The Best Hotels in Riviera Maya

My addiction to luxury hotels took me to visit all the most beautiful hotels of the Riviera Maya, Cancun and Tulum. Here I will share my review on my favorite hotels of the Riviera Maya.

I love to visit properties, I used to do it as my main task on my previous job where I would check them out and see what they offer to their clients and I am doing it now in order to be able to share with my readers an objective review, and I also love to stay there, when possible.

In this post you will find valuable (I hope) suggestions for your next luxury experience in the Riviera Maya and here is my choice of the best hotels of the Riviera Maya according to my taste, of course.

This is in geographical order from Puerto Morelos going southwards until Tulum.


I was lucky enough to stay in such an amazing property. You can check out a full review here. If you are looking for a peaceful retreat you will find it here.

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Photo courtesy of Rosewood Riviera Maya

If you know Rosewood, this property will confirm their ability to pumper their guest in comfort, luxury and style, all embed in beautifully arranged bedroom with their own private pool, outdoor pools, 3 restaurants a spa and a kids club that offers special activities for children.

Guests can experience 3 different cuisines on site: Mexican, Asian and international style and of course enjoy the privacy in their bedroom thanks to 24hrs room service. The facilities at Rosewood Mayakoba include a gym, sauna, steam room and a spa. The kids club also has a children’s pool available. Access to the Greg Norman, 7,000-yard, 18-hole course, El Camaleón is available for guests.

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banyan tree
Photo Courtesy of Banyan Tree

This 5-star resort features luxurious villas, each with a private pool and landscaped garden. It offers 11 specialty restaurants serving international cuisine and 3 bars. Each spacious villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Riviera Maya has an expansive layout which includes a private sun terrace, a large bathroom, walk-in closet and iPod docking station. The living room has a 42-inch flat-screen TV and free WiFi.

Banyan Tree Spa is a full-service spa, including massage and body treatments. Guests of Banyan Tree resort can work out in the gym or enjoy a mangrove boat tour departing from the lobby.

El Camaleón Golf Club, opposite the resort, provides lessons through the Jim McLean Golf School.

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Photo courtesy of Fairmont Mayakoba

The luxury AAA-5 Diamond Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya resort is situated within 240 acres of tropical forest intersected by crystal clear waterways and surrounded by a pristine Caribbean shoreline, 40 miles south of Cancun, near the town of Playa del Carmen.

The hotel is stunning and service at the level of the Fairmont experience.

Guests can take advantage of several activities, such as exploring nature trails on foot or bikes, scenic boat tours on crystal clear canals, non-motorized watersports, El Pueblito Mayakoba, Willow Stream Spa, and El Camaleon Golf Club. Children have their own private space at the Discovery Club.

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“Originally built as the private home of an Italian duchess, Hotel Esencia is a place where the traditions of the past come together with a cosmopolitan sense of how to live well today.” The multiple award winning property is the best luxury experience that you can have in the  the Riviera Maya. The hotel is one of a kind, a blissful blending between Italian taste and Mexican colours and minimalism.  Both the beauty and simplicity of the rooms and the exceptional service will make your  stay here unforgettable.

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The reception @ Serenity Glamping Xpu-ha

A unique experience at 20 mt from one of the best beaches in of the Riviera Maya – Xpuha beach at 25.7 km from Playa del Carmen. Tulum is 35.4 km from the property. All units are air conditioned and with a sitting area. A beautiful terrace  facing a swimming pool is open all day for the guest comfort and relax.

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Aphrodite Suite @ Hotel Jashita

This is my best-kept secret, located on the beautiful  Soliman beach, it’s your best laid back luxury experience. Beautiful spacious suite and a signature restaurant, I particularly love the Balinese furniture and vintage decoration. It’s the kind of luxury that makes you feel welcomed and relaxed. This is your best choice for a relaxing and romantic holiday.

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Blue Sky hotel

I discovered this property by accident while exploring the area, and I realized what a precious jewel it is. Tacked away from the main road ( Carretera federal), this small boutique hotel offers a luxury stay on a beautiful and private beach stretch. Especially for those who love snorkeling, this is the ideal place. Two long decks are perfect for sunbathing right on the water.
The restaurant is also well known in the area for local specialties. You would be in the heart of the Riviera Maya, surrounded by amazing beaches and at a step from Casa Cenote, a great open cenote where you can have a different swimming and snorkeling experience.

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