So, you’ve decided to take some time away from hectic work and every home life to go on a big vacation to somewhere nice. But where do you go? The coast? A remote island? Europe? Well, if you’re looking for warmth, relaxation, and an amazing experience for an incredible value, look no further than Mexico.
Mexican resorts are famous destinations for college kids on spring break, but in reality, they appeal to a much wider group of people. There are so many resorts in the country, that there’s no way you aren’t going to be able to find the perfect place for your dream vacation.
Here’s a look at 15 of the best all inclusive resorts in Mexico, to help you make your decision:
1. Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso, Playa del Carmen
The Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso is in Riviera, and it’s the ideal place if your look for some quiet relaxation on a secluded, warm beach. Clear blue water stretches out seemingly into infinity from the edge of the beach, and the hotel itself is one of the most beautiful buildings in the entire country.
The resort is also home to a world-renowned golf course, so if you’re looking for a place to practice your swing, look no further. Apart from that, luxurious spa treatments, this resort will also give you access to a myriad of sports, including kayak, snorkel, and water polo and when you’re done you can relax in one of their 310 fully equipped suites with incredible views or 10 secluded villas. If you’d like something grand, you can stay in one of the 2 magnificent Presidential Suites! What’s not to like?!
2. Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta
This resort has everything that you could possibly need, meaning that you’ll never have to take a step beyond the edge of the resort itself. From spacious, gorgeous rooms, to amazing dining options, all of your needs are going to be taken care of.
If you want to do a little exploring, you’ll find a crocodile sanctuary and a golf course not far from the main area of the resort. From entertainment to pampering, food to drinks, this four-and-a-half-star hotel resort is an amazing vacation destination.
3. The Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres, Playa Mujeres
Though the Beloved Hotel is situated in Cancun, here you won’t have to worry about getting swallowed up by college students partying away on their breaks from school. Instead, the Beloved Hotel and its delicately modern architecture is designed to give you a quiet and understated experience living in the lap of luxury.
If you somehow get bored of the golf course, the top-quality spas, and the near-perfect pools, the Hotel welcomes you to go on excursions to the nearby town of Tulum, where you can see authentic Mayan ruins, or head out to sea for an unforgettable snorkeling experience.
4. Excellence Playa Mujeres, Playa Mujeres
Curious about what a five-star hotel and resort experience is like? If you’re looking for an active vacation, filled with activities and different options for entertainment, then this adult-only resort is the place for you. The resort owns a two-mile-long stretch of beach on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
You couldn’t ask for a more picture-perfect area to relax in, but thanks to the many planned activities at this resort, you won’t be spending all of your time relaxing. Scuba diving, deep sea fishing, paddle boarding, and even biking are all on the menu when you book your stay here. You won’t have a second without something to do!
5. Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun, Riviera Maya
This resort has situated itself close to town, so that you can enjoy the best of both worlds on your dream vacation. Relax in one of the resort’s many pools and spas. Take a magical walk along the white sand beaches of the Gulf. Get yourself a top-notch massage and have your worries lifted away.
Or, if you need something a bit more exciting, head over to the town. There you’ll find the Crococun Zoo, Arrecife de Puerto Morelos National Park, and Puerto Morelos Town Square. Authentic culture is only a few miles away, and the nightlife is just waiting for you to come and be a part of it.
6. Live Aqua Cancun, Cancun
You can’t ask for anything more than Live Aqua if you want an adult-only experience in one of the busiest vacation areas in Mexico, that is jam-packed with all the modernism you could expect out of a 21st-century resort. The resort is set up like a modern spa, with every space clean, simple, and designed to facilitate your relaxation.
The rooms are spacious and modest, and they come complete with large TVs, iPod docks, and (of course) Wi-Fi. There are more than seven restaurants, so you’ll never run out of food to try (even sushi!) and the bars are superb. Staying at Live Aqua really is a dream come true.
7. Dreams Vallarta Bay Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta
This simple but luxurious resort was designed with families in mind. They have their very own Kid’s Club with entertainment and programs that run all day long, so parents are able to sneak off and enjoy themselves at one of the four restaurants or five bars that the resort owns.
The whole family can play in the massive outdoor pool, or entertain themselves along the beach. In front of the resort is the amazing beach, and situated behind it are mountains that will take your breath away. From start to finish, your stay here is guaranteed to be a great one.
8. El Dorado Royale, Riviera Maya
El Dorado Royale just might be the best resort on this entire list, if not the best on the planet. Its home is Maroma Beach, which it owns over a mile of. When it comes to the pure quantity of things to do, no other resort can top El Dorado.
There are 13 outdoor swimming pools, an 18-hole golf course, and, get this, a setup for zip lining. Outside of the resort, you’ll find one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, and of course with that comes an insane amount of scuba diving. If you want to relax heavily, but also play hard, then you’d be a fool to consider any place other than this.
9. Valentin Imperial Maya, Riviera Maya
This resort is all about style. The rooms are hacienda styled, and they’re so beautiful that you’ll find it hard to ever get out of them. But if you do, you’re in for a treat. This resort specializes in relaxation and “rejuvenation therapies”, so get ready to be pampered beyond your wildest dreams.
The hotel has several spas that you can book, and beyond that, they even offer in-room massages. The entire complex is right on the beach, but you also won’t be far from a high-quality golf course and the Dolphin Discovery Playa del Carmen Maroma.
10. Sunset Plaza Beach Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta
Another resort in Puerto Vallarta, the Sunset Plaza Beach Resort is doing everything in its power to make you feel at home. The rooms are massive, and they include actual living rooms, marble-floored bathrooms, and a kitchenette.
If you do feel like going out, though, you’ll have access to two restaurants, two bars, and a cafe. There are also three swimming pools, and, incredibly, only 106 rooms, so you’ll have plenty of space for yourself. So, if you’ve always wanted to find a master key to Paradise, this is the place you want to be. You can thank us later.
11. Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Cancun
The rooms at the Hyatt are next level. Every single one of them contains handcrafted mahogany furniture, a flat-screen television, a minibar, AND a whirlpool bathtub. The rooms alone are worth the price of admission, but the luxury doesn’t end there.
The resort has seven restaurants, two beachfront bars, and a swim-up bar. It’s the ideal adult-only vacation spot. The outdoor infinity pool offers you the best possible view of the ocean, and the resort owns its own section of the beach, so privacy doesn’t even need to be a concern.
12. Riu Palace Peninsula, Cancun
The Riu Palace is the perfect mix of a resort for adults and families. The entire establishment considers itself family-friendly, but there are certain adult-only sections for people who want to enjoy some time without the kids. For parents who want only some time away from their kids, there’s a day camp that’ll keep the little ones up to their ears in entertainment.
The whole resort is lush and modern enough that you’ll never have reason to leave, but if you do want to get away, you’ll find yourself only four miles from MUSA, an art gallery… that’s UNDERWATER. This is the place you’ll always want to come back to because your experience here will be one you’ll never forget.
13. Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla, Riviera Maya
For the perfect mix of party and relation, this is the place to be. The adult-only resort hosts its only pool party, and as if that wasn’t cool enough, there are also frequent tequila tastings. If you’re worried about the food, don’t be.
There are 24 restaurants, including everything from Asian to authentic Mexican food. And when it’s time to cool things down, head over to the spa and get yourself a massage that you’ll never forget. When that is complete rest your head in one of their luxurious suites, all beautifully designed with incredible views that’ll sweep you to la la land in no time!
14. Marival Residences Luxury Nuevo Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta
Most people think of Cancun when they think of taking a vacation in Mexico. But the Marival Residences are situated along the Bay of Banderas, and they might have the better location. The views here are amazing. The sea is the most immediate eye-catcher, but the resort itself is pretty easy on the eyes, especially when it’s lit up to facilitate the great nightlife at the resort.
The resort has a massive infinity pool that really capitalizes on the amazing views. If you’re a golfer, then this is the place for you: there are three golf courses that you’ll have unlimited access to during your stay. And if you’re looking to spend a lot of time on the beach, the Marival has a private one that you can stretch out on in privacy.
15. Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun
This resort is all about getting you the most and best entertainment possible. It’s set up on the east side of Cancun, so all the shops and excitement of the city are only a short way away. Looking for some watery fun? There’s a water park not far away at all. In need of some culture? The Museo Maya de Cancún is also at your disposal. The resort is aimed at enticing families by offering them plenty to do at the resort itself.
From tango lessons to live music concerts, all your need for tunes with be satisfied. Want something a little livelier? Check out a magic show or even (believe it or not) the circus! Need something a bit more relaxed? Try a long walk on the beach, or a float in the ocean. From beginning to end, this resort will have you entertained, excited, and ultimately exhausted. Despite that (and because of it) you’re never going to want to live.