Cancún is known worldwide as a favorite vacation destination.
But among all the tourism hot spots, we found a true hidden gem: Le Blanc Spa Resort, a sophisticated choice on one of Mexico’s most popular beaches. Surrounded by white coral sands and only a few steps away from the Caribbean Ocean’s turquoise waters, Le Blanc offers luxury and class without skimping on fun. We’ve got all the details on Le Blanc and nine more of the best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico.
Whether you’re looking for an idyllic beach holiday away from it all or an adrenaline-fueled adventure, Mexico has something for everyone. From ancient Mayan pyramids and temples to magnificent deserts and breathtaking coral reefs, the USA’s southern neighbor is anything but short of variety, and our favorite all-inclusive resorts reflect that.
Want to relax on a white sand beach and forget about all your troubles? We have something for you. Want to visit traditional villages and learn about Mayan culture? You’re in luck. What if you’re an adrenaline junkie with a penchant for death-defying activities? We have zip-lines, water skiing, and a lot more lined up for you.
And then there are the nightclubs, the golf courses, the museums and water parks — not to mention the award-winning bars and restaurants.
With so much variety available to travelers, it wasn’t easy for us to choose Mexico’s best all-inclusive resorts. After a lot (a lot!) of research and deliberation, we whittled down the list to our 10 favorites.
A big vacation is something that most of us look forward to all year. We work hard and save up for the opportunity to experience new cultures, relax and unwind, and explore foreign lands. So when we finally arrive at our destination, we definitely want our vacation to be perfect.
But while holidays are supposed to be all about recharging your batteries, they can also be incredibly stressful. You need to organize hotels, choose the best restaurants, navigate foreign cities, find your way to and from the airport, and look for the best deals.
Not to mention having to keep an eye on money once you’re there! Keeping a tally for the cost of meals, drinks, attractions, and taxi rides while also trying to convert currencies is a job in itself — you might need a whole other holiday to recover.
While a do-it-yourself trip might sound adventurous, it’s not exactly relaxing. Sometimes, all you want to do is…well, nothing.
So if you’re in need of a serious holiday, then choosing an all-inclusive resort might be the way to go. Designed with different types of vacationers in mind, all-inclusive resorts are perfect for couples, families with kids, and singles. Packages usually include flights, accommodation, food and drink, and often even activities like golf and sightseeing tours.
Here are just some of the advantages of an all-inclusive trip:
- Value for Money: All-inclusive resorts often have great deals, so keep an eye out. The resort rates frequently include attractions (such as golf packages, spa treatments, and snorkeling) that would cost a fortune if booked individually.
- Activities, Activities, Activities: …which brings us onto our next point — most all-inclusive resorts offer an incredible list of activities. Depending on what you want out of your vacation, you can choose a resort with adults-only spas and wellness centers, surfing and water skiing opportunities, or family-friendly adventures and teen lounges.
- Stress-Free Travel: Everything is truly taken care of, from world-class dining to entertainment and tours to meditation and yoga. At a great resort, all of these aspects of your vacation will be within easy reach.
- Time Saved: You don’t have to spend time figuring out how to get to the best beach, or traversing the city to get to a good restaurant. Everything you could want is right on your doorstep.
So now you’ve decided you want to try out an all-inclusive resort. Now comes the hard part — choosing one.
There are literally hundreds of stunning resorts all around the world, but we’ll start with the resorts in one of our favorite destinations: Mexico.
A lot more than margaritas and sombreros
With its glittering white Caribbean beaches and expansive Pacific shores, fantastic weather, and tropical forests, Mexico has all the elements of a luxury vacation destination.
Thanks to increasingly cheap flights from the United States, more and more people are discovering what this gorgeous country has to offer.
Mexico now boasts an unparalleled variety of all-inclusive resorts. Many of Mexico’s most famous resorts are in or close to Cancún, one of the country’s easternmost points. Situated on the Yucatán Peninsula, Cancún is just north of the stretch of Mexico’s Caribbean coast known as the Riviera Maya, where millions of tourists flock each year to soak up the sun, catch some waves, and dine in world-class restaurants.
It’s no surprise that Cancún — and Cozumel, the island just off its shore — is also known for its wild nightlife, exclusive clubs, and incredible parties.
Despite the area’s popularity, some of our favorite resorts feel exclusive and elegant while still being in the middle of it all — so you won’t have to choose between total relaxation and all-night partying.
But it would be wrong to think that Mexico is all about beaches and parties.
Mexico’s culture, history, and biodiversity
Cancún is extremely rich in culture and history, and the surrounding region offers a chance to marvel at mystical ruins and explore ancient caves.
The whole area, stretching south to Tulum, also provides an opportunity to take in Mexico’s exceptional biodiversity, which includes thousands of types of plants and animals (take a look at our ranking to find an all-inclusive resort that organizes ecology-focused tours).
While not quite as touristy, the other side of the country is no less stunning. Puerto Vallarta, for example, is another one of Mexico’s most popular coastal destinations. Replete with stunning beaches, enticing restaurants, quirky cobblestoned streets, and picturesque boardwalks, Vallarta is also full of LGBT-friendly options, and after sunset, this tranquil town transforms into a thumping party central.
If it’s natural wonders you’re looking for, head to Cabo San Lucas, on the very southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, where spectacular stone cliffs are a backdrop to wide, breezy beaches.
Here the activities are never-ending: Jet skiing, diving, snorkeling, kite surfing, horseback riding, and Catamaran tours can all be arranged by your resort. And while at your resort in Cabo San Lucas, you’ll only be a few minutes away from an incredible variety of clubs and bars. You’ll be spoiled for choice!
We’re not going to lie: With so many fantastic options out there, compiling this list was particularly tough. But hey, that’s what we’re here for.
To choose our top 10 all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, we trawled the internet looking for guest reviews, as well as triangulating websites such as CNN Travel, Travel + Leisure, and many others.
All resorts are different and are designed for different types of holidaymakers, so we kept that in mind — but some key attributes are universal. Specifically, we looked at these criteria:
- Value for money
- Services and amenities
- Overall style and sophistication
- Variety of packages and deals available
Based on those variables, we built our ranking of the 10 best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico.
Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico
Le Blanc Spa Resort
People from all over the world seem to absolutely rave about this place — so not surprisingly, it is one of the few resorts on this side of Mexico to be awarded the coveted AAA Five Diamond hotel rating. Le Blanc Spa Resort is consistently voted number one in Cancún by TripAdvisor users.
And we can see why: Perched right on the beach, this sleek and modern resort is only a 15-minute walk from the Punta Cancún area, home to world-class shopping centers, restaurants, and nightclubs.
You wouldn’t know all that hustle and bustle is nearby, though. Le Blanc’s atmosphere is one of total tranquility, perfect for unwinding. And if the lapping of the ocean isn’t enough, the resort’s award-winning wellness program will help put your body, mind, and soul in harmony. Le Blanc’s sumptuous dining options and chic bars definitely don’t hurt, either.
- Right on the beach
- Close to vibrant nightlife
- Contemporary design
- No families
- No villas available
Few all-inclusive resorts manage to make family vacations feel truly luxurious. But as the only family-friendly all-inclusive resort in the Mexican Caribbean to receive the AAA Five Diamond award, Grand Velas Riviera Maya expertly combines family fun and total luxury.
With three distinct areas — including sophisticated adults-only zones, beachside kid-friendly areas, and secluded, serene jungle hideaways — this resort offers an exclusive tropical getaway for families, couples, and singles alike.
Adults can take advantage of the spa, which has been voted as one of the best in the world (which is hardly surprising, considering it features an incredible hydrotherapy circuit including hot tubs, an ice room, and a clay room). Guests can relax in the breathtaking infinity pool or perhaps have a drink or two at one of Grand Velas’ many bars. Kids will have no shortage of things to do: There are two kids’ clubs and a teen lounge at the resort.
- Perfect for families
- Right on the beach
- Serene jungle and mangrove areas
- Some services incur extra costs
- On the expensive side
Excellence Playa Mujeres
Just minutes away from vibrant Cancún, on a pristine peninsula between the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and an untouched wetlands reserve, is Excellence Playa Mujeres. This resort was an easy choice as our pick for the best luxury all-inclusive resort in Mexico.
This adults-only resort boasts world-class gourmet cuisine and a wide variety of activities, both on land and sea: You can choose from jet-skiing, parasailing, volleyball, cooking lessons, daytime poolside games, evening shows…the list goes on and on. If you really want to treat yourself, stay in one of the two-story rooms, which have their own private rooftop and private plunge pools.
The “simple” rooms are nothing to scoff at, either. Their sleek décor will give your stay an air of utmost sophistication and class. Of course, the spa, the restaurants, and the bars are among the best in the world. And if you need to burn off any of those calories, try a game on the resort’s exclusive golf course, ranked among the best in Mexico.
- Secluded but convenient location
- Lots of activities
- Luxury amenities and services
- No families
- Very large, can get busy
Zoëtry Paraiso De La Bonita Riviera Maya
If you’re in need of serious pampering for your mind, body, and soul, Zoëtry Paraiso De La Bonita Riviera Maya is the all-inclusive resort for you. Zoëtry Resorts focus on holistic wellness and offer a variety of spa treatments, enriching activities, and healthy cuisine featuring locally grown and organic ingredients. This is definitely not your usual eat-and-drink-until-you-drop resort — you’ll leave feeling refreshed and healthy.
And you definitely won’t feel like you’re missing anything while you’re here: With magnificent ocean views, gracious suites, gourmet dining, and extravagant amenities, it’s no surprise that this resort has been awarded the AAA Five Diamond rating for 15 years running.
Despite being an all-inclusive resort, Zoëtry Paraiso De La Bonita Riviera Maya feels quaint and special, a feeling enhanced by the exotic animals— peacocks, iguanas, and colorful parrots — that roam the grounds in the early morning.
- Small and tranquil
- Wellness focused
- Oceanfront suites
- Not for you if you like to party
- Beach can be covered in algae
- Décor is a little tired
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort
All the way on the other side of the country is Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort, a gorgeous development nestled on a remote and wind-swept beach. This adults-only resort is more focused on wellness than most other hotels in Cabo, which is known to be a bit of a party capital.
The atmosphere of Pueblo Bonito, though, is firmly rooted in relaxation and renewal. That rejuvenating ambiance is aided by the excellent Armonia Spa, which has been voted one of the top five spas in the world, and by the long list of healthy activities available to guests (beach yoga, water aerobics, and dance lessons are just some of the options).
That’s not to say that Pueblo Bonito doesn’t offer some slightly-less-healthy, but still very fun (good for the spirit, let’s say) activities: There are tequila and wine tastings led by an award-winning sommelier, as well as a huge variety of delectable cuisines.
- Meditation labyrinth
- Award-winning spa
- World-famous golf course
- Spa is not included in the rate
- Can’t swim in the ocean
- Long presentation upon arrival
Puerto Vallarta is a charming resort town on the Pacific coast of Mexico. It’s set apart by its cobblestone streets, quirky boutique shops, and beachfront boardwalk. Not that you’ll see much of this if you decide to stay in the super-exclusive Hotel Mousai, located just outside of town on a verdant hillside overlooking the ocean.
With its modern aesthetics, luxurious amenities, and mouth-watering restaurants, tearing yourself away from this classy, adults-only resort — the only AAA Five Diamond resort in Puerto Vallarta — won’t be easy. But then again, why would you want to?
Rooms come with huge balconies that overlook the ocean, so you can relax in your hot tub (yes, you read that right: a private hot tub!) and take in the view. Or you can enjoy a cold drink on the incredible rooftop, undoubtedly the highlight of this hotel. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always go kayaking in the Pacific Ocean or enjoy another one of the activities offered at the resort.
- Breathtaking views
- Private hot tubs
- Luxury services
- Not on the beach (but very close)
- More like a hotel than a resort
- Food may not be the best
Cozumel is a fascinating island where tourist havens and authentic Mexican neighborhoods coexist side by side — you’ll find dive shops and vibrant clubs round the corner from quaint little restaurants serving up some of the tastiest Mexican food around. If that sounds like your cup of tea (or your shot of tequila), Cozumel Palace could be the perfect all-inclusive resort for you.
But the real draw of Cozumel Palace is that you will have the chance to explore some of the world’s best reefs. The resort organizes daily excursions that leave directly from the on-site dive shop, but even if you were to choose a different company for your tour, you could arrange to be picked up at the private dock in front of the hotel.
This is a great option if you have kids, too: Cozumel Palace has a kids’ club that keeps the young ones entertained with games by the pool, sports, and creative fun.
- Excellent diving
- Great for families
- Lots of on-site activities
- No on-site beach
- Some rooms overlook noisy pools
- Caters to families, not couples
Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya
The Fairmont Mayakoba is a historical all-inclusive resort on the Riviera Maya. In addition to being one of the oldest and biggest resorts around, it is also one of the best. The luxury AAA Five Diamond resort is located in a private gated community, surrounded by 240 acres of lush tropical forest crisscrossed by sparkling canals, lagoons, and meandering pathways that eventually lead you to a stretch of pristine Caribbean shoreline.
Although this is a sizable resort, it always manages to feel secluded and exclusive, and there is more than enough space to relax on the beach or by one of the five pools.
But the Fairmont Mayakoba offers more than just relaxation. You can spend a day exploring the ruins of the ancient Mayan citadel Tulum, hiking through the jungle to the stone pyramids at Chichen Itza, or even scuba diving in the famous cenotes (underwater caves).
- Great golf course
- Close to sightseeing attractions
- Bad for limited-mobility guests
- Far from Cancún
- Be careful of hidden costs!
Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres
Thirty minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Cancún’s infamous Hotel Zone, nestled on a quiet beach overlooking the Caribbean, is Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres. This is a five-star luxury hotel that is for adults only.
We love the look of this resort: Pathways meander through lovingly landscaped gardens and between pools overlooked by bright white, balcony-lined buildings. And we especially love the secluded, crowd-free tropical beach. This is an absolutely great option for nature and culture lovers too, as the resort is close to wildlife-rich wetlands and Mayan archaeological sites at El Meco, Coba, Chichen Itza, and Tulum.
Beloved Hotel also organizes cruises on their Catamaran to Isla Mujeres’ stunning beaches, and in the summer months, you have a good chance of seeing the elusive whale shark. Golfers will be more than happy to play a round at the 18-hole Greg Norman-designed Golf Club.
- Quiet and serene
- Lots of nearby sightseeing
- Focus on wellness
- Spa treatments cost extra
- Not a party resort
- Beach can get covered in seaweed
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
Just a few minutes away from the town of Tulum is a secluded stretch of white sandy beach. Not far from there, hidden among 40 acres of lush forest, is Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, named after the ruins of an ancient Mayan city. The whole area is in fact rich in culture and history, and the resort’s tasteful décor and design reflects that.
Dreams Tulum can arrange excursions to the pyramids of Chichen Itza, or organize a swimming trip in the flooded underground cenote pools or to the Xel-Ha aquatic park.
If you get bored of the swimming, snorkeling, sailing, and exploring (somehow we doubt that), you can always kick back and relax by the pool while enjoying one of the nightly performances. Guests of Tulum Resort also get free entrance to the award-winning Riviera Maya Golf Club.
- Nearby sightseeing opportunities
- Private beachfront location
- Great spa
- Ground floor rooms can be noisy
- Resort is spread out
- Beach can be covered in seaweed
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Why should I choose an all-inclusive resort for my vacation in Mexico?
There is no right way to travel. Some of us love uncertainty and adventure, while others just want to switch off and relax.
If you fall into the latter category, nothing beats an all-inclusive resort — it will remove the hassle of having to book flights, hotels, restaurants, attraction tickets, and tours. All you have to do is decide where you want to go and when, and the resort will take care of the rest.
Mexico is an ideal place for all-inclusive resorts. Its glistening beaches, fantastic weather, and vibrant culture are the perfect ingredients for a dreamy holiday. Here you can experience the best of what all-inclusive deals have to offer, from luxury amenities to adventurous sports, world-class golfing, and award-winning restaurants.
All the resorts in our ranking are excellent, but make sure you choose one that is perfect for you. Are you a couple looking for a romantic break? Or a family hoping for a bit of adventure? Or perhaps you’re traveling with a few friends and just want to let go and party all night?
Most resorts successfully combine several of these elements, but many emphasize some over others, so choose wisely. Our ranking is a great place to start!
What does “all-inclusive” really include?
The whole point of an all-inclusive resort is that everything is included, from hotel rooms (or villettas) to food, drinks, activities, and spa treatments. But make sure you read the fine print: Packages won’t be the same at every resort.
Certain resorts offer unlimited food and drink, while others include only set meals. Some all-inclusive deals include things like spa treatments, childcare, and activities like scuba diving and sports, while others will charge you extra for each activity.
If you anticipate relaxing by the pool all day, those separate charges might not be a big deal. But if you’re a more active vacationer, booking a truly all-inclusive resort is the way to go.
Make sure you keep an eye out for hidden costs. Some resorts, for example, charge daily “resort fees,” usually around $20 a day. Others account for resort fees in the total price of the deal.
Finally, a note about gratuities: The resort rate often includes them, but many people choose to tip their favorite waiter or concierge anyway, so keep that in mind.
What is the best all-inclusive resort in Mexico?
Mexico boasts some of the best all-inclusive resorts in the world, from super-exclusive luxury options to vibrant party resorts to small, secluded resorts in the jungle. To choose the best resort, we scoured the internet, reading hundreds of reviews and travel articles. We assigned points based on location, value for money, activities, and other variables (you can read all about that in our Methodology section up above).
Le Blanc Spa Resort came out on top, and it’s not hard to see why: This resort is close to the hustle and bustle of Cancún, and yet it’s an oasis of tranquility on one of the world’s best beaches. If you’re traveling with kids, check out Grand Velas Riviera Maya, which combines luxury and sophistication with all-around family fun. And for those of you who want the highest level of luxury, book your stay at the incomparable Excellence Playa Mujeres.
With an all-inclusive resort taking care of your every need, you’ll be able to relax and leave everything behind. Well, almost everything. Here are a few essentials to bring along on your dream holiday:
- Lonely Planet Travel Guide ($15): Maybe you want a pocket guidebook to the Riviera Maya. Or maybe your high school Spanish is a little rusty. Whatever your travel guide and phrasebook needs, Lonely Planet has you covered.
- DOC BLOCK Body Sunscreen ($44): It’s all fun and games until you end up looking a tomato. Remember to always wear sunscreen!
- Ray Ban RB2140 Original Wayfarer ($153): Here at RAVE, we love a good deal — but with some things, you just have to pay for quality. You’ll look effortlessly stylish while wearing these Ray Bans, and your eyes will definitely thank you for it.
- Ben’s 30% Deet Insect Repellent Spray ($18): An absolute essential! Many all-inclusive resorts in Mexico are treated to be bug-free, but you’ll need this during your day trips and evenings under the stars.
- Havaianas Unisex Flip Flops ($30): Let’s be real: You’re going to be spending a lot of time by the pool, and you’re definitely not going to wear shoes. These practical sandals are the perfect alternative.