by Michael J. Shapiro | June 01, 2012

Just 42 years ago, the Mexican government began developing a former fishing village on the Caribbean coast into a tourism draw. Today, Cancún features about 30,000 hotel rooms, more than 450 restaurants and nearly 650,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Ritz-Carlton, which offers 365 of those rooms and more than 27,000 square feet of meeting space, is distinguished by its elegance and attention to detail. A cooking school is among the group amenities.

Another luxurious option nearby is the 260-room Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancún, a stylish all-inclusive property with about 8,000 square feet of meeting space.