Which are the best All-Inclusive hotels and Resorts in Riviera Maya? The Riviera Maya is a stretch of Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatán Peninsula. Previously, we have investigated the best All-Inclusive hotels and Resorts in Cancun and the best All-Inclusives in Playa Del Carmen, now we look at all the best All-Inclusive hotels that you will find across the Riviera Maya.
Our top 10 best includes: Grand Velas Riviera Mayan, Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Hilton Playa del Carmen, Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Hyatt Ziva Cancun, JW Marriott Resort & Spa Cancun, Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Ritz-Carlton Cancun and Viva Wyndham Maya.
Wherever you decide to stay, Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, or elsewhere, book via our luxury travel concierge. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts and free perks at hotels including the Four Seasons, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, InterContinental and more.
Typically, our free benefits* at luxury hotels include:
- Room upgrade to next category
- Complimentary breakfast for two per bedroom
- Complimentary Welcome Gift
- $100 USD equivalent Hotel experiential credit per room per stay
- Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
The best All-Inclusive luxury hotels in Riviera Maya are listed below:
1. Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun
Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun is a luxury All-Inclusive boutique hotel in Cancun, so not actually in Playa Del Carmen, but around an hours drive from Playa instead. This hotel is worth considering as it really is a rather good All-Inclusive hotel with great food and top-notch service. Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun is perched on a tranquil beach with a stunning turquoise ocean.
This is a smaller hotel than most of your other options in the hotel zone in Cancun. The hotel offers stylish decor in calming white and greys and the staff are brilliant. They will run you a bath, hand you a towel as you get out of the pool and refill your poolside cocktails before you even realize you need a refill.
The pools here are lovely, with an infinity pool by the beach and the smaller pool on the terrace. Both pools offer free food and drink. For meals, there is à la carte dining with French, Italian and Asian food included as well as room service 24/7.
2. Hyatt Ziva Cancun
Again, this hotel is in Cancun rather than playa Del Carmen but is worth considering as it has a better beach and better pools than most of the All-Inclusive hotels in Playa Del Carmen. Hyatt Ziva Cancun is an All-Inclusive Family Resort (as oppose to the Hyatt Zilara which is adults only). This stunning All-Inclusive beachfront resort on the most beautiful strip of Punta Cancun is framed by the Caribbean Sea. Hyatt Ziva Cancun is a playful family escape on Mexico’s Yucatan Coast.
Hyatt Ziva is positioned brilliantly on a peninsula with the ocean on three sides which means the views are fabulous and the peninsula feels exclusive.
Unlike most hotels in Cancun, it has two gorgeous beaches, so you can enjoy swimming with fish and underwater animals, which is unique to this hotel as the waters off most of the hotels in the Hotel Zone in Cancun can be fairly rough and not calm enough to enjoy the marine wildlife. Here the calm waters are perfect for spotting things underwater.
The beach at Zilara (the second All-Inclusive Hyatt in the area) is also gorgeous but it can get rough, sometimes so much so that you can’t swim at all, which is a major disadvantage.
Hyatt Ziva is peaceful and yet within walking distance of the main shops and restaurants in Cancun. You can apparently use the Ziva restaurants if you are staying at Zilara or Zilara restaurants if you are staying at Ziva. In terms of dining, Habaneros at Ziva is particularly lovely. It is a beach hut restaurant that serves tacos, shrimp, etc and cocktails.
They say “Find your bliss on white-sand beaches and play in the clear blue waters. Relax in luxurious suites with balconies and breathtaking ocean views. Indulge your senses at 8 unique restaurants and 3 lounges, featuring local and international cuisines. If you prefer your tastings in a more spirited form, there are 6 bars on property, including a microbrewery! Spend a day to rejuvenate body and soul at the oceanfront spa, with optional massages, holistic body treatments and a hydrotherapy circuit.”
3. Hyatt Zilara Cancun
Situated on the widest stretch of beach in Cancun in the heart of the famous Hotel Zone, Hyatt Zilara Cancun offers an adults-only oasis of All-Inclusive, oceanfront luxury. This is one of the very few All-Inclusive Hyatt hotels.
Offering luxury accommodations and an array of authentic dining venues and live entertainment in a stunning oceanfront setting, this is one of your best All-Inclusive hotel choices in Cancun. Swim right up to your terrace, take in ocean views from the privacy of your bathroom or watch the sunset from your tub.
Six dining venues invite you to sample regional favorites, an array of international dishes, and delicious libations from mixologists and sommeliers. Savor fresh seafood beachside or enjoy a teppanyaki show. From sumptuous buffets to tapas and fine tequila, it’s all included.
4. Grand Velas Riviera Mayan
The All-Inclusive Grand Velas All Suites & SPA Resort is a newly opened resort that sits on the edge of the stunning white-sand shore of Playa del Carmen.
Expect exquisite accommodations, an All-Inclusive gourmet dining experience, a deluxe spa, personalized butler concierge services, and a state-of-the-art convention center. The hotel is located 5 minutes away from downtown Playa del Carmen and 35 minutes from Cancun International Airport.
The resort’s 491 spacious suites include such amenities which include oceanfront and jungle terraces with private plunge pools, in-room massage tables, whirlpool bathtubs, 42” plasma TVs, wireless Internet, and 24-hour room service – all with stunning views of the ocean or lush, tropical jungle views.
The resort’s exclusive Grand Class section is designed for optimal privacy and relaxation, featuring 90 sophisticated ocean-front suites. Suites overlook the sparkling, azure waters of the Caribbean, and offer a private plunge pool on the terrace, as well as a rain shower head. Enjoy the cool night ocean breezes, or manage interior climate with state-or-the-art temperature controls. These suites include every possible amenity to ensure that guests may bask in comfort while enjoying the richness of the breathtaking surroundings.
5. Hilton Playa del Carmen
Hilton Playa del Carmen, is a 5-star All-Inclusive Adult Only Resort with palatial architecture. The hotel is just steps from the famous 5th avenue this hotel in downtown Playa del Carmen. Relax on the beach, do some laps in the Olympic-size swimming pool, work out in the fitness suite, have a play on the rooftop tennis court, or take a dip in one of the swimming pools and jacuzzis.
We love the Junior Swim Up Suite which is perfect as you can laze by the pool just steps from your room. The resort is huge, with 11 on-site restaurants and lounges. In addition, there is an option of dining-around at one of eight restaurants in the adjacent Jack Gran Porto Resort. The resort’s accommodation is in the form of Royal suites only, each served by the Royal Butler Service and housekeeping who will take care of anything you need.
It is worth noting that the All-Inclusive food at this resort is really rather good, and add this to its convenient location in the center of Playa Del Carmen and you are onto a winner.
6. Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya
This is the 1,264-room Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya offers stunning tropical views, a private white sand beach, and exclusive saltwater snorkeling areas. It’s all capped off with an inviting traditional design, legendary Hard Rock hospitality, and undeniable excess at every turn.
Live large at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya and enjoy the very best of paradise for all. Or, pack your appetite for opulence and hit Heaven, an elevated and exclusive retreat for adult guests only featuring a private adult beach, superlative amenities, and dining at its finest.
7. Villa del Palmar Cancún
Villa del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & Spa describes itself as an unparalleled Mexican oasis for both room-only and All-Inclusive vacations in Mexico. Like some of others in our selection of All-Inclusive hotels, this hotel is actually located in Cancun rather than Playa Del Carmen up the road.
Villa del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & Spa has earned the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2018. This impressive resort has beautiful beachfront freeform pools, modern rooms, fantastic views and reportedly great service from the staff.
They offer All-Inclusive food and drinks but, as a general rule, you need to sit down and order from one of the restaurants to enjoy free food and drink. Around happy hour time it’s hard to order a snack to go with your drinks. There is also no pool bar at this hotel.
8. Jack Gran Porto Resort
Cool and casual, this family-friendly resort is twinned with the Hilton Playa del Carmen next door and is ideally located just footsteps away from the famous Fifth Avenue’s shops, clubs and restaurants.
The newly refurbished (2018) All-Inclusive Panama Jack Gran Porto Resort can be found in the heart of downtown Playa del Carmen. Dining and drinks are absolutely included, so chow down at gourmet eateries and sip tasty cocktails from laidback lounges. After the night’s live entertainment, retire to your peaceful accommodations, all featuring a private terrace.
This 5-star family-friendly hotel enjoys a privileged position just footsteps away from the famous 5th Avenue. Guests here can enjoy the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Play volleyball on the sun-drenched sands or relax with a wine tasting afternoon, whatever your heart desires you can find it at the Panama Jack Resort.
9. The Ritz-Carlton Cancun
The Ritz-Carlton Cancun is one of the best hotel club lounges in Cancun. If you book a club room, you, in effect, have an All-Inclusive experience, at least for the duration that you are in the lounge itself.
Once you are out by the pool or in the hotel’s other restaurants and bars, you will have to pay for your drinks and food much like any other paying guest. But for those who enjoy drinking and dining in the club lounge, the food is excellent and the drinks are free.
Resting on the tip of the exotic Yucatan peninsula is The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, a AAA Five Diamond resort. This Marriott Bonvoy Rewards Category 6 luxury resort offers an enticing stretch of white sand beach, indulgent amenities such as the full-service Ritz-Carlton Spa and award-winning restaurants, and the intrigue of the ancient Mayan sites nearby. Recreational facilities include a 1200-foot sand beach, two sculpted outdoor pools, an oceanfront whirlpool, two tennis courts, and Fitness Center.
The resort has 363 guestrooms including 50 suites, all with ocean views and private balconies or terraces. Each of the resort’s guestrooms and suites is a sanctuary of comfort featuring sweeping ocean views and a wealth of welcome amenities. For families with infants, specially designed rooms offer all the comforts of a home nursery, including a crib, a changing table and a menu of baby essentials that can be ordered prior to arrival.
Guestroom amenities include Egyptian cotton linen and duvet covers, television with international cable, CD Player, individual air conditioning controls, fully stocked refreshment cabinet, multi-line telephones with data ports and voice mail, high speed, Wi-Fi Internet access, in-room safe, marble bath with double vanities and separate tub and shower, plush terry bathrobes and more.
The Ritz-Carlton Club Level provides guests with the highest level of personal service with five complimentary food presentations daily. Worth noting, Platinum and elite Marriott Bonvoy members don’t get free lounge access, everyone who uses this lounge has paid for a club room.
Often referred to as a hotel within a hotel, this oasis offers a dedicated concierge who attends to individual needs in a well-appointed, relaxed lounge environment. The Club Level food includes breakfast, light snacks, hor’s d’ oeuvres, beverages and sweets. These break down as: Breakfast, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m; Lunch, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m; Light Snacks, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Cocktails & Hors oeuvres, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m; Chocolates and Cordials, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Beyond the food, there is also a selection of wines, liqueurs, beers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages available, complimentary wireless, in-room internet access and two garments pressed daily.
This lounge is super smart with double-height ceilings, intricately carved wall features and the whole lounge is designed in browns and olives with lots of woods and thick chunky marble. The meals are excellent and filling, you will not be disappointed and you will leave full (both with food and alcohol if you want).
10. Viva Wyndham Maya
Viva Wyndham Maya All-Inclusive Resort is situated only a short distance from Playa del Carmen right on the beach. While the location fits with Playa Del Carmen, this All-Inclusive hotel is not as luxurious as the other hotels we have featured in this listing. It does, however, include all meals and snacks; unlimited cocktails, beverages and wine; a cocktail to welcome you upon your arrival; unlimited non-motorized sports; taxes and gratuities; daily activities’ programs, is not quite as luxurious as the other hotels in this list.
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