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In a quiet area by the southern end of the Hotel Zone, close to the airport—but far from the action
Located in one of the Hotel Zone's most secluded spots, the Bel Air Collection offers easy access to the airport, but you will have to drive or take a cab to get to restaurants, bars, and shops. There’s little around the property, but most guests come here looking for a relaxing experience far from the nightlife, yet close to the gorgeous beaches that have made Cancun famous.
Comprised of a narrow strip of land flanked by the green waters of the Nichupte Lagoon on one side and the Caribbean's turquoise waves on the other, the Hotel Zone is where most of the all-inclusive, self-contained resorts are located in Cancun. This one long stretch of white sand is lined with hotels and businesses that cater exclusively to tourists, with most locals living in the downtown area (known as Ciudad Cancun). Alongside the massive resorts are a mix of entertainment spots, restaurants, and retail malls -- including the open-air La Isla Shopping Village and the cavernous Kukulcan Plaza, which both offer a mix of luxury boutiques, souvenir shops, and eye-catching art.
At the heart of the Hotel Zone is an area known as Party Center, home to the city's most well-known clubs like Coco Bongo, Dady'O, and The City. Once darkness falls, the fiesta begins, with clubs, bars, and lounges here and in the surrounding areas providing a steady supply of alcohol, along with lively entertainment that ranges from booming techno beats to mesmerizing acrobatic performances.
Overlooking a stunning beach by the southern tip of the Hotel Zone, this adults-only property oozes tranquility. Its serene white and red decor -- with billowy curtains everywhere -- and a somewhat secluded spot far from the booming nightlife set this upscale boutique apart from the mega-resorts located just north of it. The Bel Air Collection has 155 chic, minimalist (if low-frills) rooms, trendy common areas, a wonderful spa, and a gorgeous infinity pool with ocean views. It’s a great pick for a relaxed, romantic getaway.