Turn on your sun lamp and pour yourself a fruity cocktail as you plan your next vacation. This list of the best Mexico all-inclusive resorts is all the research you need to do.
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What is the best location for an all-inclusive resort in Mexico?
The best location for all-inclusive in Mexico depends on your interests and budget. Popular options include Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Tulum and Playa del Carmen.
- Riviera Maya: This region that includes Cozumel and Playa del Carmen is home to some of the most luxurious all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, as well as a variety of activities and attractions, such as cenotes, Mayan ruins and the Xcaret Eco Park.
- Cancun: This popular tourist destination offers a wide variety of all-inclusive resorts, as well as a lively nightlife scene and a variety of beaches.
- Tulum: This laid-back beach town is home to a number of all-inclusive resorts, as well as stunning Mayan ruins and a beautiful coastline.
- Puerto Vallarta: This charming city is located on the Pacific coast of Mexico and offers a variety of all-inclusive resorts, as well as a beautiful coastline and a variety of activities and attractions, such as whale watching and zip-lining.
No matter your interests or budget, you’re sure to find the perfect all-inclusive resort in Mexico.
Best family all-inclusive resorts in Mexico
Iberostar Selection Playa Mita
Iberostar has all-inclusive resorts across the world, including many in Mexico. Playa Mita is located in Puerto Vallarta, right on the Pacific coast.
“At the Iberostar Selection Playa Mita, everything is great about your experience. Unlike other resorts, they have a huge variety of both Mexican and other cuisines. There is lots of entertainment for kids and adults, too. The only downside is the small beach, but they do maintain it really well and keep it extremely clean.”— Tamara, Thriving In Parenting
Hard Rock Resort Riviera Maya
The Hard Rock Hotels chain is known for its rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere and its focus on music and entertainment. It’s more than your typical beach vacation.
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is great for families with members who want to do more than typical beach activities. There are plenty of included activities surrounding music from lessons to DJ mixing opportunities.
Barcelo Maya Beach Resort
The family-friendly Barcelo Maya Beach Resort is located in Riviera Maya, with 14 restaurants, 16 bars, a spa and a fitness center.
Guests can use the facilities at the other three Barcelo Resorts located in the same area, which gives even more options for dining and activities. Some of the more unique activities you can enjoy include two escape rooms (at an additional cost), mini-golf, catamarans, windsurfing and more.
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is located in Tulum, and has 10 great restaurants, 12 bars a spa and a fitness center.
Everyone will enjoy the waterpark with six waterslides and two giant buckets, kayaking and big-screen movies on the beach. If you’re lucky enough to be there during turtle hatching season, be sure to participate in the turtle release program they offer.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya
The Grand Velas Riviera Maya, located in Riviera Maya, houses 14 restaurants and 12 bars to keep you happy.
While most all-inclusive resorts say they offer gourmet food, this resort truly delivers outstanding restaurant options. Make sure your reservations as soon as you arrive.
This resort also holds an adults-only side to the resort and a family side, so you can tailor your vacation by the room type you book.
Paradisus Playa del Carmen
Located in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus Playa del Carmen is set on a gorgeous mangrove forest right on the Caribbean Sea. The grounds are stunning for when you’re exploring the resort or relaxing by the pools or ocean.
You also have the ability to join in the complimentary activities that range from daily crafts for kids to learning how to roll authentic Cuban cigars for adults. Their evening shows are fantastic and offer something different every night of the week.
Best adults-only all-inclusive resorts in Mexico
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, an adults-only, all-inclusive resort located in Riviera Maya, is part of the AMR Collection. It is located on a beautiful stretch of beach, and it offers a variety of amenities and activities for guests.
In addition to the two resort pools, there are also 12 smaller pools for swim-out access available to some suites. There are fun unique activities like their foot billiard court or the giant chessboard. For a more romantic option, enjoy their wine and paint sessions or take a taco-making class.
Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun
Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun, located in Cancun, is a AAA Five Diamond Award winner with a stunning beachfront location.
Every guest has access to a butler who can provide services ranging from pressing your clothes to drawing a bath at the end of your day to packing and unpacking your suitcases.
You’ll love the pillow menu, but how many resorts also offer a tea service, hand-crafted soap selection and in-room aromatherapy?
Excellence Playa Mujeres
Find the Excellence Playa Mujeres in Cancun, part of the Excellence Collection, which also includes resorts in Punta Cana, Riviera Maya, and Los Cabos.
With seven pools, three of which are reserved for Excellence Club guests, plus four jacuzzis and five pool-integrated whirlpools, you may never venture to the beach.
The Excellence Playa Mujeres also includes fun activities to learn from archery to air rifles, in addition to cooking, Spanish and dance lessons.
El Dorado Casitas Royale by Karisma
Start your visit to El Dorado Casitas Royale by Karisma with a champagne toast as you arrive, and your visit continues to surprise and delight. The resort provides butlers and concierge staff who aim to grant your every request, from ice cream at 3 am to unlimited poolside drink service.
This resort offers 14 pools, including one saltwater pool. You can learn your way around with a guided bicycle tour or spend your time snorkeling or taking dance lessons. There are also included Spanish or cooking lessons.
If you would rather relax, enjoy 18 restaurants and bars, which doesn’t include the seven swim-up bars that allow you to enjoy a cocktail without ever leaving the pool.
For a truly unique adventure, join the Temazcal Experience, where a Mayan shaman guides you in a ritual to purify your body, mind and spirit.
Secrets The Vine Cancun
Secrets The Vine Cancun is located in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone. Every room includes a private balcony or terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea or Laguna Nichupte. Take advantage of all six restaurants, six bars and a 24-hour room service menu.
The resort also offers three swimming pools, a spa where you can get your summer nails done, a fitness center and entertainment. While the variety of activities may not be as extensive as some resorts, you can enjoy beach parties, mixology cocktail lessons, dance lessons and evening shows every night.
If you book your stay between July and December, the resort participates in a turtle release program guests can join.
Hyatt Zilara Cancun
Also located in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, the Hyatt Zilara Cancun promises luxury from its six restaurants and five bars to the sky gym and included pilates. Relax in the beachfront infinity pool or stay in shape in the Olympic-size lap pool.
The beach butlers may be one of the best features of this all-inclusive resort. Unlike most beach staff that provide drinks and sometimes food, these butlers also provide cool towels, books and sunscreen if you run low.
The live entertainment offers everything from a glow party to shows that range from traditional mariachi bands to aerial and acrobatic circus shows.
Hilton Playa del Carmen
The Hilton Playa del Carmen is a AAA Four Diamond resort with a variety of dining options, including seven restaurants, seven bars and 24-hour room service. Be sure to visit the Chef’s Plate, where the menu changes nightly depending on the ingredients on hand.
The weekly foam parties are always a favorite. Check out the cooking demonstrations and Latin dance lessons before you relax by one of the two pools, one designated for activities and games and the other for relaxation.
Hotel Mousai is the first and only AAA Five Diamond-rated resort in Puerto Vallarta. The resort is located in the Garza Blanca Preserve, a private, 140-acre nature reserve that is home to a variety of wildlife, including monkeys, parrots and hummingbirds.
With only 69 suites, this is one of the smaller all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. It still offers six different restaurants, plus you can enjoy any restaurant within the preserve, which offers an additional four options.
It’s the activities that truly set this resort apart. Rather than just kayaking, you can go on a complimentary, three-hour guided kayak tour to the Los Arcos rock formations where you can snorkel, swim or even scuba dive before heading back.
When choosing an all-inclusive resort, it is important to consider your budget (Villa del Palmar Loreto has an all-inclusive option as well as a pay-as-you-go option), your interests and the type of experience you seek. Some resorts are more luxurious than others, and some offer more activities and entertainment options than others.
Be sure to consider the resort’s location, as some are located in more popular tourist destinations than others. Know what you love about a vacation, and be sure the resort you choose fits those requirements.
Your favorite Mexico all-inclusive resort will not be everyone’s favorite, but there are so many options out there that you will find the perfect one for you.
Michelle Price is a food and travel writer at Honest and Truly who almost has an empty nest. She loves to provide both the inspiration and the confidence you need to help get you into the kitchen and on the road to enjoy new flavors and experiences.