Not sure where to stay? Let us help. See below for a list of our top recommended stays, each of which has been visited by the InMexico team.
For our absolute favorites, look for those denoted as #TopofMex award winners. The annual Top of Mex awards highlight our editors’ picks of the best resorts throughout the popular destinations of Los Cabos, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Playa del Carmen. Each year our editorial team spends the year traveling to different luxury resorts in these market areas, taking into account things like service, accommodations, amenities, cuisine, location, activities, spa, pool areas and more. With so many resorts in Mexico to choose from, these awards recognize the best of the best allowing elite travelers to narrow down their choices and choose from some of the most exclusive resorts with top-tier amenities and service.
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#TopofMex Award Winner
This 1,600-acre resort opened in 2008 and since then has received the Rainforest Alliance Certification for abiding by the highest of eco-standards. Designed to harmonize the interior with the exterior, the resort’s 130 tropical suites are located along the lagoons and accessed by riverboat or golf cart. Ranging in size from 800 to 3,200 square feet, the suites feature tempting amenities like rooftop sundecks, private heated plunge pools, boat docks and over-sized terraces. Its 17,000-sq.-ft. spa is a must-visit as it’s located on its very own island. Five dining venues include La Fondita, the newest addition that replicates a Mexican tostaderia in a Mexican village square, and Casa del Lago, an alfresco setting serving Mexican favorites for breakfast and lunch and an Italian-inspired menu at night. Three pools and the 7,000-yard, 18-hole championship Greg Norman golf course, El Camaleon, keep guests active.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba
#TopofMex Award Winner
In the lushest lagoons of Mayakoba, this Banyan Tree resort was the first for the brand in the Americas and is a sensual escape where East meets West. Blending in its signature touch of Asian hospitality, this escape offers guests a more exotic retreat than most. For those who crave to immerse their senses in their surroundings, each villa includes a private pool and a landscaped garden along with two complimentary bicycles per villa, perfect for cruising the hotel’s three-mile nature trail and almost every villa features an outdoor bathtub. In keeping with its Eastern theme, the resort’s signature restaurant, Saffron is a culinary journey of Thai cuisine located on a wooden deck overlooking the peaceful mangroves. Other dining options include a dinner boat, an in-jungle Mayan experience and more. The resort’s spa is highlighted by its use of ingredients unique to the region along with The Rainforest, a complete hydrothermal experience.
Andaz Mayakoba Resort
#TopofMex Award Winner
The latest addition to the tropical landscape of Mayakoba is the new Andaz Mayakoba Resort that opened its doors this past December. As the brand’s debut in Mexico, this resort is located on 590 acres of exotic landscape. Its 214 guestrooms each feature open floor plans, artisan décor and a balcony or terrace with views ranging from the surrounding mangroves, lagoons and gardens to the golf course and coastline. Four on-site restaurants include Casa Amate, a houselike structure serving upscale Latin American cuisine; Cocina Milagro, a casual all-day restaurant; and OllaTaco and OllaCeviche, two poolside outlets serving fresh seafood and street food. Three outdoor pools offer sun-soaking opportunities while the NAUM Spa is complete with hydrotherapy, a variety of salon treatments and all-natural, locally sourced ingredients. Guests also have access to the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon Golf Club, the site of the annual PGA Tour OHL Classic.
Thompson Playa del Carmen
An urban paradise, Thompson Playa del Carmen is situated in the heart of trendy downtown Riviera Maya in the center of all the action. The hotel, which is Thompson’s second Mexico property, offers expansive beach views and rooftop city views to give you the best of both worlds. Enhancing the city vibes even more is the hotel’s rooftop which houses an infinity pool, three-meal restaurant Cinco and the popular New York City culinary concept, CATCH, which turns into a nighttime hotspot come evening. With a gorgeous, surrounding exterior, it’s only right that the inside matches. A glam, 1950’s Mexican oasis is the design theme seen throughout this hip and vibrant hotel, perfectly reflecting the city’s attitude. If you’re not keen on partying until 6 a.m. (the hotel offers ear plugs for guests at night), then head to the hotel’s quieter, more intimate Beach House, a beachfront property located a few blocks away with 27 guestrooms and suites, a pool, cabanas, and restaurant.
Viceroy Riviera Maya
Nestled into the small village of Playa Xcalacoco, this adults-only resort features 41 villas with palapa roofs, canopy beds, louvered-mahoganey doors and windows, hand-carved stone dining room tables and indoor-outdoor showers. Each villa is complete with a private patio, a plunge pool and a handmade crochet hammock for a truly tropical experience. The open-air Coral Grill + Bar serves up fresh seafood and homemade pizzas while the indoors La Marea cooks up Mexican cuisine with Mediterranean influences. The resort also has a full-service spa highlighting Mayan rituals and guests can enjoy oceanfront yoga on the resort’s popular, picturesque pier.
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen
Within walking distance of the popular Fifth Avenue, this resort features a stunning design from famed Mexican architect Sordo Madaleno. One highlight of their work is the spa, whose design is inspired by the cenotes of the region which are geological formations similar to sinkholes that connect to underwater cave systems. The 5,000-sq.-ft. spa features an 82-ft. lap pool, a fitness center, eight treatment suites, a hydrotherapy area and more. The 314 guestrooms and suites also feature beautiful design with floor-to-ceiling windows and modern decor. Dining options include The Grill at 1-26 that offers steaks and seafood with Caribbean flavors, La Cocina that serves international dishes and El Paseo which is an extension of Fifth Avenue and features a variety of Mexican kiosks.
Located in the luxurious development of Mayakoba, this sprawling AAA Five Diamond resort is accessed via pathway across the picturesque mangroves and dunes. The resort features 401 rooms and suites with alluring features like private entrances, spa-style bathrooms, furnished balconies or terraces and views of the surrounding tropical landscape. Of the five swimming pools available to guests, the 10,000-sq.-ft. free-from pool with waterslide is a highlight. An additional children’s pool and adults-only pool overlooking the lagoon are also offered. A 37,000-sq.-ft. Willow Stream Spa includes 20 treatment rooms for maximum relaxation and a recent partnership with chef Richard Sandoval has completely redesigned and reinvented the four resort restaurants. Everything from decor, ambiance and menu selections have been revamped, providing a next-level foodie experience.
The Carmen Hotel
Located at 8th and the beach used to sit one of Playa del Carmen’s first beach hotels, Alhambra Hotel. The Carmen’s interiors evoke a colorful and modern design reminiscent of Caribbean reefs. With four different accommodation options including the Reef Suite, Coral Double Suite, Sunrise Suite and Grand Ocean Suite, the amenities range from balconies with views to private Jacuzzis and more. For dining, the hotel’s beachfront restaurant, Keel, serves up international cuisine that focuses on healthy, locally-sourced ingredients. In fact, the team at Keel drives five hours roundtrip, six days a week to grab the freshest products from small micro farms in the region. The contemporary restaurant offers dining in the sand or indoors amid its intimate, laid back setting. For a more upbeat atmosphere, guests can venture to DECK 5 — Skybar, a bar and lounge space complete with a pool, that’s located five stories above the beach.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Located on the white sands of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, this all-inclusive paradise is replete with things to do. A total of 539 suites with more than 1,100 square feet of space feature a private terrace with ocean or jungle views and a plunge pool. Guests will never go hungry with eight different outlets to choose from ranging from French to Asian to Mexican and more. The resort’s spa has collected quite a few awards over the years and with 42 luxury spa suites, an extensive treatment menu, a flotarium room and more, it’s easy to see why. A variety of outdoor activities, a kid’s club, a teen’s club, a karaoke bar, a sport’s bar and more make this an ideal resort for families.