Cancun area – Oddball’s Favorite Things at Resorts

Cancun consists of the hotel zone (central), Playa Mujeres to the north, and the Riviera Maya to the south.

Below are our photos and opinions from the all-inclusive resorts we have visited...

“Have you been there?” Yes! Oddball has recently visited these resorts in Cancun area. And we’re sharing a few of our photos and things we liked best about each resort. We travel to learn about the resorts so that we can help you find the ideal resort for your vacation! Ask us about these resorts, and others not listed here. Want more info? Email Cassie at cassie@oddballescapes.com for more information!

Excellence Riviera Cancun (Riviera Maya)

Overview. This adults-only luxury resort is designed so that everything is close to the beach or offers a relaxing tropical pool view.

Hyatt Zilara Cancun (hotel zone)

Overview. An adults-only resort located in Cancun’s hotel zone, featuring all suites, and the best part is that they ALL face the ocean!

El Dorado Casitas (Riviera Maya)

Overview. An adults-only resort with a luxury stamp-of-approval and a very unique “bungalow” design. Each room is called a “casita.”

Secrets Akumal (Riviera Maya)

Overview. This adults-only resort is ideally located about 20 minutes north of Tulum, and provides an upscale all-inclusive experience.

Dreams Playa Mujeres (north of Cancun)

Overview. A family-friend resort located in the gated community of Playa Mujeres, where adults can visit the Secrets resort next door.

Royalton Riviera Cancun (Riviera Maya)

Overview. A family-friendly resort located in the northern stretch of the Riviera Maya area, with the luxury stamp-of-approval for families.

Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun (Riviera M.)

Overview. An adults-only resort located within the larger Royalton resort – you have full access to enjoy the facilities at Royalton as well.

TRS Coral Costa Mujeres (north of Cancun)

Overview. An adults-only resort located in Costa Mujeres, with full access to the connecting resort Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres.

Secrets The Vine Cancun (hotel zone)

Overview. An adults-only resort located in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone, this is one of the tallest buildings in the area at 18 stories high!

Dreams Natura (Riviera Maya)

Overview. This compact family-friendly resort in the Riviera Maya doesn’t require much walking, but has plenty of fun features & amenities!

Valentin Imperial Maya (Riviera Maya)

Overview. This adults-only resort is designed to reflect a true Mexican Hacienda, tucked into the natural landscape of the Riviera Maya.

Atelier Playa Mujeres (north of Cancun)

Overview. An adults-only resort surrounded by a beautiful golf course, blending contemporary Mexican architecture in a natural scenery.

Secrets Playa Mujeres (north of Cancun)

Overview. An adults-only resort located in the gated community of Playa Mujeres, with access to the Dreams resort located next door.

Excellence Playa Mujeres (north of Cancun)

Overview. A luxury adults-only resort located in the gated community of Playa Mujeres, with fantastic access to the beach and ocean.

Hotel Xcaret Mexico (Riviera Maya)

Overview. Built into the natural landscape, this resort offers premium accommodations that let you truly escape from your daily life. 

Hyatt Ziva Cancun (hotel zone)

Overview. This family-friendly resort sits directly on the “point” of Cancun’s hotel zone, and provides options for families of all sizes.

Dreams Riviera Cancun (Riviera Maya)

Overview. A family-friendly resort for all ages, with a beautiful central courtyard featuring the pool, beach, and entertainment.

Sandos Caracol (Riviera Maya)

Overview. This family-friendly resort is built into the surrounding natural landscape, and located on the northern edge of Playa del Carmen.

Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres (north of Cancun)

Overview. This family-friendly resort is located in Costa Mujeres, and features a very large, very modern concept.

Secrets Maroma Beach (Riviera Maya)

Overview. This adults-only luxury resort is ideally situated on Maroma Beach, an award-winning white-sand beach in the Riviera Maya.

El Dorado Maroma (Riviera Maya)

Overview. An adults-only resort with only 157 suites provides a relaxing, intimate atmosphere perfect for couples.

El Dorado Palafitos @ Maroma (Riviera Maya)

Overview. Located at the El Dorado Maroma resort, the Palafitos are over-the water bungalow retreats exclusively for adults-only.

Unico 20 87 (Riviera Maya)

Overview. An adults-only resort located in the southern end of the Riviera Maya, not too far from Tulum.

The Fives Oceanfront (Riviera Maya)

Overview. A boutique hotel refuge on the edge of Puerto Morelos, a charming beach community located in the Riviera Maya.

El Dorado Royale (Riviera Maya)

Overview. An adults-only resort offering an intimate getaway perfect for couples, especially celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary.

Hard Rock Riviera Maya

Overview. With its signature decor, this resort has both a family-friendly and adults-only side plenty of space along the beach.

The Fives Beach (Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya)

Overview. With 2 family-friendly sections, you can choose the Beach experience or the Residences experience, both with their own vibe.

Golden Parnassus Cancun (hotel zone)

Overview. An adults-only hotel located in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone, that offers budget-friendly rates with a great beach & ocean.

Panama Jack Cancun

Overview. A family-friendly resort with a terrific beachfront location, perfect for budget-friendly families looking for an informal vacation.

Hard Rock Cancun (hotel zone)

Overview. A family-friendly resort in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone, with a lively upbeat vibe and featuring their signature memorabilia.

Generations Riviera Maya

Overview. A family-friendly resort located in the Riviera Maya that has the luxury stamp-of-approval with a yummy all-gourmet concept.

Iberostar Paraíso - The Grand (Riviera Maya)

Overview. With 5 resorts on this large complex, I recommend The Grand for adults-only, with full access to the rest of the complex.

Iberostar Paraíso - Maya + Lindo (Riviera Maya)

Overview. With 5 resorts on this complex located in the Riviera Maya, I recommend either the Maya or the Lindo sections for families.

Catalonia Costa Mujeres (north of Cancun)

Overview. A family-friendly resort with a modern vibe that features two main courtyards, each with their own large pool.

Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya

Overview. Perfect for young families looking for a lush tropical setting without sacrificing classy décor & adult attention to detail. 

Dreams Sands Cancun (hotel zone)

Overview. A family-friendly resort located in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone, that typically is very budget-friendly.

Panama Jack Playa del Carmen (Riviera Maya)

Overview. This family-friendly resort has vintage travel-themed décor, modern rooms, and is in a prime location to Playa del Carmen.

Estudio Playa Mujeres (north of Cancun)

Overview. A family-friendly resort that is connected to the Atelier (no exchange privileges) located in Playa Mujeres.

Cirque du Soleil Joya

Overview. I LOVE Cirque du Soleil shows and this one did NOT disappoint! Located about a half hour south of the airport.

Overview. The namesake park by Xcaret, here you can experience Mexican culture, nature, and a touch of adventure all in 1 park.

Overview. One of the famous parks by Xcaret, Xplor is for those you love adventure and want a day filled with active experiences.

Woodward Riviera Maya

Overview. A world-class facility featuring a skate park, a BMX park, trampolines, jumps, and more! Designed for all skill levels.

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