Excellence Playa Mujeres Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This adults-only luxury resort offers a nice all-inclusive experience with tons of variety -- multiple dining options, several beautiful pools, a gorgeous spa, and dozens of wonderful activities. The rooms here are large and contemporary, with large modern bathrooms, Jacuzzis, and high-end amenities such as big flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and iPod docks. Some have a large rooftop terrace with a private plunge pool with ocean views.
The Beloved Hotel Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The ultra-luxe Beloved, on a white-sand beach, features 109 suites with super sexy decor. They're all-white, with spacious, sleek marble bathrooms and Jacuzzi tubs, and have the vibe of a luxurious New York City hotel room -- except they're about four times the size and feature private balconies, many with ocean views. The expansive spa and fitness center are great, and the two pools with food and drink service are large and attractive.
Hyatt Zilara Cancun Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The appearance of the 288-room adults-only Royal in Cancun goes against the often bad reputation all-inclusives have gained. Suites appear updated and buck traditional room layouts with a centrally located bed and spacious balcony (some are even swim-out). The bathrooms boast massive walk-in showers and Jacuzzi tubs with a killer view. The quality of the food is surprisingly good and varied, including the convenient 24-hour VIP lounge.
Le Blanc Spa Resort Rating: 4.5 Pearls
There is nothing ordinary about the 260-room Le Blanc Spa Resort: Everything from the wine lists to your workout has been tailored to be top notch. It feels more South Beach chic than Cancun party, with a hip, gorgeous aesthetic throughout the entire pristine white property. The rooms are thoroughly modern and bright with minimalist decor and stunning ocean views (some with large Jacuzzi baths). But most of your time should be spent experiencing the top-of-the line spa, the chic restaurants (especially the stunningly designed Lumiere), and heavenly white-sand beach.
Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort is a gigantic all-inclusive luxury resort along Cancun's Mayan Riviera. With 2,433 rooms across three resort sections -- each with their own decor, design, amenities, and appeal -- it's no shock that this is the largest Palace property in the world. From Sunrise's larger-than-life pool and Flowrider machine, to the charming boutique-vibe of the Moon Grand, to the fabulous kids club by Nizuc, and the standalone spa and golf center, this resort truly is all-inclusive. Just don't expect sugar-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Unfortunately, beaches in this area of town -- often smelling of and strewn with seaweed -- are far less idyllic than those in the Hotel Zone. But if you aren't bothered about the beach, this place is tough to beat.
Hard Rock Hotel Cancun Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This property screams "all-inclusive Caribbean megaresort" in every possible way, with its gorgeous infinity pool featuring ocean views and a swim-up bar, five restaurants serving international cuisine, four bars, live entertainment, tennis courts, and a spa with outdoor treatment rooms. Rooms are decent-size, with open bathrooms, double Jacuzzis, balconies with either ocean or lagoon views, modern amenities (flat-screen TVs and iPod docks), and contemporary decor. Plus, it's a great place for families -- there's an outstanding kids' club with daily activities and a kiddy pool.
Beach Palace Rating: 4.0 Pearls
There's a lot to like about this 287-room hotel, if you're searching for an all-inclusive experience in the heart of the party-Mecca of the Hotel Zone: three pools with stunning ocean views, lots of dining options, great rooms with high-tech amenities (like iPod docks and flat-screen TVs), a full spa (not included in the price), a tiny but modern fitness center, and a location right on a gorgeous white-sand beach.
Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This 502-room all-inclusive resort might not be the most updated property on Cancun's Hotel Zone strip, but guests seem to appreciate its many restaurants and the friendly, casual, welcoming atmosphere. While the Fiesta Americana Condesa's rates are comparable to those of other upscale all-inclusive resorts in the Hotel Zone, this property feels more mid-range and some may find the mattresses too firm. Bed configuration requests are reportedly not always communicated via third-party booking sites, so it's probably a good idea to call the hotel to confirm them in advance of travel.
Paradisus Cancun All Inclusive Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Paradisus is an all-inclusive Cancun megaresort with 678 clean and updated rooms. Decor is bright and contemporary, though the gray marble floors can get slippery when wet. Quality of the balconies is inconsistent -- some are spacious with great ocean views, while others have obstructed views or little privacy. The pool area is well-designed and massive enough to handle big crowds. The remarkably clean beach is a big plus, as are the impressive spa and large fitness center. While this resort has great amenities such as a 9-hole golf course and plenty of water sports, there is a fee for Wi-Fi and the sprawling property can get crowded.
Sun Palace All-Inclusive Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This couples-only, all-inclusive resort is a great pick for a romantic getaway, thanks to its semi-secluded location, luxurious spa, and decadent details such as two-person Jacuzzi tubs in every room. It features four pools (one of them jetted), a large, modern fitness center, and a wide array of dining options. Rooms are spacious and offer solid amenities, as well as minimalist, neutral-toned decor. The hotel has a quieter, more intimate setting than the resorts on the party-hearty, northern side of the Hotel Zone. But this somewhat remote location means you'll need a taxi to reach all the action.