Best Preferred Legend Collection Hotels in Mexico

One of four Preferred Hotels & Resorts collections, Preferred Legend properties provide modern... READ MORE
One of four Preferred Hotels & Resorts collections, Preferred Legend properties provide modern digs that are influenced by their surroundings. All Preferred Legend hotels and resorts – there are more than 80 throughout 25 countries – boast top-notch restaurants and full-service spas, alongside stellar personal service and amenities like pools, archery, golf courses and beach access. And because the Legend collection falls underneath the Preferred portfolio, members of the I Prefer Hotel Rewards program can earn points and perks during their stay, such as free nights and welcome amenities upon arrival. You can find several Preferred Legend Collection properties (listed below) on our Best Hotels in the USA, Best Hotels in Europe and Best Hotels in Mexico rankings lists.

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    NIZUC Resort & Spa
    Cancun
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2911 reviewsTripAdvisor (2911)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    At NIZUC Resort & Spa guests can expect seclusion and luxury on all of this property's 29 acres. Situated on the south end of Cancun's Hotel Zone in Punta Nizuc, this resort offers spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea and prime snorkeling along the Mesoamerican Reef. The 274 villas and suites all feature Nespresso coffee makers, along with minibars and private balconies or terraces with garden or ocean views. Private Pool Villas even feature infinity pools with waterfalls. Sun-seekers can drop the children off at Winik's Kids Club for activities like cooking lessons and ceramic painting before heading to the resort's two private beaches or one of the three infinity pools. The relaxing vibes continue at the NIZUC Spa by ESPA, which offers Mayan-influenced treatments. But what really stands out at NIZUC Resort & Spa is the food. You can choose from six restaurants that serve gourmet cuisine, but if you're looking for a memorable experience, consider reserving a night at the chef's table or arranging a private dinner on the beach. From the delectable cuisine to the private atmosphere, recent visitors couldn't be more complimentary of the hotel, describing the overall experience as simply incredible. If you're a member of the I Prefer rewards program, you can cash in or accrue points for choosing to stay here.

    Cancun
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2911 reviewsTripAdvisor (2911)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
    Nuevo Vallarta
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3044 reviewsTripAdvisor (3044)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit touts itself as a "Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare" retreat, and guest sentiments tend to affirm the resort's claim. Each of its one-, two- and three-bedroom suites features at least 1,000 square feet of living space and comes appointed with teak furniture imported from Bali, a Jacuzzi, a Nespresso coffee maker and a private terrace that overlooks either the ocean or the pool. Guests say that a sumptuous atmosphere pervades throughout the entire property, from the towering ceilings and serene fountain in the lobby to the memorable meals at the six gourmet restaurants. Activities at the infinity pool and on the beach – like boogie boarding and scuba diving classes – are also included in this Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, property's all-inclusive plan. Though spa treatments will cost extra, guests say that the spa facilities are excellent and recommend indulging in a massage during your stay. Part of Preferred brand of hotels and resorts, the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit participates in the I Prefer rewards program.

    Nuevo Vallarta
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3044 reviewsTripAdvisor (3044)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa
    Ixtapa
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 745 reviewsTripAdvisor (745)

    At this exclusive resort – located about 4 miles northwest of Ixtapa along Mexico's Pacific coast –traditional meets modern. Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa's adobe-style clay exterior and thatched roofs are complemented by marble floors and hardwood furnishings. The hotel's mix of conventional and contemporary extends to its 54 accommodations, which feature authentic Mexican patterns coupled with top-notch conveniences like satellite TVs, complimentary wireless internet access and private plunge pools. For some visitors, the best part of the suites was the sense of privacy afforded by the rooms' spacious thatched terraces. Still, with the property's ample on-site amenities and gorgeous surroundings, you'll want to carve out some time to explore the rest of the resort's grounds. Start by soaking up the rays along one of two freshwater pools or by playing a round of chess in the library. Or to treat your senses, spend an afternoon at the spa getting pampered with a Xochitl-flower inflused treatment or lemongrass body wrap. (Bonus: The resort's infinity pools are some of the world's most beautiful.) And when hunger sets in, take your pick between four restaurants, dishing up everything from sushi and tapas to traditional enchiladas and ceviche. According to past guests, the food at all three dining spots is excellent and reasonably priced.

    Ixtapa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 745 reviewsTripAdvisor (745)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
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    Grand Velas Riviera Maya
    Playa del Carmen
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3911 reviewsTripAdvisor (3911)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    This 85-acre all-inclusive property approximately 6 miles northeast of central Playa del Carmen garners rave reviews from its guests. The accommodations impress with whirlpool tubs, 42-inch plasma-screen TVs and more than 1,100 square feet of space. Meanwhile, guests consistently praise the resort's excellent customer service, its gourmet cuisine, and its revitalizing spa services. During your stay, you can sign up for invigorating treatments like the Mayan Jade Facial or the Coffee & Cocoa Experience. For extra pampering, consider splurging for the Riviera Maya Spa Package, which includes spa credits and ecotours, among other perks. If you're more interested in hitting the links or a scuba expedition, consider one of the resorts other popular packages, all of which include meals at the property's eight restaurants and other privileges, such as 24-hour concierge services, snokeling tours and even mixology classes. And if you're traveling with kids in tow, send them over to the Grand Velas Kids' or Teens' Club – they'll have plenty of opportunities to meet new friends while you're catching up on some R&R. Plus, since the hotel is under the Preferred umbrella, members of the I Prefer program can earn or redeem points here.

    Playa del Carmen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3911 reviewsTripAdvisor (3911)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués
    Acapulco
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 695 reviewsTripAdvisor (695)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Rising above the Pacific Ocean on a verdant bluff in Punta Diamante, Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués certainly impresses visitors with its picturesque surroundings. Its villas are built into the cliff, offering panoramic ocean views. Each comes appointed with a heated pool, sun deck and terrace, all of which are made from locally sourced materials. With a fusion of Asian and Latin American design elements, the resort offers what it calls a "holistic Asian ambiance," signature to the Banyan Tree brand. Though this New Age aura permeates the entire five-star property, it's perhaps most noticeable at the spa, where therapists pamper visitors with East-meets-West massage techniques. Seeking more relaxation? Take a dip in the hotel's infinity pool, a favorite feature among past guests. Afterward, cap off your day with gourmet Thai dishes served at Saffron, a preferred dining spot, or sample the Latin- and Asian-inspired plates at La Nao or the flavorful seafood entrees at Las Rocas Grill & Bar.

    Acapulco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 695 reviewsTripAdvisor (695)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Montage Los Cabos
    Los Cabos, MX
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 56 reviewsTripAdvisor (56)
    Free WiFi

    Set on 39 acres of beach just 8 miles up the coast from central Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, this hotel impresses guests with its plethora of on-site activities, excellent service and sleek design. The 122 rooms and suites are outfitted in neutral tones of tan, white and mocha, and come equipped with marble bathrooms, sitting areas and terraces that overlook the desert or beach. Outside the accommodations, travelers can choose to relax at the spa, go for a dip in the pool or chill out on the beach. Montage Los Cabos also offers ample recreational opportunities, including snorkeling, Jet Skiing, horseback riding, tennis and swimming with dolphins. When it's time for a meal, the property houses two restaurants, Mezcal and Marea, which serve casual Mexican and American dishes like tacos, ceviche and burgers. However, some previous visitors wished there were a few more dining options on-site. Part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts brand, this hotel participates in the I Prefer Hotel Rewards program.

    Los Cabos, MX
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 56 reviewsTripAdvisor (56)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Grand Velas Los Cabos
    San Jose del Cabo
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 424 reviewsTripAdvisor (424)
    Free WiFi

    Situated about 35 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport, the Grand Velas Los Cabos receives a glowing recommendation from recent guests for its attentive and caring staff, and tasty dishes served at the resort's seven restaurants. In fact, some reviewers said this is a prime property for foodies. The property's suites, which measure more than 1,100 square feet, also earned praise from lodgers. Along with spectacular ocean views, rooms feature Nespresso coffee makers, welcome bottles of artisanal mezcal, red and white wine, and bathrooms with Jacuzzis and L'Occitane toiletries. Outside the rooms, travelers can enjoy three tiered infinity pools (including one for adults only), a kids and teens club, a holistic spa, a fitness center and nightly entertainment. But aside from the amenities and facilities, it was the 24-hour personal concierge service that had travelers planning a repeat visit. The only downside? The beach that Grand Velas Los Cabos is located on is not swimmable.

    San Jose del Cabo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 424 reviewsTripAdvisor (424)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi