Mexico’s top resorts are typically not without beautiful pools, but there’s something to be said about the hotels that allow you to swim right up to your room. With a refreshing oasis right outside your door, you are mere steps away from sinking into a world of relaxation and fun. With that in mind, these top 10 south-of-the-border resorts offer stunning swim-up suites for all types of travelers, from families with kids itching to jump into a lazy river first thing in the morning to couples who can retreat for an intimate dip at an adults-only property.
1. Rosewood Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen
Set on a mile-long stretch of beach, the Rosewood Mayakoba is a peaceful retreat that largely attracts couples, though it does feature an extensive children’s program. The Rosewood’s Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suites offer swim-up access, as well as private pools and decks right on the water (stairs lead to a platform on the lagoon). It’s worth noting, however, that swimming is not recommended here due to the wildlife in the lagoon. Upscale restaurants, an excellent spa, and airy decor that incorporates lots of natural elements (wood, stone, bamboo) round out the offerings.
2. Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Playa del Carmen
Honeymooners and destination wedding couples will want to head south from noisy Cancun to get romantic at this adults-only 412-room resort. Situated on a private white-sand beach lined with sunbeds, cabanas, and palapas, this all-inclusive property features 13 swimming pools, a full-service spa with beachfront treatment options, several high-end dining options as well as a buffet, 24-hour room service, and a large fitness center with modern equipment. The icing on the cake: All of the ground-floor rooms are swim-up suites, so you won’t have to hustle for instant pool access.
3. Secrets Vallarta Bay, Puerto Vallarta
With luxe rooms, butler service, unlimited premium booze, a swim-up bar, a location right on the beach, and gorgeous pools, this adult-only, all-inclusive does a lot of things right. Granted, it’s not the biggest resort around (there are 271 suites on the grounds), but the smaller size means better service. Plus, the hotel’s contemporary rooms offer pools you can swim right into -- and private balconies. Just keep in mind that the atmosphere can get rowdy.
4. El Dorado Royale, Puerto Morelos
Sprawled across 450 acres, this oceanfront property is another all-inclusive for privacy-craving adults. Guests will never be bored (or hungry) during their stay, thanks to a dizzying array of amenities, including 13 beautiful pools, seven restaurants, a handful of bars, a top-notch spa, and activities like yoga, snorkeling, and kayaking. When you’re not out and about, retreat to the Swim Up Jacuzzi Junior Suite, which includes a private pool area and two lounge chairs just steps from the room’s terrace, so you can drift off into paradise on a whim.
5. Beloved Playa Mujeres, Cancun
Tucked away from Cancun’s bustle in quiet Playa Mujeres, the Beloved has the laid-back vibes of a boutique hotel with many of the perks and activities you might associate with an all-inclusive, including a swim-up bar, a hydrotherapy spa, and poolside service. To top it off, the swim-up suite here comes with its own tranquil garden, so you can relax among greenery between dips.
6. Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, San Jose del Cabo
The Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is a great family-friendly, all-inclusive option, with a kids’ water park, kiddy pool, and kids club. Adults will appreciate the luxury-caliber spa with hydrotherapy pools and outdoor treatment cabanas as well as the separate adult pool. That’s in addition to a massive freeform pool with a hot tub and bar. Plus, the swim-up Master Double not only offers plenty of poolside real estate, but also lounge chairs that are set right in the water for sun-soaked relaxation.
7. Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos
Located on a gorgeous beach about 20 minutes south of Cancun, the Azul Beach Resort offers a swim-up suites for every taste. With a pool that winds by a number of the ground-floor rooms, this kid-friendly resort boasts swim-up suites designed for families. But newlyweds, pack your swimsuits, too: the Wedding Swim-Up Suite has a private vanity and even an en-suite whirlpool.
8. Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Hotel Zone
Loaded with activities and a breathtaking infinity pool, this 307-room hacienda-style resort is at the top of the list for adults-only all-inclusives in Cancun. Rooms are stylish and spacious, and come with whirlpools and balconies. Some accommodations also offer stair access right to the pool, as well as to private loungers set on a platform in the water. Tip: Try to avoid the swim-up suites right by the main pool, as these can get noisy from the pool music.
9. Sensimar Seaside Suites & Spa, Puerto Aventuras
In addition to an isolated location (it’s situated on a secluded beach halfway between Playa del Carmen and the famous Mayan ruins of Tulum), this adults-only hotel comes with an exhaustive list of amenities, including a great spa, tennis court, outdoor yoga sessions, scuba clinics, three freshwater pools, and multiple restaurants and bars. Be sure to snag the Swim-Up Jacuzzi Junior Suites, which is located smack dab on the lazy river for maximum horizontal pool time.
10. Excellence Riviera Cancun, Puerto Morelos
, a 440-room adult-only all-inclusive, lives up to its name. It comes with everything you’d expect from a luxury property, including multiple attractive pools, numerous dining options, dozens of activities, extensive spa facilities, and grand marble columns. For the most decadent experience, book the Junior Swim-Up Suite, where you can stretch out on your private lounger fronting the pool. The swim-up suite also comes with a furnished terrace.
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