All-Inclusive Zona Hotelera Resort with Private Beach and Marina
The Royal Solaris Cancun recalls the ancient pyramids at nearby Mayan ruins—it has stepped platforms throughout the property, which is situated on a narrow spit of land separating Cancún’s Nichupte Lagoon from the Caribbean Sea. The architecture stands out amid the resort’s more modern details, such as a private marina and a mini children’s water park. On either side of the hotel, deluxe lagoon-view rooms look out on the water, offering stunning views of the sunset.
During your stay here, you're free to eat, drink, and breathe as much as you'd like. Chefs at the resort’s three restaurants prepare international, Mexican, and buffet fare throughout the day. At the lobby bar and swim-up bar, you can enjoy signature coco-mango cocktails and other fruit-filled drinks upon request.
In the private Mini Club, a giant giraffe spews water alongside Noah's Arc, keeping tots entertained as adults make use of complimentary kayaks, paddleboats, or bicycles on the private beach. Bookend a day in the sun with a visit to the spa for an aromatherapy treatment and a sport massage.
Cancún: Cool White Sands and Mayan Relics
Located on a barrier island shaped like the number 7, Cancun'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 speedboat through a mangrove jungle.
Cancun 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 the 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, lies 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 90-minute drive from Cancun 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 Cancun.