The most luxurious hotels in Cancun and the Riviera Maya

If you are a traveler looking for the best, and still do not know where to stay, here is a selection of luxury hotels in Mexico, which not only promise a unique stay and attention that exceeds your expectations, but an endless number of unforgettable experiences.

The most luxurious hotels in Cancun and the Riviera Maya
The most luxurious hotels in Cancun and the Riviera Maya

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach

This elegant resort is located on one of Cancun's most attractive beaches, but you'll also be tempted by spectacular multi-level pools surrounded by lush gardens. This full-suite resort attracts an international audience and offers exceptional service.

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach
Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach

This large coral-colored resort is located in Punta Cancun, offering relative isolation even though it is within walking distance of the main entertainment venues in the Hotel Zone. It is one of the highest category resorts in Mexico and attracts an international clientele for good reason. Opposite, the whitest sandy beach slides into emerald waters, where the waves are calm and perfect for swimming.

However, you may be tempted not to leave the beautiful multi-level pools with waterfalls, fountains, bars, and lush surroundings. The suite hotel includes junior suites with sunken living areas, whitewashed furniture, marble bathrooms and relaxing Californian colors. Guests staying in Grand Club suites have access to a private rooftop lounge, exclusive check-in, continental breakfast, hors d'oeuvres and beverages.

The service in this luxurious property is friendly and attentive, and the magnificent lobby is adorned with dark green granite and fresh flowers. Fiesta Kids activities include non-stop games, contests and shows for the little ones, and there are also sports and social activities planned for adults throughout the day.

JW Marriott Cancun

This magnificent resort offers unpretentious elegance, combining classic Caribbean style with warm Mexican service. The cozy, free-form infinity pool extends to the white sandy beach, and families feel as comfortable here as couples seeking romance. The hotel includes a spectacular 3,250-square-foot spa.

JW Marriott Cancun
JW Marriott Cancun

A refined oasis that offers exceptional, unpretentious service. Despite its many touches of elegance, the JW is friendly and even family-friendly, although more families stay in the neighboring and less expensive Marriott CasaMagna. From the beautiful marble and flower lobby to the luxurious ocean-view rooms, the resort combines classic Caribbean style with warm Mexican service.

Rooms feature exquisite marble bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers, private balconies, flat-screen TVs, bathrobes and slippers, and maid service twice a day. The impressive infinity pool meanders through the property and overlooks the ocean.

A spectacular 3,252-square-foot (35,004-square-foot) spa includes an indoor pool and jacuzzi, high-tech gymnasium, and a full range of massages, exfoliants and body polishes, facials and healing water treatments. Gustino is the hotel's prominent Italian restaurant, while Sedona Grill combines the flavors of the southwestern United States and the Caribbean.

InterContinental Cozumel

Surrounded by shady palm trees in front of the sea, this resort is located on the best beach on the island, right in front of Paradise Reef. The dive center here is excellent and the Mayan-inspired service is warm and personalized. Beachfront ree rooms and suites occupy the resort's most exclusive section and include 24-hour butler service and hammocks.

InterContinental Cozumel
InterContinental Cozumel

The best resort in Cozumel, InterContinental Cozumel stretches along a magnificent stretch of coastline with only distant hotels for neighbors. Rooms are divided into seven categories that offer views of the pool, the ocean or the beach and are separated by quiet corridors that exhibit vivid original art.

Guests enjoy Egyptian cotton sheets, marble baths, Mexican artwork and onyx lamps, Maya-inspired cleaning service, and complimentary tea or coffee in the morning. Oceanfront rooms and suites occupy the resort's most exclusive section and include 24-hour butler service and hammocks. Here are a full-service spa and poolside iguana pyramid that's exciting for kids.

The excellent poolside dive shop offers introductory and one- and two-tank dives, as well as certification programs in the clear turquoise sea right across the street. A long stretch of sandy beach, dotted with palapas and palm trees, overlooks the entire hotel, and the sunsets are incredible. Alfredo di Roma serves excellent Italian food.

Grand Velas (south of Puerto Morelos)

Keep your old notions of all-inclusive resorts as cheap and tasteless. This new price for everything you marvel at pampers guests with elegant, discreet décor, award-winning gourmet restaurants, luxury suites with oceanfront pools, a spa that eclipses most others. In short, almost every luxury accessory has been invented.

Grand Velas
Grand Velas

From a distance, this irresistible resort seems massive and imposing. But the Mexican-owned small hotel chain Velas has merged all-inclusive with all-inclusive luxuries of the area's best hotels. The Suites are grouped into three categories: Grand Class for adults only, Ambassador Suites for families and Master Suites located in the middle of the jungle vegetation. The first two have ocean views; the jungle suites are located next to the spa and convention center and have most of the amenities for business travelers, including large decks overlooking the canals and jungle.

Cream-colored walls with elegant, dark furnishings give all suites a feeling of being outdoors. The restaurants are top-notch: La Cocina de Autor has received numerous awards for its creative Spanish chefs, as has the French restaurant, Piaf.

You can spend hours in the spa's hydrotherapy area ($50 for a full day or free with spa treatment), with its bubbling jets, jets of dripping water, "experience showers," saunas and comfortable lounge chairs.

Service is impeccable, including keeping children's clubs open until 23:00 so parents can enjoy romantic evenings. Everything is exaggerated, in a good sense, it is not surprising that guests spend several nights and celebrate here the destination weddings.

Hacienda Xcanatún (outskirts of Merida)

With its large suites of bold design, built with extravagance in mind, acres of tropical gardens, private spa, excellent restaurant, and ample staff, this hotel dominates the difficult trick of being compact in size but expensive in offerings.

Hacienda Xcanatún
Hacienda Xcanatún

This magnificent example of Yucatan's converted haciendas was built in the mid-18th century on the outskirts of present-day Merida and later became one of the region's most important sisal plantations.

Restoration with local hardwood, wrought iron, marble, and stone has resurrected its original shine and more: The spacious bathrooms have double-size carved stone cascade bathtubs, and its Casa de Piedra, which occupies the old machinery house, is one of Mexico's top restaurants.

Fountains and a bridged stream adorn the extensive jungle-shaped gardens, and then spas use ancient Mayan healing techniques with local plants and flowers.

Hacienda Puerta Campeche

It is not a hacienda at all, in fact, this beautiful hotel was created from several adjacent colonial houses. This makes it a large property (especially as it has only 15 rooms), with an open area in the back with a swimming pool and tropical gardens under ancient ruined walls. From any point of view, the hotel is beautiful, both in terms of general layout and design details. And the service is impeccable.

Hacienda Puerta Campeche
Hacienda Puerta Campeche

This beautiful and original hotel was created from several adjacent colonial houses, just inside the Puerta de Tierra in the colonial center of Campeche. There is a tropical garden in the center and a swimming pool that runs through the ruined walls of a house. The rooms are colonial with a spacious ambiance with antique tile floors, distinctive colors and beamed ceilings. "Hacienda" is in the name to make it clear that this is connected to the hacienda properties managed by the Starwood Hotels.

W Parador San Juan de Dios

Any luxury hotel in San Cristóbal must capture the atmosphere of this ancient city balanced between the European world and the indigenous world. Here it is presented with grace and beauty, a place where one can relax in the large colonial rooms or outside in the middle of the extensive grounds.

W Parador San Juan de Dios
W Parador San Juan de Dios

It is at the northern end of the city, on 17th-century farms. The rooms are large, luxurious and distinctive, with some of the air of old adobe and stone buildings. Most have fireplaces and period pieces mixed with some modern comforts. The bathrooms are large and well finished. The suites include whirlpool bathtubs.

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