Safest Places to Stay in Mexico: Mayan Riviera

- Melissa Mewdell,

There has been a lot of negative press about Mexico lately—mostly about violence along the US border due to drug cartels and the war on drugs. But what most of the headlines don’t say is that this violence is very localized, mainly involving individuals that are involved in the cartel and only occurring close to the US border.

Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita in MexicoMexico is still a very safe and enjoyable place to travel, which is why Kiwi Collection is running a series about the safest places to stay in Mexico. Part one of the series will focus on “Sun and Sand” resorts in the Mayan Riviera.

The Mayan Riviera is a huge tourist district in Mexico, home to some of the country’s finest (and safest) beach resorts and boutique hotels. Located on the Atlantic side of Mexico, the Mayan Riviera starts at Playa del Carmen and ends at the village of Tulum, although Cancun is considered to be a part of the district as well.

This gorgeous region parallels the Caribbean coastline. With some of the best weather on the planet, travelers to this district get the benefits of the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Esencia Mayan Riviera ResortThere are plenty of great luxury hotels to choose from in this region. If you’re looking for a quiet escape at an adult-centric resort, check out Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita or Esencia.

At Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita, you’ll find that the buildings truly capture Mayan culture: open courtyards, fountain-laden walkways and reflective pools are everywhere. With 90 suites, you are sure to find one that suites your needs. We particularly enjoy the 24,000 square foot luxury spa and the resort’s 48-foot luxury catamaran.

Esencia is perfect if you’re trying to find a great honeymoon resort or a place to kick back and relax. This resort sits along a two-mile stretch of sugary beach. It’s a quiet, boutique hotel with 29 rooms, so you are sure to find some privacy and peace and quiet here. This Mexico resort also features a great spa, using only organic ingredients in all of its products.

Fairmont Mayakoba Mexico ResortIf you’re planning a family vacation, and want a resort that’s suitable for both adults and kids, there are quite a few luxurious options in the Mayan Riviera. Think about the Fairmont Mayakoba or the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya.

You’ll find it all at the Fairmont Mayakoba as there is plenty to do at this large resort. The property is surrounded by tropical woods and lush lagoons, and is situated on a pristine beach!  Whether you want to go golfing, go fishing, enjoy the spa or just relax at the pool or at the beach, you’ll find everything that you’re looking for on your vacation to Mexico.

Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya MexicoThe Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya is the perfect (luxurious!) base from which to explore the Mayan ruins. This pet-friendly resort also boasts three swimming pools and a fabulous 25,000 square foot spa. You’ll be taken to your room by golf cart so that you can enjoy the winding paths and peaceful waterways at this resort.

Travelers who have a keen eye for design will also enjoy the Mayan Riviera. There are a few chic design hotels in the area that are sure to appeal to all of your senses. The Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Hotel Basico are two of the trendiest hotels in the region.

The Banyan Tree Mayakoba has rooms adorned with dark woods and creamy ivory palettes. Even though this hotel is located in Mexico, there are many fine Asian design elements used to create an overall tranquil and calming feel. All villas at this resort focus on airy living and dining areas, spacious washrooms and private gardens.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba ResortHotel Basico is an industrial, fashionable hotel with an urban, modern edge. Trendy, young travelers who want to have a lot of fun will really enjoy this design hotel. Head to Hotel Basico’s beach club if you’re trying to find a popular hangout. We’ve profiled Hotel Basico on the jetsetter earlier this year.

Stay tuned for our next installment of the safest places to stay in Mexico, where we will profile resorts in Mexico’s Puerto Vallarta area!

  1. Ian Campbell says:

    We couldn’t agree with you more!

    You and your readers may be interested in our research that suggests tourist zones in Mexico are actually up to 26 times safer than those in the USA.

    You can read about it on our Mexico news website or download our full press release here:

    Best regards from the Mexican Caribbean


    Ian F. Campbell
    RE/MAX Investment Properties, Mexico.

  2. Katy says:

    I just stayed in Playa Del Carmen and couldn’t agree more! The people were friendlier than ever and I felt as safe as could be. Other Cancun travel specialists I work with have said the same thing. I hope for Mexicos sake things start getting cleaned up near the border before it takes a bigger toll on their tourist areas. As a side note to some of the resorts listed above, I stayed a The Riu Playacar and it was great!

  3. Ana Cristina says:

    Great review! Mexico needs to jumpstart it’s tourism industry, and get past all this negative press.

    Here’s a chance, VOTE FOR MEXICO!
    The Discovery Channel is conducing an online vote to see where people want the next “Amazing Race” series to be filmed. Please take a minute and follow this link to vote for Mexico. If Mexico were to win, it would bring attention on an international level to Mexico’s colonial history, wonderful beaches and pre-columbian archaeology.

    Please vote!

    Can’t wait for your Vallarta installation, make sure to review Hacienda san Angel – it was once owned by Richard Burton!

  4. […] To find out more about Esencia and other luxury hotels in the Myan Riviera check out our article:  The Safest Places to Stay in Mexico. […]

  5. You named some of the best resorts in this area. We only sell a few on our site (zoetry for one), but we’ve found that most of that entire Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya area are safe, especially in the resort zones. We encourage you take the same precautions as you would in your ever day life.

  6. susie says:

    Is it safe to travel in the mayans now. Is there gunmen on the beaches? I have heard so much negative and it scares me but i also want to travel there. Any answers???

  7. Mexico has really some of the nicest beaches in the world. I would not be surprised that lots of tourists come here often to enjoy and experience the rich culture that the country has. The Mayan Riviera is one thing to be proud about, especially for those adventure enthusiasts

  8. Wow, I never new that, much appreciated.

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  10. All this fear mongering is nothing but propaganda! Sure, there might be some “activity” on the border, but come on! Puerto Vallarta, where I live, is safer than ever. Ok, we just had a guy blow up a granade in night club, and the consulate is screaming: “Don’t come to Vallarta!!! There’s gang activity!” Look, truth is, he was drunk and playing with the pin!!!

    If you are looking for trouble, you’ll find it anywhere you go. For the rest of us, Mexico is as safe and beautiful as it ever was. The people who realize this will cash in on good deals while the feary ones stay north of the border.

    Viva Mexico!

  11. justasec says:

    Great post! I totally agree… it’s all propaganda! Our whole family (my Wife and I plus 2 young children) were between Puerto Morelos and Playa Del Carmen at a resort called The Grand Mayan in April for 2 weeks. The security was great, the staff was wonderful, and the day trips to places like Playa Del Carmen never left us feeling like there were any safety issues. We love Mexico! :)

    Some friends we met have started posting some pictures and information about the resort. If you want to check it out, the URL is below.

    Thanks for the great post!


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