The best all-inclusive resorts in Cancun

The best all-inclusive resorts in Cancun

With over six million international visitors descending on Cancun’s sun-bleached shores every year (a statistic only expected to surge in upcoming years), this thrumming beach city earns its rank as Mexico’s most iconic vacation destination. What many travellers might not realize though is that this fame is no accident. In 1970, the Mexican government embarked upon the Cancun Resort Project, an attempt to attract an increased number of travellers to its paradisiacal coastline. Clearly, it worked, and today Cancun boasts some 32,000 hotel rooms. But with so many Cancun hotels to choose from, which are the best for a heady gay getaway? From glamorous adults-only retreats to laid-back luxury villas, here are the 10 best all-inclusive resorts in Cancun.

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Le Blanc Spa Resort

Occupying a prime location on the powdery white sands of the Hotel Zone, adults-only Le Blanc is the obvious choice for a romantic rendezvous with your special someone. Minimalist rooms make full use of neutral, calming tones to showcase the glittering turquoise of the Caribbean Sea. Expect top-shelf drinks and a sumptuous array of cuisine from the four on-site restaurants. Rooms are surprisingly spacious with lavish details like brand-name liquor dispensers; the suites appointed with a French balcony and whirlpool tub are well worth the upgrade. Did we mention there’s also personal butler service to attend to your every need? Because why bother with unpacking when the infinity pool is beckoning.

Photo: Joseph Barrientos

Photo: Joseph Barrientos

Situated in a soaring tower in the heart of the Hotel Zone, Secrets The Vine is a contemporary, design-forward option for fashionable gents

Secrets The Vine

For uninterrupted Caribbean views, it’s hard to beat Secrets The Vine. Situated in a soaring tower in the heart of the Hotel Zone, this contemporary all-inclusive resort in Cancun is a design-forward option for fashionable gents. We love the 12th-floor infinity pool, a sleek, chandelier-adorned space that’s reserved for preferred guests. Every room features an oceanview balcony, Italian porcelain floors, teak wood furnishings, and complimentary mini-bar. An array of activities—from golfing to turtle release programs to yoga—keeps even the most active of travellers entertained.

Haven Riviera Cancun

One of Cancun’s newest all-inclusive resorts, Haven Riviera Cancun is all about sophisticated seclusion. Tucked away between Cancun and Riviera Maya, this oceanfront sanctuary delivers highly personalized service in an intimate locale that’s still only 12 kilometres from the Cancun International Airport. Suites feature upscale Mexican design, with warm colours and vibrant textiles that create a cosy yet luxurious space for relaxation. Don’t worry about being removed from the Hotel Zone’s nightlife; the resort brings you Moons, a glitzy nightclub with evening cabarets and after-dinner libations. Melt away any remaining stress at the MySenses Spa, where traditional Mayan healing philosophies inspire the lush massage services.

Haven Riviera Cancun

Haven Riviera Cancun

Sun Palace Cancun

The first couples-only all-inclusive in Cancun, Sun Palace continues to wow from its picturesque location at the south end of the Nichupte Lagoon. Hospitality is what sets Sun Palace apart; guests continually rave about the first-rate service and home-away-from-home vibes, in large part made possible by the resort’s smaller size. In fact, the whole place invokes laid-back charm, whether from one of the lounger-lined infinity pools or any of the four critically-acclaimed restaurants. And though Sun Palace has long been one of Cancun’s most beloved hotels, a recent renovation gave a fresh facelift to the resort—guaranteed to win over even the most discerning of travellers.

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Floor-to-ceiling windows define the space and smartly take full advantage of the premier peninsula location

Haven Riviera Cancun

Haven Riviera Cancun

Turquoize Hyatt Ziva

Surrounded on three sides by sparkling aquamarine water, Turquoize Hyatt Ziva (tucked away within the all-ages Hyatt Ziva) is one of Cancun’s most posh adults-only resorts. Floor-to-ceiling windows define the space and smartly take full advantage of the premier peninsula location. Everything here feels upgraded, from the in-room tablets to the private hot tubs to the semi-private infinity pool and balcony (available in the Oceanfront Master Suites.) Like Le Blanc, specially-trained butlers are on-call to meet your every need. Don’t miss the private Punta Vista rooftop bar, a sublime spot to sip bubbly and soak in the warm tropical breeze.

Fiesta Americana Condesa

Hard to miss for its 118-foot-tall traditional Mexican palapa, Fiesta Americana Condesa promises a low-key, yet stylish, all-inclusive option for those travellers who want resort amenities at a doesn’t-break-the-bank pricepoint. That said, upgraded rooms are well worth the private sea-view balconies. Grounds here are expansive, with 11 on-site restaurants, a sizeable bi-level pool with swim-up bar and distinguished spa.

Fiesta Americana Condesa | Photo: Dan Moore

Fiesta Americana Condesa | Photo: Dan Moore

Fiesta Americana Condesa | Photo: Dan Moore

Fiesta Americana Condesa | Photo: Dan Moore

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Live Aqua Beach Resort

Whether it’s tequila-soaked nights out on the town or sun-dappled lazy days on the beach (or both), gay Cancun offers a little bit of everything for everyone. And perhaps nowhere is this more obvious than Live Aqua Beach Resort, where all the details can be customized to your personal whims. Enjoy seven varying temperatures within the main pool. Receive highly-attentive and personalized service from the concierge. Dine on decadent cuisine at 7 different restaurants. Live Aqua Beach Resort lets you curate the gay Cancun vacation of your dreams, all while revelling in an opulent, adults-only haven.

OLEO Cancun Playa

For an all-inclusive boutique option, OLEO brings an avant-garde design to chic, understated rooms. Expect airy, all-white decor that feels decidedly classy. Travelling to Cancun with your furry friend? Dogs and cats up to 9 kilos are allowed to join in the celebration. Additional details like sizeable rooms, a delectable Japanese restaurant, and accommodating staff round out the offerings.

Cancun Beach | Photo: Dan Moore

Cancun Beach | Photo: Dan Moore

Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres

Head to Costa Mujeres for one of the most spectacular all-inclusive resorts on the Mexican Caribbean. Positioned around a network of artificial canals, the Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres is a bit of a trek to arrive at but rewards intrepid visitors with its stunning beachfront location just 9 km from the ancient Mayan pyramids of El Meco Archaeological Site. And unlike many luxury all-inclusive resorts in Cancun, Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres welcomes travellers of all ages—ideal for families who don’t want to sacrifice swoon-worthy indulgences simply because the little ones are in tow.

Photo: Josh Hammond

Photo: Josh Hammond

Art and nature intertwine to create a sensuous atmosphere that never detracts from the exquisite sea and beach views

ATELIER Playa Mujeres

Also set amidst the spectacular landscape of Playa Mujeres, ATELIER is a five-star all-inclusive resort inspired by contemporary Mexican design. Here, art and nature intertwine to create a sensuous atmosphere that never detracts from the exquisite sea and beach views. Natural details like marble and wood accents take centre stage, with avant-garde furniture providing pops of tropical colours. Seven restaurants, a nightclub, a sun terrace, and a library promise plenty of spaces to revel in when not spending your gay Cancun vacation lazing by the massive pool or sunny beach.

Playa Mujeres | Photo: Christian Lambert

Playa Mujeres | Photo: Christian Lambert

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