Review: Nizuc Resort & Spa, Cancun, Mexico

The hotel’s contemporary design is inspired by Asian influences and Mayan patterns

Location: Overlooking two white-sand beaches and the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, Nizuc Resort & Spa is the perfect location to unwind and relax. It’s only a 15-minute taxi ride from Cancun International airport.


First impressions: A warm and very friendly welcome from the staff set the scene for the stay, and the outstanding service continued throughout. The hotel’s contemporary design is inspired by Asian influences and Mayan patterns. 

The facts: Nizuc Resort & Spa has 274 suites and villas, spread across 12 hectares. The resort is easily accessible with a round-the-clock golf buggy service. The adult-only Ocean Suites are close to the beach and main pool. Residence Suites are ideal for families, especially those with connecting rooms. The Master Suite or Penthouse are perfect options for those on honeymoon, with the latter offering panoramic views of the Caribbean and a terrace with a plunge pool. The private villas are all within walking distance of the lobby, with the grandest of them being the Presidential Villa which has space for entertaining and a secluded tropical garden. Elsewhere, the resort has two pools – one adult-only – although I preferred the main pool as it is much bigger and has a swim-up bar. The spa is also worth a visit, and uses ESPA products.

Explore: The ancient ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza are less than two hours away and a must-see for first‑timers. Chichen Itza, one of the largest ancient Mayan cities, can get extremely busy, so suggest clients visit at sunrise before it officially opens (available to select tour groups)  – the early wake-up call will definitely be worthwhile. Nearby is Cenote Ik Kil, a well‑known cenote (a natural inland water hole in rock) where you can swim. Closer to home, Nizuc also includes guided snorkelling for guests keen to explore the wonders of the underwater world. Also on offer is paddleboarding, kayaking and the option to head out on the hotel’s luxurious yacht.


Wow: The food was a highlight. Nizuc boasts six restaurants, with Peruvian dishes served at Ni and Italian cuisine at Terra Nostra. The wood-fired pizzas at the latter are not to be missed. My favourite spot was Asian venue Indochine where I devoured tasty vegetable spring rolls.

Book it: A Garden Suite at Nizuc Resort & Spa is priced from £593 per room per night, inclusive of tax and service.

Emma Winton

Emma is Graphic Designer at Travel Weekly Group, and works across all the print titles and supplements within the company including Aspire. She particularly enjoys whizzing down the slopes on ski holidays!

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