Best Hotels in Cancun 2023: All-Inclusive, Five-Star & Spa Resorts

You search for the best hotels in Cancun ends here. If you first discovered Cancun while watching an old-school episode of ‘The Hills’, you’ll know that – among other things – it’s the party capital of Mexico. But while Cancun is a favourite amongst spring breakers, and best known for its forever-burgeoning nightlife scene, it’s also the beating heart of the Yucatan peninsula, offering ~so~ much more than just parties for discerning travellers and wellness buffs willing to dig a little deeper.

Cancun has an abundance of white sand beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see (think: Tortugas Beach, Las Perlas, Playa Mujeres, El Mirador, Costa Mujeres, Playa Cahac Mol and Playa Maroma) as well as gorgeous weather and warm; friendly locals who are endlessly willing to welcome you in with open arms.

If you’re a fan of Mexican food and margaritas (who isn’t), then you’ll be in some wonderful kind of heaven in Cancun (which is absolutely brimming with incredible restaurants, bars and taquerias). Whether you’re looking for a romantic fine-dining restaurant, a gastronomic degustation experience or a hole in the wall burrito joint, Cancun overdelivers.

Nature lovers will enjoy jungle tours of the Nichupte lagoon, swimming the cenotes of the Riviera Mayathe and scuba diving or snorkelling in some of the most colourful reefs in the world. Case in point: Isla Mujeres, found along the coast of Quintana Roo, which is one of the most popular diving spots on the island. And those who want to get their heart pumping can even swim with whale sharks, who congregate in the waters surrounding Isla Holbox and Cozumel at certain times of year.

The Xel-Há water park is an incredible natural water park that is great for families and big groups (laze in a literal lazy river, while flowing through the waters of the Yucatan Peninsula), while the Palapas Park in downtown Cancun gives you an authentic look into Mexican culture away from the glitz of the hotel zone.

As for where to stay? Scroll our edit of the most stylish hotels in Cancun for girls’ holidays, families, solo trips and holidays with your OH: from mega luxury resorts and incredible beachfront resorts to boutique hotels, luxury hotels, all-inclusive hotels, adults-only hotels and family-friendly resorts.

Ahead, our full list of editor-approved hotels in Cancun.