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Best All Inclusive Resorts in Mexico

Best All Inclusive Resorts in Mexico

When it comes to the ultimate location for an all-inclusive getaway, Mexico and the Caribbean consistently top the list (and for good reason). With an unbeatable combination of crystal-clear waters, sun-drenched beaches, vibrant culture, and world-class resorts, it’s hard to pass up an opportunity to relax in paradise. 

Plus with quick and easy flights from the US, Mexico has become a hot spot for luxury vacationers which leads to the question, which are the best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico? 

Having visited quite a few myself while living in Mexican Caribbean coast and compiled a list of my top choices below. Before we get to that, I have to start with some travel tips and give you some things to consider to make sure that all-inclusive is actually what you want. 

What to Ask Yourself Before Booking an All-Inclusive Resort in Mexico:

1. Do you want to venture outside or just do some organized tours?

Most all-inclusive resorts in Mexico are located outside of the city where they have access to more space, secluded locations, and picturesque beaches. This is perfect for those looking to lounge by the pool and enjoy all the amenities on offer a the resort during your vacation. 

But, if you’re someone who likes to get out and explore the local culture, dine at different restaurants, swim in secret cenotes, or visit nearby attractions on your own, it can be an inconvenience. Taxis from these secluded resorts to city centers can be pricey, especially since you will be paying ‘tourist’ prices as inflating taxi prices is a common scam in Mexico.

Some resorts offer organized tours which can be a convenient way to see the sights without worrying about transportation. These are generally offered for additional costs but if you just want to take one or two tours, then the location may not be too much of an issue. 

2. Have you considered which coast to pick, not just which resort?

Something that many people don’t consider when picking a resort in Mexico is exactly where the resort is located. As Mexico’s coastline is so huge, it offers a variety of different experiences depending on where you go.

The biggest difference to look at is whether you would prefer to stay on the Caribbean coast (west) or the Pacific coast (east). 

The Caribbean coast is known for its white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and vibrant nightlife surrounding towns like Cancun.  

On the other hand, towns like Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific coast offer golden sands, deeper blue waters, and a more laid-back vibe

Each coast has its unique attractions from the Mayan ruins near Cancun to the rich cultural experiences in Puerto Vallarta so deciding which type of beach and setting you prefer can significantly impact your vacation.

3. Do you truly care for all-inclusive? 

All-inclusive resorts are super convenient as your one-time fee generally covers everything from your room to food, drinks, and sometimes even activities. However, many people don’t actually utilize enough of the facilities to get good value for money from their stay. 

Luckily going all-inclusive is not the only way to experience luxury in Mexico. In fact, Tulum has many luxury resorts but very few of them are actually all-inclusive. Staying at a non-all-inclusive resort gives you more flexibility to explore local restaurants, landscapes, and activities and allows you to pay only for what you use within the resort. 

Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico (Caribbean Coast)

1. Hyatt Ziva Cancun – Best for Beaches

Hyatt Ziva Cancun offers an incredible escape right on the beach, so if you’re looking for somewhere where every room has a view of the ocean and you can pretty much roll out of bed into the infinity pool, this is it. 

You could spend all day lounging in a cabana by the pool or eat your way through the five different restaurants on-site, but make sure to save some energy for the nightly entertainment!

P.S. Don’t confuse it with Hyatt Zilara, which is still a great resort but very different as it’s adults only and located at a different beach.

Benefits of Hyatt Ziva Cancun

  • Beachfront location
  • Swim-up suites
  • Themed parties and cultural shows each night
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2. Secrets Akumal – Best for Activities

Tucked away on a relaxing part of the coast, Secret’s Akumal is ideal for those who enjoy snorkeling as its actually located in a turtle sanctuary and also not too far from multiple cenotes. This means you can spend as much time as you like in the water swimming with turtles before walking just steps to a world-class restaurant for lunch. 

If you’re someone who likes to stay busy on your vacations, this resort boasts a huge range of activities on offer that cater to all types of interests so I’m sure you will find plenty to keep you occupied.

Plus, the resort itself is designed to feel open and in harmony with its surroundings with a focus on eco-friendly practices which makes it a great choice if you’re looking for a mix of relaxation and activity.

Benefits of Secrets Akumal

  • Can Snorkel with sea turtles on-site
  • Eco-friendly resort
  • Lots of unique activities like archery and water aerobics
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3. Hilton Playa del Carmen – Best in Town

Best All Inclusive Resorts in Mexico

The Hilton Playa Del Carmen is located right in the heart of Playa del Carmen, just a short walk from all the action on Fifth Avenue which makes it my top choice if you want to easily get out and about or even take some great day trips

But even though it has such a central location, there’s no need to compromise on space. The Hilton Playa del Carmen has multiple huge pools, lots of grassy spaces, and a beachfront location. There’s also a large range of rooms to choose from to suit many different budgets, but regardless of which you choose, you will be treated to a large hot tub in all rooms.

Benefits of Hilton Playa del Carmen:

  • Great location close to the center of Playa del Carmen if you want to explore outside of the resort
  • Large range of suites
  • Hot tubs in all rooms
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4. Excellence Riviera Cancun – Best Adults Only

If you’re looking for a vibe that is all about luxury and romance without noisy kids to disturb your peace, you can’t beat Excellence Riviera Cancun. 

With suites that might just make you want to stay in your room all day and sprawling pools, beaches, and gardens with plenty of private nooks and crannies, this huge resort is the perfect place for a private honeymoon or babymoon.

Their Millé Spa is also a highlight, offering unique treatments that incorporate local traditions in a secluded building surrounded by water. 

Benefits of Excellence Riviera Cancun

  • Extensive spa treatment list
  • Jacuzzi suites
  • 9 different restaurants
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Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico (Pacific Coast / Baja)

Grand Velas Los Cabos – Best Restaurants

Located between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, Grand Velas offers incredible amenities, great ocean views, and even suites complete with a private pool. But what really stands out here is the dining opportunities. 

There are 5 specialty restaurants onsite, one of which has received a Five Diamond award, which is pretty rare for all-inclusive resorts. They also have a 2 Michelin Star head chef on the team so you can expect that every dish will be a work of art! Look forward to indulging in Mexican, Italian, and French cuisines (among others) with plenty of fresh seafood on offer. 

Benefits of Grand Velas Los Cabos

  • Michelin-starred chefs
  • Great kids and teen clubs
  • Amazing spa with lots of different treatments
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