For some it matters very little, and for many it matters a lot, but no matter how you spin it, a resort’s gotta have a pool. Even with the backdrop of the shimmering blue waters and white sand surrounding the endless Caribbean, resort pools are necessary: for cleaner waters and kid-friendly boundaries, refreshing plunges without all the sand for sunbathers, and, perhaps more importantly, you can’t have a swim-up bar in the sea. So if you’re someone who really values pools, have no fear, as there’s certainly no shortage of awesome ones in the hotels around the area. For the five best hotel pools in Cancun, read on.
The adults-only Hyatt Zilara offers a lot in luxury, and much of it centers around the shining jewel of the property – an Olympic sized infinity pool with a 50-meter lap lane surrounded by lush tropical gardens, located between the grand, Mediterranean Revival-style resort complex and the glistening shoreline. Rising out of the palatial infinity pool are cabanas and sunloungers, footbridges, and tasteful art pieces. To help optimize each guest’s time at the pool, the Hyatt Zilara offers butlers on call as well as wait service (so you don’t even have to interrupt your precious tanning time to refresh your drink!) as well as an attendant who wanders around the pool handing out frozen grape skewers and cleaning peoples’ sunglasses.
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The three winding outdoor pools of Le Blanc Spa Resort offer unobstructed views of the Caribbean, a seamless panorama of infinity-pool-meets-shoreline; decked out with lounge chairs that appear to be floating by the edge of the pool, a swim-up bar and two jacuzzis. This adults-only and extremely modern resort located in the Hotel Zone features 260 guestrooms which all have balconies with ocean views, as well as butler service and top-shelf all-inclusive luxury.
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Perfect for the hordes of spring breakers that wash up on Cancun’s otherwise pristine shores, the Oasis Cancun offers a party-perfect ¼ mile pool, the longest of its kind of Cancun, specifically for the student jet set. Someone had to deal with the newly-legal March Break swarms, and thankfully, Oasis Cancun stepped up to the plate and delivered – the complex is a party palace shaped like Mayan Ruins, snaked through by the crystal blue pool facing a half-mile stretch of beach. The day party usually ends with another party, with DJ’s spinning until the wee hours of the morning.
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The architecturally stunning Privilege Aluxes Isla Mujeres, located on an island just off the coast of Cancun, offers gorgeous silky white sand beaches, tasteful thatched roof cabanas, and meticulously maintained gardens and hidden daybeds for strolling and napping. The three pools (including one kid’s pool) are as gorgeous as the rest of the property; arranged to meet corner-to-corner, separated by dark wood footbridges and lined with a dark paneled deck upon which elegant daybeds sit facing the action in the water. The lush grounds surrounding the pools are perforated with swaying palms and wide cabanas, for even more private luxury.
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Perfect for families and couples looking to relax, the Hotel Riu Cancun offers a wide array of luxury amenities, restaurants, activities and sightseeing opportunities. Weaving out in front of the resort’s stunning white-washed Mediterranean-inspired architecture is a long, freshwater infinity pool that offers a scenic and, depending on the vantage point, seamless view of the ocean, obstructed only by palm trees and atmospheric cabanas. There’s not a lot to dislike about the Riu – completely renovated in the spring of 2014, the new building was recently awarded Gold certification for the Travelife Sustainability System. There’s only fresh water in their three pristine pools, and all the amenities ensure that guests will never be bored with neither the naturally gorgeous beach, the water sports or tennis courts, constant entertainment or exciting excursions.
The Hotel Riu Cancun is also on Hopper's list of the five best all-inclusive beach resorts in Cancun