Outfitted with crystal chandeliers, beautiful antiques, and elegant oil paintings, this hotel's elegant style is so European that you may well 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 with separate tubs and showers. For families with small children, special rooms with cribs and changing tables are available. A great feature of this
resort is its culinary center, where guests can participate in wine and tequila tastings or join in cooking classes. All of the on-site restaurants, which range in theme from Italian to steakhouse, are excellent, and the resort boasts Cancún's only on-the-beach dining. For an extra charge, guests can join the resort's turtle releaseprogram offered July–November. Known for its outstanding service, the resort's overall atmosphere is fairly conservative, and it's one of few hotels that charges for children's activities ($45 for a half-day, $65 for a full day). If you're looking for complete indulgence, opt for Club Level accommodations, which include the use of the private 8th-floor lounge that serves a rotation of fine buffets and unlimited cocktails throughout the day.