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Cancún, in south east Mexico, is well known for its white-sandy beaches, glitzy nightlife and sophisticated resorts. But there’s another side to the city and that’s what makes it so interesting for the luxury traveller; stay in comfort but also visit the fascinating more traditional downtown area and eat at a neighbourhood taco joint or dance the night away at the local salsa club. Direct flights from London to Cancun take just 10 and a half hours, yet you’ll feel another world away. There are surprisingly affordable hotels to stay in Cancún, these are the best 4 that we’ve found so far…

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1. Secrets The Vine Cancun

This art-deco styled, elegant, 5-star resort is situated minutes from Ballenas Beach and close to La Isla Shopping Mall. Dining is all inclusive; choose from 7 restaurants, 2 coffee shops/cafés, a beach bar, 7 bars/lounges or 3 poolside bars, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. There are 4 outdoor swimming pools, 2 of which are infinity pools, a nightclub, a sauna and a spa. The 497 individually decorated guestrooms, feature private furnished balconies, flat-screen televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations, refrigerators and ensuite bathrooms with rainfall showers. Opt for an ocean view, ideally a Suite and if budget allows, the Club Suites give you additional benefits including an exclusive lounge, concierge services and a private pool. This is one not to bring the kids to as it’s adults-only, so you can relax and enjoy the white-sand beach in peace; bliss.

2. Moon Palace Cancun

This stylish all-inclusive resort is situated in a secluded beach setting, near to Wet n’ Wild and Arrecife de Puerto Morelos National Park. This is one mega-resort with 2,433 air-conditioned rooms featuring private balconies or patios, 42-inch LED televisions, iPod docking stations and complimentary minibar items. Choose whether you’d prefer an ocean or golf-club view. The ensuite bathrooms have separate jetted bathtubs and rainfall showers. The facilities are exceptional; a lavish spa, 10 outdoor swimming pools – one of which is the largest in Cancun, a 27-hole golf course, kids clubs and a nightclub. There’s also a fabulous surf simulator and a kids pool with flumes and slides. Sports available include bicycles, tennis, volleyball, football, basketball and aerobics. An impressive 14 restaurants are ready to serve you; choose from International cuisine, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Brazilian or a steakhouse. There are also 3 cafés, 9 bars and 5 poolside bars, as well as 24-hour room service.

3. Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Located in Avenida Kukulkan, the Hyatt Ziva Cancun is right next to Delphinus Dreams and Gaviota Azul Beach. The 547 luxury rooms, adorned with contemporary Caribbean décor, are all air-conditioned and feature complimentary minibar items, LED televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi and private bathrooms with rainfall showers. There are 3 infinity swimming pools, a children’s pool, an outdoor tennis court and an oceanfront spa. For dining, there are a choice of 12 restaurants, a coffee shop/café, 6 bars and a poolside bar, as well as 24-hour room service. Opt for a swim-up suite or if you don’t have kids, Turquoize is their rather divine adults-only tower; pick from spacious suites with swim up infinity pools or suites with a balcony, private hot tub and ocean view.

4. Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Feel like a rock star at this 5-star, beachfront all-inclusive resort; the pool area is vast, there’s loads going on and you are well situated – just minutes from Playa Ballenas and close to La Isla Shopping Mall. There are 601 air-conditioned room with private balconies and room amenities which include private spa tubs and LCD televisions. The endless facilities list includes a spa, that fabulous outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court, basketball, volleyball, water polo and a gym. There is a choice of 6 restaurants, 4 bars and 2 swim-up bars and lots of entertainment; they cater well to kids, all with that rock star twist.

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