Riviera Maya

Hotels in Riviera Maya

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.

Formerly the Tides Riviera Maya

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.

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.

Luxury travel agent Natalie Nevares likes the little touches at Ocean Coral & Turquesa: "Chaise longues studded with air jets are built right into the children's pool, so parents can sit in the water with a pina colada, enjoying the bubbles and watching the kids play all day," she says.

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.

Known for its tranquil setting, Maya Tulum Retreat and Resort has 45 private cabanas that are all within 50 meters of the beach; some open up right onto it. Accommodations are simple, with traditional Yucatan touches such as thatched roofs and white-washed stone walls.

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.

The hotel's spartan-but-chic suites, many in two-story, thatched-roof units, are clean and elegant, with rustic furnishings made of tropical woods.

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.

You can actually swim with parrot fish and manta rays in lagoons. You can also hike tropical trails, picnic under a palapa, and sack out in a hammock.

This boutique hotel, part of the Grupo Habita hospitality group, features a sea blue motif befitting its beachfront setting in Playa del Carmen. The hotel’s 15 rooms span two stories and feature claw-foot bathtubs and balconies.

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.

Located on the shore of Akumal Bay in the Maya Riviera, this sprawling hotel has a variety of accommodation options, including 21 beachfront hotel rooms, 40 garden bungalows, eight luxury villas and condos, and a private guesthouse.