Whether you’re a traveler or a tourist, you’ll be at home – and happy – in Cancún, on the Yucatán Peninsula, which comes with a rich cultural heritage alongside world-class hotels and paradisiacal natural beauty. With its turquoise sea, powder-white sands and breeze-ruffled palms, Cancún’s famous Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone) is loved by the world’s rich and famous. Many hotels in the area have direct beach access and plenty of first-class amenities, including personal butlers, infinity pools, Mayan spa treatments and sunrise yoga. Here’s our pick of the best luxury hotels in Cancún, Mexico.
Which extras at Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancún will make you feel most pampered? Is it the personal butler who will unpack and repack your suitcases and run you a bath of your choosing: mint and cucumber, or petals with a serving of coconut milk? Or is it the personal pillow menu and the bespoke aromatherapy fragrance for your room? You’ll find attentive details poolside, too. The staff at this Cancún luxury resort will bring you cooled towels and slices of cucumbers for your eyes – that’s when they aren’t serving you a complimentary afternoon treat (a popsicle or ceviche).
The Ritz-Carlton sits in an excellent location on the loveliest stretch of sand in Cancún – and that’s just the start of its grandeur. A lavish collection of fine art and sculptures adorns the interiors of this five-star hotel in Cancún, while the walls of its five-diamond-rated restaurant, Fantino, are lined with cushioned silk rather than paper. All suites have marble bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows, bringing that incredible view of aqua-marine paradise into every inch of your room. If you want to learn more about the local culture and its cuisine, take a cooking class in the hotel’s Culinary Center. For an eco-friendly outing, join the seasonal, hands-on sea turtle conservation program, or welcome sunrise with a yoga session on the beach.
With Mexican-hacienda inspirations, tropical furnishings and elaborate stained-glass ceilings, this vibrant adults-only haven delivers authentic Cancún luxury hotel style with added upscale elegance. Immerse yourself in regional culture by heading to the Zen Spa, whose architecture and treatments draw on Mayan traditions. Aside from the ocean-facing whirlpool tubs in the bedrooms, you can make the most of your private space by asking the concierge to arrange a romantic in-room dining experience or run you a rose-petal bath.
You can escape from the Hotel Zone crowds at this sleek, all-inclusive 109-room boutique luxury resort on the quieter Playa Mujeres, about 20 minutes from Cancún. With its oceanside location, it’s a romantic sanctuary for couples only. The resort puts on live music and other performances each night, and there are 10 dining options, including bars, to tickle even the most jaded taste buds.
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