Enjoy a taste of All Inclusive luxury on Mexico's Riviera Maya
It takes on average 10 hours to fly to Riviera Maya, and with average January temperatures of around 23°C soaring up to around 28°C in June, a sun-tan is pretty much guaranteed.
Situated on Mexico’s Yucutan Peninsula, Riviera Maya is famous for its beaches and it also has one of the world’s largest barrier reefs, making it the ideal spot for snorkelling and diving. Underwater exploration will reveal a rainbow of natural treasures such as 100 types of coral, angelfish and parrotfish, to name but a few.
Intriguing sightseeing opportunities await beyond the beaches, and a daytrip to the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum is top of holidaymakers’ to-do lists. Further along the coast are other mysterious and iconic sites such as Chichen Itza, with its impressive pyramid brought to life each evening through sound and light shows.
Riviera Maya incorporates two main resorts, both of course have incredible beaches, and Playa del Carmen in the north has a thriving nightlife alongside the daily beach pursuits, watersports and shopping malls. Playacar by contrast is a quiet, gated community with an 18-hole golf course, upmarket shopping mall and a host of All Inclusive hotels.
Sightseeing aside, holidays to Riviera Maya are all about the beaches, and as soon as your feet slowly sink into the sands and you see the impossibly translucent waters, you’ll understand why. Central Akumal is a popular spot and has a selection of shops, bars and restaurants back from the beach.
Playa Maroma features a tranquil alternative from the busier beaches and is situated slightly north of Playa del Carmen, while Playa del Carmen beach itself has both busy and quiet sections. Playa Paraiso is another top choice with dazzling sands and a laid-back vibe – it’s located just south of Tulum’s Maya ruins too so visitors can combine a morning of sightseeing with an afternoon of sun worshipping.
What's included in your holiday
Obviously, what’s included in your All Inclusive holiday will vary but generally you can expect all your meals, snacks and locally produced drinks to be incorporated in the upfront price. Add to this a selection of non-motorised watersports, daytime and evening entertainment and a host of sporting activities and you won’t have to spend an extra penny unless you want to splash out on things like beauty or massage treatments at the spa.
To make sure you know exactly what’s included in your holiday it’s best to check the hotel information when you book. Read our All Inclusive hotel round-up below to find out what’s included in five top hotels.
Other popular holidays in Mexico
When it comes to All Inclusive getaways, Riviera Maya is by no means the only choice, there are many more Mexican marvels to choose from including Puerto Vallarta a bustling city on Mexico’s west coast offering a mix of beach life and nightlife. Or maybe you like the sound of Cancun with its platinum sands, entertainment options and excellent shopping malls. Or if you’re set on Riviera Maya check out our travel guide to find out more. Here are selection of All Inclusive hotel choices to get you started.
Set right on the beach and featuring 10 restaurants, a luxury spa and host of other facilities, the 5* Grand Serenis Riviera Maya offers a luxurious setting for your All Inclusive break. There are three inviting swimming pools, two which feature in-pool sunloungers, a lazy river and a swim-up pool bar. Numerous activities come as part of the All Inclusive package, including tennis, beach volleyball and football, aqua aerobics, canoeing and snorkelling. And go diving for an additional fee. The daytime entertainment programme, which features quizzes, games, sports and competitions will ensure the whole family are kept busy. In the evenings, you can expect more of the same plus bingo and karaoke.
The adults-only Ocean Maya Royale By H10 is just steps from the beach and has excellent on-site facilities. The two swimming pools form the focal point of this impressive complex, there's also a whirlpool bath in which to relax and a poolside snack bar. Foodies will have plenty of choice with La Hacienda buffet dining and three further restaurants offering Italian, Mexican and Teppanyaki cuisine. Those who like to stay in shape can head to the gym, play a game of tennis or beach volleyball. An introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool is an option and kayaks are also available. The daytime and evening entertainment programme includes shows, quizzes, salsa dancing, professional dance shows and themed nights.
With access to its own private beach and golf course, the Gran Bahia Principe Coba also offers two swimming pools, a kids' waterpark and three whirlpools. The main buffet restaurant serves international meals and there are also five a la carte options plus a 24-hour snack bar. All Inclusive activities cover football, basketball, table tennis and aerobics or going to the gym. And you can go snorkelling or windsurfing, an hour a day for free. The entertainment is varied but you can expect karaoke, live music and a disco.
Go All Inclusive at the Catalonia Playa Maroma and get buffet meals, snacks and local drinks in a choice of three bars included in your stay, as well as three visits per week to one of the excellent a la carte restaurants. The dazzling beach is just moments away but if you'd rather sunbathe sand-free the inviting swimming pool and shallow children's section is the place to be. Or make a splash with an array of complimentary watersports as well as a free introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool. Tennis, archery and football are other options and there's a gym too.
With eight pools to choose from – yes that's eight! – three swim-up bars and whirlpool baths, expect to spend lazy days swimming and relaxing at the 5* Grand Riviera Princess. There are two buffet restaurants, and a choice of a la carte restaurants serving everything from Mexican and Italian to Swiss and Asian cuisine. Ward off the holiday weight with an array of complimentary activities including tennis, archery or non-motorised watersports. There's also a fitness centre and entertainment programme which includes live music, discos and more. Four childrens' pools, mini-disco and kids' club for four to 12 year olds will ensure the whole family is kept happy and entertained.