The Best Boutique Hotels to Book in Cancún, Mexico

Find the best boutique-hotel gems to supercharge your trip to Cancún, Mexico
Find the best boutique-hotel gems to supercharge your trip to Cancún, Mexico | © Jonathan Ross / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Jo Fernandez-Corugedo
17 November 2020

One of the Mexican Riviera’s jewels, Cancún is famously high-rise – but the sky needn’t be the limit. Lower your gaze and you’ll find discreet boutique hotels in Cancún, whether you want lovely pools and quiet terraces for cocktail hour, or a location just a hop, skip and jump from Playa Langosta, Isla Mujeres or Nichupte Lagoon.

Cancún is sprinkled liberally with boutique hotels, and many of them are downtown, in the fast-paced heart of the action, with the best beaches a short drive away. But don’t rule out the selection of beauties in the Zona Hotelera alongside the Caribbean Sea.

Oh! Cancún the Urban Oasis

The luxurious outdoor pool area with cushioned seating and lush palm trees and foliage at Oh! Cancun the Urban Oasis
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Here’s a sophisticated little adults-only number, with 52 suites decorated with eye-catching Pop art prints and a choice of pool and city views. By day, pure relaxation heads the agenda, with idle lengths of the silent outdoor pool (no noisy kids, remember); at dusk you can enjoy a kicky cocktail on the decked terrace or a sojourn in the cigar room. By night, put on your glad rags to eat, drink and be merry. Buzzy spots here include an upbeat sushi and sports bars and a nightclub. Sore heads can face the next day with a vigorous massage in the intimate spa.

Kabah Boutique Hotel

A luxurious twin room in at Kabah Boutique Hotel in Cancun.
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Intimacy and comfort are the watchwords at Kabah Boutique Hotel in Cancún. Giant window panes overlook the rampant urban jungle of leafy Kabah Park, drawing light into the modern interiors of rich woods and blue-green accents. Join nature lovers and fitness freaks in the open air, or sleep late in your bed, swamped with soft pillows. The rooftop hot tub beckons as sunset floods the skyline, then there’s dinner amid the red lanterns of Kabah’s China Girl Asian restaurant.

Casa Turquesa

The outdoor pool and terrace leading up to the grand exterior of Casa Turquesa, Cancun.
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Squint and there’s something Great Gatsbyish about this bijou luxury boutique hotel in Cancún: the pure-white facade, punctured with vast arched windows; the grand spiral staircase in the entrance hall, with its muscular sculptures; the 30 airy rooms with hot tubs; and the suites, with dining rooms and kitchens, displaying a bold canvas or two. All eyes are on you as you glide down the theatrical steps to the pool, with the jade waves beyond. After a massage on the sands, take in the scenic surrounds over a chilled beer at the swim-up bar, or plunge deeper at the conservation-led Cancún Underwater Museum, three minutes’ walk away.

The Royal Cancún

The Royal Cancún hotel buildings surround the outdoor pool area with palms
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Charmingly low-rise, this family-friendly resort sits on Cancún’s less-noisy northern shore. It’s super-homey: two-room suites come with kitchens and deep-soak tubs for rinsing away the sand and salt of your lazy beach days. If the kids are wiped out after all that swimming, order in a pizza, or introduce them to the kids’ club while you bliss out in the spa. The location is sublime, just steps from Playa Langosta, with crumbly sands and tranquil waters to wallow in.

Beloved Playa Mujeres

The chic lobby with modern furniture in neutral hues at Beloved Playa Mujeres, Cancun.
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Resembling a clutter of cream-coloured sugar cubes, this adults-only tropical hideaway aims squarely for style-conscious couples and has “honeymooners” written all over it. Each glamorous suite at this Cancún boutique hotel has a terrace and romantic whirlpool tub for two; splurge to get your own luxurious plunge pool and private garden. The diminutive appearance is deceptive: there are three swimming pools and plenty of places to retreat to for refreshing drinks and sushi. Stick a trip to Isla Mujeres on your agenda, for turtles, coral reefs, whale sharks and sundowners on the sand.

Oleo Cancún Playa Boutique Resort

A bright and spacious guest room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea.
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The Oleo Cancún Playa Boutique Resort emits a cool Miami Beach vibe, with its bleached, angular architecture and the minty-green glint of its windows, reflecting foam-crested rollers. There are funky DJ sets after dark, perhaps after you’ve had a siesta in your crisp, icing-white room. By day this beachfront boutique beauty is cozy, with a coffee corner where you can post those envy-arousing Instagram shots, and a spa with ocean-view treatment cabins. Life centers around the three swimming pools, one with an infinity edge. If you want to raise your pulse a little, hop on a boat through the mangroves of nearby Nichupte Lagoon, where crocodiles lurk.

La Villa du Golf à Cancún

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A large guest suite with two sleeping areas and a tiled floor at La Villa du Gold à Cancun.
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This atmospheric villa-style boutique hotel in Cancún is an easy few minutes’ walk from the broad white sweep of Playa Gaviota Azul. Vibrant turquoise facades enclose an intimate garden dense with palm fronds. Its six sparsely furnished suites ooze character with intricate wrought-iron balustrades and dark-wood doors. Don’t miss breakfast – a calorific feast of quesadillas and burritos – which should sustain you for the 15-minute walk around the lagoon to peaceful Playa Chac Mool.

NIZUC Resort and Spa

A luxurious guest room with modern design and a large private balcony overlooking the ocean.
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All but camouflaged by dark-green mangrove trees, NIZUC Resort and Spa cocoons you in luxurious seclusion, far from the crowds. Your butler is always ready to spoil you with in-suite dining on your sea-view terrace before you sink into your private pool. There’s really no need to step out, given the vast oceanfront spa (a vast pampering area with aromatic ESPA products). You could hone your service with the in-house tennis pro – you’ll need the exercise, as the restaurants serve stacks of tasty modern Mexican, Asian and Peruvian ceviches.

On a budget? Check out our guide to the best hostels in Cancún, Mexico, for budget travelers, bookable on Culture Trip.

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