Whether you’re planning a family vacation or a spring break trip to Mexico, all-inclusive resorts take a lot of the planning and guesswork out of vacationing since you know that everything’s included upfront. But some hotels with all-inclusive packages can serve mediocre food, compromise on the quality (and quantity) of liquor, and have hidden fees for extra amenities or activities.
Here are the 10 best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico for every type of traveler—each has been expertly vetted for food, price, activity offerings, and location.
Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All-Inclusive
The Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun is a reasonably priced beachfront property located in the main section of the hotel zone in Cancun. It’s one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Cancun for families since family-friendly accommodations, dining, drinks, entertainment, culture, recreational, and sporting activities are all included. Fiesta Americana properties include more cultural elements than most resorts, and the Condesa has authentic architecture, palapas, and even an arts and crafts program that showcases Maya culture.
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Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills Resort & Spa
The Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills all-inclusive resort in Mexico is located in the trendy Riviera Nayarit near Puerto Vallarta. The adults-only (18 and up) property recently added 140 suites to its property, which already includes an award-winning spa, a private beach club at Banderas Bay (less than 10-minutes away) with shuttle service, five pools, plus plenty of on-site culinary offerings—the property has four restaurants, three buffets, and three bars. Rooms overlook the Sierra Madre Mountains and Riviera Nayarit coastline.
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The Explorean Kohunlich by Fiesta Americana
If you’re looking for something different than a beachside resort in the Cancun area, but still want to stay at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico, then book a stay at Explorean Kohunlich. The property is located in the heart of the Maya jungle in Quintana Roo, less than a mile away from ancient ruins. Your rate includes your room, gourmet food, and beverages, plus a daily activity like snorkeling, kayaking, or a visit to an archaeological site.
Bonus Pick: Explorean Kohunlich has a sister property on Cozumel that offers a similar aesthetic and the same all-inclusive resort experience but with a beachside location.
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The Fives Azul Beach Resort Playa del Carmen
This beachside group- and family-friendly resort is just 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen. All-inclusive features include the brand’s “Gourmet Inclusive” concept, which offers flexible meal plan options to suit all types of travelers. Guests love the kids’ club, rooms with rooftop decks, and activity offerings like scuba diving, beach volleyball, and yoga on the beach.
Bonus Pick: If you’re looking for an adults-only resort in Playa del Carmen, check out Live Aqua Boutique Resort Playa del Carmen. While it doesn’t have beachfront access, this boutique all-inclusive does have a rooftop infinity pool and central location on La Quinta Avenida.
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Beloved Playa Mujeres
Beloved Playa Mujeres adults-only resort in Mexico is an all-inclusive, beachside, five-star boutique property. With resort features like an on-site spa, golf course, boating and fishing excursions, four different gourmet restaurants, and beachside dining, you’ll never want to leave. But if you do, car-free Isla Mujeres is just off the coast and accessible by boat.
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Grand Velas Los Cabos
You’ll find this luxury all-inclusive resort in Mexico on the coastline between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Three infinity pools, oceanfront yoga, a kids’ and teens’ program, as well as a spa and themed gourmet restaurants make this the place to be if you’re looking for an all-inclusive resort in Los Cabos. Panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez from your balcony await (and private plunge pool if you feel like really indulging).
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Kore Tulum Retreat and Spa Resort
For trendy jetsetters, the Kore Tulum Retreat and Spa Resort is the only adults-only all-inclusive resort in the Tulum area. Known for its bohemian decor and Instagram-worthy food dishes, Kore Tulum is a hot destination for millennials (and the millennial at heart). The property has rooms with Jacuzzis, an impressive spa, access to the beach club “El Paraiso,” an infinity pool, and plenty of on-site dining options. Travelers appreciate the good value this all-inclusive resort offers. Bonus: The daily rate includes unlimited drinks brought to your room via room service.
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Villas HM Paraiso del Mar
Looking for the next up-and-coming hot spot in Mexico? Welcome to Isla Holbox. And while the area isn’t known for its all-inclusive resorts, beachfront Villas HM Paraiso del Mar has exceptional reviews on TripAdvisor and does offer two all-inclusive packages. These include food, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and access to the kayaks and bicycles; the premium option also includes a seafood beachfront dinner option as well as paddleboard rentals and even a pillow menu.
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Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta
The Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is an all-ages, oceanfront, all-inclusive resort that has the exclusivity of its own private cove. Rates include unlimited drinks and dining, non-motorized water sports, daily fitness classes, some of the best swim-up suites in the world, cooking classes, Wi-Fi, and in-room dining. The property has six restaurants, five bars and lounges, five infinity pools (one is adults-only), oceanfront dining, a kids’ club, and live entertainment.
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Occidental at Xcaret Destination
For travelers looking for adventure and to maximize their time, Occidental at Xcaret Destination is the ideal all-inclusive resort. Located right at the Xcaret eco-archaeological park—there’s even a package with included admission—in Playa del Carmen, there’s plenty to do off the resort (if you do ever want to leave). On-site amenities include an impressive seven swimming pools, 10 bars, 11 restaurants, a club, a dolphinarium, and a private bay and beach area, as well as natural river formations that flow through the property.
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Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the location of Beloved Playa Mujeres. It has been corrected.