Ancient meets modern in Cancun, where over 3 million tourists every year get their fill of beautiful beaches, tantalizing cuisine, happening nightlife, world-class luxury resorts, and of course the nearby Mayan sites. No matter if you’re a family, group, wedding, couple, or single, young or old, Cancun is sure to please. To help you plan your perfect Cancun vacation, we asked our itravel2000 Travel Experts which resorts they recommend when visiting this ever popular destination.
Magnificent is an understatement when describing this resort. Located less than 20 minutes south of the Cancun International Airport, it has a little more privacy and seclusion than some of the other options, while still offering an excellent location to connect visitors to both Cancun and the wonders of the Riviera Maya. Our Travel Experts love it for the incredible staff and the service they provide in addition to the multiple swim-up bars, spacious rooms with breathtaking views.
Being the largest Palace property in the world, it offers a very complete set of activities and attractions that will entertain all types of travellers. Adult travellers will love the Noir nightclub, Jack Nicklaus golf course, incredible beach, and top-notch concerts. (Among the big names to have performed onsite are Duran Duran, Shakira, and Usher!) Families will simply adore the options for kids and teens, including the kids club, teen lounge and the Flowrider surf simulator. A little birdie tells us that a bowling alley and waterpark are soon to be added to this incredible family-friendly resort in 2017!
Okay, this one is a bit of a splurge. But it is absolutely worth it! TripAdvisor lists it as one of its top 25 luxury resorts in Mexico and even named it runner up for best all inclusive in the world in 2015! Recent visitors praise the elegant facilities, top-notch customer service, and the type of food and drink that anyone would write home about. The fantastic cuisine selection ranges from French, Italian, Asian, or international-inspired fare. After their meals, guests can enjoy perfectly made premium drinks at any of the 6 onsite bars.
This is an adults only resort so our experts recommend it for honeymooners or couples looking for an amazing romantic getaway. Once there, you will feel pampered like nowhere else. Head to the spa for the ultimate relaxation experience, or just take advantage of the little touches like the pillow menu, in-room aromatherapy choices, and of course, the room service!
One of two Hyatt properties in the hotel district of Cancun, Hyatt Ziva is the best of both worlds offering a family-friendly experience with an adults only section if that’s your cup of tea. In fact, guests at the 18+ Turquoize section get full privileges at the nearby Hyatt Zilara Cancun. There’s something for you to do when you’re not enjoying a cocktail and the view of the ocean from your private balcony hot tub. Maybe you’ll pop by after a craft cerveza at Ziva’s microbrewery sports bar and a dip in one of three infinity pools. Or you could find time once you’ve finished your tequila tasting at the Juana Margarita tequila bar.
Families will find enjoyment at the crossroads of luxury and fun with the KidZ club, Pasteles dessert parlour, or the too cool Chevy’s diner offering American eats in a booth shaped like a classic car. Our experts recommend this exciting resort for its amazing beaches, great location and endless unique activities.
If you like to be right in the heart of the action, Riu Palace Peninsula is your happy place. Located in the hotel district on a thin island with sensational beaches, this Riu resort is also just a few minutes from the ferry that services the nearby Isla Mujeres. Downtown Cancun is easily reached by public transportation or taxi and offers all the nightlife, dining, museums, and entertainment one could want. Back at the resort, choose between the all-ages area perfect for families, or upgrade to the adults-only villas for ultimate tranquility.
Riu is a brand you can trust for marvelous facilities, service, food and activities, and the Palace line brings it to a new level. Our experts recommend that couples upgrade to the adults-only villas for the private jacuzzis on each balcony, and the adults-only pool.
Have you ever wanted be a rock star? Hard Rock Hotel Cancun might be the closest you’ll get to living the lavish life. You’ll feel like a star while partaking in the activities available like the Music Lab jam sessions with designated Rock Specialists (all skills levels welcome!), DJ classes, a recording studio, and even the opportunity to star in your own music video. Order up some room service and a side of rock with their Fender guitar room service, boasting a menu of 20 electric guitars brought straight to your room to satisfy your jamming needs.
Sounds like a pretty great resort for adults, right? Not only does it cater to the kid in you, it also caters to mini rockers with the Little Big Club and the Cavern Club for teens. Though we wish you luck getting your garage band rockstar teens to leave after spending a week living it up in the Music Lab.