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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

Map of Excellence Riviera Cancun

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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Key Features
Fitness Center
Hotel Services
Dry Cleaning
Free Breakfast
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Room Service
Things to Do
Beauty Salon
Business Center
Fitness Center
Located on the Beach
Tennis Court
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Smoking Rooms Available
Carretera Federal 307 Chetumal-Puerto Juarez KM 324 -342, Manzana 7, Lote 1, S.M. 11, Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya 77580, Mexico
Phone 52 (998) 872-8500
Also Known As
  • Excellence Riviera Cancun
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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