12 Top-Rated Beach Resorts in Mexico
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Mexico offers no end of great all-inclusive holidays for sunseekers. And with the very best beachfront resorts offering a variety of vacation packages, all-inclusive holidays in Mexico are easy to come by-and affordable. The big draw? Endless stretches of beautiful beaches to enjoy, plenty of sunshine, and a rich culture and history, plus some of the world's top family resorts, as well as couples' resorts.
Some of the best Mexico getaways can be found in destinations such as Cancun and Cabo San Lucas, places where you'll find plenty of fun things to do, from sightseeing and visiting top attractions to just spending time on some of the best beaches in Mexico. Be sure to refer often to our guide of the best beach resorts in Mexico.
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1. One&Only Palmilla
The luxurious One&Only Palmilla has much to offer those seeking a top-rated Mexico beach resort vacation. Located close to popular Acapulquito Beach on the Baja Peninsula, this fancy all-inclusive resort offers many upgraded features as standard in its rooms and suites. These features include large beach-view patios and terraces, spacious living areas with comfy chairs and couches, and HDTVs with surround sound. Upgrade to one of the larger suites, and you'll be treated to your own plunge pools.
In addition to concierge services, guests can take advantage of the butler (both available 24 hours a day), who can take care of such things as in-room dining, booking tee-times at the golf course, or helping decide which spa treatments to book. Other amenities include the use of kayaks and surfboards at the beach, a fitness center (with classes), two large infinity-edge swimming pools, al fresco dining, and a business center.
Address: Carr Transpeninsular, Tourist Corridor, 23400 San José del Cabo, B.C.S.
Accommodation: One&Only Palmilla
2. Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection
For those seeking an eco-friendly vacation in a property that has done its utmost to blend into its lush tropical surroundings, look no further than Esperanza, An Auberge Resort. Located in Cabo San Lucas, this classy beachfront resort consists of a number of unique grass-roof buildings housing sumptuously decorated accommodations. If your budget can handle it, opt for one of the oceanfront villas. These multi-bedroomed units feature tasteful décor and custom-made furniture, full-kitchens, large seating areas with HDTVs, and perhaps best of all, spacious patios with hammocks.
Add to this the availability of butler services, al fresco seafood dining, a full-service spa, fitness classes, and a large infinity pool plus hot tub, and you'll not want to leave.
Address: Carretera Transpeninsular 1 Mz 10 Km 7 Punta Ballena, 23410 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S.
Accommodation: Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection
3. El Dorado Maroma, by Karisma
Those seeking a truly memorable Mexico vacation should consider a stay at El Dorado Maroma, by Karisma, in the Riviera Maya. This luxury all-inclusive resort offers plenty of pampering, from the inclusion of a private, personalized check-in procedure to dedicated butler services to help you unpack and take care of such things as dining and spa reservations-very classy indeed.
In addition to your extremely chic and spacious accommodations (yes, they really are over the water!), you'll have access to plenty of relaxation around the resort. Highlights include delivery of food and drinks while you lounge beside the pool or down at the beach, towel and sunscreen services, and, for a special treat, romantic picnics on the beach. With additional perks such as in-room snacks, live entertainment, stargazing events, cooking classes, and plush bathrobes, no wonder this resort is so popular.
Address: Carretera Federal Cancun-Tulum Km 55.3, Playa Maroma, Playa del Carmen 77710
Accommodation: El Dorado Maroma, by Karisma
4. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
Set amid 22 acres of tropical paradise on the Riviera Nayarit, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort is well-suited to those who like a quieter resort experience. The amenities are certainly conducive to relaxation, from the full range of treatments and services available at the full-service spa, to lounging around one of the three large swimming pools. For sports enthusiasts, there are two golf courses to play on, along with a tennis center, and a fitness facility. For those traveling for a family vacation, there's a fun kids' club with plenty of activities to keep the youngsters busy.
The rooms are also exceptional. Standard features include luxurious beds and bedding, large marble bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs, and HDTVs. For those desiring more space, check out the larger suites with guaranteed beach views, full-kitchens, and access to a private swimming pool.
Address: Lote H-4, Carretera Federal 200, km 19.5 | Lote H-4, Punta de Mita 63734
Accommodation: The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
5. Viceroy Los Cabos
One of the top vacation spots on the Sea of Cortez-and a short shuttle bus ride away from Los Cabos International Airport-Viceroy Los Cabos is a modern take on the traditional beach resort. Notable features of the classy, brightly decorated rooms include romantic mood lighting and outdoor bathtubs, while the larger one- and two-bedroom suites are even better- they come with additional living space, including a dining area.
The amenities are also appealing and consist of a beachfront restaurant, including an area that extends out over the water for those wanting to enjoy a little al fresco dining, as well as an on-site movie theater (say "yes" to popcorn!). Add to this a large infinity-edge pool overlooking the water plus an adults-only rooftop pool (there are also two others), a world-class spa, and a large fitness center, and you're all set for an incredible Mexico vacation.
Address: Paseo Malecon San Jose Lote 8, Zona Hotelera, 23400 San José del Cabo, B.C.S.
Accommodation: Viceroy Los Cabos
6. Las Alamandas Resort
Las Alamandas Resort is a real treat for nature lovers who just so happen to enjoy a great beach vacation. Located within a huge and pristine coastal nature reserve near Puerto Vallarta, the area is a delight to explore, as is the beach. Best of all, this luxury resort has created an intimate feel thanks to its small size.
The resort consists entirely of spacious suites, and you'll enjoy such luxuries as private hot tubs on your terrace, elegant décor featuring locally made art, as well as pullout couches and HDTVs. For a true treat, try to book the suite that comes with its own lap pool and stunning sea views.
The amenities are equally classy. Highlights include the rooftop lounge, a restaurant offering al fresco dining, a beachfront café, plus a day spa. When the urge to get physical strikes, take advantage of the tennis courts, mountain bikes, basketball courts, fitness center, and swimming pool. There's also a kids' club.
Address: México 200 Km 82, Las Alamandas, 48850 Costalegre, Jal.
Accommodation: Las Alamandas Resort
7. NIZUC Resort & Spa
NIZUC Resort & Spa is one of the top-rated Cancun all-inclusive resorts. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, the accommodations at this modern resort are first-class and consist of bright suites with chic décor throughout. Standard features include wet bars, coffee makers, HDTVs, Wi-Fi, and large balconies and terraces, while an upgrade will land you in a larger unit with additional living and dining areas, even private swimming pools. The even larger villas come with butler service.
With six great restaurants to choose from, you'll never run out of dining options, including in-room and private dining. Additional amenities include two swimming pools, tennis courts, a fitness center, a full-service spa, plus direct access to the beach (including use of sun lounges and umbrellas).
Address: Blvd. Kukulcan Mz 59 Lote 1-03 Km 21.26, Nizuc, 77500 Cancún, Q.R.
Accommodation: NIZUC Resort & Spa
8. Thompson Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen
The elegant Thompson Playa del Carmen has much to commend it. In addition to being close to top attractions in Playa del Carmen-some within walking distance-it's also located close to some of the region's top golf courses. Not that you'll ever want to leave the resort. On-site amenities include a choice of fine and casual dining (including a lounge near the pool serving snacks), a good-sized fitness center, and perhaps this attractive resort's crowning glory, a large rooftop infinity pool.
The accommodations are bright and modern and come in a variety of configurations. A great option if space is needed is to book one of the larger suites. The best of these not only include standard features, such as large bathrooms with rainfall showers, wet bars, and mini fridges, they offer beach views along with plenty of additional living space, including on the larger balconies, which come with hot tubs.
Address: Calle 12 entre 5ta Ave. y 10 S/N, Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R.
Accommodation: Thompson Playa del Carmen
9. The Resort at Pedregal
Located close to the heart of Cabo San Lucas, The Resort at Pedregal offers plenty of reasons for both couples and families to visit. After making your grand entrance through a stunning tunnel, you're welcomed with customary Mexican warmth by staff, on-call day and night to ensure your stay is a memorable one. The next surprise is your accommodations. Consisting of a mix of rooms and suites, the focal point will undoubtedly be the private plunge on your terrace-not to mention the stunning ocean views.
Other features to expect: elegant furnishings and handmade Mexican artworks, and spacious seating areas, complete with fireplaces. Larger still are the two-, three-, and four-bedroom suites, complete with full kitchens and butler service. Notable amenities include four dining options (casual and fine dining), a large swimming pool, tennis facilities, a spa, and a fitness center.
Address: Camino del Mar 1, Pedregal, 23455 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S.
Accommodation: The Resort at Pedregal
10. Paradisus by Melia Los Cabos
Paradisus by Melia Los Cabos boasts one of the longest stretches of beachfront in Mexico. Add to this the fact that the resort has one of the biggest swimming pools in the country, oh, and golf, and little wonder this Los Cabos destination is so popular. Although having more than 300 rooms, the size of its beach frontage and lush, tropical grounds ensures you never feel lost in crowd. In fact, the feeling in your elegantly appointed room is one of peace and quiet. Spacious and featuring comfortable beds and bedding, these rooms also come with great views from their balconies.
Along with its seven restaurants, guests have the option to make use of an adults-only environment with its own swimming pool and hot tub, or hunker down with the kids in the family section. In addition to its championship golf, there's tennis, a fitness center, shops, a business center, spa, and, of course, the incredible beach with its safe swimming.
Address: Km 19.5, Sector 5, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
Accommodation: Paradisus by Melia Los Cabos
11. Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
Located close to a variety of attractions along Cancun's entertainment and tourist strip, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach offers a mix of luxury rooms and suites from which to choose. We recommend the larger suites. These spacious units are bright, and feature marble flooring, large terraces or decks with ocean views and hot tubs, along with kitchens and separate dining rooms.
Notable amenities include a choice of five restaurants, a full-service spa, a huge swimming pool with waterfalls and plenty of sunbathing space, and a kids' club. An airport shuttle service is provided, along with room-service and a 24-hour concierge desk.
Address: Km 9.5, Blvd. Kukulcan, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R.
Accommodation: Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
12. The Westin Resort & Spa
Those seeking a solid (and affordable) big-brand package deal should consider staying at The Westin Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta. Set on one of the largest beachside properties in the region, this 14-acre, all-inclusive resort offers classy standard rooms with features like HDTVs, wet bars with coffee makers, and furnished balconies with lovely ocean views. Upgrade to one of the larger suites, and you'll enjoy additional comforts such as free breakfasts in a lounge area, and spacious living rooms. Room service is available 24 hours a day.
A highlight of a stay here is hanging out in one of the private beach cabanas, which can be rented by the day or week. In addition to providing much needed shade for kids, these roomy beachside shelters offer plenty of privacy for couples, too. Also worth mentioning are the dining options, which include a great steakhouse, plus al fresco dining on the rooftop; two swimming pools; a fitness center; full-service spa (go for one of the beachside couple's massages); and a fun kids' club (babysitting is also available).
Address: Av. Paseo de la Marina Sur #205, Marina Vallarta, 48354 Puerto Vallarta, Jal.
Accommodation: The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta
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Exploring the Beach Destinations: There is more to Mexico than beautiful resorts. Regardless of where you stay, you should take the time to explore a bit of the destination. For ideas, see our articles on Things to Do in Cabo San Lucas or Top Attractions along the Mayan Riviera, from Cancun to Playa del Carmen. For a complete overview, see our list of Best Places to Visit in Mexico.