Whether you're planning a honeymoon or looking to clock some time with your partner without the kids in tow, we've found ten of Mexico's best adults-only resorts, from hyper-luxurious retreats where everyone dresses up for dinner, to fun-packed mega-resorts where no one dresses at all!
El Dorado Casitas Royale, Riviera Maya
This high-end resort group pioneered a concept called “Gourmet All Inclusive,” designed as an alternative for couples wanting the carefree, everything-included experience in an upscale, romantic setting. The Casitas Royale is situated in a secluded corner of sister resort El Dorado Royale’s property on the Riviera Maya, and offers a private setting and spacious thatched-roof casitas overlooking infinity pools. Guests enjoy all the main resort’s amenities – seven restaurants, a full-service spa, tennis and watersports – while retreating at the end of the day to a romantic casita. Read a review of El Dorado Casitas Royale.
Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso, Playa del Carmen
This grand-scale all-inclusive is situated on the beachfront five minutes from Playa del Carmen. The resort features 310 rooms, a cigar bar, Thalassotherapy spa, and fun activities like cooking classes. Rooms are fairly basic Caribbean décor, but large layouts and terraces on the oceanview suites go a long way to creating a sense of laid-back luxury. Butlers patrol the beach and poolside to ensure guests have everything they need to achieve full relaxation. Website
Royal Hideaway Playacar, Playa del Carmen
This luxurious 200-room retreat just minutes from Playa del Carmen is reminiscent of an elegant European resort, complete with grand staircase, meticulously landscaped gardens and tranquil waterways winding throughout the grounds. The restaurants, including the fine dining Las Ventanas and the inventive Japanese-inspired Azia, are a far cry from the buffet scene at many all-inclusives. The resort is a hit with couples, especially honeymooners. Read a review of Royal Hideaway Playacar.
Secrets Maroma Beach, Riviera Maya
The tireless crusade of hoteliers in Mexico to glamorize the all-inclusive experience continues apace at Secrets, which touts their patented “Unlimited Luxury” concept. Here, grown up guests can look forward to 24-hour butler service, 12 swimming pools, 7 restaurants and eight bars, along with a 13,000 sq.ft. Pevonia spa. You won’t exactly feel alone – the resort has over 400 rooms – but you will feel pampered thanks to friendly, attentive service, spacious, elegantly outfitted suites (the lowest category is a junior suite) and a lovely white-sand beach just steps away. Read a review of Secrets Maroma Beach
Tides Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen
This luxury resort, formerly Ikal Del Mar, offers the best of both worlds: set in lush tropical jungle, yet a stroll away from a 7-mile long stretch of pristine beachfront. With just 30 villas, this is the most intimate of the adults-only resorts, perfect for couples who value privacy and seclusion over cheap drinks and partying. The 1000 sq.ft. suites reveal plenty of romantic surprises, like canopied beds, hand-crocheted hammocks and outdoor showers. Couples can choose to dine anywhere in the resort: beachside, poolside, in their villa, or at the romantico restaurant La Marea, on a terrace overlooking the ocean. Read a review of the Tides Riviera Maya.
Aura Cozumel Grand Resort, Cozumel
The island of Cozumel, south of Cancun, has been a romantic destination since Jacques Cousteau discovered its spectacular reefs in the 1960s. This dazzlingly white, modern adults-only luxury resort continues the tradition with all-suite, oceanview accommodation, river-like pools and added extras like sunset dinners for two on the private dock. Website
Golden Crown Paradise, Puerto Vallarta
The rooms may not be as luxurious here as at some of the other properties on this list, but every one of the 214 suites has an ocean view and there are plenty of outdoors diversions on offer, like tennis, golf and spa. The hotel also offers great deals as part of the all-inclusive package, like free golf, 24-hour room service and unlimited drinks at the nightclub until 2am. Website
Hotel Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta
This award-winning boutique property brings all-inclusive adults-only luxury to Mexico’s burgeoning Riviera Nayarit. Pitched at honeymooners and couples looking for a romantic escape sans children, the resort is set on lovely Banderas Bay and offers just 80 suites (some with private plunge pools and jacuzzis), so you’ll never feel lost in a crowd. Website
Temptation Resort Spa, Los Cabos
Ideal for younger couples or singles looking for a lively scene, this over-21 all-inclusive offers diversions like a “jacuzzi lounge bar” overlooking the Sea of Cortez, swim up bars (tops are optional in the pool area) and a spa. The décor in the 133 rooms is hip and minimalist, and the nightlife can be wild, with popular theme nights in the disco. Website
Hidden Beach Resort, Cancun
While “adults only” to some travelers says simply a resort without children, to others it’s all about shedding clothes…and inhibitions. One of the most popular of Mexico’s clothing optional resorts, Hidden Beach Resort near Cancun consists of 42 beachfront suites, 24-hour room service, swim up bars and lots of au naturel action. Read more about the Hidden Beach Resort.