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Twenty-five years ago, Experiencias Xcaret, a group that runs eight nature parks on Riviera Maya, began planning Hotel Xcaret Mexico. Last month, the team's vision of a luxurious, all-inclusive resort nestled in nature finally came to life — and it was worth the wait. Here's everything you need to know before checking in.

The Basics

Budget Level: Luxe ($300+/night)

Lodging Type: Resort

What You Need to Know

The Look: 

Just like its eight amusement parks down the road, Hotel Xcaret Mexico embraces the local environment. In fact, the 900 suites, ten restaurants, eight bars (including two swim-up bars), 11 pools, and spa are designed to resemble and replenish the native landscape, earning Xcaret only property ever to receive the EarthCheck hotel certification. Coves and inlets connect to form a mini-river that snakes through the property, navigable by kayak. Limestone excavated onsite paves all of the outdoor pathways and is used in decorative features on the main buildings. Trees removed during construction were replanted around the resort.

The architecture and decor draw upon Mexican art and culture. The exterior of the reception building resembles a giant palapa, with dramatic Mayan temple-esque stairs leading down to the main resort grounds. Inside, avant-garde coral sculptures and rock-shaped chairs line the entryway, and raindrop-shaped lights double as planters that hang overhead. All of the suites feature modern-rustic bed frames, and hand-painted Oaxacan tiles adorn the bathroom walls with pops of fuchsia, tangerine, and sky blue.

The Vibe: 

The resort provides a family-friendly experience within a luxury setting. There is ample entertainment for kids between the three swimming pools, the beach, and nearby nature parks. Mercado 17 and Chibali, two buffet-style restaurants, serve kid-friendly options without sacrificing the high-quality dining experience throughout the resort.

However, couples and singles traveling without children shouldn't rule out Hotel Xcaret. The adults-only Casa Fuego is like its own resort within the resort, with prime ocean views, its own intimate restaurant, and an incredible rooftop pool and bar. 

Who Will Love It

Families will get the most out of this resort. Beyond the kid-friendly pools, dining options, and entertainment, the “all-fun inclusive” concept provides free shuttles and admission to Experiencias Xcaret’s eight nature parks. Within the resort, couples will find solitude at Casa Aqua, where guests have direct access to Muluk Spa. Those seeking a romantic getaway should book the adults-only Casa Fuego.

Who Might Not

Couples and singles who prefer a truly adults-only resort. While Casa Aqua, and especially Casa Fuego, offer kid-free respites, most restaurants and public areas (including the beach and the largest swimming pools) welcome guests of all ages.

Best Amenity:

The setting. Designed around nature, the coves, inlets, surrounding jungle, and beach do the impossible — make a sprawling, all-inclusive Riviera Maya resort feel well-integrated with nature. One of the most unique features is the collection of river-front cabanas, carved out of locally sourced limestone. 

Money Matters

What’s Included: Meals and beverages, including premium spirits, at all on-site bars and restaurants (except for HA’, the swanky eatery by Michelin-starred chef Carlos Gaytan); suite accommodations; admission and shuttles to Xcaret’s eco-parks; and round-trip transfers to Cancun International Airport.

Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About

Like most all-inclusive resorts, spa treatments cost extra. Dinner at HA' also costs extra. Otherwise, the rate covers everything — taxes, too.

How to Get a Deal

Book now to take advantage of Hotel Xcaret’s opening rate special, with rates as low as $385 for two guests in the same suite, for prime spring dates. Otherwise, plan your stay in shoulder season — the sweet spot between the end of hurricane season and the holidays — for a deal.

Getting There

Fly to Cancun International Airport, then enjoy a complimentary, air-conditioned, free-WiFi-enabled transfer to the hotel. It’s a 45-minute ride to Xcaret, and the resort is situated 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen and 50 minutes north of Tulum.

The Bottom Line

For a luxe, eco-friendly family getaway with fresh, unlimited meals and kid-friendly entertainment beyond the pool, look no further than Hotel Xcaret.

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