In this collection there are many ‘dream’ hotels to choose from and even we cannot pick a favorite. If we, as travel experts, have different interests in hotels for specific occasions, certainly you too will have your preferences. Therefore, we showcase our 15 favorite beach vacation hotels in Mexico in no particular order. 

We often find that words do not do justice to these magical locations and it would be presumptuous to chain these photos with too many superfluous descriptions. Rather, we placed a few highlights to whet your appetite so you can take in all options before choosing. That said, enjoy exploring which hotel(s) works best for your next beach vacation whether on the seemingly endless Pacific Coast or turquoise-colored Caribbean Sea. We believe you will find your next soon-to-be favorite hotel in Mexico.

1 — Vidanta Riviera Maya

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Highlights—one of the Top 5 hotels in Eastern Mexico by Condé Nast, over 1000 acres to explore, 15 world-class bars and restaurants, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, resident Cirque du Soleil, water world park experience

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2 — One&Only Palmilla, San José del Cabo

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Highlights—secluded on the Baja Peninsula, adventure activities from whale watching to snorkeling with sharks, family experiences from swimming to surfing all within the property, Mexican wellness rituals to contemporary fitness training, couples’ experiences, numerous beaches and pools, local seafood restaurants, special events and many other festivities

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3 — Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection, Cabo San Lucas

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Highlights—the only private beach resort in Los Cabos, design your own jewelry with local husband-and-wife designers Indira & Isidro, private villas and haciendas to beach-side office cabanas, two-story open-air beach palapas, local artisans markets, cooking classes, from sailing to horseback riding, sports and wellness activities

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4 — Vidanta Los Cabos, San José del Cabo

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Highlights—With 45 years experience in Mexico, Vidanta group has so many activities to choose from and knows how to cater to a traveler’s needs that you will be able to experience top-notch dining, entertainment, pools, golf, spa, shopping, and much more…

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5 —  Mahekal Beach Resort, Playa del Carmen

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Highlights—located on the largest stretch of beach in Playa del Carmen, lush gardens, tranquil pools, exquisite dining, luxury accommodations from beach houses to treehouses, unique layout of outdoor pathways, open-air restaurants and venues, any water activity you could imagine including touring ‘cenotes’, in-town beachfront for boutique shopping

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6 — Cala de Mar Resort & Spa, Ixtapa

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Highlights—private plunge pool in and ocean views from every guest room, distinct environments (ocean, mountains, and tropical forest), on-site COVID-19 testing, gourmet dining, award-winning spa and fitness facility, dedicated personal assistant, multitude of other activities

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7 — Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen

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Highlights—award-winning spa, 3 unique all-inclusive luxury experiences, excursions to underwater caves or Mayan ruins, every activity or service you can think of for a wellness retreat to a family vacation and everything in between 

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8 — Marquis Los Cabos, San José del Cabo

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Highlights—on-site covid testing, quarantine stays (free suite up to 7 nights if test positive for COVID-19)  Canto del Mar signature restaurant, doctor on call, exclusive art collection, wellness spa and treatments, numerous activities and services for an all-inclusive package

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9 — Valentin Imperial Maya, Playa del Carmen

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Highlights—added stringent health standards, one of the largest pools in Riviera Maya with two swim-up bars, wide-range of culinary options, adults only spaces and services, spa treatments, beauty salon, special offers

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10 — Encantada Tulum, Quintana Roo

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Highlights—on-site virus testing, true boutique hotel and non-traditional, custom-made wellness experiences, private beach, Tulum pledge – sustainable travel, views of the Caribbean Sea and jungle gardens, restaurants with locally-sourced ingredients

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11 — The Beach Tulum, Quintana Roo

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Highlights—eco-friendly upscale boutique hotel, specially-designed beachfront rooms, unlimited water activities, fresh-caught local seafood restaurant, focus on wellness and treatments, beach club and pool with lounge bar 

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12 — Grand Sol Mar Land’s End Resort & Spa, Cabo San Lucas

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Highlights—private beachfront, walking distance of downtown Cabo San Lucas, suites to penthouses, infinity pool with swim-up bars, signature restaurants working responsibly with local farms and fishers, all-inclusive packages, whale shark tours, numerous land and water activities

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13 — Ahau Tulum, Quintana Roo

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Highlights—eco-conscious oceanfront cabanas and huts, yoga and meditation lessons, temazcal healing lodge, farm-to-table restaurant, kitesurfing lessons   

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14 — Nizuc Resort & Spa, Cancún

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Highlights—first ESPA branded spa in the Mexican Caribbean, luxury villas, gourmet dining and culinary classes, all sorts of water sport activities, lounges and pools, live Cuban jazz, yacht excursions, cigar rolling, Peter Burwash international tennis program 

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15 — Montage, Los Cabos

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Highlights—enhanced health & safety protocols, spans 39 acres along the Santa Maria Bay, walk-in access to all types of water activities, 122 guestrooms, suites, and casas to 52 residences, wellness spa, Baja-inspired cuisine, signature fine-dining restaurant, Fred Couples designed private golf course

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Bonus…New Opening 2021!

Awakening Riviera Maya

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See our other post for more information on this new opening and many others we are eagerly anticipating this year.

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