Hailed as the second most visited destination in the world in 2022 (right after Dubai), Cancun has always welcomed guests from far and wide to its gorgeous beach waters and exciting nightlife.
To accommodate hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting year after year, Cancun has built infrastructure and transportation systems to make travel convenient. Not to mention having a bevy of top luxury hotels and resorts to cater to anyone from budget travelers to premium clientele who want absolute indulgence during their stay.
If you’re looking to visit this fantastic destination, but prefer to book in points instead of cash, here’s a great list of the best hotels in Cancun you can book with points.
- 1. Secrets Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa - Adults Only (All Inclusive)
- 2. Waldorf Astoria Cancun
- 3. JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
- 4. Hyatt Ziva Cancun (All Inclusive)
- 5. Breathless Cancun Soul Resort and Spa (All Inclusive)
- 6. Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa (All Inclusive)
- 7. Hilton Cancun, an All Inclusive Resort - Adults Only
- 8. InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort, an IHG Hotel
- 9. Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla
- 10. Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort
- Wrapping Up
1. Secrets Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa – Adults Only (All Inclusive)
Planning to go on an adults-only escape in Cancun? Secrets Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa delivers everything you need.
Made for couples wanting a romantic vacation, guests are greeted by a cocktail and a cold towel as soon as they arrive. While you can spot the hotel sign from the highway, it’ll be a 3-minute drive to reach the hotel lobby.
Rooms are equally lavish on this beachfront escape. Each one has a private balcony and is furnished with comfortable chairs so you can lounge with ease. Some even feature hammocks with the ultimate beach views. Decorated with a subdued decor, everything is elegant with a king canopy bed fitted with hypoallergenic sheets, flatscreen TV, iPod docks, and speakers.
Marble bathrooms are a staple in these rooms too. Indulge in jetted tubs, walk-in showers, and twin sinks with spacious counters.
For amenities, Secrets Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa has a captivating beach and swimming pools. There’s a tennis court, language, and cooking classes, a fitness center, a ballroom, and a garden gazebo. One of the best things here is the Secrets Spa, which has its own beautiful garden.
Dining is available in several restaurants and bars – 17 in total! With the all-inclusive price, you can wine and dine with unlimited food.
Considered a Category D, you can book this hotel in points by exchanging 25,000 to 35,000 Hyatt points per night for a standard room.
Cash rates for this hotel start at $565 to $1,914 per night (average $1,200).
2. Waldorf Astoria Cancun
Relatively new and fresh, the Waldorf Astoria Cancun is the latest luxury beach hotel to claim a spot on Cancun’s famed shores. Its sister resort, the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal has already laid claim as one of Cabo’s gems, so it’s no surprise the brand would make its presence known here too.
Located 19 miles from Cancun International Airport (CUN), the property is reachable via a taxi ($60 for one way), but you can also arrange for airport transfer with the hotel. They have a partner company that provides SUV transfers for up to 4 people for $125.
All 173 rooms here are roomy with bright and elegant furniture. A king bed is set against a beige leather headboard with subtle art deco elements thrown in. There’s a sofa, a chic coffee table, and a marble dining space. Large windows lead to a furnished balcony or patio where there’s a private plunge pool for cooling off.
In-room standards like a flatscreen TV, minibar, welcome amenities, and Nespresso machine are a staple. Equally grand are the bathrooms with marble sinks, wonderful lighting, glass-enclosed shower with rainfall showerheads, toilets, fluffy robes, and Vervan bath products.
As expected, there’s a host of amenities provided for guest leisure. The Waldorf Astoria Spa Cancun provides different restorative treatments. The resort also has a swimming pool, beach access, a fitness center, and 5 restaurants and bars.
To top it off, the service at the Waldorf Astoria Cancun is one of the best in the area.
You can book this hotel in points by exchanging 105,000 Hilton points per night for a standard room.
Opting for cash means shelling out $657 to $1,055 per night (average $960).
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3. JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
Situated in what’s called the “hotel zone,” the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is one of several premium properties lining this famous strip.
It’s reachable within 25 minutes from Cancun International Airport (CUN) so you don’t have to worry about taking a long drive to reach the hotel.
Once in the room, you’ll immediately notice the fresh and modern charm of the space. There’s a king bed, a neutral color palette with touches of blonde wood furniture, a desk, chairs, and even a pullout day sofa. An oversized bathroom holds a soaking tub, twin sinks, a dedicated shower, a toilet, robes, and Aromatherapy Associates toiletries.
You’ll also find an honor bar with snacks and drinks, a safe, wardrobe, a coffeemaker, and a fridge. The hotel also provides complimentary water bottles so you can keep hydrated under the Cancun heat.
Most rooms feature a balcony with a view of the ocean or toward other condos. The view might be hit or miss but it’s a nice touch, especially for an entry-level space.
Keep your stomach full by visiting any of the 4 onsite restaurants and bars. Gustino is the white tablecloth dining space while light bites are served at The Beachwalk Market and Pantry found near the pool. Breakfast is available at Sedona Grill while on-the-go meals and gelato are at 705 Pizza.
This 445-room megaresort includes a magnificent swimming pool, beach access, a 14-foot deep pool for diving lessons, a game room, a fitness center, a glorious spa with an indoor lap pool, and excellent service.
Reserve a standard night here for 46,000 to 66,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.
Pay in cash for a standard room here starting at $353 to $1,023 per night (average $652).
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4. Hyatt Ziva Cancun (All Inclusive)
The Hyatt Ziva Cancun is a family-friendly resort considered one of the best all-inclusive properties in the country.
Located right on the beach, the hotel is surrounded by the ocean and is an ideal spot if you intend to spend a good amount of time in the water.
With a distinctive Scandinavian chic decor, you can expect minimalist yet statement pieces in the room. Rooms here are modern and ample with a generous king bed decorated in pleasing patterns and vivid colors. Glass doors allow sunlight to stream through while giving guests access to a furnished balcony.
Other standard touches include a sitting area, a flat-screen TV, a free minibar, and a coffeemaker. The bathroom is splendid with enough space for a walk-in shower, robes, hairdryer, toilet, decorative tiling, and Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries.
Soak in any of the 3 amazing Hyatt Ziva swimming pools, beach access, a kid’s club, a fully-equipped gym, and a Ziva Cancun spa (not part of the all-inclusive rate). You’ll also get to enjoy 6 restaurants, 4 bars, a coffee shop, and a candy and ice cream shop onsite.
Book a stay at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun by exchanging 35,000 to 45,000 Hyatt points per night for a standard room.
If you opt for cash, room rates start at $553 to $867 per night (average $718).
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5. Breathless Cancun Soul Resort and Spa (All Inclusive)
Partygoers who love live music will find Breathless Cancun Soul Resort & Spa to be the perfect place to visit.
Split between two towers, the hotel has everything you need for a party-packed vacation. If you’re looking for a resort that’ll give you a quiet and restful vacation, this is probably not the place for you.
Entry-level rooms here start at 480 square feet. These are light, airy spaces with marble flooring and blonde wood accents. A king bed sits in the middle of the room, dressed in smart white linens and fronting a flatscreen TV on the wall. A tall bar counter pairs nicely with white leather bar chairs. The bed’s headboard even has a nice surprise as it comes with mood lighting.
A small minibar holds bottles of beer and beverages, but no hard liquor. It’s also stocked with snacks and a Nespresso machine.
The bathroom is a bit unusual because it’s open plan. There’s only a partial electric shade you can lower to give yourself a bit of privacy from the rest of the room. Inside are twin sinks, a glass-enclosed shower, a private toilet, and assorted toiletries.
Like most all-inclusive resorts, there’s never a shortage of food and dining options. Take your pick from 6 restaurants, 2 pool area grills, a coffee shop, and a buffet. All of these are part of the rate.
There are 3 main swimming pools, a public beach, a spa, a nightclub, and a small 24-hour gym.
This is a Category C hotel which means you can exchange 21,000 to 29,000 Hyatt points per night for a standard space.
For cash rates, it starts at $420 to $866 per night (average $664).
6. Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa (All Inclusive)
Although it’s been around since 2009, the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa is still a wonderful all-inclusive property found halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
The resort’s location makes it ideal if you want a place away from the party hubbub of Cancun. Enter the lobby and the first word that will come to mind is “Wow!” Featuring an Asian vibe, the aesthetic is restful yet glamorous.
All 400+ rooms and suites are divided into two main buildings mirroring each other. The rooms sport a modern colonial feel with a king bed, wicker fan blade ceiling fans, comfortable chairs, and furnished balconies. Deep dark wood elements create a sense of luxury, making it intimate and stylish.
Bathrooms are a stunner with twin sinks, a massive mirror, a Hydrotub in premium rooms, and a frosted shower area. In addition, there’s a minibar with beer and snacks, a flatscreen TV, 24-hour room service, and more.
When it comes to amenities, guests can walk into a serene beach as well as a swimming pool – one is for families and another just for adults. The spa is another surprise with 13 treatment rooms and a bevy of special massages. A furnished gym allows for daily workouts while a kid’s club can keep children entertained.
This is a Category C hotel so you can exchange 21,000 to 29,000 Hyatt points per night to book an entry-level room.
Cash bookings for this property will start at $238 to $902 per night (average $550).
7. Hilton Cancun, an All Inclusive Resort – Adults Only
Hilton Cancun is a new adults-only, all-inclusive hotel set next to a quiet beach and right behind a mangrove forest. It’s about 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport (CUN) and 30 minutes away from the popular hotel zone.
Entry-level rooms are 430 square feet so you have enough room to relax and frolic. These rooms are bright and airy with light walls, a king bed, or 2 queen beds. Tall glass doors lead to a balcony but for Diamond status holders, they get automatic room upgrades if there’s availability.
These standard rooms, however, are stunning on their own. They carry a minibar (restocked daily), a large closet, tables, chairs, and pops of color here and there.
Open-plan bathrooms aren’t for the shy. Private frosted glass rooms are in place for the shower and toilet though. Twin sinks and lighted LED mirrors are also here, along with Mexican-based Persea Apothecary toiletries.
One highlight of the property is the spectacular infinity pools, one is popular with families while the other is more popular with adults. Lounge chairs are all around so you can relax all day. In addition, there’s a kid’s club, a teen zone, and a private beach. Be warned though, the beach can get overrun by seawood during certain seasons.
There’s a small gym, a few evening shows (although no DJ), and no spa. Those who want a spa treatment can use the spa at the Waldorf Astoria Cancun. For food, there are 10 restaurants ranging from Mexican to buffet meals.
Stay at the Hilton Cancun using points by exchanging 91,000 to 100,000 Hilton points per night.
Cash rates for a standard room here begin at $404 to $740 per night (average $520).
8. InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort, an IHG Hotel
Considered among the finest points hotel in Mexico, the InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort is one of a handful of IHG properties in this busy city.
First opened in the 70s, the hotel was one of the first hotels in the now famous “hotel zone,” hence, it sits on prime real estate in Cancun. Nestled amidst condominiums and smaller boutique hotels, the beach area here is decidedly less crowded compared to other resorts and hotels. This means fewer hawkers bothering you when you’re in the area.
All of the rooms are modern with neutral walls, warm wood, and a king or 2 queen beds. Black and white photos of Mayan ruins hint at history while comfortable chairs and couches provide a space to unwind.
Each room has a minibar, a flatscreen TV, and a balcony that’s usually facing the ocean. Starter rooms also include a shower and tub combination. Higher-category rooms will have rainfall showerheads and standalone tubs.
Guests staying here can look forward to 2 swimming pools, a fitness center, a pool bar, 2 restaurants, and multiple meeting rooms.
You can book a stay at this hotel for 46,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.
Pay in cash and you’ll shell out between $270 to $685 per night (average $341).
9. Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla
The Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla sits by the Caribbean Sea and Nichupté Lagoon. It’s also within walking distance of various shopping and dining options at the La Isla Entertainment Village.
Entry-level rooms offer 344 square feet with views of the nearby La Isla shopping center while higher-category spaces give you more premium ocean vistas.
The room design in this hotel is rich and moody with a king bed topped by Serta Cool Balance memory foam and decorated in grayish linens. An impressive mural designed by local artists serves as the headboard.
There’s a flatscreen TV, a long desk and chair, an inviting couch, and even a hanging chair – an unusual but fun addition to the room. In the bathroom are white subway tiles with black accents including a glass-enclosed shower, toilet, and bath items.
A pet-friendly hotel, you can bring your furry friends here. There’s a rooftop pool, although no beach access. It’s also got 3 restaurants and bars to accommodate all your dining and drinking needs.
The Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla lets you book a free night starting with 47,000 to 115,000 Hilton points.
Opting to pay in cash means paying rates starting with $188 to $461 per night (average $340).
10. Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort
The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort gives you an amazing points hotel right in the heart of the buzzing Cancun nightlife. It has a premium spot in front of the popular La Isa Shopping Village where you get easy access to a host of shopping areas and restaurants.
Composed of villas, this stylish resort has over 500+ rooms. Unlike hotels in the area, the Westin Lagunamar has condominium-style spaces that are ideal for families who want the option to be able to cook or wash their clothes. Rooms come with a king bed, roomy balconies, a comfy sofa, and more.
The kitchen has a coffeemaker, a complete set of kitchen utensils, a dishwasher, and electric ranges too. Bathrooms are simple but highly functional. Sliding doors will lead you to the shower area and you’ll find marble sinks, blue clay tile accents, and ceramic floors.
Guests here can use the extensive swimming pool complex. Those who want to keep themselves fit can enjoy the fitness center. Meanwhile, the Heavenly Spa offers a host of treatments to soothe the mind and body. A kid’s club, tennis court, on-site mini golf, and even a nearby Mayan ruin are also found here.
Book a free night at the hotel by using 46,o00 points to 52,00 Marriott Bonvoy points per night for a Studio Villa.
If you pay in cash, the rates for this hotel will start at $250 to $343 per night (average $300).
Ready to make your Cancun getaway a memorable one?
Book yourself prime accommodation in any of these fantastic properties. These are all available on points, ensuring you get the most value for your stay.