Much like the Caribbean, travelers in Mexico often opt for the all-inclusive experience. It takes a lot of the planning and guesswork out of vacationing if you know you’ll be eating all meals at the property. But some hotels with all-inclusive packages can serve up less than stellar food, skimp on the quality and quantity of liquor, and have hidden fees for extras. Luckily for you, we’ve visited hundreds of hotels in Mexico to sample the food, sleep in the beds, and take part in the activities offered to see how they compare. Take a look at our top picks for best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and get inspired for a sunny getaway!
The Royal Hideaway is a member of exclusive hospitality consortium Leading Hotels of the World, and as such is one of the most luxurious properties in the area. It features upscale rooms with high-end amenities, a full-service spa with great treatments, several pools, and the best food around. The all-inclusive rate offers access to all the hotel’s facilities, restaurants, and bars, plus 24-hour room service and non-motorized water sports.
The Grand Velas -- set on over 80 acres of mangroves that meet a postcard-perfect beach of white sand and turquoise waters -- is one of Riviera Maya’s most sophisticated properties. It features 491 top-notch suites spread out in three different buildings (two family-friendly, one adult-only), all with their own stunning pool complexes, gyms, and restaurants. All-inclusive rates include gourmet dining for all three meals, bar service at all pools and the beach, daily restocking of the minibar (including snacks), as well as fitness classes.
This adult-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. However, note that the beach is less attractive than others farther south, and that there are no attractions nearby. There are a total of nine restaurants and 11 bars to choose from and no reservations are required.
There is nothing ordinary about the 260-room Le Blanc Spa Resort: Everything from the wine lists to your workouthas 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.
Just a 10-minute drive outside of artsy San Jose del Cabo, the 619-suite all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos has a lot to love. For the young ones, there's the kiddy pool and kids' club. For the adults, the stunning spa, relaxing adult-only pools, and swim-up bar in the infinity pool are definite perks. Although the beach isn't swim-friendly due to rough waves, the pools offer more than enough space for taking a dip. Suites are spacious and luxurious, and echo the hotel's overall vibe -- big, clean, and modern. They also come with marble bathrooms, soaking tubs, and patios or balconies. With a wide array of restaurants, from buffets to high-end French and Japanese -- plus nightly entertainment in the massive theater -- this is one of the most polished all-inclusive resorts in Los Cabos.
The 291-room luxury Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun is an adult-only, all-inclusive resort located halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Rooms are of moderate size, with elegant decor that includes four-poster canopy beds, furnished balconies or terraces, and jetted tubs. Guests at this outpost of the Secrets chain are granted Preferred status, with additional amenities and privileges that include premium liquor, concierge service in rooms, on the beach, and by the pool, free Wi-Fi, and free international calls. On-site activities include water sports, games, language lessons, and beer tastings.
This adult-only, luxury all-inclusive property with 507 rooms appeals to both 20- and 30-something couples. A particular draw of this resort is its proximity to the nightlife of downtown Playa del Carmen, especially bustling 5th Avenue, with the party-oriented will appreciate. But the gorgeous stretch of beach and the sophisticated rooms with two-person jetted tubs means romantic-minded couples will be pleased here as well. The range of features is, unsurprisingly, extensive, including seven restaurants and seven bars, an Olympic-sized pool, a wedding center, a spa, and daily entertainment. In terms of activities, guests have access to a tennis court, hydrotherapy zone, scuba center offering a free introductory lesson, and fitness center with a handful of machines.
Blue Diamond Riviera Maya by BlueBay is an excellent option for couples looking for a more intimate and luxurious all-inclusive option outside of the hustle of Cancun. The four-and-a-half pearl property is spread out over gorgeous grounds that are partially manicured and artistic and partially jungle-like and wild so the overall ambiance is natural and feels almost isolated. No kids allowed means the two swimming pools, sandy beach, and plethora of restaurants are generally quiet and relaxing. Adult-friendly facilities include a sleek spa (free access to use the steam room and pool), cigar lounge, and one of the best equipped gyms in Mexico. Suites and casitas come standard with private outdoor bathtubs and minibars stocked with free drinks.
This luxurious, 267-room all-inclusive resort in Nuevo Vallarta is a sophisticated and serene option in the greater Puerto Vallarta area. Every room here is a suite, offering extra living space, a balcony, ocean views, and luxurious touches such as Nespresso machines. The impressive features include an infinity pool with three levels overlooking the beach, a decadent spa with 20 treatment rooms, and four upscale (and pricey) restaurants. Room service is also available 24 hours a day, and the all-inclusive wine list is wider than guests might anticipate. There's little wrong with it, except for the fee for Wi-Fi.
A half-hour drive from downtown Puerto Vallarta and a half mile from the beach, the Marival Residences & World Spa is not the place to go if you're in the mood for a beach-lounging, party-hopping Mexican getaway. It is, however, the place to go for laid-back luxury, residential-style suites, modern amenities, and an impressive array of all-inclusive features. Comprised of 169 suites, penthouses, or private villas, ranging from one to four bedrooms (and all featuring spacious terraces with garden, pool, or ocean views), Marival Residences is an excellent option for families and couples alike seeking a little sun-soaked spoiling.