All-Inclusive, Adults-Only Beachfront Resort in Cancún
Grand Oasis Viva sits on a Caribbean beachfront in Cancún's lively Hotel Zone. The adults-only, all-inclusive resort not only gives you free rein to indulge at numerous bars and restaurants, but also is less than 10 minutes from Cancún's nonstop nightlife. While you’re here, you can take a dip in a swimming pool with a swim-up bar, play a round at the nearby nine-hole golf course, and on select nights, watch an outdoor stage lit up by tribal fire dancers.
Grand Oasis Viva offers its guests eight restaurants and eight bars, including five spots to eat dinner. Dos Lunas serves exotic Mediterranean cuisine and fresh seafood, and Las Palmas offers a buffet brimming with an assortment of international eats, as well as Brazilian-style rodízio dining. At the end of the pool, bartenders mix exotic cocktails and frosty margaritas behind a swim-up bar.
Kin Ha Spa offers massages and skin treatments that incorporate natural elements. Though spa services cost extra, it's worth it to indulge in a body wrap infused with exotic cenote clay or chocolate. Upstairs in the Grand ocean-view rooms, bright-orange and sea-blue hues lend a tropical vibe. Wide windows open onto ocean breezes and breathtaking Caribbean views. All Grand Oasis Viva guests have access to the resort's sister properties, which include pools, beaches, and 45 total restaurants throughout the Oasis chain.
Cancún: Cool White Sands and Mayan Relics
Located on a barrier island shaped like the number seven, Cancún's Hotel Zone juts into the Caribbean Sea at the northeast tip of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. With the sea on one side and freshwater lagoons on the other, it's a popular spot for sailing and snorkeling. Although the beaches and barrier reefs are major draws, the geography is equally enticing farther inland, where you can dive into an underground river or take a speedboat through a mangrove jungle.
Cancún pulls in millions of visitors each year, so escaping the crowds and the party atmosphere isn't always easy. But a visit to Playa Delfines offers a chance for sunbathing in relative seclusion. Resorts have yet to encroach upon this stretch of sand, and it's especially popular with surfers.
The stone columns of El Rey Ruins, an ancient Mayan site dating back to the second and third centuries BCE, lie within the city’s Hotel Zone. Believed to be a royal burial ground, the archaeological site is also home to wild iguanas that lounge in the sun and read Tom Clancy novels. For a Mayan-themed day trip, take a 1.5-hour drive from Cancún down the coast to Tulum, a pre-Columbian walled city located on a bluff overlooking the sea—one of the Yucatán Peninsula's most visited Mayan ruins. The Mayan city of Chichén Itzá is only a 2.5-hour drive from Cancún. Here, visitors can snap photographs of the Temple of Kukulkan, which was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.