Meagan Drillinger
Meagan Drillinger

For Cancun, 2017 proved to be a pretty good year, with international visitors increasing by more than 9%, bringing more than 7.6 million tourists to the destination in the first three quarters. In that vein, the destination is poised for a bustling new year with plenty of new development.

"Cancun and the Riviera Maya are gearing up for a fantastic 2018," said Lizzie Cole, director of the Cancun Tourism Board, at an event held to celebrate Cancun's profitable year. "New luxury and all-inclusive hotels, additional connectivity via our air partners, and world-class dining and amenities will continue to entice travelers and provide an excellent vacation experience for visitors."

Here is a look at a few of the most recent hotel openings in Cancun/Riviera Maya to take us into 2018.

Hotel Xcaret

Experiencias Xcaret has officially opened its first hotel, Hotel Xcaret Mexico. The five-star all-inclusive is a concept that blends accommodations and amenities with complimentary access to eight nature parks and tours.

There are 900 Mexican-inspired all-view suites that feature balconies with views of the beach private coves, river and gardens. Two special retreats exist on property: Casa Fuego, an adults-only oasis with private spaces, and Casa Agua for a more holistic experience. Casa Agua is also positioned near the Spa an Wellness center, providing direct access. Guests can choose from a Suite, Junior Suite, Swim-up Suite or Master Suite.

Hotel Xcaret Mexico guests enjoy unlimited access to Experiencias Xcaret's eight nature parks and tours. Other perks include airport shuttle service, 24-hour room service, concierge and concierge App, complimentary WiFi, Kids and Teens Clubs, and more.

There are 10 restaurants, including Ha' restaurant, led by Michelin star chef Carlos Gaytan. A Muluk Spa & Wellness offers a temazcal, biodynamic signature amenities, demo aesthetics, hydrotherapy circuit, salt flotation tank, and more.

Hotel Xcaret is the beginning of an ambitious 10-year plan for Destination Xcaret, a tourism development that will span more than 914 acres and will have 6,000 guestrooms at its completion. Plans also include a stadium that will be able to accommodate 12,000 spectators, a convention center, a shopping center and culinary destination called Pueblo del Ro.

Krystal Grand Punta Cancun

Late last year, Krystal Grand Punta Cancun launched its VIP Altitude Tower, a new luxury enclave that added 100 suites to the existing 295 suites. The tower provides guests with 24-hour concierge services, access to the Sky Lounge private rooftop, and custom luxury amenities.

Guests of the tower can enjoy myriad VIP amenities, including exclusive check-in, 24-hour concierge, 24-hour room service, daily breakfast, and afternoon cocktails and appetizers. The Tower features an indoor pool, private bar, complimentary wine and tequila tastings, and a featured Chef's Table. Guests also have access to the adult-only infinity pool with private cabanas and Bali beds.

The rooms, which measure at 549 square feet, have ocean-facing balconies, large glass bathrooms with rain showers, 50-inch LED televisions, pillow menu, sleeping kit, and refreshed daily minibar.

The Altitude Releve rooms take luxury a little further at 678 square feet, ocean views, and daily in-room fruit amenities. Other services include luggage unpacking, and up to $350 in spa credit.

The Reef 28

Looking to 2018, Playa del Carmen will welcome its newest resort in April. The Reef 28 will be an adults-only resort right in Playa del Carmen, with access and special rates at the famous Mamita's Beach Club.

The resort can shuttle guests to the other two sister properties in Coco Beach or Playacar to enjoy the beaches there, as well.

Options at The Reef 28 include rooftop Arriba for cocktails and DJs at the infinity pool, or dining on Mexican food at Cachito and Asian fusion at El Asiatico. Just steps from the hotel is Fifth Avenue, with its clubs, restaurants and parties. Every room on the property is a suite, whether Junior or Master, with amenities like bedside Jacuzzi or private patios. There is also a five-star spa.


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