Which are the best luxury hotels in Cancun? The best resorts include InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort vs JW Marriott Resort, Ritz-Carlton Cancun, Westin, Cancun, Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, Chablé Maroma, Hyatt Zilara, NIZUC, Renaissance, and Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas.
A jewel of the Caribbean Sea, Cancun sits on the northeastern coast of Mexico’s sunny Yucatan Peninsula. Cancun is best known for its white beaches, but if you can be dragged away from your lounge chair, the surrounding Riviera Maya also offers horseback riding, golfing, shark feeding, dolphin swims, snorkeling, and scuba diving on the second-longest barrier reef in the world.
Step into the past with a tour of the Mayan Ruins, like seaside Tulum, or sail off into the sunset aboard a catamaran. After dark, work up a sweat in Cancún’s lively nightclubs.
Wherever you decide to stay, in Cancun, or elsewhere, book via our luxury travel concierge. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, and free perks at hotels including the Four Seasons, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, InterContinental, and more.
Typically, our free benefits at luxury hotels include:
- Room upgrade to next category
- Complimentary breakfast for two per bedroom
- Complimentary Welcome Gift
- $100 USD equivalent Hotel experiential credit per room per stay
- Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
The best luxury hotels in Cancun are listed below:
1. Chablé Maroma
The brand-new Chablé Maroma, Riviera Maya is 30 minutes from Cancun, yet feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of Cancun’s popular beach nightlife. If you want to enjoy the beauty of the area but want to avoid the resort of Cancun itself, this is your best hotel choice.
Guests can enjoy a convenient retreat to Chablé Maroma, which offers a collection of 70 villas featuring private access to 650 feet of prime beachfront, private pools, and moon showers. The spacious villas offer glass walls that bring nature in and an inviting outdoor living area.
With an emphasis on whole-body wellbeing, the resort induces relaxation with a beach yoga deck, full-service spa with eight treatment cabins, water sports, gym, fitness classes, and cooking classes. Chef Jorge Vallejo of Mexico City’s acclaimed Quintonil and his team created innovative Mexican dishes that highlight local ingredients and seafood. As a member of Leading Hotels of the World, Butler and Concierge service sweeten the stay for guests in search of impeccable and memorable service.
2. NIZUC Resort & Spa
Less than 20 minutes from the Cancun International Airport, The award-winning NIZUC Resort & Spa is set along the Yucatán Peninsula, where ancient Mayan astronomers studied clear night skies. It also lies on a gorgeous beach facing the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.
NIZUC Resort & Spa is located in a new destination called Punta Nizuc at the gateway of the Riviera Maya and just a few minutes from Cancun. The resort offers 274 luxurious suites and private villas dispersed throughout its 29-acre property. Guests can enjoy the resort’s 109 pools, 6 world-class restaurants, a private jetty, and a 30,000-square-foot spa.
NIZUC Resort & Spa’s 274 ultra-luxury Punta Nizuc suites overlook either the breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea or the verdant mangrove trees and water canal. The suites offer walls of windows and a private terrace or balcony. Select suites include panoramic ocean views, a private garden, private pool or plunge pool with cascade, and an outdoor shower.
3. The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
Resting on the tip of the exotic Yucatan peninsula is The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, a AAA Five Diamond resort. This Rewards Category 6 luxury resort offers an enticing stretch of white sand beach, indulgent amenities such as the full-service Ritz-Carlton Spa and award-winning restaurants, and the intrigue of the ancient Mayan sites nearby. Recreational facilities include a 1200-foot sand beach, two sculpted outdoor pools, an oceanfront whirlpool, two tennis courts, and Fitness Center.
The resort has 363 guestrooms including 50 suites, all with ocean views and private balconies or terraces. Each of the resort’s guestrooms and suites is a sanctuary of comfort featuring sweeping ocean views and a wealth of welcome amenities. For families with infants, specially designed rooms offer all the comforts of a home nursery, including a crib, a changing table, and a menu of baby essentials that can be ordered prior to arrival.
Guestroom amenities include Egyptian cotton linen and duvet covers, television with international cable, CD Player, individual air conditioning controls, high speed, Wi-Fi Internet access, in-room safe, marble bath with double vanities and separate tub and shower and plush terry bathrobes.
Whether sampling Five Diamond cuisine, dining al fresco under the stars, or attending a tequila tasting session featuring the finest and most exclusive varieties, guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun will experience innovative cuisine with unparalleled service.
The Ritz-Carlton Club Level provides guests with the highest level of personal service with five complimentary food presentations daily. Worth noting, Platinum and elite Marriott Bonvoy members don’t get free lounge access, everyone who uses this lounge has paid for a club room.
This lounge is super smart with double-height ceilings, intricately carved wall features and the whole lounge is designed in browns and olives with lots of woods and thick chunky marble. The meals are excellent and filling, you will not be disappointed and you will leave full (both with food and alcohol if you want).
The Club Level food includes breakfast, light snacks, hors d’ oeuvres, beverages, and sweets. These break down as: Breakfast, 7 am – 11 am; Lunch, 12 pm – 2 pm; Light Snacks, 2 pm – 4 pm Cocktails & Hors oeuvres, 5 pm – 8 pm; Chocolates and Cordials, 8 pm – 10 pm Beyond the free food, there is also a selection of complimentary wines, liqueurs, beers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages available, complimentary wireless, in-room internet access and two garments pressed daily.
4. JW Marriott Resort & Spa Cancun
JW Marriott Resort & Spa Cancun is a Rewards Category 6 Marriott Bonvoy hotel with upscale amenities including spacious, sand-toned accommodations and on-site dining. Explore the historic Mayan ruins and experience the area’s lively clubs and bars. Relax in the family-friendly freeform pools or adult-only infinity pools or work out at the fitness center, featuring cardio equipment and free weights. The beach here is white sand with a glorious blue sea. Wonderful! For rainy days, there’s an indoor pool and some arcade-style games machines for the kids.
Be aware of the extra charges at this hotel. Private cabanas cost $250 USD a day, and you can reserve lounge chairs with prime ocean views for $180 USD a day. Ouch! Reports suggest that you are meant to tip the staff for the free drinks in the club lounge too.
The JW Marriott, like The Ritz-Carlton and other big hotels in Cancun, is in the Hotel Zone, around half an hour by car from Cancun Airport (CUN). The JW Marriott is around a kilometer south of The Ritz-Carlton. The foyer is beautiful, with lots of marble and pillars along with huge flower arrangements.
The Club and Club level rooms have been renovated. Club rooms are modern with tiled floors, pine headboards with Mayan patterning on, and blue and tan hues bringing the beach inside. Bathrooms are large and stylish with a really nice rough stone tiling on the walls and Aromatherapy amenities.
The look of the lounge is equally appealing with the same tan and blue hues and wonderful windows looking out towards the ocean. This is a really nice and stylish place to hang out.
Inspired by the great pyramid of Kukulcán, the executive club lounge labelled Club 91 is an exclusive haven of luxury. Located on the 14th and 12th floors of the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, Club 91 guests experience exclusive privileges and a lavish array of world-class amenities.
Is this JW Marriott “Club 91” Lounge worth paying the extra for (usually around $20 USD per person per room)? This is a common question as Platinum and elite Marriott Bonvoy members don’t get free lounge access. Like the process at Ritz Carlton hotels, even elites need to pay for access. They say: “A rate with Club 91 access must be booked in order to take advantage of Club 91 benefits. It is not included in Reward Member benefits.”
If you have club lounge access you get free breakfast and free evening snacks and alcoholic drinks. Throughout the day you have snacks and soft drinks. If you like a few evening alcoholic drinks, then yes, the lounge is definitely worth paying for as you get free breakfast, free evening nibbles, and those valuable free drinks. If you only drink soft drinks, this lounge may not be as valuable to you as the hotel is in an area that feels safe with plenty of local restaurants nearby that offer good value for money, so you may prefer to do this.
If you do decide to book into the lounge, expect five decent food events daily and an open bar from 6 to 10 pm with rotating hot dishes as well as cold cuts, cheeses, smoked salmon, veggies, and this kind of thing.
5. InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort
InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort is set on a picture-perfect beach. The whole family can laze the day away beside the pool, get active with water sports, or discover Mayan culture.
While the pools here are fairly small, the beach is spectacular with loads of beach loungers set out on a very soft white sand beach. Palms dot the sand and the beach is clean of unsightly seaweed.
When the sun goes down, Cancun comes alive with sophisticated nightspots under swaying palm trees. You can dine at the hotel at the beachfront El Caribeño restaurant, or sip our signature cocktails with the sea breeze in your hair at the Deck Bar.
How does the hotel compare to the Ritz-Carlton? It’s not quite as good, but close enough.
The InterContinental Cancun club lounge is available exclusively for Club InterContinental guests, a haven to work, relax or recharge. This is an extra cost lounge. However loyal you are, you won’t get access to this lounge without paying for a Club Room. The lounge includes private check-in, with a complimentary welcome drink, buffet breakfast, with eggs cooked your way, afternoon tea, with freshly made sweet and savory delights, and evening drinks & canapés.
You can see what we have experienced in terms of food and drink at the club lounge at InterContinental O2 in London and the club lounge at InterContinental Park Lane which will give you an idea of what to expect. This InterContinental club lounge will undoubtedly be one of the best, with a substantial hot and cold buffet and a la carte breakfast and evening canapes and alcoholic drinks.
6. Hyatt Ziva, Cancun
Hyatt Ziva Cancun is an All-Inclusive Family Resort (as oppose to the Hyatt Zilara which is adults only). This stunning all-inclusive beachfront resort on the most beautiful strip of Punta Cancun is framed by the Caribbean Sea. Hyatt Ziva Cancun is a playful family escape on Mexico’s Yucatan Coast.
Hyatt Ziva is positioned brilliantly on a peninsula with the ocean on three sides which means the views are fabulous and the peninsula feels exclusive.
Unlike most hotels in Cancun, it has two gorgeous beaches, so you can enjoy swimming with fish and underwater animals, which is unique to this hotel as the waters off most of the hotels in the Hotel Zone in Cancun can be fairly rough and not calm enough to enjoy the marine wildlife. Here the calm waters are perfect for spotting things underwater.
The beach at Zilara is also gorgeous but it can get rough, sometimes so much so that you can’t swim at all, which is a major disadvantage.
Hyatt Ziva is peaceful and yet within walking distance of the main shops and restaurants in Cancun. You can apparently use the Ziva restaurants if you are staying at Zilara or Zilara restaurants if you are staying at Ziva. In terms of dining, Habaneros at Ziva is particularly lovely. It is a beach hut restaurant that serves tacos, shrimp, etc and cocktails.
They say “Find your bliss on white-sand beaches and play in the clear blue waters. Relax in luxurious suites with balconies and breathtaking ocean views. Indulge your senses at 8 unique restaurants and 3 lounges, featuring local and international cuisines. If you prefer your tastings in a more spirited form, there are 6 bars on the property, including a microbrewery! Spend a day to rejuvenate body and soul at the oceanfront spa, with optional massages, holistic body treatments, and a hydrotherapy circuit.”
7. Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun is a fun, beachfront resort in the center of the Hotel Zone. This hotel has a superb selling point; it boasts an ocean view from every room.
602 all oceanview suites have a private terrace facing the magical turquoise waters of the Caribbean. A highlight is the heated cascading pool with three swim-up bars and sun loungers, while the private beach provides shaded palapas. Due to the resort’s north facing position in the Hotel Zone, the beach is well protected and one of the calmest in Cancun. Especially compared to most of the other east-facing hotels that can be found in the rest of the hotel zone.
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun resort’s highest two floors are dedicated to the Grand Club, which provides lavish services, a dedicated lounge, and personal concierge as well as above-and-beyond amenities available in both the VIP Penthouse lounge and beachside sundeck.
A perfect blend of serenity and activity, this Cancun resort is steps away from the destination’s vibrant nightlife, and luxury shopping as well as the high-speed ferry to colorful and picturesque Isla Mujeres.
8. The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa Cancun
The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa, Cancun is a Rewards Category 6 hotel, the same as JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton above. If all 3 have availability, I would always choose the Ritz-Carlton or the JW Marriott over either Westin hotel in Cancun. However, if you are paying with cash, both of these Westins are likely to be cheaper than the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott, in which case, they are worth considering.
The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa, Cancun is widely considered to be the best Westin in Cancun although the Cancun Westin Resort and Spa has a club lounge and this Westin doesn’t.
The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa, Cancun is beautifully situated on the sparkling Caribbean Sea and boasts endless amenities designed to make your stay here exceptional. Settle into your homelike villa with a fully-equipped kitchen and a balcony with ocean views, or a comfortable studio with a kitchenette.
Go for a swim in the infinity pool, spend the day on the white sand beach, indulge at the spa, or play a round of mini-golf. Satisfy your cravings at the restaurants, or simply relax on the beach or poolside.
9. The Westin Resort & Spa, Cancun
The Westin Resort & Spa, Cancun is perched between the Caribbean Sea and a tranquil lagoon. This beachfront vacation ownership resort has a fabulous beach with plenty of lounge chairs, palapas and umbrellas along with some excellent pools.
This Westin hotel is fairly poor when compared to the Westin Laguna Mar which is the better of these two Westins in the area of Cancun. Of course, this may be taken into account with the price, but if they are the same price, go for the Laguna Mar, which is a better property but does not have an executive club lounge.
At the Westin Resort & Spa, Cancun, you can rent a beach villa with a fully equipped kitchen or select one of the spacious guest rooms or suites. Accommodations include incredible views of the water, signature Westin Heavenly® Beds, and free Wi-Fi, with zero resort or per-person fees.
Unwind in sparkling pools or on white-sand beaches. Schedule a personalized beauty or healing treatment at The Spa or experience one of many adventures without leaving the resort. These activities include the FlowRider® surfing simulator, snorkeling on the coral reef, tennis, and other daily activities. In fact, you can snorkel right off the beach. At the end of the day, savor delicious cuisine and libations at the restaurants or sports bar.
Reports suggest that the hotel tries to upgrade all Marriott Bonvoy Gold and Platinum guests to their Royal Beach Club rooms, so if you can bear a lagoon view room or a deluxe sea view room, it is worth booking one of these and trying for an upgrade. Platinum members should get access to the Royal Beach Club even if there isn’t the capacity to upgrade the room itself.
The Royal Beach Club is the executive club lounge at this property and offers breakfast, day-long soft drinks and snacks, and a happy hour. You are given wrist bands for club access. The lounge also has a pool with slightly nicer palapas and free happy hour in the early evening. The breakfast is decent with cereal and plenty of cold cuts, cheeses, and bread. Happy hour includes two hot appetizers, usually a fried chicken on a stick or a skewer type affair or chicken wings as well as some desserts. You also get free alcoholic drinks in the lounge. Both food presentations are decent quality and are filling, enough to fill you up for breakfast and there are nice canapes in the evening, although perhaps not quite enough for a full meal.
Other tips at this hotel include avoiding the high-pressure timeshare presentation. It is also worth noting that this hotel is close to the airport so if you book a shared minibus airport service you should be the first stop.
10. Renaissance Cancun Resort & Marina
Renaissance Cancun Resort & Marina is a nice, new hotel but with little Marriott Bonvoy elite recognition and this hotel is not on the beach. It is located on a marina with just a small pool.
This Rewards Category 5 Mariott Bonvoy hotel is situated in an exclusive area in Zona Hotelera and offers waterfront accommodations with inspiring views of the city and shimmering bay, along with a small pool and fitness center. The beach is a short walk away.
Renaissance Cancun Resort & Marina is in the Cancun entertainment zone near Marina Town Center Mall, Isla Mujeres, and popular shops, restaurants, and pubs downtown. It has stylish two restaurants, a cafe, and a bar but no executive club lounge.
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