From the white-sand shores of the Riviera Maya to the cobalt waters of Los Cabos, these tried-and-true resorts stood out with T+L readers.
As far as resort vacations go, it’s tough to find a trifecta more appealing than sun, sand, and immediate proximity to world-class tacos. And while there’s so much more to Mexico than beaches alone (for a glimpse, click over to our Top 5 Cities in Mexico list), there’s a reason American travelers have been flocking to the country’s coasts for the better part of a century. After so many decades in the hospitality game, Mexico’s seaside towns have perfected the art of the beach resort — and this list of the country’s top resort hotels is proof.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Hotels were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.
Related: The 2018 World's Best Awards
This year, readers stuck to a few favorite locales. On the Yucatán Peninsula, Nizuc Resort & Spa, Rosewood Mayakoba, and Viceroy Riviera Maya all made appearances. Nizuc, a 29-acre property in Cancún, earned particular praise for its spa, thanks to its guided hydrotherapy circuit and Mayan-inspired treatments (“Nizuc Renewal” is a scrub and massage using healing stones and herbs). “The spa was the ultimate indulgence,” said one respondent.
Across the country on the Pacific coast, readers raved about Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa and Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués in Acapulco. And the ever-popular Baja Peninsula swept the list, with the remaining five properties all scattered on the southern tip between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Of the perennial reader favorite One&Only Palmilla, one fan wrote, “You feel like one of the many Hollywood stars that grace the property.”
Across the board, almost every hotel on this year’s list is less than an hour from a major airport, proving that you don’t have to go too far to get away from it all. For the full list — and the scoop on this year’s top pick — read on.