The thing is, in Cancun, there are about 300 hotels if you include the small hotels in the city; on the beach, we could easily get to 200 or more. I haven’t counted them personally, nor have I seen them all (as you can imagine). Besides Cancun is also known and popular for its huge selection of all-inclusive hotels, the “all you can eat and drink” type of properties, which are not exactly the kind I am fond of. If you are following me I know that they are not your kind, either.
However, I have a surprise for you. Even in Cancun, we have our little secret spots (well, not that secret), and more than one choice. Stunning, exclusive and elegant resorts, each with their own personality and character to satisfy any kind of need and taste.
And I have also a surprise for the All inclusive lovers.. just scroll down if you wish to go straight to them.
This is what I am talking about:
A relatively new property, which opened its doors in September 2013, it has been nominated by different prestigious travel magazines such as Condè Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Fodor’s, as one of the best new hotels of 2014.
And I certainly second that. It belongs to the already popular Mexican chain, Brisas, and is their first luxury property. I have to say, as their first baby, they really have done an amazing job. I hope they continue to spread beauty like this!
With some 250 suites of many different types (according to location and size), 5 restaurants, and a lounge bar; the property is spread out along the coast at the very tip of the beautiful beach of Cancun; an oasis of peace and tranquillity.
What I love the most is the Balinese architecture in both the outdoor and indoor design, where the dominant colors are black and grey, and the preferred material is wood, graciously combined with the finest Mexican art. The result is a superb, elegant and modern style, inspiring and soothing.
I love that they have a separate beach and a suite area for adults only, so as to guarantee tranquillity. And as much as I love kids, I find this is a very intelligent and thoughtful touch.
The restaurants offer a variety of cuisine from all over the world: Italian, Peruvian, Thai, and of course the local Mexican cuisine in a particularly gourmet style; not to mention the elegant ambience and great authentic dishes. The restaurants are also open to the public, so if you are staying somewhere else and wish to have a special dinner or Sunday brunch, for which the hotel is also popular, I suggest you try this experience (reservation required).
On the beach there are no motorized sports (a fact which I love), guaranteeing peace and quiet. They offer paddle-boarding, guided snorkeling trips, and kayaking, to enjoy the beautiful beach and reefs along the coast. It was such a beautiful day when I went to visit the hotel; the colors were just stunning and you just wanted to jump into the turquoise water. When I left, I was literally in love and decided I really wanted to spend a couple of days there. In fact, with my birthday coming up a few weeks later I had the best excuse to exceed my usual monthly budget. And so I did. I wasn’t lucky with the weather, but my friends and I surely made the most of our time there, taking advantage of the stunning spa. NIZUC Resort and spa is certainly one of a kind, in Cancun and the entire Riviera Maya, as far as the eye can tell.
If you wish to know more about my personal experience at NIZUC, you can check out here.
Well, the Ritz Carlton is the Ritz Carlton, you can never go wrong! It’s a name that speaks for itself and I shouldn’t really have anything else to add. However, I was even more pleasantly surprised when I went to do my site inspection. It was absolutely gorgeous and had a particularly elegant atmosphere that makes you feel you are floating in a bubble of bliss and elegance! It definitely exceeded my expectations. I can only imagine what it would be like if I stayed there. From the warm welcome of “Alma” who kindly showed me around, to the kindness of the staff we met during our walk, everybody seemed genuinely happy to be working. It’s funny how I noticed this particular detail, more than in any other places I have been to.
The hotel is a classic, as are the common areas, which are elegantly decorated with authentic pieces of classical art from the owner’s collection. It really looks like a beautiful museum of Fine Arts with its rich collection of pieces, paintings and sculptures. However, as you enter your suite, you get this new, modern, fresh feeling. They combine beautiful pieces of exquisite Mexican art with a modern, minimalist style. The dominant colours are grey and light blue on a white background, giving a very cosy feeling of a home away from home. All the rooms are beachfront, and all have full views of the beautiful beach of Cancun. What’s more, I guarantee you that the location of the Ritz Carlton enjoys one of the best stretches of beach ever, where the sea is usually calm and the water offers its innumerable shades of blue. Watching this amazing show from the balcony of your stunning room is definitely a special experience. There is a huge choice of accommodation, from the simpler, yet still spacious room, to the presidential suite located on the top floor. As in any other Ritz, you have the option to book the club suites, where you have full access to the tranquil club lounge on the 8th floor, and can enjoy your privacy, having a peaceful break, where 5 meals are served throughout the day.
The hotel is also especially renowned for its highly-awarded culinary offer, and a distinct note goes to the 5-diamond restaurant Fantino, which holds a special place in the owner’s “favorites” since it has been decorated according to his love of horses (hence the name) and art. The walls have fresco paintings representing the 4 seasons. The menu offers Mediterranean gourmet cuisine which has been awarded a 5-diamond rating by the AAA and is the only sea-front fine dining restaurant in Cancun. If that were not enough, the wallpaper is not paper, but cushioned silk and the restaurant has been deemed as “the lady of the house” due to its sophistication and elegance. There is a strict dress code for men in order to have access. The food must be top notch and I can’t wait to try it.
The second restaurant that they love to highlight is the Club Grill. Less formal, they say, but still very elegant, as you might expect. It offers (besides great international cuisine) tequila tasting, every afternoon, and cocktail classes in the bar of the restaurant lobby. The club grill is a registered signature brand that you can find at every Ritz Carlton. This one in Cancun has also won the 5 diamonds, a guarantee of quality.
And the surprises do not end there. The stunning premises, along with the exceptional service and attention to detail, have ensured that the Ritz Carlton Cancun has kept a firm hold on its 5-star diamond award, ever since 1999. In 2016, Forbes Travel Guide also awarded the resort 5 stars. Both are very prestigious acknowledgments, signs of unquestionable top quality.
Although Me by Melia is not comparable to the other properties mentioned above, I thought that this property was worth considering for those who still love class and quality without being too sophisticated and pricy. What I like to call “laid-back luxury”… but not too much. I find ”Me” to be a great compromise in these terms. It’s a very modern, trendy property and the food and service are great! The rooms are spacious and minimally chic and you can choose between different sizes and views: beachfront or lagoon view. I would suggest it to the young crowd, especially since during the afternoon on the beach you have techno lounge music to entertain you while you await sunset. That being said, it is really and truly a great option for anyone. It is also located at walking distance La Isla shopping center, where you can have an evening stroll and enjoy the sunset over the lagoon.
ALL INCLUSIVE PROPERTIES IN CANCUN
HYATT ZIVA & ZILARA
I have to admit that although I am not a big fan of ALL INCLUSIVE, I reckon that there are brands that are able to make the all-inclusive a very exclusive experience (pun intended) HYATT resorts is one of them. I know the brand as I have stayed in one of their resort in Jamaica when they opened and it was impeccable, in service, culinary choices and quality of the room and amenities. I know they keep their standard throughout their resorts especially the new ones, like the ones in Cancun. Another thing I like about Hyatt is that they keep separated the family resort suitable for kids from the adults’ resort, suitable for couples and adults alike in search of peace and tranquillity.
In this way, they can differentiate the services that they offer and specifically aim to satisfy their audience in a better way, almost personalizing the service. Therefore if you have kids you can choose the HYATT ZIVA, which is actually located in Punta Cancun, 5 minutes walk to the night entertainments, but still repaired from the noise, so you can enjoy peace and tranquillity on one of the best stretch of beaches of Cancun. This is why if you wish to enjoy the nightlife in Cancun you should choose HYATT ZIVA. Another great perk at Ziva is that is located on a point where the beach makes a turn, it becomes surrounded with water, that turquoise water that we all imagine when we think about Caribbean sea.. exactly that one. And on top of that, the huge pool located right in the middle of the resort makes it even more fascinating… and fun!
However, if you are planning a romantic getaway far from the crowd and the city lights, HYATT ZILARA will be your perfect choice. Located far from the hustle and bustle of the nightlife and on a beautiful stretch of beach the hotel offers romantic rooms all with hot tub in each room and rose petals on the bed (at additional cost, by request). You can also ask the concierge to set up in-room dining and draw you a bubble bath with candlelight. It’s definitely the perfect getaway designed to pamper you and your special one. Zilara also offers a full day schedule for watersport and fitness activities to keep you fit and entertained.
Therefore it’s up to you now to pick the resort that best fits your needs. You will have a blast for sure!
I hope you will find this useful and you can check back anytime as I will be adding more hotels as soon as I check them out for you.
ON THE TOP PICTURES. The header picture is NIZUC Resort and Spa, taken from the deck, by myself, taking advantage of the only ray of sun I could glimpse during my stay. The main picture above the title is the beach of Ritz Carlton from one of the room. Taken by me during my short visit.
If you wish to book through your favorite agency or to browse through the other hotel options in Cancun you can find here below the links to all the agency I am working with:
FULL DISCLOSURE – Please note that this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you book through those links I will get a small commission from the provider, at no cost for you ( you would pay exactly the same as if you were booking directly) but you will help me to support this site. I really appreciate that.