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As Mexico’s largest tourism destination, Cancun is dotted with dozens of hotels that fit every taste, budget and vacation style. And while the ever-popular all-inclusive concept is a perennial favorite with families looking for value and convenience, this sun-soaked city is home to several noteworthy properties that cater solely to grown-ups.
Here are five worth considering — and you don’t even have to leave the Cancun Hotel Zone to find them.
Coral Level at Iberostar Selection CancunAdults craving all the trappings of a large-scale resort but still want to be able to retreat to a quieter, kid-free area will do well at Coral Level, the adults-only section of Iberostar Selection Cancun. Guests can make use of the main resort’s amenities including an 18-hole championship golf course, 10 swimming pools, a sizeable spa, a fitness center, a diving center, a soccer field and courts for tennis, basketball and volleyball. They can also dine at multiple restaurants throughout the property and make use of Coral Level’s own adults-only restaurant, pool, bars and beach area.
Grand Oasis Sens CancunThe upscale entry for adults in the Oasis Hotels & Resorts portfolio, Grand Oasis Sens Cancun has a spa and multiple restaurants that serve cuisine ranging from Mediterranean delicacies to gourmet seafood and Mexican-Japanese fusion. Guests here also enjoy access to the extensive entertainment programs at the adjacent Grand Oasis Cancun, including Kinky nightclub and performances by the Cirque-du-Soleil-style Red Circus. Those who want to head off property can make use of the hotel’s eye-catching fleet of two-passenger Smart Cars.
Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun Following a recent multimillion-dollar renovation, the 371-room Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun is positioned as a reliable and attractive choice for adults looking for a traditional all-inclusive experience with some upscale touches that can appeal to a variety of age groups. Guests can personalize their experience using an in-room aromatherapy menu and relax in any of seven swimming pools. The hotel’s newest restaurant, InLaa Kech (which means “you are my other me,” a Maya greeting), specializes in traditional Mexican dishes paired with an extensive wine menu.
Le Blanc Spa Resort CancunFollowing a multimillion-dollar renovation, Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun recently emerged as an even better version of what had already been the top-of-the-line flagship of the Palace Resorts portfolio. A revamped lobby and elegantly redesigned rooms are among the upgrades, while an even stronger emphasis on fine dining is evident at new on-site venues such as Bell, an Italian restaurant, and Yama, which focuses on contemporary Japanese cuisine. The sizable spa continues to be a big draw, while more active guests can play 27 holes of golf at the Moon Spa & Golf Club.
Secrets The Vine CancunThe name of this AAA Four Diamond resort, part of the AMResorts portfolio, was inspired by one of its specialties: wine. Guests can sample the hotel’s extensive menu of varietals during tasting and pairing sessions and learn bartender secrets at mixology classes. Accommodations include spacious suites with stunning, high-rise beach views, and those looking for extra amenities can reserve Preferred Club accommodations, which include access to a VIP lounge and concierge service as well as an exclusive swimming pool. From July through December, the property invites guests to participate in a turtle release program.
Temptation Cancun Resort Party-minded adults are the prime target audience for this 430-room resort, which recently completed a major renovation. A randy vibe permeates the property, with topless-optional areas, pole dancing classes and themed festivities every night of the week at BASH nightclub, including themes such as “superheroes,” “angels and devils” and “lingerie lounge.” The property also offers packages that include parties for bachelorettes, weddings and divorces. Part of the Original Group portfolio, which also owns Desire Resorts & Cruises, the Temptation brand is expanding into the cruise market with a Caribbean cruise that departs from Tampa in February.