A Luxury Vacation in Cancun: Let the Extravagant Pampering Begin

Cancun is no longer just a crazy Spring Break town, it has transformed into a world class vacation destination that is visited by millions of tourists each year. In order to cater to all visitors, Cancun boasts all types of lodging, from small budget hotels to luxury all inclusive resorts.

The pampering begins the moment you walk through the front door of Cancun's luxury resorts. These hotels provide impeccable service and amenities like gourmet food, world-class spas, elegant decor, butlers, high-thread count linens, incredibly comfortable beds, aromatherapy, in-room bath and body products and fully stocked mini bars and liquor dispensers. The resorts do everything they can to make sure that your vacation is unforgettable.  

The Ritz-Carlton Cancun, Le Blanc Spa Resort, and JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa have set the bar pretty high for their competition. Each of these incredibly posh properties has earned the prestigious AAA Five-Diamond Award. The Ritz-Carlton Cancun has received the Five-Diamond Award every year for more than a decade. If you visit any of these fine resorts it's easy to see why AAA has bestowed the honor upon them.   

If you really need a relaxing vacation, an adults-only resort may be just what you have in mind. Le Blanc Spa Resort, Live Aqua Cancun and Excellence Playa Mujeres are all luxury, all-inclusive resorts that are exclusively for adults.

Regardless of whether you wish to vacation at an adults-only resort or a family-friendly property, you'll find plenty of outstanding luxury resorts to choose from in Cancun.  


This 376-room, all-inclusive, beachfront resort is made up of a series of low-rise buildings. Guest rooms and suites have views of either the Caribbean Sea, Nichupte lagoon, or lush, tropical gardens. Standard guest rooms, which accommodate up to 4 people, are available and there are some adjoining rooms as well. Family suites are also offered for larger families. Club Med Cancun Yucatan has thought of everything when it comes to traveling with children. They loan baby equipment, like bottle warmers and strollers, so you don't have to pack those things and they have a special area of the restaurant for babies where parents can prepare baby food. There is a Baby Gym, for ages 2 and 3 as well as an incredible kids club that offers age-appropriate activities for children ages 4 to 10. The Juniors' Club Med is for 'tweens and teens (ages 11-17). Youngsters can take cooking classes, participate in sports or try their hand at flying through the air on the hotel's flying trapeze. Babysitting is available and if parents wish to go out in the evening they can drop their kids (ages 4-10) off at the Pyjama Club where kids spend time with other children and are entertained while under the watchful eye of the child care staff.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Club Med's reputation proceeds it, and the Cancun version doesn't disappoint.

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Excellence does it again. Excellence Playa Mujeres is an romantic adult-only, all-inclusive, luxury resort which is also home to a marina and a Greg Norman signature golf course. In addition, guests can choose from 9 international restaurants, all of which offer gourmet dining. The resort sits on a peninsula north of Cancun on a dreamy white sand beach. Excellence Resorts are known for their, well, excellence. Guests won't experience a bad meal here, the daily and nightly entertainment is top-notch, and visitors enjoy dressing for dinner. Excellence Playa Mujeres provides a romantic, luxury vacation that a couple won't soon forget.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Adult only Excellence Playa Mujeres is well, excellent! Guests enjoy gourmet cuisine and top notch entertaiment.

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Luxurious, beautiful Nizuc Resort & Spa is located way at the quite end of Cancun's Hotel Zone on 29 acres of land. This exceptional property, where butler service is available for an additional cost, offers special touches at every turn. The resort just happens to be located near one of the best places to snorkel in Cancun, and guests can explore what's below the surface right off of Nizuc's two beaches. The hotel offers six restaurants, a chef's table experience, three lounges and a kids club. The WiFi here is fast, even on the beach. Shhh... you may spot celebritites and other rich and famous guests.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Nizuc Resort & Spa is a fantasic resort that aims to please.

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Villa del Palmar is not located in Cancun's Hotel Zone, but on beautiful Playa Mujeres. The 415-suite resort offers amenities like a world-class spa and fitness facilities, four restaurants, two snack bars, six bars including a beach bar, lounge and coffee shop, 24 hour room service, five swimming pools and a kids club with its own splash pool. Guests may choose between all inclusive or room only options. Villa del Palmar is a favorite of Hollywood stars. Make sure to order a Mayan coffee after dinner, which will be prepared tableside.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Stellar customer service and gourmet cuisine is what makes Villa del Palmar a standout.

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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 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.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Live Aqua is heaven on earth that caters to couples and adults only.

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This upscale resort is great for families, couples, or singles. The pool area is lovely, the rooms are well-appointed, nicely decorated, and 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 Cancun Resort, the hotel's sister property, located right next door.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The JW Marriott is one of Cancun's finest resorts. Guests can choose an European or all inclusive plan.

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This all-inclusive, adults-only, luxury resort has only suites and accommodations are either oceanfront or have an ocean view. Each suite has a Jacuzzi tub, situated so you can gaze out at the ocean. Swim-out suites, which allow you to jump directly into the pool right from your room are also available. In addition to the extensive list of services and amenities that are included in the resort's all-inclusive program, guests of the Hyatt Zilara Cancun also have exchange privileges at other Real Resorts in Cancun. The Hyatt Zilara Cancun (formerly The Royal Cancun) is a favorite among honeymooners.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Hyatt Zilara is known for it's oceanview rooms, excellent service, delicious food and fantastic beach.

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Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
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Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun is located in the heart of Cancun's Hotel Zone, just steps away from the Party Center, on a calm, white sand beach with turquoise blue water. Coral Beach is one of Cancun's largest, oldest and most prestigious hotels and is constantly improving in order to give guests the high level of comfort, elegance and service they have come to expect from this family-friendly resort. The rooms are plush, the Wi-Fi is free, the pool is huge, and the lobby is absolutely gorgeous. The cuisine served in the hotel's seven restaurants (including AAA Five Diamond Le Basilic) is excellent and a step above what you will find in almost any resort. The property is also home to an ethereal world-class spa, a kids club, a sports lounge, a water sports center and a fitness center. Coral Beach recently went all-inclusive, and the result is the same delicious cuisine, quality cocktails and excellent service, with more convenience and activities. First class luxury all the way, without that snobby feel, the Grand Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun never disappoints.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Grand Fiesta American Grand Coral Beach Cancun is luxurious without the attitude.

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The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun
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The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun, once the smaller, laid-back section of Moon Palace Cancun, has been expanded and completely redone, and is now the largest, most luxurious resort of the three. The Grand is home to 6 swimming pools, each with a different theme, countless bars, buffets, snack bars and a la carte restaurants, including Lebanese and Peruvian, endless daily and nightly activities and shows, a nightclub, and comfortable, fully-stocked guest rooms that in addition to the usual bells and whistles include a hot tub in the room, snacks in the minibar area, a liquor dispenser and a beach bag. Plus, no key cards to worry about, because your bracelet opens the door. This kids' paradise offers the unbelievable Playroom, with bumper cars, a mirror maze and so much more, a full water park and Wired, located off the main lobby, for arcade and video games. Guests of The Grand also have access to the Nizuc and Sunrise sections. The Grand at Moon Palace is all-inclusive vacationing at its very best.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun has mastered family-friendly, all-inclusive luxury.

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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 8 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 Luxury Hotels because: Adult only Le Blanc has it all, butlers, impeccable service and a world class spa.

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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