the beach area at the marriott cancun resort
The Marriott Cancun is going all-inclusive.

The Marriott Cancun Resort Is Becoming an All-Inclusive 

By: Alexander Britell - May 14, 2023

One of Cancun’s premier resort has closed to begin a dramatic transformation process, Caribbean Journal has learned. The popular Marriott Cancun recently shuttered to undertake what the company calls a “major renovation.”

When it reopens at the height of the upcoming winter tourist season, the Marriott Cancun will become an all-inclusive resort, according to Marriott International. 

The resort, a longtime European Plan hotel, will be the first Marriott All-Inclusive in the Caribbean and in the world, part of the company’s broader foray into all-inclusive. 

the main pool area at the resort
The main pool at the Marriott Cancun.

The new-look Marriott Cancun will feature a new design in all guest rooms and public spaces, from the ballroom and the fitness center to a fresh new kids club. 

The resort will also have nine different restaurants and bars, a new pool area (one that will also have dedicated family pool), a water park and a lazy river. 

The full name will be Marriott Cancun, An All-Inclusive Resort. 

It will actually be the second Cancun resort in Marriott’s all-inclusive portfolio: thanks to its alliance with Blue Diamond’s Royalton brand, the new Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun is part of the All-Inclusive by Marriott collection. 

riviera cancun all-inclusive
The Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun.

It should also bolster Marriott’s Mexican Caribbean portfolio, which is adding a new EDITION hotel later this year and just debuted the new St Regis Resort at the Kanai development. Last year, Marriott’s only Ritz-Carlton in the area became a Kempinski.

Marriott Riviera Maya Resort St Regis
The new St Regis Kanai in the Riviera Maya.

Marriott’s all-inclusive push, which largely began in 2019 with its purchase of Barbados’ Elegant Hotels portfolio, has come in fits and starts; despite the company’s size, it has faced a steep learning curve in the region, and increasing competition from large brands like Hilton and Hyatt, both of which have undertaken broad, and arguably more successful, entries to the all-inclusive market. 

But Marriott is pushing forward with its all-inclusive plan, and the next few years should see its larger ambitions come to fruition, as all-inclusive resorts with brands like W and even Ritz-Carlton begin to emerge in the Caribbean. 

And with the company’s size and massive loyalty membership, it shouldn’t be ignored. 

For more, visit the Marriott Cancun

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