Stretching more than 85 miles south from Cancun to downtown Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Mexico’s Riviera Maya has perfected the concept of luxury resort-style living and is home to some of the most sought-after beachfront real estate on the planet. In this part of Mexico, that includes beach condos, boutique hotels, residences and – of course luxury resorts offering the style of living most people only get to experience at the best five-star destinations and private clubs.
“Mexico’s Caribbean coast is a culturally rich, energetic and colorful place that is among the region’s most vibrant travel destinations,” wrote Caribbean Journal.
If you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury, resort-style living in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, look no farther than this amazing list of the top 10 resorts, from Cancun to downtown Playa del Carmen and Tulum!
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Playa del Carmen
Nestled between the lush jungle and turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea along a stretch of soft white sand, the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is a boutique oasis with just 63 rooms and suites, along with a world-class spa not far from downtown Playa del Carmen. The luxury resort encourages living the dream in the heart of the Riviera Maya and offers the Belmond’s own brand of easy style and a touch of authentic Mexico.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen
If you need to get centered and shrug off the stresses of the outside world, look no farther than the exclusive real estate of the Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen. Set amidst the pristine coastline, freshwater lagoons, mangroves, natural dunes and intricate coral reefs that characterizes the best real estate in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, this luxury resort offers a style of living in Playa del Carmen that can’t be found anywhere else on earth. Inspired by the Far East, the property is a cloister located within the famed Mayakoba development and boasts more than 100 ultra-chic villas that all come equipped with a private pool and outdoor bathtub.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen
This 539-suite luxurious family-friendly resort is all about style and living the high life! Experience top-notch service, private plunge pools with views of the ocean and a world-class spa that also happens to be one of the largest in the entire Caribbean. It is located just 35 minutes from the Cancun International Airport and is the only family-friendly development in Mexico’s Riviera Maya that has been rated Five Diamonds by AAA.
Fairmont Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen
Situated on 240 acres of lush jungle and beachfront property in Playa del Carmen, the Fairmont Mayakoba is just 40 miles south of Cancun not far from downtown Playa. Again both family-friendly and luxurious, this luxury resort is also right next door to the famed Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón golf course, making this an ideal spot for anyone who enjoys playing a few rounds before hitting the beach.
Thompson Playa del Carmen
Discover paradise at this beachfront hotel, which also has a location on Quinta Avenida, aka Fifth Avenue in downtown Playa del Carmen, offering boutique luxury and rooftop pool views of the Caribbean Sea. The best part? Despite being in the center of the action, there are still ample opportunities for relaxation at Thompson Playa del Carmen.
Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita, Puerto Morelos
Located just 20 minutes south of the Cancun International Airport and just 35 miles north of downtown Playa del Carmen, the 90-room Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita is one of the Riviera Maya’s top luxury resorts. The property is also a top wellness retreat, offering Mayan Temazcal ceremonies, massage and a variety of holistic experiences.
Mi Amor Boutique Hotel & Spa, Tulum
This exclusive boutique hotel in Tulum was inspired by the Golden Age of Mexican cinema and is dramatically positioned atop a rock outcropping overlooking the Caribbean Sea that emulates the look and feel of Elizabeth Taylor’s Acapulco of the 1950s. The luxury hotel has just 17 rooms overlooking one of the best beaches in the world and is not far from popular the popular Tulum beach clubs and other restaurants of the Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone).
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun, Puerto Morelos
Set just outside of the captivating fishing village of Puerto Morelos, the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun offers luxury resort-style living and service that is tough to beat no matter where you go throughout the entire Caribbean, along with oversized suites, fabulous food and a gorgeous stretch of private beach.
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Playa del Carmen
This eco-friendly retreat is adults-only, with 412 gorgeous suites that come with either terraces or balconies. Other amenities include en-suite whirlpool tubs, four-poster beds and seven a la carte dining options on the property. Situated on one of the best beaches in the world in the heart of the Riviera Maya, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is certified by the Rainforest Alliance and specializes in romantic retreats.
Rosewood Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen
There is no such thing as picking the wrong room at the Rosewood Mayakoba luxury resort, which is located on a mile-long stretch of private beachfront property that belongs to a 1600-acre private estate. The overwater lagoon suites are breathtaking and feature private pools and swim-up access from an intricate waterway, while the suites also offer rooftop sundecks, garden showers, individual docks and exquisite modern design.