By Johanna Jainchill
The Ritz-Carlton in Cancun stands out on this famous strip of white sand and turquoise water for several reasons. For one, it’s one of only four AAA Five Diamond properties in Cancun, a resort area that was long known as a popular spring break destination rather than an upscale vacation option.
But most notable is that the Ritz-Carlton,
Cancun is not an all-inclusive property,
making it one of only a handful of resorts
here, and one of just two Five Diamond
ones, to claim that distinction.
Cancun and Mexico in general are
known for all-inclusive resorts. On the
stretch of the Yucatan peninsula that encompasses Cancun and the Riviera Maya,
all-inclusive is the rule.
As far as the Ritz-Carlton is concerned,
being a European plan (room-only) property is a competitive advantage.
“It allows us the ability to provide true
Ritz-Carlton moments by creating personalized experiences for each and every guest,”
said General Manager Carlos Abaunza.
“We offer a luxury experience to those
wanting to be pampered and have the capa-
bility and resources to offer truly individu-
During a recent three-night stay, it was
clear that the guests wanted to be able to
not only personalize their experience on
the property but also go off-campus to ex-
perience what Cancun has to offer.
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