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.

Formerly the Tides Riviera Maya

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.

A compound of three-story beach houses, Casa Magna was reputedly built by drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, and the outlaw couldn’t have chosen a more desirable location than the tiny Yucatán town of Tulum.

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.

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.

This adults-only all-inclusive resort is just a five-minute stroll from Playa del Carmen, so if its activities—tennis, biking, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, even basketball—aren't sufficient, there's always city entertainment nearby. But why leave?

Set amid lush foliage between Cancún and Tulum, Maroma is one a clutch of standout hotels along a prime swath of Riviera Maya beachfront.

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.

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.

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.

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.