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Hotel Xcaret Mexico Reviews

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Have you heard of the Hotel Xcaret Mexico? It’s an epic, 900-room resort with a Michelin-starred chef, spa treatments in caves, and a whole river! Cancun and Playa del Carmen have been vacation hotspots since long before the rest of the Mexican Riviera was discovered by jetsetters in the past decade. The area boasts wonderful beaches and a cluster of great luxury resorts situated on white sand. It’s an ideal home base for exploring not just Quintana Roo but also the Yucatan Peninsula with highlights such as cenotes, ancient Mayan pyramids, jungle trails, and some very fine snorkeling.

Many of the resorts are all-inclusive for the entire family, while others are adults-only. They now seem to outdo each other in terms of attractions and amenities. Among them, we love the Hotel Xcaret Mexico, which bills itself as an “all-fun inclusive” vacation mecca. We’ve rounded up a few other properties to see how they all compare, from the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun and Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel to the cozy Guaycura Boutique Hotel Beach Club & Spa all the way “on the other side,” in Baja California. Read on to learn more about these fantastic accommodations and how they all rate.

What Is Hotel Xcaret Mexico?

Plan your Riviera Maya “all-fun inclusive” dream vacation at the sustainable, 900-room Hotel Xcaret Mexico, a member of the Grupo Experiencias Xcaret. Think fantastic dining, a gorgeous spa, white sand beaches, infinity pools, jungle trails, river activities and a kids’ club and family club.


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The Hotel Xcaret Mexico offers vacation highlights such as ten restaurants and nine bars, including a Michelin-starred-chef, swim-bar, rooftop bar, and even spa bar. The beautiful Muluk Spa, a veritable sanctuary inspired by ancestral traditions, features two unforgettable settings: a cabin nestled in natural rock and a temazcal deep in the jungle. The hotel boasts generous rooms and suites with hammocks and jungle views that are spread across five so-called Casas, each devoted to an element such as Viento, Tierra, Agua, Espira, and Fuego.


Average rates for a standard room at the Hotel Xcaret Mexico range from $400 to $1,000 per night.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar hotels in the Cancun and Play del Carmen area as well as on the opposite coast in Baja California to see how they compare to the Hotel Xcaret Mexico.

  • Hard Rock Hotel Cancun
  • Guaycura Boutique Hotel Beach Club & Spa
  • Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel

Hotel Xcaret Mexico

Here you can count on spa services, a kids’ and family club, free airport transportation and rides to all the hotel’s parks and tours, babysitting, private pickup, concierge and pool concierge, early check-in and late check-out, computer and printer service, and sundown service. You can also avail yourself of meeting, wedding, and event services.

The facilities are a feast for the eyes and ultra comfortable. Hotel Xcaret Mexico is the first resort in the Americas to get the EarthCheck Building Planning and Design Standard certification for its sustainable practices and eco-integrating design. Here’s what you can start dreaming about, to give you an idea of this lovely place: white sand beaches, dining and spa treatments in cave settings, lounging by infinity pools, swimming in the Caribbean, several exquisite bars and restaurants, rivers and jungle trails, and beautiful Casas to rest your head after you’ve taken all of this in.

In-suite amenities vary according to what type of room or suite you book, but here’s a medley of creature comforts you might expect: a traditional Mexican hammock, Jacuzzi, minibar, Nespresso coffee maker, 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens, umbrella, beach bag, pillow menu, sofa bed with a coffee table, and so much more.

Hotel Xcaret Mexico prides itself on its gastronomy and celebrates Mexican cuisine via ten restaurants and eight bars. Among these options, Ha’ is an absolute standout. Here, chef Carlos Gaytan reigns over the kitchen—he is the first Mexican to get a Michelin star for his contemporary Mexican fare.

You will also find La Trajinera with a sizzling Caribbean flair, Cantina los Faroles where highlights include a selection of Tequilas and Mezcals, Teatro del Rio, an homage to classic dinner-show lounges and, last but not least, Las Cuevas, in a cavernous structure carved out of peninsula rock. The bars include a lobby bar, pool bar, swim-up bar, spa bar, and rooftop bar. Did you realize there were so many bar types? We love the intimate rooftop bar with its private swimming pool, amazing sunset views, cool chill-out music, and signature cocktails.

Lively Cancun with all its shops, bars, restaurants, and beaches is close by, but more importantly, you have access to all these fun attractions: Xcaret, Xplor, Xel-Ha, Xavage, Xplor Fuego, Xenses and Xoximilco. The underground caves at the Río Secreto, several gorgeous cenotes, and Chichen-Itza also beckon for exploration.


  • Free WiFi
  • Michelin-starred chef
  • 10 great restaurants and 9 bars
  • Lovely spa
  • Free access and transportation to Xcaret, Xplor, Xel-Ha, Xavage and more
  • Jacuzzi and Nespresso machines in the rooms and hammocks on the balconies
  • Kids’ club
  • Stunning, eco-friendly design
  • Los of amenities and services on this vast property


  • Massive properties aren’t everyone’s taste
  • Some restaurants charge extra fees
  • Long check-in and check-out lines

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

This all-inclusive beachfront resort offers a “rock star paradise” with a cosmopolitan flair. Enjoy a vacation featuring lavish rooms and suites with private balconies, spa tubs, and 300-thread count Egyptian linens, championship golf, swim-up bars, the Rock Spa, tennis, and amenities for kids and families, as well.

Average rates for a standard room at the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun range from $330 to $820 per night.

Among the more unique services here is an upgrade to Rock Royalty Level, where you get your own Rock Royalty Personal Assistant to serve you, in case you require champagne by the beach. Limitless All-Inclusive service means that truly mostly everything is free, from golf to the spa, tours, special dinners, and more.

This 12-story “monument to awesome” is a very stylish place (if you like the glam rock vibe) decorated in a fashion that’s truly fit for a music star, with lots of luxe furniture and all that glitters like gilded mirrors. Quotes of rock bands are sprinkled throughout. It towers over its pool area and white beach lined with private cabanas. It’s a very active resort with sports offerings such as beach volleyball, basketball, ping pong, and billiards.

Amenities range from exotic pools such as a lagoon-style pool with a kiddie wading pool, the Rock Spa with 10 individual treatment rooms and 6 couples’ rooms and the Body Rock Fitness Center to tennis courts, a shop, beauty salon, and access to the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed Riviera Cancun Golf Club.

Dine like a rock star at six options including Zen, an Asian-themed hot spot with specialties such as Teppanyaki; Ciao for fine Italian; Ipanema, a Brazilian spot with rodizio service; Frida for traditional Mexican cuisine; artisanal brick oven-style pizza at Pizzeto; and international cuisine
at The Market. You can also enjoy 24-hour room service.

As far as fun libations, top-rated wines and craft cocktails await at seven bars including Smash Bar, Dive Pool Bar, Float Pool Bar, Bunker Bar and more. Sip like a rock star!

The Hard Rock Hotel Cancun is located in the buzzy and happening, 15-mile-long Zona Hotelera Cancun with restaurants, shops, bars, clubs, and more. Cancun itself awaits as well and you can head out on excursions to explore the jungle, Mayan pyramids, cenotes, coral reefs, zip lines, and more.


  • All-inclusive
  • Rock star styling and decor
  • Happening scene
  • 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course
  • Luxe spa
  • Tennis
  • Water sports and sports activities
  • Nice bars and restaurants
  • Kids club


  • Located in the bustling Hotel Zone (Can be a plus, too!)
  • Lively scene is not ideal for seekers of serenity

Guaycura Boutique Hotel Beach Club & Spa

Guaycura Boutique Hotel Beach Club & Spa is a small, historic boutique hotel in Todos Santos on a pristine beach. Todos Santos is nowhere near Cancun or the Riviera Maya but on the other side of the country on  the Pacific coast of Mexico’s Baja California (Los Cabos is an hour south).

Average rates for a standard room at Guaycura Boutique Hotel Beach Club & Spa range from $170 to $450 per night.

The hotel can arrange for bachelorette parties at the spa or help you plan your dream destination wedding. Among its other services, WiFi is free, the hotel is pet friendly, and the staff is super attentive.

Guaycura Boutique Hotel Beach Club & Spa features three restaurants, canopy beds with deluxe linens in just 19 rooms, the luxurious Aena Spa, and fantastic views.

Indulge at Restaurant El Jardin and savor Mediterranean fare with a dash of traditional Mexican flavors in a Mediterranean-style, travertine marble courtyard. Or take in stunning ocean views and sunsets at El Mirador Ocean View Restaurant as you feast on “Mexiterranean” cuisine. Meanwhile, Sky Lounge Oasis View Tapas Bar on the rooftop terrace of the hotel allows you to sip on farm-to-glass cocktails as you enjoy the open air pool.

At the hotel entrance, you will encounter the elegant Bar Don Guillermo, and El Faro Guaycura Beach Club & Spa rounds out the food and drink options here, offering a poolside seafood grill & bar along with an infinity pool with a zero carbon footprint and healing spa treatments to help you work up an appetite.

You are in the heart of the charming and authentic Mexican village of Todos Santos in Baja California Sur, close to beautiful art galleries, artisanal shops, and boutiques. Todos Santos offers some of Mexico’s best surf spots but also magical, historic small town charm with cobblestone streets and charming haciendas. In fact, the Mexican government has designated the town a “Pueblo Mágico,” an honor which small towns earn for their cultural riches, historical relevance, or natural beauty. You’re also just a short walk from the Tropic of Cancer.


  • Free WiFi
  • Historic setting
  • Three panoramic restaurants
  • Two bars
  • Pet friendly
  • Beach club and spa


  • Small property (Can be a plus, too)
  • No larger amenities such as golf, tennis etc.
  • Not all-inclusive

Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel

As its name implies, Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel is a Riviera Maya boutique offering that is sprawled over 36 acres of sumptuous tropical jungle, lush garden settings, three pools, and white-sand beaches.

Average rates for a standard room at the Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel range from $400 to $930 per night.

Among the free services here you will find concierge service, parking, and a multilingual staff. Among the services available at a charge, there’s car rental, laundry, events catering, excursions, wedding and honeymoon packages, and more.

Located about 40 minutes south of Cancun and 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen, the adults-only, 128-suite resort is built along soothing river waterways and features a la carte creature comforts. To us, the pièce de résistance is the enormous and stunning spa facility.

The Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel features seven restaurants and bars, from indoor dining to and alfresco feasting, casual corners to elegant environs. The hotel also has a chic rooftop bar with stellar ocean and garden views.

This hotel is situated 40 minutes south of Cancun International Airport and 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. From here you can take an excursion to the Mayan ruins in Tulum, the Chichen-Itza and Coba pyramids, zip lining hotspots and swim holes, or cenotes.


  • Stunning spa
  • Luscious setting
  • Rooftop bar
  • Seven restaurants
  • Water sports rentals
  • Cigar lounge and pool bar


  • Adults only (Can be a positive, too!)
  • Long treks due to large property
  • Long wait times occasionally


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The hotels on our list are quite distinct from each other. Truly, there’s something for anything your vacationing heart may desire, from dining by top toques and sizzling rooftop or swim-up bars to ancient spa treatments in cave settings, volleyball all day, a lively party scene or serene chilling on a white-sand beach.

You can pick an all-inclusive luxury resort such as the 4.5-Star Hotel Xcaret Mexico, vacay like a rock star at the 4.5-Star Hard Rock Hotel group’s outpost in Cancun, go for posh serenity at 4-Star Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel, or enjoy small town historic charm and great surfing at the 3-Star Guaycura Boutique Hotel Beach Club & Spa in Baja California, in the “Pueblo Mágico”-designated town of Todos Santos.

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