The best all-inclusive resorts in Riviera Maya, Mexico

September 14, 2013 

In Riviera Maya, travelers can sunbathe and swim at beautiful beaches, snorkel in the world’s second-largest coral reef, visit archaeological sites dating back to the seventh century A.D., go shopping, dine in great international restaurants, and party like a spring breaker – all in one day. This stretch of coastline between Cancun to the north and Tulum to the south is lined with some truly decadent resorts with some truly decadent all-inclusive packages. Check out our favorites.

The Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe in Riviera Maya. The Palace provides a high-end all-inclusive experience on a gorgeous stretch of white-sand beach 15 minutes south of Playa del Carmen. It’s the smallest, newest and most upscale of the three properties in the Barcelo complex.

Excellence Riviera Cancun in Puerto Morelos. An adults-only resort that lives up to the Excellence name, the Riviera Cacun offers the standard amenities of the luxury chain: multiple attractive pools, numerous dining options, dozens of activities, and a solid spa with beachside treatment huts.

El Dorado Seaside Suites in Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya. This all-inclusive, adults-only resort is on a secluded beach halfway between Playa del Carmen and the famous Mayan ruins of Tulum.

Azul Beach Hotel in Puerto Morelos. Choose this 97-room, all-inclusive resort for a vacation spot that feels more like an upscale beach community – complete with thatched roofs and quaint seaside cabanas. Rooms are spacious, with airy island-style designs and lots of luxurious touches.

Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya in Puerto Morelos. With only 90 suites, the Zoetry Paraiso offers a romantic, wellness-centric boutique experience in the Mayan Riviera.

El Dorado Casitas Royale in Puerto Morelos. This peaceful adults-only resort, located along a white, sandy beach in the Riviera Maya, is geared toward romantic getaways (think honeymoons, anniversaries and vow renewals).

Riu Palace Riviera Maya All Inclusive in Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya. The 400-room, all-inclusive Riu Palace Riviera Maya sits right on the soft, sugar-white beach of Playa del Carmen’s Playacar. Surrounded by towering palm trees and expertly groomed greenery, the property is like luxurious tropical eye candy.

Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun All Inclusive, Puerto Morelos . The 496-room Now Sapphire is a sprawling complex directly on a white-sand beach outside Puerto Morelos.

El Dorado Royale, Puerto Morelos. The El Dorado Royale is an adults-only resort with a whopping 450 acres of tropical jungle along the Riviera Maya.

Cozumel Palace, Cozumel, Riviera Maya . The Cozumel Palace is an upscale all-inclusive resort located within walking distance of shops, restaurants and bars in San Miguel.

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, Tulum, Riviera Maya . The 431-room Dreams Tulum is an all-inclusive mega-resort in a secluded location near Mayan ruins and about a 40-minute drive from Playa Del Carmen.

Desire Resort & Spa Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos. Desire Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive, couples-only, clothing-optional resort that attracts a range of couples, including everyone from older married couples to young nudists to swingers.

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