Best Cancun all-inclusive resorts for couples, families, nightlife & more
Noted as one of Mexico's most popular vacation destinations, Cancun serves as a tropical paradise for those seeking an endless amount of fun in the sun as well as a dose of luxurious relaxation. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula and looking out into the Caribbean sea, Cancun has long been a fan favorite with beautiful high rise resorts and hotels, shopping, white sand beaches and dining options.
Due to its large fan base, including many visitors traveling from the United States, Cancun has adapted its resort market to fit the numerous different types of visitors seeking a more luxury based accommodation option. This means that many of the resorts cater toward one type of traveler over another, such as adult only resorts and those who offer family friendly activities alongside their usual activities. Among these resorts, you'll find that several of them are operated on an all-inclusive status, allowing you access to food and drink plans within your nightly rate. To help you on your way to your favorite Cancun vacation, we've decoded hours of research to bring you the best of the best in each of the popular amenity categories, below.
What are all-inclusive resorts
When searching for a resort, you'll find that there are two different kinds, one of which is known as an all-inclusive. A Caribbean all-inclusive resort is a resort that specializes in additional services added to your stay. This means that with each night paid, guests will find food and drinks included in their nightly rate. Concerning drinks, guests will find that both soft and alcoholic drinks are included, with some restrictions which may vary resort to resort. Some resorts will also include a spa service and use of non-motorized water sports equipment and gear into your all-inclusive plan.
How to find the best all-inclusive resort for you
As there is a large selection and assortment of all-inclusive resorts for you to choose from in the Cancan, Mexico area, you'll find that a bit of planning is required. In order to select the best resort for your personal vacation, you'll want to first decide what your number one priority is. Are you looking for a kid friendly atmosphere? Or do you desire one that is more suited for adults, particularly those with romance on their minds? Are you looking for a large resort or a smaller sized one? What about golf, dining options and a spa? Are any of those important to you? Once you know exactly what to look for, you'll find the perfect resort for you on our list below.
Best Cancun all-inclusive resort for honeymooners and romantic couples
Sun Palace Couples Only – All Inclusive
A bit out of the way and removed from Cancun's downtown scene, the Sun Palace Couples Only Resort is exactly that, a resort built with couples in mind. It's also a resort that caters with romantic rooms consisting of a spa tub made for 2, free 24 hour room service, a minibar, a liquor dispenser and a view of the sea, lagoon or of the hotel from your room's balcony. Couples will also find 3 restaurants on-site, each offering something a little different.
- Number of rooms: 252
- Number of room categories: 5
As this is a couples only resort, it's best suited to those who are more romantically inclined. Here, guests will find romantic and private amenities including a spa tub, a sauna, a steam room, nightly entertainment and a gorgeous spa. The on-site spa impresses with body treatments, body scrubs, facial treatments, body wraps and massages on the beach. At this resort, you'll only find like minded couples so if you're looking for an accommodation option that lacks children, you'll find this resort to be your best bet.
Low season rates starting at US$515 per night for two people
High season rates starting at US$598 per night for two people
Best Cancun all-inclusive resort for families and groups
The Royal Sands & Spa All Inclusive Resort
A 4-star resort built for all types of travelers, The Royal Sands & Spa Resort is a great choice for those who, simply put, love choices. Here at the resort, you'll find a mass amount of activities to choose from, ranging from golf to tennis, from dancing to cooking. You'll also find choices within your room including a balcony, a coffee and tea making area, blackout drapes for those late mornings, room service that's a pleasant 24 hours, a TV, a minibar stocked with free drinks and a shower and tub combination in your private bathroom.
- Number of rooms: 340
- Number of room categories: 3
If you're traveling with a group, especially one with children, you'll find delight in the numerous kid friendly amenities found throughout the resort's property. First off, you'll find a children's pool which serves as a great way for kids to pass an afternoon. In addition, you'll also find a game room, a kid's club, a snack bar and the option of babysitting. Rooms also suit families well with free cribs and/or infant beds.
Low season rates starting at US$277 per night for two people
High season rates starting at US$385 per night for two people
Best of the smaller Cancun Resorts
The Royal Cancun, All Suites Resort – All Inclusive
A beachfront resort with views of a lifetime, The Royal Cancun, All Suites Resort offers guests a large selection of things to do and see, while still providing a luxurious experience for all travelers, including those with children. Rooms here highlight space, decor and accessibility with a separate sitting area, a separate living room, a dishwasher, stovetop, TV, all the cookware and dishware you could need, a bathroom with a shower and tub combination, a separate dining area and a full sized fridge and freezer. Essentially, each room is more of an apartment which is interesting as the resort itself is considered small in comparison to others nearby.
- Number of rooms: 201
- Number of room categories: 2
As most of the all-inclusive resorts in the area have 300 or more rooms to select from, you'll find a difference in this resort as there are only 201 rooms, though this number is still considered a lot to most. Another difference with this resort is that it is not entirely an all-inclusive, but rather a resort that serves its guests with all-inclusive room rates. If you decide to go the all-inclusive route, you'll find on-site food and beverages included in your nightly rate, making for a great experience.
Low season rates starting at US$184 per night for two people
High season rates starting at US$341 per night for two people
Best Cancun all-inclusive for golf
Excellence Playa Mujeres – Adult Only – All Inclusive
A beautiful and large resort offering guests access to a 2 mile white sand beach, the Excellence Playa Mujeres Resort says it all right within its name. Here you'll find yourself treated to a world class spa, 9 restaurants offering a variety of different cuisine options to enjoy, an impressive amount of outdoor pools, 7 in all and the opportunity to enjoy one of the many water activities on-site. Guests will also find spacious rooms filled to the brim with wonderful and accommodating amenities such as air conditioning, a separate sitting area away from your bed, TV service, a minibar stocked with free items, a desk, a jetted bathtub, room service, free Wi-Fi and bottled water, a furnished balcony or patio (depending on your room) and a coffee and tea maker for those mornings in.
- Number of rooms: 450
- Number of room categories: 10
Another adults only resort, this one impresses with a variety of activities with the most popular being the on-site golf course. In fact, the golf course here was designed by the well renowned Greg Norman.This 18 hole course is large in size, a complete 7,260 yards of green. When researching this particular course, look for the Playa Mujeres Golf Course.
Low season rates starting at US$560 per night for two people
High season rates starting at US$640 per night for two people
Best Cancun all-inclusive for foodies
Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas All Inclusive
A large resort crowded with amenities and activities, the OMNI Cancun Hotel and Villas is a great choice for those seeking both exciting and adventurous days as well as those more on the relaxing side. For those days out and about, guests will find water sports including snorkeling, tennis, scuba diving excursions, tours, shopping, entertainment and a children's club for those with young ones. Relaxing days can be made up of relaxing by one of the resort's several pools, enjoying the on-site steam room or relaxing at the Omni SPA where you'll find a mud bath, couple treatment rooms, a hot stone massage and much, much more.
- Number of rooms: 346
- Number of room categories: 2
With 9 different bars and restaurants to choose from, the foodie in you will find lots of different options, enough to make for a different restaurant every night of your stay. Here, guests will find a wide selection of plate choices ranging from sushi from the resort's Sushi Bar to dining at the Pool Grill where you'll find pizza, nachos and hot dogs. Those seeking something a bit fancier will find it at Da Vinci, an inside, air conditioned restaurant focusing on fine dining with a la carte dinners.
Low season rates starting at US$299 per night for two people
High season rates starting at US$392 per night for two people
Best Cancun all-inclusive for spa lovers
Secrets The Vine Cancun All Inclusive
A 5-star resort, the Secrets The Vine Cancun Resort stuns with its beachfront location in the Avenida Kukulkan and its nearness to the La Isla Shopping Mall and the El Rey Ruins. When strolling the resort's grounds, you'll find nearly 500 suites, volleyball, on-site entertainment and performances (including theme parties), 4 swimming pools and a variety of bars and restaurants to enjoy. The rooms themselves wow with premium bedding, free Wi-Fi, a refrigerator, a private bathroom with a rainshower, a stocked minibar, a furnished balcony with a view and room service. Guests will even find a pillow menu, which helps to secure the best sleep possible.
- Number of rooms: 497
- Number of room categories: 14
The resort's spa, Spa By Pevonia, is nicely sized with 14 treatment rooms, including those suited for couple use. Some of the treatments available include beach-side massages, manicures, pedicures, body scrubs, facial treatments, a detoxification wrap and much, much more. Guests will also find a sauna in which to enjoy as well as a spa tub.
Low season rates starting at US$484 per night for two people
High season rates starting at US$584 per night for two people