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The Mexican Caribbean is home to a wide array of lodging options, including the infamous all-inclusive resort, a one-stop vacation spot that travelers either love or hate.
All-inclusive resorts are extremely popular among Americans and are appropriately equipped to satisfy American appetites and expectations for safety and consistency. No matter which side you take in the all-inclusives debate, these resorts undoubtedly offer the most options among the bevy of resorts with meal, lodging, and activity packages.
Vacationers like all-inclusive resorts in Cancún, Cozumel, and the Mexican Caribbean for several reasons, but the most common is the billing procedure. Guests receive one simple bill up-front for nearly everything they could want to eat, drink, or do during their stay.
Although you may have to sign a check once or twice - say, after a massage or dinner at an on-site upscale restaurant - you can generally spend your vacation without worrying about how much things cost. Another perk is being able to leave important documents such as your bank and credit cards and IDs hidden in the safety deposit box or safe in your room.
This freedom from constant budgeting is the biggest perk for some visitors. Tropical vacations are about fun in the sun, not about figuring out how much you're willing to pay for each day of that fun. Staying at an all-inclusive resort gives travelers more time to experience the numerous fun activity options available at such facilities.
All-inclusives are often located on beach front property near busy tourist districts. Many of the Mexican Caribbean's all-inclusive resorts line the shores of Playa Del Carmen, while others are in Cancún. The location can be a boon for those who like to spend a day shopping and a night out on the town in Cancún or Cozumel. After all, nightlife is what Cancún is known for. Nonetheless, many resorts offer nightlife activities as well.
Visitors traveling to an all-inclusive should try to book their trip ahead of time, especially in the winter high season and around Mexican holidays. Many popular hotels and all-inclusives run out of rooms during Christmas and New Year's. In fact, many are booked up to a year in advance during these popular times.
Travelers who savor their independence may feel that all-inclusive resorts take some of the fun and flavor out of international travel. These resorts do not encourage local excursions, although they do not directly discourage them, either.
All-inclusives are notorious for their lack of local Mexican Caribbean culture. Simply put, guests will need to venture out on their own to taste the local flavor and experience what truly makes Mexico's culture and people so vibrant. This kind of exploring is especially appreciated by local restaurateurs, who often feel that all-inclusives detract from their business.
The typical location of all-inclusives can also be seen as a negative point. After all, some travelers want to be near nature sites, not the club zone. For them, all-inclusives might not be the best choice, since the resorts tend to discourage guests from leaving the grounds.
Below you will find descriptions of many of the Mexican Caribbean's all-inclusive resorts. You'll find even more all-inclusive properties listed at the bottom of this page.
Aura Cozumel Resort is an adults-only Wyndham property. This resort features relaxing ocean view suites, two restaurants, three bars, and a variety of daily activities and nightly live shows. Some rooms even come equipped with their own private lap-pools. This feature won't come cheap, however, with a nightly price of between $500 and $900 (USD).
Prices at the two Aventura resorts in the Mexican Caribbean (Aventura Cove Palace and Aventura Spa Palace) range from $350 to $500 (USD) per night, and offer a host of amenities. Fine dining, snacks, top-shelf beverages, accommodations, non-motorized water sports, area tours, entertainment, wireless Internet, taxes, and gratuities are all part of the package; so guests rarely have to worry about pulling out their wallets. While the Cove Palace welcomes families with children, Spa Palace is an adults-only facility.
The Mexican Caribbean hosts 10 Barceló resorts: Barceló Costa Cancun, Barceló Ixtapa, Barceló Karmina Palace Deluxe, Barceló Los Cabos Palace Deluxe, Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe Beach, Barceló Maya Colonial Beach, Barceló Maya Palace Deluxe, Barceló Maya Tropical Beach, and Barceló Tucancun Beach. At Barceló resorts, all meals, snacks, and beverages, sports, activities, and entertainment are included in the all-inclusive price. Rates begin at $160 (USD) and top out at around $700 (USD) per night, depending on the hotel you choose. All of the Barceló properties in the Mexican Caribbean are family friendly, featuring daily kids clubs and programs. The Barcy Club, in which children ages four to 11 can spend their days learning and exploring while their parents tour the island or relax, is a special program located at Los Cabos Palace Deluxe, Karmina Palace Deluxe, and Maya Palace Deluxe.
Formerly Eurostars Blue Tulum, the Blue Tulum Hotel Resort and Spa Gourmet are located in the Riviera Maya. The resort is relatively small, with fewer than 100 guest rooms, but features luxury services. A price tag that ranges from $500 to $1400 (USD) a night includes five restaurants and bars, several pools, a spa, a beauty salon, fitness center, laundry, daily activities and entertainment, wedding facilities, and babysitting services.
311 recently remodeled rooms make up the Cancun Caribe Royal Grande. Three restaurants, three bars, a snack bar, cafe, and pizza corner are available for meals and beverages; there are daily activities, and nightly entertainment. Guests will find non-motorized water sports at the nearby marina, and room service is available 24 hours a day. Prices begin at around $187 (USD) per night.
The Catalonia Playa Maroma, Catalonia Riviera Maya, Catalonia Royal Tulum, and Catalonia Yucatan Beach are all five-star, all-inclusive resorts in the Mexican Caribbean. Each resort features several hundred rooms, daily and nightly entertainment, pools, game rooms, fitness centers, tennis courts, non-motor water sports, and diving lessons in the all-inclusive price. All meals and beverages are also included in the price. These resorts are family friendly, and offer daily kids programs, except for Royal Tulum, which is an adults-only retreat. Rates range from $131 (USD) to $300 (USD) per night.
Club Maeva is a family-friendly resort located along Santiago's Bay. Singles, couples, and families will all enjoy four restaurants, four pools, 12 tennis courts, a water park, non-motorized water sports, spa, fitness center, and a kid's club. All of this, plus three meals a day, snacks, beverages, daytime activities, night time entertainment, and Internet is included in the price of about $230 (USD) per night.
Club Tulum is a four-star resort featuring 300 rooms along Xpu-Ha beach. Kids are more than welcome, and the resort even offers daily programs at the kids club, a playground, and cribs for your little ones upon request. Other amenities include a dive center, fitness center, game room, spa, swimming pools, water sports, and six restaurants and bars.
Crown Paradise Clubs offer three resorts in the Mexican Caribbean with two very different concepts. The first concept is one of an all-inclusive, adults-only retreat. This can be found at the Golden Crown Paradise Spa in Puerto Vallarta. This resort features a spa, golf, two restaurants, two snack bars, an on-site disco club, daily activities, and nightly entertainment, all geared towards adults who want to get away from it all. At the other end of the spectrum are Crown Paradise Club Cancun and Crown Paradise Club Puerto Vallarta. These two resorts are family-friendly, and offer water parks, play grounds, and daily activities that promote family togetherness.
Dreams resorts choose their property locations at only the best Caribbean beaches, and this holds true in the Mexican Caribbean at Dreams Cancun Resort and Spa, Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort and Spa, Dreams Puerto Aventuras, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa, and Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta. These resorts were created to accommodate both couples and families, provide relaxation as well as endless activities, great food, and enjoyable entertainment. Rooms range from $200 to $550 (USD) per night, and include meals, snacks, beverages, beach and pool use, admission to the children's club, admission to the teen club, taxes, and gratuities.
El Cosumeleno Beach Resort is located on the white sands beaches of Isla Cozumel, just five minutes from downtown. The all-inclusive price of $162 to $300 (USD) per night includes accommodations, meals, drinks, and activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, bicycle tours, scuba lessons, and aerobics classes. Other exciting activities can be arranged at an additional cost, and guests receive a 30 percent discount on golf at the nearby PGA Golf Course.
El Dorado Maroma Gourmet is an adults-only luxury spa in Mexico's Riviera Maya. Seventy-two suites provide guests with the privacy and relaxation they need on their Caribbean vacation at the cost of just over $400 (USD) per night. At El Dorado Maroma, guests enjoy an ocean view from almost every room, and some even have personal Jacuzzis just outside their door. This resort is not recommended for physically challenged guests.
Excellence resorts are geared towards travelers who are in search of an adults-only retreat. Couples seeking a romantic getaway will especially enjoy Excellence Playa Mujeres and Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury for the private rooms, spa facilities (at an additional cost), and romantic settings in several of the on-site restaurants. Activities included in the all-inclusive price include non-motorized water sports, aerobics classes, tennis, volleyball, billiards, and horseback riding. At an additional cost, guests can also scuba dive and deep sea fish. Rates begin at $464 per night; wedding and honeymoon packages are available.
GR Solaris Cancun and Spa is a four-star resort featuring 300 rooms, a spa, outdoor pool, health club, private beach, tennis courts, and event facilities. Other amenities include a kid's club, game room, hair salon, Internet access, three restaurants, two bars, two snack bars, various aerobics classes, and more. The rates for this facility range from $216 to $260 (USD).
The Gran Bahia Principe Akumal is a five-star resort that features a variety of water and land sports, game rooms, night time entertainment, and kids programs. The all-inclusive packages at these facilities cost around $735 (USD). Meals can be enjoyed at one main restaurant, or at one of several a la carte restaurants or snack bars. The new Bahia Spa at this resort offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of massages, beauty regiments, and relaxing treatments.
Just a short walk from Playa de Carmen, Riviera Maya is home to the Grand Coco Bay All-Inclusive Resort. This resort offers easy access to many of the area’s most popular attractions, but there is more than enough to do for those uninterested in leaving the property. Rooms cost between $120 and $200 (USD) a night, and include five room options, seven restaurants and bars, a salon, gym, spa, marina, golf course, poolside activities, daily entertainment, and a kid's club.
There are four Grand Palladium All Inclusive resorts in the Mexican Caribbean. Grand Palladium Colonial Resort and Spa has 414 suites, situated on lush gardens and a private beach. Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort is located just next door to Colonial, offering guests an additional 449 rooms. Between the two resorts there are seven restaurants, 10 bars, four pools, two lakes, a spa, and a sports zone. Just seven minutes away is the Grand Palladium Riviera, which houses 454 rooms, six restaurants, five pools, and varied sports facilities. The last of the resorts, the Grand Palladium White Sand Resort and Spa, is a smaller facility, with only 264 rooms. Despite the low room count, the resort still has six restaurants, five pools, and a number of high-class amenities. Prices at these resorts range from $112 to $500 (USD) a night.
The Grand Riviera Princess All Suite features 676 rooms (with four suite options), seven restaurants, ten bars, and a wide variety of amenities for the price of $735 (USD). This price includes eight adult and four kid pools, access to the fitness center and spa, daytime activities, nighttime entertainment, admission to the on-site nightclub, various land and water sports, and scuba lessons. There is also a kid's club and a teen club for the youngsters who want to spend some time learning and playing with their peers. For an additional fee, guests can enjoy spa services, golf, babysitting, laundry services, and motorized water sports. Wedding, honeymoon, and anniversary packages are available.
The Grand Velas Suites and Spa Resort Riviera Maya is divided into three sections; the Master Section, Ambassador Area, and Exclusive Grand Class. The Master Section is perfect for business travelers. It is located within close proximity to the convention center, and guests will enjoy the luxury of a beautiful pool. The beach is almost a mile away, but shuttles head that way regularly. Those traveling with family will enjoy the Ambassador Area, which features a kid's club and 1000 square foot suites. Finally, the Exclusive Grand Class is made for privacy and relaxation. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted here, and may only say on certain floors with their parents. Prices at this resort range from $600 to $900 (USD) per night.
Hacienda resorts utilize the beauty of their surroundings to enhance each traveler’s vacation experience. Hacienda Tres Rios in the Riviera Maya offers guests the exclusive experience of guided nature tours through the private Tres Rios Nature Park. Each resort also features a spa, several on-site restaurants, and endless activities and entertainment options. Prices span a large range, running from only $70 (USD) per night, on up to nearly $400 (USD).
Just 15 minutes from downtown Cancun is the luxurious adults-only Le Blanc Spa Resort. 260 rooms (each with a Jacuzzi) ten restaurants, three pools, and a spa make the resort a peaceful paradise with everything grown-ups need to relax and enjoy their vacation.
The NH Riviera Cancun is a luxury, five-star resort in Puerto Morelos. The resort is comprised of 550 rooms, 12 restaurants and bars, several conference rooms, a spa, a fitness center, and many sports facilities. Everyone is welcome, from singles and couples to families and businesses holding corporate meetings. The all-inclusive price tag ranges from $189 to $209 (USD) a night, and includes meals, snacks, drinks, entertainment, children's club, 24 hour room service, dive lessons, and non-motorized water sports. Honeymoon and Anniversary packages are available.
There are three Oasis properties in Cancun, the Oasis Cancun, Oasis Palm Beach, and Grand Oasis Cancun. Meals, drinks, and activities such as use of the pool and sauna, tennis and volleyball courts, golf, and non-motorized water sports are included in the all-inclusive price. Extras such as spa treatments, laundry, and a weekly foam party are available at an additional fee. Rooms go for around $161 (USD) per night.
The Occidental Allegro offers two resorts to Mexican Caribbean vacationers: Occidental Allegro Cozumel and Occidental Allegro Playacar Riviera Maya. The Cozumel is situated on the world-famous San Francisco Beach, while the Playacar Riviera Maya can be found just minutes from Playa de Carmen. The Occidental Allegro is well-suited for travelers who crave fun and adventure on their vacation. Qualified dive instructors show guests the rules of the sea, guides provide deep-sea fishing excursions, nightclubs keep the nights alive, and families can spend as much time as they desire exploring beaches and splashing through the on-site water park. Prices begin at $90 (USD) per night.
At just over $300 (USD) per night, Ocean Coral Turquesa offers guests many of the same amenities as other all inclusive resorts - meals, beverages, activities, and friendly staff. Ocean Coral, however, is one of the most business friendly resorts, with conference rooms, audio visual equipment, a business center, in-room multi-line phones, and wireless internet available. When not utilizing the business facilities, guests can relax at the spa, sun on the private beach, or take a quick trip up the road to the nearby Crococun Zoo.
Ocean Maya is a bungalow style beach-front resort in the Riviera Maya. Singles, couples, and families are all welcome at this resort, and every group will find something to enjoy from daily activities and nightly entertainment, to kids clubs and family focused sports. Rooms, meals, beverages, activities, non-motorized water sports, entertainment, use of the gym, and transportation to nearby Playa del Carmen is included in the $135 to $250 (USD) price.
A Palace resort vacation includes such amenities as fine dining, snacks, top-shelf beverages, daily activities and entertainment, area tours, wireless Internet, and 24 hour room service. All-Inclusive Palace resorts in Cancun include Cancun Palace, Beach Palace Wyndham Grand Resort, Sun Palace Adults-Only, and Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort. There are also Palace resorts in Riviera Maya, which include Xpu-ha Palace Wyndham Resort and Playcar Palace Wyndam Grand Resort. Isla Mujeres meanwhile, is home to the Isla Mujeres Palace Wyndham Grand Resort. Prices at these facilities range from $345 to $500(USD) per night.
Paradisus Riviera Cancun is located in the Riviera Maya, and features breathtaking Mayan-style architecture. There are 14 bungalows featuring nearly 500 suites, perfect for romantic getaways and family vacations. Meals and beverages are available at six restaurants and seven bars, and visitors are privy to the use of three pools (one specifically for children), tennis courts, a fitness center, non-motorized water sports, nightly entertainment, and several life classes such as dance, sushi making, and painting. Room rates can go up to $270 (USD) per night.
There are five Park Royal resorts in the Mexican Caribbean, three of which are All-Inclusive. These there are Park Royal Acapulco, Park Royal Cancun, and Park Royal Ixtapa. Meals, drinks, room, taxes, activities, and entertainment are included in the prices of rooms at these resorts, which range from $150 to $160 (USD) per night. Each resort features pools, spas, fitness centers, and non-motorized water sports, as well as much more.
With only 148 rooms, Posada Real Los Cabos is by no means one of the larger all-inclusives in Cabo. Rooms run between $90 and $160 (USD) per night, and kids under the age of 12 stay free. Included in this price are accommodations, meals, beverages, gym access, free Wi-Fi, and use of the fresh-water pool, and Jacuzzi. The lack of activities and low price tag is perfect for the visitor who plans on exploring his or her surroundings outside of their resort.
There are five Real resorts in the Mexican Caribbean, each rated at either four- or five-stars. In Cancun guests will find the Gran Caribe Real Resort and Spa and the Royal Cancun, while Playa del Carmen is home to the Real Playa del Carmen, Royal Playa del Carmen and Gran Porto Real Playa del Carmen. Each of these resorts caters to all visitors, except for Royal Cancun, which is an adults-only establishment. Packages at each resort include all meals and beverages (low calorie and vegetarian options are available), non-motorized water sports, fitness facilities, pools, daily activities, nightly entertainment, tennis and squash courts, and scuba lessons. The family friendly resorts include kid's clubs and teen zones. Guests of the Royal Cancun and the Royal Playa del Carmen may have the option of swapping nights with the other resort, based on availability.
Riu Hotels and Resorts has over 100 hotels around the world, nine of which are all-inclusives in the Mexican Caribbean: Riu Cancun, Riu Lupita, Riu Palace Mexico, Riu Palace Riviera Maya, Riu Santa Fe, Riu Tequila, and Riu Yucatan. These facilities offer prices beginning at $180 (USD) per night. Each resort has several hundred rooms, spa facilities, and several restaurants for on-site dinning. They are family-friendly, and offer the typical non-motorized water sports, land sports, and night time entertainment to guests.
The Royal Hideaway Playacar is located in the Riviera Maya, this resort was the world's first adults-only all-inclusive resort. Accommodations are villa style, with four rooming options: luxury, luxury ocean view, duplex suite, and presidential suite. The Royal Hideaway features six restaurants and a dinner theater, three bars, six pools, two tennis courts, land sports, and non-motorized water sports. Additional activities and tours are available for a fee, as are spa services. Wedding and honeymoon packages are available.
Royal Solaris resorts offer guests excellent accommodations, meals and beverages, exciting excursions, Broadway-style entertainment, daily activities, spa services, and a kids club. These facilities can cost anywhere from $168 to $270(USD) per night. Travelers can find two Royal Solaris resorts in the Mexican Caribbean; the Royal Solaris Cancun Resort Marina and Spa All-inclusive, and the Royal Solaris Los Cabos- All Inclusive Resort and Spa.
Royal Suites Palladium are characterized by their adults-only facilities. Each of the Royal Suites resorts offers freshwater pools, daily actvities and sports, nightly entertainment, spa facilities, and several restaurants and bars. Rates range from $400 to $600(USD) per night.
There are 181 rooms and suites available at the Samba Vallarta All-Inclusive Resort, which is located in Puerto Vallarta. The resort is family-friendly, and features children's activities each day of the week from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm at the Samba Vallarta Kid's Club. Facilities include three pools, exercise equipment, two restaurants, and two bars. A night at the Samba Vallarta runs from $120 to $260(USD).
Located in the town of Puerto Vallarta, San Marino Plaza is situated along the Playa Los Muertos beach. The resort features 165 rooms, one restaurant, one bar, and a meeting cafe. The hotel does not offer a great deal of daily activities or nightly entertainment, but with a price tag of $84 to $120(USD) per night, this is a great place to stay for those who would like to get out and explore the surrounding area.
The Sando Playacar Riviera is located in beautiful Playacar. Though the resort is not situated directly along a stretch of beach, but still promotes luxury and relaxation with their excellent service and amenities. Prices begin at $219(USD) per night, and children's services are available.
Sea Adventure Resort & Water Park advertises itself as an "All Inclusive Vacation Resort for All Ages," and focuses on bringing fun and relaxation to the family vacation. There are free-form pools for older kids and adults, wading pools for the younger set, and of course, the beach isn't far. There are daily activities at the Kids Club, a daily list of activities for adults, and live entertainment each night. The all-inclusive package includes accommodations, meals and beverages at two restaurants, non-motorized water sports, land sports, activities, entertainment, and taxes and gratuities. Prices begin at $130 (USD) per night, with the added bonus of two children under the age of six staying free. Children ages seven to 10 pay approximately $50 (USD) per night.
The Secrets resorts are the perfect adults-only setting for a romance and luxury. Amenities include 24-hour room service, luxury fitness and spa facilities, seven restaurants, and 1/2-mile private stretch of beach, and a live theater. There are three Secrets resorts in the Mexican Caribbean: Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera, and Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun. The all-inclusive packages at these resorts include all meals, snacks, and drinks, daytime activities, room service, nightly parties, your room, and taxes and gratuities. Spa treatments are an additional charge.
Sol Meliá resorts offer five all-inclusive properties in Mexico: Meliá Azul Ixtapa, Meliá Cabo Real Beach and Golf Resort, Meliá Cancún Complete, and Meliá Cozumel. Each resort has several hundred guest rooms and suits, and offer adult and children's swimming pools, a wide-range of non-motorized water sports, tennis courts, fitness centers, spas, and nearby golf. All of the resorts, except for Meliá Cabo also have Flinstone themed areas that kids are sure to love. Prices at these resorts range from $120 to $420 (USD) per night.
Temptation Resort and Spa Los Cabos is an adults-only all-inclusive resort in Los Cabos. Guests must be over 21-years-of-age, as the resort features activities deemed sexy, such as the topless-optional pool. Guests will enjoy gourmet food, spa treatments, luxurious accommodations, and more for under $200(USD) per night.
For between $120 and $180(USD) guests at the Reef Playacar Resort and Spa All Inclusive can experience the vacation of their dreams. Amenities include two swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, a kid's club, tennis and volleyball courts, non-motorized sports, daily activities, nightly entertainment, and more. Spa treatments, scuba diving, and baby-sitting are a few extra available for a fee.
The Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita is an exclusive resort with just 90 luxury suites, located along the Riviera Maya. These suites are not only private, but pricey as well, running from $900 to $3000 (USD). Included in this price are a delectable welcome package, gourmet organic meals, endless beverages, a mini-bar in each suite that is restocked twice daily, a bottle of champagne and fresh fruit basket daily, access to a private beach, one 20-minute massage per guest, unlimited in-room dinning, complimentary laundry, and maid service three times a day. At Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita guests are truly treated like royalty.
No matter how you feel about all-inclusives, there's plenty to discuss. And for the right type of traveler, these resorts offer a carefree vacation that puts everything within easy reach.
Below, you'll find a list of the all-inclusives in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. Click the names of the properties for information about each of them, including amenities, activites, food and more. It's the easiest way to browse the necessary details of all-inclusive accommodations.
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