Walks Around The World to Riviera Maya!

Oct 19, 2021 | Travel Guide

An easily accessible destination with a variety of luxury properties to suit every traveler! With great flight connections from the States into the Cancun airport, Riviera Maya lies a short 30 to 45-minute drive but worlds away from your visions of Cancun.  Here is a glimpse into some of the top properties on this stretch of the Mexican coast. Each resort offers beautiful beaches, impeccable service, gourmet food offerings, and luxurious accommodations with a unique style.

Belmond Maroma

Belmond Maroma‘s authentic Mexican feel in the lush jungle makes this resort an intimate getaway. The amazing outdoor spaces and pools are great for some relaxation in the sun (or under an umbrella). The food is excellent and authentic from delightful beach snacks to breakfast quesadillas to customized morning coffee delivery. Enjoy coffee with a sea view from your room’s private outdoor balcony or patio and then walk down to the beach for a refreshing swim. Don’t forget the spa! Its Mayan influences give it a real sense of place. The resort is currently closed for extensive renovations and we can’t wait to see the refreshed spaces when it is scheduled to reopen in 2022!  

Chablé Maroma

Chablé Maroma makes for a perfect oasis. It features a beautiful walkable, secluded beach and two stunning pools. The whole resort has a jungle safari lodge-like feel with an open reception area and spacious villas that immerse you in nature. The spa’s focus on wellbeing and spirituality makes it an excellent opportunity for self-care. But this resort has the foodie in mind; from an epic rooftop bar with inventive craft cocktails and ocean views to private dining experiences in the wine room, your taste buds will not be disappointed. Chablé Maroma is a gem that cannot be missed!

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an unparalleled all-inclusive perfect for the family with spacious suite-style accommodations and extensive teens and kids clubs for the books all centered around a massive family pool with their Ambassador suites. However, the oceanfront Grand suites offer an entire adults-only section and pool for a bit more tranquility. With 8 amazing restaurants on-property, there is a wide variety of cuisine with the ideal atmosphere for any party or occasion. This spacious resort boasts lots of indoor-outdoor spaces throughout from private terraces and patios to outdoor dining and hallways. Their stunning pools and beach setups feel exclusive and luxurious. If you like an active vacation, Grand Velas programming is for you, including daily activities for all ages, beach yoga, water aerobics, and two equipped gyms. If you need some relaxation, the well-appointed spa can help you decompress. The Zen suites are designed around the tranquil gardens and lush jungle. Grand Velas is truly unlike any other all-inclusive resort.

Now onto the Mayakoba complex, home to four luxury resorts with mangroves and canals of water weaving throughout. As a guest, you can choose to dine across any of the resorts for excellent dinners and a wide variety of cuisines or play a round at the wonderful Greg Norman designed golf course.

Bayan Tree Mayakoba

Banyan Tree Mayakoba gives an Asian influence to the Mayan setting along with beautifully lit grounds for magical evening strolls, biking, or golf cart rides. Each villa featuring one to three bedrooms has a private plunge pool and setups perfectly suited for a couple or enough space for the whole family. And, brand-new gorgeous beachfront and lagoon suites are opening this year! Their fresh beachside accommodation options offer some of the best oceanfront views in the Mayakoba complex. With a new beach club, extensive spa offerings, and deliciously diverse restaurants, there is a lot to enjoy without leaving the resort. 

Andaz Mayakoba

Andaz Mayakoba‘s unique contemporary style mixes simplicity and color seamlessly with a strong Mayan influence for casual luxury and a playful vibe. As part of the Mayakoba complex, the resort features beautiful lagoons, miles of white sandy beaches, and lush jungle greenery that makes it a naturally stunning setting. Ample oceanside lounge set-ups allow you to enjoy the gorgeous beach and two inviting pools offer a choice between a lively or tranquil scene. The five onsite restaurants boast unique menus, outstanding flavors, and local fresh ingredients. The resort also features Naum, a wellness-focused spa filled with Mayan rituals. Bikes and golf carts are plentiful for fun and easy access to all the amenities. The resort has bright accommodations, each with views of the Caribbean Sea, lagoon, or golf course. Spacious suites have open concepts, private plunge pools, and connecting options. This slice of paradise is worth returning to again and again!

Rosewood Mayakoba

Rosewood Mayakoba is the epitome of luxury with ALL the amenities. The whole resort is centered around the lagoon and features indoor-outdoor spaces throughout that make you feel part of the landscape. Upon arrival, you are whisked away by boat through the winding canals to your villa. The decor is simple yet stunning and builds off the natural beauty that surrounds it. The resort features villa and residence options that are simple, sophisticated luxury each with butler service, water views, plunge pool, and stunning oversized bathrooms featuring large bathtubs and garden showers. All with incredible privacy! The oceanfront pools are beautiful — one for adults with beach club and one for families so there is something for every party. Once again, there is incredibly delicious food from toes in the sand to fine dining. Sense Rosewood Spa is a highlight of the resort as well featuring gorgeous facilities. If you want personalized luxury, Rosewood Mayakoba is for you!

And finally, back towards the airport but you will find it’s nothing like your preconceived notions of Cancun as you enter the gates of this 29-acre property… 


NIZUC’s sleek and modern design is great for friends, couples, or honeymooners who enjoy those instagrammable moments. It is sophisticated, serene and even a bit sexy. Located within a cave, the beach is calm offering snorkeling, kayaking, and other watersports on property. A fantastic swim-up bar in the main pool is open to all and an adults-only oasis lies tucked away. The six restaurants, multiple bars and poolside snacks on the property make it perfect for foodies with gastronomic offerings from Peruvian to Italian and Asian fusion to Mexican favorites. The 30,000 square foot spa is the first in Mexico to offer the exclusive ESPA treatments. For those traveling with children, there is an amazing kids club and babysitting services offered. And the rooms! Private and contemporary. The guestrooms are spacious offering standalone soaking tubs and private terraces. Some feature private pools and private villas seem completely secluded while being steps away from all the amenities. Its convenient location only 10 minutes from the airport makes NIZUC the truly perfect weekend getaway for those short on time or combination with late arrival or early departure.

And while all of these resorts may never want to make you leave the property, the Mayan culture and destination features are easily accessible with a day out on a boat, cave and cenote swims, Mayan ruins, shopping excursions, and more.

If you are thinking about a getaway, let us help you find the perfect fit! Our relationships give you VIP status and perks at all these properties. Book with Walks Around the World to secure complimentary amenities such as complimentary breakfast, upgrades, early check-in, late check-out, resort credits, and more!

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