The Riviera Maya is an expanse of coastline nestled by the Caribbean Sea on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatan Peninsula. It known for its host of all-inclusive resorts. Additonally, it is home to several yoga retreats and the ancient and preserved ruins of the old-world Mayan post city, which sits atop an outcrop above a white-sand beach. The azure skies, tropical climate, tall palm trees, and clear blue waters will mesmerize you into staying here forever.
If you are planning a trip to Riviera Maya, these resorts and hotels are something that you must absolutely consider when planning your trip. In no particular order, they have been shortlisted based on their reviews, rates, package inclusions, and overall guest experience. Get ready for some sun and sand and dive into the Caribbean!
- Grand Velas Riviera Maya
This hotel property is spread out across 80 acres of mangroves. It is a postcard-worthy image with its pristine beaches and turquoise waters that complement the clear white skies. It is one of the most sophisticated properties, with one adults-only building and two family-friendly building, offering 491 suites to choose from. Each building has its own swimming pool complex, restaurants, and gyms. The property is so expansive that guests usually have to take a three-minute shuttle ride to the beach. However, the resort’s service is spotless, the food is exquisite, and spa—luxurious; the amenities are almost never-ending. All of this makes it a great pick for a discerning traveler.
- Iberostar Grand Paraiso
This adults-only hotel offers 310 rooms and is designed beautifully. Therefore, it is ideal for couples or honeymooners. It is a part of the five-star Iberoster complex and provides an upscale experience that includes full-service spa treatments, pools, and fine dining, among other things. The decadent décor comprises glass chandeliers, mosaic floors, artisan-crafted furnishings, and modern artwork, which will surely leave you in awe. The landscape itself is lush and green. The rooms are outfitted with luxurious amenities like glass shower stalls, jetted tubs, etc, to keep you pampered.
- El Dorado Casitas Royale by Karisma
This hotel, being the more intimate and cozy section of the El Dorado Royale, is an adults-only resort situated halfway between Playa del Carmen and Cancun. It offers a more secluded and quieter atmosphere. Spacious rooms with luxurious wood-beamed ceilings, outdoor showers, hot tubs, etc, are available as well. Some of the more private rooms have swim-up balconies or terraces that sport infinity pools for you to enjoy. However, you should note that the beach may be rocky at times and not very conducive to swimming. The hotel, however, makes up for this by having swimming pools and a number of restaurants.
- Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera
On the south of Cancun, located on Riviera Maya, this hotel is an adults-only hotel and provides a very romantic setting for couples. It is even a very popular wedding destination. It offers 412 rooms and is nestled on a private white-sand beach with cabanas, palapas, and sunbeds. The cuisines prepared here range from French to Japanese. Moreover, you can opt to surprise your spouse with a romantic candle-lit dinner on the beach. The hotel rooms are large, outfitted with separate sitting areas, four-poster canopy beds, private balconies, and more.
- Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla
This is one of the best all-inclusive luxury resorts in Riviera Maya. Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla is a chic property is situated on the edge of the Caribbean Sea. This is the ideal hotel for you if you seek peace and solace. Guests prefer staying here for its tranquility to unwind in peace. The rates are affordable and almost all rooms have marble floors and basic amenities. The more costly rooms offer private butler service and swim-up pools. There is a large selection of all-inclusive restaurants to choose from that offer both quality and service in equal magnitude. With water rituals, the spa treatments can be intimate and customized for couples looking to unwind together.
This list encapsulates the best of what this Mexican destination has to offer. While there are plenty of family-friendly resorts tucked away here, many others cater specifically to adults only. Therefore, when making a choice, choose the appropriate resort. The all-inclusive package may coax you to never leave the hotel premises. However, should you wish to do so and explore Riviera Maya, you can take advantage of the concierge and transport options offered by the resort of your choice.