The Best Hotels in Cancun and Riviera Maya

Cancun and the Riviera Maya have dreamy beaches and outdoor adventures galore; luckily, the area is also home to some of Mexico's best hotels. Rosewood Mayakoba delivers authentic wellness treatments at Sense Spa, while Cancun's Nizuc Resort & Spa exudes a Balinese romance. Travelers with a penchant for boutique hotels and design details will love Hotel La Semilla. In the Riviera Maya's yoga-loving town of Tulum, don't miss the parties at Papaya Playa Project or the chic shop in Coqui Coqui.
Collected by AFAR Editors AFAR Staff
Photo courtesy of Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa
Carretera Cancún-Tulum KM 51, Punta Maroma, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

Just 25 minutes from Cancún's international airport is Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, surrounded by 200acres of preserved jungle. Guests here still enjoy direct access to the Caribbean Sea and its powdery, white-sand beach, as well as to a wide...

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Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

As is the case with many hotels in the Tulum section of Riviera Maya, Casa de las Olas shies away from the “luxe” label, preferring to promote itself as a simple, eco-friendly retreat where intimate spaces and five-star service are more important...

Photo courtesy of Rosewood Mayakoba
México 307, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Secluded and service-oriented are the adjectives that best describe Rosewood Mayakoba, a resort in Playa del Carmen that opened in 2008. At 1,600 acres, the resort is expansive, offering plenty of room for guests to feel that they have their own...
Photo courtesy of Hotel Esencia
Quintana Roo, Mexico

Once the vacation home of the Italian Duchess Rosa de Ferrari, this exceptionalestate was converted into a hotel in 2005. 2014 marked the arrival of a new owner and a new era for the property. Today, Hotel Esencia is an elegant smallresort onone...

Photo courtesy of Nizuc Resort & Spa
Blvd. Kukulcan Mz 59 Lote 1-03 Km 21.26, Nizuc, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

The 29-acre Nizuc Resort & Spa excels in size, service, and amenities. The soothing design scheme blendscalming neutrals and natural materials, which recur across multipleinterior elements, including lamps, furniture, and tile flooring....

Photo courtesy of Papaya Playa Project
Km 4.5, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, Zona Costera Tulum, 77780 Mexico, Q.R., Mexico

Papaya Playa Project, in keeping with its natural surroundings, is low-key and laid-back. Opened in 2011, the hotel's founders conceived of the property as a place where “like-minded creatives” could slow down and connect with one another. To...

Photo courtesy of Be Tulum
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km.10, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Be Tulum describes itself as a resort, but with64 roomsand a no-child-under-12 policy, the property feels considerably more intimate than its name and marketing might suggest. The hotel enjoys beachfront status, with powdered-sugar sand inviting...

Photo courtesy of Amansala
Boca de paila Km 5.5, 77766 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Rustic luxury is the vibe at Amansala, where all accommodations are cabana-style. How rustic? Well, lights go out at 11 each night, after which time candles provide illumination. Ocean breezes do the work that is relegated to air-conditioners at...

Photo courtesy of Hotel La Semilla
Calle 38 norte Mz 4 Lote 3, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

“We hope you adapt to our bohemian philosophy,” say the staff at Hotel La Semilla, by way of explanation when guests ask why rooms have no televisions (there is, however, Wi-Fi and AC). With distressed walls and furniture, the hotel has a shabby...

1a Avenida esquina Calle 26 Colonia Centro, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

The Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, a luxurious beach paradise on the Riviera Maya, is among the area's newest resorts. Set on Mamitas Beach, just one block from the popular Quinta Ave., the resort houses 314 rooms and suites - some of them...

Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Of the 240 acres that make up the Mayakoba luxury hotel complex, 45—dotted with tropical forests, shimmering canals, and Caribbean coastline—comprise the Fairmont. Built with an environmentally friendly design (only boats, bikes, and golf carts...

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