Luxury Riviera Maya vacations

Riviera Maya

Sugar-sand beaches, turquoise waters, sophisticated resorts – it’s no wonder that Mexico’s Riviera Maya has emerged as a premier luxury destination in recent years. Stretching from Cancun to Tulum on the Caribbean coast, this region tempts travelers with a winning blend of seaside relaxation, exciting adventures, and indulgent amenities, from world-class spas to gourmet dining.

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One of the main draws of the Riviera Maya for luxury travelers are its beautiful beaches and resorts situated directly on the shoreline. You can spend days lounging on lounge chairs and sipping cocktails, unwinding with beachfront massages, and swimming in the warm, crystalline waters of the Caribbean Sea. Many all-inclusive resorts are adults-only, with amenities specially catering to couples, from private beach palapas to candlelit dinners on the sand.

For lovers of adventure, Riviera Maya also delivers everything from hidden Mayan ruins to encounters with exotic wildlife. Many luxury resorts can arrange guided tours of nearby ancient sites like the seaside Tulum Ruins or the iconic pyramid of Chichen Itza. Adventure further inland to swim in limestone cenotes, natural swimming holes tucked away in the jungle, or head out to sea to experience close encounters with dolphins, stingrays, and sea turtles.

The Riviera Maya also pampers guests with a wealth of world-class spa and wellness experiences. Resorts feature spa facilities overlooking the turquoise Caribbean, complete with hydrotherapy circuits, botanical treatments, and expert massage therapists. You can even opt for a shaman-led temazcal ritual in a traditional Mesoamerican stone hut, or book private yoga sessions on the beach.

With its carefree beach allure combined with historic ruins, awe-inspiring adventure, and indulgent amenities, the Riviera Maya in Mexico offers a complete luxury travel experience.


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Jaike Rowe

Jaike Rowe

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"Pristine beaches, beautiful cenotes, archaeological sites... there really is something for everyone on the Riviera Maya. I recommend it to anyone looking for that perfect blend of relaxation and adventure."

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Maria Gardner

Maria Gardner

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"With it's boho-chic vibe and stunning beaches, Tulum is my favourite spot on the Riviera Maya. And of course, you have Akumal just 20 minutes away by car, where you can swim with sea turtles."

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Travel Information

The Riviera Maya is a great destination for a multi-centre getaway. You can start in a luxury all-inclusive resort in Cancun, before traveling down the coast to Playa del Carmen to check out its lively bars and cool boutiques. Continue further down to Punta Maroma, a peaceful and private beach spot with the most incredible five-star resorts, each offering world-class facilities and unique activities. Head south to Akumal, a small coastal town with a name that means “Place of the Turtle” in the Mayan language, where you can swim with sea turtles in crystal-clear water. At the end of the corridor sits Tulum, filled with Mayan Ruins dating back to centuries ago. You can also head slightly inland to see the famous Chichen Itza, once named one of the ‘new seven wonders of the world’.

The Riviera Maya in Mexico is a gay-friendly destination, making it a fantastic choice for LGBT travel. You can enjoy a full legal marriage ceremony as a same-sex couple here – or, opt for a symbolic ceremony and have the legal proceedings done at home. It’s also a great destination for gay and lesbian honeymoons. Combining your wedding and honeymoon in Mexico is also a great option.

Tulum

Tulum is a travel destination that effortlessly marries ancient history, stunning natural beauty, and modern relaxation. What sets Tulum apart is its unique blend of attractions and experiences.
The town’s crown jewel is the Tulum Ruins, perched atop rugged cliffs overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea. These ancient Mayan ruins provide a fascinating historical backdrop to your visit, and exploring them is a journey back in time.
Tulum’s pristine beaches are equally enticing. Stretching for miles, they offer powdery white sands and warm, crystal-clear waters perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and water sports. The beachfront also boasts trendy beach clubs, where you can savor delicious Mexican cuisine and refreshing cocktails.
The town’s vibrant arts scene, boutique shopping, and yoga retreats add to its allure. Tulum’s eco-friendly ethos shines through in its lush cenotes, underground river systems ideal for refreshing swims, and nature reserves, such as Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, offering opportunities for wildlife spotting and eco-adventures.
Tulum’s laid-back vibe and bohemian charm make it a destination that appeals to travelers seeking both relaxation and exploration, with a touch of nature’s splendor and history’s grandeur.

Cancun

Cancun, a world-renowned resort city on the tip of the Riviera Maya, is known for its pristine beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich cultural experiences.
Cancun’s stunning coastline boasts soft, white sands and the mesmerizing shades of the Caribbean Sea. Beach lovers can relax, swim, or try water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving in the world’s second-largest barrier reef.
In the Hotel Zone, you’ll discover a myriad of luxury resorts, restaurants, and shopping centers. Cancun’s lively nightlife scene comes alive in this area, with clubs and bars that keep the party going until the early hours of the morning.
Cancun is a dynamic destination where you can balance relaxation, adventure, and culture, all while surrounded by the natural beauty and warmth of Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen beckons travelers with its captivating blend of pristine beaches, lively atmosphere, and cultural charm. Nestled just underneath Cancun, this destination offers an array of experiences that cater to diverse interests.
The powdery white sands of Playa’s beaches provide an inviting backdrop for sunbathing and water activities, with crystal-clear waters ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue, serves as the town’s bustling heart, featuring a myriad of shops, restaurants, and bars. This pedestrian-friendly street teems with energy, enticing visitors with local crafts, delectable cuisine, and a vibrant nightlife.
Beyond the beaches, you can take a day trip to the island of Cozumel. Nearby eco-parks like Xcaret and Xel-Ha offer nature-based adventures and cultural exhibitions.
Playa del Carmen’s welcoming atmosphere, beachfront resorts, and a touch of Mexican culture make it an ideal destination for those seeking relaxation, adventure, and the allure of the Caribbean.

Akumal

Akumal is a hidden gem that lures travelers seeking a tranquil paradise brimming with natural wonders. The name Akumal translates to “Place of Turtles” in the Mayan language, and the town lives up to its name as a sanctuary for sea turtles.
Akumal’s serene, palm-fringed beaches provide the perfect setting for sunbathing, snorkeling, and encounters with these majestic creatures. The Yal-Ku Lagoon, a calm inlet teeming with colorful marine life, is a snorkeler’s dream. Crystal-clear waters and vibrant coral formations make it an underwater haven.
Beyond its aquatic wonders, Akumal’s town centre exudes a laid-back charm with seaside restaurants serving fresh seafood and local dishes.
Akumal is a haven for those in search of a quiet retreat, a connection with nature, and a glimpse into Mexico’s rich cultural heritage. It’s an idyllic destination where time seems to slow down, allowing you to savor the beauty of the Yucatan coastline and its enchanting underwater world.

  • January

    22°C - 29°C

    The Riviera Maya experiences mild and comfortable weather in January, making it an ideal time to visit.

  • February

    22°C - 30°C

    February offers pleasant and dry conditions, providing an excellent escape from winter.

  • March

    23°C - 31°C

    March is perfect for soaking up the sun, swimming in the clear waters, and exploring the Mayan ruins.

  • April

    24°C - 32°C

    Weather is hot and dry in April. It's an ideal time for beach activities, water sports, and enjoying the vibrant nightlife in the region.

  • May

    25°C - 33°C

    While the humidity rises in May, it's still a great time to visit, as the beaches and attractions are less crowded, and the tropical beauty of the Riviera Maya is in full bloom.

  • June

    26°C - 33°C

    June remains hot, but occasional rain showers are common. Despite the rain, you can still enjoy outdoor activities and explore the lush landscapes.

  • July

    26°C - 34°C

    July continues with hot and humid conditions. Expect occasional rain showers, but don't let them deter you from experiencing the incredible beaches and natural wonders.

  • August

    26°C - 34°C

    August is hot and humid, with sporadic rain showers. The rain can be a refreshing break from the heat, and it's a great time to visit if you enjoy lush, green landscapes.

  • September

    25°C - 33°C

    The heart of rainy season. While there are frequent showers, it's an excellent time to experience the region's authentic culture and enjoy the vibrant foliage.

  • October

    24°C - 32°C

    October is a quieter time to visit, and the occasional rain showers provide an opportunity to explore the area's cultural and historical attractions.

  • November

    23°C - 31°C

    The weather becomes milder and dryer in November. It's an excellent time to explore the Riviera Maya's natural beauty, go snorkeling, and immerse yourself in the local culture.

  • December

    22°C - 30°C

    December is pleasant and dry. It's an ideal time to escape winter and enjoy the stunning beaches, water activities, and festive holiday celebrations in the Riviera Maya.

Flying is the fastest way to reach the Riviera Maya, which is ideal for those aiming to minimize travel time. Cancun offers international flights from many US and Canadian cities, as well as the UK, including direct options from major airports. Additionally, cost-conscious travelers can find discounts by comparing airline options.

As with any international flight, it’s essential to ensure you have the necessary documents in order before starting your journey. This includes a valid passport, a visa when applicable, and up-to-date immunization records if required.

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