The Best Resorts in Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel's resorts make the most of the Caribbean beaches and stunning colorful reef just offshore
Cozumel's resorts make the most of the Caribbean beaches and stunning colorful reef just offshore | Courtesy of the Explorean Cozumel / Expedia
Photo of Ali Ray
25 November 2020

Mexico’s largest Caribbean island is a tropical paradise located on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. With swaying palms and warm azure waters, it is also one of the premier diving locations in the world, due to its vast and colorful coral reef and excellent underwater visibility. No wonder, then, that resorts lining its coast put the activity at the heart of their offerings.

InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort and Spa

Here’s the definitive all-inclusive luxury resort, with turquoise waters and white sands. Even standard rooms are bigger than certain hotel suites we could mention, all with simple, fresh, modern decor that lets nature beyond the window take center stage. You’ll get access to four varied restaurants, including the al fresco El Caribeño, an oversized thatched palapa. Regional dishes make the most of the island’s seafood. The resort is also walkable to the town’s cafés.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

The Explorean Cozumel

What a refreshing alternative to ordinary Caribbean “resort’”offerings. Buildings in a jungle setting pair wood with other natural materials – no TVs. The open-sided restaurant and bar merge with lush tropical surrounds, so you switch from frantic to romantic, watching wildlife in the trees. It’s owned by Fiesta Americana, which has a livelier, family-focused resort just a two-minute walk away, so you can dine at any of the restaurants and use all the facilities.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Secrets Aura Cozumel

This adults-only, 266-room all-inclusive lies on the livelier west coast of the island. Check in and you can expect to be entertained royally – there are organized theme nights and beach parties as well as regular gala shows. The spacious rooms are refuges of pared-back luxury – many of them with mesmerizing ocean views. Ground-floor suites edge onto the pool – you step directly from your terrace into refreshing waters that elegantly wrap around the resort.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

Cozumel Palace

All 169 luxurious suites at Cozumel Palace look out onto the kind of azure waters that define Caribbean holidays. But the two-level loft suites are special: a king-size bed, double whirlpool tub and private bath with shower on one; upstairs is a second bedroom with its own private bathroom and shower. There’s a balcony with a hammock for enjoying the sea breezes. The all-in package even gets you snorkel gear to explore the vibrant reef the island is known for.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Smoke-free property

Allegro Cozumel

The Spanish hotel giant Barceló makes its stylish mark on Cozumel with this all-inclusive, set in front of powdery sands. Rooms are spare, white and Med-feel – although furnishings are more plantation-house (dark wood, big sofas) in the suites. Add five restaurants, including a top Japanese spot with a teppanyaki grill; five drinking spaces, including a Disco Bar; and five pools, featuring a children’s water park with sea-facing hot tubs for the parents. Result!
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At a Glance

Full-service spa
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Terrace

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  • Iberostar Cozumel

    Families are in heaven at this great resort. The Star Camp – Iberostar’s fun activity program for 4-17 year olds – lays on cooking classes, treasure hunts and outings in filmmaking. For younger guests, there’s a kids’ pool and special menu at the international buffet. Book one of the fresh, simply furnished bungalow suites: you’ll get easy access to pools, spa and beach. And don’t forget to use the excellent babysitting service.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Multilingual staff
    Smoke-free property

    Grand Park Royal Cozumel

    The simply decorated rooms are decent enough – the focus, at this multi-level 348-room colossus, is on what takes place outside. Grand by name and grand by nature, this is a winner with families. The all-inclusive package includes hourly activities hosted by the staff: choose yoga, water aerobics, dance lessons or guided snorkeling. The open-air amphitheater at the heart of the resort is the focal point for entertainment nightly.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    In-room accessibility
    Beach towels
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    Meliá Cozumel Golf

    This resort is right next to the Cozumel Country Club and Golf Course, which is suitable for both pros and amateurs. It’s also right on the brochure-beautiful beach, so it’s a win-win for all members of your party. The rooms are standard fare, simply furnished, and guests can add the “golf package” to the larger rooms to receive unlimited green fees. There’s also an 18-hole mini-golf course for kids, a children’s driving course, an Xbox zone and a teen games room.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Beach towels
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property
    These recommendations were updated on November 25, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.