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The hotel scene in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean is booming, and the area is home to about 75% of all new hotels in Mexico. Despite a slowdown caused by the COVID pandemic and the resulting drop in international travel, pent-up demand has led to new hotel openings being announced regularly across the region. We’ve rounded up the Mexican Caribbean destinations that have seen the most new hotels built recently.
Recent statistics reveal that since 2016, the number of hotels in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean has increased by almost 30%. Overall, the state of Quintana Roo is home to a total of 125,000 hotel rooms and a whopping 1,314 hotels. Keep an eye out for these destinations on your next trip to the Mexican Caribbean for the best chances of finding top-notch accommodations.
Being the tourist magnet that it is, many would expect Cancun to come out on top when it comes to new hotels. Surprisingly, though, the Riviera Maya has seen a rush of new hotel openings recently, with the area home to as much as 44% or 55,000 of the state’s hotel inventory.
The Riviera Maya is increasingly popular with luxury brands, who find its seaside location ideal for new openings. Compared to Cancun, the Riviera Maya has quieter and more remote beach areas, perfect for private access beaches and lush natural surroundings. Scheduled to open next year, the new 355-room hotel Margaritaville Riviera Maya Island Reserve it is just a resort that will offer ultimate luxury in pristine coastal nature.
Stretching from Puerto Morelos to Tulum in the south, the Riviera Maya occupies a vast expanse of land, encompassing several popular beachside tourist destinations. This, perhaps, explains its leadership position in new hotel openings.
Second, Cancun’s 42,000 hotel rooms mean that visitors will have no shortage of accommodations to choose from. With everything from the crowded hotel zone, home to nearly 100 resorts, to the more residential areas in downtown Cancun, tourists will find more than 14 miles of beach and hundreds of properties in the coastal city.
Although much of the city’s hotel zone is already built on, many properties there are being renovated or replaced with new hotels. Some 11 new hotels have been built in Cancun in the last two years.
Some of the major recent hotel openings in Cancun include:
- Royal One All Inclusive Resort & Spa: Family resort with 540 4-star rooms in the hotel zone of Cancun. Nightly rates start at $370 per night for two people.
- Hilton Garden Inn: Opened in March this year, this 3-star hotel is conveniently located next to the city’s airport.
- Riviera Resort & Spa Secrets: 5 outings for adults in the Bahía Petempich lagoon complete with a personalized experience.
Isla Mujeres was voted the best island destination in Mexico this year at the annual World Travel Awards, a prestigious industry-leading organization. Known for its tranquil beaches and charming, magical village life, Isla Mujeres has seen hotel occupancy soar this summer.
With 34% of all hotel rooms in the Mexican Caribbean located on the idyllic island, travelers will find a variety of luxury and budget options here. To cope with record demand, several new hotels have recently opened on the island and Apple Entertainment Group is opening a new adults-only resort this December.
The new property only has 125 luxury villas, where privacy is at the center of the experience, as guests receive private transfers from mainland Cancun to the hotel’s private dock.
With so many new hotel openings in addition to existing ones, it’s no surprise that the Mexican Caribbean continues to attract the majority of international travelers to Mexico.
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