Pros

  • Adults-only all-inclusive resort located along a white-sand beach
  • Just north of Puerto Morelos, a 20-minute drive from the Cancun airport
  • Spacious, elegant suites have private balconies – some with ocean views
  • In-room whirlpool tubs and separate showers, plus free minibars with liquor
  • Swim-Up Suites and Two-Story Rooftop Terrace Suites available
  • Excellence Club guests get upgraded amenities and access to exclusive lounge
  • Six outdoor pools (two heated in winter) and five hot tubs
  • Extensive spa facilities and menu of treatments
  • 10 restaurants – French, Mexican, and Asian among them – and a beach grill
  • 11 bars include beachfront and poolside spots, plus 24-hour room service
  • Ample free activities like snorkeling, kayaking, dancing, and Spanish lessons
  • Large, modern fitness center, a jogging trail, and sports facilities
  • Plenty of event and meeting space, including outdoor venues
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Cons

  • Seaweed can be an issue
  • Some restaurants have a dress code (think long pants for men)
  • Little within walking distance
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Bottom Line

The adults-only, 440-room Excellence Riviera Cancun is a luxury all-inclusive resort along a pretty beach just north of Puerto Morelos, about a 20-minute drive from the airport. It offers all the high-end features you'd expect from a hotel of this caliber, including six attractive pools and five hot tubs, 10 international restaurants and a beachside grill, ample bars, free non-motorized water sports and daily activities, and extensive spa facilities. Food is especially good for an all-inclusive resort (no reservations are required), as is entertainment. There's also a gorgeous stretch of beach, though seaweed is sometimes an issue. Spacious suites feature elegant contemporary decor, private furnished balconies, and marble bathrooms with separate showers and jetted tubs. Swim-up suites and two-story suites are also available. This is easily one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Puerto Morelos. Travelers with kids might want to check out the family-friendly Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, which offers comparable amenities, though rooms aren't as stylish.

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What Are the Design and Scene Like at the Excellence Riviera Cancun?

This luxury beachfront resort provides a comprehensive all-inclusive experience and elegant suites for adults only.

Lobby bar at the Excellence Riviera Cancun

Set on beautiful beachfront grounds full of lush plants and tall palm trees, the luxury Excellence Riviera Cancun is an all-inclusive resort that offers a tropical vacation teeming with activities, dining options, and pools. An adults-only policy means that there are no kids running around and the clientele is made up mainly of couples. Guests are greeted with a welcome drink in the bright and airy, elegant lobby, where gleaming marble floors are paired with white-cushioned sofas atop Oriental-style rugs. The lobby bar occupies a grand high-ceilinged space full of natural light streaming through beautiful arched floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests spend most of their time outdoors, however, and there are plenty of spots to relax, be it sprawled on a daybed by one of the several pools, swinging on a hammock right above the water, or under a palapa on the beach. Those looking to socialize typically congregate around the swim-up bar during the day, and at the sports bar at night (it's the only spot open after the entertainment ends around 11 p.m. or so). 

Excellence Riviera Cancun is one of the best large all-inclusive resorts in the areaSecrets Silversands Riviera Cancun is probably its closest competitor; it is also an adults-only all-inclusive resort, with about the same number of rooms. They're both stellar options, so it's worth comparing rates for the better value. Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is another quality luxury option, but its all-inclusive plan is optional and it's much smaller, with 103 rooms (many with full kitchens) and one restaurant. The 90-room, wellness-oriented Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita is the area's most luxurious option but it's also the most expensive; its all-inclusive food is all cooked-to-order, so there's no chowing down at the buffet. 

For those wondering what the differences are between Excellence Riviera Cancun and Excellence Playa Mujeres, the amenities and rooms are largely similarly, but Excellence Playa Mujeres is a farther drive from the airport (45 minutes) and its beach isn’t quite as impressive. If comparing Excellence Riviera Cancun vs Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, the Secrets hotel has fewer pools, but a bit more romantic, relaxed feel. Secrets is farther south than Excellence, putting it closer to Playa del Carmen.

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Where Is the Excellence Riviera Cancun Located?

It’s on a white-sand beach just north of Puerto Morelos, about a 20-minute drive from Cancun International Airport.

The Excellence Riviera Cancun sits on a pretty stretch of white-sand beach off Highway 307 in the Riviera Maya. There’s little within walking distance, but Puerto Morelos’ attractions and Cancun International Airport are roughly 13- and 20-minute drives away, and proximity to the main road means easy access to major sights, 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 can be a lot of seaweed on the beach and in the water, despite the hotel regularly raking the shore, and it 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.

  • 13-minute drive to Puerto Morelos' shopping and dining
  • 20-minute drive to Cancun International Airport
  • 35-minute drive to Playa del Carmen
  • 35-minute drive to Downtown Cancun (Ciudad Cancun)
  • 75-minute drive to the Tulum Mayan ruins
  • Three-hour drive to Chichen-Itza Mayan ruins
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What Are Rooms Like at the Excellence Riviera Cancun?

Elegant, contemporary suites have jetted tubs and separate showers, furnished balconies, and free minibars.

Room at the Excellence Riviera Cancun

Excellence Riviera Cancun rooms are all spacious suites featuring elegant contemporary decor awash in soft neutral hues and sleek wooden furniture. Architectural details like columns and archways are a charming touch to the bright and airy spaces. Large beds are topped with bright white linens and framed by padded gray headboards, and all rooms have elegant writing desks and seating areas accented by blue velour pillows that match the patterned curtains. Glass doors slide open onto private furnished balconies or patios, while the Two-Story Rooftop Terrace Suite has a large terrace with a lovely private plunge pool, outdoor shower, daybed, and outdoor seating with views over the beach. Junior Swim-Up Suites are also available and popular options for travelers who want to take a dip in the pool straight from their room.

Standard amenities include air-conditioning, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, CD/DVD players, radio/alarm clocks with iPod connections, electronic safes, coffee- and tea-making facilities, minibars, and free Wi-Fi. Marble bathrooms are large and have separate jetted tubs and showers, as well as double vanities, magnifying mirrors, hairdryers, quality toiletries, and separate toilet rooms.

Excellence Club-level suites have indoor and outdoor whirlpool tubs, Nespresso machines, Bulgari toiletries, upgraded minibars and room service menus, and other perks like access to a private lounge and a private beach area. Only Imperial Suites include airport transfers.

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What Features Are Available at the Excellence Riviera Cancun?

High-end features consist of six outdoor pools and five hot tubs, 10 restaurants and 11 bars, extensive spa facilities, and a daily lineup of activities and entertainment.

Spa at the Excellence Riviera Cancun

Excellence Riviera Cancun is packed with high-end luxury features for both relax-minded and active adults. With six outdoor pools and a lovely stretch of white-sand beach, there are plenty of spots to relax and soak up the sun. Padded loungers shaded by palapas as well as comfy daybeds surround the pools, and many have sunbeds in the water as well. The main pool has a swim-up bar and there are five hot tubs on the property. A variety of free non-motorized water sports and for-fee water activities are available on the beach, including kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, scuba diving, and deep-sea fishing. There can sometimes be a lot of seaweed in the water, however, which can limit swimming. Those who upgrade to the Excellence Club get access to private pool and beach areas, which means not having to worry about reserving a lounger, but there are usually enough loungers in the main areas to go around regardless.

The hotel's Miilé Spa offers a variety of massage and body treatments, as well as beauty services such as manicures, pedicures, and haircuts. Besides 10 indoor treatment rooms, outdoor beachfront rooms are also available, and the spa offers a beautiful hydrotherapy pool, a sweet-water treatment pool with swim-in access, a variety of showers including sensation, Scottish, and tropical rain showers, steam rooms, saunas, and an ice treatment room. There's also a 1900-square-foot fitness center that's well-equipped with modern machines, as well as a scenic running route for those who prefer working out outdoors. The resort offers plenty of fitness activities as well, such as aerobics, water polo, beach volleyball, beach soccer, tennis, archery, and yoga.

The Excellence Riviera Cancun’s offers 19,695 square feet of meeting and event space, including a grand ballroom and outdoor venues. Wedding planners, along with wedding packages and honeymoon packages are available. Other amenities offered include a business center, laundry services, and airport transfers. Wi-Fi is free throughout.

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What Restaurants and Bars Are at the Excellence Riviera Cancun?

All-inclusive rates cover the 11 international restaurants and beach grill, and alcoholic drinks at the many bars.

Spice Restaurant at the Excellence Riviera Cancun

Excellence Riviera Cancun restaurants are varied and all covered by the all-inclusive room rate. The 10 restaurants a la carte cuisines such as Italian, Mexican, Asian, French, and Indian plus there are also snack bars, take-away pizza, and a crepe station. Guests don't have to make reservations for the a la carte restaurants -- a major upside (some resorts require guests to queue early in the morning to book their dinner spots). The breakfast and lunch buffets at The Kitchen Table also impress; expect hot food (with cooked-to-order options, such as omelets) and incredible variety. There are 11 bars as well, including pool and beach bars, a cigar bar, coffeeshop, and a juice bar at the spa. The all-inclusive rates cover all meals and unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as 24-hour room service. Be aware that some restaurants require dress codes, such as long pants for men.

Nightly entertainment is good, and options may include a fire show, a Michael Jackson show, a Madonna show, circus show, or a White Party (where there's a special outside buffet set up and everyone wears white). Note that the theater is open-air, with no AC, and can get a bit hot. After the shows end, guests still looking to socialize can head to the sports bar, which is open late (usually until around 1 a.m.) and serves pub fare.

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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

Address

Carretera Federal 307 Chetumal-Puerto Juarez KM 324 -342, Manzana 7, Lote 1, S.M. 11, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico

Phone

52 (998) 872-8500

Website

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Excellence Riviera Cancun

What Are the Design and Scene Like at the Excellence Riviera Cancun?

This luxury beachfront resort provides a comprehensive all-inclusive experience and elegant suites for adults only.

Lobby bar at the Excellence Riviera Cancun

Set on beautiful beachfront grounds full of lush plants and tall palm trees, the luxury Excellence Riviera Cancun is an all-inclusive resort that offers a tropical vacation teeming with activities, dining options, and pools. An adults-only policy means that there are no kids running around and the clientele is made up mainly of couples. Guests are greeted with a welcome drink in the bright and airy, elegant lobby, where gleaming marble floors are paired with white-cushioned sofas atop Oriental-style rugs. The lobby bar occupies a grand high-ceilinged space full of natural light streaming through beautiful arched floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests spend most of their time outdoors, however, and there are plenty of spots to relax, be it sprawled on a daybed by one of the several pools, swinging on a hammock right above the water, or under a palapa on the beach. Those looking to socialize typically congregate around the swim-up bar during the day, and at the sports bar at night (it's the only spot open after the entertainment ends around 11 p.m. or so). 

Excellence Riviera Cancun is one of the best large all-inclusive resorts in the areaSecrets Silversands Riviera Cancun is probably its closest competitor; it is also an adults-only all-inclusive resort, with about the same number of rooms. They're both stellar options, so it's worth comparing rates for the better value. Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is another quality luxury option, but its all-inclusive plan is optional and it's much smaller, with 103 rooms (many with full kitchens) and one restaurant. The 90-room, wellness-oriented Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita is the area's most luxurious option but it's also the most expensive; its all-inclusive food is all cooked-to-order, so there's no chowing down at the buffet. 

For those wondering what the differences are between Excellence Riviera Cancun and Excellence Playa Mujeres, the amenities and rooms are largely similarly, but Excellence Playa Mujeres is a farther drive from the airport (45 minutes) and its beach isn’t quite as impressive. If comparing Excellence Riviera Cancun vs Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, the Secrets hotel has fewer pools, but a bit more romantic, relaxed feel. Secrets is farther south than Excellence, putting it closer to Playa del Carmen.

See More What Are the Design and Scene Like at the Excellence Riviera Cancun?

Where Is the Excellence Riviera Cancun Located?

It’s on a white-sand beach just north of Puerto Morelos, about a 20-minute drive from Cancun International Airport.

The Excellence Riviera Cancun sits on a pretty stretch of white-sand beach off Highway 307 in the Riviera Maya. There’s little within walking distance, but Puerto Morelos’ attractions and Cancun International Airport are roughly 13- and 20-minute drives away, and proximity to the main road means easy access to major sights, 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 can be a lot of seaweed on the beach and in the water, despite the hotel regularly raking the shore, and it 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.

  • 13-minute drive to Puerto Morelos' shopping and dining
  • 20-minute drive to Cancun International Airport
  • 35-minute drive to Playa del Carmen
  • 35-minute drive to Downtown Cancun (Ciudad Cancun)
  • 75-minute drive to the Tulum Mayan ruins
  • Three-hour drive to Chichen-Itza Mayan ruins
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What Are Rooms Like at the Excellence Riviera Cancun?

Elegant, contemporary suites have jetted tubs and separate showers, furnished balconies, and free minibars.

Room at the Excellence Riviera Cancun

Excellence Riviera Cancun rooms are all spacious suites featuring elegant contemporary decor awash in soft neutral hues and sleek wooden furniture. Architectural details like columns and archways are a charming touch to the bright and airy spaces. Large beds are topped with bright white linens and framed by padded gray headboards, and all rooms have elegant writing desks and seating areas accented by blue velour pillows that match the patterned curtains. Glass doors slide open onto private furnished balconies or patios, while the Two-Story Rooftop Terrace Suite has a large terrace with a lovely private plunge pool, outdoor shower, daybed, and outdoor seating with views over the beach. Junior Swim-Up Suites are also available and popular options for travelers who want to take a dip in the pool straight from their room.

Standard amenities include air-conditioning, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, CD/DVD players, radio/alarm clocks with iPod connections, electronic safes, coffee- and tea-making facilities, minibars, and free Wi-Fi. Marble bathrooms are large and have separate jetted tubs and showers, as well as double vanities, magnifying mirrors, hairdryers, quality toiletries, and separate toilet rooms.

Excellence Club-level suites have indoor and outdoor whirlpool tubs, Nespresso machines, Bulgari toiletries, upgraded minibars and room service menus, and other perks like access to a private lounge and a private beach area. Only Imperial Suites include airport transfers.

See More What Are Rooms Like at the Excellence Riviera Cancun?

What Features Are Available at the Excellence Riviera Cancun?

High-end features consist of six outdoor pools and five hot tubs, 10 restaurants and 11 bars, extensive spa facilities, and a daily lineup of activities and entertainment.

Spa at the Excellence Riviera Cancun

Excellence Riviera Cancun is packed with high-end luxury features for both relax-minded and active adults. With six outdoor pools and a lovely stretch of white-sand beach, there are plenty of spots to relax and soak up the sun. Padded loungers shaded by palapas as well as comfy daybeds surround the pools, and many have sunbeds in the water as well. The main pool has a swim-up bar and there are five hot tubs on the property. A variety of free non-motorized water sports and for-fee water activities are available on the beach, including kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, scuba diving, and deep-sea fishing. There can sometimes be a lot of seaweed in the water, however, which can limit swimming. Those who upgrade to the Excellence Club get access to private pool and beach areas, which means not having to worry about reserving a lounger, but there are usually enough loungers in the main areas to go around regardless.

The hotel's Miilé Spa offers a variety of massage and body treatments, as well as beauty services such as manicures, pedicures, and haircuts. Besides 10 indoor treatment rooms, outdoor beachfront rooms are also available, and the spa offers a beautiful hydrotherapy pool, a sweet-water treatment pool with swim-in access, a variety of showers including sensation, Scottish, and tropical rain showers, steam rooms, saunas, and an ice treatment room. There's also a 1900-square-foot fitness center that's well-equipped with modern machines, as well as a scenic running route for those who prefer working out outdoors. The resort offers plenty of fitness activities as well, such as aerobics, water polo, beach volleyball, beach soccer, tennis, archery, and yoga.

The Excellence Riviera Cancun’s offers 19,695 square feet of meeting and event space, including a grand ballroom and outdoor venues. Wedding planners, along with wedding packages and honeymoon packages are available. Other amenities offered include a business center, laundry services, and airport transfers. Wi-Fi is free throughout.

See More What Features Are Available at the Excellence Riviera Cancun?

What Restaurants and Bars Are at the Excellence Riviera Cancun?

All-inclusive rates cover the 11 international restaurants and beach grill, and alcoholic drinks at the many bars.

Spice Restaurant at the Excellence Riviera Cancun

Excellence Riviera Cancun restaurants are varied and all covered by the all-inclusive room rate. The 10 restaurants a la carte cuisines such as Italian, Mexican, Asian, French, and Indian plus there are also snack bars, take-away pizza, and a crepe station. Guests don't have to make reservations for the a la carte restaurants -- a major upside (some resorts require guests to queue early in the morning to book their dinner spots). The breakfast and lunch buffets at The Kitchen Table also impress; expect hot food (with cooked-to-order options, such as omelets) and incredible variety. There are 11 bars as well, including pool and beach bars, a cigar bar, coffeeshop, and a juice bar at the spa. The all-inclusive rates cover all meals and unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as 24-hour room service. Be aware that some restaurants require dress codes, such as long pants for men.

Nightly entertainment is good, and options may include a fire show, a Michael Jackson show, a Madonna show, circus show, or a White Party (where there's a special outside buffet set up and everyone wears white). Note that the theater is open-air, with no AC, and can get a bit hot. After the shows end, guests still looking to socialize can head to the sports bar, which is open late (usually until around 1 a.m.) and serves pub fare.

See More What Restaurants and Bars Are at the Excellence Riviera Cancun?

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Beach

  • Beauty / Hair Salon

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Smoking Rooms Available

  • Spa

  • Swim-Up Bar

  • Tennis Court

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