Riviera Maya hotels

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What travelers to Riviera Maya are saying

We have stayed at many all inclusive resorts as well as cruise lines all around the world. Royalton Riviera Cancun tops them all. Excellent food, the staff was always right there when we needed anything, room was excellent, probably the best ever of all inclusive resorts etc. etc. Daily excursions are awesome, zip lining, all terrain vehicles, cave river swimming at Xplor. We have been to Xplor twice, and recommend the night trip with fire. More zip lines, cave swimming, cliff repelling, kayaking, hiking great mayan food for lunch, etc. on the Xelha coba maya excursion. We're staying more than five days on our next visit to the Royalton. Highly recommend the Hidaway, adults only for that special occasion. Have FUN!!
Julie S. Aug 4, 2015
This resort offered lots of activities which catered to a wide range of interests. You have the option to choose from a list of daily activities that begin each morning and continue into the wee hours of the subsequent morning. Technically, you really never have to leave the resort to have a great time, and there is a wonderful variety of entertainment choices. If you choose to venture off of the resort and take advantage of some of the other aspects of Cancun, reasonably priced tours and excursions can be arranged on site, at your convenience.
Che B May 21, 2015
Rivera Maya is a beautiful area with tons of things to do and I wish we had more time to spend there. Xcaret was awesome and the show at night was INCREDIBLE. We did Xplor and had the time of our lives (we are close to 60 yrs old and was able to keep up with the younger generation!! It was alot of walking but so worth it. Cant wait to return.
Cynthia C. May 24, 2015

  

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Relax in the serenity of Riviera Maya, Mexico

The Riviera Maya is an area of natural beauty along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Originally it was a hub for religious activity and trade, with remnants of its past still present in the ruins of Tulum and Playa del Carmen. To step back in time, tour an archaeological dig and uncover a piece of ancient Mayan civilization. Cozumel, a major hub, began as a ferry stop, but its sandy borders, quaint villages and attractive reefs turned the area into a popular vacation destination. Divers from all over the world come to Riviera Maya to explore the Great Mayan Reef, the world's second-largest reef system. Uncover a secret cave among the hidden underground river system or simply relax on one of the gorgeous beaches.

Things to do

Beaches

The beaches along the Riviera Maya are filled with pristine white sand and turquoise water. Puerto Morelos is the main beach in the middle of town. With its serene atmosphere, it is the ideal place to gather your thoughts. Akumal, “Land of Turtles,” is another beach spot filled with interesting and unique wildlife. The peaceful and crystal-clear water makes it a snorkeler's paradise.

It is simple to grab your scuba mask and uncover the hidden world, or you can simply watch others dive into the underground rivers and explore the coves from the comfort of a boat.

Historical attractions

There are various archaeological sites throughout the Riviera Maya. The Tulum is one of the most popular archaeological attractions in the area. Numerous tours are available to explore this ancient city where monuments and temples abound. To get a good sense of Mexican culture, participate in a traditional Mayan sweat lodge ceremony. This type of event is often held in many of the local resorts.

Shopping

Riviera Maya holds a wide range of shopping options, from unique boutiques to roadside markets. Playa del Carmen is at the center of retail therapy in the area. It is home to Fifth Avenue, a pedestrian street that is packed with high-end shops, souvenir stores and stalls filled with handcrafted items. Do not be afraid to try for a bargain; most shop owners in the area enjoy haggling and discussing their wares with customers.

At Playa del Carmen, you will be able to find great deals on chocolate, tequila and jewelry. Sterling silver is quite popular in the region, but make sure to purchase pieces from a legitimate store. A bit further north, you will hit the town of Puerto Morelos. Here, local handcrafted items are reasonably priced. You will find beautiful paintings, carvings and blankets.

Dining

The Riviera Maya has undergone a culinary renaissance. Guests enjoy new restaurants and emerging chefs. Gourmet dining options are becoming readily available at Playa del Carmen and the Hotel Zone.

Getting there

Travelers flying to the area tend to arrive at Cancun international airport (CUN). It’s one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean with transport links to Playa del Carmen, 32 miles to the south. Cozumel Airport (CZM) also offers international connections to the region.

Where to stay

Many travelers tend to take advantage of all-inclusive resorts that offer free meals and other great amenities. However, there are smaller Riviera Maya hotels as well. These places offer Caribbean charm, traditional hospitality and Mexican style.

Special events

The Riviera Maya is very ethnically diverse, and the area hosts numerous festivals. The “Day of the Dead” is celebrated by the locals who gather in cemeteries to keep the souls of the deceased company. Xcaret hosts a large celebration filled with fine food, art exhibits, live music and energetic dancing to commemorate this day. Other events include the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival and the International Movie and Food Festival.

Best time to visit

July and August are the busy months, and prices reflect that fact. The rainy season occurs May to December. Most ruins remain covered during this time. For the best weather, consider visiting the Riviera Maya December through April.

Recently Rated Riviera Maya Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Grand Bahia Principe Coba - All Inclusive
Akumal
4.1 / 5
222 reviews
4 stars $119
Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Adults Only
Puerto Morelos
4.7 / 5
41 reviews
4 stars $392
Barcelo Maya Beach - All Inclusive
Puerto Aventuras
4.2 / 5
1091 reviews
4 stars $171
Ocean Coral & Turquesa - All Inclusive Resort
Puerto Morelos
3.9 / 5
243 reviews
4 stars $133
Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex
Playa Maroma
4.2 / 5
162 reviews
4 stars $153
El Dorado Royale and Casitas Royale a Gourmet Inclusive Resort by Karisma - Adults Only
4.4 / 5
116 reviews
5 stars $245
NEW! Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun - All Inclusive Adults Only
3.9 / 5
11 reviews
5 stars $153
Barcelo Maya Colonial - All Inclusive
Puerto Aventuras
3.8 / 5
16 reviews
4 stars $171
Righetto Vacation Rentals
Puerto Morelos
5.0 / 5
1 reviews
4 stars $122
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun - Luxury Hotel
Puerto Morelos
4.8 / 5
8 reviews
5 stars $296

Activities in Riviera Maya

Paradise Adventure - Submarine Boat and Snorkeling

This great combo lets you enjoy the fun of a submarine style glass bottom boat ride and the fun of an easy snorkeling adventure along the Great Mayan Reef!

Xel-Ha All Inclusive with Dolphin Ride and Snorkel

Xel - Ha all inclusive with Dolphin Ride & Snorkel is the first all inclusive of its kind, designed to exceed all your expectations.

Enjoy a spectacular Swim with Dolphins program, at Xel-Ha ecological park which is considered the largest natural aquarium in the world! When you purchase this tour you can exclusively partake in the Snorkel with Dolphins program.

FREE Personalized Concierge Trip Planning Service

Get customized recommendations on the best things to do during your vacation! Consult with our trusted local destination experts for advice on activities, restaurants, transportation and more. This exclusive planning and booking service is FREE for our customers and rest assured we only use the best handpicked partners - perfect for those who want to take the hassle out of vacation itinerary planning!

Chichen Itza Ruins Day Tour

Take a journey back in time… arriving at the rustic Mayaland Hotel, your gateway to the ominous ancient ruins of Chichen Itza. Travel through a private gate directly into the archaeological zone, known today as one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World!

Sail By Catamaran To Isla Mujeres

Set sail on a shiny white catamaran out into the turquoise Caribbean Sea to discover all the shades of blue. Glide on a breeze with spinnaker para-sailing, snorkel at a true coral reef surrounded by a rainbow of tropical fish, search for hidden treasures in the Isla Mujeres shopping district and relax at a classic island beach club on a palm tree latched hammock with an ice cold cerveza in hand.

Featured Riviera Maya Hotels

From $192

1 Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.0 / 5 25 reviews

Carretera Chetumal Pto. Juarez Km 256-100

Pay 1 Enjoy 4 Resorts & FREE WiFi

With 800 meters of private beach with pristine white sands and green gardens with regional vegetation, Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa Solidaridad All Inclusive makes for an ideal haven...

Very Nice Stay at Palladium
This is review is a year late sorry. Palladium riviera maya is huge 4 hotels we stayed at Kantenah in a myan suite. Check in was seamless. Room was very clean and spacious the myan suites are close...
Jul 2, 2015
From $171

2 Barcelo Maya Tropical - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.3 / 5 4 reviews

Carr. Chetumal - Pto. Juarez Km 266.3

Up to $1,200 Resort Credit and Honeymooners Bonus

The Barcelo Maya Tropical is an enchanting place for families, couples, singles, groups of friends and conventions where you can enjoy the benefits of a 24 hours all inclusive. This resort of...

Barcelo tropical
Well and above about staff is 100. Do not waste your time looking for all inclusives-you will find everything you need at Barcelo. Seclusion - adventure - it 's all there. Been there 14 times - u...
Aug 24, 2015
From $284

3 Excellence Riviera Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.6 / 5 454 reviews

Riviera Maya

FREE WiFi, Unlimited Lobster Dinner&Free Int Calls

Excellence Riviera Cancun, an adults-only resort, is a great location for those who'd like to enjoy this popular travel destination without being overwhelmed by other visitors. Experience an...

Fanstastic first trip with boyfriend
Being greeted with a warm wash cloth & a glass of champagne, the best welcoming treat....our room was breathtaking, two jacuzzi, a hammock & the most comfortable bed... Love the nightly treat with...
Aug 26, 2015
From $207

4 Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe Riviera Maya - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.4 / 5 71 reviews

Carretera Chetumal Pto. Juarez Km 266.3

Up to $1,200 Resort Credit and Honeymooners Bonus

Nestled right up against palm-lined, white sand beaches, the Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe occupies an enviable spot on the Yucatan Peninsula. Float around in utter peace in the adults-only pool,...

great place
it was a wonderful place for my family. it got everything for everyone in the family. All the restrauants are great. a lot of walking but i think it was nice for the family after the meals.
Aug 25, 2015
From $171

5 Barcelo Maya Beach - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.2 / 5 1091 reviews

Carretera Chetumal- km 266.3

Up to $3,000 Resort Credit and Honeymooners Bonus

Join guided tours to Mayan relics like Chichen Itza and modern parks like Xcaret for an additional fee, or get your adventure fix at the Tulum Extreme zip-lining circuit.Book rooms on higher levels...

Awesome family trip
Can't ask for more everything was amazing my best vacation trip so far for sure I'll be back next year
Jul 26, 2015
From $336

6 Royal Hideaway Playacar - All Inclusive Adults Only Resort

5 stars
4.6 / 5 99 reviews

Lote Hotelero No. 1

$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

Ever wanted to see your meal prepared from scratch, from the chopping of vegetables to the perfectly timed cooking of meat or fish?For the ultimate indulgence, try the gourmet tasting menu of 12...

Summer getaway
This resort is nice but not above average in any way. Paid $1700 with direct flight from Boston which is usually $400 above average. The location is good, the beach is great! The resort is smaller...
Aug 3, 2015
From $145

7 NEW! Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites All Inclusive - Adults Only

4 stars
4.0 / 5 33 reviews

Prolongacion Quinta Avenida, Mz 20, LOte 006

SAVE 26%

The Platinum Yucatan Princess is located just 45 minutes south of Cancun, and only 10 minutes from the electric and vibrant downtown of Playa del Carmen. This is an Adults Only Resort, taken to its...

Terribly Disappointed
Arriving at the hotel was a great experience. We were promptly greeted and directed to the platinum lobby. We began the check in process with very little wait time and were eventually asked about...
Aug 4, 2015
From $354

8 Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.6 / 5 456 reviews

Carretera Federal Cancun-Tulum 307, Km. 51, Solidaridad

One of several Secrets hotels dotting the coastline of the Mayan Riviera in Mexico, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is situated right on the seafront. Enjoy the complimentary in-suite Internet...

Sea Weed Problem
The beach was covered with sea weed each day. I will say that the resort and the staff worked very hard trying to clean this up but it looked like a never ending story. Will try again in a...
Aug 8, 2015
From $165

9 Occidental Grand Xcaret - All Inclusive Resort

4 stars
3.8 / 5 227 reviews

Ctra. Fed. Puerto Juarez

Up to $920 credits + much more!

Playa del Carmen (5 mi/8.4 km)Tulum pyramids (35 mi/57 km)Chichen Itza (129 mi/208 km) GeneralGuests can relax by one of the resort's five pools, hit the man-made beach and cove, play mini-golf,...

Relaxing time
Our room was great. Staff was helpful &friendly. Food was good. Lunch at the beach restaurant was nice and the ocean view was relaxing. Favorite restaurants were Sonora grill & LA hacienda. The...
Aug 28, 2015
From $540

10 Desire Resort & Spa- All Inclusive Adults Only

4 stars
4.4 / 5 52 reviews

Carretera Cancun - Puerto Morelos, Km. 27.5 sm 12, Mza 41, Lote 1, Fracc.2. Predio Tanchacte

$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

Desire Resort & Spa offers a one-of-a-kind, erotic experience for vacationers looking to explore their voyeuristic sides. The resort boasts a clothing-optional atmosphere where couples can...

B L I S S
The venue and the staff make this place heaven on earth.
Jul 25, 2015
From $245

11 El Dorado Royale and Casitas Royale a Gourmet Inclusive Resort by Karisma - Adults Only

5 stars
4.4 / 5 116 reviews

KM 25, Carretera Cancun-Tulum Punta Brava

$50 Credit at Matis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

The El Dorado Royale Spa resort on the Mayan Riviera combines the ultimate in stylish accommodations and surroundings with personal service. The attention to detail ensures a memorable vacation,...

El Dorado Royale Vacation
Although expensive, the trip was very relaxing and worth it. The staff were great and really bumped up the experience for us. The food was great, and of course the weather and location were great too.
Aug 15, 2015
From $323

12 Iberostar Grand Paraiso Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.5 / 5 56 reviews

Carretera Chetumal - Puerto Juarez, Km. 309

24% OFF PER NIGHT

The Iberostar Grand Paraiso is a five-star, all-inclusive luxury resort for adults aged 18 and older. The resort features grand architecture with details such as breathtaking fountains, lush...

Babymoon
We decided to stay at Iberostar Grand on our baby-moon. The two things that stood out the most were the customer service and wonderful meal options. Every member of the staff made this a really...
Aug 10, 2015
From $115

13 Azulik - Adults Only

3 stars
4.0 / 5 6 reviews

Carretera Tulum Ruinas KM 5 rumbo a Boca Paila,

This is Azulik villas in Tulum, a small cluster of fifteen private beachfront villas with a spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea. The Azulik villas in Tulum are fully constructed of fine local...

Very Nice
The trip was very nice with the accomadations just as described. The only thing that could be better is the service for breakfast and most importantly coffee in the morning, by this I mean some...
Aug 25, 2015
From $153

14 Iberostar Paraiso All Inclusive Complex

4 stars
4.2 / 5 162 reviews

Carretera Chetumal Puerto Juarez, Km. 309, Playa Paraiso

15% OFF PER NIGHT

A replica Mayan temple soaring up into the brilliant blue sky marks your entrance into Iberostar Paraiso Riviera Maya, a luxury complex of four family-oriented resorts. Clouds of flamingos and...

Family vacation
The stay is wonderful. Beautiful beach and pools, nice staff, good food, excellent service and performance. What can you expect except those? The only complains is there are a lot of rocks under...
Aug 17, 2015
From $133

15 Ocean Coral & Turquesa - All Inclusive Resort

4 stars
3.9 / 5 243 reviews

SM.12 Mza15, Lote 1-02,1-03

1 Bottle onf wine,Buttler services, WiFi and more

The resort is large enough that rooms can be pretty spread out; upgrading to one of the Master Suites may allow easier access to the ocean.Switch to a Privilege Suite to feel like a celebrity, and...

Great Hotel but can't use the beach, seaweed covered
Great option for the money if you are getting good price on this hotel don't think twice about it. The only thing is the beach is covered with seaweed and with strong odor smell outside. Otherwise...
Aug 27, 2015
From $312

16 Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.4 / 5 15 reviews

Carretera Cancun-Chetumal KM 72

$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

Combing traditional design, excellent amenities, sophisticated units and Hard Rock hospitality, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya - All Inclusive provides travelers with a unique luxury experience. This...

awesome family wedding location
We loved the Hard Rock. Lots of food options, easily able to go between the Heaven and Hacienda sides. Make sure you go off the resort to see the cenotes.
Jun 7, 2015
From $392

17 Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Adults Only

4 stars
4.7 / 5 41 reviews

Costera Norte, Lote 1, SM 10, Mz 26

$50 Credit at Lapis Jewelry & 1 Mayan Pendant FREE

Ideal for couples on their honeymoon or lovers in search of a romantic getaway, Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Riviera Maya - All Inclusive Adults Only is a clothing optional resort featuring...

Great couples experience
The staff and services were exceptional. Great place if you are trying to explore new and exciting endeavors in your relationship. There is no pressure from anyone and you can participate in...
Aug 24, 2015
From $175

18 Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.7 / 5 288 reviews

Carretera Federal Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Km. 300

Early Booking Bonus 25% off

The Blue Bay Group's Mayan Riviera resort, the Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda, places guests in a Mexican-Caribbean paradise, framed by Mayan-style thatched roofs with decorative wood carvings accenting...

BITTERLY DISAPPOINTED
ROOM HAD ROACHES AND WHEN BROUGHT TO THEIR ATTENTION, WAS TOLD WHAT DO YOU EXPECT, YOU'RE IN A JUNGLE. ASKED FOR EXTRA TOWELS TO COVER THE DAMP/SLIPPERY FLOOR AND WAS TOLD WE THERE WAS A LIMIT OF...
Jul 2, 2015
From $196

19 Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun - Adults Only All Inclusive

5 stars
4.5 / 5 408 reviews

Carretera Federal 387 Chetumal-Cancun Km 299

To obtain a better view of the area during your stay, consider asking for a room on a higher floor.The extra cost for an oceanfront room is worth the expense, as the sights and sounds of the ocean...

by far the BEST vacation spot ever!!
by far the best vacation spot ever. I have been 4 times with my husband and booking again! every time we go back, they remember us by name! beautiful, quiet, romantic, food is delicious and the...
Jul 22, 2015
From $171

20 Barcelo Maya Colonial - All Inclusive

4 stars
3.8 / 5 16 reviews

Carr. Chetumal - Pto Juarez Km 266.3

Up to $3,000 Resort Credit and Honeymooners Bonus

The Barcelo Maya Colonial is an enchanting place for families, couples, singles, groups of friends and conventions where you can enjoy the benefits of a 24 hours all inclusive. This resort of...

Last minute wedding celebration
The resort is beautiful and big! There is a lot to see and do. The nightly shows are great and the food is abundant and diverse. The overall service was fantastic! I would like to thank Yasmine...
Aug 26, 2015