Best Resorts in Cancún

Cancun Resorts Offer Everything You Could Need or Want during Your Vacation

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.



Barcelo Maya Grand Resort
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Barcelo Maya Grand Resort is the largest resort in the Cancun area. With 5 (soon to be 6) resorts located on over a mile of powdery white beach, at Barcelo Maya you will find anything and everything you are looking for in an all-inclusive vacation. With over 2,700 rooms in various categories, from fully stocked Superior Rooms to Premium Level Ocean Front Suites, guests can enjoy activities, shows, 22 restaurants, 19 bars, beaches and 10 pools at all the resorts (except Barcelo Palace) with double decker buses to get them there. Barcelo Maya boasts its own mall/entertainment center and gyms, kids clubs, water parks, convention centers, a mini golf course and breathtaking wedding venues. Please note, there are activities that come at an extra cost, like WiFi (or use it for free from 10 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm in certain areas), bowling and Pirate Island water park, among others, so bring some spending money.

Recommended for Resort because: Barcelo Maya Grand Resort is the biggest resort in the Cancun area and offers endless activities and amenities.

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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 Resort because: Le Blanc is quite simply the best adult-only resort in Cancun's Hotel Zone. The butler service is a super bonus.

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Beach Palace Resort All Inclusive
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This all-inclusive resort is located on a beautiful, wide stretch of white sand beach in Cancun's Hotel Zone and is within walking distance of La Isla shopping mall. Beach Palace is home to four restaurants and various bars, including a swim-up pool bar in the main pool and the Sky Bar, which has two rooftop pools, two swim-up bars, two whirlpools and unforgettable views of the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea and Nichupte Lagoon. The Playroom (kids club) and a waterslide at the main pool provide fun for the little ones. Guests staying 5-8 nights receive a $1500 resort credit which can be used towards spa treatments, golfing and more. The resort also features daily and nightly activities and entertainment, a fitness center, a spa and free wireless internet access. Rooms in six categories offer ample amenities including stocked mini bars, 24-hour room service, double Jacuzzis and terraces.

Recommended for Resort because: Beach Palace has a fantastic beach and everything one could want from an all-inclusive resort, and everything is close. No golf carts or shuttle buses needed here.

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Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
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Live "The Royalton Life" (They've even got their own song!) at Royalton Riviera Cancun, located on a wide white sand beach just south of Cancun's international airport. This expansive All-In Luxury® resort offers various pools with different vibes and is focused on families and fun, but for those looking for some peace and quiet, there's also an adult only section, Hideaway. You'll never go hungry or thirsty with access to 9 restaurants, a coffee shop and 11 bars. Fully stocked rooms include Royalton Signature DreamBed™ with high thread count sheets, unlimited free WiFi, rain showers, stocked mini-bar, balcony or terrace, USB charging and Bluetooth audio station, in room safe, satellite television, 24-hour room service, ironing board, coffee maker and hairdryer. With daily and nightly activities, including a fitness program, splash park, kids club, teen club, and a full-service spa, there is never ever a dull moment at Royalton Riviera Cancun. TravelSmart VIP members received preferred prices, perks and other benefits.

Recommended for Resort because: Royalton Riviera Cancun really focuses on living your all-inclusive vacation to the fullest.

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Marriott Cancun Resort
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AAA Four Diamond Marriott Cancun Resort is a beautiful hotel that sits on one of Cancun's best beaches. Some of Cancun's finest restaurants, including its only Polynesian restaurant, are part of the hotel. Sacbe Beach Shack offers a lively Friday night Reggae party and a delicious Sunday brunch. Champion's Sports Bar has 2 giant screens and 22 televisions, so you never miss that big game or sporting event. Guests also have access to the restaurants and bars at JW Marriott Cancun, the hotel's sister property, located right next door. The swimming pool offers a swim-up bar and a huge hot tub with a spectacular view of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Comfortable rooms, with balconies and spectacular views of Cancun's Hotel Zone, help guests relax and unwind. The property also features a gift shop, spa and fitness center. Marriott Cancun Resort is a popular venue for weddings and events. For an extra special vacation day, rent one of their fantastic cabanas on the beach.

Recommended for Resort because: Marriott Cancun Resort, a AAA Four Diamond resort, is a great option for those who prefer a European meal plan.

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Moon Palace Cancun
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This sprawling, all-inclusive, mega-resort is situated on a wide beach with calm water just south of the Cancun airport. Each of the three sections, Nizuc, Sunrise and the newly renovated Grand offers pools, restaurants and activities. Guests can walk between the sections on the boardwalk along the beach or take the shuttle that runs constantly throughout the day. The kids and teen clubs are a huge bonus for families. Free phone calls to the US and fully-stocked guest rooms are nice perks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Tasty food, special little touches and a friendly, helpful staff make Moon Palace a superb Cancun resort. Guests of Nizuc and Sunrise have access to both resorts but do not have access to The Grand, while guests of The Grand have access to Nizuc and Sunrise.

Recommended for Resort because: The Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort is enormous and has all the amenities guests could want or need.

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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 Resort because: Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun recently switched to all-inclusive and the service and quality of their food and cocktails hasn't changed a bit.

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Hyatt Ziva Cancun All Inclusive
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Hyatt hit the nail on the head when they chose the best location in Cancun's Hotel Zone. This all-inclusive resort sits on Punta Cancun (Cancun Point) where it is surrounded on three sides by the glorious Caribbean Sea. On each side there are calm, protected beaches, perfect for swimming, while in the center there are cliffs and open ocean. Hyatt Ziva Cancun boasts 6 different room categories, 8 restaurants, 3 lounges and 6 bars, including a microbrewery, sweets shop and coffee house. They also offer 24 hour room service. Guests can swim in one of the various pools, work-out in the gym, go kayaking or snorkeling, or participate in one of the many daily activities. Little guests can visit the kids club. Guest rooms are fully stocked and include a minibar with snacks. There is nightly entertainment. WiFi is free (and good) throughout the property.

Recommended for Resort because: Hyatt Ziva Cancun offers everything you could possible want in a resort.

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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.

Recommended for Resort because: The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya offers a hip atmosphere, loads of amenities and both family and adults only sections.

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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 Resort because: The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun is all-inclusive perfection.

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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