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Excellence Riviera Cancun 4.5

Puerto Morelos, Mexico

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  • Directly on a white-sand beach, just a few minutes north of Puerto Morelos
  • Adults-only resort (a con for some)
  • Upscale rooms with open bathrooms, a private terrace or balcony, and high-end amenities like free Wi-Fi
  • 6 free-form pools and 5 Jacuzzis
  • Great spa with beachside treatments (for an extra fee)
  • 8 restaurants and 10 bars; no reservations required
  • Dozens of great amenities available, from snorkeling to private yacht excursions to dancing to Spanish lessons
  • Free non-motorized water sports, including introductory scuba lessons
  • Large fitness center with modern machines, and a jogging trail


  • Beach area/water has a large amount of seaweed
  • Pools can be too cold for some
  • No reservations policy means long waits at restaurants during peak season
  • Little within walking distance

Bottom Line

This adults-only resort lives up to the Excellence name, offering the standard amenities of the luxury chain: multiple attractive pools, numerous dining options, dozens of activities, and a solid spa with beachside treatment huts. The abundance of marble and columns throughout the property might be a bit too ostentatious for some, but it's definitely impressive -- as are the rooms. The rooms feature Jacuzzis and open bathrooms, which shouldn't be a problem for most visitors choosing an adults-only resort. All have terraces or balconies, and a gorgeous stretch of beach is right outside the door.

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On a white-sand beach north of Puerto Morelos and close to the airport

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The Excellence Riviera Cancun sits on a pretty stretch of sand off Highway 307. There’s little within walking distance, but Puerto Morelos’ attractions and Cancun International Airport are just a quick drive away, and proximity to the main road means easy access to major sites, shopping, and nightlife.

Puerto Morelos is a former fishing village located halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. The area serves as a perfect compromise for anyone who wants to enjoy Cancun's stunning beaches but doesn't want them to be overrun by hordes of tourists. The impressive reefs just offshore attract a fair share of divers, and many come to take a dip in the inland cenotes (massive sinkholes filled with crystal clear groundwater). Note that there's a lot of seaweed at the beach, despite the hotel regularly raking the beach and could pose an issue for some guests. The laid-back vibe of the area makes it great for spending a day lounging or exploring, and unwinding with dinner at a beachfront restaurant, all without the fear of having to deal with packs of rowdy spring breakers.

  • 15-minute drive to Cancun International Airport
  • 11-minute drive to Puerto Morelos' shopping and dining
  • 30-minute drive to Playa del Carmen
  • 30-minute drive to downtown Cancun (Ciudad Cancun)
  • 75-minute drive to the Mayan ruins at Tulum
  • 2.5-hour drive to Chichen Itza ruins

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Carretera Federal 307 Chetumal-Puerto Juarez KM 324 -342, Manzana 7, Lote 1, S.M. 11, Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya 77580, Mexico

Room Types

  • Excellence Club Honeymoon Suite
  • Excellence Club Junior Suite, Ocean Front
  • Excellence Club Junior Swim-Up Suite, Ocean View
  • Excellence Club Two Story Terrace Suite
  • Junior Suite, Ocean View
  • Junior Suite, Spa/Pool View
  • Junior Swim-Up Suite

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