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Last updated: 07 December, 2022
Expert travel writer: Alex Robinson

A tranquil, boutiquey beachside hotel in Cancun? Book the Beloved: a couples-only retreat on Playa Mujeres – just north of Cancun’s hectic hotel zone. The resort’s white buildings are scattered through a romantic palm tree-shaded garden like sugar cubes.

There are myriad villa and room options but the Ocean View Junior Suites are the best-value – costing only a fraction more than standards. They come with modish, minimalist interiors – flooded with light from wall-high glass, walk-in showers and Bulgari cosmetics, and expansive private sea-view balconies with Jacuzzis for two.

Surrounding area

Tranquil Playa Mujeres beach sits in Punta Sam, twenty minutes by cab north of Cancun’s hotel zone. The beach is long, broad and powder-white, and while less busy than in the hotel zone, there are plenty of sun loungers, beach bars and parasols.

There’s a good choice of restaurants within a five-minute walk and the boat dock for Isla Mujeres is close by. There are a few bars on the doorstep, but for rousing nightlife you’ll need to go to the main hotel zone.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: Onsite
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Best for ages: 6+ | £7

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Cancun Museum of Underwater Art

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British artist Jason Decaires Taylor’s underwater art gallery feels like a latter-day Atlantis – with statues covered with wispy sea weeds and baby coral, fish swimming all around sitting on the sand in vodka-clear water off Isla Mujeres.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Best for ages: 13+ | £125

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Best for ages: 4+ | £30

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