Adults-Only and LGBT-Friendly All-Inclusive Resort in Cancún
Oasis Sens, like many all-inclusive resorts in Cancún, is situated in the city’s popular Hotel Zone. But Oasis Sens is adults-only, which helps contribute to a relaxed, quiet attitude here. It’s also LGBT friendly. By day, you can walk from the resort to its half-mile stretch of beach, or sip cocktails by one of its three pools. The nonstop nightlife scene in downtown Cancún is just 10 minutes away.
With an all-inclusive stay, you have free rein at Oasis Sens’s nine restaurants and numerous bars. Stop for breakfast at the Coba international buffet and, the rest of the day, feel free to mix and match meals at the sushi, Italian, and Mexican restaurants. Many of the restaurants have fantastic views of the Caribbean, especially the Mare Beach Club, where lunch and dinner are served in the sand at wicker dining tables and chairs.
The Hotel Zone has an abundance of shopping, dancing, and dining spots, but you can easily stay entertained without leaving the resort. Snorkel gear and kayaks can be checked out at no extra cost, and at the Sensoria Spa, skilled therapists administer hot-stone and chocolate massages (all spa services are an extra fee). There’s also an onsite nightclub with dancing, as well as a romantic outdoor lounge that has semiprivate cabanas draped in flowing cloths.
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 a major draw, the geography is equally enticing further 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 daytrip, 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, chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, is only a 2.5-hour drive from Cancún.
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