Cancun coastline in Mexico

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Dreaming of a dream vacation? Whether you want an adults-only getaway or one for the whole family, all-inclusive resorts are an ideal option. Mexico is a well-known destination for world-class properties with nearly endless amenities. But with so many to choose from, it can be tough to pick one of the best Mexico all-inclusive resorts. A tip? Choosing a beachfront location may be your best bet. 

That’s because a study showed that going to blue places like the beach, where you’re surrounded by turquoise waters, uplifts your mood. Researchers with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health studied the benefits of different environments on mood and found that short walks near water are especially helpful. So, the best way to combat the blues is to spend time in blue spaces. Like at one of Mexico’s all-inclusive oceanfront resorts.

And if you have kids, traveling as a family might be a great idea. Summer days by the beach as a child promote better well-being decades later, according to fascinating new research. Across 18 different countries, researchers found that adults with better mental health were more likely to have spent time playing in and around coastal and inland waters as children.

So, your vacation may offer more than just the opportunity to relax and recharge. And if you want to head to one of the most beautiful places in the world, look no further than the list of the best Mexico all-inclusive resorts. We searched 11 expert websites for the five most-recommended options. Let us know in the comments if you’ve been before! We want to know just how amazing it is to stay in all-inclusive style.

The List: Top 5 Mexico All-Inclusive Resorts, According To Travel Experts

1. Grand Velas Los Cabos

Mexico’s numerous all-inclusive resorts span the country. Those that take the top spots in the Best All-Inclusive Resorts rankings impress guests with state-of-the-art amenities like in-suite Jacuzzis, fine dining establishments and swimming pools with swim-up bars, as well as additional on-site facilities, including fitness centers and full-service spas.” With this said, U.S. News gives the top honor to Grand Velas.

This resort is a great choice for families. Vincent Vacations says, “The AAA Diamond Award recipient resort since 2010 boasts top dining options, a world-class spa and a perfect choice for upscale families seeking adventure and/or relaxation.” 

Foodies will also love this resort, according to Travel and Leisure: “Grand Velas offers a gourmet all-inclusive experience in Los Cabos. Meals range from 10-course tastings to poolside ceviche, so there’s something for every taste and occasion (and premium beverages are included, too). There’s also a kids’ club, teens’ club, fitness center, pool, and beach concierge, so guests of all ages can have a fun vacation.”

2. Casa Velas

“Casa Velas is one of the boutique-sized all-inclusive adult-only resorts in Mexico. The intimate property in Marina Vallarta is a seashell’s toss away from Puerto Vallarta, and the most exclusive adult-only all-inclusive in the area. Casa Velas has a lush garden setting with an oversized pool. It’s not right on the beach so guests are whisked by shuttle to their private beach club, a 2-minute ride away,” Wandering Carol’s writes.

Thrillist ranks this as a top choice, and here’s why: “When you slip behind the gates of this luxury, adults-only resort, you’ll feel like you’ve left the booming bass of downtown far away. Tucked within the swanky Marina Vallarta, Casa Velas only has 80 rooms, so you can rest assured that while the party rages on the Malecón, it won’t follow you back to the hotel. Instead, you’ll find expansive rooms — some with private hot tubs or plunge pools.”

3. Hotel Xcaret Mexico

HGTV is impressed by the amenities of this property: “This adults-only, all-inclusive Hotel XCaret resort has earned rave reviews for its great food, attentive staff and access to beautiful parks on top of the endless activities from kayaking to snorkeling available at the resort itself.” 

Tripadvisor ranks this resort as their “#1 Best Value” because of reviews speaking highly about food, service, transportation and more. A top review states, “The best all-inclusive hotel in Mexico, excellent staff service, delicious meals, amazing gourmet restaurants [and] wonderful to have buses going and coming back from the parks all day long!” 

4. Excellence Playa Mujeres

Jetsetter recommends this resort for an excellent stay: “Those looking to get away from the action will do well by the adults-only Excellence Playa Mujeres. Guests are welcomed with chilled towels and flutes of champagne, rooms have marble floors and pillow menus, beachside service is second to none, and there are ten restaurants to satisfy your appetite, whether that’s for paella and tapas or lobster. What we love most: there’s a swim-up suite that you can actually access via the main pool and a two-story villa, which comes with its own pool on the roof.” 

“A half hour north of the Cancun airport, in a gated community on its own sugary stretch of sand, sits one of Cancun’s top resorts. The adults-only, all-suite resort has seven pools and lazy rivers that weave around its tropical gardens. Five of the pools are heated, and four independent hot-water Jacuzzis can be found throughout the property, as well. Guests can take advantage of the on-property activities, like snorkeling, sailing, paddleboarding, yoga, Spanish lessons, and more,” PlanetWare writes.

5. Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa

According to Savored Journeys, “Pueblo Bonito Pacifica is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a resort free from college kids and rowdy parties. If you’re seeking extra attentiveness, you can opt for a room in the Towers, which includes a personal butler. Unwind at the on-site Armonia Spa before enjoying a drink or meal at one of the five restaurants or bars. The sushi restaurant, Pescados, comes highly rated.” 

Travelocity is a fan of this Cabo resort:, too “A private beach and excellent location just outside of downtown Cabo San Lucas mean your vacation can be as secluded or excitement-filled as you want it to be. All meals, snacks, and drinks are included, with 24-hour room service, ocean-view and beachfront dining, a pool bar and swim-up bar, and your own in-room minibar all covered. Complimentary beach and poolside lounge chairs keep you comfortable while you soak in the sun, and free beach yoga keeps you Zen.”  

For a list of the best all-inclusive Caribbean resorts, click here.  

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