ilovelift : I’d consider myself and my husband professionals when it comes to resorts in Cancun/RM at this point lol. We’ve been to 15 at this point I think?
What resort are you looking at booking??
We’ve stayed at places on all spectrums of the price point. We really only do adults only at this point, they tend to be a little nicer in nature (but not always, obvi). Our absolute questions are 1) adults only, 2) pool bar, and 3) a la cart lunch?
My husband is a picky eater so he likes having more options than just the buffet for lunch. Most nicer places have this option, cheaper options rarely do. Bonus points if you can order food pool side or bring it side (,cheaper options mostly prohibit this).
Also, keep in mind that the Riviera Maya is NOT Cancun, and does not have the same prestige bright blue waters. So if you want the breathe taking water, stay in the immediate Cancun hotel zone. We actually prefer the RM, it is much more relaxed, laid back, not ulta modern high rise and party atmosphere like Cancun. Resorts in Cancun are often like downtown hotel nice, RM has grounds that are more spread out and have a more authentic feel, lots of landscaping.
Finally, my suggestions. These are simply a list of our favorite resorts, for different reasons. All are adults only.
Live Aqua Cancun – super pricey and super modern, but amazing beach. Service is the best we’ve had, best pool side service. Great food options.
Valentin Imperial Maya – our hidden gem. Adults only but a little cheaper, but doesn’t lack in luxury! Best pool we’ve seen down here, beach is actually pretty good considering RM. Downside I think it only had the buffet for lunch. Super grand feeling to it.
Excellence Playa Mujeres – honeymooned here. Everything about it is great. Playa mujeres has much much better water than RM. It’s clear, just not bright blue Highly highly recommend.
Secrets Akumal – amazing, fairly new resort. We love everything about Akumal in general!!! We love the Secrets resorts in general. Very nice, great service, the little details they pay attention to makes the difference.
Sun Palace Cancun – the facility is beautiful. It rained all but 1 day we were here so I cant speak much to the pool or anything. Food was very good, each room has it’s own private jacuzzi. In hotel zone so beautiful waters.
All of the Secrets brands are going to be great options, as well as Excellence.