Meagan Drillinger

As far as beach resorts in Mexico go, Cancún is always a crowd pleaser. Lively restaurants and a high-octane nightlife scene are obvious draws, but this 14-mile coastal strip is also a favorite for travelers seeking powdery white beaches. It’s become so popular, more than 3 million visitors head to Cancún every year.

Compared to other cities in Mexico, which date back hundreds or even thousands of years, Cancún is a relative newcomer. It was only established in 1967, when the local government discovered how its beauty could transform Mexico’s tourism industry.

Cancún is one of the most convenient destinations to visit in Mexico—and it’s also the entrance to the incredible Mayan ruins. Here, you’re within easy reach of historic sites like Chichen Itza and burgeoning beach towns like Tulum. Adventure enthusiasts will delight in Cancún’s outdoor activities, which range from golfing and zip-lining to snorkeling and scuba diving.

Of course, with so many visitors, Cancún is home to a dizzying number of hotels, which seem to proliferate every year. From the ultra upscale Ritz-Carlton to more budget-friendly options, Cancún’s hotel scene has something for everyone—though it can be overwhelming to decide where to spend your Cancún vacation.

For a totally worry-free getaway, reserve a stay at one of Cancún’s best all-inclusive resorts. It’ll take all the guesswork out of your vacation, and ensure you don’t experience any receipt shock upon check-out.

 

Le Blanc Spa Resort

Courtesy of Le Blanc Spa Resort/Palace Resorts

Le Blanc Spa Resort

This glam, adults-only all-inclusive is awash in white, with clean lines and subtle earth tones that give it a downright sultry vibe. Amenities include a bottle of wine upon arrival, en-suite CHI hair products, a pillow menu, and BVLGARI bath amenities, among others. Upgrade your stay by selecting room aromatherapy with an essence of your choice, or plan a visit to the Awe-Spa. It’s complete with 19 Le Blanc D’Or treatment suites and a hydrotherapy circuit.

 

 

Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Courtesy of Hyatt Ziva Cancun/Playa Hotels & Resorts

Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Hyatt’s newer family brand, Ziva, is fresh off an $85 remodel and expansion. If you’re planning a group getaway, this is the place to stay. The resort has eight restaurants and three lounges, as well as a whole menu of complimentary activities. Families will love the theater shows, water activities, and the Kidz Club, while grown-ups can enjoy the six bars (including a brewery), spa, or the three infinity pool overlooking the ocean.

 

 

Secrets The Vine Cancun

Courtesy of Secrets The Vine Cancun

Secrets The Vine Cancun

An adults-only resort dedicated to conjuring romance, all of the 497 guest rooms are accented with white glass, teak wood furnishings, and white linens—and boast a private terrace or balcony. There are six a la carte restaurants, as well as a buffet and a brand-new 24-hour menu at The Vine Cafe. The resort can also arrange a private, romantic dinner. Guests at Secrets The Vine should splurge on the Unlimited Luxury program, which offers even more amenities than the resort’s traditional all-inclusive plan.

 

Paradisus Cancun

Courtesy of Paradisus Cancun/Meliá Hotels and Resorts

Paradisus Cancun

Whether it’s a romantic weekend or a family getaway, Paradisus delivers. They’ve even created an adults-only section within the larger resort, known as the Royal Service. Activities range from a nine-hole golf course and YHI Spa, to a family concierge and signature Kids Club. For date night or a family outing, there are nine restaurants and seven bars to choose from.

 

 

Hyatt Zilara Cancun

Courtesy of Hyatt Zilara Cancun/Playa Hotels & Resorts

Hyatt Zilara Cancun

Formerly the Royal Cancún, Hyatt Zilara is similar to the Hyatt Ziva in terms of style and design. But Hyatt Zilara is the adults-only version of the brand’s all-inclusive Cancun experience. The energy here is vibrant and fun, with DJ-driven pool parties, a spa, and six gourmet restaurants. Consider booking special experiences like private tequila tastings, a massage by the sea, or a candlelit dinner on the beach. There are 307 rooms strung along the beach, all with private patios or balconies. Nothing beats the Swim-Up Suites, however, which have direct access to the pool right right from your room.

 

 

Beloved Playa Mujeres

Courtesy of Beloved Playa Mujeres

Beloved Playa Mujeres

This five-star, all-inclusive resort became adults-only in 2016, which only enhances the romance factor at this beautiful and intimate spot (with only 109 suites, it’s unusually cozy for an all-inclusive). Some rooms boast ocean views, while others are split-level with rooftop whirlpool tubs. All suites have a complimentary bar, snacks, and BVLGARI amenities. For entertainment, there are four restaurants, four bars, and one lounge. But one of the main draws to Beloved is the property’s namesake spa: a 35,000-square-foot aquatic playground.

Finest Playa Mujeres

Courtesy of Finest Playa Mujeres

Finest Playa Mujeres

Just next door to Beloved is the family-friendly sister property, Finest Playa Mujeres. It’s one of our favorite new beach hotels, thanks to its spacious suites (the smallest is 800-square-feet) and private plunge pools. Finest caters to every type of traveler, including families: a rarity for upscale properties in the area. There are 16 bars and lounges on the property, including a cigar lounge and a bar devoted entirely to tequilas and mescals. Included activities range from water sports and live music to an impressive calendar of shows.

 

Live Aqua Cancun

Matthew Wakem/Getty Images

Live Aqua Cancun

An adults-only resort for travelers who want to visit Cancun without too much wild raucous, Live Aqua is all about indulgence. Book one of the signature Aqua Suites, which boast two expansive rooms, a terrace, and a spa-like bathroom with hydrotherapy and aromatherapy features. For something a little more modest, the Deluxe Rooms have flat-screen TVs, handmade soaps, gourmet coffee, and views over the property’s garden. The resort has seven restaurants and several bars, as well as a spa with indoor and outdoor treatment rooms.

 

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

There are places to party in Cancun, and then there’s Hard Rock. This action-packed, music-focused hotel features rooms decked out with private balconies and personal hydro spa tubs. But the resort’s unique amenities are what sets it apart, namely The Sound Of Your Stay program, which gives guests a menu of 20 electric guitars to choose from to test their skills. The resort also provides a Fender Mustang Floor Guitar pedal and a pair of SOUL by Ludacris headphones, as well as in-room video lessons and a set list. All that’s to say nothing of the resort amenities, which are equally impressive. Spend time at the infinity pool and Rock Spa.