The Yucatán Peninsula’s Riviera Maya strip of Caribbean shoreline is famed for its beautiful white sandy beaches, tropical palm trees, and year-round sun. The Yucatán Peninsula constitutes a significant proportion of the ancient Maya lowlands. It was the central location of the Maya Civilization, making it the perfect destination to enjoy the sun, sand, and ancient history.
Here are our favorite boutique hotels on the Yucatan Peninsula:
1. Acanto Hotel and Condominiums
My first pick is probably the best value hotel in our listing and is a super boutique hotel located in the heart of the lively town of Playa del Carmen is Acanto Hotel and Condominiums.
It sits up a quiet cobblestone side street, steps away from all the action, including restaurants, shops, and nightlife. This peaceful hotel could not be more conveniently located and is just a block from the beautiful beach.
The Acanto features luxury rooms, a lovely common space, a warm courtyard, and a great rooftop terrace with views of the Caribbean Sea. The suites are beautifully designed and decorated with a full kitchen and stainless steel appliances. There is also a comfy lounge and a spacious bedroom in each suite. For a romantic stay, book a room that opens onto a private rooftop terrace for romantic evenings.
On the grounds, there is a beautiful pool and a rooftop Jacuzzi where you can relax and suntan while enjoying the view of the Ocean. Take a complimentary continental breakfast up on the rooftop each morning and then head down to one of the local beach clubs for warm sunny days on the beach.
2. Delek Tulum
For the eco-conscious travelers, Delek Tulum is hard to beat. In Delek, you will have an eco lodging experience, surrounded by nature and walking distance from all the vibes that make Tulum such a unique destination.
This boutique hotel is aware of Tulum’s challenges and the difficulty of creating true sustainability. The designers have thought about all the details that make up this hotel. From the materials in the construction to the ingredients of the food, they know the importance of maintaining and respecting the balance of Tulum’s ecosystems.
Cabañas were built using sustainable construction methods to help maintain stability in the dunes area, not exceeding the 12 meters allowed high. Efforts were made to maintain a type of craft design and construction to achieve the harmony of space with nature. Each cabaña is built with local certified wood and is outfitted with handmade wooden furniture, natural textures, and indigenous art crafts from all over Mexico.
The resulting hotel offers wooden palm-thatched buildings on white sands hiding beneath swaying palms. Being next to the beach, this hotel showcases barefoot beachside luxury at its best.
3. Wakax Hacienda
Surrounded by the astonishing Mayan jungle, breathtaking cenotes (all of them connected to the world’s largest underground river system), and beautiful freshwater lagoons, Wakax Hacienda is an ideal haven for the wanderlust traveler searching for the perfect scenery for a memorable vacation.
This fantastic property is a classic architectural gem, built as a modern homage to the traditional XVIII century colonial style of the Yucatan Haciendas. Offering a perfect balance between luxury, comfort, pristine nature, and Mayan traditions makes this 160-hectare estate a unique, jungly paradise.
4. Casa Hormiga
Casa Hormiga is a teeny tiny eighteen-room hideaway a block away from the banks of Lake Bacalar. Surrounded by greenery, these jungle rooms offer a brilliant place to stay by the stunning Lake Bacalar.
The Mayas founded Lake Bacalarwas in 415 a.C. with the name of Sian Ka’an Bakhalal, translated as ‘where the sky is born’ and ‘surrounded by reeds’. Spanish conquistadores arrived in the middle of the 16th Century, and Bacalar became a regular target for English pirates, who would enter the lagoon via a canal known as the Pirates Canal. San Felipe Fort was built in 1733 to respond to the constant attacks. This fortress offers impressive views of the lagoon and will transport you back to an age when pirates constantly threatened the region.
In 2006, Bacalar was declared a Pueblo Mágico, Magic Town, and since then, it’s been slowly growing, attracting a very distinctive crowd. If you are looking for a different pace of travel and you’d like to dwell in the Yucatan Peninsula’s culture, you’ve found your spot.
5. Hotel Panamera
Hotel Panamera is a lifestyle boutique hotel located in Tulum Beach. This oceanfront property comprises 14 rooms with a central 100-seat restaurant and beach club.
Hotel Panamera is a lifestyle boutique hotel for like-minded travelers seeking a meaningful experience. Highlights include the gorgeous red chessboard pool surrounded by palms and greenery and relaxing rooms that offer a stylish mix of white and cream interiors.
6. Una Vida
Una Vida is a tropical oasis tucked away in the jungles of Tulum. The hotel is just a few minute’s stroll to El Pueblo and a short drive to world-famous beaches, cenotes, and ruins.
Tulum town offers some of the best restaurants, shops, and bars, which are authentic and affordable. The hotel encourages all guests to explore what this dynamic town offers and grab a mezcal and 99-cent taco.
We particularly love the jungly pool here and the beautiful interiors that bring us outside with natural stone walls, polished tree trunk tables, and chunky wooden beds.
7. Hotel Tiki Tiki Tulum
Hotel Tiki Tiki Tulum is an award-winning luxury 15-bedroom boutique hotel in the middle of the jungle in Holistika in Tulum Town. Designed in a Miami Beach Mid-Century-Moden Style that will make you wish you were living in the 50’s.
The pool and gardens here are gorgeous, and the terraces look over the jungle treetops. Many rooms have big glass doors that open the turquoise floored rooms to wonderful outdoor terraces.
8. Hotel La Semilla
Vintage Mexican furniture and carefully curated flea market treasures give soul to this adults-only hotel in the trendiest part of Playa del Carmen.
In collaboration with architect Jaime Ingelmo, the original building retains local flavor, while the wooden shutters on the windows are a nod to co-owner Alexis Schärer’s stint in Switzerland. Local materials such as stone, polished concrete, and bricks were used to create the hotel’s simple, earthy vibe. Suites like the Terraza even have outdoor baths for the ultimate laidback lifestyle.
9. Casa Muuch
Casa Muuch is a modern 6-bedroom family home built to create memorable experiences for all guests. The house is right on the beach, so you can step straight onto the golden sands. Get ready to enjoy unforgettable sunrises and sunsets, unique walks on the island’s beautiful beach, and delicious breakfasts from their chef, Joz.
10. Coqui Coqui Casa de Los Santos
Located in the enchanting town of Izamal, Coqui Coqui Casa de Los Santos offers a peaceful and secluded retreat. Known as the “yellow city,” Izamal is a jewel of the Yucatan Peninsula. When Pope John Paul II visited its striking Catholic convent in 1993, all of Izamal’s buildings were painted a golden shade of yellow. The city boasts distinctive cobblestone streets, iron lamp posts, and gorgeous colonial buildings, which are all highlighted by Izamal’s signature sun-kissed shade.
Featuring contemporary flair, religious reference, and indigenous folklore, Coqui Coqui is housed in a restored colonial building with authentic peeling wall frescoes, antique tapestries, and ornate floor tiles that neighbor the ancient Mayan ruins. Inside, you’ll find their open-air patio space with a plunge pool, terrace, and rustic open kitchen framed by wooden arches and columns. Casa de Los Santos is a place filled with beauty, history, and mysticism and is proudly one of the most historically important residences in the Coqui Coqui family. As with other Coqui Coqui residences, Casa de Los Santos features its apothecary and perfumery showcasing the complete Yucatan Collection of perfumes, home fragrances, oils, and scented candles.
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