Waldorf Astoria Cancun
What it is
A new 173 resort with all the trimmings on 100 beachfront acres, with five design-y bars and restaurants, a spa with al fresco treatment rooms, and two modernist pools.
What it isn't
Hands off. The resort’s in-the-know concierges can help plan everything from airport transfers to hen party shenanigans.
What we think
This is a different, more magical side of Cancun: a place where guest rooms start at a whopping 675 square feet and come with plunge pools on their private balconies and LED-lit custom wood paneling. Where a serene color palette of sandy blondes and cloud whites replaces the region’s often candy-colored design, and puts the focus on the turquoise ocean beyond your windows. Is there anything better? For easy proximity to the beach, we love the Swim Up Pool 1 King Guestroom (and yep…it has its own swim-up pool). Traveling en famille? The Ocean Front Master Corner Suite is as luxe as it sounds, with a 1,680-square-foot floor plan and a separate living room—complete with a pool table—plus a wraparound balcony. Be sure to ask about their Mezcal tasting classes, which are hosted by their on-staff tequilier.
You're here because
The Mayan-inspired spa is limited to guests ages 18 and up, and there’s nothing that ruins a sauna more than shrieking tweens.
You can’t not indulge in the just-caught seafood in this town, but it becomes something transcendent at Malpeque, where each menu item is either smoked or charred on their open-flame grill…and the scenery is just as hot.
Restaurants & Bars
All Day Brasserie - offers International and Mexican cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Beach Bar and Grill - offers a mix of International and Mexican dishes and crafted cocktails to be enjoyed poolside
Malpeque - fine dining experience including fresh seafood
Peacock Alley - offers signature cocktails, coffee, and light bites
Pool Bar - offers refreshing cocktails and snacks poolside
Due south of downtown Cancun and right on the beach, the resort is just over a 20 minute drive from Cancun International Airport.