Cancun Holidays

Relax all day … then party the Mexico way all night

Cancun BeachA holiday in Cancun guarantees powdery white sand beaches, and warm crystal-clear waters lapping at the sun kissed Caribbean shore. And after dark the city comes alive.

Cancun, once a small fishing village, has developed into one of Mexico’s most popular resorts offering both a relaxing beach holiday a lively and wild Mexican experience. The downtown area of Cancun is where local residents live and work, and holiday-makers tend to stick to the more developed area, an L-shaped strip of land with glitzy hotels, air-conditioned shopping malls, chic restaurant dining and notoriously energetic night life.

The coastline, with spectacular coral reefs and many miles of beaches, offers a variety of activities, from diving, snorkelling and deep sea fishing to volleyball or just lounging in a hammock – people watching! Away from the beach, you can visit local Mayan ruins or an alligator farm, play golf on a championship golf course, or hire a bike and go cycling.

Mexican cuisine is traditionally spicy, and you can sample tacos from street stalls for a quick snack, go to a seafood restaurant, or try local Yucatan dishes such as cochinita pibil (suckling pig in banana leaves). Cancun also offers fast food and international restaurants, but for the true taste of Mexico go to one of the cantinas around Cancun’s downtown bullring. Here the food is always good, and the atmosphere particularly lively on Wednesday afternoons after the weekly bullfight.

 

Cancun by night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cancun comes alive at night, with a flamboyant mixture of nightclubs, discos and bars opening their doors at about 10pm for a party that lasts till sunrise. Be prepared to dance the night away, whether your preference is for salsa or rock and funk. Most clubs and pubs run promotional or theme evenings, with free drinks for women on ladies nights. Those seeking more cultural entertainment should not miss the internationally renowned Ballet Folklorico, featuring lavish costumes and traditional dances.

RIU Cancun

The Riu Cancun is a five star all inclusive resort which is right on the white sandy beaches in the centre of Cancun, just minutes away from everything you could possibly need from shops to golf courses and the nightlife! For the UK holidaymaker the Riu Cancun hotel is exclusive for Thomson customers only.

Riu Cancun Holidays

Riu Cancun All Inclusive

The Riu Cancun will wow you from the offset, when you approach the hotel you will find the bold white statement building standing out from the surrounding beautiful turquoise seas. When you enter the Riu hotel the colourful yet contemporary interiors will set the scene of pure modern Mexican luxury.

Riu Cancun Beach

The white sandy beach

Rooms at the Riu Cancun are focused on luxury with stunning sea views to wake up to every morning, air conditioning, drinks dispenser, mini bar and television. The rooms have a choice between one king size bed and two double beds depending on your party size.

Food can quickly become an important part of your holiday, especially when you are staying all inclusive and you will not be disappointed with the choice of authentic Mexican food in the two buffet restaurants alongside the Italian a la carte and steakhouse. If you would like to dine outside there is a poolside restaurant which various themes available in the evenings.

There is plenty to do across the resort from relaxing spa based activities to the fun adventure activities through water sports, the gym and introduction to scuba diving, included in your all inclusive package. Entertainment wise is a combination of nightclubs, live music and activities taking place in the sports bar.

Riu Cancun Pool

One of the pools

The Riu Cancun caters for children just as well as it caters for the adults with a fun filled entertainment programme to keep your child busy and socialising during the day either in the RiuLand children’s clubs, the adventure playground or even the children only swimming pool so kids can have fun freely.

 

Underwater Museum Cancun

A fantastic idea wonderfully executed…..

Underwater Museum Cancun

Underwater Sculpture Cancun

Underwater Art Museum Cancun

Jason de Caires Taylor Sculpture Cancun

This underwater arts museum is found near Cancun / Isla Mujeres.

The British artist behind the scheme is Jason de Caires Taylor (pictured amongst the sculptures below), who trained at Camberwell College of Art.

Jason de Caires Taylor Underwater

The underwater gallery gives a unique perspective, some nine metres underwater the installation (which covers around four hundred square metres) is very accessible from Cancun – around ten minutes on a Catamaran or boat. With the special light from the Cancun sun, this gallery in the Caribbean sea is like no other art exhibition.

 Museo Subacuático de Arte

The sculptures are designed to be environmentally friendly – made from PH neutral materials that will promote the growth of corals and provide a habit for marine creatures. Thinking about it, the underwater museum while obviously providing a growth in the number of tourists snorkelling and diving will also provide an alternative to the reef and could therefore help conservation of the reef by being a “distraction” to divers and snorkellers. A fusion of art and nature, nature can create great beauty that in all honesty humans alone can never achieve.

It will be fascinating to watch the Cancun underwater scultptures develop and change over time. For visitors fortunate enough to take regular holidays to Cancun, it will be a place you can visit again and again.

Cancun – Best All Inclusive

Cancun is one of those places that is fast becoming known for its all inclusive hotels and resorts. People are now expecting this kind of inclusive deal since they will not have to bother about budgeting while they are on holiday. Although some decry the practice, saying that money is not getting into the local economy, those that demand this kind of deal will not be disappointed here. Although a fair number of Americans and Canadians travel to Cancun and stay in apartments or hotel room only, the vast majority (97%) of customers from the UK that come on holiday to Cancun, stay all inclusive.
Some of the top hotels in Cancun which offer all inclusive deals are:-

Riu Cancun

This hotel is owned by the Riu chain which has over one hundred hotels on the best beaches in the world. As such, it offers all food and beverages, including alcohol, it its list of goodies on offer, and all rooms come fully equipped with everything that one needs while they are away from home. Satellite TVs are standard and one can even find Japanese or Italian cuisine on site as well!

Riu Palace Las Americas

This hotel has spectacular sea views from the rooms and boasts fully inclusive amenities for twenty four hours per day! Along with all the facilities that one would expect from a hotel of this caliber, it is also situated next to the city so it is ideal for those who want to taste the local nightlife.

Moon Palace Golf & Health Spa Resort

This magnificent hotel sits right on the sea shore and offers opulent rooms of all descriptions. All rooms have double Jacuzzis so this is a wonderful spot for honeymooners to visit and get to know each other. The on site spa has hydrotherapies on offer, amongst other treatments, and for those who just want to get some exercise there is a world class golf course too.

Temptations Resort Cancun

As the name would suggest, this place is for adults only since it is the only resort in Cancun which allows topless bathing. The entertainment is distinctly adult too with beer drinking and lovely leg contests among other things to do at night. Amongst the facilities in the rooms, this hotel has black out curtains so revelers can sleep in after a heavy night.

Live Aqua Limitless All Inclusive

This magnificent hotel looks very much like a Mayan temple when viewed from the water. Set right on the beach, it offers eight pools for the guest to relax in and has a fitness centre offer spa services along with yoga. This hotel is situated just three miles from the El Rey ruins so if anyone wants to visit, it is very easy to get to. Also in the rooms are 32” LCD TVs so no one has to miss any news from home!

Cancun itself has much to offer the tired traveler. Most of the hotels and resorts are right on the white sandy beaches and the reef is close at hand too. Those who want to take a step back in time to look at Mayan temples have come to the right place, or those who have a love of the water and everything in it will be amazed by what they find here.

Riu Palace Las Americas Cancun Review

Riu Palace Las Americas

Riu Palace Las Americas Cancun

It’s a beautiful hotel, looks a bit like a wedding cake!

Cancun, on the Yucatan Peninsula, is probably one of the favourite destinations for those who love powdery white beaches and crystal clear waters lapping gently on the shore. The surrounding areas are absolutely beautiful too with the spectacular Mayan ruins nestled amongst tropical forests. This surely must be seen to be believed.

Nightlife in Cancun is of an international level. Eateries abound and range from local fare to top class bistros. For those who want to boogie the night away, one can certainly find an eclectic mix of salsa, European and R&B music amongst others. Live music is also available too so look around for local bands and join the locals for some fun.

Hotels in the area are also second to none with the Riu Palace Las Americas being one of the best. This five star hotel offers five-star service with all-inclusive facilities twenty four hours per day. Since it is close to the city, this hotel is ideally placed for visitors to explore Cancun or just relax on the white sandy beach or at the infinity pool.

In fact Riu owns a chain of more than one hundred hotels situated on some of the best beaches in the world. It also owns the Hotel Riu Cancun, next door neighbour to the Riu Palace Las Americas – and this property is an all inclusive resort too. It is a magnificent beach front location which has stupendous views of the Caribbean Sea and is what Mexico is all about. There have been cases reported by Thomson holiday guests of holidaymakers that booked the Riu Cancun being “overbooked” to the Riu Palace Las Americas, but this has not happened in reverse.

So what can one expect from a hotel chain like this? Well, in this instance, 569 guest rooms which have hair dryers, air conditioning, telephone and ceiling fans. Mini bars and liquor dispensers are in the rooms too along with a satellite TV. There are safes in all rooms plus most rooms have panoramic sea views from their balconies.

The fully inclusive aspect will include all food, from a full American breakfast, or continental if preferred, to a hot and cold buffer lunch with pizza and pasta available as well, and dinner buffets with a themed dinner twice a week. Optional dining is available in the grill or Japanese restaurant on site. Italian cuisine is found here too so there must be something within this choice to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Guests from The Riu Palace Las Americas can also use facilities including the lunch buffet at the Riu Cancun next door.

Local and imported drinks are available twenty four hours per day along with non alcoholic beverages and snacks. Even the mini bars and liquor dispensers are topped up on a daily basis so there is no need to run dry even in the room!

Cancun Riu Palace Las Americas

View of beach and ocean from Riu Palace Las Americas

So if anyone can tear themselves away from all this luxury, there is plenty to see and do within the local area. A spot of game fishing may be enough to work off all the food and drink that is available all day and night, and perhaps some swimming on the second largest reef in the world. This one is second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia so everyone should get out and experience it at least once on their holiday.

Within the resort area too golf is among the many sports on offer. There are world class courses, designed by well known golf champions, so give it a try.

Temptation Resort Spa Cancun

Temptation Resort Cancun - Swim Up Bar

Temptation Resort Cancun – Swim Up Bar

As one would expect from a resort known as Temptation, this adult only resort in Cancun is what intimacy is all about. Located directly on the beach in Cancun, this hotel is the only resort that allows topless sun bathing and this is why all visitors must be twenty one years old or above.

This is an extremely lively place, as one would expect from an adults only venue, and is open to couples and singles alike. There is entertainment every night with karaoke bars, beer drinking competitions and music shows galore. ‘Leg shows’ happen here too so expect to see some flashes of extraordinary pins!

Not as vast as some hotels, Temptations Resort has just 384 rooms on offer with all the attendant facilities. Complimentary toiletries and hair dryers are available in the well appointed bathrooms and all the rooms are equipped with satellite TVs. The rooms are air conditioned too for those steamy nights, and this hotel is rather unique in that it has black out curtains for those long mornings in bed. There is a host of other facilities too so this hotel really takes care of its guests.

Those who have come to relax may want to try out the spa facilities which will include all the usual treatments. Swedish sauna is available here along with massages, facials and waxing treatments. These are not included in the all inclusive price so be careful to check first before participating.

All inclusive rates mean that all food and beverages on site are included, but the hotel goes one step further in this instance. Most resorts will charge extra for water sports but here Hobby Cat sailboats, kayaks and windsurfers are included in the room price. There are other water sports available from independent suppliers and these range from parasailing to scuba diving excursions too.

Cancun itself has the second largest reef right on its doorstep so those who are into water sports, like snorkeling or deep sea fishing, should take the time and see this outstanding natural phenomenon. Those who get into the water will be amazed to see the variety of sea life here since the waters are largely untouched by pollution.

Mayan temples are not too far away, nestled in the tropical forests, and these are well worth a visit for those interested in the local culture. For night life seekers, Cancun has just about everything that anyone would want. International nightclubs abound with music from every genre. Eateries too are all over the place with everything on offer from local food right up to chic bistros where the ‘in’ crowd likes to be seen.

In fact, Cancun has all the attributes of a beach holiday with all the benefits of city life right on its door step. Look out for Americans who come down to this area to let off steam and join in with the fun! In fact, because of the diversity of attractions, Cancun is fast becoming a playground for people from all around the world.

Moon Palace Hotel

The Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort is right on the edge of the ocean and offers opulence not seen in many venues. Once guests see the rooms and feel the breeze right off the ocean, they start to relax into the holiday. Indeed, rooms with Jacuzzis built for two are the perfect place for couples to get to know each other a little better and honeymoon packages are available for just such reasons.

Moon Palace Cancun

Moon Palace Cancun – An Ultra All Inclusive Resort

There are literally thousands of rooms on offer ranging from Presidential Suites to rooms built with the less able bodied in mind. All rooms are equipped with the Jacuzzis so not one person needs to miss out on this treat.

Within the rooms also are wonderfully comfortable beds, balconies and mini bars stocked with alcohol, bottled water and juices. Wine and fruits are offered in the room too. This hotel also caters for families with suites that have adjoining rooms.

It is the spa facilities that most people like since this gives people the chance to deal with some problems that they may have not had time for in their busy lives. There is a hydrotherapy experience which should not be missed along with massages, therapies, facials and body scrubs. Try out the ‘couples’ rooms for something a little more intimate and this especially applies to young couples on honeymoon.

The hydrotherapy includes herbal steam rooms, dry sauna with Eucalyptus pressure showers and foot whirlpools. Taking plenty of water and juices or fruit here will certainly do the body good too.

Top off the experience with a game of golf on the professionally designed, world class course and enjoy some after game cocktails with other enthusiasts.

Visit Cancun

Cancun is the main town on Mayan Riviera, located on the side of the Yucatan peninsula facing the Caribbean Sea. The holiday experience includes not only bathing at the palm-lined beaches and snorkeling in the world, but also life and excursions to Mayan cities. More and more people are discovering how much Mexico has to offer and we are helping with everything from simple apartment hotels to five star luxury resorts. And we will fly you comfortably to Cancun with direct flights from UK airports including Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow and Manchester.

Cancun Peninsula

Cancun – peninsula and lagoon

Cancun – an island peninsula

Cancun, which offers both urban and beach environment is very popular, especially among tourists from USA and Canada. The hotel area is situated spectacularly on an elongated island, connected to the mainland by bridges at both ends of the island.

Many holiday activities

Cancun dishes up a cornucopia of holiday temptations. With everything from elegant hotel pools and palm-lined beaches, diving centers, water sports, shopping centers, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Amusement Life culminates in March, where young Americans are celebrating “Spring Break”. Then the whole of Cancun marked by festive mood with strandpartys and days open bars.

Restaurants with a local touch

Want to experience more of the Mexican daily life, just go into the “downtown” Cancun – the original centre on the mainland, where there are many charming local restaurants.

Snorkelling World

Near Cancun are some of the world’s best snorkeling sites. Right outside the coast runs the Great Mayan Reef, the world’s second longest coral reef. Even beginners can benefit greatly from a half day snorkeling, where the surface a few metres above the reef can see turtles, parrot fish, clown fish and other coral world of colorful residents.

Cenotes – snorkeling in caves

Furthermore, you can go on organized excursions into the country and snorkel in the so-called cenotes. It’s underground caves that are half filled with fresh water, and where to swim among stalagmite formations in the enchanting artificial light.

Mayan Temples in the jungle

Tour options for culture lovers are equally stunning. It was precisely in this area that the Maya culture had its heyday until the Spanish invasion in 1520. Our guided tour takes you to the temple cities like Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum.

Mexican Pyramids and ancient ball courts

Most impressive in size solpyramiderne as exterior has steep stairs on all four sides. At least as fascinating temple ruins, the astronomical observatories, the mathematically sophisticated calendars and arenas, where you played a ritual ball game where the loser was sentenced to death. Want the most out of your visit, you must bet on our excursions with an English speaking guide.