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    Rosewood Mayakoba
    Playa del Carmen
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Rosewood Mayakoba fully immerses guests in the Riviera Maya's beauty through its architecture and design. Not only is it flanked by the region's famed crystalline sands and lush jungle, the resort is also constructed from local materials, such as Yucatan limestone and regional wood. Visitors especially praise the private terrace and heated plunge pool attached to each of the property's 129 suites. And the welcome tequila, daily restocked fruit bowl and personal butler service exemplify an above-par level of hospitality. The culinary offerings at Rosewood Mayakoba's six restaurants are another point of praise among recent guests. And, despite their high price tags, visitors say the unique treatments at Sense, A Rosewood Spa are well worth the indulgence. Once you're feeling relaxed, perfect your swing at the adjacent El Camaleón golf course or soak up your surroundings with a biking or snorkeling adventure. You'll find this Rosewood outpost just north of downtown Playa del Carmen, Mexico, in the Mayakoba resort complex.
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    NIZUC Resort & Spa
    Cancun
    $45 Nightly Resort Fee
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    $45 Nightly Resort Fee
    • 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, Mexico'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 five pools. The relaxing vibes continue at the ESPA-affiliated spa, which offers Mayan-influenced treatments. But what really stands out at this Preferred-affiliated resort 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. However, some lament the daily $45 resort fee. If you're a member of the I Prefer Hotel Rewards program, you can cash in accrued points for free night certificates to cover the cost of your accommodation.
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    Grand Velas Riviera Maya
    Playa del Carmen
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    This 85-acre, all-inclusive property approximately 5 miles northeast of central Playa del Carmen, Mexico, garners rave reviews from its guests. The accommodations impress with whirlpool tubs, 42-inch plasma-screen TVs and at least 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. If you're more interested in staying active, consider breaking a sweat in the fitness center, signing up for a free fitness class or borrowing complimentary kayaks and boogie boards at the beach. The all-inclusive rates also cover meals at the property's eight restaurants and other privileges, such as kids and teens club activities, 24-hour concierge services and drinks. Plus, the hotel is part of the Preferred hotel group, so members of the I Prefer Hotel Rewards program can earn points and use free night certificates here.
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
    Cancun
    $43.10 Nightly Resort Fee
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    $43.10 Nightly Resort Fee
    Most lodgers who stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun are wowed by the hotel's upscale atmosphere, especially in its common areas and 365 guest rooms and suites. Decorated in tasteful neutral tones, each accommodation comes equipped with an iPod docking station, a bathtub and separate rain shower, a flat-screen TV and a furnished balcony or terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Plus, the daily resort fee covers additional perks like in-room Wi-Fi access. The Ritz's signature elegance is also evident in the property's six dining establishments: Whether it's a grand dining room or a private canopied casita on the beach, guests are in for a decadent experience. And though some guests bemoan the steep price tags that accompany their meals, many say you should splurge for at least one meal here because the food is worth it. But The Ritz really shows its worth on the pool deck, with two pools, an oceanfront whirlpool and pool valet services. More active guests can strap on some scuba gear and take to the Caribbean Sea or practice their backhand with a pro at the Tennis Center. While most enjoyed their stays, multiple previous guests complained about poor service and high fees, saying that this property doesn't deliver a typical Ritz-Carlton experience. Nevertheless, if you choose to stay, you'll be able to use points here as the property is part of the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program.
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    Le Blanc Spa Resort
    Cancun
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    An adults-only, all-inclusive resort in the northern part of Cancun, Mexico's Hotel Zone, Le Blanc Spa Resort exudes a modern feel with its sleek architecture and neutral-toned color palette. Each of Le Blanc's suites features a coffee maker, a stocked minibar, an LED TV, BVLGARI toiletries, butler service and a liquor cabinet. When booking your room, be sure to request a higher floor and an ocean-facing suite – according to recent visitors, the splurge affords spectacular views and extra quiet that are well worth the nightly rate. If you can tear yourself away from your digs, check out the links on the nearby Moon Palace Cancun's Jack Nicklaus Signature course. Or perhaps you're better suited to a day at BlancSpa, where you can indulge in a massage or a hydrotherapy session. You can also catch some rays by one of three pools or claim a spot on the beach. When hunger sets in, take your pick of Le Blanc's four restaurants or relax in your accommodations and order room service (available 24 hours a day).
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    Banyan Tree Mayakoba
    Playa del Carmen
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Situated about 30 miles southeast of Cancun International Airport on a secluded perch along Playa del Carmen, Mexico's northern coast, the Asian-inspired Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers vacationers easy access to the Riviera Maya's maze of mangrove forests, freshwater lagoons and, of course, the second-largest coral reef system in the world. Apart from communing with nature, guests can unwind in their villas, which feature Mayan-inspired decor, floor-to-ceiling windows and private pools and sun decks. If you're not one to stay cooped up, Banyan Tree Mayakoba also features a bevy of facilities, including The Shack Beach Club, pools and a spa that pampers with signature treatments like The Rainforest hydrothermal therapy session. The resort's numerous dining facilities also earn praise, but for an unforgettable meal, book a seat aboard the romantic Ixchel dinner boat, which cruises through the scenic Mayakoba lagoon.
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    Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya
    Playa del Carmen
    $25 Nightly Resort Fee
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    $25 Nightly Resort Fee
    • Free Parking

    Sandwiched between the Asian-influenced Banyan Tree Mayakoba and the sensual Rosewood Mayakoba, this member of the AccorHotels family upholds its brand's standards along this luxurious stretch of sand just northeast of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The property houses 401 guest rooms and suites, all of which come outfitted with tropical-inspired decor, soaking tubs, LCD televisions and Wi-Fi access (which the daily $25 resort fee covers). Nestled within 240 acres of tropical forest, the resort also sits next to the El Camaleón golf course. Additionally, the property features the 37,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa, as well as six eateries, multiple pool bars and a gourmet market. And if you're traveling with children, take them to the Discovery Club & Adventure Camp (for ages 5 to 11), where they can spend their days making piñatas or origami souvenirs. To make the most of your stay at this Fairmont outpost, consider booking one of the resort's promotional packages. But be careful: Some guests warn that the property's high food and drink prices can quickly raise your final bill. To help cut costs, use accrued AccorHotels loyalty program points to pay for your room.
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    Viceroy Riviera Maya
    Playa del Carmen
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Consistently lauded by travel experts, this stylish member of the Viceroy Resorts clan has a long-standing reputation to uphold. And aside from a few complaints about high room rates, Viceroy Riviera Maya also wins the hearts of its guests. Surrounded by white sands and verdant jungle – just north of downtown Playa del Carmen, Mexico – this intimate resort encompasses 41 villas designed to mirror the Riviera Maya's impressive landscape. Accommodations are appointed with private plunge pools, outdoor rain showers and hammocks, plus creature comforts like Bose radios, free Wi-Fi access and satellite TVs with DVD players. Recent guests recommend dining alfresco at Coral Restaurant + Bar, which pairs seaside scenery with enticing traditional small bites. But past patrons assure you won't be disappointed with a meal at La Marea, which offers a sophisticated setting and flavorful Mexican dishes. And though the therapeutic massages and revitalizing body treatments at the WAYAK spa come attached to steep price tags, past guests assure the services are well worth the extra cost.
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    Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún
    Cancun
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún invites you to "Be Yourself" at its adults-only, all-inclusive resort situated in the middle of Cancun, Mexico's Hotel Zone. And it certainly does not lack personalized touches. For sensitive swimmers, Live Aqua's seven pools, including infinity and lap pools, come in varying temperatures, so one of them is sure to be just right. You'll also have access to the beach, where you can post up in a private cabana. And as far as dining goes, you'll have your pick of two bars, a coffee shop and eight restaurants, which serve everything from Mediterranean fare to traditional Mexican cuisine. When you're ready to turn in for the evening, you'll find a minibar, a flat-screen TV and a spacious bathtub and shower in your room or suite. Another bonus: Previous guests said the vistas overlooking the Caribbean Sea from the ocean-facing rooms are impressive. Past visitors also praised the gracious resort staff, who they said went above and beyond to cater to guests' needs.
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    Playacar Palace
    Playa del Carmen
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Located in the upscale Playacar neighborhood of southern Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Playacar Palace earns rave reviews from past guests for its quality customer service. Many travelers credit the all-inclusive resort's friendly employees with making Playacar Palace feel truly palatial. The 201 guest rooms and suites feature Smart TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access, liquor cabinets, and, in some cases, personal Jacuzzi tubs. But travelers don't need to spend much time in their rooms: Playacar Palace cozies up to an expansive stretch of Riviera Maya shoreline and tempts guests out of their abodes with a large pool, three restaurants and soothing spa treatments at the Awe Spa.
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    Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
    Cancun
    $25 Nightly Resort Fee
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    $25 Nightly Resort Fee
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Situated less than 5 miles north of its sister property, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun, this Preferred-affiliated resort boasts all of the alluring amenities of its southern sibling with an extra touch of luxury. It may look like an older property from the outside, but each of this resort's 602 suites offers expansive views overlooking the Caribbean Sea, as well as a terrace and a private sitting area. The relaxing atmosphere extends into the 40,000-square-foot Gem Spa, where you can enjoy a hydrotherapy treatment or a soak in the Sensations Pool. If it's sunshine you seek, head to the resort's lagoon-inspired pool or its palapa-studded beach, which hugs Caribbean waters and offers vistas of Isla Mujeras. Even dining at Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun is an elegant affair; guests are consistently wowed by the French-Mediterranean cuisine served at Le Basilic, as well as the hand-rolled cigars and Mexican fare found at La Joya (along with the resort's four other restaurants and bars). Kids can also join in the fun with supervised activities at the Coral KidZ Club. Keep in mind, a $25 daily resort fee applies.To cut costs, members of the I Prefer Hotel Rewards program can pay for stays with free night certificates.
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    Grand Residences Riviera Cancun
    Puerto Morelos
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Ideal for families, this resort in the Riviera Maya earns kudos for its spacious suites, caring staff and multiple pools. You'll have your pick of one- to four-bedroom suites, each equipped with either a kitchenette or full kitchen, a terrace, a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. In addition to the accommodations, the resort's roster of activities and facilities also impressed guests. When you're not soaking up the sun at the pool or the beach, indulge in a treatment at the spa, get a workout in at the gym or make use of the resort's nonmotorized water sports equipment, tennis courts and bicycles. Aside from the ample amenities, the kids club also impressed lodgers with its variety of supervised activities, including treasure hunts, face painting and air hockey. The property offers two restaurants and an on-site beach bar and grill. The hotel also offers a lobby cafe and bar and a pool bar, plus a small grocery store. Keep in mind, Leaders Club members can earn or redeem perks here. You'll find the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun about 2 miles south of Puerto Morelos, and about halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
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    Jashita Hotel
    Tulum
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Former guests frequently used words like "peaceful," "heaven" and "beautiful" to describe Jashita Hotel, a boutique property in Soliman Bay. Situated about 10 miles north of Tulum, Mexico, the hotel earned kudos from past lodgers for its manicured grounds, beachfront seat and tranquil atmosphere. Make the most of the hotel's location by kayaking, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding or simply lounging by the property's two pools. When you're not taking in the bay views from the adults-only infinity pool, admire them from your digs, which feature free wireless internet access, a welcome bottle of wine and chocolates, Italian bed linens, a safe and a minibar, among other amenities. Or, if you really want to up the relaxation, indulge in a treatment at the spa. Aside from the location and the views, the restaurant was another highlight for past lodgers thanks to its delicious seafood dishes.
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    Secrets The Vine Cancun
    Cancun
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Secrets The Vine Cancun, an adults-only property, entices visitors with its impeccable grounds and stylish decor. Each of its 497 guest rooms and suites features a 42-inch satellite TV, a teak-furnished balcony, a tablet for ordering room service and making reservations, a Nespresso machine and a stocked minibar. And when you're ready to step outside your digs, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the seven gourmet eateries (or the 24-hour coffee shop), all of which the brand's Unlimited-Luxury all-inclusive room rates cover. Travelers especially praise the resort's versatile culinary offerings and entertainment options, which include everything from yoga to dance lessons to mixology classes. Plus, Unlimited-Luxury also grants guests access to top-shelf liquor (served chairside on the beach or at the pool if you wish), as well as other amenities like free wireless internet access and complimentary green fees at the nearby Playa Mujeres Golf Club. Secrets The Vine Cancun is located in the mid-section of Cancun, Mexico's Hotel Zone, about 10 miles northeast of Cancun International Airport.
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    Generations Riviera Maya
    Playa del Carmen
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Generations Riviera Maya is an all-suite, all-inclusive resort that sits about halfway between Playa del Carmen and Cancun on the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The beachfront resort offers 162 suites, all with large balconies or terraces. Some larger suites are equipped with swim-up balconies that connect to the infinity pool. Guests are complimentary of the spacious accommodations and also praise the customer service and variety of food found at the on-site restaurants. Generations Riviera Maya boasts five dining spots that serve Mexican, Caribbean, Indian, Asian and international cuisine, as well as several bars – one of which is a swim-up bar. The resort welcomes children, and the property's Eko Kids Club offers supervised games and enrichment activities for guests ages 4 to 12. Both kids and adults will enjoy the resort's infinity pool that stretches along the length of the property, as well as the Jacuzzis available in every suite. Although guests heap praise on the resort's pools and restaurants, some lament the property's small, rocky beach. Next to the resort are two of Karisma's other Riviera Maya properties, El Dorado Casitas Royale and El Dorado Royale, and guests ages 18 and older can use the facilities at both of these locations.
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    Mahekal Beach Resort
    Playa del Carmen
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    If a romantic getaway is what you're after, consider a stay at the Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa Del Carmen. Favored among couples for its intimate atmosphere, peaceful rooms and stellar staff, the Mahekal Beach Resort continually impresses twosomes – and many even plan repeat visits to the property. Those traveling sans significant other say much of the same, especially in regards to the size of the resort, which lodgers describe as not too big and not too small. But that's not to say the resort skimps on amenities: Mahekal offers five on-site restaurants and bars (not including its pool bars), four pools, a spa, a fitness center, direct beach access and the Vida Aquatica Dive Center, which provides water sport rentals, fishing trips and snorkel tours on top of scuba certification and excursions. Guests ate up the thatched-roof accommodations and the palm trees that surround them. Standard rooms feature private terraces with hammocks, complimentary Wi-Fi access, bathrooms with walk-in showers and organic, Mayan-inspired bath amenities. The only complaint among recent lodgers? Those who stayed at Mahekal Beach Resort during Playa Del Carmen's music festivals (which typically occur in December and January) said a relaxing vacation is not easy to come by thanks to all the extra noise and guests.
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    The Landmark Resort of Cozumel
    Cozumel
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Ideal for families in need of spacious, well-equipped suites, The Landmark Resort of Cozumel offers 63 ocean view suites ranging from two to three bedrooms. Suites, which start at 1,620 square feet, are outfitted with patios, kitchens, washers and dryers, and a water purification system. Aside from the accommodations, guests rave about the resort's location overlooking Dzul Ha Reef on the southwestern side of Cozumel. Explore the reef with the resort's loaner kayaks or snorkeling gear, or simply relax on the beach or at the pool (a standout amenity, according to past lodgers). Other on-site amenities include a fitness center, a business center and a beachfront restaurant, The Money Bar Beach Club. The eatery serves American and Mexican cuisine and offers daily happy hour specials. If you're hoping to dine off-site, heed the advice of recent lodgers and ask the staff for recommendations. Travelers say the service is friendly and attentive, citing it as a major reason why they would return.
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    InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort & Spa
    Cozumel
    $18 Nightly Resort Fee
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    $18 Nightly Resort Fee
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    A member of the IHG Hotels family, this sprawling resort on Cozumel, Mexico's west coast promises island visitors a stylish, yet casual getaway. And according to previous guests, this InterContinental property delivers. Flanked by half a mile of sugary shoreline, swaying palm trees and the gargantuan Palancar Reef, the InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort & Spa houses 218 spacious guest rooms complete with eye-catching blue, green or yellow and orange accents, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi access (which the $18 daily resort fee covers) and private balconies or terraces. Out on the grounds, visitors can swim in the outdoor pools, practice their backhand on the tennis courts or unwind at the spa. (For those traveling with kids in tow, be sure to spend some time looking for iguanas around the property.) Guests also praise the cuisine served at the resort's four dining venues, but most visitors credit their positive experiences here to the InterContinental Presidente Cozumel's employees. Previous travelers said that the resort's staff is nothing short of friendly and helpful. And keep in mind, guests with IHG Rewards Club memberships can use and earn points during their stays.
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    Hyatt Zilara Cancun
    Cancun
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    If you've come to Cancun, Mexico, to party, then you'll probably want to find another property. Hyatt Zilara Cancun is all about relaxation and tranquility, which can make this adults-only, all-inclusive resort a little too quiet for some travelers. But if quiet is what you're looking for, then book one of this Hyatt outpost's suites, which feature ocean views (even in the bathrooms), two-person whirlpool tubs, rain showers and handcrafted wood furnishings. The price of your room includes access to two pools, including an Olympic-size pool, plus a fitness center, a white sand beach and daily activities like acrobatic circus shows, turtle releases and guacamole making classes. The all-inclusive package also covers meals at five eateries and unlimited alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages at the property's three bars and lounges. If you choose a premium suite, you can also dine at the more intimate Chef's Plate, a chef's table experience with a sommelier and a menu that changes nightly. Additionally, you'll enjoy room service delivery into your room's "Magic Box" – a compartment that goes from your room to the hallway, allowing resort employees to deliver room service 24 hours a day without disturbing you. Because this property is part of the Hyatt family, World of Hyatt members can earn and redeem points during their stays.
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    Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort
    Playa del Carmen
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    The beachfront location of the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort is one of the amenities recent guests loved most about this sprawling property. The resort is also within walking distance of Playa del Carmen attractions, such as the Playa del Carmen Beach and La Quinta Avenida, where you'll find numerous shops and restaurants. Other highlights include the personable and helpful staff, the fresh gourmet cuisine served at the three on-site restaurants and the Cenote Spa, which boasts a hydrotherapy area, eight treatment suites, a fitness center, a lap pool and an extensive list of spa and salon services. The 314 guest rooms and suites feature local woods and fabrics, balcony views of the Caribbean Sea or preserved mangroves, and include amenities like Grand Hyatt Beds, walk-in showers, double sinks, flat-screen TVs, coffee makers, high-speed internet access and floor-to-ceiling windows. Some rooms and suites also have private plunge pools and furnished terraces. Recent visitors also liked that you could choose your own meal plan, but several warned that there is a pricey fee attached if you lose your meal plan bracelet, so make sure to keep an eye on it. And remember: If you're a member of the brand's loyalty program, you can earn or redeem points for choosing to bed down here.
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    Sandos Cancun Luxury Resort
    Cancun
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Sandos Cancun Luxury Resort's culinary offerings stand out among Cancun's versatile dining options. Guests heartily approve of this all-inclusive resort's five restaurants, pointing to Gaijin as especially memorable for its inventive sushi creations. After you eat, hit the hotel's white sand beach or its three oceanfront infinity pools. But take note: Previous guests said that after 2 p.m., the pool area is cast into shadow by the neighboring Secrets The Vine Cancun. While guests say that there is some entertainment offered on the pool deck, they add that Sandos is not the place for glitzy evening productions or loud nightlife. However, seekers of a quieter stay will enjoy these guest rooms and suites, which feature marble bathrooms, coffee makers, minibars, Wi-Fi access, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and 24-hour room service. What's more, during your stay, you can take advantage of the 15,000-square-foot Spa del Mar, which offers soothing treatments such as hot stone massages and mineral spa therapy body wraps. And should you crave more activity, enjoy windsurfing, kayaking or a deep sea fishing expedition (for an additional fee).
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    Isla Mujeres Palace
    Isla Mujeres
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free WiFi

    With an air of tropical romance and intimate surroundings, this couples-only resort on the southwestern coast of Isla Mujeres especially appeals to those in pursuit of a honeymoon or destination wedding retreat. What Isla Mujeres Palace lacks in size guests say it makes up for in personalized service. And while there are only 62 of them, each guest room comes with a private balcony, double Jacuzzi, minibar and flat-screen LCD TV. Your meals are covered by the all-inclusive cost, but there is only one restaurant, Azul. (Recent visitors, though, say the food is varied and delicious, so you probably won't get bored). But while the beach and pool are lovely, some guests can start to go a little stir-crazy without the constant excitement that Cancun's mainland hotels bring. However, if it's quiet seclusion you want, then Isla Mujeres Palace can deliver.
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    Beach Palace
    Cancun
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Beach Palace, located close to Cancun, Mexico's Hotel Zone, bills itself as a family vacation destination. That means you probably won't find spring breakers filling up the resort's pools, bars or whirlpools. Rather, you'll find contemporary, sleek architecture overlooking the calm waters and golden sands of Nichupte Lagoon – plus plenty of all-inclusive amenities to keep both ittle ones entertained and parents relaxed. Drop the youngsters off at the supervised Playroom for a day of face painting and Spanish lessons while you indulge in a treatment at the Awe Spa. Traveling without kids? You're only 2 miles south of Coco Bongo and Cancun's other legendary nightlife spots. Should you wish to stay on the property grounds, you'll find two bars and three dining establishments on the property, though recent guests felt the cuisine and waitstaff were hit or miss. At the end of the day, retreat to your comfortable accommodations; each guest room and suite comes appointed with a liquor cabinet, a double Jacuzzi, free wireless internet access and a minibar fully stocked with beer and juice.
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    The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences
    Playa del Carmen
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    With roughly 5 miles separating The Fives Azul Beach Resort Playa del Carmen from Playa del Carmen's busy downtown area, this property lures travelers with the promise of seclusion. Although Azul Beach Resort rubs elbows with esteemed competitors – such as the Banyan Tree Mayakoba and the Fairmont Mayakoba – along the resort town's northern shoreline, this property can easily rest on its own laurels. Housing 571 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites (all equipped with flat-screen TVs, spacious bathrooms and private balconies or terraces), Azul Beach Resort makes a great home base for group travelers. More active vacationers can take advantage of the resort's organized scuba diving, horseback riding or golf packages, and those in need of some R&R can relax with a beachfront massage or a private yoga session (for an additional fee). For even more pampering, guests can indulge in a treatment at Vassa Spa, which offers therapies like aromatherapy massages and facials. Meanwhile, guests say that the resort's swimming pools, My Gym play area at Azulitos Playhouse and Extreme Breeze Teens Club activities meet family expectations. Plus, with nine restaurants serving globally inspired fare, this property caters to just about any palate.
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    Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique
    Playa del Carmen
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Catching up on some quality rest and relaxation comes naturally to guests staying at the Blue Diamond Riviera Maya. This relatively small adults-only resort – which has just 128 rooms and suites – sprawls across beige sands and sits roughly 6 miles north of central Playa del Carmen. Blue Diamond Riviera Maya keeps things simple and classy – guest suites come outfitted in crisp, white decor with rich wood accents, floor-to-ceiling windows and a terrace or garden, not to mention high-end amenities like outdoor bathtubs, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, and in some rooms, private plunge pools. Guests love the look and feel of Blue Diamond Riviera Maya, but they're even more impressed by all that's included in the room rate. A stay at this all-inclusive resort covers not only access to three pools, three restaurants and beachfront concierge services, but also includes access to an 18-hole golf course, yoga classes and a fitness center. What's more, the property features the Spa by Blue Diamond, which offers unique therapies like seaweed wraps and hot stone massages.

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