Which are the best luxury hotels in Cozumel, Mexico? As far as we know, there are very few ultra-luxury hotels in Cozumel. These include Presidente InterContinental, Cozumel Palace, Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive, Ritz-Carlton Cancun, Secrets Aura Cozumel, Explorean, and Westin.
Most hotels in Cozumel do not offer five-star luxury. Therefore, it’s worth considering some of the best hotels in nearby Cancun when choosing the best luxury hotel to stay in, in this area of the world. Oh, and before you ask, there’s no Four Seasons in Cozumel either.
The stunning island of Cozumel is a popular Mexican island known for its exquisite diving reefs, captivating scenery, and magnificent beaches. It has some luxury hotels, but there are more in Cancun than Cozumel, just a short flight or a ferry and bus ride away.
Wherever you decide to stay, in Cozumel, Mexico, or elsewhere, book via our luxury travel concierge.
1. Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa
The InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort & Spa hotel lies on a palm-fringed Caribbean island amid one of the world’s largest coral reef systems: the “Arrecifes de Cozumel” marine park. Guests can relax on the white sands, gaze out into the azure blue, swim in the beachside infinity pool, or unwind in the serene spa.
If you are looking for a beautiful InterContinental Resort near America with a dreamy beach, the Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa is probably your best choice.
The hotel offers 218 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, all thoughtfully designed to blend modern elements with classic Mexican accents, as well as lush tropical gardens, a half-mile of private, white sandy beach, and stunning Caribbean Sea views.
Hotel facilities include a 24-hour business center and the acclaimed Scuba Du dive center offering reef diving and snorkeling trips with expert instructors. The hotel spa combines Mayan and Oriental ancestral traditions with indigenous fruits and spices in an atmosphere of tranquility. The spa offers a variety of unique therapies and massages with revitalizing treatments that will benefit the body and soul.
In terms of dining, guests can savor gourmet Mexican, authentic Italian, or contemporary Mediterranean cuisine in one of the hotel’s four destinations for delicious cuisine and drinks.
You will find the best executive club lounge in Cozumel at this hotel. This club lounge is available exclusively for Club InterContinental guests. 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, a 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, a la carte breakfast, evening canapes, and alcoholic drinks.
2. Secrets Aura Cozumel
Secrets Aura Cozumel is a secluded, luxurious adults-only resort and is definitely one of the best all-inclusive hotels in Cozumel. While all-inclusive hotels like this offer ‘Unlimited-Luxury’ with extras like complimentary non-motorized water sports, complimentary green fees at local golf courses, a private concierge, unlimited premium drinks, gourmet dining at a choice of restaurants, and Wifi, what you may not know is that there is also an exclusive Preferred Club at these hotels.
This executive club level offers daily continental breakfast service, afternoon hors d’oeuvres tastings, incredible desserts and high-end liquors from the restaurants and bars, extra concierge services, and premium views from your Preferred Club room. These rooms also have an upgraded mini-bar service and upgraded bathroom amenities.
3. Cozumel Palace
Cozumel Palace is an elegant and intimate resort with 169 luxurious suites looking out onto the pristine waters of the Caribbean Ocean.
This hotel is a must-visit for snorkeling and diving fans because it’s set on the seafront next to the world’s second-biggest coral reef. Guest room options include Concierge Level, Loft Suites, and more. Each suite boasts a spacious seating area and a double whirlpool tub ideal for relaxing after a day of exploring. You can also savor the crisp ocean breezes of the Caribbean waters from your own balcony.
4. The Westin Cozumel
The Westin Cozumel is a Rewards Category 5 Marriott Bonvoy hotel with 18 holes of championship golf at nearby Cozumel Country Club by San Juan Beach.
This is your best Marriott choice in Cozumel, and it offers an ideal base to learn scuba diving, boating, and to take eco-tours. All of their boutique rooms, suites, and cabanas offer breathtaking ocean views, while some also feature outdoor whirlpools and private plunge pools.
5. The Explorean Cozumel
The Explorean Cozumel is a boutique All-Inclusive jungle retreat, but it benefits from all the facilities of its bigger sister hotel, including the beach. This luxury hotel is grounded in nature with rustic wooden decor, bamboo divides, and stone floors. Drinks are included as well as food, plus there’s a gym and a pool.
Next door, you will find Fiesta Americana Cozumel All-Inclusive, a beachfront hotel along the western coast of Cozumel and the Caribbean Sea. The Explorean Cozumel by Fiesta Americana offers guests all the perks associated with the Fiesta Americana brand and the next-door hotel. From horseback riding to the nearby Mayan ruins and snorkeling excursions to meals.
6. Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive
Fiesta Americana is directly on the beachfront and is the sister hotel to the Explorean Cozumel. It’s a big and great hotel with a swim-up pool bar, kiddie pool, and great seating. Pool service and the beachfront is fantastic here, and there are seven restaurants and several bars. Don’t miss the amazing buffet grill, which is a highlight for many.
7. Chablé Maroma
Across the water from Cozumel, you will find a much higher-end luxury hotel. The brand-new Chablé Maroma, Riviera Maya is our top pick and is just under 2 hours by ferry and car from Cozumel.
Guests can enjoy a convenient retreat at 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.
8. NIZUC Resort & Spa
Less than 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport and just over 2 hours including the ferry ride from Cozumel, is the award-winning NIZUC Resort & Spa. This luxury hotel 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 is 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, a private pool or plunge pool with cascade, and an outdoor shower.
9. The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
Also 2 hours from Cozumel and 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, 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 before 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).
10. JW Marriott Resort & Spa Cancun
Again, 2 hours from Cozumel is the JW Marriott Resort & Spa Cancun, 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! On 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, 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.
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.”
You get free breakfast, free evening snacks, and alcoholic drinks if you have club lounge access. 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.
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