Cancún Hotel Insider
Cancún is arguably the most popular and exotic destination in Mexico, and one of the first deliberately planned tourist destinations in the world. Filled with white sand beaches, warm tropical waters, and swaying palm trees, it is heralded as a prime Caribbean resort town, beckoning visitors seeking relaxation, romantic holidays, spring break adventures, and a thriving nightlife. As such, the majority of Cancún’s hotels are lavish, all-inclusive, and cater to the glamorized tourist crowd: there are over 32,000 hotel rooms in the city, mostly situated along the 17-mile stretch of beach known as the Hotel Zone.
Most Cancún resorts and hotels are concentrated in the Hotel Zone. Sandwiched between the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and the inky-blue Nichupte Lagoon, residents always have a waterfront view. For example, Le Blanc Spa Resort is one of Cancún’s top resorts, featuring Bulgari toiletries, double shower heads, and five different bars and restaurants. Moon Palace is a massive all-inclusive resort, with a golf course, spa, restaurants, bars, and hammocks inside the rooms. Likewise, its sister hotel, Sun Palace, is geared for the romantic types who like fully stocked in-room bars, 24-hour room service, and endless cocktails at the pool.
The Sandos Cancún is right on the water with infinity pools and cabanas, while ME Cancún caters to the individual traveler: personal concierges, a five-course meal, and private Bali tanning beds are just some of the many luxuries it exerts on its guests.
Luckily for budget travelers, though, these opulent beachfront resorts are not the only option in town: much less expensive hotels (and those removed from the party scene) are aplenty in the downtown area. La Quinta Inn and Suites is a great place for families, while the Royal Mayan is a quiet home base for those wanting to read a book by the pool and enjoy a peaceful view of the ocean. Or, check out Beachscape Kin Ha Villas & Suites – a surprisingly affordable accommodation on the bayfront and within walking distance to Punta Cancún, though spring breakers and rowdy kids are not permitted.
Things To Do
Aside from the tanning, swimming, and hammock-swinging, there are plenty of things to do in Cancún. Guests can go scuba diving with turtles and dolphins in the clear waters, and check out the unique Museo Subacuatico del Arte (MUSA) – an art sculpture museum completely underwater. The XPLOR adventure park in the Riviera Maya allows families to explore a natural park by ziplining, rafting, and spelunking.
Of course, the nightlife scene is hopping in Cancun: hit up Cocobongo for extreme partying and acrobatic demonstrations, or Senor Frogs for the classic spring break scene. And for a break from the madness, venture out to Isla Mujeres, a quieter backpacker-friendly village with fantastic seafood. Or, take a Jeep safari out of town to see former Mayan cities like Chichen Itza. or pyramids at El Rey Ruins. Here, you can stay in nearby Royal Solaris, an all-inclusive with a private beach, or the incredible Gran Melia: designed after a Mayan temple, it has so much inside vegetation that a microclimate has been created with the hotel walls.
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