Nowadays it seems like Caribbean all-inclusive resorts are getting a bad rap. What couples don’t know however is that there is a new breed of all-inclusive amenities which offer top tier extras like gourmet meals, 24/7 room service, plush rooms — even plunge pools and stellar spas.
Here are four all-inclusive resorts in Mexico that we feel truly stand above the rest.
Live Aqua – Cancun
The talcum-soft sand blends seamlessly into the white hotel behind it, just like the infinity-edge pool appears to empty into the Caribbean. Sleek serenity is the vibe at Live Aqua, an adults-only all-inclusive. Consider this: each room comes with its own zen garden, an aromatherapy kit featuring Live Aqua’s custom scents, and a pillow menu. If you’re not totally relaxed after that, head over to Aka bar. A sampling of the local tequilas should do the trick.
Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal – Riviera Maya, Mexico
Lose yourself in the impressive natural areas, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of the glorious Mayan jungle. Set directly in front of a sprawling .93 mi stretch of beach with turquoise waters, white sand, and rocky reefs, the resort spills into a three-hotel complex, so you enjoy more pools, bars and restaurants. Other features to help you bounce back from the wedding planning process include an amazing golf course, rejuvenating and relaxing hydrotherapy spa and colonial style rooms with ample amenities including toiletry kits, stocked minibars (with top-shelf liquor), butler service, and a pillow menu.
Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas – Cabo, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas is known for many things. Honeymooners make the trek to Lover’s Beach, a cinematic stretch of sand at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. (The Pacific side, where the waves crash violently into the rocks, is known as Divorce Beach.) Anglers come to Marlin Alley to hook billfish. Whatever’s on your Cabo wish list, Riu Palace puts you in the perfect spot.
Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita – Riviera Maya, Mexico
Blending ancient Maya rituals with modern amenities and a host of thoughtful touches (from private chauffeured airport transfers to free in-room international calling), AAA five-diamond Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita appeals to couples in search of low-key extravagance. In the 90 Zen-like suites accented with local handicrafts and antiques, find perks like sunken tubs, espresso machines, and bars stocked with wine, champagne and tequila. Recover from wedding-planning stress at the spa, the first in North America to be certified by the International Thalassotherapy Federation.