dream resorts in Cancun and Riviera Maya


TRS Coral

Everything seems new and in fact is in this luxury resort opened in 2018 at Costa Mujeres – close to Cancún but far from the buzz. Inside this resort exclusive for adults, the service Infinite Indulgence (a maxed up all-inclusive plan) offers five à la carte restaurants and a huge 50,000 ft2 [4,645 m2] spa. Visit the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre, a complex designed by the tennis star, and CHIC Cabaret, a spectacular restaurant.

Vialidad Paseo Mujeres, Municipio de Isla Mujeres


Hotel Xcaret

Nature is the star there: from the sustainable architecture integrated with rivers and caves to the 63 suspension bridges, including the volcanic rock bathtubs in the rooms and the spa that’s home to a cenote. Guests have access to eight (incredible) parks from the Xcaret Group and 11 food options, such as Ha, run by chef Carlos Gaytán, the first Mexican to hold a Michelin star.

Carretera Federal Chetumal-Puerto Juárez Kilómetro 282 Lt 023 2, Solidaridad, 77710 Playa del Carmen


Melià Paradisus

Located in the heart of Cancún’s Zona Hotelera, this hotel stands out for its architecture, which resembles huge pyramids. Save some energy for the dramatic landscape of the lobby, full of plants and fountains. The highlights there include four swimming pools, a golf court, a nightclub, and the restaurant Tempo, run by Martin Berasategui.

Boulevard Kukulcan, km 16.5, Cancún


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Sandos Playacar

Concerts, bike rides, and a water park make this resort ideal for families. Its eight restaurants offer options for every palate. But the highlight there is the delightful Playa del Carmen, for diving, waterfront massages, or just enjoying life in the Riviera Maya.

Paseo Xaman Ha Manzana 1 Lote 1, Playacar


Secrets Maroma

In 2018, Secrets Maroma was selected as one of the 25 best all-inclusive resorts in the world. Quite understandably: hidden at the beautiful Playa Maroma, it’s exclusive for adults and offers activities such as diving, snorkeling, and yoga, not to mention parties every night. It became popular among brides and grooms, as a wedding and honeymoon destination.

Carretera Federal 307, Chetumal-Cancún Km. 306.5, Solidaridad