Dreaming about casting away to an idyllic island in the Caribbean where every detail is taken care of? Here, the best options for you and your sweetie, or for you and your whole crew.

By Emma Sloley
May 30, 2018
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Set sail for the sunny Mexican isle of Cozumel, and check in at a lavish all-inclusive hotel right by the ocean. Whether you’re traveling with the family in tow or looking for a tropical romantic escape¸ there’s a Cozumel all-inclusive resort just for you.

Best Adults-Only, All-Inclusive Resorts in Cozumel


Grand Park Royal Cozumel All Inclusive

Book it: grandparkroyalcozumel.com
Set in the Hotel Zone just south of San Miguel, this 342-room gem bills itself as “the most inclusive all-inclusive” on the island, thanks to a generous lineup of free amenities and services that include all meals (even fine dining), drinks, internet, non-motorized watersports, gratuities, and snorkeling in the hotel’s private ocean cove, Paradise Reef. Couples will love the stylish beach club, two infinity pools, and the fun thatched-roof Bikini Bar, which hosts a pool party every afternoon—head down for margaritas and snacks from the swim-up bar while a DJ spins tunes. After dark, there’s even more entertainment in the resort’s striking Amphitheater Lounge.

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Cozumel Palace

Book it: palaceresorts.com
With its gorgeous ocean views and elegant décor, this 169-suite resort is a great pick for a vacation a deux. Each of the suites has an ocean-facing balcony with a hammock and double whirlpool tub, and guests are greeted at check-in with a bottle of wine. Some of the great perks include free 24-hour room service, snorkeling right off the resort’s dock, and free Wi-Fi. Even more alluring: guests spending five or more days receive a $1,500 resort credit that can be put toward activities such as scuba diving, treatments at the spa, rounds of golf, and excursions.

The Explorean Cozumel

Book it: lacoleccionresorts.com
This upscale hideaway features suites (called “Explorer Bungalows”) tucked into a lush jungle setting, making it the ideal pick for lovebirds craving a secluded stay on the island. Upgrade to a stand-alone casita if you want an even more luxe private experience. Take advantage of the resort’s excellent activities program, which includes daily guided excursions—think jungle treks, horseback riding, kayaking, and snorkeling. The Explorean is also close to the beautiful Chankanaab National Park and Mayan ruins, so day trips are a must. On returning home, chill beside the tranquil tree-shaded pool, then head to restaurant Lool Kan, where meals feature many local ingredients the chef finds during his daily trip to the island’s market. Fancy something not on the menu? The restaurant team is happy to prepare meals custom-designed for guests.

Occidental Cozumel

Book it: barcelo.com
Set at the southwestern end of the island, this tropical getaway is inspired by the haciendas of the Yucatan Peninsula, with Spanish Colonial architecture, vibrant colors, and a tranquil atmosphere aided by exotic gardens and a mangrove forest. The resort’s huge main pool is set right on the gorgeous white-sand beach, with lines of sun loungers seeming to stretch into infinity. Active guests will love the variety of sports on offer, including tennis, volleyball, water aerobics and scuba diving classes. When you’re ready to head out into the ocean, the resort offers various diving packages to the Palancar Reef, including a thrilling night dive experience to view bioluminescent plankton. Prefer to stay dry? With seven dining options and four bars, you can spend the whole vacation restaurant hopping.

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Secrets Aura Cozumel

Book it: secretsresorts.com
This adults-only treasure offers a sophisticated all-inclusive experience in a gorgeous beachside setting. Romance is the order of the day, whether it’s sipping cocktails under the stars on the rooftop Sky Bar, taking a Hobie Cat for two out on the water, or enjoying a late-night dip in the pool directly from your swim-up suite. The 266-suite hotel is a big hit with honeymooners—there’s even the option to get married underwater. While Secrets Aura offers a diverse array of dining (seven restaurants and 24-hour dining included), guests also have full access to sister property Sunscape Sabor Cozumel.

Playa Azul

Book it: playa-azul.com
If you’re after a more intimate vacation experience, Playa Azul might be just what you’re looking for. With just 50 rooms, this boutique family-run hotel is known for its beautiful sunsets and wildlife sightings—pods of dolphins are often spotted in the waters here. Guests can opt for either traditional lodging, which includes breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and greens fees at the Cozumel Country Club golf course, or purchase the all-inclusive package. For an extra fee, a host of indulgent treatments is available in the Savia Spa, including hot-stone massages and chocolate body wraps. The on-site diving center, meanwhile, offers excursions not only to the nearby reefs but further inland as well, to swim in the magical water-filled underground caverns called cenotes.

Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Cozumel for Families

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Book it: iberostar.com
This laid-back, family-friendly oceanfront hotel features 293 guestrooms set in bungalow-style buildings among verdant jungle. The resident peacocks and flamingos roaming the grounds are just the beginning of the magic for miniature travelers: the resort offers a host of fun activities including sand castle building, dance classes, a dedicated kids’ pool, kids’ club, and even a mini-disco. The location is idyllic too, with the famous Palancar Reef—known for its exceptional diving and snorkeling opportunities—just offshore.

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Fiesta Americana Cozumel All-Inclusive

Book it: lacoleccionresorts.com
This well-regarded Mexican resort chain is known for its crowd-pleasing properties, and the Cozumel flagship is no exception. With a primo beachfront position flanked by tropical jungle, this imposing high-rise feels like its own little village. The sleek, modern design encompasses newly-updated suites with ocean views (some come with plunge pools), five restaurants, three bars, and a private beach club. If you somehow exhaust the on-site activities, nearby Chankanaab Natural Park offers the opportunity to swim with dolphins.

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Sunscape Sabor Cozumel All-Inclusive

Book it: sunscaperesorts.com
Junior travelers will be thrilled with the amenities tailored just for them at Sunscape Sabor, which nails the family-friendly vibe while providing plenty of diversions for parents. There’s a special kids’ check-in, complete with a red carpet and welcome gifts, while older kids can hang out at the “Core Zone Teens Club,” where a roster of daily activities might include guided bike tours, karaoke sessions, and movie nights. The whole family can take advantage of the resort’s other facilities, like watersports, beach volleyball, ping-pong, and nightly live entertainment, while grown-ups will enjoy the chance to play a round of golf or indulge in a spa treatment.

El Cozumeleno Beach Resort All-Inclusive

Book it: elcozumeleno.com
Located just minutes from the main town of San Miguel, this 252-room oceanfront resort may not have the secluded feel of some of the resorts on our list, but it compensates with a bustling vibe and a host of fun activities for the whole crew. For a start, there are five pools and a swim-up bar, included on-site scuba and snorkeling lessons (an extra charge at many resorts), bike tours and kayaking, and plenty of supervised kid’s activities. Another highlight is the resort’s own private pier, the starting point for dinner cruises under the stars.

Melia Cozumel Golf All-Inclusive

Book it: melia.com
Another impressively large property¸ this all-inclusive family resort is housed in a striking yellow tower a few minutes from Cozumel’s marina and main shopping area. While the nearby golf course is a big focus, there’s also a strong emphasis on family fun, with a children’s center featuring video games, indoor soccer, a mini-highway with electric cars, and arts and crafts. Guests can sign up for a host of on-site lessons, including snorkeling, dance, and Spanish lessons, or just chill out by the ocean-view pool. After dark, the resort hosts an entertaining program of shows and live music.