Cancun, Mexico is known for its white sand beaches and pulsing nightlife, and is the premier holiday destination in the Caribbean. Cancun is no ordinary city — it was built for tourism and attracts over 3.3 million visitors a year. Along Hotel Zone, so named due to the abundance of resort hotels and spas that line this island strip, you’ll find the best luxury Cancun resort hotels that offer world-class service. We take a look at five of them.
Best Luxury Cancun Resort Hotels
Coolest Kids Club at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
When you walk onto marble floors, you know you’re in for a pampered stay, and combined with the impeccable service, you’ll feel like royalty. The Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun has 602 exquisite suites, and all have private terraces with magnificent ocean views. The Coral KidZ Club is a huge hit with kids. Decor, wall murals, and the different activity nooks are creatively designed, and the teens’ computer and video games section has a cool futuristic look. Make sure the little ones attend the kids’ cooking classes — they even get to wear aprons and mini chef hats.
See the Turtles Nesting Near the Omni Cancun Resort & Villas
Being an animal lover, one of the draws of this hotel for me is the Turtle Program. Cancun is home to four of eight species. Sea turtle nesting takes place from May to September, and the beaches near the Omni Cancun Resort & Villas are a common nesting ground. The hotel takes an active role in safeguarding and preserving the area’s sea turtles and encourages the local community and hotel guests to join in observing this activity. Other interesting activities include Spanish lessons, dance lessons (salsa, merengue, and cumbia), and trivia games where prizes are up for grabs.
The Top-Notch Nizuc Resort and Spa
Nizuc Resort and Spa is an exceptional resort not only in terms of accommodation and service, but also food. Its six restaurants cover cuisine across the world — Mexican, Peruvian, Asian, and Mediterranean, all of which are highly praised. Rooms are outstanding with paved floors, deep soaking tubs, rainfall showers, and flat-panel TVs in both bedroom and bathroom. For added luxury, the spacious private villas are a spectacular way to vacation, complete with an outdoor nature-inspired shower, tropical garden, infinity pool, and even butler service. There’s not much to fault at this hotel — it consistently rates as one of Cancun’s top hotels.
Learn to Make Great Guacamole at Gran Caribe Resort & Spa
A little less lavish than the Nizuc Resort & Spa, but a fab stay nonetheless and easier on the budget. You’ll enjoy oceanfront pools with poolside food and beverages, hot tubs, hammocks, cabanas, and complimentary access to the hydrotherapy area of the spa. Gran Caribe Resort & Spa doesn’t forget the kids. The Oki Splash Water Park is an aqua playground with water slides, water cannons, and fountains with a 17th-century replica of a pirate ship as the focal point. Adults can savor wine and tequila tastings, learn to make guacamole or take bartending lessons.
Dream Weddings at Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa
Another great all-inclusive resort hotel along Cancun’s Hotel Zone, and although it is slightly older, it is still an appealing choice. The entertainment staff is one of the best reasons to stay at the Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa — there are rave reviews of how super friendly and energetic they are. Dining options include six a-la-carte restaurants, a buffet, grill, and cafe and ice cream parlour. Guests cite the French restaurant as the best. Cancun is a favorite wedding destination, and this hotel even has a unique South Asian Weddings Package — popular with Indian couples.
* This post on the best Luxury Cancun Resort hotels is part of Hipmunk’s Boutique Hotels Campaign.