The 9 Best Resorts Throughout the Yucatan Peninsula

The 9 Best Resorts Throughout the Yucatan Peninsula

The Yucatan Peninsula is a spectacular region in southeast Mexico. It encompasses three Mexican states (Yucatan, Quintana Roo, and Campeche) as well as other parts of neighboring Central American countries. It is one of the most popular touristic regions in the world.

Once you’ve glimpsed the stunning weather, white sand beaches, and endless cultural, natural, and historical beauty, you’ll certainly see why this destination hosts some of the best all-inclusive resorts and boutique hotels in Mexico.

The question is: where should you stay during your visit to the region? Don’t worry; we’ve got the answer for you. Here are the nine best resorts throughout the Mexican portion of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Which Area of the Yucatan Peninsula is Best?

The Yucatan Peninsula hosts some of the most luxurious resorts and pristine beaches on earth. What part of this paradise area of Mexico to stay in all depends on what you’re looking for from your vacation. The following areas are the most popular with visitors to the Yucatan, and each offers an entirely unique experience and set of benefits.


Cancun is perhaps the best-known city in the Yucatan Peninsula and is a great spot for first-time visitors to Mexico. The international airport is located in this city, which is extremely convenient. In addition, Cancun has great infrastructure and safety for visitors.

The Hotel Zone in Cancun consists of a strip of coast dedicated almost entirely to the luxurious resorts that make this area famous as a top tourist destination. It is a popular destination for tourists who stay in Cancun to make the most of the pristine coastline.

This part of the city also gives excellent access to nightlife and is close to the ferry to Isla Mujeres, where guests can hire a golf buggy and cruise the narrow streets of this authentic Caribbean island.

Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos is a less well-known spot on the Riviera Maya, which can be extremely appealing to many visitors. This sleepy fishing town has the same wide, sandy beaches and plenty of lavish resorts as other destinations on the Caribbean coast. Still, the town is quieter, making it a wonderful place to chill out and recharge your batteries.

Puerto Morelos is easy to reach from Cancun International Airport and is a short taxi ride from Playa del Carmen, so it is one of the best-located towns on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Playa del Carmen

This beachfront city once lagged behind Cancun as an option for tourists in the Riviera Maya. However, its reputation has slowly been evolving over the past five years to compete as a go-to destination for those chasing the sun.

With one of the best party streets in Mexico (Fifth Avenue), endless food and drink options, and dozens of upmarket resorts to pick from, there’s no wonder people are flocking to Playa del Carmen more and more each year.

This city is fairly diverse for a mid-size city, and guests can choose to stay in the Downtown party zone, the safe and tranquil gated community of Playacar, or the ruggedly beautiful mangrove forests of Mayakoba.

Playa del Carmen is also a short ferry ride from the ultra-fun island of Cozumel, and Tulum can be reached by car in just 30 minutes, so it’s a great base for doing some exploring.


Akumal is the top pick for visitors interested in discovering Mexico’s incredible underwater world. This resort area is located between the coastal vacation strongholds of Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

Akumal beaches are some of the finest you can find on either Mexican coast. This area boasts white sand beaches and warm, clear waters that are the home of some magical marine life. From coral reefs to tropical fish, stingrays, and barracuda.

Back on land during certain times of the year, visitors can witness the breathtaking sight of hundreds of baby turtles hatching on the beach. And if that wasn’t enough, the area is also home to a spectacular natural park offering caves, cenotes, and an underground river.


Tulum was once known primarily for its ancient Mayan ruins and white sand beaches. However, during the past decade or so, more and more visitors have been visiting purely for bohemian vibes and one-of-a-kind artisan luxury accommodations on the beach.

This small beach town teems with boutique eateries and artisanal craft shops where guests can try authentic Mexican cuisine and buy beautiful keepsakes. The growing nightlife scene is also a big draw to foreign and domestic visitors alike, and from upmarket bars and clubs to all-night beach parties, there’s a lot on offer to guests after the sun has gone down.

Without further ado, here are the nine best resorts throughout the Yucatan Peninsula.

1. Nizuc Resort & Spa

Situated on Punta Nizuc in Cancun is the spectacular five-star Nizuc Resort & Spa. This resort benefits from a tranquil, secluded location, just ten minutes from Cancun International Airport and 25 minutes from the city center.

The resort’s private dock is convenient for setting sail to explore Riviera Maya’s stunning coastline or to head over to Isla Mujeres for the day.

There is plenty of ways to relax on this property. An outdoor infinity pool overlooks the Caribbean sea and has a swim-up bar that’s the perfect spot for a lazy afternoon in the sun. The spa is a luxurious den of relaxation, and various massages and treatments can be enjoyed. Top tip – book the Thermal Experience for a guided circuit of hydrotherapy that will relax your body and awaken your senses.

Guest rooms are modern and spacious, and many of them offer incredible panoramic sea views. You’ll find air conditioning, a Nespresso coffee maker, and a flat-screen TV. The lavish bathrooms feature bathtubs and rainfall showers. Some suites boast private pools, and others offer enough space for up to seven guests.

Six on-site restaurants serve Mexican, Peruvian, and Asian cuisine and various dishes from the Mediterranean region. The concierge service can arrange tours and activities during your stay. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort, and free private parking is also offered to guests.

Top amenities include:

  • Infinity pool
  • Full-service spa
  • Rooms with ocean views
  • Concierge service

Check availability for this luxurious spa resort here.

2. Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach is a great choice if you’re looking for a more central option near Cancun’s Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone).

This beachfront hotel is steps from a white sand beach, offers a five-star experience, and is close to the heart of Cancun’s nightlife, including the world-famous Coco Bongo.

The guest suites at this luxury resort all offer oceanfront or partial ocean views from their private balconies. The rooms also offer a seating area, a minibar, and an in-room safe. The bathrooms include complimentary toiletries, slippers, and a hairdryer.

Foodies will love the six fine-dining restaurants, including the hugely popular AAA Five Diamond French dining experience. Room service is available, and there are several bars for guests to enjoy. There are two large swimming pools on-site, and the beach just steps away if you prefer to swim in the ocean. The kids club at this family-friendly resort keeps younger guests entertained while the adults chill out.

Speaking of chilling out, the 40,000-square-foot full-service wellness center is an incredible space for experiencing true relaxation. Book a full-body treatment or beauty services, including hair styling, or check out the hydrotherapy facilities for the ultimate tranquil afternoon. There’s also a well-equipped gym with ocean views if you want to get a workout in.

Top amenities include:

  • Suites with ocean views
  • Two swimming pools
  • Kids Club
  • Spa and fitness center

Check availability for this centrally-positioned, family-friendly resort here.

3. Haven Riviera Cancun – Adults Only

For a sustainable adults-only resort in Cancun, Haven Riviera cannot be beaten.

This property is meant to provide solace for adults, meaning children aren’t permitted as guests. Haven Riviera is the perfect destination if you are looking for the perfect spot for a tranquil, kid-free vacation. The large, beachfront, lagoon-style swimming pool overlooks the stunning Caribbean ocean and lush gardens that are a great spot for a relaxing afternoon stroll.

This luxurious beach resort offers five stunning dining options, offering Italian, Asian, Mediterranean, and Mexican cuisine. There’s also a buffet breakfast available each morning.

A fitness center and tennis court are perfect for active guests. There is also a shared lounge for those that like to take life at a slower pace. Additionally, there’s free private parking which is handy for car rentals, a 24-hour front desk for flexible check-in, and a currency exchange where you can buy Mexican pesos.

Suites at the resort are equipped with a seating area, flat-screen TV, a coffee machine, a safety deposit box, and a private bathroom with a shower, slippers, and bathrobes. Some rooms also include a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, and stovetop.

Top amenities include:

  • Beachfront swimming pool
  • Five restaurants
  • Fitness center and tennis court
  • Guest rooms with kitchenettes

Check availability for this adults-only resort here.

4. Chablé Yucatan

This exceptional five-star resort is located in Chocholá, 21 miles from Mérida, and is a superb option in the heart of Mexico’s Mayan historical sites.

Offering excellent access to Chichen Itza, one of the most famous Maya ruins and one of the five modern wonders of the world, this resort is a great alternative to the luxury hotels further away on the coast.

Accommodation at this resort is in the form of casitas or small houses. Each casita has its own private pool, and some have private hot tubs and gyms. Inside the suites, you’ll find a beautifully decorated space that features a flat-screen TV, plenty of storage, a coffee machine, and a minibar. Each suite is air-conditioned throughout.

The property’s gardens and surrounding area are perfect for cycling, and the resort offers free bicycles to its guests. There’s also a fitness center and tennis court on-site if you want to work off all the Mexican food you’ll no doubt be enjoying on your trip, and there’s a golf course nearby, too.

If relaxation is at the top of your agenda, head to the lavish on-site spa and wellness center instead. This hacienda-style property has a beautiful pool, and the loungers are spaced well apart for added privacy and tranquility.

Speaking of food, there are two tasty restaurants on-site, plus a bar. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property, and free private parking and a 24-hour front desk.

Top amenities include:

  • Suites with private swimming pools and hot tubs
  • Bicycles available to borrow
  • Golf course nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi

Check availability for this exceptional hacienda here.

5. Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya All Inclusive – Adults Only

Next, we’re heading back to the coast and the sleepy town of Puerto Morelos. Valentin Imperial is another adults-only option that’s perfect for an ultra-restful getaway. Positioned on a pristine private beach, this all-inclusive resort is the ideal spot for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking in the clear blue Caribbean waters.

Breakfast and lunch are served at the beachfront à la carte restaurant, or guests can head to the buffet restaurant instead. There are seven à la carte options for dinner, including Mexican, French, Japanese, and Indonesian dining.

The wellness center offers a wide range of spa services, including full-body massages and beauty treatments. The outdoor swimming pool has plenty of seating and shade from the sun, and there are tennis courts if you’re in the mood to work up a sweat.

Rooms at Valentin Imperial are classically decorated and extremely comfortable. They offer balconies or terraces, a jetted jacuzzi, and a luxurious bathroom. Suites also come equipped with a coffee machine, minibar, plenty of storage, bathrobe, and slippers.

Top amenities include:

  • Private beach offering snorkeling
  • Seven à la carte restaurant
  • Large outdoor swimming pool
  • Suites with jetted jacuzzi

Check availability for this resort with a private beach area here.

6. Hotel Xcaret Mexico All Parks All Fun Inclusive

Head further down the Yucatan Peninsula coast, and you’ll arrive in Playa Del Carmen, where you’ll find Hotel Xcaret Mexico. This mega property takes the all-inclusive concept to the next level by including access to the Xcaret parks and tours. With so much to do, this is one of the best hotels for families with kids.

The wellness center has a hot tub and fitness center, water sports can be arranged, and the resort staff can help arrange trips to cenotes and popular hiking spots. The resort has two outdoor pools and a private beach area, providing seemingly endless places to lay out or swim.

The popular Playacar Beach is also just 1.6 miles from the property, and the ferry to Cozumel island is also very close, should you want a change of scenery at any point.

A huge range of room types is available to suit your budget and group size. Some of the rooms overlook the natural beauty of the adjacent river, while others have their own swim-up pool access. Rooms also have balconies and are fitted with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and private bathrooms.

Top amenities include:

  • Access to Xcaret parks
  • Two outdoor pools
  • Private beach area
  • Free Wi-Fi

Check availability for this action-packed all-inclusive resort here.

7. Andaz Mayakoba A Concept By Hyatt

Our second option in Playa del Carmen is Andaz, located in the Mayakoba area of the city. This highly-sustainable five-star resort is in a gated complex and is a dream destination for tranquility and ultimate relaxation.

Two outdoor pools and a pristine private beach area give guests all the space they need to lay out and enjoy the Mexican sunshine. The Mayan Oasis Spa offers a sauna, a hydrotherapy circuit, and a great menu of treatments that’ll have you looking and feeling your best. Guests at Andaz also enjoy access to El Camaleón Golf Club and the Mayakoba Tennis Centre.

There are four delightful restaurants at this resort offering authentic cuisine from Europe and Latin America, plus a great vegan bar for plant-based guests. Room service is available 24 hours per day should you find yourself with a case of late-night munchies.

The suites at Andaz are the epitome of luxe modernism. Each room is air-conditioned and has a flat-screen TV with cable channels. The spacious private bathrooms have complimentary toiletries, robes, and slippers for additional comfort and convenience. Some rooms have a seating area, and certain suites offer stunning ocean or lake views.

Watersports facilities are available, and guests are welcome to use free bicycles to explore the area. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout, parking is available, and the property is also pet-friendly.

Top amenities include:

  • Mayan spa center
  • Rooms with ocean views
  • Watersports facilities are available
  • Pet-friendly property

Check availability for this luxurious, sustainable resort here.

8. Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya – Adults Only

Further down the coast is Akumal and the highly popular resort of Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya. This adults-only accommodation is a restful and fun place to enjoy an idyllic Mexican getaway.

The food at Secrets Akumal is outstanding at all seven on-site restaurants. Enjoy a casual buffet breakfast and lunch before taking your pick from an elegant seafood feast, classic French dining, or flavorful Mexican dishes in one of the six à la carte restaurants. After dinner, guests can enjoy a plethora of evening entertainment followed by a trip to the on-site nightclub for drinks and dancing.

The resort has a private beach area, there are three outdoor pools for guests to enjoy, and several of the suites are swim-up for easy access. Whichever room you book, you’ll also enjoy an outdoor seating area, a large, comfortable bed, flat-screen TV, and a minibar. The private bathrooms are extremely luxurious and include a spa bath and shower, a hairdryer, and complimentary toiletries.

The spa and fitness center is modern, clean, and spacious, and there are tennis courts and free bicycles for guests to use. For rainy days, there’s a cozy indoor games room, and if you’re in the mood for watersports, the resort can arrange that for you.

Free WiFi access is available, and the resort has a 24-hour front desk for flexible check-in. Free parking is also available.

Top amenities include:

  • Seven restaurants
  • Private beach area
  • Fitness center and tennis courts
  • 24-hour front desk

Check availability for this popular property with swim-up rooms here.

9. Jashita Hotel 

The final option on our list is the Jashita Hotel, situated in the bohemium paradise of Tulum and fittingly boho itself. This aesthetic-pleasing resort is perched on the edge of Tulum’s white sand beach and makes the most of this by offering beachfront yoga sessions and snorkeling and scuba adventures.

This resort has three outdoor pools, and the central pool has beautiful ocean views. There is one restaurant on-site serving Italian and Mexican food all day, and central Tulum and its vast array of dining options are around a 15-minute drive away. Free Wi-Fi and parking is available, and the hotel’s concierge service is happy to arrange airport shuttles and transport around the region.

Each suite offers air conditioning and garden or sea views. The bedding is the finest Italian linen, and each room has cable TV. Deluxe complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer can be found in the bathroom. Some suites have private plunge pools and for an extra special treat, book into the luxurious penthouse to enjoy panoramic sea views from the private terrace.

Top amenities include:

  • Beachfront yoga sessions
  • Three outdoor pools
  • Rooms with private plunge pools
  • Penthouse suite with ocean views

Check availability for this bohemium paradise here.

The Yucatan Peninsula Is Waiting For You

If you weren’t convinced to head to the Yucatan Peninsula for your next vacation, this list of incredible resorts has surely swayed your future plans. Whichever option you pick from our list, you’re sure to have the trip of a lifetime.

Check out Travel Yucatan for all insider information on the Yucatan Peninsula for ideas on where to stay and what to do when you get there.