The luxurious Hotel Xcaret Mexico on the Mayan Riviera goes one step further when it comes to an all-inclusive stay – giving you free access to some of Mexico’s biggest attractions. Andres Arronte, one of our Senior Representatives in Mexico, spends some time at this all-inclusive retreat to see why it’s so popular.

Hotel Xcaret Mexico

Hotel Xcaret Mexico brings something a little different to the Mayan Riviera. It’s a huge, beautiful resort set between the jungle and beach – but actually it doesn’t feel too big. It’s split into different ‘casas’, where each home has its own pool, so it’s relatively quiet because it’s spread out among the jungle. The beach is amazing and over two miles long; and you can reach the sand over suspension bridges along the tree line.

Hotel Xcaret Mexico

Hotel Xcaret has areas for families and for adults-only, so you can choose the atmosphere that suits you. As well as dedicated pools for each casa (the hotel has 11 pools in total), I really like the river running through the resort which you can swim in. There are also areas on the river banks with hammocks, perfect for lazy afternoons in the sun.

Hotel Xcaret Mexico

One of the biggest attractions of Hotel Xcaret Mexico is the free access to Experiencias Xcaret nature parks. These theme parks include Xcaret Eco-archaeological Park, which is next door to the hotel, and Xel-Ha Park, plus free tours of Tulum and Chichen Itza. The parks offer zip-lining and river rafting and feature jungle trails and amphibious vehicles. General park admission for Xcaret Park is over £70 per person a day so, if you plan on visiting, it’s a real benefit.

Take a free tour of Chichen Itza

They haven’t scrimped on the details when designing each restaurant and there are 10 to choose from at this all-inclusive resort. You can pay extra to dine at Ha’ where they have a Michelin-star chef; but I also loved La Trajinera, which forms part of a swimming pool and has breathtaking views. There is also Teatro del Rio, where you can have dinner and enjoy a show on the riverside stage. It’s inspired by the show lounges that were popular in the 1950s and is not something I’ve seen at other hotels.

Hotel Xcaret Mexico

There’s a fantastic spa and gym, plus children will really enjoy the jungle training circuit and water playground. Another thing I really like at Hotel Xcaret Mexico is the photo points around the resort. You just have to scan your hotel bracelet and it takes a snap of you in a scenic spot, which they will send to you later. It’s a great way to capture lasting memories of your stay.

Hotel Xcaret Mexico


We can tailor-make a Mexico holiday for you, combining beaches, nature parks and Mayan sites. You could simply relax or combine a beach stay with our eight-night Mayan Explorer escorted small group tour, which visits archaeological sites in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. To talk to someone who has been there, search for one of our Mexico travel experts.

This feature was published on 11 June 2018. The information within this feature is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of print.

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