Hotel Xcaret Mexico is THE place to stay in Riviera Maya for those that want luxury, delicious food, relaxation and a plethora of choose your own adventure.
Newly opened on December 1st, 2017, I had the unique opportunity of checking out Hotel Xcaret Mexico earlier last month to see what the new resort had to offer in what would seem to be a sea of oversaturated options in the Cancun area.
As it turns out, there is quite a lot to this boutique hotel!
Built around existing natural features, the 900 suites are set along hiking trails, 3 gyms, a spa, 8 pools, underground rivers and natural swim areas that will take your breath away.
The all-suite resort features spacious havens with a minimum of 575 sq feet and luxury “all-inclusive” goodies we all love: a minibar restocked daily, jacuzzi tubs, nightly turndown service, and comfortable hammocks on each balcony or terrace.
And I mean ALL the art (even the textiles) are hand made by local Mexico artisans.
This pillow took 3 months to make!
The resort itself is expansive and most guests would never have a problem staying on property the entire time. Luckily for those that love to explore, Xcaret Hotel also provides access to way more than your typical resort.
I’ve stayed at numerous “All-Inclusive” resorts throughout my travels but I can honestly say this might be the most all-inclusive resort I’ve ever encountered.
Most resorts of this type offer complimentary day and night time activities on property but at Hotel Xcaret, you also get full unlimited access to Xcaret’s nature parks, tours, and dining plans. ALL OF THEM.
Activities and excursions that usually cost extra (or use resort credit) at other parks like incredible cenote excursions, eco-archaeological parks, cultural activities, Chichen Itza tours, and more.
Even your transportation is covered! Hotel Xcaret Mexico provides round-trip transportation to and from the airport, as well as for the included parks and tours. I’m not sure any other resort offers the same perks or customer service.
All Inclusive Restaurants
If you’re anything like me, food plays a huge role in my travel experience. I could stay at a mediocre resort with amazing food and be much happier than at a luxurious resort with paltry eats.
And let’s be honest. All-inclusive resorts aren’t normally known for their food. We sort of make this willing sacrifice of happy tastebuds for happy wallets. But not at Hotel Xcaret Mexico. They will be breaking the mold on this one, I’m sure of it!
Home to the first Mexican Chef to earn a Michelin star, be prepared to indulge in some seriously delicious cuisine at Ha’. This is the only restaurant on property that requires an additional fee for a culinary experience – but is well worth it.
Named after, and architecturally inspired by, the colorful boats known as the Trajiners that once sailed the canals of the Xochimilco lakes, this restaurant serves up dishes from land and sea with a little Caribbean flair.
It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner by the main pool and has a relaxed casual vibe.
MEXICAN STEAK HOUSE
A Cantina is a place in Mexico where the locals go. Where they meet family and friends to enjoy a delicious meal, cocktails, and good music.
This is what sets the stage for this Mexican Steak House. Cocktails, Tequila, Mescal, and Steaks are the stars of the menu but you will also find a variety of appetizers and even a snack menu.
Imagine this: a super fresh farm to table concept where you pick the ingredients and they will prepare *anything* you want!
The restaurant is located in the Casa Grande and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The perfect family restaurant, Chibali serves up food buffet style with themed stations and snack bars for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s also conveniently located right next to the Kids club!
TEATRO DEL RÍO
Dinner and a show are provided at Teatro Del Rio. Set in front of a riverfront stage the dining lounge has an expansive tasting menu.
Mexican cuisine is delicious but sometimes mixing it up is necessary. Xin-Gao serves up Asian cuisine over Teppanyaki, Robata Grills, a Western tatami and a sushi bar. It’s also a great place to grab drinks with a mixology bar too.
Las Cuevas is where the adults go to enjoy a dining experience. The menu features Mexican specialties paired with the perfect Mexican wine for each dish.
If you are in the chilling mood, just sip a glass of wine or smoke a Cuban cigar, you can take advantage of the Wine and the Cigar Bars.
One of the resorts more intimate restaurants, Fuego dinner specials include lamb, pasta with mussels, gourmet morsels, vegetarian croquettes, and fondues.
Las Playas has a relaxed but upscale atmosphere the reflects the Caribbean ocean. It serves fresh cuisine in the afternoon and a fusion of spices in the evening from a variety of places around the world including the Mediterranean, India and the Caribbean.
Las Playas is open for lunch and dinner, reservations are required and it is exclusive to guests at Casa Fuego.
While the entire resort is family friendly, there are some amazing amenities designed just for kids. Hotel Xcaret Mexico has two awesome Kids Clubs: Xiiquillos Kids Club for kids age 4-12 and the Xiipaal Teens Club for those 13-17.
Daytime programming and visits to the facility are included. There is also babysitting available for an additional fee so parents of littles can enjoy alone time too.
A sanctuary carved of rocks and stone, Muluk Spa & Wellness, offers a variety of ways to recharge your batteries and escape the stress through their Temazcal, Flotarium, and Hydrotherapy Circuits.
This luxurious spa also offers beauty treatments including facials and body treatments in dramatically different wellness rooms.