Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a tremendous blend of postcard beaches, artifacts of ancient Mayan life, and perfect weather year-round. This ever-popular destination is known for everything from spring break insanity to rustic electricity-free seaside towns. The Yucatan offers so much for so many different tastes; it may just be one of the best destinations to delight everyone in your travel party.
1. Hard Rock Cancun
For those wanting to spend your getaway right in Cancun, a stay at the Hard Rock Cancun will give you access to the classic Cancun experience with a bit of an edge. This all-inclusive resort is fantastic for groups and families who want to be in the action and enjoy some serious nightlife. Nightly theme parties and shows, plus tremendous service and a music-driven experience, will make you feel like you’re really getting the rock star treatment right alongside the excitement of the city.
2. Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita
South of Cancun you can kick back in the luxury of wellness-focused Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita, and enjoy your stay in one of their expansive ocean-front suites complete with private terraces. Nestled in a protected park with the reef just offshore, you’ll spend your days relaxing in their enormous spa or venturing out on a complimentary catamaran sail. They’ve perfected the holistic resort experience, so you’ll be sure to find your Zen and spark some romance in just a few blissful days.
3. El Dorado Maroma
Another favorite is El Dorado Maroma. They provide an exclusive adults-only experience that will be the perfect fit whether you’re looking for a romantic honeymoon suite or a lavish 10,500 square foot villa that would make the ideal home away from home for a larger group. And with only 128 suites, it’s a guaranteed intimate experience.
Both Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita and El Dorado Marmora have recently been named as two of Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 20 Mexican resorts.
4. Azul Fives
Azul Fives in Playa del Carmen provides a great balance of amenities for the whole family. There is a myriad of activities to keep your kids and teens active and happy, including unique spa services for the little ones to create a “mommy and me” day that they’ll never forget. Five pools, beachfront massages, and scuba trips will keep you busy, and babysitting services will give you a chance to have some alone time, whether at one of their decadent restaurants, lounging in a swim-up bar, or dancing the night away downtown.
5. Dreams Tulum
And for those who want to avoid the party atmosphere and truly unwind, the small but colorful town of Tulum in the southern Yucatan beckons those looking for a change of pace. The eco-friendly Dreams Tulum sits on a sprawling white sand beach that stretches for miles. With close proximity to the only seaside Mayan ruins in Mexico and complementary greens fees at the Riviera Maya Golf Club, it’s hard not to be swept away.
The Yucatan has long been known for its superb beauty, but is now recognized as one of the world’s best places to combine the sights with outstanding service and lavish all-inclusive resorts. Whether it’s a destination wedding, honeymoon, family vacation, cruise, or just a simple getaway that brings you to Mexico’s glimmering Caribbean beaches, you are sure to find a place here that fits your perfect balance of ‘thrill’ and ‘tranquil’.