1 . The Royal Luxury Cancun

Hotel Zone, Cancun, Q. Roo.,

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A Cancun outpost of the legendary Real Resorts group, our No. 1 pick shares a premier stretch of coastal real estate with its sister property, Gran Luxury Cancun – a resort that, coincidentally, occupies our No. 5 spot. We think sibling properties within our Top 10 Cancun Luxury Resorts list is a sign of many good things to come!

The Royal Luxury Cancun is home to SPAzul – Cancun’s only spa with ocean views. Named for the expansive Caribbean waters it overlooks, this exclusive Mexico spa offers a wide range of treatments as luxurious as its surroundings. The Royal is also the only hotel in the city to offer swim-up master suites – Mexico honeymoon, anyone? Pelicanos, just one of The Royal’s dining offerings, serves Caribbean fusion cuisine from its unparalleled locale overlooking the infinity pool. Add in phrases like “adults-only,” “all-inclusive” and “all-suite,” and The Royal Luxury Cancun makes for one seriously indulgent Cancun getaway! This Cancun luxury resort complements the white-on-white minimalism of its signature Royal Beds with seriously plush comforts. Suites feature plasma TVs, marble baths with Jacuzzis and showers with ocean views – which would be even more welcome if you didn’t plan to spend nearly every second of your Mexico vacation soaking up the sun on Cancun’s plentiful beaches.

Highlights

SPAzul offers a full range of traditional and Mayan-inspired massage and body treatments, plus lifestyle and well-being programs.

Related activities

The Royal’s onsite fitness center is equipped for Pilates, spinning, aerobics and yoga.

Fun facts

Select Royal suites include a complimentary one-hour test drive of the resort’s signature BMW Mini Coopers.

2 . ME Cancun

Cancun,

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If you’re looking for a place to indulge your wildest of vacation fantasies, Cancun is your destination and our No. 2 pick promises to be your resort of choice. Say “hola” to ME Cancun – where the only limits on your Cancun vacation are the ones you set!

Thousands who flock to Mexico’s coast each year arrive with an urge to be pampered. That would surely explain the abundance of spa resorts, and ME Cancun with its exclusive YHI Spa is a spectacular case in point. This is one Cancun luxury resort that actually encourages you to overindulge, be it with one of the YHI Spa’s more sensual offerings or at the first-of-its-kind MAXIM Beach Club, conveniently located on site. And if ever there was a place to cast off those pesky inhibitions, those who’ve experienced the Cancun strip at midnight know that nothing compares! Like its name suggests, this is one Mexico hotel that’s all about you. Rooms and suites lead straight to Cancun’s finest stretch of white sand beach. Some of the city’s most sought-after dining experiences are located on ME Cancun soil. And from whale watching to cave diving, some of Mexico’s most unconventional – not to mention exhilarating – experiences await you at ME Cancun!

Related activities

Sea kayaking, boating, dining, live entertainment, rock climbing, SCUBA diving and sightseeing.

Address

Km. 12 Blvd. Kukulkan, Cancun, Mexico 77500

Highlights

The onsite Silk and Salt restaurants reinvent traditional Cancun dining experiences with their Asian fusion and Mediterranean cuisines.

Everything from spa getaways to special occasions proves to be utter perfection at our No. 3 pick. We could feign surprise, but we sort of expected it from a Cancun luxury resort whose slogan is, “As close to perfect as humanly possible.”

Speaking of spas, Le Blanc Spa Resort has one of the finest we’ve seen. Slabs of polished marble are offset by slender stalks of bamboo for a striking interior that hints at the spa’s artful blend of Asian and European healing techniques. Treatments like the Kukulkan Massage take their cues from the Mayans, and include rituals with ingredients like copal resin that once held deep spiritual significance for this ancient civilization. Couples Suites are the site of some seriously seductive pampering, where exclusive Sensory Experience Packages designed for two take place. As if a Cancun vacation weren’t gift enough, the spa’s Honey Scrubs are as sweet as your other! Le Blanc Spa Resort takes the adults-only concept to a whole new level, one that when paired with all-inclusive convenience makes for a truly upscale getaway – no easy feat in a city known for its tequila-fueled nightlife. Then again, with a convenient location only 15 minutes from downtown, you could still partake in Cancun’s party scene – we promise not to tell!

Highlights

Le Blanc Spa Resort is close to three of Cancun’s most celebrated golf courses, including links designed by Jack Nicklaus and Robert von Hagge.

Related activities

Le Blanc offers all-inclusive tours to exotic Mexico sights like Isla Mujeres, Chichen Itza and Tulum.

Related Onsite Offerings

Wedding services, travel agency, car rental, laundry service, currency exchange, concierge and business center.

4 . Dreams Cancun Resort and Spa

Cancun Q Roo,

CALL DIRECT: 52.998.848.7000

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Surrounded on three sides by the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea, our No. 4 pick’s truly remarkable location makes your Cancun luxury vacation all the more complete. Like its name suggests, Dreams Cancun Resort and Spa is truly a place where dreams come true – at least those pertaining to vacations.

Dreams Cancun Resort’s saltwater lagoon plays host to some VIPs of its own – Very Important Porpoises, that is. You read right – the turquoise body of water just beyond your suite window is home to the resort’s own dolphin pod. Snap a photo of these playful creatures as they swim and frolic below you; select resort guests are even given the rare opportunity to swim alongside these beloved mammals. While you can’t take the luxury with you, memories such as these are an admirable consolation prize! Dreams Cancun Resort even offers your choice of accommodations: the supreme comforts of the Dreams Pyramid or the exclusive luxury of the Preferred Club Tower. Four poster beds dressed in luxurious white linens are topped with pillows in shades of blue that mirror the Caribbean waters visible from your window. And simply step out on your suite’s private terrace for some seriously spectacular panoramas of the Mexico coast!

Related Onsite Offerings

Dreams Cancun Resort rooms and suites include mini bars, satellite TV, coffee makers, iron and ironing boards, air conditioning and twice-daily maid service.

Highlights

The Preferred Club includes the resort’s exclusive tower accommodations and access to the private club lounge.

Fun facts

Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers named Dreams Cancun one of the Top Ten Resorts in Mexico.

5 . Gran Luxury Cancun

Cancun,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (998) 251 - 6510

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We promised good things from the Real Resorts group when we opened our list with its Royal Luxury Cancun, and so it only seems fitting continue at No. 5 on an equally high – and surprisingly similar – note. Seeing as few resorts could ever dream of topping Real Resorts, our pick is more than up to the task.

Gran Luxury Cancun’s five-star designation was almost enough to clinch its spot on our latest Top 10, but it was this Cancun luxury resort’s inimitable style, impeccable service and quarter mile of white sand beach that made for a truly lasting impression. While it’s rare to find a resort that excels on all fronts – family, romance and leisure, included – yet the Gran Luxury Cancun somehow does just that. En-suite Jacuzzis provide a romantic touch for couples, Trade Winds beach bar swaps traditional bar stools for oceanfront swings – happy hour, anyone? – and the Oki Splash Water Park occupies aspiring buccaneers for hours on end. Cliff diving, sea kayaking and reef snorkeling – there’s so much to do here in Cancun that planning your daily itinerary can be a daunting task. Fortunately, Gran Luxury Cancun saves you the trouble of selecting the perfect après-adventure resting place. Hammocks suspended between your enclosed balcony’s walls offer just enough privacy for mid-day naps, while still surrounding you with the oceanfront scenery you came for.

Fun facts

Real Resorts, headquartered in Cancun, is one of Mexico’s largest privately- owned hotel chains.

Highlights

As a Gran Luxury Cancun guest, you’ll enjoy three full meals a day plus snacks any time at the resort’s beach bars, lounges and all-inclusive club.

Related Onsite Offerings

Oki Kids’ Club offers supervised activities for kids ages four to 12.

6 . Le Méridien Cancun Resort & Spa

Cancun, Quintana Roo,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (998) 881 - 2200

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With its European elegance and architecture inspired by the ancient Mayans, our No. 6 spot takes the usual resort offerings – pools, suites and the like – and fashions them in its own image for an overall experience that not only exceeds expectations, it defies them. Welcome to Le Méridien Cancun Resort and Spa!

The world-class Spa del Mar, ranked one of the top spas in the world by Condé Nast Traveler and equipped with Swiss showers, steam rooms and even a whirlpool fed by waterfall cascades, is a must for any stay. Then there’s the infinity pool – a concept we never imagined could be improved upon, yet it seems fitting that Le Méridien should be the resort to do it – that adds three tiers to the traditional edge-of-the-horizon appeal. Even this Cancun luxury resort’s location – sandwiched between the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea and Laguna Nichupté – is extraordinary! Le Méridien Cancun Resort’s lavish rooms and suites are equally stunning, with their generous use of fuchsia, aqua and tangerine in everything from flowing drapes to floral displays. Plump pillows bearing imprints of fish add a playful touch to these otherwise upscale Cancun luxury suites.

Highlights

Aioli, the resort’s Four Diamond-awarded restaurant, specializes in Italian cuisine infused with Caribbean flavors.

Fun facts

LM100 is a group of cultural innovators and artists – painters, photographers, musicians, designers and more – who enrich the guest experience at Le Méridien.

Related Onsite Offerings

Tennis courts, fitness centre, kids’ club, concierge, private car service and select pet-friendly suites.

7 . Ritz-Carlton Cancun

Cancun,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (529) 881 - 0808

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Even the bleached sands that front our No. 7 spot were treated to a makeover, thanks to Cancun’s $71-million beach recovery project. But these expansive sands aren’t the only thing softer and more inviting than ever; sink into one of Ritz-Carlton Cancun’s signature beds and you’ll soon see what we mean!

While we found plenty to admire about this Cancun luxury resort, our hands-down favorite was the Ritz-Carlton’s very own Culinary Center. The gourmet pleasures artfully prepared by Executive Chef Rainier Zinngrebe are truly extraordinary, but the unexpectedness of the entire experience makes it all the more intriguing. Learn to craft small plates that dazzle the eyes and entice the senses inside the resort’s chef’s kitchen that overlooks – what else – but the Caribbean’s dazzling waters. And it simply wouldn’t be Cancun without a sip (or two) of the city’s legendary elixir, which Ritz-Carlton Cancun happily obliges with tequila tastings for groups of all sizes. Casitas is your destination for seaside dining, where private cabanas with thatched roofs and gauzy curtains make for seriously seductive dinners. Even the Kayantá Spa – with its name derived from the Mayan phrase meaning “to be reborn” – finds its inspiration in the local scenery.

Highlights

Ritz-Carlton Cancun ocean view and oceanfront rooms feature premium amenities like iPod docking stations, stocked refreshment cabinets, gourmet coffee machines and rainforest showerheads.

Related Onsite Offerings

Ritz-Carlton Itzy Bitzy Rooms were made for parents traveling with infants in tow, and include cribs, changing tables and even miniature hangers for pint-sized wardrobes.

Fun facts

The Ritz-Carlton Club Grill is famous for its live jazz music, soufflé station and signature Martini Bar.

Our No. 8 pick presents Cancun in a whole new light and promises to forever change the way you think of this Mexican city. With its exotic amenities that somehow capture the essence of the Yucatan Peninsula, Gran Melia Cancun’s myriad charms extend well beyond the glittering Cancun strip.

Gran Melia Cancun is one of those rare resorts that offer lavish guestrooms and suites straight off the pages of an international design magazine. Warm wood tones and bold shades of burnt orange, cerulean and jade combine for a finished product that is nothing short of seductive. This Cancun resort plays up the city’s rich heritage, with everything from architectural details to international cuisine taking its cues from the ancient Mayans. And beneath Gran Melia’s undeniably stylish surface, you’ll find luxury befitting a five-star resort. Nowhere are Mayan influences more apparent than in Gran Melia Cancun’s five separate buildings, purposefully designed to imitate ancient pyramids. This innovative design dominates the Mexico coast, with stunning interiors giving way to equally enticing scenery in the form of four inviting poolscapes and beaches of the softest sand.

Highlights

Gran Melia Cancun has adorned its private stretch of Cancun beach with palapas for your oceanfront reading, sunbathing or napping pleasure.

Related activities

Slip into the Gran Melia’s YHI Spa and discover a sanctuary-like place with a reputation that resonates far beyond the sunlit sands of Cancun.

Related Onsite Offerings

The onsite Nami Sushi Lounge complements its Latin-Asian fusion cuisine with tranquil water features and live music.

9 . Cancun Palace

Cancun,

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The words “all-inclusive vacation” never sound so sweet as when they’re followed by the name of our No. 9 pick. Fresh from a complete renovation, Cancun Palace lives up to its name with countless amenities, endless activities and breathtaking ocean or lagoon views.

Inside your Cancun Palace suite, cool tiles welcome you back after a scorching day on the coastal sands. A flat screen TV dominates one wall – abstract art, the other. Soothing earth tones and a symphony of Caribbean surf just beyond your balcony make for seriously sweet dreams, while a double Jacuzzi boasts spa-quality pampering for two. And liquor dispensers filled with brand name whisky, rum and tequila bring Cancun’s infamous party scene into the privacy of your Cancun Palace suite! At Cancun Palace, all-inclusive means unlimited access to a sprawling oceanfront sundeck and freeform pool. The world’s finest wines by the bottle – Chilean, Argentinean and Italian labels included. Top shelf spirits, for those who require a drink with a little more kick. Even tours to the Yucatan’s most legendary sights; relive history at Chichen Itza or journey through the jungle on a zip line – it’s all absolutely free!

Fun facts

Guests of Palace Resorts enjoy access to the restaurants, facilities and more at nearby sister properties.

Related Onsite Offerings

Cancun Palace offers individual and couples’ spa suites in addition to its traditional guestrooms and suites.

Highlights

Cancun Palace’s all-inclusive offerings aren’t limited to food and drink; theme parties, contests, singers and live performers are also offered on a nightly basis.

10 . Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach

Cancun,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (998) 881 - 1400

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It’s got the style and flavor of a European hotel, befitting its AAA Five Diamond status. Its culture is vastly international, the definition of world class. To top it off, it’s called Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach – one of the clear indicators that this is a luxury resort in beautiful Cancun.

Some of the other indicators become obvious once you step onto the property. If you’re thinking Cancun beach resort, you’ll find a very luxurious version of it at Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach. Here the beach is secluded, shaded and located on one of the most spectacular points in the Yucatan. It’s complemented by a long, lagoon-style pool. And somehow amidst all of this the spa is far from an afterthought – it offers Thalassotherapy, hydrotherapy and a variety of custom treatments. If you’re thinking food, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach offers no fewer than nine restaurants and bars representing an international spectrum of cultures and flavors. And the rooms and a variety of stunning suites are all decorated with an energetic yet discrete splash of color, and feature every possible amenity for your Cancun luxury vacation.

Address

Blvd. Kukulcán km. 9.5, Cancún Hotel Zone, Cancún, Q.R.,77500 México

Related Onsite Offerings

More than 85,000 sq. ft. of luxurious event space at Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach include the Grand Coral Ballroom, a private oceanfront terrace and 10 breakout rooms for your Cancun conference, wedding or special event.

Highlights

Fine dining at Fiesta American Grand Coral Beach is exemplified at the intimate Le Basilic restaurant and at La Joya, with its refined Mexican fare augmented by performances by the Folkloric Ballet.

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