Hotel Riu Cancun -- with its grand V-shape and Mediterranean-inspired architecture -- sits on a sprawling piece of beachfront that’s close to pubs, eateries, and shops. The all-inclusive 569-room resort has an impressive dome-ceiling lobby with wrought-iron chandeliers. The beach, though on the narrow side, is beautiful and full of chairs and palm roof umbrellas. While the resort offers three swimming pools including a beautiful infinity pool, sunlight disappears early in the day because of the building's soaring height. There's a buffet-style restaurant, as well as three themed restaurants that require reservations two days in advance. A range of on-site activities includes nightly live shows, a spa, tennis, windsurfing, and nightclub. However, rooms are outdated with tube TVs, worn linens, and stiff beds.