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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The infinity pool, meditation room, and thatched-roof palapas buildings give this small resort plenty of quiet, tropical touches. There are no televisions, telephones, or alarm clocks in the 10 rooms and suites.
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.