Top 10 Cancun Luxury Resorts
Top 10 Cancun Luxury Resorts Overview
Our Top 10 Cancun Luxury Resorts list shatters the myth of this Mexican city as a co-ed heavy, tequila-fueled spring break destination – which is not to say you won’t find your fair share of fun. These stunning properties put forth dining, amenities and even nightlife with a decidedly upscale twist, and each is virtually guaranteed to fulfill even the most farfetched of vacation fantasies. For suites that put the “luxe” in luxury, endless expanses of sugar-soft sands and plenty of bronzed bodies to complement the coastal scenery, only our Top 10 Cancun Luxury Resorts list will do!
The Royal Luxury Cancun - Hotel Zone, Cancun, Q. Roo.
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.
ME Cancun - Cancun
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!
Le Blanc Spa Resort - Cancún
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!
Dreams Cancun Resort and Spa - Cancun Q Roo
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!
Gran Luxury Cancun - Cancun
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.
Le Méridien Cancun Resort & Spa - Cancun, Quintana Roo
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.
Ritz-Carlton Cancun - Cancun
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.
Gran Melia Cancun - Cancún
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.
Cancun Palace - Cancun
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!
Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach - 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.