Best Boutique Hotels in Maya Riviera & The Yucatan

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    Hotel Esencia
    Xpu-Ha
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Situated only 17 miles south of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the 50-acre Hotel Esencia lures those seeking seclusion. The guest rooms, suites and villas feature minimalistic decor, with white stucco walls, built-in shelves and brightly colored pillows and throws – all of which add to their spacious allure, according to past visitors. Each accommodation also comes with high-tech amenities, including a large flat-screen TV and an iPod docking station, along with one king or two queen beds (some of the two-bedroom suites also feature private pools and terraces). In terms of dining, you can enjoy inventive Mexican cuisine at the resort's three eateries. Recent guests said the boutique hotel's food was flavorful and the service was immaculate. Guests also compliment Hotel Esencia's well-manicured grounds and the on-site spa, which offers unique services such as the "Ritualito del Sol" (a body treatment that incorporates lavender, chamomile and a Mayan mud wrap to soothe sun-burned skin) and the "Tropical Ritual" (a replenishing hibiscus flower and stawberry body wrap).
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    Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa
    Playa del Carmen
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Located 12 miles north of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa's accommodations feature an open-air design and come with handcrafted wooden furniture, canopied beds and private terraces or patios. Outside the rooms, guests will find plenty of high-end facilities, including three palm tree-lined swimming pools, two tennis courts and a rooftop observation tower that offers views of Riviera Maya. For added relaxation, book an appointment at the Kinan Spa, where all the massage beds face east to reflect new beginnings. After a day at the spa, lounge on the resort's powdery sands. And when you feel hungry, dine at one of Belmond Maroma's three restaurants: Snag a table at El Restaurante for crispy duck tacos and lobster enchiladas, Freddy's for inventive sushi and sashimi creations, or El Sol for Mediterranean-style cuisine with a Mexican twist. According to past guests, the flavorful cuisine is top-notch. Another point of praise: The friendly and genuine hotel staff. Past guests say extra touches like the staff greeting guests by name made their stays especially memorable. The one caveat to all of this luxury is the sticker shock some guests feel when it's time to pay the bill; however, many visitors say the price is well worth it.
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    Jashita Hotel
    Tulum
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Former guests frequently used words like "peaceful," "heaven" and "beautiful" to describe Jashita Hotel, a boutique property in Soliman Bay. Situated about 10 miles north of Tulum, Mexico, the hotel earned kudos from past lodgers for its manicured grounds, beachfront seat and tranquil atmosphere. Make the most of the hotel's location by kayaking, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding or simply lounging by the property's two pools. When you're not taking in the bay views from the adults-only infinity pool, admire them from your digs, which feature free wireless internet access, a welcome bottle of wine and chocolates, Italian bed linens and an iPod docking station, among other amenities. Or, if you really want to up the relaxation, indulge in a treatment at the spa. Aside from the location and the views, the restaurant was another highlight for past lodgers thanks to its delicious seafood dishes.
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    El Dorado Maroma
    Punta Maroma
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    For travelers who enjoy the atmosphere and versatile amenities that all-inclusive resorts offer without the throng of vacationers and maze-like layout, El Dorado Maroma in Punta Maroma, Mexico (a coastal area about 10 miles northwest of Playa del Carmen) may be the perfect getaway. Each of the resort's 98 suites, bungalows and villas faces the teal waters of Maroma Beach or the property's tropical gardens and boasts neutral hues or bright Caribbean decor, a satellite TV, a minibar and a spacious balcony or terrace. Recent guests praised the well-appointed digs but warned that while El Dorado Maroma is technically a beachfront resort, the rooms aren't directly situated on the sandy strip. But if you crave waterfront accommodations, consider booking one of the property's overwater bungalows, which feature glass-bottom floors, private infinity pools and large decks with outdoor showers and ocean access. No matter which accommodation you choose, you'll enjoy beach butler service, access to three freshwater pools and a fitness center, Spanish lessons, complimentary use of kayaks and snorkeling gear and limitless meals and beverages at the resort's six restaurants and five bars. Though travelers give kudos to the variety of gourmet menu items, some wish the food had more of a Mexican flare. And though the spa services aren't part of your all-inclusive package, guests say the soothing treatments and massages are well worth the splurge.
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    Isla Mujeres Palace
    Isla Mujeres
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free WiFi

    With an air of tropical romance and intimate surroundings, this couples-only resort on the southwestern coast of Isla Mujeres especially appeals to those in pursuit of a honeymoon or destination wedding retreat. What Isla Mujeres Palace lacks in size guests say it makes up for in personalized service. And while there are only 62 of them, each guest room comes with a private balcony, double Jacuzzi, minibar and flat-screen LCD TV. Your meals are covered by the all-inclusive cost, but there is only one restaurant, Azul. (Recent visitors, though, say the food is varied and delicious, so you probably won't get bored). But while the beach and pool are lovely, some guests can start to go a little stir-crazy without the constant excitement that Cancun's mainland hotels bring. However, if it's quiet seclusion you want, then Isla Mujeres Palace can deliver.
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    The Beach Tulum
    Tulum
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    The Beach Tulum overlooks the Caribbean Sea from its position on Tulum, Mexico's coast. The intimate hotel features 28 rooms, all of which come equipped with private pools or Jacuzzis, air conditioning and coffee makers. Every guest also has access to free perks, such as flip-flops, daily yoga classes, Wi-Fi access and beach bags with towels. When visitors want to take advantage of the hotel's waterfront location, they can book excursions like diving, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, fly-fishing and turtle watching. Or, they can spend a leisurely day lounging on the beach or by the pool. The hotel also houses a spa and offers a variety of fee-based alcohol tastings and cooking classes (for a fee), with recent travelers strongly recommending the tequila tastings. After working up an appetite, guests can savor the international cuisine and fresh seafood served at Ziggy's Restaurant and Bar or the healthy fare dished up at Fresco's. There is also beachfront service, and a pool bar is available for those who prefer to snack and lounge. While past guests uniformly praised The Beach Tulum, several expected the hotel to offer more given its pricey rates.
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    Thompson Playa del Carmen
    Playa del Carmen
    10% of room rate Nightly Resort Fee
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    10% of room rate Nightly Resort Fee
    • Free WiFi

    A boutique, adults-only hot spot in the center of Playa del Carmen, Mexico's nightlife, Thompson Playa del Carmen is a modern hotel that caters to vacationing couples and fun-loving singles. Its 30,000-square-foot rooftop is the highlight of the property, with an infinity pool, a swim-up bar, private cabanas, gourmet Mexican cuisine and expansive ocean vistas. Guest rooms and suites boast mid-century decor, with cocktail bars, queen- or king-sized beds with custom linens, kimono-style robes, rain showers and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Recent guests recommend staying here if you want to immerse yourself in the local party scene. For a quieter scene, consider hanging your hat at the hotel's sister property, Thompson Beach House. Also keep in mind that a $34.80 daily resort fee applies. You'll find Thompson Playa del Carmen on Quinta Avenida in downtown Playa del Carmen, about 35 miles south of Cancun International Airport.
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    Chablé Resort and Spa
    Chochola
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Past visitors used words like "perfection," "unique," and "magical" to describe this wellness retreat on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, which sits about 25 miles southwest of Mérida. Many referred to Chablé Resort & Spa as an experience rather than a resort thanks to the outstanding staff and luxurious amenities, the standout being the spa. Built alongside a cenote, or a natural sinkhole formed when limestone collapses, the spa offers three "journeys" that incorporate traditional rituals and advanced therapeutic methods inspired by the Mayans, who considered cenotes to be sacred. Other facilities within the spa's 32,000-square-foot space include a fitness center, an outdoor infinity pool, a wellness restaurant and an outdoor deck for yoga and meditation. Though the spa is the star, the property's three restaurants and accommodations also receive avid praise from past guests. The 38 casitas and two villas are housed within the original 19th-century walls of the hacienda and are outfitted with traditional Mayan architecture and warm woods. Each accommodation is also equipped with a satellite TV, a coffee maker, a double rain shower and a spacious terrace with a private pool, sunbeds and a hammock.
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    Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun
    Isla Mujeres
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    With only 35 suites on this Isla Mujeres property, Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun takes seclusion to a new level. You'll arrive on the island via the hotel's own private catamaran yacht. During your stay, you can have a complimentary in-suite continental breakfast every morning and enjoy a sunset dip in the Jacuzzi on your own terrace each evening. Other in-suite amenities include minibars, satellite TVs and pillow menus. The unique Swiss-Northern Italian cuisine at Casa Rolandi earns high praise from recent patrons; guests love the dishes' avant-garde presentations, not to mention the outstanding service. Menu items include everything from tuna carpaccio to gourmet pizza with tomato, prosciutto, arugula and mascarpone cheese. Once you've satiated your appetite, stake out a chair by one of the hotel's pools, or for a little extra pampering, spring for a massage at the spa.
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    Be Tulum
    Tulum
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Be Tulum hotel has been described by recent travelers as everything from a "bohemian jungle paradise" to a "simplistically beautiful" property. The hotel's suites are decorated with natural materials and wood finishes, though a few guests noted the rooms were a bit dark. Each suite includes its own private plunge pool or Jacuzzi, complimentary Wi-Fi access and a sitting area. The property sits alongside a beach in Tulum, Mexico, so guests have direct access to the ocean, as well as lounge chairs, daybeds and thatched palapa coverings. Be Tulum also houses a spa and offers fee-based yoga and meditation classes. When it's time for a meal, guests can enjoy ceviche and fresh seafood at Maresias; sample tacos or freshly grilled lobster at 4 Fuegos; sit down for a dinner of small plates at Ocumare; or grab some casual drinks at the Beach Bar. As far as service goes, past visitors offered mixed reviews. Some described the hotel's employees as "friendly" and "helpful," while others said they would have appreciated more smiles from some staff members. You'll find the hotel about 6 miles south of Tulum's Mayan ruins by Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve's northern border.
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    The Palm at Playa
    Playa del Carmen
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    If you're looking to relax and unwind while on vacation, consider a stay at Playa del Carmen's The Palm at Playa. This downtown boutique hotel – located just a block from the beach – features a spa, complimentary yoga classes, a Jacuzzi and a pool, all of which are sure to help you de-stress. And should you require a bit more activity, you can break a sweat in the property's gym or arrange a dive through Reef Quest Divers (situated just four blocks away). After working up an appetite, grab a bite at one of Playa del Carmen's restaurants and bars, many of which are located within walking distance of the hotel. According to recent guests, the property's excellent location more than makes up for the lack of on-site dining options. However, The Palm at Playa does offer complimentary breakfast (although it receives mixed reviews). And once you're ready to bed down, retreat to one of 69 lofts and suites, which include free Wi-Fi access, coffee makers, plasma TVs and glass-enclosed showers. For the ultimate peace and quiet, travelers recommend requesting a room toward the back of the hotel. Just keep in mind, though, that you'll be paying a $5 daily resort fee when staying here.
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    Hotel & Bungalows Mayaland
    Chichen Itza
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    You'll feel as if you've stepped back in time when you hang your hat at Hotel & Bungalows Mayaland. Some guests caution that the rooms at this boutique hotel – which sits about 115 miles west of Playa del Carmen, Mexico – are dated and sparsely appointed, but most love their location in the Chichén Itzá complex. Standard accommodations feature wooden furnishings and bathrooms with ceramic and marble touches, as well as amenities like televisions, air conditioning, minibars and balconies or terraces. To elevate your experience on the property, travelers recommend paying extra for a room or suite with a view of the archaeological site's famous ruins. Though you'll likely spend the bulk of your stay checking out Chichén Itzá (the property's staff can assist with booking tours), the hotel offers several facilities for when you need a break from sightseeing. You'll find three outdoor pools, a business center and a gift shop on-site. Free loaner bicycles are also available should you want to explore the property's trails. Dining options include a snack bar, a poolside grill, a pizzeria and a buffet restaurant.
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    Acanto Boutique Hotel Playa del Carmen
    Playa del Carmen
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Acanto Boutique Hotel & Condominiums caters to larger groups and families with its collection of one-, two- and three-bedroom villas that are equipped with full kitchens and dining rooms. But that's not to say that solo travelers and couples won't enjoy their stay here; Acanto also features standard guest rooms that, like the villas, come equipped with plasma TVs, terraces or balconies, marble bathrooms and complimentary Wi-Fi. For most travelers, the Acanto's main draw is its location in central Playa del Carmen. The hotel sits within a few steps of the coastal town's vibrant shopping and dining areas, as well as the area's pristine beaches. Although this small property doesn't offer all the amenities of the area's larger resorts – for example, eateries nearby replace an on-site restaurant and fitness facilities are located off-site – Acanto does feature a pool and the on-site Maria Bonita SPA & Beauty Salon, and visitors can arrange diving and snorkeling excursions and expeditions to nearby archaeological sites through the concierge. Acanto also earns praise for its bright decor and gracious staff.
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    Le Rêve Hotel & Spa
    Playa del Carmen
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    Situated roughly 5 miles north of central Playa del Carmen above powdery, white sands, Le Rêve's 28 suites attract travelers craving a quiet, intimate Riviera Maya escape. Recent guests caution that rooms come attached to high rates, but many agree that a stay here is well worth the price. Each suite comes appointed with rich wood furnishings, handmade Mexican tiles, oversized bathrooms with rainfall showers and balconies that overlook private gardens or the Caribbean Sea. The public areas are just as inviting: Le Rêve boasts an expansive infinity pool that flanks the Caribbean Sea. Guests can also appreciate the view while enjoying a yoga lesson or rejuvenating treatment at the spa. But many recent visitors say that the gourmet Mexican cuisine served at Merlot Restaurant & Bar was the main highlight of their visit.
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    Be Playa Hotel
    Playa del Carmen
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free WiFi

    Travelers who prefer their accommodations infused with a little bit of pizzazz should consider bedding down at Be Playa. This boutique hotel – located in central Playa del Carmen, just a few blocks from the beach – earns praise for its bright colors, unique architecture and signature decorative accents. Suites feature crisp, white linens offset by hardwood floors, contemporary furnishings and, in some suites, stand-alone soaking tubs. Though the look and feel of Be Playa is its overall draw, it doesn't suit every vacationer; some gripe that the rooms here lack separation between the bedrooms and bathrooms, while others describe the beds as exceedingly comfortable and the layout as well-designed. But design preferences aside, travelers compliment Be Playa's ultra-cool pool lounge and the fresh sushi served at the in-house restaurant, Sushi Club. Be Playa's enviable address is hard to beat, too, offering guests easy access to the Riviera Maya's soft sands and Playa del Carmen's abundance of shops, eateries and nightlife venues.

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