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.
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
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
Thompson Boutique Hotel & Beach House — Playa del Carmen
Holbox Island Hotels
Be Tulum — Tulum
La Valise Tulum — Tulum
Mi Amor — Tulum