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yorkshire
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Adults only? good hotel advice please

Going to New york next year for a wedding and want to follow it up with a holiday in mexico. Had a quote for Secrets Marona which is about 40mins from cancun but it is a tad expensive. Husband really fancies it but does anyone know of any other resorts that are probably Adult only (really cant be doing with too many children) or of a very good standard. I have got my travel agent on it but was looking for personal experiences. We are a couple in our early 50's, we dont want a great deal of entertainment in the hotel as we rarely go anyway, we do like nice restaurants, dont do much in the way of shopping when we are away, do some trips to see the local areas but mainly sunbathe and swim so a good pool is a must. TBH Mexico was not high on my list of places to go to (then again New York was even lower on the list) but it seems the most logical place to go after NY.

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1. Re: Adults only? good hotel advice please

If you like the Secrets brand, Secrets the Vine is in Cancun.

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2. Re: Adults only? good hotel advice please

Hi yorkshireblonde,

We have recently returned form the El Dorado Seaside Suites ..... and I can highly recommend it! Booked through FC/Thomson.

It is very much a boutique type resort, approx 200 rooms, adult only, all restaurants are a la carte (no buffets) 24 hr room service, with butler service around beach/pools. Your are also allocated a consierge upon arrival who bow to your evey whim!

Resort is geared towards couples, honeymooners and people celebrating their anniversaries. Entertainment every night but pretty low key and not rowdy.

We intend returning next year but perhaps trying one of their other resorts .... Eldorado Royale or Eldorado Maroma .... decisions, decisons!

Regards,

Pat

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3. Re: Adults only? good hotel advice please

Aventura Spa Palace is Adults only and has a 1/2 price sale going on.

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4. Re: Adults only? good hotel advice please

Here's my list of ALL the adult only resorts from Cancun to Tulum. Iberostar Grand, Royal Hideway and Paradissus La Perla tend to be in the same price range as Secrets Maroma Beach but it's worth checking them because you never know when a sale or special deal will be offered. The other Secrets resorts (Silversands and Capri) are typically priced quite a bit lower than Secrets Maroma Beach. That's because Maroma Beach itself is the draw - it's touted as one of the top 10 beaches in the world and all the resorts there tend to priced a bit higher.

On the more budget-friendly end of the adults only scale without compromising too much on quality are Valentin Imperial Maya and Catalonia Riviera Tulum (Secrets Silversands and Capri should be in the same general price range). If you want to spend less than that, look at Oceans and Temptations but be aware that you are taking a bit of a step down in quality.

Anyway, here's the list; please excuse the blanks as it's a work in progress:

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North of Cancun (Isla Blanca)

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EXCELLENCE PLAYA MUJERES

Trip Advisor star rating: 5

Rooms: 450

Wrist bands – no

Reservations for dinner – no

Comments:

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Cancun Hotel Zone (along the top of the “7”)

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TEMPTATION RESORT SPA CANCUN

Trip Advisor star rating: 3

Rooms: 384

Wrist bands – yes

Reservations for dinner – yes for specialty restaurants, otherwise no

Comments: age 21+

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Cancun Hotel Zone (heading southwards down the upright of the “7”)

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LE BLANC

Trip Advisor star rating: 4.5

Rooms: 260

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments- zen-like and peaceful but close to clubs etc. in Cancun.

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THE ROYAL IN CANCUN

Trip Advisor star rating: 4.5

Rooms: 288

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments -

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SECRETS THE VINE

Trip Advisor star rating:

Rooms: 495

Wrist bands – No

Reservations for dinner – No

Comments – opened August 2012

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GOLDEN PARNASSUS RESORT & SPA

Trip Advisor star rating: 3.5

Rooms: 214

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments - I would exercise great caution with this one. I’ve seen posts from people who’ve been bumped from here to the Great Parnassus, a NON adult-only resort. I would guess that this only happens during high season but don’t know that for sure. Minimum check in age – 21.

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BEL AIR COLLECTION RESORT & SPA

Trip Advisor star rating: 3.5

Rooms: 156

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments - technically not adults only as they allow kids over the age of 12 but it’s a very adult-oriented resort and sure doesn’t look very kid-friendly. AI is optional.

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SUN PALACE

Trip Advisor star rating: 4

Rooms: 252

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments -

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LIVE AQUA

Trip Advisor star rating: 4.5

Rooms: 371

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments - similar to Le Blanc in that it’s zen-like and peaceful but well located for clubs etc. in Cancun. Minimum check in age – 21.

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Between Cancun and Puerto Morelos

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DESIRE RESORT & SPA

Trip Advisor star rating: 4

Rooms: 116

Wrist bands – yes

Reservations for dinner – no

Comments – age 21+, clothing optional and also known as a “lifestyle” resort (aka swingers), couples only (I believe that’s heterosexual couples only but don’t know that for sure). Non-swingers also welcomed (apparently) but I’d definitely suggest you research this resort so you know what you’re getting into. Their website features some not-so-subtle nudity, so you might not want to be doing your research at work!

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SECRETS SILVERSANDS

Trip Advisor star rating: 4.5

Rooms - 433

Wrist bands – no

Reservations for dinner – no

Comments – approx 20 minutes from the Cancun International Airport. Sandy part of the beach is OK but the seabed has sharp rocks.

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EXCELLENCE RIVIERA CANCUN

Trip Advisor star rating: 4.5

Rooms: 440

Wrist bands – no

Reservations for dinner – no

Comments – may be some issues with seaweed at the beach. Don’t know if this is a seasonal or year-round problem.

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DESIRE PEARL

Trip Advisor star rating: n/a

Rooms: 88

Wrist bands – yes

Reservations for dinner – no

Comments -formerly Ceiba del Mar (Puerto Morelos), age 21+, clothing optional and also known as a “lifestyle” resort (aka swingers), couples only (I believe that’s heterosexual couples only but don’t know that for sure). Non-swingers also welcomed (apparently) but I’d definitely suggest you research this resort so you know what you’re getting into. Their website features some not-so-subtle nudity, so you might not want to be doing your research at work! Approx 30 minutes from Cancun airport.

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Between Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen

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EL DORADO ROYALE

Trip Advisor star rating: 4.5

Rooms - 605

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments - sand whales at beach.

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VALENTIN IMPERIAL MAYA

Trip Advisor star rating: 4

Rooms – 540

Wrist bands – no

Reservations for dinner – no

Comments - 20 minutes or so north of Playa del Carmen and about 20 minutes from the airport. Mixed beach – great sand but some ironshore (rocks at the water’s edge) so you can’t swim just anywhere. Some nightlife but generally fairly subdued. Absolutely NOT a party resort. Dinner is all a la carte (but there are two themed buffets per week).

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IBEROSTAR GRAND HOTEL PARAISO

Trip Advisor star rating: 5

Rooms - 310

Wrist bands – yes

Reservations for dinner – yes

Comments - many repeat guests. Guests of the Grand also have access to the neighbouring Iberostar Playa Paraiso resorts (Beach, Lindo and Maya) which are kid-friendly.

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SECRETS MAROMA BEACH

Trip Advisor star rating: 4.5

Rooms - 412

Wrist bands – no

Reservations for dinner – no

Comments - fabulous beach, allegedly the BEST in the area

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EL DORADO MAROMA

Trip Advisor star rating: 4.5

Rooms – 99

Wrist bands – no

Reservations for dinner – no, except for three specialty dinners per week.

Comments – 35 minutes from Cancun airport.

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OCEAN MAYA ROYALE BY H10

Trip Advisor star rating: 3

Rooms - 320

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments - changed to adult only on May 1, 2011. Beach does not look good.

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SECRETS CAPRI

Trip Advisor star rating: 4.5

Rooms - 290

Wrist bands – no

Reservations for dinner – no

Comments - 5 minutes from Playa del Carmen, 35 minutes from the airport.

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BLUE DIAMOND BY BLUEBAY

Trip Advisor star rating: 4.5

Rooms - 128

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments - appears to have opened very recently (February 2012?).

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Playa del Carmen

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PARADISUS PLAYA DEL CARMEN LA PERLA

Trip Advisor star rating: 4.5

Rooms – 394

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments - 45 minutes from the airport.

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ROYAL PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Trip Advisor star rating: 4.5

Rooms - 507

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments - easy walking distance to all the bars, clubs and restaurants of Playa del Carmen. Minimum guest age = 16.

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Playacar

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ROYAL HIDEAWAY

Trip Advisor star rating: 5

Rooms - 200

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments –

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South of Playacar

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AVENTURA SPA PALACE

Trip Advisor star rating: 4

Rooms - 1266

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments -

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CATALONIA ROYAL TULUM

Trip Advisor star rating: 4

Rooms - 288

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments - great beach and many repeat guests

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EL DORADO SEASIDE SUITES

Trip Advisor star rating: 4.5

Rooms - 282

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments -

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HIDDEN BEACH NUDIST RESORT AU NATUREL CLUB

Trip Advisor star rating: 4.5

Rooms - 42

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments – as the name suggests, this is a nudist resort.

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ROYAL SUITES YUCATAN BY PALLADIUM

Trip Advisor star rating: 3.5

Rooms - 130

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments - part of the Grand Palladium complex. This section is adult only but the rest of the GP complex is kid-friendly. Guests of the Royal Suites have access to the entire complex.

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ADONIS TULUM RIVIERA MAYA GAY RESORT

Trip Advisor star rating: 4

Rooms - 94

Wrist bands –

Reservations for dinner –

Comments -

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Isla Mujeres

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ISLA MUJERES PALACE

VILLA ROLANDA (not all inclusive but meal plans available)

PRIVILEGE ALUXES (not adult only but doesn’t cater to children)

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Cozumel

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AURA

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Resorts that aren’t Adult only per se but may have Adults Only sections

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GRAND VELAS

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SANDOS PLAYACAR

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DREAMS PUERTO AVENTURAS

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DREAMS TULUM

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ZOETRY PARAISO DE LA BONITA

Trip Advisor star rating: 5

Rooms – 90

Wrist bands – no

Reservations for dinner –

Comments – not adults only and don’t know if it has an Adults only section but makes this list due to its mature vibe and upscale feel.

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5. Re: Adults only? good hotel advice please

We love the Palace Resorts. Right in Cancun proper there is Sun Palace and Le Blanc. Personally, we love Sun Palace - Le Blanc is excellent, but a little quiet for our tastes.

Sun Palace has in room double jacuzzis (every room), 24 hour room service, in room stocked bars (liquor and soda and juice and water), $1500 in resort credits toward tours, upgrade, upgraded wine, spa treatments,beach dinner, etc. Somewhat smaller resort with excellent service and very good food. We've never had to make reservations for dinner at either the a la cartes or buffet. Good evening entertainment and always some late night crowd for cocktails if you want, or head to bed after the shows. Same goes at LeBlanc.

A little further out in Puerto Aventura is Aventura Spa Palace - also adults only. Same deal on the rooms, includes $1500 resort credits and here, you can use the whole amount at the spa or on other things. Resort is running 1/2 off per week if booked through a member - amazingly good deal.

I am sure there are other great adults only hotels, but we are sold on Palace resorts. Good luck with your research!

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6. Re: Adults only? good hotel advice please

I'll second both El Dorado Seaside Suites, Valentin Imperial Maya, Aventura Spa Palace and Catalonia Royal Tulum - visited them all and each one is brilliant in it's own right!!

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7. Re: Adults only? good hotel advice please

Thanks for some great suggestions, there were just too many to look at myself without knowing what I was looking at, I forsee tomorrow being spent doing some research.

thanks everyone.

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8. Re: Adults only? good hotel advice please

Excellence Riviera Cancun or Playa Mujeres. Royal PlayaDelCarmen.

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9. Re: Adults only? good hotel advice please

Another vote for El Dorado Seaside Suites, a wonderful resort. We also very much enjoy El Dorado Maroma.

In the hotel zone. Le Blanc and Live Aqua.

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The Royal either Royal Cancun or my Fav Royal playa del Carmen.. about 45 min from airport.. But right on 5th ave and can take a ferry right there and go to Coz for the day,,