Riviera Maya

Hotels in Riviera Maya

There are countless places to stay along the Riviera Maya coastline. Riviera Maya hotels in Playa del Carmen and Cancun tend to be lavish barefoot affairs with excellent dining, spa treatments, and activities such as snorkeling; for more laid-back digs, head to Tulum. Most hotels in the Riviera Maya are all-inclusives, so be sure to read the fine print. Here, our shortlist of the best hotels in the Riviera Maya, all of which put you just steps from the area's hypnotic water.

The open-concept Hotel Hacienda Morelos is right on the shoreline, not far from the Crococun Zoo and Arrecife de Puerto Morelos National Park.
Villa Arqueologica Coba is in the style of a traditional hacienda and serves excellently prepared local ingredients at the on-site restaurant. 
Surrounded by a massive mangrove and jungle reserve, the Grand Velas is within walking distance of the shore.
The Viceroy, set between the beach and tropical forest, offers yoga classes on the beach and the on-site La Marea restaurant (tip: order the grouper with crab-bisque sauce).

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.

This adults-only boutique hotel in secluded Tulum has nine guest rooms, including four ocean view suites, two master suites, and three non-view, ground level rooms.

Few hotels along Mexico’s Mayan Riviera are as private and intimate as Le Reve Hotel and Spa. This adults-only seaside escape (perfect for honeymoons or frustrated urbanites) features 25 luxury suites—some garden-facing, others with sea views.

Mahekal Beach Resort, situated on the sun-dappled Riviera Maya in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, was formerly the Shangri-La Caribe, deriving its name from author James Hilton’s vision for utopia.

A 10,700-square-foot, six-bedroom former residence with its own outdoor pool, butler, chef, and a spectacular beachfront location.

Popular with honeymooners, the adults-only Secrets Maroma Beach is the type of place made for active couples. Most of the 412 rooms have ocean views, and many swim-out suites have direct access to one of 12 pools straight from a private back patio.

Waterfront views and a Swiss-Italian restaurant on a 4-mile island off Cancún. 

Room to Book: All rooms have terraces and hot tubs;  spacious Junior Suite Deluxe accommodations have outstanding views of the Caribbean.

The sunrise and sea inspired this boutique hotel unique yellow and blue color scheme, located in on the fringe of Playa's Centro district. Whereas some local properties play up Playa del Carmen’s Mayan roots, Mosquito Blue opted for luxury, regardless of provenance.

Located inside an 80-acre mangrove and jungle reserve, the all-inclusive Grand Velas Riviera Maya has an exotic, faraway feel within easy drive of Playa del Carmen and other Riviera Maya hot spots.

The winning Mandarin formula—exemplary service, forward-reaching design, a first-rate spa—has taken root in a pristine Mexican coastal environment. Acres of mangrove forest, including an on-site cenote, surround a lovely—albeit small—stretch of powdery sand.

Behind a stark urban façade, another world unwinds in slow motion, reminiscent of a scene from the Swiss Family Robinson: wood-and-thatch dwellings, screened by banana trees, form a quadrangle crisscrossed by rustic stairs and wood-railed balcony porches.

The “essence” of Mexico’s Riviera Maya rests 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen and takes the form of a beachfront boutique hotel on a quiet estate surrounded by palm trees, white sand, and azure waters.

Formerly the Tides Riviera Maya

This eco-friendly boutique has 24 thatched-roof cabanas with thatched roofs and rustic designs that include East Asian hints such as Buddha statuettes and incense burners. Beds are draped with netting that serves the dual purpose of creating an airy feel while keeping out mosquitos.