Among all the destinations I have visited. The Riviera Maya is an excellent option to visit, because besides having the most beautiful sea, there are archaeological sites, parks and cenotes, among many other attractions.
Cancun airport is one of the most accessible in America, as there are many services for everything. This makes your stay in the Riviera Maya very easy.
For many travelers like me, who are looking to relax while I can work, all-inclusive hotels are a great option. If you don’t want to leave the hotel and spend a few days relaxing with the best food, drinks, beach activities or nightly shows, here are the best hotels in my opinion.
1. Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa All Inclusive
Tulum is a paradise with archaeological ruins, white sand, turquoise blue water and great natural beauty all around.
This hotel is located in the middle of the jungle and facing the beautiful Caribbean Sea, at kilometer 236.7 of the Chetumal – Puerto Juárez highway in Tankah, Tulum; just 5 minutes from the emblematic archaeological zone and 20 minutes from the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.
It is a 100% family all-inclusive concept, it has a children’s club with supervised activities for children from 3 to 12 years old and parents receive a locator to locate them at all times; for teenagers from 13 to 17 years old there is a game room, video games and other activities.
It offers a wide variety of premium drinks, domestic and imported; unlimited access to gourmet and a la carte restaurants without reservations, where they serve the finest of Thai, Italian, Mexican and seafood cuisines.
Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fan, balcony or terrace with garden or ocean views, coffee maker, minibar, ironing equipment, safe deposit box, television with cable channels and other amenities.
The hotel has two outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center equipped with modern equipment, motorized and non-motorized water sports, some with extra charge, tennis court, Jacuzzi, chapel, spa and temazcal for a fee.
Its facilities are flexible for people with disabilities, has internet connection, tourist information service, craft store, beauty salon and boutique among other services that you can enjoy from $230 USD.
To get to the hotels in Tulum on this list you can use this Shuttle from Cancun to Tulum service, which will drop you off at the hotel you want without worries and safely.
2. Hotel Kore Tulum Retreat & Spa Resort – Adults Only
If you are looking for a quiet place, away from the noise, in a natural environment to enjoy a few romantic days as a couple, we recommend this hotel located on the edge of the beach for adults only.
Located at kilometer 3.8 of the Tulum – Boca Paila highway and very close to the town’s promenade, the archaeological zone is only 5 minutes away by car and Playa del Carmen is only 45 minutes away.
All suites are decorated with contemporary style in warm tones that give a touch of harmony, some rooms have garden view and others ocean view; air conditioning, flat screen TV, minibar jacuzzi, bathrobe, slippers and hairdryer.
It offers bicycles for tours of the surroundings and enjoy nature in full; it also has a pool, bar, pool tables, gym, yoga classes, currency exchange and services with extra charge such as beauty salon, internet, medical service and massages.
If you decide on this paradisiacal place, you can book from $311 USD.
3. Grand Bahia Principe Tulum
This hotel is also located in front of the Caribbean Sea and very close to the archaeological zone of Tulum and offers fun for the whole family, as it has a water park with a dolphinarium and a children’s club for the little ones.
In addition, this modern hotel has a discotheque, game rooms, casino and nightly shows to end a day of fun at the pool or on the beach fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling or windsurfing.
The Yucatan and Tequila restaurants serve an international cuisine buffet, La Gran Tortuga restaurant specializes in Brazilian cuisine and the Gourmet Don Pablo restaurant offers international cuisine a la carte.
The hotel is located only 4 kilometers from Xcacel – Xcacelito beach, 6 kilometers from Xel-Ha archaeological park and if you want to refresh yourself and live the experience of swimming in a cenote, only 9 kilometers away is the famous Dos Ojos cenote.
Rooms have a balcony with garden or pool view, air conditioning, ceiling fan, flat screen TV, minibar, coffee maker, iron, hair dryer and free toiletries; all this and more at rates starting at $303 USD.
4. Grand Velas Riviera Maya Luxury
In the heart of the Riviera Maya, this space has more than 500 meters of beach, jungles and mangroves and offers three different environments to give you a few days away from the daily routine and hustle and bustle.
Zen: Area surrounded by nature and vegetation that is characterized by its tranquility, highly recommended for families; it has a pool, kids club and the Chaka restaurant serves lunch, Mexican breakfast and dinner with regional Mayan cuisine specialties.
Ambassador: It has the largest pool in the resort, teens and kids club, for your children to spend hours of healthy fun. It has three family restaurants: Azul, Frida and Lucca, to enjoy a nice dinner with Mexican specialties and regional Mayan cuisine.
They have 24-hour internal transportation to facilitate the transfer between buildings, is adapted for people with reduced mobility, gym, jacuzzi, bar, ATM, beauty salon, massage room, boutique and laundry – the latter with extra charge.
The hotel is located at kilometer 62 of the Cancun – Tulum highway, in the municipality of Solidaridad, Playa del Carmen; a 40-minute drive from the Tulum archeological zone and Xel-Ha Park, the Cancun airport transportation service can bring you here without any problems.
Prices per room per night range from $735 USD.
5. Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort
With spectacular architecture inspired by a cenote, this hotel has a privileged beachfront location, just a few blocks from Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue and the main beach clubs, bars, restaurants and entertainment centers.
The rooms have a luxurious and sophisticated décor with floor-to-ceiling windows and bathroom with double sinks, bathrobes, slippers, bath with wall-mounted rain shower, furnished balcony, dining area, air conditioning, ceiling fan and safe deposit box.
They are also equipped with a minibar, coffee maker, Internet access, cable TV, safe deposit box, and 24-hour service.
The hotel has three swimming pools with an ocean view, equipped with lounge chairs and umbrellas, business center and facilities for wedding events, kids club and spaces for teenagers with game rooms with video games, ping-pong tables, bowling, soccer and other activities.
You can enjoy all this and more with rates starting at $230 USD.
6. Viceroy Riviera Maya – Luxury Resort
Set in the village of Xcalacoco beach, fractionation 7 in Playa del Carmen and surrounded by tropical jungle, this set of 41 luxury villas on the beachfront are the perfect hideaway for a few days of unbeatable relaxation with personalized attention.
You can also enjoy activities such as diving in the sea and cenotes, deep-sea and deep-sea fishing, windsurfing, sailing, boat, yacht or catamaran rides, swimming with dolphins, bird watching and jungle tours on bicycles, ATV rides and skydiving.
This beautiful resort also has an outdoor pool, gym, jacuzzi, sauna, temazcal and spa area for you to enjoy a pleasant massage in front of the crystal clear waters of the sea.
They offer shuttle service, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, room service all day and in their two oceanfront restaurants you can taste select dishes of Mexican cuisine.
The villas are equipped with king-size or king-size beds, flat screen TV, air conditioning, ceiling fan, private bathroom, bathtub, terrace with hammock, selected books and magazines; and some villas have a private pool.
To experience the comfort and relaxation of this hotel, you can book from $452 USD.
7. Paradisus Playa del Carmen la Esmeralda Hotel
With spectacular views of Cozumel Island, the Caribbean Sea and surrounded by a lush mangrove swamp, stands this all-inclusive resort for swimming, eating, drinking and resting in luxury and comfort.
It is a hotel where the family is assigned a butler to meet their needs.
The little ones can enjoy the pirate ship in the pool or activities at the kids’ club; there is also a baby club, as well as water sports on the beach for youngsters and parents to practice tennis, dance classes, yoga, spinning, or relax at the spa.
You can satisfy your palate in the hotel’s 14 restaurants and 16 bars with delicious dishes of Mexican or international cuisine, as well as a variety of premium beverages; for this you will have to check if reservations, dress code and schedules apply.
The rooms are equipped with a minibar that includes drinks for children, capsule coffee maker, flat screen TV, video games on request, pillow menu, bathrobes and slippers for children and adults, bathroom with sensory bathtub, rain shower, etc.
The hotel enjoys a great location, as it is a mile from downtown Playa del Carmen and a 5-minute drive from the Quinta Alegria Shopping Mall, the Xcaret ecological park is only 15 minutes away by car. For hotels in Playa del Carmen you can book with this transportation from Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen, offered by the company eTransfers.
You can make your reservation starting at $421 USD and a 20 pesos charge for environmental health fees.