Staying at the boutique Mr. C Miami in Coconut Grove was like setting sail on a sleek Italian yacht — here's why I thought this hotel and charming neighborhood felt like a local's secret
Located in charming Coconut Grove, Mr. C Miami is a whimsical boutique hotel with a clever nautical theme. The hotel has an intimate feel with just 100 sailboat-inspired guestrooms and suites with private outdoor terraces, plus an indoor-outdoor Italian restaurant, and rooftop pool with panoramic views. Rooms start at just $167, which makes a strong argument to consider heading off the beaten path for such a unique stay. After spending a night here, I think you'll be glad you did. Coconut Grove is a hidden gem. Read all Business Insider hotel reviews here.
There's a well-kept secret in Miami that somehow hasn't been fully exposed yet. While South Beach, Miami Beach, Brickell, and Wynwood regularly draw droves of tourists, there's another area you'd be well-advised to seek out, and that's Coconut Grove. This picturesque small city on the mainland, a quick drive down the coast from downtown Miami, is a lovely town dotted with trendy boutiques, open-air restaurants, and frequented by in-the-know locals and visitors who've caught on to its contagious charm. Hotels are starting to pay attention too, with just a few offerings, but one leads the pack: Mr. C Miami - Coconut Grove. This boutique hotel with outposts in Beverly Hills and New York City is as whimsical as the area itself, fashioned like a glamorous Italian cruise liner where every detail feels nautically-inspired, from porthole windows, to glossy walnut wood, deck paneling, and sail-like tarps separating each balcony. With a nearby marina and views of sailboats in the distance, it's certainly fitting. I spent the night in a Deluxe City View Room, which starts at $180. It's a slightly elevated version of the standard Superior Courtyard King which starts at $167, though the cheaper room is actually a hair larger and better placed in the hotel, in my opinion. As someone who has been on their fair share of cruises, staying at Mr. C felt like I had checked in to an elegant vessel and set sail with a hotel unlike any other in Miami.
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Keep reading to see why I was so impressed by Mr. C Miami - Coconut Grove.SEE ALSO: The Confidante Miami Beach has many of the same amenities as the luxury hotels down the street in South Beach for far cheaper — here's why I'd gladly return to the Hyatt property SEE ALSO: If you're going to splurge on one luxury hotel this year, consider 1 Hotel South Beach — with a private beach, 6 on-site restaurants, and 4 pools including a rooftop oasis, you'll never want to leave SEE ALSO: The W Miami in Brickell is a top choice for Marriott Bonvoy loyalists with well-sized rooms, a football field-sized pool deck, and great restaurant
Mr. C Miami - Coconut Grove makes a strong impression from the get-go, in a retro-feeling building dotted with porthole windows in the front. The lobby is small, filled with nautical, vintage-inspired details from the plush velvet seating to a lacquered wood desk like you'd find on a fine sailboat. To the side was a midcentury modern-style rounded bar that led out to a tranquil courtyard. The space was small but said a lot through its understated approach to hospitality.
Check-in was quick and I was handed a Bellini cocktail. All guests are treated to one at check-in, a nod to the Italian rooftop restaurant upstairs of the same name. After handing over the required documents, I was off in the elevator to head up one floor to my room.
I was booked in a Deluxe City View King on the first floor, though it was really the second. My room was located right near the elevator bank, which always makes me nervous when it comes to noise. More on that in a minute. The room was tasteful and elegant and well-sized at 300 square feet. My husband was traveling with me and it never felt small or cramped for two people and our luggage. Decor leaned in hard to the nautical theme with more glossy walnut wood in the form of a chic desk with a built-in bar cart, wardrobe closet, and a thick sliding bathroom door.
Deep blue hues painted the room, with a tufted leather headboard in gradient shades of blue and turquoise that matched the walls for a calming effect. If I was on a cruise ship, this was a premier cabin.
On all walls were images and artwork depicting boats and sailboats. The theme was sophisticated, but not all that subtle. The floor was wood like you'd find on a well-kept deck, save for a blue-patterned rug under the bed.
The bathroom was equally posh, with a bright blue tiled walk-in shower, dual sink vanity, and amenities branded by Mr. C hotels, crafted in Italy.
Outside, I had a nice balcony with two contemporary wicker chairs that were separated from neighboring balconies by a white tarp that looked like it was made out of the same material as sails. It was a nice perch but my "city view" was of construction next door. There wasn't much to admire. The other side of the building faced the hotel's courtyard and parking lot. To really appreciate any views, you need to be booked on a top floor to face the ocean in the distance, but it's a ways away. It's a lovely sight, but don't expect full ocean views, even in the bay rooms advertise as such.
Overall I liked my room a lot. The theme felt authentic without being over the top, and the hotel's location was well placed to discover and appreciate Coconut Grove. I'd stay here again but with a few caveats. My room was noisy. Like I've experienced on cruise ships, the walls were thin, and I heard noise from next door both late at night and early in the morning when it woke me up. I also heard the click-clacking of heels overhead from guests walking around, as well as housekeeping's vacuum. Doors slamming in the hallway and people headed to the elevator were also loud. I slept fine with earplugs, so come prepared if you're a light sleeper. My room type was only offered on floors one or two, so to stay on the highest fourth floor without guests above (the top fifth floor is made up of meeting spaces, the restaurant, and rooftop pool), I'd have to book a different room category. I'd also request a room further down the hall to minimize foot traffic.
There are only 100 guest rooms and suites in this boutique hotel, which range from 300 to 1,400 square feet, all with private balconies. The standard Superior King starts at $167 and is located on all floors and is actually a few square feet larger than my room, and comes with a larger balcony with chaise lounge bed, making it a better value in not only price but amenities. Upgraded Premier Bay View rooms offer a better vantage point for views and will be similar to the Superior Room, but facing the more desirable side of the building. There are also signature suites for a more lavish stay that includes separate living areas and spa-like bathrooms with bathtubs. These rooms range from $350 to $600 based on type, with the Signature Suite offering the lowest barrier to entry at just $320 to start per night. I'd happily return, but either to a top floor standard room or a suite priced only a bit more.
If Coconut Grove is a hidden secret, then those who harbor it likely also know about Mr. C's Italian restaurant, Bellini. It was packed to the brim with fashionable locals when I stopped in for dinner. It too felt like booking a table at the fine dining option on a sleek ship, with waiters clad in white tuxedo jackets and black bowties. It's the perfect place to enjoy freshly-made pasta and people watch.
There's also outdoor seating which feels a bit less formal, with pretty bay views. The crowd was made up of older couples and cool locals, some hotel guests, and plenty of people taking business meetings. I even spotted a celebrity for the latter.
Adjacent to the restaurant was a lovely rooftop pool with gorgeous views of Biscayne Bay and filled with sailboats in the distance. There aren't too many chairs, but this is a small boutique hotel and I spotted plenty of available loungers. There are also plush cabanas available to rent if you'd prefer. The pool is a great place to perch and reset, but you have to walk through the restaurant to reach it. It might feel a bit off-putting to don a bathing suit and skimpy cover-up and then find yourself passing by well-dressed diners and tuxedo-wearing waiters. The staff assured me there are no rules about it though, so strut your stuff. The beach is a 15 to 30-minute drive away, depending on where you want to go. The hotel partners with vendors to arrange beachside amenities that include two beach chairs and towels. Rentals for an additional feel are also available such as beach umbrellas, wave-runners, parasailing, paddle boards, and more.
Next to the small lobby was a small leafy courtyard filled with vintage-style furniture lit by string lights. It's a great place to grab a coffee, cocktail, or snack from the small bar inside and mellow out. Sure, it sits next to a parking lot, but you'd never know it from the ample plants and greenery well-placed throughout.
There's also a small gym with just a handful of machines. It's good in a pinch and stocked with Evian waters, but I skipped it in favor of exploring nearby parks for exercise instead. The hotel advertises a spa, but it's really a private treatment room for facials or massages, with sauna access. Apart from the spa, many of these amenities are included in the daily $25 resort fee. It also compensates for Wi-Fi (though you can only register two devices for free), free morning coffee in the lobby, bicycle rentals, and pool access.
Coconut Grove is a delight, so save time to explore. Right next to the hotel is The Bazaar, a cool concept design and home store with a coffee shop and wine bar. Down the street, popular stores like Bonobos and Warby Parker have outposts, and local coffee favorite Panther Coffee has a shop. The surrounding area is filled with lots of inviting open-air restaurants and bars, and well as intriguing boutiques worth wandering. The hotel is also surrounded by pretty parks including Barnacle Historic State Park, and Peacock Park, which runs up to the water and features community yoga classes and also has a cute wine bar, Glass & Vine with weekly promotions. Or stroll further to Kenneth M. Myers Bayside Park for nice views of the waterfront. Check flight prices to Miami on Expedia
Mr. C Miami - Coconut Grove is ranked 70 of 135 hotels in the city of Miami on Trip Advisor, with a 4.5 out of 5-star rating from past guests. Previous visitors praise the beautiful, clean rooms and contemporary, nautical-inspired design. They also liked the highly walkable location. Writes one guest, "I was totally impressed by the facilities, employees, front desk, and Bellini Restaurant. The room, although not huge, was exquisitely decorated. Rich veneered glossy wood desk, closet, bathroom, and floors project a feeling of being in an Italian sailboat. Nice balcony overlooking the Coconut Grove bay. Although construction going on next door, not one sound." Those who felt negatively cited poor customer service, and problems with noise both from meeting rooms upstairs, other patrons, and outside traffic and construction. Read reviews, compare prices, and book Mr. C Miami on Trip Advisor
Who stays here: Repeat visitors to Miami looking to explore somewhere new, those who are fans of the Mr. C brand from LA or NYC, and those with business in or near Coconut Grove. The crowd is a mix of older couples and some families. We like: The nautical theme is a fun touch that is expertly executed so it feels charming and never kitschy. We love (don't miss this feature!): While I didn't get to use it, the rooftop pool was beautiful, and the Bellini Restaurant is excellent. It's easy to see why it's a local favorite. We think you should know: Coconut Grove, while a superb place to be, is a bit far from downtown Miami and the beach. The closest beach is 15 minutes away, and while the hotel offers facilities, it does not provide a shuttle. We'd do this differently next time: I'd choose a different room to try and mitigate the noise for a more peaceful stay.
Mr. C Miami - Coconut Grove is a refreshing alternative to the rest of mainland Miami and even the beach. If you're looking for something different that feels more small-town and charming, and less in your face than Brickell or South Beach, it's an excellent place to be. Prices are also far more reasonable, starting well under $200 for elegant and spacious rooms that feel pulled directly from a luxurious Italian sailboat. Some rooms are noisy and the hotel is small, with just 100 rooms, so don't expect deluxe resort amenities. It's not your typical stay, and neither is Coconut Grove, but if you're willing to try something, and somewhere, different, it's a lovely hotel with tons of personality to spare. Book the Mr. C Miami starting at $167 per night
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Hotels, motels, and resorts are never going to be the same. Here's what you can expect the next time you plan a vacation.
Hotels, motels, and resorts will be forever changed by the coronavirus pandemic. Business Insider spoke to...Hotels, motels, and resorts will be forever changed by the coronavirus pandemic. Business Insider spoke to top travel CEOs from companies like Hilton, Club Med, and Aman Resorts about how the coronavirus will change the experience of staying in a hotel. Hoteliers predict that travelers will prefer smaller, less dense hotels and outdoor amenities. Breakfast buffets could become a thing of the past, and room service could come in the form of a bag dropped outside your door. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Hotels and resorts are in a state of crisis. As of May 20, seven out of 10 hotel rooms in the US were sitting empty and thousands of hotels are completely closed, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Hotels have lost more than $25 billion in room revenue since the start of the pandemic, and 70% of hotel employees have been laid off or furloughed, per the AHLA. Empty hotels are desperately selling bonds for future discounted travel. But as US states and other countries start to reopen, hotel companies are looking ahead to make travelers feel safe and to entice them into coming back to their properties. Many major hotel brands, including Marriott — the world's biggest hotel company — Best Western, Hilton, and Hyatt Hotels, have pledged to abide by the AHLA's new Safe Stay guidelines for everything from contactless check-in to new cleaning standards and protocols. Here's what you can expect the next time you stay at a hotel or resort. People may seek out smaller, less dense lodging One major change travelers might see in hotels in the future is a change in design. "I think that people are going to migrate towards smaller properties, or perhaps migrate to properties that have larger open spaces and are not as high-volume," Mark Durliat, CEO and cofounder of Grace Bay Resorts in Turks and Caicos, recently told Business Insider's Madeline Stone. Carolyne Doyon, CEO and President of Club Med North America, told Business Insider that she believes "there will be increased demand for resort options that are less dense ... resorts that are integrated in, and respectful of, their surrounding natural environments and are spread out across larger areas." Visually, she predicts a big change to the design of resorts too, with a pivot to "low-rise buildings that blend in rather than traditional concrete high-rises." The humble motel may even make a comeback. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, which has adopted the AHLA's Safe Stay protocols and owns brands like Super 8 and Days Inn, is already seeing rising demand for its properties with exterior corridors — also known as motels — per The New York Times. Dave DeCecco, Wyndham's vice president of global communications, told Business Insider that motel owners are finding several benefits to the traditional motel design. For one, motels don't have interior hallways or large social spaces, limiting guests' exposure to other people and lowering the risk of infection. On top of that, the fact that guests can park directly outside their room further limits their exposure to strangers. Contactless check-in and temperature screenings upon arrival Hotels that didn't already have contactless check-in are now offering it via smartphone app to cut down on person-to-person interaction. At Hilton, for example, guests can check in using its Digital Key system, which opens any door a guest would normally access with a key card. That includes guest rooms, elevators, side doors, and fitness centers. Many brands, including Club Med and Loews Hotels, have said they will screen guests' temperatures when they arrive at the hotel. No more noisy neighbors: Some hotels will only fill 50% of their rooms Contactless check-in isn't the ony way your next hotel experience may involve fewer people. The next time you stay in a hotel, the rooms on either side of yours may be empty. Some cities, counties, and hotel brands have announced they will operate at no more than 50% occupancy for the foreseeable future. At some of its resorts that are reopening, luxury resort brand Aman Resorts will "skip a key," or only make every other room available for reservation, COO Roland Fasel told Business Insider. California's San Luis Obispo County is limiting hotel and short-term lodging occupancy rates to no more than 50% — and only for essential travel — in an order by the county health officer that went into effect May 17 and will be reevaluated every two weeks. And Pensacola Beach in Florida limited its hotels to half-capacity back in March, keeping them open throughout the pandemic. No more daily housekeeping Your hotel room itself may look a bit different than it did before the pandemic. The Four Seasons will place "Lead With Care" kits in each guest room that include masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitization wipes. Best Western, which has more than 5,000 hotels worldwide, said it will remove "unnecessary items" like decorative pillows from guest rooms as part of its enhanced sanitization procedures. And Hilton is doing away with the pen, paper, and guest directory normally provided in each room unless specifically requested. Another major change travelers can expect to see is the frequency of housekeeping. The standard that guests have come to expect in hotels is daily housekeeping unless they request their room be skipped. That's an expectation that's about to invert. For those hotels abiding by the AHLA's Stay Safe guidelines, housekeeping will no longer enter a guest's room during their stay unless specifically requested. Rooms will continue to be cleaned thoroughly after check-out. The new room service: a bag outside your door, or a server in full PPE Travelers who frequent high-end hotels may be accustomed to room service delivered straight into their room by a dapper server pushing a white tablecloth-clad cart. But in the time of coronavirus, the AHLA recommends that traditional room service be replaced with a no-contact delivery method. Gregg Fracassa, general manager at Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, recently told Business Insider that in-room dining service will come "in the form of a market bag left at the door." Aman Resorts said it has seen increased demand for in-room dining during the pandemic. Staff is still delivering meals into rooms — while wearing full PPE. "All in-room dining is served with food and drinks covered, and staff wear PPE [personal protective equipment] upon delivery," Fasel said. "If guests feel comfortable with us dropping the food off in their room we do so, however we can also place it on a table in the entrance." Say goodbye to the traditional hotel buffet The beloved continental breakfast buffet may be a thing of the past. Traditional buffet service should be limited and prepackaged foods and "grab and go" items should be the preferred method of food delivery, per the AHLA. Best Western has said that some of its breakfast rooms could be closed to avoid unnecessary guest congregation, and some of its hotels may switch to a pre-plated breakfast to minimize guest contact. If a hotel does choose to offer a buffet, it should be served by an attendant wearing PPP and food displays should include sneeze and cough screens. Expect to be wearing a mask during your spa treatments That brings us to amenities: Hotels love to tout their amenities, from pools and saunas to gyms and restaurants. But during a pandemic, shared spaces where groups of people gather can be cause for unease. The good news for amenity-seekers is that AHLA guidelines allow for fitness centers, pool areas, and meeting spaces to stay open — as long as they are configured for social distancing and disinfected multiple times per day. However, some amenities will take on a different look. Luxury spa treatments will continue, but they might take place inside your hotel room rather than at the hotel spa, and your massage therapist may be wearing full PPE. At Aman Resorts, which is known for its wellness offerings, all spa therapists will wear masks, as well as gloves if the guest requests them, Fasel told Business Insider. Therapists will change their PPE between each treatment and treatment rooms will have a minimum 30-minute turnover time to ensure proper cleaning and sanitization. Aman recommends that guests wear masks during treatments. Aman has also expanded its in-room spa services. In the spa area, only one person is allowed at a time inside shared enclosed spaces like steam rooms and saunas. These changes could also be accompanied by a growing demand for outdoor amenities. "When social distancing restrictions are lifted, we foresee our guests wanting to be outside, rather than confined indoors," David Bowd, CEO of Salt Hotels and operator of The Asbury and Asbury Ocean Club in Asbury Park, New Jersey, recently told Business Insider. "Catering to this expected demand, we'll be focusing on outdoor programming, such as outdoor movies and pool events." Aman Resorts will expand its nature experiences, such as offering a new foraging trek combined with a kitchen garden tour and outdoor cooking class at its Amankila resort in Bali, Fasel said. Ramped-up cleaning protocols and social distancing rules Hotels have vowed to boost their cleaning procedures and train employees in proper safety protocols. Per the AHLA's Stay Safe guidelines, hotels will offer employees COVID-19 safety and protocol training and require that workers frequently wash their hands and wear proper PPE based on CDC recommendations. Common spaces like lobbies, gym equipment, pool seating, and dining surfaces, as well as other high-touch surfaces like elevator buttons and door handles, are to be disinfected multiple times per day. Many hotels have said they're installing hand sanitizing stations throughout their properties. Marriott is rolling out new cleaning technologies, like electrostatic sprayers that use hospital-grade disinfectant to sanitize surfaces, with the help of its new Global Cleanliness Council that was created to develop enhanced health and safety guidelines for Marriott's 7,300 properties, Business Insider's Melissa Wiley reported. Per the AHLA guidelines, hotels will advise guests to practice social distancing and stay at least six feet away from people not traveling with them. Hotels will make certain areas for appropriate distancing and, where possible, encourage one-way walkways. 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The Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland boasts a modern look, a notable library of signed books, and surprisingly affordable rates — though standard rooms start small
The Heathman is an iconic, historic hotel in Portland, merging classic architecture and postmodern works...The Heathman is an iconic, historic hotel in Portland, merging classic architecture and postmodern works of art with updated interiors and a great downtown location. The hotel underwent a major renovation in 2018 leaving rooms and public spaces fresh, stylish, and airy. Especially notable is the soaring two-story library lounge with an excellent collection of signed books. I stayed in a King Suite after being upgraded at check-in from an entry-level Deluxe King, and found the hotel to be an excellent value given its style, personal service, and location. Read all Business Insider hotel reviews here. A note from your Insider Reviews travel editor: Coronavirus has interrupted travel on a global scale forcing travelers to cancel and reassess plans in the coming weeks and months. We understand that right now is a challenging time to plan travel. But when this time passes and things return to normal, we know you'll be eager to explore the world again. Whenever that happens for you, and we know it will, we hope our travel content helps you make informed, useful, and inspiring choices on the best places and hotels to book. So whether you use our reviews now, bookmark them for the future, or simply need an escape from the news, we'll continue to share the world with you. In the meantime, we encourage all travelers to stay safe, follow guidelines from the CDC website, and take precautions. When I was invited to read from my new book at the Portland Book Festival recently, I chose to stay at The Heathman Hotel in the heart of Portland's cultural district. Built in 1927, the Heathman is a recently-renovated boutique hotel well-suited for art lovers. Restored in 1984 and updated again in 2018, the Heathman is a terrific example of an older, unabashedly classic hotel that's been lightened and brightened to feel stylish and elegant, while still retaining its quintessential Portland spirit. One of the city's last grand hotels, the Heathman has long been a hub of the city's cultural life (from the 1930s to the 1950s, its mezzanine was home to the studios of Portland radio station KOIN, the main stop for any musician passing through the city). Today, the hotel feels fresh-faced and offers genuinely personal service that isn't stuffy or "grand," but instead, spot-on for this casually trendy city. Entry-level rooms start small but come at prices significantly lower than similarly located Portland hotels, making it an excellent deal. Standard room rates start as low as $128 during off season, but can rise to $322 during popular August and September weekends. Although I originally booked an entry-level Deluxe King room for $146 a few weeks before my stay, I was upgraded a King Suite (which typically starts at $269) at check-in and appreciated the extra space. Bookworms will especially love spending time in the hotel's two-story library lounge that features an impressive collection of reads, many of which have been personally signed for the hotel. The first impression The room On-site amenities What's nearby What others say What you need to know The bottom line Book The Heathman Hotel starting at $128 per night Keep reading to see why I was so impressed by The Heathman Hotel in Portland. The Heathman won me over from the moment I pulled up in front of its classic facade lit by the Art Deco Schnitzer Concert Hall marquee down the block. The Heathman has an ideal location in the midst of Portland's cultural center, and since the night was rainy — not unusual for this Northwest city — a bellman appeared to valet park my car. (Portland is so walkable I didn't need a car the rest of the weekend and was relieved to be rid of it.) I've stayed in lots of small luxury boutique hotels over the years and found there's a certain formula to them. Typically, an older hotel or historic building with great bones is transformed to play up a fresh-faced lobby, with updated rooms, a cool vibe, and ideally, a lively bar and restaurant scene. Unfortunately, the boutique formula frequently misses the mark and disappoints. But the Heathman was a home run. The hotel set itself apart starting with kind and genuinely friendly front-desk attendants. I originally booked a standard Deluxe King but was delighted to discover that because the hotel wasn't full, I'd been upgraded to a King Suite at no extra charge. Every guest is offered a complimentary microbrew upon check-in, but I was also handed a sealed envelope. I opened it in the elevator and was nearly brought to tears. The Heathman is well known for its glorious two-story library lounge containing some 2,700 books — most of them personally autographed for the hotel by a book-lover's lineup of literary rock stars, Nobel, and Pulitzer Prize winners. My letter informed me that the hotel had taken the liberty of ordering a signed copy of my book from a local independent bookstore (how did they even know I was a writer?), and would be honored to add it to their library. I thought this was extraordinary, but from comments gleaned from other guests, discovered the Heathman is known for its uncommon attention to detail. Before unpacking, I rode the elevator back down to check out the striking library, of course, and make the most of my Heathman literary moment. All the Heathman's 151 rooms were renovated in 2018. My upgraded King Suite contained the exact same decor as a standard Deluxe King but included the addition small sitting area. A comfy bed was made up in white linens, a navy throw, and navy-herringbone sham offset by a caramel-leather headboard. Stone-white walls were hung with mirrors and terrific modern art added dimension and lightness to the space. Wood floors were warmed by swirls of navy and a tan floral rug. The 520-square-foot suite featured pocket doors dividing the space from a compact living area containing an L-shaped couch, coffee table, and vestibule with a complimentary mini-fridge and French Press. I greatly enjoyed the additional space and was glad I'd been upgraded since my original room would have run just 230 to 360 square feet. Even in my suite, the bathroom was tight by modern standards. But it was clean and functional, with a white-tiled shower (no bath), black-rimmed standing sink too small for a toiletry kit, and wooden shelves mounted above for my personal items. All rooms come with the same amenities and include an honor bar, 24-hour room service, set up for French Press coffee and tea, a plush white robe, and slippers. I slept well in the extremely comfortable bed despite the fact my room, located on a lower floor, was dark and looked at a neighboring wall. As a coffee addict, I thought the French press and coffee grounds were a nice Portlandian touch but would have preferred the convenience of an espresso machine. Premiere Kings (located on the 5th through 10th floors, most with views of Broadway) and Corner Kings (on the 4th through 10th floors) are the next levels up after entry-level Deluxe Kings and offer better views and more light than even my suite, but I was content with my lower-floor King Suite, though there are additional tiers of suites available including Studio, One Bedroom, and Grand. The Heathman makes up for the entry-level rooms' sometimes small-feeling spaces with abundant verve and style, along with wallet-friendly rates. For future stays, I would book a suite for the additional space despite the higher price point, and would even upgrade to a Corner Suite on a higher floor so I could ditch the dark wall and enjoy views of the city. However, it's worth noting that many reviewers on Trip Advisor were also upgraded at check-in, so it could be worth booking a room at a lower rate and gambling on a possible upgrade possibility slower months. Headwaters is a spacious restaurant and bar conveniently located on the Heathman's ground floor. Headed by chef-owner and James Beard award-winner, Vitaley Paley, it showcases locally-sourced Oregon ingredients and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. The breakfast menu is fairly basic but offers everything from healthy to hearty (organic oats to Mimosas and Dungeness crab omelets), while lunch gets going with inventive local offerings (steelhead tartare to crab cake BLTs), and dinner sources heavily from streams and the sea, with entrees like local steelhead and Pacific Northwest paella. There is a small on-site gym with Pelotons, weights, and treadmills. Guests also have access to free bikes and in-room wellness kits with yoga mats. Be aware there is a resort fee of $30 per night per room to cover the cost of these amenities. By far my favorite space was the striking library. On my first night, I grabbed a Negroni from Headwaters and settled in for some reading. One quibble: there is no bar service in this beautiful space, so if you want to order drinks you must carry them in from the adjacent bar. As a result, there is little service either and the night I was there, empty cocktail glasses and teacups littered the tables. That said, I loved the soaring, two-story space with sleek sitting areas surrounded by rich wood paneling from the 1920s, and contemporary floor-to-ceiling bookcases lined with books. Most of the books are available for guests to peruse (or check out for in-room use), and I spent a memorable evening pulling out volume after volume, finding my favorite writers, and reading their whimsical notes, drawings, and inscriptions, made out personally to the Heathman. It's a fantastic collection and for word-lovers, worth a stay at the Heathman for this experience alone. The Heathman has a great downtown location and is especially well-suited for art lovers. It's in the midst of Portland's designated Cultural District, just down the block from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and adjacent to the Portland Center for the Performing Arts as well as the Portland Art Museum, which is particularly worth a visit. There are many notable restaurants within walking distance, and coffee addicts will find a Café Umbria right down the street. Shoppers are near a nice mix of flagship department stores and boutiques. A bit farther afield, don't miss Powell's Books, Portland's legendary independent bookstore, or the city's alluring Japanese garden. Check flight prices to Portland on Expedia On Trip Advisor, the Heathman earns 4.5 out of 5 stars and is ranked 9 out of 154 hotels in Portland. However, it is head and shoulders above some of the other budget hotels that are listed above it in terms of decor and amenities. On Booking.com the hotel has an overall rating of 9 out of 10 and is among their top-recommended properties. Feedback consistently praises the hotel for its beautiful and unique ambiance, its attention to detail, warmth, and hospitality. Negative feedback has to do with the small room and bathroom size, which many reviewers found to be cramped at the entry-level size, as well as lack of sound-proofing, as is often the case with older hotels. Finally, as noted above, there are additional resort and service fees upon checkout that some guests weren't aware of ahead of time and found disappointing. Compare reviews, prices, and book The Heathman Hotel on Trip Advisor Who stays here: A solid mix of savvy tourists and business travelers, well-heeled couples (many with dogs in tow, since the hotel is pet-friendly), and the weekend I visited, an extended family celebrating a wedding. We like: The genuine hospitality and over-the-top personal touches extended to all guests. We love (don't miss this feature!): The stunning library lounge filled with personally autographed books and collector's editions, as well as a notable art collection with 250 original paintings, photographs, and works on paper. The emphasis on Northwest artists, plus a cool collection of Andy Warhol lithographs, are also standout additions. We think you should know: This is a historic-hotel turned boutique-hotel. If you are seeking large rooms and serious luxury, book elsewhere. We'd do this differently next time: I look forward to returning when not on a book-tour budget and springing for a corner room with ample light and views. The Heathman Hotel is an iconic, spirited hotel in the heart of the city with a long history of celebrating arts and culture. Guests will like it for its prime location, chic and inviting public spaces, convenient bar and restaurant, and affordable prices, especially when compared with similar hotels in the area. The hotel is known for exceptional attention to detail and personal touches, which I experienced firsthand. The impressive, cozy library is an excellent place to nurse a cocktail while skimming through favorite reads, and the vast array of personally signed books by noted literary figures is worth a visit alone for book lovers. Entry-level rooms start small, and those on lower levels can be dark and lacking any views, so splurge on a roomier suite or high-floor corner room if you can swing it. That said, it's beloved by many return guests and I look forward to being one of them. Book The Heathman Hotel starting at $128 per night
Even at higher price points, all-inclusive resorts add strong value since they cover the entire...Even at higher price points, all-inclusive resorts add strong value since they cover the entire price of the vacation including food and drink, and often, activities. Mexico is an all-inclusive resort paradise filled with hotel options for every type of traveler, from romantic adults-only getaways to kid-focused and fun stays. We picked top-rated all-inclusive resorts across the most popular areas of Mexico that deliver on beach views, spacious rooms, plenty of on-site activities, and excellent dining. Resorts range from budget-friendly with all the necessities starting at $127, to worthy splurges that include premium liquor, massive entry-level suites, and personal butlers for $896. Read all Business Insider Hotel Reviews here. A note from your Insider Reviews travel editor: Coronavirus has interrupted travel on a global scale forcing travelers to cancel and reassess plans in the coming weeks and months. We understand that right now is a challenging time to plan travel. But when this time passes and things return to normal, we know you'll be eager to explore the world again. Whenever that happens for you, and we know it will, we hope our travel content helps you make informed, useful, and inspiring choices on the best places and hotels to book. So whether you use our reviews now, bookmark them for the future, or simply need an escape from the news, we'll continue to share the world with you. In the meantime, we encourage all travelers to stay safe, follow guidelines from the CDC website, and take precautions. When it comes to beach vacations, going the all-inclusive route can be a game-changer. There's no need to whip out the credit card for every pina colada or mid-day snack, and budgeting is significantly easier since you'll know the total cost upfront. Mexico, in particular, is a mecca for all-inclusive resorts and often priced far cheaper than you'll find at Caribbean counterparts. Whether you're a couple looking for secluded romance in rooms with private plunge pools, or a family planning a multi-gen escape for everyone from toddlers to grandma, there's an all-inclusive resort with white-sand beaches and turquoise waves to consider. In fact, the abundance of choice can be overwhelming. In addition to seeking a memorable property, it's important to consider questions like: will all the free food be good? Will there be upcharges for premium restaurants? Are activities included? Are rooms comfortable or dated? Is the resort crowded or relaxing? We sought to answer these questions by selecting all-inclusive resorts in Mexico that promise to deliver on lofty expectations so there's no risk of disappointment later, surprises over hidden fees, or pain points that some overextended resorts are apt to experience. Need more vacation inspiration? Click on the link below to discover all kinds of tropical retreats. The best wellness retreats in the Caribbean The best affordable overwater bungalows around the world The best hotels for families in the US The best honeymoon destinations and hotels The best affordable hotels with private plunge pools We picked top resorts across multiple categories, including the best spots for couples, families, big groups, budget-conscious travelers, and those looking to splurge on luxurious stays. Our selections are based on our own experiences, as well as a range of price points, and come with overwhelmingly positive but critical reviews and rankings on trusted traveler sites such as Trip Advisor and Booking.com to help ensure everything included delivers on quality and service. Additionally, every all-inclusive resort is rated at least 4 out of 5-stars on Trip Advisor and an 8 out of 10 on Booking.com. Prices start at the budget-friendly $127 per night to top-tier luxury resorts starting at $896 that are absolutely worth it. While all-inclusives can come with a higher cost, the value is strong considering the price tag includes all meals, liquor, and many activities in addition to well-appointed rooms. Here are the best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, by category Best budget-friendly Best for couples Best for families Best for big groups Best luxury Keep reading for the best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, sorted by category and price from low to high. SEE ALSO: Best hotels in Key West SEE ALSO: Best hotels in Palm Springs SEE ALSO: Best hotels in Miami Grand Riviera Princess - Playa Del Carmen Book Grand Riviera Princess starting at $127 per night Grand Riviera Princess starts at just $127 in the off season and even in peak December holiday season, prices can be as low as $132 per night. That's shockingly cheap compared to competitors but there's no catch. The price includes all food, many activities, and great resort amenities. Suites with hot tubs make good options for couples, while Family Club rooms with King-sized beds, in addition to bunk beds, are ideal for families. There is a wide range of global restaurants to please all palates, including Mexican, Italian, Swiss, and Asian cuisine. You won't find as many over-the-top amenities and activities here as at larger resorts or luxury hotels, but there's still access to great beaches, 15 (yes, 15) pools — including those designated exclusively for kids, a kids' club, a small game room, tennis courts, free non-motorized sports, and a spa. Trip Advisor Ranking: 117 of 254 hotels in Playa del Carmen Booking.com Rating: 8.4 out of 10 Pros: A wallet-friendly stay that still comes with all the amenities you'd want in a solid beach vacation including a beachfront location, multiple pools, a spa, and plenty of on-site activities. Cons: The rooms are nice, but are not exceedingly memorable or luxurious when it comes to decor and amenities. The resort is also quite large and it can be a trek to reach the beach depending on where your room is located. Royal Solaris Los Cabos - San Jose del Cabo Book the Royal Solaris Los Cabos starting at $155 per night Just five minutes from San Jose del Cabo vibrant downtown, and 25 minutes from lively Cabo San Lucas, this well-appointed resort consistently comes in at under $200 even in the winter high season. The horseshoe-shaped property includes gardens, multiple pools, beaches, tennis, basketball, and beach volleyball courts, plus a kids' club and mini water park. There's also a shuttle to and from Cabo San Lucas, but it costs extra. Lounging on the beach is always an option, though swimming is not permitted due to riptides and strong currents. There are five restaurants, including a la carte dining, and buffets with nightly themed dinners. Rooms are nice, though plain, and all accommodations include balconies, but some are very small and don't have great views. The property tends to cater mainly to families, but adults can take advantage of the spa and adults-only pools, along with the on-site bars. Trip Advisor Ranking: 20 of 50 hotels in San Jose del Cabo Booking.com Rating: 8.3 out of 10 Pros: An affordable resort that caters mainly to families with plenty to keep travelers busy on property, as well as easy access to Cabo San Lucas. Cons: The beach is great for lounging, but not for swimming. Guests should also be wary of dated rooms and time-share sales pitches. Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit - Flamingo Book Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit starting at $248 per night This AAA Four-Diamond luxury resort in Nuevo Vallarta is a serious steal coming in under $200 even during some of the busiest months. It's not exclusively all-inclusive, but it has an all-inclusive package option when booking, allowing for more flexibility. This can be a perk for larger groups who may want to choose different options. The all-inclusive add-on includes all meals, drinks, resort activities, access to the tennis courts, use of the hydrotherapy circuit at the spa, and all non-motorized sports equipment. Booking just the room starts at $156, but even with the all-inclusive package, the price can start as low as $248 per night. The apartment-style property consists of multi-bedroom suites with either kitchenettes or full kitchens, depending on room type and price point. Private terraces provide sweeping views of the lush grounds and the Bay of Banderas. The large main pool features multiple zero-entry points, making it extremely accessible, while the swim-up bar keeps the atmosphere fun. On-site activities cater to kids and adults, including kid-friendly survival classes and movie nights, as well as paddle-boarding and dance or Spanish lessons. Additionally, guests have access to the beaches, pools, and activities at sister resort Villa del Palmar Flamingos right next door. Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 of 5 hotels in Flamingo Booking.com Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Pros: An apartment-style resort that gives guests the flexibility to book as a standard hotel or as an all-inclusive package with meals. Cons: Some of the rooms can feel dated and it doesn't have as modern or chic decor as other nearby resorts. TRS Yucatan Hotel - Akumal Book TRS Yucatan Hotel starting at $270 per night Part of the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya complex of five resorts, the adults-only, 130-room TRS Yucatan Hotel offers a smaller, quieter retreat in comparison to its big behemoth sister properties. TRS Yucatan Hotel is just right for couples in the beautiful area of Akumal, nestled between lively Tulum and Cancun. Akumal is named after the sea turtles you'll likely find swimming beside you while out snorkeling, alongside soft-sand beaches and clear turquoise waters. Contemporary accommodations start with huge entry-level Junior Suites and go all the way up to premium suites with private plunge pools, and Romance Bungalows featuring unique wood furniture, hidden outdoor showers, and private decks with kayak landings. But perhaps one of the biggest perks of staying at TRS Yucatan is the fact that guests can enjoy all the amenities of Grand Palladium Riviera Maya's other four resorts, while TRS remains private only to guests booked there. It makes for a pretty exclusive stay, with the option of a big resort sprawl, while being able to retreat to a quiet, secluded base. Still, even at just TRS, there's plenty to do. Six restaurants, multiple bars, a VIP beach area, a spa, and three pools, including an infinity pool with exceptional ocean views, are all available. Additionally, activities like kayaking, diving, and windsurfing ensure guests are never left idling aimlessly on the beach — unless that's exactly what they're looking to do. Trip Advisor Ranking: 3 of 22 hotels in Akumal Booking.com Rating: 9.4 out of 10 Pros: A more secluded, adults-only resort that still gives guests access to all the amenities found at the four sister properties within the complex. Cons: None of the rooms are right on the beach and it can be a long walk to get there depending on where your room is. Excellence Playa Mujeres - Playa Mujeres Book Excellence Playa Mujeres starting at $428 per night This adults-only all-suite resort is found on the powdery white-sand beaches of Playa Mujeres in Cancun. The beach is dotted with private palapas that provide a shady reprieve for lounging and plenty of romantic R&R. Couples can also rest in hammocks, or dip their toes in crystal clear waters as a school of fish swims by. More action can be found at the main pool where drinks and shots flow freely at the swim-up bar. There are seven pools in total, along with four jacuzzis, and five whirlpool tubs, and junior suites come with swim-up pool access right from the room. Other room types include pool-view suites, or our top pick, terrace suites with private plunge pools. To really up the romance, opt for a two-story room with a massive private terrace, plunge pool, and in-suite jacuzzi. Each night, guests receive a list of activities for the next day, along with daily restaurant choices, and a nightly entertainment schedule. Activities range from kayaking to yoga and Spanish lessons, and every activity except for deep-sea fishing, private yacht excursions, and scuba diving are included in the nightly rate. Savor the sunset and the balmy nights that follow with live music, laser shows, and romantic outdoor dinners, all included. Trip Advisor Ranking: 2 of 12 hotels in Playa Mujeres Hotels.com Rating: 9.4 out of 10 Pros: An adults-only, all-suite resort where lively fun and deep relaxation can all happen under the same palapa. Cons: Not all of the restaurants are open every night, so be sure to check the schedules ahead of time and plan accordingly, especially if there's one restaurant you're eager to try. El Dorado Maroma - Playa Maroma Book El Dorado Maroma starting at $549 per night There are perhaps two words that automatically set the tone for luxury and romance: overwater bungalows. And you don't have to fly halfway around the world to the Maldives to cozy up in one. We like El Dorado Maroma in particular, found on the pristine beaches of Quintana Roo, though they predictably come at a very high price point, starting at $1,500. Not to worry, we also rounded up our favorite affordable overwater bungalows around the world. Don't dismiss El Dorado just because their overwater bungalow might be too far above your budget. Consider their spacious Junior Suites instead that start at $549 for all-inclusive rates, and feature balconies, hot tubs, and artfully decorated interiors. Honeymoon Suites are only $30 more and add oversized private terraces outfitted with double beds and in-suite hot tubs. But if you can't resist the allure of waking up to turquoise waters directly under your glass-bottom floors, the overwater bungalows make a strong case for a serious splurge. Consider that you'll save on airfare, travel time, and jet lag compared to similar resorts in Tahiti or Asia. Plus, most other overwater bungalows aren't all-inclusive and cost the same price before adding hefty food, drink, and activity charges. If you've always dreamt of diving from your private terrace directly into the ocean, this is a good place to do it. Additionally, there are six on-site restaurants ranging s from Mexican and Peruvian to Asian fusion. Sip on a fruity cocktail at any of the five bars — and don't even bother changing out of your swimsuit since three are swim-up. All-inclusive extras include paddleboarding, Latin dance lessons, and a free champagne toast upon arrival. Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 of 7 hotels in Playa Maroma Booking.com Rating: 9 out of 10 Pros: The spacious entry-level Junior Suites and slightly more expensive Honeymoon Suites still offer plenty of romance in the desirable setting of Quintana Roo. Cons: The bungalows are expensive but if staying in one is a bucket list item, the resort makes a strong case to do it here. Unlike most overwater bungalow resorts, the price here also includes meals and activities, and the resort is much easier to reach than the Maldives. Club Med Cancun Yucatan - Cancun Book Club Med Cancun Yucatan starting at $286 per night Families can pair a beach getaway with exceptional cultural and learning opportunities at Club Med Cancun Yucatan. The resort offers quirky activities for kids including flying trapeze school and archery lessons, as well as direct access to the world's second-largest coral reef, plus snorkeling, waterskiing, and sailing school, all included. Though they come at an additional cost, off-site excursions are worth a surcharge for easy access to days spent snorkeling with sea turtles, swimming with whale sharks, exploring famed Chichen Itza, or floating in crystal clear cenotes. The resort itself is situated on an idyllic stretch of sand and most rooms have furnished balconies with either sea or lagoon views. The Aguamarina buildings are designed specifically for families with colorful, beachy decor including purple couches, turquoise curtains, and multiple bedrooms. The oceanfront rooms are also located right by the family oasis pool on its own secluded beach. Parents will appreciate the spa by luxury French skincare company L'Occitane, and six bars and lounges provide a fun retreat when it's grownup time. Trip Advisor Ranking: 11 of 222 hotels in Cancun Kayak.com Rating: 9.1 out of 10 Pros: A kid-friendly resort with unique on-site offerings like trapeze classes and archery lessons, as well as easy access to book off-site excursions to wonders like Chichen Itza and the famous cenotes. Cons: The excursions off property are a major draw, but they come at additional costs and staff can try to upsell guests. Hard Rock Riviera Maya - Puerto Aventuras Book Hard Rock Riviera Maya starting at $391 per night The Hard Rock Riviera Maya promises to please every age group. At the on-site Rockaway Bay Water Park, teens can get adrenaline pumping zooming down high-speed waterslides, while young children splash away at the jungle gym. And, of course, everyone appreciates the private beach, and a wide variety of pools all designated for kids, families, or adults. Young travelers will enjoy burning off extra energy at the indoor action-sports facility with trampolines, a skate park, indoor snowboard and ski equipment, and an obstacle course. Children can also live out pop star dreams at Kidz Bop Experience, where they meet a tour manager, pick out a band name, select a red carpet look, and perform on a real stage. The entire experience is included as part of the all-inclusive rate, though taking it to the next level with a glam squad and cover shoots does come with a fee. Parents aren't forgotten either and can find plenty of pampering at Heaven, the adults-only resort within a resort section of the property. Here, heaven also includes the signature Hard Rock spa, seven bars, a nightclub, four upscale restaurants, and private pools. Trip Advisor Ranking: 5 of 18 hotels in Puerto Aventuras Booking.com Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Pros: Kids will never be bored between the waterpark, action-sports facility, and unique activities like the Kidz Bop Experience. The adults-only resort within a resort concept also means parents can relax, too. Cons: Guests need to make reservations for all of the restaurants and during the busiest seasons, they book up incredibly fast. If you don't book ahead of time, you could end up eating at the buffet every night. Hotel Xcaret Mexico - Playa del Carmen Book Hotel Xcaret Mexico starting at $570 per night Hotel Xcaret Mexico features a unique architectural approach with an eco-integrated design resulting in pools that look like natural lagoons and grottos, and "casa" complexes named after the natural elements. The all-suite resort has four varieties of room types ranging from swim-up suites with private pools to junior suites with large terraces. Best of all for families is the ALL-FUN All-Inclusive Concept, which gives guests unlimited access to Xcaret's eight eco-centric theme parks, waterparks, and tours with experiences like ziplining, waterslides, and driving off-road vehicles through the jungle. Shuttles between the resort and the eco-parks, as well as to and from the airport in Cancun, are also included. Within the main grounds of Hotel Xcaret, join included activities such as kayaking down the river, sport courts, jungle trails, and kids' club, or simply grab a lounge chair on the beautiful beach. Daily meals can be eaten at 10 different on-site restaurants, with drinks offered at eight bars. There is also the relaxing Muluk Spa that incorporates ancient Mayan mythology and practices into their signature treatments. Trip Advisor Ranking: 14 of 254 hotels in Playa del Carmen Booking.com Rating: 9.5 out of 10 Pros: A resort with a unique eco-integrated design that gives guests access to eight parks and tours included in the all-inclusive price. Cons: Reservations for the parks and restaurants can book up fast, and there can be long lines at the reservation center if you try to book with staff once you've arrived, so book activities and meals ahead of time if possible. Grand Residences Riviera Cancun - Puerto Morelos Book Grand Residences Riviera Cancun starting at $215 per night The 144-suite Grand Residences Riviera Cancun ingratiates itself to large groups with spacious suites and villas that include as many as four bedrooms, homey, handcrafted furniture, gourmet kitchens, Jacuzzis, and large terraces with sea views. Despite the name, the hotel is actually located in the village of Puerto Morelos, which is 20 minutes from the Cancun airport, and close to Tulum and its archaeological wonders. We like it because it's a more peaceful spot away from the main party scene. The resort delivers on many details others don't, such as airport transfers, welcome drinks (margaritas for adults, juice for kids), and a bottle of tequila waiting in the room upon arrival. Other perks and activities range from lollipops in the pool area and personalized cookies, to mixology and tennis lessons, daily beach games, snorkeling, bike tours, dance contests, Spanish classes, and more. Trip Advisor Ranking: 2 of 36 hotels in Puerto Morelos Booking.com Rating: 9.1 out of 10 Pros: An all-suite property with one- to four-bedroom suites in a calmer area than the usual Cancun party scene. Cons: There are only two main restaurants, which can become repetitive on lengthier trips when you're paying to only dine on-site. Velas Vallarta - Puerto Vallarta Book Velas Vallarta starting at $260 per night Set along 10 acres on the gorgeous Banderas Bay with views of the Sierra Madre Mountains, Velas Vallarta offers all-inclusive options for groups, plus multiple pools and a relaxing beach area. The suites feature contemporary Mexican details and range from one- to three-bedrooms, with kitchens or kitchenettes, private balconies, and large living room areas. All-inclusive rates include activities like tennis, basketball, morning yoga, and a kid's club for ages 4 to 12 with plenty of offerings to keep young ones busy. Gourmet dining is also included and La Ribera Restaurant offers breathtaking ocean views along with steak and seafood dinners, as well as a great breakfast buffet. For live music and Mexican cantina food, Foodies Cantina offers authentic fare, while Andrea Restaurant serves fresh local seafood and Asian and Italian-inspired options. Just be sure to make reservations; they are required for all restaurants. Trip Advisor Ranking: 3 of 137 hotels in Puerto Vallarta Booking.com Rating: 8.9 out of 10 Pros: One- to three-bedroom suites with stunning ocean and mountain views in Marina Vallarta. The staff is also exceptionally attentive. Cons: The resort could generally use a refresh and some rooms show signs of wear and tear. All dining requires advance reservations. Marival Distinct Luxury Residences - Nuevo Vallarta Book Marival Distinct Luxury Residences starting at $281 per night While it may seem difficult for a resort to cater to couples, families, and groups, Marival Distinct Luxury Residences in Riviera Nayarit has found a way to balance these contrasts with a wide variety of offerings, amenities, and lodging. For groups, Marival Distinct Luxury Residences are spacious and range from one to four bedrooms equipped with kitchens, washer/dryers, living rooms, and terraces. For even more space, villas and penthouses include huge private pools. All meals from the five distinct a la carte restaurants are included, along with pool and beach concierge service, a personal butler, babysitting, and tennis clinics. The resort can also arrange spectacular off-site excursions like whale watching, ziplining, or sailing off to the nearby Marieta Islands, but these come with an additional fee. Multi-gen groups with children will appreciate an on-site kids' club, a family-only area just two minutes from the main resort, as well as the fact that residences and villas come with children-themed bedrooms with special kid-friendly amenities and toys. Finally, the Melange World Spa features nine thematic cabins, each with a distinctive atmosphere representing a different world country. Trip Advisor Ranking: 5 of 29 hotels in Nuevo Vallarta Booking.com Rating: 9.5 out of 10 Pros: The huge residences and villas with kitchens, washer/dryers, and private pools give groups the feeling of staying in their own personal beach house. Cons: In the busiest seasons, pools can be very crowded and some travelers have had issues with adults-only areas not being respected by families. Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun - Playa Maroma Book Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun starting at $233 per night If spacious swim-out suites, tropical views, and a secluded, romantic setting sound like vacation heaven, consider Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun. This AAA Five Diamond Resort is an adults-only resort tucked away along a private beach with a romantic vibe and modern rooms with whirlpools. In high season, prices can soar into the $800s, but in the off-season, you can get pampered starting as low as $233 per night. Though for most of the year, and throughout the summer, the average starting price is about $523. The spacious entry-level rooms start at over 600 square feet and come with private furnished balconies and luxurious spa-like bathrooms with hydro tubs. True romance is found in the Swim Out Suites that line a meandering pool and mimics the feel of having a natural river flowing by. A peaceful sanctuary on its own private stretch of beach, the property includes two main pools with ocean views, along with several other smaller, semi-private pools. Daytime activities such as snorkeling, yoga, dance lessons, mini-golf, tennis, and non-motorized watersports are all free. Additionally, guests have green fees waived at the nearby golf course. The spa promises to pamper and has the option for beachfront treatments. Beyond the usual buffet, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun features six a la carte restaurants, a grill, and a cafe. Unlike most resorts, reservations aren't required, leaving room for spontaneity. Fine gourmet options include Bordeaux where French food is served against the backdrop of aged wine barrels, and Oceana for fresh seafood al fresco by candlelight. Top-shelf liquor is also included and served at six lively bars and restaurants alongside, live performances and theme party nights. Trip Advisor Ranking: 2 of 7 hotels in Playa Maroma Booking.com Rating: 9.3 out of 10 Pros: A romantic, secluded resort on a private beach with spacious entry-level suites, excellent dining options, and top-shelf liquor included in the price. In the off-season, you can find incredible deals for premium luxury service. Cons: Prices can soar into the $800s during the most popular winter months. Rooms on the ground floor experience added foot traffic and lack privacy. Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun - Cancun Book Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun starting at $765 per night This luxury adults-only resort is an expensive option, especially given the fact that Cancun has many high-end hotels and resorts available at a much lower price point. However, Le Blanc is rated the number one hotel in all of Cancun on Trip Advisor for good reason. Chic rooms feature dreamy lagoon and ocean views, whirlpool tubs, and personal butlers. In-room aromatherapy, comfort menus, and pillow menus ensure every room is a personal paradise. And the feeling extends outside. It's easy to find beach bliss on the hotel's large stretch of white sand, or at the manicured pools where attendants diligently hand out ice water and cool towels. Service is impeccable and every whim is easily pampered. The elevated dining also goes far above the standard all-inclusive fare. Fine French cuisine is served in an elegant setting under bubble chandeliers, while melt-in-your-mouth sushi can be eaten among tasteful, Japanese-inspired decor. For a more active vacation, tours to swim with dolphins, unlimited golf, sailing to Isla Mujeres, and fitness classes are all available. And, as the name implies, the sumptuous spa is a major draw. Book a treatment at the BlancSpa and take advantage of the sauna, steam room, ice room, and lagoons, for a final dose of serenity. Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 of 222 hotels in Cancun Booking.com Rating: 9.4 out of 10 Pros: This luxurious, adults-only spot with elegant rooms, elevated cuisine, and above-and-beyond amenities is the best in Cancun. Cons: Le Blanc Spa Resort is one of the most expensive resorts in Cancun where there are many other cheaper, still luxe options. Grand Velas Los Cabos - San Jose del Cabo Book Grand Velas Los Cabos starting at $896 per night Grand Velas is a beacon for luxury in Los Cabos with a location overlooking some of the bluest, most beautiful waters in Baja. Indulgence is a way of life with guests receiving not just a welcome drink upon check-in, but a welcome massage, too. Personal butler service is included, as well as top-shelf liquor. Even entry-level suites are massive, starting at 1,100 square feet, and come with ocean view balconies, elegant neutral furnishings, art, and decor. Premium suites boast large living areas and private plunge pools on the balcony. Though the ambiance exudes romance, the resort also does an excellent job catering to families with two-bedroom family suites, a kids' club, teens' club, baby concierge, and rotating daily activities. However, adults will find the hotel plenty posh with five signature restaurants serving fine dining, surf and turf, and Italian-Mediterranean dishes. Poolside and beachside service ensures guests never have to lift a finger when it comes to setting up chairs and towels or getting a drink refill. The spa is its own 35,000 square foot paradise with a private, serene pool, and personal spa valets. For an additional fee, spend days surfing, kayaking over to Lover's Beach, snorkeling the reefs, or playing a round of golf. Just be aware that while the beach is exceptional for relaxation, the ocean is not ideal for a leisurely swim. In fact, swimming at all is frequently prohibited throughout the Cabo area due to strong currents. Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 of 50 hotels in San Jose del Cabo Booking.com Rating: 9.2 out of 10 Pros: Famous in Cabo for its next-level luxury service and amenities, this picturesque resort pleases couples and families alike with massive entry-level suites, gourmet food, and some of the best views in Mexico. Cons: The beach is not suitable for swimming due to strong currents, though this is common throughout the area.