Mexico’s Beaches, All-Inclusive Resorts and Luxury Hotels

From Cancun down through the Riviera Maya on the Caribbean side of the country and over to Acapulco and the Baja Peninsula on the Pacific Coast, Mexico’s beaches are awash in all-inclusive resorts and luxury accommodations.

Overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, Cancun’s powdery white beaches have made it one of Mexico’s premier destinations. If it’s elegance you want, check into one of the 365-rooms at the Ritz Carlton Cancun where you can indulge in a luxurious treatment at the Kayanta Spa; dine in Fatino or the Club Grille, two of the top-rated fine dining establishments in North America; or learn to create your own gastronomic masterpieces in the Viking Culinary Center on-site.

For an all-inclusive experience in Cancun, Le Blanc Spa Resort is an adults-only hotel where reservations include all meals and drinks as well as a $1,500 resort credit that can be used for spa treatments at the resort or off-site for tours, golf or other recreation options.

Riviera Maya

Stretching south from Cancun down to Belize, the Riviera Maya is snuggled between the wilds of the Yucatan’s jungle and the waters of the Caribbean. Five-star luxury can be found 20 minutes outside of Playa del Carmen at Esencia, a boutique hotel with only 29 suites. The former home of a European duchess is now an intimate resort featuring personalized butler service, modern amenities and elegant rustic cuisine, all on one of the region’s most mesmerizing beaches.

The Gran Bahia Principe Resort is an all-inclusive option for the whole family. Just a short drive south of the village of Akumal, the sprawling resort actually consists of three five-star accommodations: the Gran Bahia Principe Akumal, the Gran Bahia Principe Tulum and the Gran Bahia Principe Coba. Guests are welcome to make use of the facilities at all three resorts, excluding the restaurants and kids clubs.


Called the “Pearl of the Pacific,” Acapulco is known for its sheltered harbor, cliff divers and long, sandy white beaches. The Banyan Tree Cabo Marques is perched on stilts overlooking the Pacific in the exclusive Punta Diamante area. Each of the Banyan Tree’s 45 villas includes a private, heated pool and is decorated in Asian decor mixed with Mexican artwork.

The all-inclusive Park Royal Acapulco sits on Playa del Secreto, a secluded beach with views of Acapulco Bay and a 15-minute drive from downtown. The hotel is in a fashionable residential area, and access to the beach is only available through the hotel. Guests also have access to three restaurants, one snack bar, three lounges and two swimming pools.

Baja Peninsula

On Mexico’s west coast, the Baja Peninsula is bordered by the crashing waves of the Pacific on one side and the azure water of the Sea of Cortez on the other. While the bulk of the desert peninsula remains undeveloped, Los Cabos is rapidly expanding. However, if you’re looking for privacy, the One & Only Palmilla on the tip of the peninsula offers a luxurious hideaway far from prying eyes. Each of the secluded guestrooms comes with the discreet services of a personal butler, and a private yacht is available to take guests on a personalized cruise.

If golf is your game, Melia Cabo Real offers an all-inclusive option in Los Cabos. Guests can hit the greens on the world-class Cabo Real Championship Golf Course in the morning and then take a dip in the Sea of Cortez.

Whether you’re on the Pacific side or the Caribbean, all-inclusive and luxury accommodations make for a perfect Mexico beach vacation.