When planning a vacation, you are quite likely to come across the words "hotel" and "resort" in your research. While the words seem interchangeable, there is a fine line separating the two in terms of the services and amenities that are offered. Hotels certainly meet most of your needs in that they provide you with a place to lay your head and they probably have a restaurant or two and maybe even a pool, gym or spa. However, resorts offer all of these things, plus much more. A resort basically has everything you might possibly want or need during your vacation right on the grounds, so you never have to leave the property if you don't want to.
Resorts generally have several restaurants and bars, a spa, more than one pool, a gift shop and possibly additional specialty boutiques. Many resorts in Cancun have all of these features plus they offer a wide variety of scheduled activities and sports to keep guests entertained throughout the day. In the evening they often have nightly shows or musical performances and often a nightclub.
Most Cancun's hotels and resorts offer all-inclusive packages which means all meals and drinks are included. Not only is this a great value for travelers but you don't have to leave the resort grounds in search of food unless you wish to explore the area and check out the local dining scene.
Formerly the Hilton Cancun, this recently remodeled, luxury, all-inclusive resort has a huge pool area with many shallow areas that are perfect for small children. Beach beds, umbrellas, and palm trees provide plenty of shade. Lucy Kids Club, for ages 4-12, and Teenieclub, for ages 13-17, offer a variety of activities to keep children entertained all day long. Gourmet cuisine, a sports bar, an 18-hole golf course (this is the only resort in Cancun that has it's own golf course), a spa, and nightly shows by professional musicians, dancers, and entertainers are just a few of the reasons why adults love this resort. (998 881 8000)
Secrets The Vine Cancun Resort & Spa
Secrets The Vine Cancun Resort & Spa is a superb place to stay for both business and leisure. The resort offers a tour desk and a day spa as well as a steam room, a sauna and concierge service. The emphasis here is on the cuisine with excellent wine pairings. Rooms feature an iPod docking station, satellite television and beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea and white sand beach. Each is equipped with a private bathroom, a safe and tea and coffee making facilities. Wireless internet is available throughout the resort. (998 848 9400)
The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort
The Westin Lagunamar is located just across the street from the largest outdoor shopping and entertainment center in Cancun, La Isla. Spacious, richly furnished studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom villas feature ocean views, provide full kitchens and furnished balconies, hand-selected art and other distinctive touches. There are plenty of ways to stay active, be pampered or simply relax. Creative chefs tantalize guests with dishes inspired by traditional Mexican cuisine and international influences, while bar and lounge menus feature original cocktails and old favorites. They also offer the Westin Kids Club with supervised activities, mini golf and water activities. The hotel provides a baby sitting service, barbecue area, business center, a bar, on call doctor, a game room, high speed internet, 24 hour room service and a spa. Westin Lagunamar is not an all-inclusive resort. (998 891 4200)
Beach Palace Resort Cancun
This all-inclusive family resort is located on a premium stretch of white sand beach in Cancun's Hotel Zone and is within walking distance of La Isla shopping mall. The Sky Floor which has two rooftop pools, two swim-up bars, two whirlpools and a fitness center provides unforgettable views of the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea. Guests receive a $1500 resort credit which can be used towards spa treatments, golfing, shopping and more. The resort features four restaurants, daily and nightly activities and entertainment, a supervised kids club, wireless internet access, 24 hour room service and double Jacuzzis and terraces in each room. (998 891 4110)
JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa
This upscale resort is great for families, couples or singles. The pool area is lovely, the rooms are well-appointed and nicely decorated. The staff is outgoing and attentive. All guest rooms and suites have an ocean view. Guests that book a room or suite on the club level will have access to the hotel's exclusive Club 91, where they can enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning as well as complimentary cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks that are provided throughout the day. In addition to the bars, restaurants, and delis at JW Marriott, guests also have access to the restaurants and bars at Marriott CasaMagna, the hotel's sister property, located right next door. (998 848 9600)
This elegant beachfront resort is one of Cancun's finest hotels and it has received the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award each year for more than a decade. Ritz-Carlton properties are known for their outstanding service and that's exactly what you'll find at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun. You'll definitely be pampered from the moment you arrive until the the end of your vacation. Families traveling with infants can book one of the hotel's Itsy Bitsy Ritz kids guest rooms. These rooms have a crib, a changing table, small hangers for baby clothes, and a telephone that flashes, instead of ringing. There are plenty of shaded areas around the pool where little ones can play without risk of sunburn. On the beach, there are covered villas, which include lounge chairs, a beach bed and a hammock. It's the perfect spot for a family to spend a day on the beach and there is plenty of space to relax, nap, sunbathe or sit in the shade. While this hotel does not offer non-stop activities around the pool each day, it's a wonderful place for families that wish to have a low-key, relaxing vacation at a luxury, beachfront resort. (998 881 0808)
Live Aqua Cancun All Inclusive
This impeccable resort is an all-inclusive property that is exclusively for adults. Live Aqua is situated on one of Cancun's best beaches and is within walking distance of the area's nicest shopping malls. The hotel's pool area is large and remarkably beautiful. Seemingly endless rows of lounge chairs and an abundance of covered beach beds insure that you will have always find a place to relax by one of the many pools. The restaurants are spectacular. Don't miss the cafe and the daily outdoor BBQ. Live Aqua focuses on a total experience, catering to all five senses. (998 881 7600)
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, located about an hour south of Cancun in Puerto Aventuras, is in a word, spectacular. With sprawling grounds, and two sections, one for the entire family and "Heaven", for adults only, anyone and everyone can party at the Hard Rock. For the youngest guests the resort's kids club, Little Big Club, provides engaging activities all day long. For big kids, there are eight bars and lounges, daily and nightly entertainment, the Rock Spa, Body Rock gym and countless other amenities. The resort often hosts rockin' special events and shows. The beach is breathtaking and located in a protected cove where guests can kayak and snorkel. These and all activities, shows, meals, drinks, an in-room mini bar and liquor dispenser are all included in the price of your stay, so by all means, go ahead and party like a rock star. Note: There is also a Hard Rock Hotel located right in Cancun's Hotel Zone. (984 875 1100)
Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun
This small, chic, all-inclusive resort is arguably Cancun's best and most luxurious adult-only resort. In fact, Le Blanc may just be one of the best adult-only resorts in the world. All-inclusive resorts are not generally known for having tasty food, but that's definitely not the case at Le Blanc. The food, both in the buffet restaurant and the a la carte restaurants, is exceptional. Guest rooms offer butler service and have either an ocean view or a lagoon view. The hotel's spa is otherworldly and should not be missed. Many weddings are held at Le Blanc. Bascially, everything here is top of the line. (998 881 4740)
Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
This sprawling, all-inclusive, 3-resorts-in-one resort is situated on a secluded beach with calm water. There are a series of pools, including two children's pools. Little ones will love the hotel's impressive kids clubs. Each room has a mini bar with water, soft drinks, juice and beer, plus a liquor dispenser. Guests at all Palace Resorts receive a resort credit which they can use for sightseeing tours, the spa or in boutiques. Free phone calls to the US and Canada are another nice perk for guests of Moon Palace. There are loads of restaurants to choose from, room service is available 24 hours a day and there is even a special menu for children. (998 881 6000)
About Kristin Busse
After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.
Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University. Chicago was her home for the next 9 years.
Mexico has been good to Kristin, she became a mother and achieved her lifelong dream to become a professional singer. She loves to explore the area on the weekends with her 5 year old son, and she enjoys sharing her experiences and discoveries with others through writing and social media.
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