The 10 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico for the Warm, Relaxing Vacation You Deserve
Whether you're searching for mouthwatering dining options, sprawling spas, or kid-friendly amenities, the best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico offer something for every traveler.
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In Mexico, you can go all in
All-inclusive resorts offer incredible value, making them an excellent and convenient pick for travelers of all ages. That’s because they fold accommodations, meals, beverages (often including alcohol!), activities, and gratuities into one fixed price. You’ll find everything you need—or want—right on-site, so you never have to leave the resort. And here’s some good news for sun worshippers: There are a ton of great all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, so you can vacation south of the border knowing your every whim will be met.
The country offers the same options you’d find at one of the many all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, but it has another draw: Its large size makes it relatively easy to get to from anywhere in the United States. People on the East Coast often flock to Riviera Maya and Cancún, while those on the West Coast typically visit Cabo San Lucas or Puerto Vallarta. Whether you’re looking for the best all-inclusive resorts for families, the best adults-only all-inclusive resorts, or the overall best all-inclusive resorts in the world, you’ll find a range of hotel picks to please everyone in your party.
Now’s the perfect time to head south. Mexico has always been a popular travel destination, but international tourism has grown exponentially over the past year—a 143 percent increase from July 2020—possibly because the COVID-19 vaccine revived the public’s willingness to travel. And tourism is expected to increase in 2022, thanks to an array of new hotel and entertainment offerings. So if you’re considering a vacation, skip the all-inclusive resorts in the United States and book a trip to Mexico. The best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico offer a prime beachfront location complete with an abundance of outdoor activities (yoga with a view, anyone?) and mouthwatering drinking and dining options in the form of multiple bars and restaurants. Complimentary nonmotorized boat rentals and hydrotherapy treatments are bonuses, as are in-suite Jacuzzis and private plunge pools.
How we chose the best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico
To find the best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, we weighed each property’s features and amenities and combed through reviews from people who’d been there, loved that. All of our picks have an average TripAdvisor rating of four stars, though most have between 4.5 and five stars.
While there are hundreds of all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, our top picks all needed to have a beautiful beachfront location (private beaches were a bonus). It’s worth noting, however, that while all of our final contenders are located on the beach, some of the water is not swimmable. Cabo San Lucas, for example, boasts beautiful beaches, but due to the Sea of Cortez’s strong waves, a majority of the beaches here are not ideal—nor safe—for swimming, surfing, or paddling.
On-site activities were also a must. Whether through cooking classes, beachfront yoga, or kayaking, our all-inclusive resort picks add value in the form of fun activities. Nightly entertainment, live music, and kids’ clubs were not requirements, but in our book, they are nice perks, which is why we were sure to highlight properties with these amenities too.
Best adults-only resort
El Dorado Casitas Royale by Karisma
El Dorado Casitas Royale by Karisma is an adults-only all-inclusive resort in Mexico that’s ideally situated between Cancún and Playa del Carmen. Each of the 205 suites at this resort is outfitted with in-room hot tubs, marble bathrooms, and comfy king-sized beds. Some accommodations offer swim-up access to the pool and lazy river, while others have private infinity pools. Plus, it’s nearly impossible to be bored here: When you’re not floating down the lazy river, taking a dip in one of the 14 pools, or relaxing by the beach, you can go parasailing, do a mescal tasting, or try your hand at cooking or cigar-rolling lessons. Tripadvisor reviewers rave about the 20-plus food and drink offerings, which include seven swim-up bars, a sushi restaurant, and a seafood-centric eatery overlooking the ocean.
- An abundance of on-site activities
- In-room hot tubs
- Small and rocky beach area, not ideal for swimming
Best resort for couples
Palafitos Overwater Bungalows
You don’t have to jet off to the Maldives to experience some of the world’s best overwater bungalows. In fact, the accommodations at Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma are just as stunning as the ones in the South Pacific. And with a location in Playa del Carmen, they’re just a short flight away from mainland United States. This romantic resort—which has a perfect five-star rating on Tripadvisor for its bespoke butler service and postcard-worthy surroundings—is a well-worth-it splurge for couples. All accommodations come complete with private infinity plunge pools, expansive balconies, glass-bottom flooring, and direct ocean access. We’d also be remiss not to mention the overwater restaurant (which is also complete with glass-bottom flooring) and an overwater spa.
- Stunning overwater bungalow accommodations complete with private pools and glass-bottom floors
- Private butler service
- High price tag (depending on the season and the bungalow, you might pay upwards of $3,600 per night)
Best for wellness-seekers
Palmaïa, The House of AïA
Those searching true, uninterrupted R&R should retreat to the 14-acre Palmaïa, The House of AïA. It has amassed a perfect five-star rating on Tripadvisor and is located on a private stretch of sand in Playacar (on the south side of Playa del Carmen), which is home to some of Riviera Maya’s best beaches. Among the best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, this luxury wellness retreat stands out for its Architects of Life programming, which includes an array of activities like meditation, yoga, and ancient ceremonies. The on-site Atlantis Spa is renowned for its serene, flora-filled surroundings, and the cabana-lined swimming pool is another highlight. Guests choose from five dining experiences, each of which has plant-based offerings, and have access to their own Nomadic Guides (aka private butlers), who cater to their every want and need.
- Beautiful private beach area
- Specially curated wellness offerings, from yoga to ancient rituals and beyond
- Private butler service
- While there’s a kids’ club, most amenities are more geared toward adults, so children may be bored.
Best for families of all ages
Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun
When it comes to family-friendly all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun has the competition beat. This one-of-a-kind resort has earned high marks on Tripadvisor for its excellent service and abundance of family-friendly amenities, ranging from chef-prepared baby food to children’s spa treatments and an expansive teen’s and tween’s club. While the kids are at play, grown-ups can indulge in activities like archery and tequila tastings. Alternatively, gather the family together and relax on a beachfront Bali bed between dips in the water. Cap off the night with a family bonfire. Your family will also have plenty of room to stretch out here: Suites start at a spacious 640 square feet, and all are equipped with marble bathrooms, a sitting/dining area, and private patios. Plus, the 16 bars and restaurants are sure to have something for even the pickiest of eaters.
- An array of on-site offerings for travelers of all ages
- Kids’ club and teen’s club
- 16 drinking and dining options
- Pool and beach cabanas can fill up quickly.
- Some restaurants require reservations in peak season.
Best for laid-back, tropical vibes
Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun
It’s always five o’clock at Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun, which scored a perfect five-star rating on Tripadvisor, thanks to its attentive staff and seemingly endless entertainment offerings. Whether guests are listening to live music, lounging in a beachfront cabana, sipping frozen cocktails, attending a pool party, or practicing yoga while overlooking the ocean, this all-inclusive resort in Mexico is always buzzing with excitement. After an action-packed, fun-filled day, seek serenity in one of the 148 guest rooms, which boast beachy-chic and nautical-inspired decor with plenty of white, cream, and blue accents. Or stop in the 8,000-square-foot St. Somewhere luxury spa, which offers an array of services (think mint melon mojito body treatment and coconut and cream massage) with a tropical vibe.
- Plenty of entertainment offerings, including yoga and pool parties
- Pristine, cabana-lined beach area that’s ideal for lounging
- The resort is renowned for its lively ambiance, so those in search of tranquility should consider staying elsewhere.
- Limited food options with just four restaurants
Best for families with young children
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya
Meet and greets with Nickelodeon characters, swim-up suites overlooking the ocean, and whimsical dining options galore: Find all this (and more) at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya. It’s most famous for its themed entertainment offerings and on-site water park, where you’ll find over 20 slides to zip down. The Kid’s Club, with its giant ball pit, crafts, cooking sessions, and live theater performances, is sure to put a smile on any child’s face. Six dining options are outfitted with special touches like interactive food displays, and many have Nickelodeon themes, including SpongeBob SquarePants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Most fun of all? Kids (and kids-at-heart) will get their chance to get slimed.
- Six-acre water park with more than 20 slides
- All suites have ocean views, swim-up access, and two bathrooms
- Fun themed activities and dining venues
- Kids can meet their favorite Nickelodeon characters
- You need to take a shuttle to get to the water park.
- Character breakfasts cost extra.
- Kid-centric theme may not appeal to adults without children
Best for large groups
Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Riviera Nayarit
Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa in Riviera Nayarit is a popular pick for larger groups—family reunions, girlfriend getaways, and the like—craving an upscale, all-inclusive getaway. Most of the 245 accommodations are apartment-style, with full kitchens, multiple bedrooms, pull-out beds, furnished terraces, and spacious dining areas. Choose the all-inclusive package—you have a choice between that and an accommodation-only booking—and you gain access to resort activities, nonmotorized sports, and unlimited use of hydrotherapy circuits at the 17,000-square-foot spa. You also get access to the restaurants and bars at the neighboring Villa del Palmar Flamingos. This property has garnered more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Tripadvisor, many of which note the calm, quiet ambiance and beautiful scenery.
- Apartment-style accommodations
- Most suites have fully equipped kitchens.
- 17,000-square-foot spa
- Most activities are located next door at sister property Villa del Palmar Flamingos
Best for dining options
Grand Velas Los Cabos
Foodies will appreciate a stay at Grand Velas Los Cabos, which ranks on Tripadvisor as the top-rated hotel in San Jose del Cabo on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Here, you can choose from seven dynamic eateries. Among our favorites is the multicourse tasting menu at Cocina de Autor, which is led by Michelin-starred chef Sidney Schutte. Frida (a Mexican eatery inspired by Frida Kahlo) and Lucca (an Italian restaurant that boasts more than 2,500 bottles of wine) are also not to be missed. Aside from the stylish eateries, you’ll find spacious suites—they start at 1,100 square feet—each with private balconies and ocean views. The majority of them also have private plunge pools. No stay here is complete without a visit to the 35,000-square-foot spa.
- Chic restaurants and innovative food offerings
- Sprawling suites
- Expansive spa
- Beach is beautiful but not swimmable
Best for privacy
Isla Mujeres Palace
Isla Mujeres Palace isn’t typical of all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. The 62-room property is located on the tiny island of Isla Mujeres, about a 20-minute ferry ride from Cancún. The island remains (mainly) under the radar and features unspoiled white-sand beaches. Each room here is equipped with a private balcony and a two-person tub. Doze under a hammock, then indulge in a romantic candlelit dinner or a rejuvenating massage. Since the resort is so small, you won’t have to fight for chairs by the pool or beach, and according to Tripadvisor reviewers, you’ll receive undivided attention from staff. The laid-back property also offers live shows, karaoke, and nonmotorized water sports.
- Virtually crowd free
- Quiet beach area
- Rooms feature two-person jacuzzis and private balconies
- Only one restaurant
- The property has a secluded, quiet ambiance, so those seeking excitement should stay elsewhere.
Best for budget travelers
El Cozumeleño Beach Resort
This 251-room resort is located along the beaches of Cozumel. The all-inclusive package offers incredible value: In addition to food and drink (the property is home to two restaurants and five bars), your rate also includes access to four pools, a kids’ club, and a private beach. Extra perks, like nonmotorized water sports, bike tours, and mini-golf, are complimentary too. Meanwhile, the accommodations are clean and comfortable, with ocean views and furnished balconies. Plus, Tripadvisor reviewers agree that El Cozumeleño Beach Resort‘s best feature is its friendly staff.
- Private beach ideal for swimming and snorkeling
- Budget-friendly rates (from $100 per night, depending on the season)
- Includes a handful of amenities like a kids’ club, bike tours, and nonmotorized water sports
- This is an older resort, so furnishings and in-room amenities aren’t totally up to date (don’t expect flat-screen TVs or in-room minibars)