The 7 Best Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resorts in Cancun
Few destinations cater so conspicuously to travelers as Cancún: the Mexican government formally declared its miles of beachfront a “Hotel Zone” back in the 1970s, investing heavily to bring luxury hotels to its shores. The plan worked, and today, Cancún attracts millions of party-loving sun-seekers to its hundreds of resorts. Which are the best? For a hassle-free grown-up getaway, consider these adults-only all-inclusive stays, where the only thing you’ll have to worry about is whether to order a poolside margarita or paloma.
Despite being in the party-loving Hotel Zone, Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancún is surprisingly zen. The tranquil aroma of cucumber and mint wafts through the white-on-white lobby; upstairs, 260 marble-floored rooms exude relaxed elegance with BVLGARI bath products, two-seater whirlpool tubs, and butler service. Guests can spend the day lounging on the oceanfront pool deck, at the wide sandy beach, or enjoy complimentary access to a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course at the nearby Moon Palace. In the AAA Five Diamond spa, you’ll find 19 soothing treatment suites and a hydrotherapy area—perfect for revitalizing the body after hours in the sun.
Sun Palace Cancun
Sun Palace Cancún, on a narrow piece of land at the southern edge of the Hotel Zone, is all about the views. Because of its terraced, zigzag shape, every room features a private balcony overlooking either the ocean or the Nichupté lagoon—not to mention canopied king beds, double Jacuzzi tubs, and his-and-her sinks. While more compact than other resorts in the area, Sun Palace compensates with a vast array of amenities including four restaurants, three bars, and 24-hour room service. (Did we mention guests receive hibiscus drinks on arrival?) Loungers and plush daybeds line the three infinity pools, which all face the ocean. For an even more relaxing retreat, head to the Awe Spa for hydrating body wraps, deep-tissue massages, and hydrotherapy plunge pools.
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Hyatt Zilara Cancun
Each of Hyatt Zilara Cancún’s 307 rooms and suites is a study in restrained luxury: think dark, wooden headboards and wood-beamed ceilings, balconies featuring Corinthian columns and wrought-iron railings, and ocean views from oversized jetted tubs lined with polished stone. The two main pools—one with an Olympic-length lap lane, the other with a swim-up bar—both overlook the sea, as do several of the on-site restaurants, which specialize in everything from contemporary Asian fusion to gourmet Mexican cuisine. Workout classes at the 24-hour fitness center, water sports at the beach, and nightly live entertainment are also included in your stay. While sessions at the 22,000-square-foot spa are one of the few exclusions, the treatments—many done in an outdoor gazebo—are worth the splurge.
Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun
A pleasing concoction of rosemary, eucalyptus, and peppermint oils permeates the grounds at Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún, an ultra-contemporary all-inclusive in the Hotel Zone known for its in-room aromatherapy menus. Beyond their soothing smells, warm-hued rooms feature tiled floors, luxury bath products, and balconies that overlook the Caribbean or the resort’s lush gardens. There are several intimate outdoor restaurants—including a casual Italian spot and a lantern-lit steakhouse surrounded by mangroves—along with a massive infinity pool and smaller, interconnecting pools of varying depths that separate the gardens from the beachfront. Should a tropical rainstorm temporarily force you indoors, cross the street to La Isla Shopping Village, Cancún’s mecca for high-end designer shopping with outposts of brands such as Massimo Dutti, Onda de Mar, and Kiehl’s.
Riu Palace Las Americas
Riu Palace Las Americas makes a grand first impression with its all-white turreted exterior and mosaic-tiled pools that bring ancient Roman baths to mind. The 372 suites, renovated in 2016, also take cues from the Old World with their doric columns, sculpted wooden headboards, and soft color palette—not to mention balconies often with direct views over the Caribbean. At the small but well-equipped Renova Spa, popular treatments range from rejuvenating facials to body wraps using bergamot and mint oils. If you're more interesting in people-watching, most guests congregate at the swim-up bar in one of the two pools, where terraced sundecks lined with loungers lead to the sand. Thanks to the resort’s location at the sheltered northwestern bend of Punta Cancún, its beach is one of area's best spots for swimming.
Beloved Playa Mujeres
Located about a half-hour north of the Hotel Zone, Beloved Playa Mujeres is one of the few all-inclusive, adults-only properties in the quieter Playa Mujeres district. Three main buildings and several pods of two-story beachfront casitas are home to 109 suites, all of which feature a balcony or terrace and—in the best room categories—swim-up pool access or private plunge pools. Even if you don't have your own pool, there are three others to choose from, including one that looks out over the beach. There, thatch-covered umbrellas provide much-needed shade and El Mar—one of four restaurants on property—serves fresh-caught seafood grilled to perfection. Don’t miss the 35,000-square-foot spa and wellness center with its indoor/outdoor hydrotherapy circuit, 14 treatment rooms, and expert-led fitness classes.
Secrets The Vine Cancun
It's nearly impossible to get a bad room at the Secrets the Vine Cancún, in the heart of Cancún’s Hotel Zone. Here, 497 sleek guest rooms and suites are decked out with custom teakwood headboards, Italian porcelain floors, and a private terrace or balcony overlooking the Caribbean Sea or Nichupté lagoon. If you're looking to up the romance factor, however, couples should consider the Preferred Club Honeymoon Suites, which come with an in-room soaking tub, club-level lounge access, and extra concierge services. Oenophiles will appreciate the extensive vino options at the wine-inspired resort (hence the hotel's name): in the lobby, for example, a wine wall of nearly 3,000 labels sections off the Vine Bar, where sommeliers lead tastings. Grab a glass and head outside, where four rectangular pools, white sand, and countless loungers await.
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