Do you have vacation days coming up?
If including your hubby—or the whole family—when planning a vacation is your default, its time for a girls’ trip! If you’ve ever planned a girls’ trip (or even if you just saw the movie “Girls’ Trip”) you’re well aware that planning a getaway with just your gal pals can be a life-changing, restorative experience. And with a bevy of all-inclusive options, gorgeous beaches, and lots to do, Cancún makes for an ideal destination for a girls’ getaway.
Beach Hotels & Resorts in Cancún
The accommodations you choose for your girls’ trip can make or break your getaway. You’re looking for a comfortable place where you can also cut loose, all at a good enough value to ensure that no one in your group is breaking the bank. Since Cancún has a multitude of options, you and your girls are certain to find one that satisfies everyone’s checklist. If you or anyone you’re traveling with needs a well-deserved break from their kids, an adults-only all-inclusive resort will be perfection. Lying on the beach, piña colada in hand, without the constant noise and bustle that comes with children can be more than just a dream!
Le Blanc Spa Resort
Known as one of the pricier adult-only resorts in Cancún, Le Blanc Spa Resort boasts a luxurious spa, swim-up bars and a white-sand beach. If those options aren’t convincing you, this all-inclusive resort also offers top-shelf spirits, 24-hour room service and add-on tours to Mayan Ruins and Isla Mujeres.
Excellence Playa Mujeres
Located just over an hour from Cancún International Airport, Excellence Playa Mujeres is the perfect option for ladies that want to be free of screaming children and take it a step further into seclusion. Sitting just 20 minutes north of Cancún, Excellence Playa Mujeres delivers amenities and activities that compete with any Cancún resort, just in a calmer locale. Their fine dining, luxury suites and array of activities are sure to make your girls’ trip unforgettable!
Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort is a hassle-free, all-inclusive option as it’s only 15 minutes from Cancún International Airport. This resort has it all—a luxury spa, golf course, 24-hour room service and 14 restaurants. It’s not close to the Hotel Zone but don’t let that deter you. There is no shortage of activities to keep you and your girl group entertained.
Cancún’s Best Spas
Cancún has mastered many vacation activities, and spa treatments are no exception! After all, is it even a girls’ trip without some serious pampering?
Be sure to find a venue for a spa day, or maybe two—one to prepare you for the trip (think pedicures, manicures, facials and wraps) and another to prepare you for getting back to the daily grind (a long group massage). If you decide to stay at the Le Blanc Resort Spa, you will have this covered as their spa is known as one of the finest in Cancún.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya Spa
Grand Velas Riviera Maya Spa is over 89,000 square feet of pure relaxation. It offers everything from Ancient Mayan healing therapies to neuroaromatherapy and Thai Massage. It is ideal for those staying close to Playa del Carmen as it is situated only 10 minutes away.
Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya Spa
Located in the little town of Puerto Morelos, just 11 miles from Cancún is the 22,000 square foot Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita Riviera Maya Spa. Currently, it is the only spa with a Thalassotherapy (sea water therapy) center in North America. Let the ocean’s minerals heal you from the outside in at this one-of-a-kind spa. To make the most of your day trip to Puerto Morelos, head to the beach club Unico Beach after your spa treatments for a margarita on the beach or a swing in one of its many swing chairs at the bar.
Kayanta Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancún
Is there anywhere on earth The Ritz-Carlton isn’t phenomenal? Not in our experience.
On its website, the Kayanta Spa Ritz-Carlton, Cancún explains that the spa name “Kayanta” refers to the Mayan phrase “ká a yaántah” which means to be reborn. Kayanta Spa offers a Mayan sanctuary ritual, warm stone massage, facials and more. It is located in the Hotel Zone, making it a convenient option if you are staying at another resort there.
Nightlife in Cancún
Even though those all-inclusive deals make it awfully tempting to never leave the hotel, you and your girlfriends are likely to go out at some point to try some of the local bars and restaurants. You’ll have loads of options, but sharing a very special meal at famed Cancún lobster house, Lorenzillos, shines above the rest. Offering great waterfront dining, Lorenzillos is the ideal spot to kick off, or wrap up, the perfect girls’ getaway.
Of course, going out isn’t all about the food. After your day is through, you’ll want to take in the Cancún nightlife, which runs the gamut from buzzy clubs to laid-back bars. For a casual drink or bite, The Blue Gecko and Las de Guanatos are local favorites—where steaming plates of freshly made Mexican food join refreshing mojitos and micheladas at always-lively tables. If you feel like it, or if one person in your party just has to, hit up one of the all-night clubs, like the popular Mambocafé.
Shopping in Cancún
Sometimes the best way to unwind is with some much-needed retail therapy. From the 150 shops at La Isla Shopping Village to the 25 high-end stores in Luxury Avenue mall, there’s no shortage of large-scale shopping options in Cancún. If handicrafts and souvenirs are more your speed, Mercado 28 is the place to find one-of-a-kind goods.
Scheduling a day-trip during your getaway is a great way to get some amazing Instagram shots while breaking up the time you spend hanging around in Cancún’s resort zone. You’ll find guided tours that explore the Chichén Itzá Mayan ruins, sail you to Isla Mujeres or take you horseback riding along the beach. Just be sure you choose a tour that will take you to one of the area’s surrounding cenotes.