Checking in: The Ritz Carlton Cancún

Cancún is for me, the best beach in all of Mexico, if not the world. There’s just something about its turquoise-clear waters, and soft white sands that makes it unforgettable, and the perfect location for your next beach vacation!

If you’re reading this right now, odds are you’re already planning on visiting, but are just wandering about this luxurious property to see if it’s the right fit for you. Ahead, I’ll show, and describe what my experience at this hotel was. Hopefully, it’ll help you decide!

First off, The Ritz Carlton Cancún is considered as one of the best in the area, along with Le Blanc Spa Resort, and Nizuc Resort & Spa (click here to check out my review on Nizuc!), which is why I was so excited to jet off, chill, and receive 2018 in this world renowned hotel.


Just entering the property, you will feel the luxurious ambiance you’re expecting. Not only is the classic luxe decor, and the rose-scented lobby doing the trick, but you’re also welcomed with a fresh lemon drink, with hints of cucumber and ginger, and a cold towel to freshen up before checking in, all while hotel staff is taking care of your luggage. 

Check in was good, although I was surprised to learn an extra single bed per room costs an extra $100 USD per night, despite having already paid for a pricey room that supposedly could sleep 3 adults. That aside, it was all excellent, and service was great.


Designed with light blue tones with grey hints, the room inspires comfort and serenity. We stayed in an ocean front room with a king size bed (we originally asked for two doubles, but when we got there, we were told the hotel now only has rooms with king size beds, despite what the website says.) Nevertheless, the bed had luxurious 400-count Egyptian cotton sheets, and was really comfy.

The room was spacious enough, too. It had a nice accent chair, desk area, TV, closet, and marble baths with separate walk-in rainshower, and soaking tub. The balcony was also a highlight. It had expansive windows, so the room had lots of natural light, and who doesn’t love a room overlooking the Caribbean?

Photo obtained from Ritz Carlton website (click for link)

I mean… just look at this!

Photo obtained from Ritz Carlton website (click for link)


The hotel offers several restaurants, ranging in cuisine and price. I got to try the breakfast buffet: El Café Mexicano, which offered a variety of Mexican typical dishes, like ranchero eggs, chilaquiles, enchiladas, and Yucatan quesadillas – to name a few.

The buffet also offered international breakfast options including fruit, granola, cereal, bread, hams, and cheeses, and served juices, mimosas, coffee, and tea (they had pretty much everything you could want for breakfast.)  

Besides the food, you had the option to eat inside or outside in the terrace. I had both experiences, and really enjoyed them both. If I had to choose one favorite, I’d choose the terrace! Although a bit further away from the buffet, you enjoy Caribbean views, which complement the overall experience.

For dinner, I tried The Club Grill (featured belowand The Caribe Bar & Grill. They were both excellent options, and very different from each other. The first is an elegant restaurant offering Continental cuisine, and live jazz, and the second is a casual option, located right in front of the ocean, and next to the pools. Here you can eat burgers, steak, chicken, salmon, pizzas, and other traditional Mexican dishes. 

Photo obtained from Ritz Carlton website (click for link)

Besides their restaurants, all guests can enjoy in-room dining, which was also fast, complete, and delicious. We ordered in two nights, and tried their shrimp cocktail, nachos, Caesar salad, and club sandwich. 

Poolside / beach lunch is also a nice option when you’re laying in the beach or chilling by the pool. All hotel-owned chaise lounges, have a little flag you can raise to have a pool, or beach waiter come to you when you need something.

From their menu I tried their fish tacos, nachos with guacamole, Mexican burger, and ceviche.

Other than the food, you can of course, order tropical drinks! I tried their Piña Colada and their Mango Chile Margarita, take a look! They tasted as great as they look!


The Ritz Carlton Cancún Hotel is located in the hotel zone, offering proximity to other attractions in the destination, and is lucky to enjoy a breathtaking beach. During our stay, the ocean was always either yellow flagged, or red flagged. So the waves do crash against the shore, just perfectly, and is ideal for swimming (whenever it’s yellow flagged.) Despite it being peak season, (December) we still got some time with the beach pretty much all to ourselves!

The sand is another element I must factor in when appreciating Cancún’s beach. It truly feels like you’re stepping on flour. That’s how soft it is.

Photo obtained from Ritz Carlton website (click for link)

We also enjoyed the pool area. At this hotel, guests can leave stuff behind in the chaise lounges they want to separate for later use. This can both be good or bad, it depends. Some people leave hats or magazines, and then head to the breakfast buffet. If you do this, it’s convenient for you, but if you’re a late bird, and it’s high season, you may not find a nice spot that easily. Nonetheless, the hotel’s still amongst the most expensive in Cancún, so it won’t feel as packed as others would – even during busy months.


The driver who took us to the airport told us Cancún has become a destination so popular, that it almost always is high season. That said, he stated December is still the month with most visits. It calms a bit down in January, but then gets busy again from February to July. August is calm again, and then it’s hurricane season from September to November, making these months low season before December comes again. 

In my opinion, December is the best time to travel because it’s not so hot like the summer months. The wind feels a bit chilly, but the sun is shining, so the temperature is just perfect. If you want to avoid the crowds, you may consider traveling early in December.


This hotel might be just your fit if you’re looking for a classic luxurious beach vacation, whether that is with your family or your friends. The Ritz Carlton Cancún is a great option, as are the rest of Ritz Carlton properties in the world. You will love it if you want an exclusive environment throughout your vacation, and appreciate excellent service, and plenty, tasty options for lunch and dinner.

I do feel their target market are mostly Americans. I was a bit surprised to find all menus and information in English, and prices in USD, despite the fact the property is in Mexico. They of course had Spanish versions, but some words were not properly translated.

All hotel staff spoke to me in English first, too. Then, were surprised to learn I was Mexican. So if you’re looking for a genuine Mexican experience during your stay, I’d probably suggest staying somewhere else. (There’re other luxurious options you can look into that maintain the Mexican touch.)

Now don’t get me wrong, the hotel does have some Mexican details, but it kind of felt like I was somewhere in the US, which is probably not what some of you may look for when traveling to Mexico. If you do, then this place will be just perfect for you.

Have you ever been to Cancún? What did you like the most about your trip?
Let me know in the comments!

All opinions shared in this post – like always – are 100 % my own

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5 thoughts on “Checking in: The Ritz Carlton Cancún

  1. Hannah

    Thanks so much for this Review Any! Looks like a beautiful resort and cannot fault that beach!!


  2. Tracey

    Loved reading this Any! I’d love to get to Central America! It’s crazy how you noticed words that won’t translated correct in Spanish when they are Spanish speaking haha. Love how you are Mexican!!!


  3. Lena

    I would love to go to Mexico! I do love The Ritz, but would probably like to stay somewhere more authentic 😊 Well done on the review!


  4. Christine Connell

    I’ve been to Cancun, but I didn’t stay at the Ritz. Maybe I need to go back 😉


  5. Michelle Marcos

    Looks like a fabulous hotel! I absolutely love Mexico but I haven’t been to Cancun yet!


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