Riviera Maya is the place to be on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Cancun is the most tourist-friendly part of the country. It’s packed with luxury resorts. The sprawling Zona Hotelera is a district that’s comprised – as the name suggests – of hotels. Picking the right hotel in Riviera Maya can be somewhat of a challenge. As Riviera Maya is one of our most popular destinations, we’ve got the inside knowledge. It really boils down to what kind of vacation you’re looking for.
In terms of location, Cancun is about an hour’s drive from Riviera Maya. Cancun is a city but Riviera Maya is a separate region to the south of Cancun. Riviera Maya is home to various small towns, many of which are major tourist destinations. These include Tulum and Playa del Carmen.
We’ve got the lowdown on the best resorts for all-inclusive, luxury and romance. They range from sprawling all-inclusive resorts with nine restaurants to quaint treehouse hotels in Tulum. This is a selection of some of our highlights to whet your appetite. Once you’ve read through them, you can contact one of our expert travel concierges and find out which Riviera Maya hotel is right for you.
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Best For Luxury: Viceroy Riviera Maya
Viceroy Riviera Maya is one the best luxury hotels in Riviera Maya. It’s an all-villa resort and it’s also adults-only. The hotel has a rustic charm and it pays tribute to the Mayan heritage of Mexico. The resort is spread over the beach and the jungle. It’s a secluded setting.
You’ll have a butler to attend to your needs and bring cocktails to your room. The spa is excellent, as is the infinity pool. The intimacy of this resort makes it especially popular for couples’ trips and honeymoons. All of the villas are surprisingly big and come with four-poster beds, private decks and plunge pools. The impeccable style and intimacy give this resort the edge over its rivals. It’s also unbeatable for Riviera Maya all-inclusive trips.
Best For All-inclusive: Secrets Akumal
Secrets Akumal is a sprawling, luxury resort with some great all-inclusive offers. The resort has nine restaurants and three bars. The gourmet, a la carte food on offer is excellent. Sometimes all-inclusive can call to mind dreaded buffets, but you can expect a wide array of food and drink to choose from in your all-inclusive deal.
With 434 rooms and three huge swimming pools, Secrets has all the amenities you could imagine. All rooms have private balconies and sea views. You can upgrade to a suite with a wraparound balcony. Secrets is right in the heart of Riviera Maya and it’s hard to beat for all-inclusive.
Best For Weddings: Excellence Playa Mujeres
Riviera Maya is one of the few places you can have a full legal wedding abroad as a gay couple – without minimum residency limits, etc. One of our favourite hotels for gay weddings in Riviera Maya is Excellence Playa Mujeres. You can get complimentary symbolic beach wedding if you book the Ocean View Junior Suite (with preferred club access).
Excellence Playa Mujeres is very popular with Out Of Office travellers, especially for romantic trips. You can opt for a symbolic or a full legal wedding ceremony.
Best For Style: Azulic in Tulum
If you’re looking for something a little difference, not to mention impeccably stylish, then Azulic is hard to beat. It’a an eco-friendly treehouse hotel located on Tulum’s coastline. Tulum is one of the more authentically Mexican towns in Rivera Maya. You’ll find many charming restaurants to explore in Tulum.
Azulic is more than just a hotel. The 48 villas seem to merge with the jungle. The design pays homage to the natural environment and the Mayan heritage of Rivera Maya. Head to the spa and try some Mayan inspired treatments and ceremonies. This is like camping in the Mexican jungle, only with luxury amenities and three excellent restaurants on your doorstep. You won’t find a more Instagramable hotel in Mexico.
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