As far as all-inclusive resorts go, Sandals resorts have been a major player in the industry for decades. Sandals luxurious adult-only all-inclusive resorts are found all over the Caribbean, as are 3 Beaches Resorts, Sandals’ family-friendly alternative.
Sandals resorts are popular among couples because of their excellent locations, outstanding service and inclusions, and generous honeymoon and wedding packages. It comes as a surprise to many to find out that there is not a Sandals resort in Mexico.
Will There Ever Be a Sandals Resort in Mexico?
While there are currently no Sandals resorts in Mexico, rumors of the company expanding out of the Caribbean and opening a location somewhere in the Riviera Maya region have been circulating for years. CEO Adam Stewart confirmed back in 2016 that the company had plans to break ground on a location near Playa del Carmen, and hinted at possible second locations in Cancun or Cabo San Lucas.
Currently, there are a total of 17 Sandals resorts spread across the Caribbean. The first opened in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1981. Since then, Sandals resorts have opened in The Bahamas, Antigua, Curacao, St. Lucia, Barbados, and Grenada.
The resort’s home country of Jamaica has the most Sandals properties, with a total of 7. They are
- Sandals Negril
- Sandals Ochi
- Sandals Royal Caribbean
- Sandals South Coast
- Sandals Montego Bay
- Sandals Royal Plantation
- Sandals Dunn’s River, the newest location, which opened its doors on May 19th, 2023.
However, since there’s no sign of any upcoming Sandals resort in Mexico on the company’s website, it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little longer for a Sandals to open closer to home. Until then, the closest Sandals to the U.S. are the two resorts in The Bahamas.
Alternatives to a Sandals Resort in Mexico
There are tons of all-inclusive resorts in Mexico for all types of travelers. If you’re interested in Sandals, chances are an adult-only all-inclusive is what you’re after. We might be a few years away from making a reservation at a Mexico Sandals resort, but in the meantime here are a few of our favorite adult-only all-inclusive resorts in Mexico.
Although not affiliated with Sandals Resorts, Secrets Resorts offer a similar experience. The most affordable Secrets resort in Mexico is Secrets Akumal, in the heart of Riviera Maya, near Tulum. The resort offers breathtaking views of the Caribbean and a beautifully landscaped property bursting with tropical plants.
Secrets’ brand of adults-only luxury accommodation is designed with couples seeking a romantic and luxurious getaway in mind. Whether you’re celebrating your honeymoon in Mexico or simply getting away to reconnect, Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya has everything you need to create unforgettable memories.
Breathless Riviera Cancun has a reputation among couples and singles for its lively atmosphere and is a well-known party all-inclusive resort. Built right on the shoreline, the resort offers views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea that will leave you “breathless.” The buildup of sargassum seaweed, which is a common problem for all resorts in the area, can sometimes render the beach un-swimmable but there are loungers for sunbathing and relaxing, and staff offer food and beverage service.
Previous guests of Breathless Riviera Cancun praise the property, citing excellent customer service, lively daily and nightly entertainment, and delicious food. However, other reviews mention that the beach was underwhelming, and the party atmosphere means that light sleepers might have issues with the noise. However, if you’re ready to party, Breathless Riviera Cancun is the place to be.
Secrets Aura Cozumel
Ferry to the island of Cozumel for a luxurious stay just steps away from a white sand beach. Secrets Aura Cozumel offers romance, tranquility, and a true escape from daily life. Guests can discover the vibrant coral reefs on scuba diving or snorkeling excursions in crystal-clear waters, or lounge by one of the three pools with a drink in one hand and a good book in the other.
Reconnect in the spa while you enjoy a couples’ massage, then indulge in a gourmet romantic dinner at one of the 8 restaurants. There are also 5 bars where you can get a hand-made cocktail made with premium spirits or a glass of fine wine. You will leave Secrets Aura Cozumel feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and eager to come back.
Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun
Gamblers can try their luck at Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun, which features a casino with several slot machines, live poker, and table games. As an added bonus, guests at Hideaway get a $50 credit to play with.
This huge complex has 10 restaurants, a lovely spa and salon, tennis courts, and a fitness center. Between games, hang out at one of the 16 on-site bars for a premium cocktail, walk the stretch of white sand beach, or dive into the swimming pool. Guests can also enjoy non-motorized water sports like snorkeling or stand-up paddle boarding.
Breathless Cabo San Lucas
For a resort that offers laid-back downtime during the day and vibrant nightlife, Breathless Cabo San Lucas is the place to be. Modern and chic, this adults-only all-inclusive in Cabo is a stylish and luxurious place to stay. Spa treatments and yoga on the beach are just two of Breathless Cabo San Lucas’ rejuvenating offerings.
Once the sun sets, there is a noticeable change in the atmosphere. Live DJs, pool parties, musical performances, and fashion shows bring the resort to life. Plus, all the local nightlife of downtown Cabo San Lucas is just a short walk away. If you’re looking for a mix of relaxation and excitement, Breathless Cabo San Lucas offers a truly unforgettable experience.
Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa
Secrets Huatulco is set on a secluded stretch of beautiful golden sand along the Pacific Coast of Mexico, an area that’s currently undergoing some rapid development after years of existing under the radar. The chic resort offers elegant ocean-view suites with private balconies or terraces, perfect for watching the sun sink into Conejos Bay, and oversized whirlpool tubs. Preferred Club suites come with special amenities and services like swim-out suites, a private lounge, enhanced concierge service, and afternoon hors d’oeuvres.
The resort features two pools;, non-motorized water sports like snorkeling, windsurfing, and kayaking; tennis; and beach volleyball. For an extra cost, scuba diving or sport fishing, area excursions, or spa treatments are available. Nine restaurants offer steaks, fresh seafood, French cuisine, Mexican, Italian, and more. Plus, there is a café and 5 bars and lounges, including a swim-up bar, Sky Bar, theater bar, and beach bar. At night there are shows, dancing, live music, theme nights, beach parties, and movies under the stars.
Excellence Playa Mujeres
If you want to avoid the crowds at Cancun but still be close enough for a quick drive downtown, check out Excellence Playa Mujeres. Guests can look forward to outstanding service, 13 dining options, luxurious rooms, and a wide range of amenities amid perfectly landscaped grounds.
There are seven pools, a rooftop terrace, seven pool bars, and a beautiful beach at the adult-only resort. All-inclusive packages include spa treatments, outdoor activities, and water sports.
There aren’t many attractions close by. Most guests here are happy to stay on-site and enjoy the amenities and activities offered by the resort. If you’ve experienced Cancun before and sightseeing isn’t in your plans, Excellence Playa Mujeres is an “excellent” choice.
Located near Playa del Carmen, TRS Yucatan is perfect for couples who want a romantic and peaceful vacation or honeymoon in Mexico. This modern and luxurious resort has a variety of rooms and suites as well as private rentals, some featuring private outdoor jacuzzis and swimming pools.
The top-rated resort boasts 9 a la carte restaurants to choose from, offering delicious dishes from a variety of different cuisines. Guests can relax on the nearby beach or at one of the stunning pools. The spa offers a variety of restorative treatments and the activities and entertainment ranges from cabaret shows to aqua excursions.