Mayan Riviera, Mexico, All-Inclusive Resorts

by Tricia Chaves
Stay at a private beach hut in the Mayan Riviera.

Stay at a private beach hut in the Mayan Riviera.

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The 81-mile stretch of beach that runs south from Cancun to the border of Belize is called the Mayan Riviera. The area is a popular tourist draw for its exciting nightlife, sandy white beaches and the world's second-longest barrier reef. If you get your fill of the activities offered at your all-inclusive resort, venture out to swim with dolphins, take a Mayan temple tour, zipline through the forest canopy or ride horses along the shore.

Adults-Only Romance

"Conde Nast Traveler" readers chose the El Dorado Casitas Royal resort as one of the world's top 100 hotels. Swim-up suites in the AAA four diamond-rated resort have private infinity pools overlooking the ocean and whirlpool bathtubs inside. If you want a more private space, opt for a stand-alone casita with a palapa-roof, nestled right on the beach. The Gourmet Inclusive plan includes meals from seven restaurants. The 20,000-square-foot spa offers couples massage classes. Honeymooners will enjoy special romantic extras like beach beds and private outdoor showers, and your butler can arrange a candlelight dinner for two on the beach.

Family Friendly

The Hacienda Tres Ríos resort, spa and 150-acre nature park offers a Just Me and the Kids package for a single parent and two children under 17 that includes a 30-minute massage for Mom or Dad while the kids take a biologist-led hike. The resort organizes hourly Kids Club events daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Mexican-style decor consists of vibrantly colored walls and bedding in shades of tangerine and pumpkin with Mission wood furniture, The spacious Los Portales family suite accommodates up to eight guests. Some of the exciting grown-up activities include outdoor cooking classes in an ancient Mayan kitchen, bicycle or botanical garden tours and cocktails by the adults-only pool.

Modern Luxury

A portrait of Frida Kahlo in the restaurant's dining room is as close as you'll get to Mexican decor at the ultra-chic Grand Velas All Suites & SPA Resort Riviera Maya. Modern rooms appointed with top-of-the-line furnishings and linens have trendy black-and-white color schemes highlighted with bold red or sage green. Flat-panel, jumbo-size televisions get masterfully incorporated into the room's decor with sleek, complementary wood stands. The resort's spa offers an oasis for the senses with 40 private treatment suites. Round-the-clock room and butler service ensures your needs are met at any time.


"Conde Nast" subscribers voted the Tides Riviera Maya among Mexico's top three hotels in the 2009 reader survey. The property is moments from Playa de Carmen in the village of Playa Xcalacoco. Each of the resort's 30 private air-conditioned villas has a private pool concealed with tropical foliage for the utmost seclusion. The two-person chaise lounge and hammock offer two prime locations for snuggling on the veranda. Canopied beds have hand-worked down pillows and are dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets. The "dine anywhere" policy allows guests to choose among a variety of restaurants and lounges or dine anywhere on the resort by advising their personal butler.

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