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Located on the west coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the Riviera Maya region is famous for its white-sand beaches and ancient Mayan ruins. It is home to three of the most popular vacation destinations in the world:
The stunning Playa Del Carmen
The boho-chic beach town of Tulum
The bustling city of Cancun
And while the region has long been famous for its all-inclusive resorts, a luxury rental in Riviera Maya will offer you a private, well-appointed home away from home while you explore this unforgettable destination.
After you’ve taken in the world-famous beaches of Playa Del Carmen, explored the famed ruins of Chichén Itzá or chilled out in high style in Tulum, booking a villa in Riviera Maya will give you a luxurious locale in which to unwind and recharge for your next adventure. With amenities including private chefs and in-room dining, relaxing backyard hammocks and private pools, and easy access to activities such as snorkeling and kayaking, luxury vacation rentals offer everything you need to make lasting memories during your Riviera Maya holiday.
Whether you’re travelling with your family, looking for a romantic getaway, or seeking full staff service, there’s a luxury vacation rental to suit your every need.
These luxury villas are perfect for families of any size, whether you’re travelling with just you and your immediate family or planning a large-scale Riviera Maya gathering.
Esprit Del Mar: The bonfire area outside this nine-bedroom villa is the perfect place for sharing stories with your family members well into the night. Nature-lovers of all ages will appreciate the rooftop patio, which boasts stunning views of the surrounding greenery.
Casa Ixchel: Young travellers will appreciate the on-site selection of beach toys and snorkelling gear, while environmentally conscious parents will love that this villa is an auto-sufficient, zero-carbon property featuring sun and wind power.
Casa Buena Suerte: This villa is a short ride to the nearby Tulum Ruins and features an on-site DVD, CD and games library.
The Yucatan is one of the most romantic destinations in the Caribbean. Here are three villas that will make your romantic getaway absolutely perfect.
Bonita: Located in trendy Tulum, this villa comes with beachfront access featuring private daybeds that are reserved exclusively for you, providing unlimited opportunity to unwind beside the pristine Caribbean Sea.
Uh K’aay: What could be more romantic than a rooftop fireplace lounge and Jacuzzi? This stunning villa also features beach access, spectacular views, and a secluded setting, offering total privacy.
Alma Rosa: This bright pink villa offers unparalleled views of both the beach and the jungle, providing ample opportunities to take in the Riviera’s stunning sunrises and sunsets.
Private beach access elevates these villas to new heights of luxury and relaxation.
Casa Palapa: This stunning five-bedroom resort combines ancient Mayan building techniques with beautiful, contemporary furnishings and offers immediate access to the sparkling beaches of Tulum.
Aldea Canzul Estate: Tropical gardens surround this secluded estate — made up of three separate villas — which are just steps from the sparkling, white-sand beaches of the Caribbean.
Palafitos Overwater Bungalow: For a truly unique luxury experience, these private bungalows — part of the El Dorado Maroma Spa Resort — will have you surrounded by the turquoise waters of Maroma Beach.
Unwind to the fullest in these staffed resorts, where private chefs and housekeeping staff are on-hand to satisfy your every need.
Hacienda Palancar: A housekeeper, chef, butler, villa manager, gardener, security guard and bartender are on hand at this stately villa, which can be accessed via car, air, or helicopter from nearby Cancun.
Treehouse: This stunning, fully-staffed structure must be seen to be believed: it’s placed on wooden stilts, transporting guests to the heart of the jungle while protecting the nearby flora and fauna.
Casa Yakunah: A private chef and butler are on hand to care for you at Casa Yakunah, which also features 100 metres of private beach.
A valid passport is required for travel to Mexico. Citizens of Canada, the United States, Australia, and a number of countries in Europe, Asia, and South America do not require visas to enter Mexico; however, numerous countries require a visa. It is best to check individual country requirements before you plan your trip.
Most international flights to Riviera Maya arrive at Cancun International Airport. From there, you can rent a car to travel to your villa. Some villas also offer free airport transfers, or the ability to arrive via helicopter or chartered flight. Check your resort’s details, or contact Rental Escapes, to learn more.
The best way to get around Riviera Maya is by renting a car, which can be done at Cancun International Airport or within Cancun. Many other local municipalities, like Tulum and Playa Del Carmen, also offer car rental services. There are also minivans, known as colectivos, that can be taken from the airport and from city to city within Riviera Maya. The region also has plenty of taxis, but it’s best to agree upon your fare before taking a ride.
The best time to visit Riviera Maya is between late November and ends in February, which is the dry season. From March through May, the heat and humidity in Riviera Maya are extremely high, which may be uncomfortable.
Riviera Maya is one of the world’s top vacation destinations for a reason: there are almost endless ways to spend your day! The region is dotted with numerous sparkling white sand beaches that look out onto the Caribbean Sea, offering the opportunity to unwind beside one of the most beautiful seascapes on earth.
Lovers of watersports may enjoy the opportunity to snorkel or scuba dive or to try jet skiing or parasailing. The nearby forests offer unparalleled hiking opportunities, giving you the chance to get up close and personal with some of the region’s beautiful, lush flora and incredible wildlife, including numerous species of lizards, beautiful exotic birds, and capybaras.
Riviera Maya is famous for its cenotes, which are large limestone sinkholes full of crystal-blue water. You may also wish to visit some of the region’s stunning Mayan ruins, including Chichén Itzá, the second-most visited ruins in Mexico.
And, of course, many of the area’s major cities — including Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen — are famous for their shopping, dining, and vibrant nightlife.
Fans of Mexican cuisine will be in heaven in Riviera Maya. Since the region is located within the Yucatan Peninsula, the types of Mexican dishes you will find there will be typically Yucatan: cochinita pibil, which is slow-roasted suckling pig typically served with corn tortillas, pickled onions, refried beans, and habaneros, is a regional specialty, as is sopa de lima, a soup made with chicken or turkey broth, lime juice, oregano, cloves, and cumin, and topped with fried tortilla strips and habaneros. Of course, the area is also well-known for its tacos.
Wash down your meal with a glass of horchata or a cocktail produced with local mezcal.
The weather in Riviera Maya is hot year-round. The hottest month is August, which has an average daytime temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, while the coolest month is January, where daytime highs hover around 23 degrees Celsius. The rainy season takes place from May to November.
When you book your Riviera Maya Villa with Rental Escapes, our Personal Concierge team will work with you to fill your days with the perfect balance of relaxation, excitement and entertainment. Along with our partners on the ground at your destination, we’ll coordinate all the logistics of your arrival, your return home and everything in between. In addition, we’re available to make recommendations on things to see and do, places to eat, and anything else you may want or need while enjoying your stay.