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The Mayan Riviera is the bit on the Eastern side of the Yucatán Peninsula, including party-central Cancún, dive centre Cozumel and the ancient ruins surrounding Tulum, the most famous of which is Chichén Itzá. Generally the best places to stay on the Riviera Maya for colourful nightlife are in Cancún. Tulum is more laid back and Playa del Carmen is more sophisticated, ideal if you prefer boutique hotels.

The lush jungles of the Mayan Riviera hide many treasures, but while some visit for the ancient Mayan temples, some folks are drawn to the perfect Caribbean coastline the jungles fringe.

See the Riviera Maya's Ancient Treasures

Wonderfully ancient and astronomically correct, Chichén Itzá will be top of many lists, but it's worth popping into the colonial town of Valladolid on your way.

About 90kms east of Chichén Itzá is the Pre-Columbian city of Coba - once home to 50,000 people.

And you probably also want to visit Tulum. Perched on a cliff, overlooking pristine beaches and an aquamarine sea, the ruins here make even the most banal holiday snaps beautiful.

Relax, Caribbean Style

Divers and snorkelers will definitely want to visit Cozumel. Between this island and the mainland are the spectacular coral gardens of the Palancar Reef and the Great Mayan Reef. And as well as being beautiful the reefs are a magnet for marine life.

There are amazing sights to see both for novice divers and snorkelers and for more experienced divers. Right across from Cozumel, Playa del Carmen is definitely one of the best places to stay on the Riviera Maya for divers and snorkelers.

Let Your Hair Down

On the Riviera Maya it's always cerveza time, but in the evenings the places to be are Coco Bongo and Dady'O in the Zona Hotelera. Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen's main pedestrian corridor, is the place to see and be seen. By evening its boutiques and uber chic lounges are where the party starts, but after midnight Playa's fun moves to the beachfront discos.

Our selection of the best places to stay in the Riviera Maya caters for all. From boutique chic in the heart of Playa del Carmen to hidden gems on the Isla Mujeres.

For a special occasion

  • Basico is a once in a lifetime hotel for a once in a lifetime holiday. The design is inventive, witty and modern. And the seafood restaurant, laid out like a marketplace, is excellent.
  • Maroma is luxurious, secluded and beautiful, perfect for honeymooners. The nearby beaches are some of region's most beautiful and the massive range of activities and treatments means you don't have to leave.

For adventurers

  • Casa Ticul in central Playa del Carmen is a favourite of the diving contingent.

To Relax

  • Tides Riviera Maya is a complex of private villas both on the beach and surrounded by forest. It has outdoor showers and private pools to help you make the most of the location and any of their spa treatments draw from Mayan traditions: a cultural pampering.
  • Hotel Secreto is a modern white cubist building, with stylish, but bare interiors - think limestone floors and huge mirrors inside, and daybeds and an infinity pool outside. Situated on the Isla Mujeres, this hidden gem is easily one of the best places to stay in the Riviera Maya if you want to avoid the crowds.

For Fun

  • Deseo, in the centre of Playa del Carmen, caters perfectly to the young, cosmopolitan crowd, with a stylish rooftop pool and terrace bar, plus hammocks on all private balconies. It's also just two blocks from the sea.
  • Soho Playa is in just the right district, surrounded by cool bars, good shopping and a hip vibe - and all just a few steps from the beach. They help you get into the right frame of mind with yoga and meditation in the mornings.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay on the Riviera Maya, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.

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  • Zamas Hotel 20 rooms from $115

    Tulum (Quintana Roo)

    A laid-backed property located on one of the best stretches of beach in Tulum. Rustic-chic rooms feature wooden furniture, tiled floors, pastel colours and plenty of light. The private villa perfectly serves families. A beach-side restaurant serves up traditional Mayan fare. The ideal beach escape.

    Beach Life  -  Located on a stunning white sandy beach and with serious laid-backed vibes.
    Sights nearby  -  The property is just 10 minutes from the nearest Mayan ruins.
    Diving  -  Open water, cave and cenote diving all available nearby.
    Fishing  -  Fly fish in the Sian Ka’an biosphere.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Hotel Tiki Tiki 15 rooms from $130

    Tulum (Entre Av. 5 Sur y Av. 10 Sur)

    A small boutique hotel set in quiet leafy surrounds on the edge of Tulum. Light airy rooms feature plenty of glass, minimalist style, small terraces and luxury bathrooms. A large central pool is the perfect spot to unwind by. Well priced, chic style and easy access to Tulum's beaches. Superb.

    Value chic  -  A reasonably priced stay with Miami-chic style.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sian Ka’an.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Hotel Secreto 12 rooms from $324

    Isla Mujeres, Riviera Maya

    One of Isla's only luxury boutique hotels. A hidden gem with infinity pool overlooking its own private beach. The chic modern rooms boast floor to ceiling windows and original artworks. The new bar serves up dangerously good Margaritas.

    Total relaxation  -  A sleepy tropical island with a laid back charm, spend your days sunbathing, swimming with dolphins or snorkelling the reefs.
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel can arrange scooter rentals and tours of the island.
    Swimming Pool  -  Infinity pool with spectacular sea views.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
    Check prices
  • Maroma 63 rooms from $449

    Riviera Maya

    A secluded oasis hotel with beautiful beach and outstanding facilities. This luxury resort is perfect for honeymoons, beach life, and endless pampering. Enjoy tropical relaxation at one of the three hotel pools or explore the area and the many activities on offer.

    Back to Nature  -  Set on the fringes of 200 acres of jungle and coconut plantations on one of the most beautiful beaches in mexico- utter bliss!
    Total relaxation  -  Indulge in traditional Mayan healing techniques at the spa, or sip cocktails under a palapa overlooking the sea.
    Diving  -  PADI courses are available on the reef as well as cave diving in local cenotes, natural sinkholes.
    Birdwatching  -  Visit Contoy Island - an uninhabited island which is now a protected bird sanctuary.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Mr & Mrs Smith
    Check prices
  • Esencia 10 rooms from $463

    Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya

    Boutique at its best, Esencia has it all: direct access to Xpu-Ha beach and two pools, you will have no end of places to sun yourself. That is if you can find the time with all the activities on offer! Simply yet stunningly decorated with an excellent menu. One for the entire family!

    Gym
    Local markets  -  Nearby X-plor activity park for kids and the young at heart
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the famous Mayan ruins of Tulum
    Kayaking  -  through the mangroves at Sian Ka'an
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Small Luxury Hotels
    Check prices
  • Kin Sol Soleil 10 rooms from $695

    Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya

    A tranquil property set on a beautiful white sandy beach. Atmospheric throughout, find Mexican flavour in the design; think white washed walls, contemporary art and antique furniture. Just steps from the beach and boasting a stunning pool. The perfect place to completely unwind.

    Beach Life  -  An authentic Mexican experience on a pristine stretch of beach.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore striking Mayan ruins.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Check prices
  • Rosewood Mayakoba 128 rooms from $1800

    Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya

    A secluded luxury property set away from lively Tulum. Stunning suites are simply designed with large glass to ceiling windows, enormous contemporary bathrooms and dark wooden furniture set against white walls. Easy access to white sandy beaches and superb cuisine. Beachside perfection.

    Beach Life  -  A chic luxury property based on a gorgeous white sand beach with crystal clear waters.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the famed Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices
  • Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa 63 rooms from $525

    Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya

    A fabulous resort set on a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach. Luxurious rooms feature king size beds, sunken baths, large terraces and the best have private plunge pools. A spectacular spa is worthy of a visit alone and the Med-Mex cuisine is noteworthy too. Beach perfection.

    Spa breaks  -  Boasting a glorious spa complete with with self-serve muds, meditation pools and treatments that use local herbs and fruits.
    Beach Life  -  Located on a stunning stretch of white sandy beach and backed by lush jungle. Tropical paradise.
    Diving  -  Some of the Riviera Maya’s most spectacular reefs are right off Maroma’s shore.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit local ruins and cenotes near Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
    Check prices
  • Hotel Esencia 29 rooms from $615

    Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya

    A luxury boutique property nestled in lush gardens and bordering a glorious white sand beach. Brilliant white rooms are contemporary in style with clean lines and enormous windows framing tropical views. Dine on regional dishes in the candlelit restaurant and sip on cocktails in the chic bar. Bliss.

    Total relaxation  -  Spend mornings on a yoga mat and days under the sun on the white sandy beach or indulging in the spa.
    Fishing  -  Just minutes from the property boats leave on deep-sea fishing excursions.
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the Mayan ruins of Tulum.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Check prices

See all » 13 hotels in Tulum

  • Zamas Hotel 20 rooms from $115

    Tulum (Quintana Roo)

    A laid-backed property located on one of the best stretches of beach in Tulum. Rustic-chic rooms feature wooden furniture, tiled floors, pastel colours and plenty of light. The private villa perfectly serves families. A beach-side restaurant serves up traditional Mayan fare. The ideal beach escape.

    Beach Life  -  Located on a stunning white sandy beach and with serious laid-backed vibes.
    Sights nearby  -  The property is just 10 minutes from the nearest Mayan ruins.
    Diving  -  Open water, cave and cenote diving all available nearby.
    Fishing  -  Fly fish in the Sian Ka’an biosphere.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
    Check prices
  • Hotel Tiki Tiki 15 rooms from $130

    Tulum (Entre Av. 5 Sur y Av. 10 Sur)

    A small boutique hotel set in quiet leafy surrounds on the edge of Tulum. Light airy rooms feature plenty of glass, minimalist style, small terraces and luxury bathrooms. A large central pool is the perfect spot to unwind by. Well priced, chic style and easy access to Tulum's beaches. Superb.

    Value chic  -  A reasonably priced stay with Miami-chic style.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sian Ka’an.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices

See all » Other hotels in Riviera Maya

  • Hotel Secreto 12 rooms from $324

    Isla Mujeres, Riviera Maya

    One of Isla's only luxury boutique hotels. A hidden gem with infinity pool overlooking its own private beach. The chic modern rooms boast floor to ceiling windows and original artworks. The new bar serves up dangerously good Margaritas.

    Total relaxation  -  A sleepy tropical island with a laid back charm, spend your days sunbathing, swimming with dolphins or snorkelling the reefs.
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel can arrange scooter rentals and tours of the island.
    Swimming Pool  -  Infinity pool with spectacular sea views.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
    Check prices
  • Maroma 63 rooms from $449

    Riviera Maya

    A secluded oasis hotel with beautiful beach and outstanding facilities. This luxury resort is perfect for honeymoons, beach life, and endless pampering. Enjoy tropical relaxation at one of the three hotel pools or explore the area and the many activities on offer.

    Back to Nature  -  Set on the fringes of 200 acres of jungle and coconut plantations on one of the most beautiful beaches in mexico- utter bliss!
    Total relaxation  -  Indulge in traditional Mayan healing techniques at the spa, or sip cocktails under a palapa overlooking the sea.
    Diving  -  PADI courses are available on the reef as well as cave diving in local cenotes, natural sinkholes.
    Birdwatching  -  Visit Contoy Island - an uninhabited island which is now a protected bird sanctuary.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Mr & Mrs Smith
    Check prices
  • Esencia 10 rooms from $463

    Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya

    Boutique at its best, Esencia has it all: direct access to Xpu-Ha beach and two pools, you will have no end of places to sun yourself. That is if you can find the time with all the activities on offer! Simply yet stunningly decorated with an excellent menu. One for the entire family!

    Gym
    Local markets  -  Nearby X-plor activity park for kids and the young at heart
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the famous Mayan ruins of Tulum
    Kayaking  -  through the mangroves at Sian Ka'an
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Small Luxury Hotels
    Check prices
  • Kin Sol Soleil 10 rooms from $695

    Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya

    A tranquil property set on a beautiful white sandy beach. Atmospheric throughout, find Mexican flavour in the design; think white washed walls, contemporary art and antique furniture. Just steps from the beach and boasting a stunning pool. The perfect place to completely unwind.

    Beach Life  -  An authentic Mexican experience on a pristine stretch of beach.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore striking Mayan ruins.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Check prices
  • Rosewood Mayakoba 128 rooms from $1800

    Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya

    A secluded luxury property set away from lively Tulum. Stunning suites are simply designed with large glass to ceiling windows, enormous contemporary bathrooms and dark wooden furniture set against white walls. Easy access to white sandy beaches and superb cuisine. Beachside perfection.

    Beach Life  -  A chic luxury property based on a gorgeous white sand beach with crystal clear waters.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the famed Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices
  • Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa 63 rooms from $525

    Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya

    A fabulous resort set on a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach. Luxurious rooms feature king size beds, sunken baths, large terraces and the best have private plunge pools. A spectacular spa is worthy of a visit alone and the Med-Mex cuisine is noteworthy too. Beach perfection.

    Spa breaks  -  Boasting a glorious spa complete with with self-serve muds, meditation pools and treatments that use local herbs and fruits.
    Beach Life  -  Located on a stunning stretch of white sandy beach and backed by lush jungle. Tropical paradise.
    Diving  -  Some of the Riviera Maya’s most spectacular reefs are right off Maroma’s shore.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit local ruins and cenotes near Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
    Check prices
  • Hotel Esencia 29 rooms from $615

    Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya

    A luxury boutique property nestled in lush gardens and bordering a glorious white sand beach. Brilliant white rooms are contemporary in style with clean lines and enormous windows framing tropical views. Dine on regional dishes in the candlelit restaurant and sip on cocktails in the chic bar. Bliss.

    Total relaxation  -  Spend mornings on a yoga mat and days under the sun on the white sandy beach or indulging in the spa.
    Fishing  -  Just minutes from the property boats leave on deep-sea fishing excursions.
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the Mayan ruins of Tulum.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Check prices