There's only one annoying thing about planning a Mexican vacation: the planning part. Cut out the grunt work by booking a stay at one of these new, all-inclusive resorts. After all, if you can't kick back completely on your retreat — and have unlimited frosty drinks at your disposal — what are vacations for?
And before you protest that all-inclusive resorts are for the spring break crew, know that they've spiffed up in recent years. "People think all-inclusives are only all-you-can-eat buffets with screaming kids and non-stop parties, but resorts are elevating their offerings with five-star service, better restaurants, premium liquors, and added amenities," said Sarah Flook, Mexico & Central America product manager for CheapCaribbean.com. "Many resorts in Mexico are making the all-inclusive experience luxurious to attract a new type of guest and differentiate themselves.” Here's how five resorts are catering to luxury travelers.
1. Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa
While you check into this six-month-old resort, a staffer will whip your favorite cocktail from a nearby bar — and things only get more relaxing from there. Nestled up to the swimable Medano beach, the hotel thrives on the concept of "unlimited luxury." That means that nearly everything has been accounted for by the time you check in. Yep — that includes the goods in the mini bar, as well as meals at on-site restaurants that dish out everything from ceviche to samosas and fresh watermelon juice. (Be sure to upgrade to "Xhale club" status to access that private lounge with a bar at check-in.) There's also 24-hour room service, which lets guests order drinks, snacks — and even special pillows — via iPad. You'll have to pay a la carte for services at Lush spa, which has a lounge with cushy chairs overlooking the sea. But trust, it's worth it. No one should be forced to vacation without a mandarin-scented aromatherapy massage. Bonus: All the rooms here are water-facing.
2. Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa
Breathless also has a property in Riviera Maya. Open since March, the beachfront hotel has 526 suites, each with its own terrace or balcony. There are also a slew of on-site restaurants and weekly bashes with different themes. Plus, how cool is this? The gigantic hot tub has room for 35 people. Sounds like a ready-to-go party right there.
3. Grand Velas Los Cabos
It's never too early to start planning your Thanksgiving travels. Especially if those plans involve escaping family drama for a taste of sunshine. Set to open in November — and already accepting bookings — Grand Velas will offer sparkling views of the Sea of Cortez, the Pacific Ocean, and Cabo's famous arch. So get ready for Instagram snaps that will make your followers green with envy. (#SorryNotSorry.) The luxury, all-inclusive resort will have 300 rooms.
4. Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa
After a renovation, this Dreams property reopened last October. The on-site restaurants have been expanded and updated — which is a good thing, since you'll want to take advantage of the unlimited eats and cocktails. Designed in the colonial Mexican style, the hotel has suites with private balconies overlooking the sea. There are also two swim-up bars, a new infinity pool, and — you guessed it —plenty of golf courses to practice your game. Guests can splash around in separate pools for kids and adults, so the property's suited to both couples and families.
5. Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort
Currently in the works, Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort will open its doors in November. Tucked into a gated community outside of Cancun, the spot is flanked with beaches filled with powdery white sand. It also has two infinity pools, a lazy river, its own water park, and several on-site eateries that don't require reservations. As we said: Planning ahead is a no-no on a beach vacation.
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