Amazing All-Inclusives in Mexico

These superconvenient resorts come in all sizes and price points. Here's how to find one that suits you to a T.
By: 
Sharon Boone

There’s a lot to love about vacationing at an all-inclusive resort: activities galore, tons of entertainment and always available meals. Then there’s the recession-proof pricing, which means you know exactly how much your entire trip will cost before you leave home, making it much easier to stick to your budget. And who doesn’t love the idea of having no money worries while on vacay? There are some drawbacks: Paying for everything upfront may mean that you spend most of your time on property, in order to feel that you’ve gotten your money’s worth. And sometimes you may encounter hidden charges, often called “resort fees,” so it makes sense to choose your hotel carefully. We’ve got several great options in the land south of the border that will fit your personality and wallet.

For Laid-back Lovers

All you want out of a resort is a lounge chair by the pool, a cool drink with an umbrella and some peace and quiet to enjoy each other’s company.

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Inside Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

Property Picks The adults-only, all-inclusive romantic resort Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is set between beautiful Maroma Beach (hailed as one of the world’s best) and 500 acres of lush rain forest—a perfect spot for relaxation. With 412 suites, the property is megasized, but details and personal touches, like 24-hour room service, four-poster king-size beds and Jacuzzis for two in every room help guests feel pampered. And if the understated decor, 13 pools, six restaurants and bars and beautiful ocean views aren’t enough to promote calm, you can always book a signature one-hour massage at the breezy sea-view spa (secretsresorts.com/maroma).

Amid the hubbub of Cancun, the year-old Excellence Playa Mujeres is an oasis of tranquility. Since the all-inclusive romantic resort is situated on a secluded two-mile stretch of powdery white-sand beach, the party atmosphere of Cancun feels a million miles away. And it’s adults-only, with swim-up suites and an array of pools and Jacuzzis; each enormous guest room has an indoor/outdoor soaking tub. You can also opt for a two-story junior suite, with a private beach area and pool with comfy lounge furniture set on the shoreline of the blue Caribbean. To get around the hotel property, you can choose to recline on floats that move down a lazy river—heavenly!—which winds through the pool area. The Excellence Playa Mujeres resort sits within a gated community that boasts an inland marina, a fantastic spa and an 18-hole championship golf course, all of which are available to hotel guests (excellence-resorts.com).

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Paradise found at El Dorado Royale in the Riviera Nayarit

Romance is in the air at the El Dorado Royale, an all-suite romantic resort in the upscale Riviera Maya. Each room features a Jacuzzi, a pillow menu and a private terrace with daybed and hammock. You can request rose petals to be scattered on the bed and an aromatic bath to be drawn in the fit-for-two soaking tub. And of course you’ll want to linger over a private candlelit dinner on the beach, complete with live mariachis. For an even more exclusive stay, book a room in the El Dorado Casitas Royale, a 170-room adults-only romantic resort within a resort. Choose among the swim-up rooms, which sit on the resort’s lazy river or the infinity pool suites, situated on the edge of the seemingly endless expanse of water. Wherever you stay you’ll enjoy lounging on an oversize oceanfront balcony, snuggling in the Jacuzzi and getting wet in the sexy but private outdoor shower. Your room will also be equipped with a special open-air marble-lined shower in the luxurious bathroom (karismahotels.com).
 



Know Before You Go
by Brenda Fine


Some resorts have tweaked the basic all-inclusive formula, and the results are a little less, well, inclusive. Extra fees may be added for certain activities, meals and services; for example, it is rare for expensive sports like scuba and golf to be included in the single tariff, and many properties charge “membership fees” to use the spa and fitness center. At some resorts, house wines and beer are included, but other spirits are not. And often surcharges are applied to à la carte dining options (usually no more than $25 per person). So before booking, ask about specific activities and amenities.