You’re off to Cancun-Riviera Maya, Mexico, which is known for its all-inclusive resorts, world-class spas, stunning beaches and of course, crystal-clear pools. A vacation to the Yucatán Peninsula just isn’t complete without a dip in one of the amazing waterscapes or a poolside cocktail delivered by an attentive concierge, so don’t get stuck with a subpar splash. Check out the top 10 pools in the Cancun-Rivera-Maya area.
JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa
Does your resort have a “maze of pools”? No? How about a 20-foot dive pool with an artificial reef where you can practice snorkeling and scuba diving? Then you’re missing out! The JW Marriott Cancun offers two outdoor pools, one with freshwater and a swim-up bar, the other with an infinity edge; and a smattering of whirlpools.
Live Aqua Cancun All-Inclusive
With a name like “Live Aqua,” you HAVE to make the list of best pools, and how can this “Be Yourself” resort not with seven pools, each a different temperature? Here, guests can choose the soothing water that fits their personality and mood, complete with relaxing soundtracks and a romantic ambience. Oh, and did we mention that all seven pools have infinity edges? No? Well, now we have. Coupled with pool concierge service and Wat-su® treatments, Live Aqua Cancun lives up to its name.
Hyatt Zilara Cancun
Formerly THE Royal in Cancun, Hyatt Zilara Cancun knows how important location is, which is why the hotel has the only ocean view spa in Cancun. But that’s not the only thing that has an ocean view. The hotel’s activity pool runs the length of the hotel, granting plenty of room for lounge chairs and cabanas. With picturesque bridges, “in-pool” lounges, and a swim-up bar, this oasis is ready to help you rest, relax, and party. Don’t miss out on the second, Olympic-size pool, complete with starter block.
Secrets the Vine
Who says the pool has to be on the ground level? Not Secret the Vine. When you’re part of the Preferred Club, you’re truly put on a pedestal—or in this case, the 12th floor with a private pool just for members. With its own set of loungers, wait service, and a stunning view of the ocean, beach and other three infinity pools, this pool has earned its place as one of the best Cancun has to offer.
Grand Oasis Cancun
Known as “The Entertainment Resort,” Grand Oasis Cancun would be remiss if it didn’t make the best pools list in Cancun, but of course, this hotel conquers with the loooooongest pool in the area. A quarter mile of aqua fun, this “grand oasis” winds through lavish gardens and is freckled with sun lounges as well as entertainers. At any time, comedians and flash mobs appear, ready to make you laugh or dance. Volleyball nets and three swim-up bars make this pool—and this resort—a must-stay when in Cancun.
Hard Rock Hotel Cancun
There are levels to how awesome some pools are, and then there are some pools that have levels. Take the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun. This all-inclusive fun-fest has one expansive lagoon-style pool with different sections, each with an infinity edge, that bring you closer and closer to the beach. There’s also a kid-friendly wading pool and two swim-up bars in the exact same pool! (It’s that big.) Let’s not forget the three, raised hydro spa tubs which overlook the massive pool, boasting ultimate comfort and relaxation.
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
As a member of “The Leading Hotels of the World,” Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun should also have a leading pool, so it does not disappoint. The “lagoon-style” waterscape runs more than 600 feet, the entire length of the resort, with elevated edges to cascade water into the middle section. Water navigates through narrow channels with rough-stone bridges, leading to three—yep!—three swim-up bars. A smaller, kiddie pool offers mild thrills with a waterslide but cradles young swimmers with a rub-matted playground.
Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun
Let’s take this water wonderland by the numbers.
1 infinity pool with a jetted section
2 swim-up bars
8 pools (in total)
16-person Jacuzzi by the ocean
43,000 square feet of expansive waterscapes (That’s about an acre of nothing but water at Secrets Silversands.)
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Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
We’re not going to decree a king of the Cancun pools, but we were this close to presenting Moon Palace with the crown anyway. Two oversized pools wow with interconnecting waterscapes, bridges you can swim under and swim-up bars were you can grab a drink. Of course, that’s in addition to the four other pools (so you’ll always have some space to yourself) and one indoor dip. Add in the Flowrider®, where you can test your mad surfing skills and the on-site dolphinarium (…is that a pool, too?), Moon Palace is a BEAST!
Generations Riviera Maya
We wanted to end on a spectacular note because seriously, what beats a pool in the sky? And we’re not even in Vegas. Generations Riviera Maya doesn’t conform to the usual swim-out suite model with a ground floor pool. (No worries, acrophobiacs! The new gourmet-inclusive resort has a massive, ground-floor pool that stretches the entire length of the hotel with a swim-up bar right in the middle.) However, travelers who crave convenience have the option of a pool instead of a balcony on the second, third, and fourth floors, which brings privacy and enjoyment to your water experience.
Take a dip in the sweet pools on your next Cancun-Rivera Maya getaway. Buy a new bathing suit and call your travel agent today to start planning.