Feeling Fancy in Paradise: Top-Notch Hotels in Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

If you ask people, specifically Americans, where they would want to go if they could choose a tropical vacation destination on the Western hemisphere, you will probably find that many respond by saying ‘Mexico’. Being a neighboring country, it’s nearby, yet it’s such a different and diverse place and so rich in culture and history.


When it comes to vacation getaways, picturesque Cancun is the most popular choice. Well-known for its beaches and many places to dance the night away, Cancun holds an array of superior hotels. Feeling fancy? Consider staying at one of these places if your bank account allows.

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Grand Fiesta Americana

The Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun stands out not just because of its excellent service, but also its location on a private stretch of white beach. You pay for what you get; this is one of the more pricey hotels with nightly rates of about $235 per night. If you want to save a buck, May through November is when you should go. Expect nothing less than rooms with stunning ocean views, a fitness center, pool, full spa to help you relax to the fullest, and hair salon to look and feel your best. Three shopping malls are close, and the Convention Center is right across the street. Bars and restaurants are also nearby.

Omni Cancun

Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas is an all-inclusive resort, making your vacation hassle-free. Start your day with free breakfast, go for a refreshing swim in the lagoon-style pool, or relax on the private beach. Look for discounts and get rooms for about $200. Marbled baths will make you feel special, and a fully stocked mini bar is there for your convenience. Relax in paradise and grant yourself a spa treatment after having toured the Ancient Maya Ruins, or after a guided hike through the jungle. Relax in the jacuzzi with a view of the water and a drink from the pool bar. You can also get your game on the tennis court. If you want to live it up, Cancun’s entertainment district is right around the corner.


If you want to add the cherry on top of an unforgettable stay during which money isn’t an issue - we all dream a little - stay at Finest Playa Mujeres, Mexico. This 5-star hotel has it all, combining traditional Mexican elements with a luxurious modern interior. Gourmets find various restaurant on site; sunset lovers can watch the sun sink into the ocean during a yacht cruise. Be inspired at the nearby Museum of Art, play a round of golf, or visit the El Meco Archaeological Site. Take advantage of the all-inclusive offers; rates start around $295 per night. Unwind in your private jacuzzi, benefit from luxury toiletries, and relax under the rainfall shower.

Hyatt Ziva

Located right at the white, sandy beach, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is a luxury all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta, another vacation destination in Mexico many have heard of. Being another upscale hotel, prices start around $280. The resort was newly rebranded in 2014 and is situated right by the white sand and crystal clear water. Slip into your bathrobe and enjoy your complimentary morning coffee on the balcony with a view. Benefit from the sports offers such as yoga and pilates, treat your taste buds to excellent international cuisines, and let your body and mind relax at the full-service spa. Sports enthusiasts can play basketball or beach volleyball.

This piece was written in collaboration with Hipmunk in the course of the Hipmunk Boutique Hotels campaign.