Renowned for its beaches, water sports, and nightlife, Cancun draws huge numbers of visitors every year, many of whom choose to stay in one of the area’s all-inclusive hotels
Perched on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea, Cancun is packed full of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget. Among them are a wide number of all inclusive hotels and resorts, which prove especially popular with families and those who don’t plan to do too much moving around during their stay. To help you find the right all inclusive option for you, we’ve picked out 12 of the best that the city has to offer.
Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas
Perched between the pristine waters of the Caribbean Sea and the secluded Nichupte Lagoon on Cancun Island, this beachside 5-star hotel features a wide range of rooms, suites and villas. All-inclusive deals give guests access to a huge assortment of amenities, including a pool with waterfalls and a swim-up bar, a huge spa bath overlooking the ocean, a separate kids’ pool, and sports facilities such as volleyball, tennis and basketball courts. There’s also a sumptuous spa offering a range of indulgent treatments, plus a state-of-the-art fitness centre. Beyond the hotel, some of Cancun’s best shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities are just minutes away on foot. From $185 per night.
Situated on the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, this 4-star hotel combines some great children’s facilities with plenty to keep the adults happy. There’s a dedicated kids’ club and a daily programme of activities that allow grown-ups to kick back and enjoy the on-site boutiques, tennis courts, massage and spa services, and multiple dining options. There’s also nightly entertainment that will compel you to let your little ones stay up that bit longer than at home. For local excursions, there are numerous attractions and places of interest nearby, including historic Chichen Itza and the Mayan temples, with car rental services and a travel agency located on-site for maximum convenience. From $154 per night.
Grand Oasis Cancun
Situated on a private sandy beach close to the Hotel Zone, the Grand Oasis Cancun is a veritable entertainment venue in and of itself, with its bars, lounges and nightclub playing host to regular live shows, music festivals and other performances. The hotel also boasts an outdoor pool set in tropical gardens, a spa, tennis courts, and a remarkable 8 restaurants and 9 bars. Guest rooms are no less impressive, in particular their sea or garden views, and there are also notable in-room facilities including a minbar and flat-screen TV. A number of shops, discos and restaurants can be found nearby. From $213 per night.
Dreams Vista Cancun Golf & Spa Resort
Set in the exclusive gated coastal community of Puerta del Mar close to the city centre, this luxurious 5-star resort boasts a pristine golf course, a private beach area, an exclusive rooftop pool, an ice cream parlour and a sumptuous spa. There’s also 24-hour front desk, a business centre, an on-site restaurant and a children’s playground. Guest rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a seating area, and a private bathroom, and some also have a terrace. A continental, buffet or American breakfast is available each morning. With Cancun Bus Station just over a mile away, the resort also offers easy access by public transport to the rest of the city. From $191 per night.
Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun
Situated in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, and surrounded by restaurants, shopping malls, nightclubs, and an extra-long strip of beach, this 5-star resort is its very own tropical paradise. From the palm-fringed pool to the thatch-roofed bar nestled by the beach, there are enticing amenities every which way you turn. Nobody’s going hungry here, either, with the eating options spanning everything from Argentinian and Mexican cuisine to an Italian trattoria and sushi bar. Activities-wise, there’s yoga, tequila tasting and volleyball, while youngsters can make full use of the kids’ club. From $330 per night.
Sitting on a vast stretch of beach in the centre of the Hotel Zone, this 5-star resort is spread across 5 interconnected pyramids, centred on the stunning Pyramid Three with its hanging gardens, numerous restaurants, and buzzing vibes. Contemporary style blends with indoor tropical gardens throughout the resort, complemented by varying ambient scents to create a full sensory experience. Facilities include four lagoon-style pools, a gym and tennis courts, a spa, and several high-end dining and bar options. Adult travellers can book Royal Service, an adults-only section of the resort with a serene private lobby, butler service, and exclusive pool with cabanas. From $294 per night.
Hard Rock Hotel Cancun
Picture-postcard ocean views dominate this fun-packed 5-star resort, set on a white sand beach in the Hotel Zone. As indicated by the name, rocker glitz and VIP glamour define the vibe, with the interior dotted with music memorabilia, and a regular schedule of live music performances. You can even order a guitar to your room, or sign up for the Music Lab that lets you and your friends form a rock band and perform in front of your fellow guests. Other resort amenities include a massive infinity pool with swim-up bars and games, and quieter areas with waterfalls and submerged loungers, plus a spa, tennis courts, and multiple restaurants and bars. From $340 per night.
Secrets The Vine
An unassuming but lavish escape exclusively for adults, this 5-star hotel is known for its dazzling décor and rich culinary offerings, and is a popular choice for everyone from honeymooners and hen dos to anniversaries and group getaways. Located on a white-sand beach in the Hotel Zone, the resort’s towering height allows for sensational views of the Caribbean, Nichupté Lagoon and the Cancun skyline. Those with a penchant for contemporary design will coo over the warm, stylish and sleek aura, from the vast yet cosy lobby and seductive restaurants to the chic pools and sexy suites. Up high on one of the top floors, an indulgent spa provides a luxury-filled menu of treatments. There are also daily wine-tasting sessions and an extensive wine cellar. From $332 per night.
Park Royal Beach Cancun
Enjoying a prime position in the Hotel Zone, this 4-star resort is surrounded by white sand beaches and the sparkling waters of Cancun. There’s a varied choice of four restaurants, two snack bars, a main swimming pool and adults-only pool, a high-tech fitness centre and a spa. For children, there’s a kids’ club and a separate kids’ pool with a water playground. Guests can enjoy a range of water sports, including scuba diving, windsurfing and fishing just steps from the hotel. As well as the array of nightlife and shopping nearby, notable cultural attractions within easy reach include Yamil Lu’um, an ancient Maya observation point. From $181 per night.
Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun
Positioned in the buzzing Punta Cancun area, across the street from Cancun’s famous La Isla Shopping Village, an outdoor shopping centre with winding canals, lagoonside restaurants and designer shops, this adults-only 5-star resort boasts a harmonious mix of modern design and nature. An immense lobby is decked in artful architecture and pool fountains, while restaurants feature details like Mexican pop culture and traditional Yucatan tiles. Between the hotel and the beach is a lushly green mangrove area with winding pathways leading to tucked-away eateries. A tranquil pool area has interconnecting pools of varying depths and a beachfront infinity pool, and inside the hotel there’s a well-equipped spa. From $410 per night.
This 4-star beachside resort across from the Cancun Convention Center features its own oceanfront fresh-water swimming pool, as well as a state-of-the-art spa. Among the dining options are a restaurant serving up traditional Mexican cuisine and live mariachi music, and the resort also offers a daily buffet breakfast and on-site bars. Only a short walk away are numerous shops and restaurants and guests at the resort can also gain easy access to a range of action-packed recreational activities including snorkelling, sailing and fishing. For excursions further afield, there are also on-site car rental services and a tour desk. From $102 per night.
Maya Caribe Beach House by Faranda
A 3-star hotel with a private beachfront setting surrounded by tropical gardens, this mid-range accommodation option has all-inclusive packages available. A short drive from the city centre, guests have easy access to restaurants, marinas, shops and nightlife spots, as well as water sports activities by day. As for amenities, the hotel has a spacious pool overlooking the ocean, an on-site restaurant specialising in local cuisine, and a separate bar. Concierge staff are on hand to help guests plan trips and excursions. $102 per night.