Resort at a Glance: Sandos Cancun Luxury Experience Resort
Overlooking the Caribbean Sea from Cancun's Hotel Zone, the all-inclusive Sandos Cancun Luxury Experience Resort provides guests with all the meals, snacks, and beverages—both alcoholic and non-alcoholic—they could ever want. Also included in this deal: access to the fitness center, sailboat and kayak rentals, and use of the pools and tennis courts.
- All-inclusve dining: Four onsite restaurants serve everything from buffet fare to molecular cuisine.
- White sand beach: Soak up rays on the Caribbean coastline.
- Concierge desk: Arrange diving trips, catamaran voyages, tours of Mayan archaeological sites, and more.
- Spa del Mar: 15,000-square-foot European-style spa
- Three infinity pools with drink and snack service
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 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.