Situated along the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, Riviera Maya is the ideal holiday destination for couples and families in search of year-round pleasant weather, a top selection of excursions and a vast array of accommodation. Within this resort you'll find everything from luxury five-star hotels and relaxing spa retreats to affordable all-inclusive breaks and family-friendly holidays, ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Posada Freud in Playa del Carmen is perfect for families and couples looking for low-cost accommodation in Riviera Maya. Found within the heart of the resort, this hotel offers two basic rooms, four standard rooms and four suites and is close to many shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. There is a selection of facilities available for guests to enjoy, including 24-hour security, room service, free child places, access to Lido Beach Club, free national and US phone calls and safety deposit boxes.
Also found within Playa del Carmen, El Acuario Hotel is another top choice for those looking for budget accommodation in Riviera Maya. Guests can choose from a selection of 12 standard rooms and one suite, all of which come with air-conditioning, cable TV, fridge, private bathroom and fully-furnished terrace. The list of amenities is extensive and includes free WiFi access, onsite café, bar and restaurant, laundry services, massage services, tours, car hire, onsite doctor, swimming pool, solarium and tropical garden.
When it comes to low-cost accommodation, it doesn't get much better than Cabanas Zazilkin in Tulum. Just a short distance away from a number of beaches, this hotel features 12 rooms, 43 rustic cabanas and three premium cabanas, ensuring there is something to suit all pockets and tastes. There are many facilities and services for guests to take advantage of, such as bars, restaurants, beach club and excursion booking.
Rancho Tranquilo in Tulum is another great choice when it comes to budget accommodation in Riviera Maya. Here guests can choose from single rooms with individual beds, small cabanas with one double bed and large cabanas with two double beds. Everyone has access to a communal kitchen, where you'll find a small selection of complimentary breakfast items. A free shuttle service is also available to transfer people to and from the beach.
Although many of the hotels in Riviera Maya offer all-inclusive options, there is a small handful of self-catering accommodation choices. Pueblito Luxury Condo Hotel in Playa del Carmen features a number of rooms, suites and penthouses, all of which come complete with a kitchen equipped with a hob, fridge, oven, blender, coffee maker, microwave, crystal ware, cutlery and crockery. There are many services available onsite, including free parking, 24-hour reception, concierge, excursion booking, massages and a gym.
Also found within Playa del Carmen, Encanto Riviera is popular with families and couples looking for a self-catering hotel. Guests can choose between one- and two-bedroom apartments, both of which feature fully equipped kitchens where you can prepare and enjoy your own meals. Here you'll find a top choice of amenities, including air-conditioning, gardens, parking, concierge, free WiFi and swimming pool.
Located in the very heart of Playa del Carmen, Condohotel Fabiola offers a selection of air-conditioned studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, all of which come with complimentary WiFi access, satellite TV and kitchenette, complete with coffee maker, fridge, hob and microwave. On-site facilities include swimming pool, hot tub and gardens. There is also plenty to do and see in the area, including the Playa del Carmen beach, shops, boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants.
With so many all-inclusive hotels to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice in Riviera Maya. Barcelo Maya Caribe in Puerto Aventuras is ideal for couples and families looking for a holiday with everything already paid for. Just a short walk away from the beach, this hotel features six restaurants, including two buffets, two speciality eateries and two beach cafes. Guests are invited to take advantage of the many amenities which include shopping centre, swimming pools, gym, kids' club, sports facilities and spa.
When it comes to all-inclusive accommodation, it doesn't get much better than Excellence Riviera Cancun in Puerto Morelos. There are eight restaurants to choose from, none of which require a previous reservation. Guests taking advantage of the all-inclusive option also have unlimited access to the white sand beach, six swimming pools, five outdoor Jacuzzis, ten bars, 24-hour room service, fitness centre and sports facilities.
Families and couples looking for an all-inclusive hotel in Riviera Maya should consider staying at the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar in Playa Paraiso. This hotel features a 3,280 foot swimming pool the largest in the Riviera Maya as well as Balinese beds, a number of restaurants, sports facilities, spa, bars and nightclub, WiFi access and kids' club.
On the beach
Playa Maya in Playa del Carmen is perfect for couples and families who want to be close to the beach during their holiday. This hotel boasts a beachfront location and offers a selection of rooms, including junior suites, deluxe rooms, superior suites, standard rooms, family suites and economy units. All guests have access to complimentary breakfast, WiFi, air-conditioning, mini fridge, cable TV and beach services.
Located in Tulum, Ahau Tulum is another hotel ideally located for those who want to spend as much time as possible by the beach. This complex is just a short distance away from an untouched golden bay where you can soak up the sun or take part in a number of water sports. Accommodation comes in the form of beach cabanas, each complete with free WiFi access and MP3 docking stations. There is an onsite restaurant, yoga sessions and massage treatments available.
Situated within the resort of Playa del Carmen, Luna Blue Hotel is another top choice for holidaymakers who want to stay close to the beach. This adult-only complex offers 18 units, including deluxe suites, terrace rooms, hideaway apartments and nook rooms. There is a great selection of amenities to choose from, including the Luna Blue Bar, swimming pool, excursion booking and access to four beach clubs.
When it comes to top end accommodation, it's tough to beat The Grand Mayan Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen. Guests can choose between master rooms, suites and master suites, all of which are spacious and fully-equipped. There is a wealth of amenities and services available, including golf course, spa, restaurants, bars, boutiques, airport shuttle, WiFi access, kids' club, babysitting and entertainment.
Also located in Playa del Carmen, Azul Fives Hotel by Karisma is another popular choice for families and couples looking for some luxury during their stay in Riviera Maya. There is a great selection of accommodation available, including family rooms, deluxe units, basic suites and penthouse suites. The list of onsite facilities is extensive and includes restaurants, lounges, spa, kids' club, swimming pool, 24-hour room service and full concierge.
With a spa
Couples looking for a spa hotel in Riviera Maya should take a look at La Tortuga Hotel & Spa in Playa del Carmen. This adults-only complex features a selection of accommodation to choose from, including standard units, superior suites and swim-up rooms. Onsite facilities include several swimming pools, beach clubs, bars and restaurant. The Zen Eco Spa offers a range of massages and therapies, with something to suit everyone. Guests can choose to pay per treatment or purchase a package which includes a number of spa services.
Posada Yum Kin in Tulum is another great choice for holidaymakers searching for a relaxing spa break. There is a great selection of suites available and all guests have access to the freshwater pool, sundeck and Jacuzzi. The hotel's spa features a top choice of massages given by the local and fully-qualified therapist, Elvira. The massages offered at the spa include deep tissue, holistic, maya massage, healing massage overlay and shiatsu.
Families looking to enjoy a holiday together should consider staying at the Hotel Aventura Mexicana in Playa del Carmen. Accommodation comes in the form of superior doubles, superior kings, deluxe kings and honeymoon suites, all of which come with air conditioning, complimentary breakfast, beach club access and flat screen TVs. Just a short distance away from the Playa del Carmen beach, this hotel features three sundecks, restaurants, bars and spa. With two swimming pools, excursion booking and WiFi access, there is also plenty to keep the little ones entertained during your holiday.
Another popular choice for families looking for accommodation in Riviera Maya is Las Palmas Maya situated in Tulum. Here guests can choose between a number of spacious cabanas, all of which come complete with bedroom, living room and private bathroom. Facilities are numerous and include a communal kitchen, hammock lounge, complimentary coffee and free WiFi access. There is also a great selection of excursions for the whole family to enjoy, including snorkelling tours, scuba diving trips and island expeditions.
Posada Luna del Sur in Tulum is perfect for families looking for somewhere to stay during their holiday in Riviera Maya. Guests can choose from a number of suites, all of which come with air conditioning, safe, kitchen, private bathroom, free WiFi access, coffee maker and purified water. The list of amenities is extensive and includes complimentary breakfast, free parking, onsite restaurant and shuttle bus service.
Couples in search of a romantic retreat should consider staying at Nueva Vida de Ramiro in Tulum. There is a selection of 30 rooms and suites available, with many of which are located on the beach, just a few feet away from the ocean. Guests can take advantage of the onsite eatery, excursion booking and water sports, with plenty to see and do in the local area, including beaches, Tres Rios Reserve and Mayan ruins.
Also situated within Tulum, Cabanas La Luna is another great choice for couples looking for a luxury getaway. Guests can choose from a number of cabanas, five of which are situated on the beach and two of which are found within the La Luna gardens. The list of facilities is extensive and includes massage services, yoga sessions, kiteboarding, island tours and restaurants.
Piedra Escondida in Tulum is ideal for couples searching for a romantic holiday. This small hotel features nine rooms, each with king-size bed, mosquito canopy, sofa bed, private bathroom, screened windows and balcony with hammock. Guests can take advantage of the many facilities, such as 24-hour electricity, complimentary breakfast, direct beach access, parking, WiFi access and beach towels.
When it comes to boutique hotels in Riviera Maya, it doesn't get much better than Paamul Hotel in Playa del Carmen. There is a number of cabanas and suites available, all of which come complete with bedroom, air conditioning, bathroom, hot shower and microwave. You'll also find plenty of space to park your RV or set up your tent if you'd rather be closer to nature. Guests can take advantage of many onsite activities, such as diving, fishing swimming pool, volleyball and karaoke.
The Omni Puerto Aventuras Beach Resort in Puerto Aventuras is another great choice for families and couples who want to stay in a boutique hotel during their holiday in Riviera Maya. This complex offers 30 rooms, each of which comes complete with a private outdoor Jacuzzi on the balcony or patio. The list of facilities is extensive and includes fitness centre, swimming pools, golf course, WiFi access, dive centre, kids' club and beach bar.