The Ritz-Carlton, Cancún

Retorno del Rey 36, off Blvd. Kukulcán at Km 13.5, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500, Mexico

Outfitted with crystal chandeliers, beautiful antiques, and oil paintings, this hotel's style is so European you may forget you're in Mexico. Rooms are done in understated shades of teal, beige, and rose, with wall-to-wall carpeting, large balconies overlooking the Caribbean, and marble bathrooms; for complete indulgence, opt for Club Level accommodations, which include use of a private lounge that serves fine food and unlimited cocktails throughout the day. The seven restaurants here are uniformly excellent. The resort boasts Cancún's only on-the-beach dining, plus a culinary center, where guests can take cooking classes or dine with the chef. The overall atmosphere here is fairly conservative, and it's one of few that charges for children's activities ($45 for a half-day, $65 for a full day).


  • cultural and environmental kids programs
  • tennis center
  • impeccable service
  • turtle release program July–Nov


  • conservative atmosphere
  • expensive
  • slightly dated and not up to Ritz-Carlton standards


Phones: 998-881–0808


363 rooms, 50 suites
Rate Includes: No meals