Luxurious Cancún & What To Do Beyond La Playa

Cancún always brings to mind images -- and maybe memories -- of spring break partying and sipping ice-cold margaritas by the pool all day long. The Mexican city it still a top destination for the college coeds, according to USA Today, but not all of the 40,000 to 50,000 estimated visitors are coming to the hotspot just to party it up at mega clubs like CoCo Bongo. There's something for every type of traveler in Cancún, from luxury stays to cultural activities. The following suggestions will make you want to add days to your trip: 


Keep NIZUC Resort & Spa on your radar, especially if you'd like to get away from Cancún's lively Zona Hotelera. Just a year old, the resort's zen-like space is lavished with earth-tone colors and wood and stone textures. It boasts 29 acres with views of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and the skyline of Cancún. Keep in mind that the hotel does not offer all-inclusive rates, but six world-class restaurants are available for Mediterranean, Asian and contemporary Mexican cuisine.

Another new stay is Secrets The Vine Cancún, an all-inclusive luxury hotel located in the heart of the Zona Hotelera. Suites feature Italian porcelain and teak-wood furnishings, and private terraces overlook the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea and Laguna Nichupte. They offer a world-class spa that spans over 12,500 square feet, eight different eateries, and mixology classes that specialize in local concoctions. 

The Oasis Sens is a must for gay and lesbian travelers. The resort is the first to strongly promote its LGBT-friendliness, and it even has a gay club on-site. The hotel also offers an exhange program that allows you to split up your week among Oasis' four other resorts (including one in Tulum). In case you miss driving while in Cancún, Oasis can provide you with a smart car share-program that is included with your stay.

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