A dreamy beach escape in Cancun

274 Rooms / 245 Suites

Nizuc Resort & Spa is a dreamy beach escape. The waterfront resort takes full advantage of its Caribbean Ocean views throughout its rooms and lush grounds, which pay contemporary homage to Cancun’s Mayan history. Although it’s in conveniently located in Punta Nizuc, less than 15 minutes southeast of Cancun International Airport, Nizuc offers a secluded stay, as it’s surrounded by 29 acres of protected mangrove jungle.

While away the days at the hotel’s two Caribbean beaches (one is adults only) or three swimming pools. For more active pursuits, borrow Nizuc’s kayaks and paddleboards. Just off shore of Nizuc’s powdery white beaches, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef — the second-largest such reef in the world, only behind the Great Barrier Reef — teems with sea life for snorkelers to discover. Nizuc also arranges tours to the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, Tulum and Coba, as well as offsite golf and fishing excursions. But you may never want to leave the property with its 30,000-square-foot Nizuc Spa by ESPA.

The Vibe

The overall feel of the Cancun hotel is one of relaxed elegance, with high ceilings and straight lines set with the organic touches of rock, wood and tile. Dramatic up-lighting gives exterior stone walls a monumental look. Open architecture allows views and ocean breeze to flow throughout. Fire or water features create a dramatic and soothing balance in the open spaces with views of the ocean or surrounding mangroves. Floor-to-ceiling windows, terraces and balconies in each room ensure all guests enjoy the fresh air and vistas of the Caribbean jungle or ocean. 

The Rooms

Nizuc caters to families, couples and other luxury guests equally with 274 rooms designed for a variety experiences. The adults-only, 950-square-foot Ocean Suites sit near the lobby with easy access to both Nizuc and Reef beaches and the main pool. As their name implies, the 1,300-square-foot Ocean View Junior Suites have floor-to-ceiling windows that give glimpses of the Caribbean, and a terrace with an infinity plunge pool. For a different view, opt for the 1,300-square-foot Garden Junior Suite, whose large windows open to a private terrace with an infinity plunge pool and the mangrove jungle.

Garden Pool Villas are 2,430 square feet and feature a bedroom suite set in a private garden with an infinity pool and waterfall; you can upgrade to a villa with a lounge pavilion connected to the bedroom. The Residence Suites have high ceilings, top-to-toe windows and terraces or balconies to accommodate a variety of group sizes. The 1,770-square-foot Penthouse sits atop the fifth floor of the Residence Suites and overlooks the Caribbean Ocean. Its terrace comes with an infinity pool and an outdoor shower. All suites include a minibar, a Nespresso coffee maker, a 50-inch flat-screen TV in the bedroom and 20-inch flat-screen in the bathroom, L’Occitane bath products, a balcony or terrace and IP Avaya telephones that are compatible with personal devices.

The Food

Six diverse restaurants helmed by master chefs offer a range of dishes throughout the day. Café de la Playa serves breakfast and brunch buffet-style and at made-to-order chef stations. At dinnertime, the beachside Ramona adds contemporary treatments to traditional Mexican cuisine in an elegant coral-block dining room with large wood-shutter windows that open to the sea. Ramona uses locally sourced produce in its ceviches, duck and fruit tamales, Mexican gyozas (dumplings) and bogavante (a lobster claw salad). Peruvian-inspired Ni whips up tapas such as lobster ceviche and seafood plates and salads for lunch. Oversized levered wooden windows fill Ni’s dining room with light and Caribbean vistas.

At lunch and dinner, La Punta Grill & Lounge turns out grilled seafood and meat dishes, such as fried octopus ceviche, beef fajitas and prime rib eye under a thatched roof or on a wooden deck with an infinity pool and panoramas of the ocean. Indochine brings creative Asian-fusion tastes to its Vietnamese summer rolls (coriander, mint, basil, cucumber, mango, carrot, pickled daikon, harusame noodless and jicama tucked inside a rice paper wrapper), wok specialties such as lobster yakisoba (egg noodles with lobster, vegetables, garlic, onions, carrots, soy sauce and sesame seed oil) as well as seafood offerings (steamed Chilean sea bass with Asian spices).

Terra Nostra’s Italian and Mediterranean dinner menu presents extensive pastas, wood-oven pizzas and specialties such as Tuscan tagliata and veal Milanese. Foodies will love the Nizuc’s chef’s table, in which eight diners are given a kitchen tour led by the property’s executive chef, followed by a private eight-course tasting dinner.

Four lounges throughout Nizuc allow you to enjoy libations and conversation late into the night. Enjoy drinks on the deck next to the infinity pool at La Punta Grill & Lounge, or dance into the morning hours with a live DJ at the Terra Nostra Bar & Lounge. The Havana Lounge with its mahogany detailing and black-and-white checkered floor offers hand-rolled cigars and rums from throughout the Caribbean. Bar A-Kan is a quiet hideaway looking out to the sea perfect for cocktails before or after dinner.

The Spa

Nizuc Spa by ESPA is reason enough to book a stay at Nizuc. This 30,000-square-foot space includes the fitness center, café and salon. With warm light, stone and dark wood accents and fire and water features, Nizuc Spa finds inspiration in Mayan culture for both its atmosphere and its treatments.

Signature services include the Mayan Cacao, during which warm cacao oil is poured onto the forehead, and the Nizuc Renewal, a sea salt and agave body scrub, warm stone treatment and scalp massage. All treatments include the Nizuc Thermal Experience, which includes the aromatic steam room, sauna, ice fountain with cool mist shower, vitality pool with hydro-massage nozzles, solarium, thermic loungers and fresh fruit and herbal tea. The Couple’s Ritual puts you and a partner in a private a suite overlooking the ocean for the day, and you can have lunch there in between spa sessions.

The Extras

You’ll spend most of your time on Nizuc’s two beaches — one of which is only for those 16 and older. With the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef just feet from the shore, snorkeling and other water sports are popular. Paddleboards and kayaks are available, as are tennis courts. The Winik’s Kids Club for ages 4 to 12 organizes activities such as piñatas, arts and crafts and face painting. Three swimming pools throughout the property cater to families as well as couples looking for quiet time under the sun.

If you want to hold a wedding or meeting, the 8,500-square-foot Conference and Events Center is available. The center includes a ballroom, two conference rooms, a large lobby and outdoor space.

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