Your All Inclusive Mexico Vacation:
The Best Hidden Resorts
Planning your all inclusive Mexico vacation? Don’t want the usual?
Aside from mainstream resorts, there are a handful of really excellent off-the-beaten-path all inclusive resorts in smaller areas that are worth looking into.
Note: when planning all inclusive trips to Mexico, these areas are out-of-the-way. Be prepared for longer airport transfers to and from these resorts, as they’re located outside of Cancun.
Here’s our favourite hidden away Mexican vacation spots…
PUERTO MORELOS Resorts
A fishing village and resort town about 20 minutes south of Cancun on Mexico's Maya Riviera, Puerto Morelos has still avoided the tourist masses. The beach here is fine soft sand, with warm water (usually about 27C), and if you love to snorkel, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is just 500 meters offshore.
Azul Beach Hotel
- If you’re looking for an all inclusive Mexico vacation with the kids, this is an out-of-the-way resort to consider.
A smaller resort that’s easy to get around, you’ll like that feature with kids. Rooms are average, not spectacular, but are comfortable and quiet and well sound-proofed. Two on-site restaurants offer good service and good food. Staff try to cater to children’s needs, which is nice. Resort is set on a very nice beach complete with Beach Butlers to serve you.
ISLA MUJERES Resorts
This quiet, small island is located just off of Cancun, 20 minutes by ferry, and could be one of Mexico’s best kept secrets. The beaches here are quiet, uncrowded and gorgeous... with coconut palms!
Catch the ferry from the Puerto Juárez Dock, 5 minutes from downtown Cancun. Once you get there, go cheap (and fun) by renting a scooter to get around the island. There are small hotels and a handful of all inclusive resorts.
At the southern tip of the island, you might enjoy a day adventure at
Garrafon Natural Reef Park
where you can zipline, swim with dolphins and more.
Isla Mujeres Palace
- (adults only) with only 60 rooms, this is your resort if you value privacy. Excellent service from staff and nice pools. Rooms are clean and very modern, however you might want to be specific when booking and ask for a room facing the back (ocean/pool views) which will be slightly more expensive but worth it. Bonus: each room has a Jacuzzi tub! Although limited dining (one on-site restaurant), the food is good to slightly above average.
As this is an island resort, bring cash for the ferry and short taxi ride to the resort, which is NOT included in your all inclusive cost. Note: the “Cancun party boat” docks next to this resort property at night and you might get hear some noise from that.
Book this all inclusive Mexico vacation resort through
but you may have to call their toll-free number to book as this resort doesn’t appear on their web site (it's a hidden gem!)
Hotel Villa Rolandi
- (adults only) - is a romantic, all inclusive mexico vacation your theme? This could quite possibly be one of Mexico’s best hidden gems!
We love this quiet, small, and romantic resort. Rooms are spotless and modern, and if you get a view room, it is simply spectacular. Bonus: each room has a Jacuzzi on the private balcony. Although the resort has a very small beach, if you’re a pool person there are awesome pools here overlooking the Caribbean. As for food, you’ll get generous portions, above average dishes and superb service everywhere, all the time.
Between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Akumal (which means "a place of turtles"), is a much smaller resort area with a good selection of modest, all-inclusive resorts and stunning white sand beaches.
Clear water makes for excellent snorkeling and diving. From June to November, head out at night with a flashlight to watch sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach.
While there are a few, smaller all-inclusive resorts on the bays of Akumal, most of the construction has been in the form of small hotels, condos, and villas.
Gran Bahia Principe Akumal
- this family friendly all inclusive Mexico vacation resort is actually one of three sister resorts on the same property. As it’s large, be prepared to walk a few minutes to get to some amenities. Trams (fun for kids) and bikes are available for transportation.
Set on a spectacularly large, private beach, you'll easily find your own private spot. Grounds are beautiful. Clean rooms (although a bit dated). Service is good overall. Food can be hit and miss, but any of the Mexican fare seems to be the best. Take a stroll over to the sister resort, the Gran Bahia Coba, and try their buffets, which are good.
NOTE: Flying into Cancun, prepare for about a 2 hour transfer from the airport to this resort.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN Resorts
Playa del Carmen is building up as an all inclusive mexico vacation destination, but there are still some great hideaway resorts.
Downtown Playa del Carmen is definitely a cultural experience not to miss, and has a reputation for being safe for tourists.
NOTE: If you end up staying in this area, check out a day tour with
as they come highly rated by travelers. Good pricing and really interesting tours offered.
Playa Maya Hotel
- Although NOT an all inclusive Playa del Carmen resort, if you’re open to alternative lodging, this is probably one of its best hidden resorts. This semi-isolated hotel sits on a great piece of beach. Incredible ocean views, excellent service, and quiet. Rooms are not luxury, but are clean. In terms of value (and convenience), it's a good pick: 5 minutes from shopping, restaurants and nightlife in downtown Playa del Carmen.
Rooms vary: economy, to kitchenette rooms to deluxe rooms. Each room has a small stocked refrigerator. Hot breakfast included (bacon, eggs, pancakes…)
Hope our guide to the best hidden away gems for your all inclusive Mexico vacation was useful! Enjoy your trip to this beautiful region.
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