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Top 5 Luxury Hotels in Cancun

Top 5 Luxury Hotels in Cancun

Whether your idea of luxury is an opulently decorated adults-only hotel or classy Hotel Zone accommodation with endless All Inclusive activities, there’s a 5* Cancun hotel on the list for you.

All hotels come with private beaches and some even offer exclusive adults-only areas with their own strips of sand, restaurants and other extras. You can choose to stay in a tucked away location or a hotel close to Cancun’s excellent nightlife, restaurants and cafes.

Riu Cancun Hotel

Riu Cancun

The 24-hour All Inclusive Riu Cancun is a 5* beachfront hotel that welcomes you in with its spectacular entrance hall complete with grand pillars and marble effect floor.

Situated in the Hotel Zone right beside the Caribbean Sea you’ll be directly opposite the Mayfair and Caracol shopping centres and only a 15-minute walk from the clubs and bars of Cancun.

But with a 24-hour sports bar with games on the big screens and pool tables, plus a late-opening Pacha nightclub on-site, you don’t need to go far.

All Inclusive also covers buffet and speciality restaurants like a steakhouse, Italian and Asian places. You get free use of the gym and whirlpool bath overlooking the sea, and for a little extra you can get treatments at the sumptuous Renova Spa.

Otherwise just relax by the three freshwater swimming pools – one with a swim-up cocktail bar – or at the infinity pool with in-pool seats.

For more action take part in volleyball or organised water polo, enjoy watersports, watch shows and let the kids indulge in the RiuLand programme.

Even the standard rooms here come with a king size bed or two small doubles, plus a balcony or terrace. Otherwise choose a suite or junior suite with sea views and up to 53m2 of space. Suites have a separate lounge area with sofa and a hydromassage bathtub.

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Cancun, Mexico

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Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun

Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun

In a peaceful Puerto Morelos location, south of Cancun, the Hideaway is a private, adults-only oasis of the 5* All Inclusive Royalton Riviera Cancun. It offers an exclusive adults-only beach and beach bar, pool, a la carte seafood restaurant and little luxuries like poolside hors d’oeuvres and personalized beach bags.

You can also use the many services of the Royalton Riviera Cancun, including nine restaurants and a variety of bars.

The Hideaway’s exclusive All-In Luxury® concept includes 24/7 services like unlimited reservation-free dining, room service and a concierge.

On top of this, private events just for Hideaway guests include a weekly champagne party on the Sky Terrace, lobster dinner at the beach or a Shiatsu or Thai massage by the beach or pool.

Suites come as standard at Hideaway and are plush to say the least. They feature aromatherapy, rain showers, a spacious Jacuzzi® tub for two, Royalton premium DreamBeds™, a selection of in-room premium spirits, and many have swim-up rooms.

For further things to do you can take part in exercise classes or yoga on the beach and mixology classes beside the pool.

The Casino Del Mar is open until 2am, where you can spend your exclusive $50 casino credit on blackjack, roulette or one of the 50 slot machines.

The only thing that’s extra is if you’d like to use The Royal Spa for its hydrotherapy circuit, massages and beauty centre treatments.

Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun

Cancun, Mexico

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Riu Palace Peninsula

Riu Palace Peninsula

Get 24-hour All Inclusive services at the 5* Riu Palace Peninsula, with six restaurants, live music and bars, plus activities across the spectrum. Out of the four pools, one has a swim-up bar and in-water loungers, and the kids get a shallow pool as well as hotel-run activities.

Things to do for adults include fitness classes and an over-18s gym, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling.

Renova Spa also offers massages and treatments for an extra fee. The shows and live music are an upbeat way to spend an evening, or tone it down in the 24-hour sports bar or terrace lounge bar.

Las Olas main buffet restaurant has indoor or terrace seating and regular themed nights. There are also five more a la carte restaurants, meaning you can try Mexican and Japanese flavours, juicy steaks and more.

If you stay in the adults-only deluxe villa section, a private restaurant serves fine dining specialities like lobster.

All adults-only villas also come with Jacuzzis® on the garden terrace as standard. The suites at the main hotel often come with sea views and Jacuzzi® suites measure a whopping 70m2, with a 29m2 balcony.

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Cancun, Mexico

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Riu Palace Las Americas Hotel

Riu Palace Las Americas Hotel

The Riu Palace Las Americas is a 5* adults-only hotel offering Riu’s customary 24-hour All Inclusive service. With an opulent décor inside and out that was renovated in summer 2016, it has turrets topping the ornate white building and statues beside the pools.

The classically dressed suites provide separate lounges and coffee makers, with the largest providing up to 70m2 of space and luxuries like a dressing room.

There are two sea-view infinity pools with in-water sunbeds, plus one with a swim-up bar and hydromassage area. For more pampering you can pay for massages and body wraps at Renova Spa or get you hair done at the salon.

Everything else is covered, like dining at one of six restaurants, including a buffet and five à la carte restaurants covering Japanese, Italian, Mexican, steak and fusion meals.

Another option is to dine on the beach, or for small treats Lounge 24 and Capuchino serve delicious pastries and ice creams.

The daytime activity programme will get you on your feet with aerobics or in the pool with aqua aerobics and water polo. Then it’s on to live music and shows in the evening, or just enjoy a drink in venues like the Art Deco lobby bar.

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Cancun, Mexico

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Live Aqua Cancun

Live Aqua Cancun

Situated in the La Isla area, in the south of the Hotel Zone, this 5* adults-only boutique resort offers tranquillity in chic surroundings. The hotel’s emphasis is on relaxed luxury and it has a ‘be yourself’ ethos to appeal to modern adults.

The long main pool sidles up against the sea and has a swim-up bar, with four more circular pools around the grounds. There’s a beach restaurant with swings for seats where you can sample fruity cocktails, tacos, ceviche and chips, plus you can pay a little extra for a massage in one of the beachfront huts.

The restaurants serve Asian, Latin, gourmet seafood and more. And the food stations dotted around the grounds provide barbecued food, sushi and mojitos.

After dark head to the energetic Egos bar with a DJ playing house music, or AKA Bar for wine and plenty of tequila.

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Cancun, Mexico

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Which hotel stands out as the most luxurious in Cancun, and were you lucky enough to stay there?