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Cancun may have a spring break reputation, but you’ll find several elegant luxury hotels without the college-age masses. The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun makes the most of its oceanfront location, offering 1,200 feet of white-sand beach and 363 rooms with balconies or terraces looking out at the Caribbean Sea. Opened in 1993 as The Ritz-Carlton’s first international property, the hotel is home to two noteworthy restaurants, The Club Grill, which serves continental cuisine with Yucatan influences in an upscale jazz club setting, and Fantino, a Mediterranean spot with nice views of the ocean.
At Le Blanc Spa Resort, an adults-only, all-inclusive hotel, stylish rooms have double whirlpools and 24-hour butler service. Plus, you get access to the 27-hole Moon Spa & Golf Club — one of only two Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses in Cancun — and a spa complete with a school of “doctor fish” who nibble on your soles’ dead skin to make them softer. Visit Lumiere for its French-fusion tasting menus.
Check into JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa in the Hotel Zone, but upgrade for accommodations on the top-floor Club 91 level to receive exclusive amenities like free transportation if you stay three or more nights, pre-arrival vacation planning and access to a lounge with complimentary snacks, cocktails and more.
Snag one of Nizuc Resort & Spa’s modern-chic 274 suites or villas to take advantage of the property’s two secluded white-sand beaches, pair of tennis courts or large ESPA spa, which provides 10 indoor-outdoor treatment rooms. Don’t miss the elegant Ramona, a contemporary Yucatán restaurant.
InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort occupies a coveted strip of beach in the Hotel Zone. Perks at the 289-room Cancun hotel include a complimentary kids’ club, two pools, five Jacuzzis and a bar that carries more than 600 types of tequila.