Few places so seamlessly combine striking contemporary design with the surrounding tropical setting like the hotels in the Riviera Maya do. Here along the Yucatán Peninsula is where you can expect to find spacious outdoor terraces, gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows and traditional elements that serve to amplify one of the most magnificent natural regions in North America. Steering clear from cookie-cutter experiences, a touch of modern furnishings further emphasizes harmony and comfort, whereas the location keeps you within striking distance with everything this Mexican paradise has to offer. We’ve rounded up a collection of the finest hotels in the Riviera Maya, each making for a truly exceptional stay.
You can’t really talk about Mexico’s Riviera Maya without mentioning the Mayakoba compound first. Within the tranquil oasis, there are four resorts, one of which is the Rosewood Mayakoba luxury retreat. Enjoying an exquisite setting with both mile-long pristine sugar-sand beachfront and winding lagoon access, Rosewood Mayakoba is one of the most celebrated hotels in the region. The resort opened in 2008 and since then has offered service that blends harmoniously with the natural landscapes while still being in-line with eco-standards offering luxurious indulgence with environmental awareness (the resort has been Rainforest Alliance-certified).
Whether you are staying in one of the spacious 136 open-plan suites or the multi-room residences, Rosewood offers excellence like no place else. On top of the eye-catching splendor, there is also a 24-hour butler service making sure that all of your wishes are realized. The suites feature private plunge pools, rooftop sundecks, garden showers, individual docks and stunning in-room design with the highest attention to detail.
Spacious outdoor terraces are designed in a way that amplifies the impressive surroundings, while the contemporary furnishings indoors further emphasize harmony, comfort and an absolutely idyllic atmosphere. Locally-sourced materials such as Yucatán limestone and renewable woods have been used when designing the hotel, and the result is truly chic and perfectly in-line with the natural beauty of the Yucatán Peninsula.
UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel
Unparalleled in its approach, the UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya is an all-inclusive adults-only resort highlighting unforgettable local experience. Remarkable luxury and personalized service are the defining elements of this resort, and they really do it well. It’s not just that the resort itself is a state-of-the-art affair, but also the hand-picked selection of local experiences that provide the cherry on top.
Steering clear from mass-produced cookie-cutter experiences, what the UNICO team has picked for its guests is truly exceptional, such as the chance to visit world-class reefs or exploring Tulum’s hidden gem, the Kaan Luum Lagoon. From the communal pool to the spa and fitness center, as well as the dining and drinks experience, everything has been crafted to indulge the senses in the finest way possible.
The incredibly spacious and light rooms are steeped in harmonious elements that are sourced locally. The interiors are a mix of sophisticated and clean, modern luxury with high-quality rustic elements inspired by the region’s history. The Alcoba luxury suites are spacious and feature a swim-up pool on the terrace with elongated lounge chairs. Other suites feature a spa tub on the terrace, allowing a truly fantastic experience while enjoying the private outdoor space and the spectacular views. Wooden elements, art pieces by local artists, and pleasant designer fixtures add character.
The resort also includes some amazing dining options, from the Mediterranean-inspired Mi Carisa to the truly Yucatecan Cueva Siete that strives on regionally focused Mexican flavors. It’s worth noting the state-of-the-art wellness center which includes a holistic fitness program with daily floating yoga and spinning classes as well as a full-service spa with the most remarkable signature spa treatments.
Nizuc Resort & Spa
A short 15-minute transfer from the Cancun International Airport you find yourself in the most harmonious and paradisical destination – the Nizuc Resort & Spa, which masterfully blends Asian-inspired zen elements with a truly Yucatecan flair. Each space throughout the resort exudes a calmness that allows you to focus on the remarkable surrounding landscapes without distraction. An adults-only swimming pool, two tennis courts, a separate family-friendly pool, and two gorgeous white-sand beaches are only some of the fantastic amenities at this resort.
The luxe ESPA spa with nine treatment rooms is all about deep relaxation and rejuvenation. The resort boasts an impressive number of 274 suites and villas, as well as six mouthwatering restaurants.
A continuum of perfect design carries through the resort, from the communal spaces to the suites and private villas. Clean lines and natural elements dominate both interiors and exteriors with heavy use of wooden and stone elements. This is the perfect blend of Asian minimalism and contemporary Mexican design. A choice between adults-only Ocean Suites and family-friendly Residence Suites and Private Villas are on offer.
Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces, and while the Ocean Suites have fantastic ocean-view balconies, the Garden Junior Suites open up to a beautiful terrace with private plunge pools and a view of lush mangroves. The private villas are the epitome of architectural perfection and are equipped with anything you might want during a longer stay with the family.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Banyan Tree is one of the four luxury resorts in the stunning Mayakoba complex (alongside the aforementioned Rosewood Mayakoba). True to the Banyan Tree brand, their Mayakoba resort follows suit with absolute respect for the environment, harmony, and discreet service to allow undisturbed relaxation. The AAA Five Diamond luxury resort blends Asian serenity and hospitality with the passion and character of Mexico. The resort is beautifully located with access to the pristine beachfront, lagoon, and jungle. Banyan Tree is the place to be if you want to enjoy your time in the Riviera Maya in utmost privacy – Banyan private villas are perfectly designed just for that.
The private villas are spacious and incredibly comfortable. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in as much light as possible and open up to the outside, where you can enjoy an afternoon lounging by the private pool or reading a book in the hammock. The ocean view villas enjoy unmatched vistas of the turquoise waters and the swaying palm trees, while the jungle villas are enclosed by lush, green foliage and you’ll easily spend hours taking in the surroundings accompanied by bird songs and cooling drinks. While all spaces inspire awe, there is something incredible about the Banyan Tree – semi-open-air bathrooms, incredibly luxe design and gorgeous sanitaryware that are truly worth appreciation.
Mahekal Beach Resort
The Mahekal Beach Resort embodies a more authentic Caribbean flair than some of the other Playa del Carmen luxury resorts. With its bungalow-style accommodations, the family-friendly resort is perfectly nestled between the lush jungle trees, while still offering access to its 920-foot pristine white beachfront. Mahekal Beach Resort features several communal pools, each unique and incredibly enticing. The divine Revive Spa set amidst lush gardens is all about the sensory experience in an intimate setting.
The ocean-inspired ease you feel when standing on the sugar-white beaches of Playa del Carmen carries over when you step inside the beautiful and light Mahekal Beach Resort rooms. The white and light pastel color palette mirrors the crystal clear Caribbean waters while the wooden elements are an homage to the Yucatán Peninsula.
Hammocks, plunge pools, and the most comfortable hammocks and light and airy interiors complement the natural surroundings. The interiors are definitely more daring than in some of the other nearby resorts, but they have been done so tastefully that each element seems to work together with the next, creating perfect harmony.