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The Best Hotels With a View in Riviera Maya

Luis Fernando Dominguez Mora | April 26, 2018

We are looking here for truly unique experiences and, to be honest, those come mostly from natural marvels like the Bacalar lagoon of the seven colors or the Chinchorro Bank Biosphere Reserve. However, the Riviera Maya owes its name to the ancient Mayan culture, which left behind several proofs of its existence as stunning pyramids will attest.


Casa Cenote Hotel

Why it made the list

A hotel that’s nestled between a gorgeous cenote and the Caribbean Sea, has all the needed sights to make it to this list. However, the Mayan Ruins of Tulum are just a 10-minute drive away and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

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Sin Duda Villas

Why it made the list

Located in the most remote corner of the country, just a few kilometers away from the border with Belize, Sin Duda offers access to several nearby natural sights. The Chinchorro Bank Biosphere Reserve is the largest reef in the Northern Hemisphere and it’s just 90 minutes up the coast. Ambergris Caye in Belize makes for a fun scuba-diving day trip. The Bacalar lagoon and a wide array of Mayan sites can also be found in the nearby area.

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Casa Paraiso Xcalak

Why it made the list

Located right in front of the Mesoamerican Reef Barrier, the second largest in the world, Casa Paraiso offers outstanding snorkeling and scuba diving options. The border with Belize is just a few kilometers away and there are several tour options to visit the neighboring country.

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Why it made the list

The Bacalar lagoon was a sacred place for the Mayans, and it’s said to have seven different colors, being placed at its shore is one outstanding asset. Guests can tour through the lagoon on kayaks, sailing boats or larger motor boats. The Mayan site of Dzibanche is in the nearby area, just like the border with Belize.

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Blue Diamond Riviera Maya

Why it made the list

Inside the premises of Blue Diamond guests enjoy the relaxing views of a series of waterways, the mysterious beauty of a gorgeous cenote and the Caribbean Sea in all its magnificence. This natural sights provide a wide array of activities like snorkeling, kayaking, scuba-diving and fishing. A professional 18-hole golf course is also available for guests.

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Why it made the list

Balamku is just in front of a large reef system that provides excellent snorkeling, kayaking and scuba-diving opportunities. Fly fishing is available just 40 minutes from the hotel. The sacred lagoon of Bacalar, and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve are also in the nearby area, just a variety of Mayan sites including Kohunlich, Dzibanche, Balamku and many others.

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Blue Sky Hotel

Why it made the list

Set between a cenote and the Caribbean gets you a spot in our list, and that’s exactly what Blue Sky brings to the table. Also in the proximity: Mayan Ruins of Tulum, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and a series of Eco-parks.

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Rancho Encantado

Why it made the list

Set in the shores of the seven colors lagoon of Bacalar, that’s all the sight you need. The views from your suite or casita are either of the lagoon or the jungle, and both are spectacular. Belize is just half an hour drive away, and the area is filled with Mayan ruins.

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Rosewood Mayakoba

Why it made the list

What puts Rosewood Mayakoba on this list is the amazing mix of lagoons, waterways and cenotes in the property. All put together, with the lavish vegetation of mangroves and the jungle, plus the Caribbean Sea in the background makes for unparalleled views.

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Occidental Grand Xcaret

Why it made the list

What better sight than world-famous Xcaret Eco-park. Located next-door to the park, guests of Occidental Grand Xcaret enjoy preferential rates to the park. The hotel finds itself in an area filled with exciting attractions such as Xenses and Xplore parks, and a couple of dolphinariums.

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The Explorean Kohunlich

Why it made the list

Set in the middle of the jungle near the border with Belize, The Explorean is close to a diversity of impressive sights such as the Kohunlich Mayan Ruins located just 2 km away, which you will be able to visit by bike. Or visit the cenote of Xul-Há and kayak it through a canal that connects it to Bacalar. the sacred lagoon of the seven colors. You can also visit the lagoon of Chakanbakan and the ruins of Dzibanche.

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