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Riviera Maya Resorts That Are Both Incredibly Luxurious and Romantic

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There simply is no better way to rekindle the flame or to properly rest than by going to the warm tropics for a full week of indulgent R&R with your loved one, and, most importantly, minus the kids. Because one can hardly relax with dozens of children running all over the place! Whether you’re celebrating a new relationship or a milestone anniversary, here are the absolute best luxury resorts in Riviera Maya for couples. Bon voyage!

But First: What Exactly Is Transat’s Luxury Collection?

Transat’s luxury collection is not only a highly curated selection of 5* properties across the South strikingly notable for their service, architecture and overall sumptuosity (although that certainly doesn’t hurt); it’s also a series of VIP privileges, too. Your vacation starts right at the airport with Option+ treats such as priority check-in, extra luggage and lounge access*, and it continues for the entire duration of your trip with exclusive private roundtrip transfers to and from the destination airport, unlimited à la carte dining*, a bottle of sparkling wine and fruit platter in the room upon arrival, butler service and other wonderful perks. Truly la crème de la crème of sun holidays.

* where available

The Best Luxury Resorts in Riviera Maya For Couples

Diamond Suites Riviera Maya

Diamond Suites Riviera Maya in Riviera Maya, Mexico
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Part of the much-coveted Small Luxury Hotels of the World club, this intimate property features just 128 suites that are both impeccably designed but also discreetly opulent. Floor-to-ceiling window, outdoor bathtub, spa with complimentary classes every day, the most luxurious bedding, Bvlgari toiletries and rain showers, not to mention the luxuriant, thriving flora and fauna. Stay on your private terrace long enough and you might even see the adorable family of coatis on their daily scavenging expedition! The resort even features unique palafitos deluxe rooms suspended over a mysterious lagoon where crocodiles may or may not roam…

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Royal Hideaway Playacar

Royal Hideaway Playacar in Riviera Maya, Mexico
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As another one of the finest adults-only resorts on the Riviera Maya, the Royal Hideaway Playacar, the 4-Diamond property is surrounded by sumptuous gardens and a pristine stretch of white-sand beach, the perfect destination for a romantic break! Although it was recently renovated to the freshest standards, the architecture retains a strong Spanish Colonial feel for a warm, inviting atmosphere throughout. The property features six uniquely-designed pools scattered across the hotel grounds (including three relaxation areas and one infinity pool with a waterfall) as well as six restaurants and six bars for proper sustenance. The location is also a big selling point for active couples interested by thriving nightlife, the legendary clubs of Playa del Carmen are just five minutes away.

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Excellence Playa Mujeres

Excellence Playa Mujeres in Riviera Maya, Mexico
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Located on what is perhaps one of the quietest and most untouched portions of the Riviera Maya peninsula, this stunning resort features large contemporary rooms — all at a minimum of 807 square feet — with welcoming features such as a private Jacuzzi with indoor and outdoor access and an extra-wide sectional sofa with flat-screen TV. If you’re lucky, you might even snag one of the much-coveted swim-up or two-storey rooftop terrace suites. And couples after the most luxurious stay possible will be delighted to learn about the Excellence Club, often referred to as a hotel within a hotel; a private club of sorts, as it includes exclusive pavilions, 24-hour room service, express check-in + check-out services and a private VIP lounge area. Close by amenities include a world-class spa and Greg Norman’s signature 18-hole golf course.

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Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Grand Velas in Riviera Maya, Mexico
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The Grand Velas Riviera Maya is not strictly adults-only but it might as well be for all it’s worth; the family-friendly (Ambassador and Zen) and the adult (Grand Class) zones are clearly defined and rarely overlap, making it one of the top luxury resorts in Riviera Maya for couples. Rated five Diamonds by the AAA, this is a true luxury all-inclusive resort and one of the Yucatan’s most exceptional properties with its secluded beach and top-notch service. Why not book a couples massage at the spa, a calming sanctuary often cited as one of the best retreats in the world? Or better yet, treat yourself to a gourmet evening at Piaf’s, the Grand Velas’ signature French and adults-only restaurant. Whatever you decide, however, do book one of the splendid 1,300 square foot suites adorned with Mexican artwork, private plunge pool and heavenly views of the Caribbean Sea. Bonus: ground floor suites grant instant access to the beach!

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El Dorado Casitas Royale

El Dorado Casitas Royale in Riviera Maya, Mexico
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The unmistakably Mexican El Dorado Casitas Royale resort is modest in size for the ultimate peace and quiet, yet features incomparably attentive service and a wide range of on-site amenities. Part of the Karisma network of hotels, this property benefits from several advantages including the group’s famed Gourmet Inclusive experience and its award-winning cuisine in over restaurants and bars as well as 24-hour room service for late-night treats. Make your stay an unforgettable one with an infinity pool casita suite or a swim-up luxury suite, thoughtfully picked for Transat’s Luxury Collection.

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Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya in Riviera Maya, Mexico
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Frequently cited as one of the best beaches in Mexico, this idyllic stretch of the Yucatan peninsula is clearly a sight for sore eyes in dire need of vitamin D. Famed for its thriving sea turtles, Secrets Akumal is perhaps one of the best luxury resorts in Riviera Maya for couples that enjoy lengthy snorkeling and scuba diving sessions. The relatively recent construction features the latest technology and the elegant accommodations are tastefully decorated with modern yet inviting finishes. Being part of the Secrets group means travellers can enjoy additional privileges through the Preferred Club and the Unlimited Luxury programme.

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Le Blanc Spa Resort

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya in Riviera Maya, Mexico
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Being ranked the second best resort in the whole wide world on Trip Advisor must mean something, right? Indeed, Le Blanc Spa Resort is a fine place for an adults-only vacation under the sun with its striking all-white decor and waterfront suites with fun amenities such as upgraded liquor cabinet, nightly turndown service, in-room aromatherapy and Bvlgari toiletries. Guests can enjoy a wide range of on-site activities at the pool and the gym as well as exotic day trips to some of Yucatan’s most magical destinations.

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The author experienced the Luxury collection at the invitation of Transat, but this article reflects her personal views.

Cover photo credit: Marie-Eve Vallières 

The comments and contributions expressed are assumed only by the author. The recommendations, intentions or opinions expressed are not necessarily those of Transat AT Inc. or its affiliates. See terms of use of the Air Transat website.

The comments and contributions expressed are assumed only by the author. The recommendations, intentions or opinions expressed are not necessarily those of Transat AT Inc. or its affiliates. See terms of use of the Air Transat website.

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