10 Places to Stay for a Romantic Vacation in Cancun

Cancun, still a popular Spring Break destination for about one month out of the year, is also one of the most romantic places in the world to take a vacation. The palm trees swaying in the warm Caribbean breeze, white sand beaches and aqua blue ocean waters can help reignite romance in a relationship. Cancun boasts many couple and adult-only resorts and activities, tours, beach clubs and spas that are perfect for couples who hope to escape, relax, unwind and reconnect.

Le Blanc Spa Resort is arguably Cancun's most romantic resort. Located in Cancun's Hotel Zone, not only is it an adult-only property, but Le Blanc also has a AAA Five Diamond rating. Other adult-only resorts in the Hotel Zone include Secrets The Vine, Live Aqua, Sun Palace, Hyatt Zilara Cancun and spicy Temptation Cancun. The Ritz Carlton Cancun, though not an adult-only resort, also provides an upscale, romantic experience.

Just outside of Cancun, three Excellence resorts beckon to couples looking to enjoy a tropical vacation together; Excellence Riviera Cancun, Excellence Playa Mujeres and Beloved. 

Cancun's romantic resorts await couples who want to reignite the spark in their relationship. 


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 eight restaurants. Firmly established House Rules keep things from getting too raunchy in public areas.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Temptation Cancun Resort is one of Cancun's spiciest resorts. The entertainment is geared towards adults.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
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Luxury and elegance are the first two words that come to mind when thinking about this upscale resort. The Ritz-Carlton name has long been synonymous with luxury and guests are never disappointed when they arrive at The Ritz-Carlton Cancun. The incredibly attentive, personalized service begins the moment you walk in the front door and the staff will continue to wow you throughout your entire stay. Each guest room has a view of the Caribbean Sea and the hotel has two award-winning restaurants on-site, The Club Grill and Fantino. The Kayanta Spa is small compared to spas in other area hotels of this caliber, but the selection of treatments and expertise of the therapists & technicians make this well-appointed facility a winner.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Ritz-Carlton, though not adult-only, is always luxurious, always romantic. Restaurant Casitas is a must for couples.

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This luxury boutique-style hotel is located on Playa Mujeres in the new resort area of Cancun called Playa Mujeres. Beloved is not adult-only, but still manages to convey a romantic, intimate feel. Eight different types of suites (that's right EIGHT) are available; Junior Suite, Ocean View Junior Suite, Swim Up Suite with Private Garden, Beach Front Casita Suite with Private Pool, Two Story Beach Front Casita Suite with Plunge Pool, Ocean View Terrace Suite with Plunge Pool, Ocean Front Penthouse Suite with Plunge Pool and The Owners' Suite. The resort also features a spa, four restaurants, three bars and a lounge.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Beloved Hotels offers eight types of guest rooms, including a two story beachfront casita.

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Secrets The Vine Cancun Resort & Spa is a superb place to stay for an adult-only vacation. 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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Secrets the Vine offers a romantic vacation with delicious gourmet cuisine and perfect wine pairings.

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Excellence does it again. Excellence Playa Mujeres is a 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 called Playa Mujeres 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 Romantic Hotels because: Excellence Playa Mujeres caters to couples and is an adult-only resort.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: The Hyatt Zilara Cancun is one of Cancun's most popular resorts and is an "all-suite" hotel.

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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 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 pool snack bar and 3 bars. Guests will never be bored at the Sun Palace thanks to the daily and nightly entertainment, full service spa and gym.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Sun Palace is for adults only and the property is located in the heart of Cancun's Hotel Zone on a great beach.

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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 adult-only, all-inclusive, all-suite resort, which is immaculate and impeccably maintained, features 6 swimming pools, 10 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 Romantic Hotels because: At Excellence Riviera Cancun guests "dress for dinner". This resort is a couples favorite.

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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, La Isla, Plaza Kukulcan and Luxury Avenue. The hotel's pool area is quite 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. Live Aqua focuses on a complete guest experience, catering to all five senses.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Live Aqua focuses on pleasing each of its guests' five senses and no children are allowed.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: Le Blanc Spa Resort is the cream of the crop of Cancun resorts and it's adult-only.

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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