Cancún + The Riviera Maya

Hotels in Cancún + The Riviera Maya

Families love this resort, which keeps the focus on fun, poolside vibes: the infinity-edge main pool has a swim-up bar and hosts fashion shows, and kids can hit the waterslide or splash around in their own, shallow space.

After a nearly $100-million facilities upgrade in 2012, Cancún’s beachfront Moon Palace resort is putting a little luxury back into the all-inclusive model.

Mexico’s Riviera Maya is known for its sprawling resorts, but the new, 27-room Acanto Boutique Hotel proves that low-key simplicity also has a place on the Yucatan peninsula.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Cancún all-inclusives: this glam adults-only gem blows all your preconceptions out of the water. For a start, the food is top-notch.

Located on Playa Paraíso, this all-inclusive beach resort is one of the most family friendly hotels in the Yucatán region. The centerpiece of the resort is the lobby bar, an exact replica of the famous Kukulkán pyramid at Chichén Itzá, surrounded by carved snakes and huge stone disks.

Along a stretch of Mexico’s Mayan Riviera surf, the six-room resort resembles a whimsical sandcastle. Facing a freshwater lagoon, these pyramid-style stone edifices have a wooden bridge connecting the third-floor suites.

Gran Bahia Principe Tulum is connected to four other resorts in the Riviera Maya area, and has tropical gardens and native fauna that are found in Mayan forests. The 858 guest rooms differ in size and proximity to the beach.

This isn’t your typical concrete Cancún monstrosity. It’s a boutique inn of just 29 rooms—all junior suites or suites—overlooking a private beach in the center of Cancún’s shopping district.

Formerly the Tides Riviera Maya

As the Riviera Maya’s first environmentally conscious golf-and-spa complex, the Fairmont Mayakoba is an eco-friendly alternative to the monolithic resorts clustered along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Located just 25 minutes from the Cancun airport, Rancho Sak-Ol is a beachfront bed and breakfast. Known for antique furnishings, ocean views, and a relaxing atmosphere, in-room amenities include terraces with hammocks, open-air windows, and private baths.

This Riviera Maya resort borders the eco-archaeological Xcaret Park and offers everything from snorkeling to spa treatments.

A three-story charmer blooms in the thick of the Fifth Avenue street party. This vine-draped hotel hits all the comfort notes—television, central air, terrific water pressure, concierge service—for an excellent price, and serves up style to boot.