All-inclusive resorts in Mexico are a dime a dozen. The buzz of blenders might as well be the national anthem. So how to do you dodge the overcrowded joints touting all-you-can-eat guac and endless games of pool volleyball?. You heed our recommendations, because we’ve found the hidden gems. We’ve discovered the best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, including a boutique hotel adjacent to a tequila distillery and another with a spa built inside of a cenote.
While international travel requirements remain somewhat convoluted for the time being, due to COVID-19, a trip to Mexico is an easy-to-acquire passport stamp. Also, the country offers just about any type of vacation you’re looking for. You can relax on the beach in a hammock; discover and sample rare tequilas; or scuba dive in the Sea of Cortez, a place with such diverse marine life that Jacques Cousteau referred to it as “the world’s aquarium.”
If a vacation to Mexico is on deck, here are eight remarkable all-inclusives with thoughtful designs and amenities worth building your itinerary around.
Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico to Book Now
1. Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Where: Riviera Maya
Skip the frenzied Cancun hotel zone and slip away to a zen, luxe retreat at Banyan Tree Mayakoba. Coming off a $50 million expansion, Banyan Tree added beachfront pool suites and a beach club outfitted with an ocean-facing infinity pool that blurs the horizon with a raw bar. This high-end hideout is nestled between a lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. That means there’s a beach to laze on, but you can also hop on a boat and meander through a maze of Venice-style waterways shaded by leafy mangrove forests.
Chef Alfonso de la Dehesa is one of a few chefs in Mexico who’s certified as a sustainable fisherman. While the Spanish chef is known for his paella; try his Neapolitan-style pizza, too, which is served at the hotel’s Sands Beach Club. He tested 300 pizzas before landing on the just-right recipe for his pie. Design-wise, Banyan Tree rooms are built with earthy slabs of chukum (a limestone-based stucco) and tropical woods juxtaposed with marble. If you can wait until early 2022, the resort will be debuting over-the-water lagoon villas.