The Best Hotels on the Riviera Maya [2023]

Looking for the best hotels on the Riviera Maya?! Well, you have landed in the right place! In this post, I will share the best properties in the area for you to have an incredible stay!

I live in Cancun, near the Riviera Maya and I love to visit properties, I used to do it as my main task at 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 suggestions for your next luxury experience in the Riviera Maya, and here is my choice of the best hotels of the Riviera Maya!

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

A hotel in Punta Maroma that offers a cozy bed, tables and chairs.
Photo Courtesy Belmond Maroma (my favorite hotel on the Riviera Maya)

The Best Hotels on the Riviera Maya


Belmond Maroma one of the best hotels on the Riviera Maya
The comfortable beach lounges at the Belmond Maroma

Belmond Maroma is one of my favorite hotels in the world. I was lucky enough to stay in such an amazing property. If you are looking for a peaceful retreat you will find it here. It’s a combination of luxury, charm, and Mexican tradition in a tranquil environment. I loved staying there.

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Andaz Mayakoba
Andaz Mayakoba

Andaz Mayakoba is renowned for pampering its guests with comfort, luxury, and style, all embedded in beautifully arranged bedrooms with their own private pool, outdoor pools, world-class restaurants a spa.

Guests can experience the 5 à la carte restaurants, free private parking, two outdoor swimming pools, and a fitness center. Among the various facilities are a bar, a garden, and a private beach area.

Family rooms are also available.

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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 that includes a private sun terrace, a large bathroom, a walk-in closet, and an 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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Hotel Esencia

“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 colors 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’s comfort and relaxation.

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Aphrodite Suite @ Hotel Jashita

Hotel Jashita is my favorite 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 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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