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The 10 Best Hotel Pools and Spas in Riviera Maya

Luis Fernando Dominguez Mora | April 27, 2018

The whole idea of vacations is built around the concept of relaxation. Just getting away from your daily routines and go to a place where people can simply disconnect from the real world and unwind. Tropical paradises like the Riviera Maya enjoy the perfect natural elements for this end, but some hotels make a point of enhancing this God-given setting and providing guests with all the help they may need to 'just relax'. Swimming pools and Spas are two of the most relaxing spots in a resort, so here is a list of the best pools and Spas in the Riviera Maya.


El Dorado Royale

Why it made the list

Take the lounger off your private terrace and directly into the swim-up pool, that’s the definition of laid-back attitude. With six swimming pools, three of them with swim-up bars and one with salt water, El Dorado Royale gets its spot on this list because of variety if anything else.

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Live Aqua Boutique Resort Playa del Carmen

Why it made the list

Granted, this rooftop pool may not qualify as a ‘relaxing spot’, but it has some of the best views and parties in Playa del Carmen. An infinity pool, a wooden deck and some lounges set here and there, are just the background for wild pool parties over the weekends.

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Hotel Esencia

Why it made the list

This Spa is small in comparison, but is the philosophy behind it that stands out. Therapists have their own laboratory where they prepare all they need for their bespoken treatments with organic ingredients harvested from their own Aroma garden and even from the Caribbean Sea.

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Zoëtry Paraíso de la Bonita

Why it made the list

This gorgeous is home to the first certified Thalassotherapy center in North America which has to mean something, right? These are guys are experts in the use of seawater for therapeutic purposes.

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Valentin Imperial Maya

Why it made the list

The main pool of this hotel has to be one of the largest in the Riviera Maya, it includes two swim-up bars and three islands. The resort also offers its own version of lazy river for the swim-up suites, which has the distinctive feature of not having its own current.

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Rosewood Mayakoba

Why it made the list

This is a Spa in an island, what can beat that? Surrounded by waterways, mangroves and the tropical jungle, Sense is an amazing oasis of high-end luxury treatments in the most impressive natural setting.

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The Beach Tulum

Why it made the list

The Beach Tulum has a small pool in comparison to that of the big resorts, but is a delicious piece of design. It sprawls without apparent form surrounded by lavish gardens and sandy pathways. The wooden deck around it, adds to the overall rustic atmosphere, and the outdoor Jacuzzi is just the cherry on the cake.

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Dreams Riviera Cancún

Why it made the list

A retreat inside a retreat, that’s how you could describe Dreams Spa by Pevonia. A gorgeous complex of separated luxury cabins with tropical design, scattered around a stream-like hydrotherapy pool. Providing treatments for teens and children is a nice plus.

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Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

Why it made the list

This unapologetic resort makes the list from both sides, an outstanding pool and an incredible original Spa treatment. The large sprawling beachfront pool features kids’ zone, swim-up bar, Jacuzzis and several bridges, and the man-made lagoon a few steps away is basically a salt-water pool. But what puts the Hard Rock here, is that Rhythm and Motion concept described as “the world’s first fully immersive music-centric Spa menu”. Now you can relax not only by listening music, but by feeling it. Awesome!

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Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Why it made the list

There is a plethora of excellent Spas in the Riviera Maya, and they all feature similar facilities and offer pretty much the same list of treatments. So, it’s so refreshing to find something like The Rainforest at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, which is a complete separate section from its main Spa and provides an immersive water experience in a setting that looks like taken out from a movie. Terms like Rain Walk, Ice Fountain and Experience Showers are enough to guarantee the top spot of this list.

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