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Why We Love Nizuc Resort and Spa

Last Updated

January 31, 2024

Nizuc Resort & Spa is not only our founder's top pick for a quick escape from Miami but also wildly popular amongst our clients. We love selling it because we know our clients will be pleasantly surprised at every turn. We often refer to it as the "Gateway Drug" for luxury as the prices are attainable and the service impeccable. This secluded luxury resort is one of the few where we disagree with the Forbes Travel Guide; it deserves a Forbes Five-Star Rating. Its captivating architecture, exquisite culinary offerings, and unparalleled service blend seamlessly with its prime location to create an experience that's truly exceptional. When you consider the remarkable value it offers, NIZUC becomes more than just a destination—it transforms into a calling. Let us delve into the compelling reasons why this enchanting retreat should grace the top of your travel wish list.


Nizuc's location combines the convenience of proximity to Cancun with the tranquility of a secluded sanctuary. Just a short 15-minute drive from Cancun's International Airport, yet far removed from the city's hustle and bustle, NIZUC is a haven where you can immerse yourself in serene beauty while still being within easy reach of urban excitement. The location makes a quick trip hassle-free. You'll spend more time enjoying yourself and less time in transit.

15-Minutes From The Airport and 15-Minutes From Downtown Cancun

Despite being just 15 minutes from Cancun International Airport (CUN), Nizuc feels like a secluded sanctuary. It's tucked away on a private peninsula, far removed from the city's hustle and bustle. Yet, if you wish to explore Cancun's vibrant downtown, it's only a short 15-minute ride away. 

Formerly the Presidential Retreat Meaning Seclusion, Security and Natural Beauty

Nizuc is more than just a resort; it's a location steeped in history. Once serving as the Presidential Retreat, this 29-acre compound exudes an air of quiet dignity. As you stand on its shores, looking out towards the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, you'll experience a sense of solitude that's both rare and precious.

Bordered by a Protected Ecosystem

The resort is enveloped by lush mangroves, a protected ecosystem teeming with life. From toucans and iguanas to turtles, this dynamic environment is a living testament to nature's bounty. The surrounding waters are home to countless species of fish, creating a vibrant underwater world that invites exploration.

Snorkeling Off the Private Beach

One of the unique experiences Nizuc offers is the opportunity to snorkel right off its private beach. With the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef so close, you can immerse yourself in an aquatic adventure, coming face-to-face with the rich marine life that calls these waters home.

Less Seaweed, More Caribbean Views

Nestled on the peninsula, Nizuc Resort offers a unique advantage, with its beaches often untouched by the seaweed that can overwhelm other parts of Cancun. The diligent staff ensures any stray seaweed is cleared away quietly at dawn, preserving the idyllic Caribbean vistas for your enjoyment. For those familiar with the challenges of sargassum, this attention to detail is a significant perk. Imagine stepping onto the sand without the unwelcome scent or sight of decaying marine plants – that's the promise of Nizuc's shores.


We've visited some of the finest hotels around the globe, and Nizuc stands shoulder to shoulder-with the best of them. We rarely call a property flawless, but Nizuc earns that praise. From the moment you're greeted by private transport at the airport, your worries start to melt away. Every aspect of your stay is managed with precision and grace, ensuring that your only job is to relax and enjoy.

At Nizuc, your comfort is their priority. Need something? Just ask. From Unpacking your bags to assisting with your pets, the staff and Nizuc are ready to take your cares away so that you can fully relax. Whether it's a butler or someone at the reception desk, they're ready to fulfill your requests swiftly. This level of attentiveness is what separates an all-inclusive resort from a truly luxurious experience.

If you've never indulged in a luxury hotel stay, Nizuc offers the perfect opportunity. You get to enjoy premier service without emptying your wallet. It's a taste of how the other half lives, but accessible enough that you don't have to be part of that "other half" to enjoy it.

The Architecture

Nizuc Resort and Spa is a place where architecture and nature blend together in perfect harmony. It's so stunning that it caught the eye of Luxury Travel Advisor, who named it "The Most Instagrammable Hotel in The World 2020." And it's easy to see why. Every corner, every view at Nizuc is a feast for the eyes.

The brains behind this beauty are Jean Michel Gathy and Alejandro Escudero, two architects who know how to make buildings shine. They took the best parts of Asian design and mixed them with Mexican culture and Mayan symbols. This combo makes you feel cozy in even the biggest rooms. The resort's design is all about luxury without being too much. It has tall ceilings and big open spaces that let the sea air drift in and out. You'll start unwinding the second you step through the door.

Nizuc uses colors like gray, brown, and off-white to match the wild green plants all around it. It's like the outdoors is coming inside to say hello. The resort is full of smooth glass, cool slate, and shiny granite. But it's also got a touch of the old-school with things like a roof made of palm leaves, walls built from stone found right there in Mexico, and ceilings decorated with branches from the mangrove trees. Even the hallways are special, lined with wood from tropical forests.

In short, Nizuc Resort and Spa is more than just a pretty place to take photos. It's a masterpiece of design that makes you feel at one with the world around you. It's peaceful, natural, and oh-so-stylish.

The Rooms

We have personally stayed in every room category, and it's clear that there is no compromise on quality or splendor. The rooms, or should we say compounds, are huge, even the regular rooms feature tall ceilings and spacious layouts.

Master Suites stand out with their private infinity pools that seem to blend into the ocean horizon. Imagine waking up to the sound of waves and stepping right into your own pool, with the vast sea as your backdrop.

For those seeking a secluded sanctuary, the Private Villas are a dream come true. Surrounded by high walls, these villas boast both indoor and outdoor living spaces, perfect for enjoying the warm climate. Plunge pools offer a refreshing escape, while tropical birds add a splash of color and song to the lush surroundings.

The accommodations impress with their robust, high-quality furniture and tasteful, modern yet cozy design. Every detail is meticulously planned, ensuring convenience at every turn. For instance, charging stations are thoughtfully placed right where you need them—no more reaching awkwardly from your nightstand in the middle of the night.

All rooms are spacious and well-appointed, providing ample space to relax and unwind.

The Spa

If you're a fan of luxurious spa experiences, prepare to be wowed by the spa at Nizuc. This place is not just a spa; it's a wellness wonderland that seems like something out of a dream.

The spa boasts an immense hydrotherapy space with pools of all temperatures waiting for you. The architecture here will take your breath away, with its sleek lines and serene atmosphere. It's a place where water soothes and rejuvenates, making you feel brand new.

Before you even start your treatment, you get to enjoy a hydrotherapy session. You'll be guided through various stations, each offering a unique experience. With various stations, your body will experience the five elements, from the chill of the ice room to the gentle massage of whirlpools. The 60-minute hydrotherapy sessions with a warm chaise lounge. Here, you can relax while receiving a complimentary scalp massage and mini-facial. It's pure bliss!

The spa also boasts a private outdoor pool set in a tropical paradise. Lounge by the water as colorful birds dart through the sky above. And if you need anything, the attentive staff are there to serve you refreshing cold drinks.

Booking your stay through LuxRally Travel comes with perks too. You'll receive a complimentary hydrotherapy session, and believe us, it's an experience you don't want to miss. This oasis of pampering is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

From oxygen therapy to top-notch ESPA treatments, this spa has everything you could wish for. It truly stands shoulder to shoulder with the finest spas around the globe. So, when you're ready for a dose of luxury and relaxation, the spa at Nizuc awaits to envelop you in its dreamlike embrace.

The Amenities and Activities

Nestled in a paradise-like setting, Nizuc Resort offers an array of amenities that cater to all tastes and preferences. Whether you're looking to engage in sports, unwind with some yoga, or simply relax by the pool, Nizuc has you covered.

Tennis Enthusiasts Rejoice!

The resort boasts a top-notch tennis center for those who love to hit the courts. With well-maintained surfaces and equipment available, you can enjoy a game or two in this tropical haven.

Find Your Zen with Yoga

For a more serene experience, join one of the yoga classes. These sessions are perfect for finding your inner peace while surrounded by the resort's natural beauty.

Set Sail on Yacht Excursions

If adventure calls, consider signing up for a yacht excursion. Feel the ocean breeze and soak up the sun as you explore the waters around the resort.

Complimentary Water Fun

Dive into fun with complimentary water accessories like snorkeling gear, zayaks, and paddle boards. The clear waters offer a window to the vibrant marine life below.

Sophisticated Kids Programs

Families will appreciate the sophisticated kids programs designed to entertain the younger guests while parents enjoy some alone time.

Adult-Only Pools

For those seeking tranquility, the adult-only pools provide a quiet oasis. Lounge by the water, read a book, or sip a refreshing drink in this peaceful environment.

A Cigar Aficionado's Dream

End your day at the stunning cigar bar, where connoisseurs can savor premium cigars in an elegant setting. The perfect place for a nightcap, the cigar bar has indoor and outdoor seating and provides entertainment through live jazz and cigar rollers.

At Nizuc, boredom is not an option. Whether you're active or prefer to lounge, there's something here for you. Get ready to relax and make memories that will last a lifetime.

The Restaurants

When you're at Nizuc Resort and Spa, prepare for a culinary adventure that's both delightful and memorable. The food here isn't just good; it's exceptional. As someone who has experienced the pinnacle of dining at three-Michelin-starred restaurants around the globe, I have a deep appreciation for the subtleties of a top-notch meal. And while Nizuc may not boast those coveted stars, the quality of every dish is undeniable.


Imagine stepping into a place where traditional Mexican flavors meet contemporary flair. That's Ramona for you. It's not just about the food—it's the whole experience, set against a backdrop that's nothing short of spectacular.


At Indochine, the essence of the Far East comes alive with a twist. Here, Asian spices mingle with the freshest ingredients, all brought together with modern cooking techniques to create dishes that are familiar yet innovative.


If you're in the mood for something truly unique, Ni will take your taste buds on a journey to Peru. The menu is a fusion of Peruvian cuisine, rich with diverse cultural influences, resulting in dishes that are as intriguing as they are delicious.

Café de la Playa

Breakfast at Café de la Playa is an international affair. With its exquisite a la carte options, you'll travel the world through your palate, all in a relaxed setting that's perfect for starting your day.

La Punta Grill & Lounge

For those who love the ocean's bounty, La Punta Grill & Lounge offers seafood and fine cuts of meat grilled to perfection. Enjoy your meal in an easygoing outdoor space with stunning views of the ocean stretching out before you.

Terra Nostra

Take a trip to the Mediterranean without leaving the resort at Terra Nostra. Here, homemade pastas and wood-oven specialties showcase the rich culinary traditions of the region.

Behind the scenes of these diverse dining experiences is Executive Chef Sylvain Desbois. Chef Desbois is a master at blending classic techniques with new flavors and the finest ingredients, ensuring that each meal at Nizuc is not just food, but a dining event to remember.

And here's a tip: when you book your stay through LuxRally Travel, you'll receive breakfast for two daily per room. This perk can add up to significant savings during your stay, making your luxurious getaway even more enjoyable.

They Really Care About Their Guests: A Short Story

We once had a client taking their honeymoon at a resort in the Caribbean, which we were not big fans of. We warned the client about the property, but they were convinced it was their dream destination, so, of course, we booked it for them. Right before they boarded their plane, a volcano erupted near their resort, meaning the property would be covered in ash. The property refused to give them a refund (we eventually got our clients a refund, but it was quite the battle). The trip seemed doomed. They wanted to continue trying other locations with the same hotel chain, but all were unaccommodating, to say the least. We called Nizuc and shared the couple's story. Nizuc quickly got them booked while staying on budget, this was a major upgrade since their original destination was an all-inclusive resort, and assured us they would go above and beyond for our clients to help them transition into a state of relaxation. Nizuc's general manager shared his plan, and it made us excited. We breathed a sigh of relief, knowing the honeymooners would finally be in good hands.

Upon arriving at Nizuc, our clients were shown their room. The hotel had given them a complimentary upgrade to the presidential suite. They called in tears (happy tears) and were utterly shocked. The property continued to add small touches of romantic surprises. The trip was saved.

This is one of the reasons we promote Nizuc so much; we trust them with our clients, and that's saying a lot.

Conclusion: A Convenient, Consistent Escape

Perhaps what we love the most about this property is that it's easy to get to and consistently excellent. Stepping into Nizuc puts you at ease; it feels like home, and for people who travel nearly half of the year, that is something we appreciate immensely. The price points go as low as $600 a night (less for our clients); when compared to other luxury resorts in the area, that's a steal. Belmond Maroma, another ultra-luxury property in Riviera Maya, has starting prices around $1,800 a night. We love Belmond, but for those just stepping into the world of luxury, or who don't want to take a 40-minute car ride from the airport, Nizuc is our preferred recommendation. Word to wise: prices are increasing. Just last year, you could snag a regular room for around $400 a night, so more people are catching on. For now, it is still somewhat of a hidden gem. 

We hope you found this article helpful. If you want to plan a trip to Nizuc, booking through us will get you discounts, added benefits, and put you first in line for an upgrade. We have been huge fans of this property for years and have taken many personal trips there, even before we got into the travel business, so if you want to maximize your travel investment, complete our new client form, and we will get you booked. We can make a lot happen for our clients at this property.

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