, which was a bit annoying to carry a key around daily rather than having a digital keypad on the safe.

The food was so-so. We had omelets for breakfast, the fajita station at lunch, and then tried the various restaurants at night. We liked Pier12 most and thought the calamari, salmon, and coconut shrimp were delicious. Most of the restaurants were empty, which also made the vibe a bit stale. We made a group reservation one night at the Japanese place, and when we arrived the staff was already closing down and had the lights off. We had been waiting all night, so we asked them to still seat us, but they were very rude and acted like we were inconveniencing them.

As for night-life, don't expect much. This resort tends to attract an older crowd and the lobby bar closes at 11. We hung out by the beach/pool bar a few times, but it would be great to have a bit more going on at night.

The pool was very calm and refreshing in the morning, but by the afternoon it got so hot that it wasn't refreshing at all. It would have been nice to have more servers available by the pool as there was only one woman delivering drink orders, so it took a long time!

I really think that if this resort made a few crucial updates (e.g., update/modernize rooms, add A/C to buffet area and bathrooms, add a bit more for nightly entertainment) it would have a real chance at being great and I would consider returning. I would recommend this resort to someone on a budget, but will definitely be looking for newer resorts for my next trip to Mexico!

Another GREAT visit to Golden Parnassus!
Reviewed 6 days ago

Just returned home May 14 after a 12 night stay at this resort. WOW is all I can say. While the resort is older and has some aging issues, there is a constant effort to upgrade. Everywhere you look, the place is kept spotless. Food is good in all the restaurants. My favorite was Sumo with a new Hibachi Bar. The chef puts on a fun show and the results were wonderful.
I found the grounds to be well kept along with the pool and bars. At the TIki Bar, Fonzy & Fermin during the day & Jose at night are incredible bartenders. It is a show just to watch them work. Jesus at the Dolphin and Carlos at the Sixties bar were also great.
The beach is the best in all of Cancun with breathtaking views of the water. Rooms are comfortable and clean. Beds were comfortable and pillows were perfect for me.
I was part of a large group who met at this resort and return each year for Cinco de Mayo. Any special needs we had were handled with ease. Thank you to the Bar & Restaurant staff who helped with our annual beer tasting.

I hope to return soon for more pampering and fun times. Thanks to the entire staff!

Nice smaller resort with big friendly staff who go above and beyond
Reviewed 7 days ago

The resort was small so there were only 3 to 4 places open for dinner at any one evening. But, times of open places to eat were more extended and open than at larger places. The pool was small and only 3.45ft deep. The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating.