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Luxury Cancun & Riviera Maya Hotels & Resorts

Are you looking for the best of the best Riviera Maya luxury resorts or the best place to stay in Cancun? We have detailed reviews of the top resorts here.

If you're looking for the best 5-star Cancun luxury hotels on the beach in Mexico, you have lots of great choices from the Cancun airport heading both north and south. The stretch of Mexican Caribbean coastline that goes through Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Puerto Morales, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum makes up one of the most popular resort areas in the world. Even in tourist–heaven Mexico, the beaches of Cancun and the Riviera Maya stand out above all others, bringing in a huge percentage of the country's foreign tourists each year, from families to romantic couples on their honeymoon.

JW Marriot Cancun

Cancun and the Riviera Maya are where you find the biggest concentration of luxury resorts. For a honeymoon, destination wedding, romantic getaway, or multi–generation family vacation, this sunny coast of Mexico is hard to beat for the wealth of excellent luxury resort choices.

Cancun's popularity is both a blessing and a curse. There are plenty of terrific values, but it can be hard to separate the quality from the hype. The vast majority of hotels here operate from the same playbook and are better at appealing to the masses for a good price than they are at creating a special experience that will please luxury travelers. Most of the millions here on vacation or holiday come to the Riviera Maya for bountiful sun, fun, food, and booze, not for attentive service. To avoid the routine vacation factories and end up at one of the true standout luxury resorts instead, peruse our first–person, detailed reviews from travel writers who know the Cancun and Riviera Maya hotel scene inside and out. We only cover the best of the best luxury Riviera Maya resorts and adult all-inclusive hotels.

For a true laid–back beach getaway, head to Holbox Island, two hours away from Cancun (or a short charter plane ride). Transportation is by golf cart and the town feels more like a fishing village than a resort zone. This is also the best launching point to see whale sharks from June through September.

Best Luxury Cancun Resorts Plus Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos

The Beloved — Playa Mujeres

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa — Cancun

Grand Residences Riviera Cancun — Puerto Morelos

Live Aqua Cancun

Le Blanc Spa Resort

Nizuc Resort & Spa

Secrets The Vine

Ritz–Carlton Cancún

Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres — Isla Mujeres

Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Resort — Puerto Morelos

Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, and the Riviera Maya Resorts

Acanto Boutique Hotel & Condominiums — Playa del Carmen

Andaz Mayakoba

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

Chablé Maroma Resort & Spa

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Blue Diamond Resort & Spa


Fairmont Mayakoba

Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort Riviera Maya

Hacienda Tres Rios

Presidente InterContinental Cozumel

Rosewood Mayakoba

Royal Hideaway Playacar

Thompson Boutique Hotel & Beach House

The Yucatan Resort Playa del Carmen, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Unico 20°87°

The Viceroy Riviera Maya

Holbox Island Hotels

Ser Casasandra

Hotel Las Nubes Holbox

Villas Flamingos

Tulum Resorts

Be Tulum — Tulum

La Valise Tulum — Tulum

Mi Amor — Tulum