Cancun's Hotels for Adults: From Lavish Luxury to Seductive Sanctuaries

When it comes to lodging, Cancun has it all. Whether you are looking for a budget hotel with a European plan (room only) or a luxury all-inclusive resort, you'll find it in this world-class beach vacation destination.

Cancun is happy to welcome families with children of all ages, but for some travelers, a trip with the kids (or other peoples' kids) is not considered a vacation. Hence, adult-only resorts!

Cancun's number one adult-only resort is Le Blanc Spa Resort. Located in Cancun's Hotel Zone, Le Blanc is a AAA 5 Diamond Award resort, so visitors can expect only the best. Live Aqua, Sun Palace, Temptation (topless optional) and Secrets the Vine are other highly rated adult-only resorts in the Hotel Zone.

Puerto Morelos, a small fishing village located 25 minutes south of Cancun boasts Excellence Riviera Cancun, Secrets Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa and two Desire resorts (clothing optional) for adults and couples. Travel a little further south and you'll also find El Dorado Casitas Royale.

These adult and couples-only resorts feature romantic restaurants, guest rooms with amenities like in-room hot tubs, lively nightlife and adult-themed entertainment. They provide the perfect setting for romantic escapes, weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries.

Note: "Adult-only" generally refers to ages 21 and up.


Desire Riviera Maya Resort is located in the quaint fishing town of Puerto Morelos, some 25 minutes south of Cancun's international airport. This all-inclusive, adult-only (21+) resort is not for the faint of heart, as it is clothing-optional. The resort offers four restaurants to its guests, including "Gourmet Aphrodisiac Cuisine". There are also 6 bars for visitors to enjoy, including "Y Nightclub" where clothing is also optional. (Only the most adventurous couples enter the Playroom area of Y Nightclub.) All activities and performances are a bit racy and created for adults. With four types of "passion-evoking suites", pole dance lessons and more, Desire Resort & Spa is a place where practically anything goes.

Recommended for Adults-Only Hotels because: At Desire Resort & Spa the focus is on sexuality and sensuality. Clothing is optional.

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Located just 25 minutes from the Cancun airport and 5 minutes south of the quiet fishing town of Puerto Morelos, El Dorado Casitas Royale is a AAA Four Diamond resort. Sitting on a dreamy white sand beach and among 450 acres of tropical jungle, this all-inclusive hotel is for adults only and perfect for weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries and romantic escapes. Seven different a la carte restaurants that don't require reservations are available to guests. Thirsty? The resort features a lobby bar, a beach bar and 4 swim-up bars. A spa and beauty salon, daily and nightly activities and nine different types of guest rooms make for the perfect tropical vacation.

Recommended for Adults-Only Hotels because: El Dorado Casita is a paradise for adults and features 4 swim-up bars!

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Desire Pearl Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive, adult-only, clothing-optional resort located in Puerto Morelos, a small, charming fishing village located about 25 minutes south of the Cancun airport. Three restaurants and four bars including "Obsession Nightclub & Play Room" are available to guests. Desire Pearl is a bit newer and a bit less "spicy" than sister resort Desire Resort & Spa, however, it is important to note that when visiting either resort you will encounter other guests, um, erm, taking part in "intimate activities" in public. Guests of Desire Pearl have full access to Desire Resort and vice versa.

Recommended for Adults-Only Hotels because: Anything goes at Desire Pearl Resort & Spa, one of the few clothing-optional resorts in the area.

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Temptation Cancun Resort - Adults Only - All Inclusive
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This adult-only, topless optional resort dares guests to be tempted. It has recently been completely renovated. The atmosphere is hip, sexy and daring. This all-inclusive hotel is a "playground for grown-ups" and offers two swimming pools, a "quiet pool" and a "sexy pool". There's no need to venture out in the evening, thanks to Bash, a lively nightclub featuring music and entertainment. With a full schedule of daily and nightly entertainment, the general theme here is sensual and adventurous. Temptation offers 430 guestrooms, a gym, a full-service spa & salon and 8 restaurants. Firmly established House Rules keep things from getting too raunchy in public areas.

Recommended for Adults-Only Hotels because: Temptation is topless-optional and provides a sexy and adventurous atmosphere to its adult guests.

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Secrets Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa
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This chic, modern, lively resort lives up to the Secrets name. Secrets Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is a resort that combines romance and sophistication for its adult-only guests. Guests have full access to Breathless Riviera Cancun next door. The 164 chic suites feature a king-size bed or two double beds, private terrace or balcony with a whirlpool for two, complimentary mini-bar and more. Swim out suites are available. Couples can choose from 9 gourmet restaurants. The world-class Spa by Pevonia offers dozens of services and treatments. Activities include classes, tastings, sports and entertainment. With its unlimited luxury, unlimited connectivity and unlimited premium drinks, couples are guaranteed to experience the romantic tropical vacation they've always dreamed of.

Recommended for Adults-Only Hotels because: Secrets can do no wrong, and Secrets Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa lives up to the Secrets reputation.

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Sun Palace Couples Only All Inclusive
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The Sun Palace is located on a wide white sand beach in the heart of Cancun's famed Hotel Zone. This adult-only, all-inclusive resort is geared towards couples and features 252 guest rooms and suites, each with its own private balcony, a double whirlpool, a king-size bed and a breathtaking view of the turquoise Caribbean Sea or sparkling Nichupte Lagoon. In addition to 24-hour room service, the resort boasts 4 restaurants, a coffee shop, a pool snack bar, a swim-up pool bar and 2 other bars. Guests will never be bored at the Sun Palace thanks to the daily and nightly entertainment, full-service spa and gym.

Recommended for Adults-Only Hotels because: The Sun Palace is located on a spectacular stretch of beach and is beloved by its adult guests.

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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 in 8 restaurants. 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.

Recommended for Adults-Only Hotels because: Secrets the Vine focuses on delicious gourmet cuisine with perfect wine pairings.

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If romance and relaxation are what you're looking for, you'll find both at Excellence Riviera Cancun. Located on a white sand beach just 20 minutes from Cancun's International Airport, this adults-only, all-inclusive, all-suite resort, which is immaculate and impeccably maintained, features 6 swimming pools, 12 international restaurants (no reservations required) including Italian, Asian, Mexican, Indian, French and American, a nightclub, a spa, a fitness center, and a culture of hospitality and service. In addition, Excellence Riviera Cancun boasts nightly entertainment, has a friendly staff, and is one of the Cancun area's most popular adult-only resorts.

Recommended for Adults-Only Hotels because: Excellence Riviera Cancun is a favorite for adult travelers, who return over and over again.

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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 ensure 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 the total experience, catering to all five senses, and is now dog friendly!

Recommended for Adults-Only Hotels because: Live Aqua is an oasis for adults and the resort focuses on pleasing all five senses.

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Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun
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This chic, adults-only, all-inclusive resort is one of Cancun's most luxurious hotels. This opulent AAA Five Diamond property recently underwent a 30 million dollar renovation, and is better than ever. All-inclusive resorts are not generally known for offering quality cuisine, but that's definitely not the case in Le Blanc's 6 gourmet restaurants. Sophisticated, comfortable, fully-stocked guest suites and rooms offer butler service and have a view of either the sparkling Caribbean Sea or glistening Nichupte Lagoon. The hotel's award-winning spa is an otherworldly oasis and includes 19 treatment rooms and an incredible hydrotherapy facility. Le Blanc also offers space for corporate and social events, a full-service salon, a fitness center and activities like yoga, live music, karaoke, meditation classes, TRX training and aqua spinning.

Recommended for Adults-Only Hotels because: Le Blanc Spa Resort is quite simply the best and highest rated adult-only resort in Cancun.

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Meet 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....  More About Kristin