The Best Resort Hotels in Mexico in 2016

Rosewood Mayakoba
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Choosing where to stay in Mexico is a bit like trying to decide on where to find the best tacos: the options are seemingly endless, and it can be overwhelming. 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 lines, spas, airlines, and more. In the hotels category, readers rated properties on their rooms/facilities, location, service, food and drink, and overall value. Properties were categorized as city or resort based on their locations. Scattered across Mexico — from Playa del Carmen to Tulum to Punta Mita — these resorts wowed our readers with their top-tier service and postcard-worthy locations. World’s Best voters sang the praises of Rosewood Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen again this year, applauding its white-sand beaches, elegant design, and lush jungle surroundings. “We have visited yearly for six years. Each time the resort improves,” said one T+L reader. “The service is refined, subdued, and anticipatory: this resort understands how to deliver low-key luxury flawlessly.” Other resorts made the list for similar reasons, like the beautiful Las Ventanas al Paraíso — also a Rosewood Resort, in San José del Cabo. It’s known for its spa and “absolutely divine” atmosphere, as put by one T+L reader. While this year’s list certainly boasts a few familiar names, there are some newcomers as well, like Zamas Hotel in Tulum, a collection of jungle-fringed cabanas and bungalows nestled on the edge of a beach off the Caribbean coast. Read on for the full list.

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No. 10: Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
Courtesy of Four Seasons

Score: 93.56

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No. 9: Mahekal Beach Resort, Playa del Carmen

Mahekal Beach Resort
Courtesy of Mahekal Beach Resort

Score: 93.58

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No. 8: Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen

Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Courtesy of Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Score: 93.73

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No. 7: Rosewood San Miguel de Allende

Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
Courtesy of Rosewood

Score: 94.12

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No. 6: One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos

One&Only Palmilla
Courtesy of One&Only

Score: 94.14

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No. 5: The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas

The Resort at Pedregal
Courtesy of The Resort at Pedregal

Score: 94.52

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No. 4: La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo

La Casa Que Canta
Courtesy of La Casa Que Canta

Score: 94.96

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No. 3: Zamas Hotel, Tulum

Courtesy of Zamas

Score: 95.49

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No. 2: Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort, San José del Cabo

Las Ventanas al Paraiso
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Score: 95.81

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No. 1: Rosewood Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen

Rosewood Mayakoba
Courtesy of Rosewood

Score: 96.39

Rosewood Mayakoba is known for its utterly tranquil atmosphere, top-notch spa, and personal butlers, but what many T+L voters said sets this hotel apart is the warmth and kindness of its staff. Book one of the 19 suites tucked between mangroves and suspended over a freshwater lagoon, which offer guests total seclusion. Of course, excellent cuisine (think: tapas-style dishes on an outdoor terrace), and thoughtful amenities like stargazing decks certainly help transport readers to paradise.

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