Banyan Tree Mayakoba Rating: 5.0 Pearls
It doesn't get much better than this. The Banyan Tree Mayakoba is one of the most sought after resorts in Playa del Carmen for a romantic getaway, and for good reason -- the property offers 164 casually elegant villas featuring private plunge pools, outdoor bathtubs and showers, and Jacuzzis. There's also an acclaimed spa featuring treatments for couples, a few fantastic restaurants -- one juts out into the lagoon -- and dozens of wonderful activities perfect for couples, such as yoga classes, tennis, snorkeling and eco tours.
Rosewood Mayakoba Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Risewood Mayakoba is ideal for a peaceful retreat with your significant other. It is set on a mile-long stretch of beach near Playa del Carmen's attractions, but it has a serene, sophisticated atmosphere perfect for a romantic getaway. The resort attracts couples with its upscale restaurants, gorgeous spa, and beautiful pools. Rooms are contemporary -- picture lots of white-on-white and blonde wood -- and have luxurious touches such as private outdoor plunge pools.
Viceroy Riviera Maya Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The 41 Viceroy's private, rustic-luxe villas -- with thatched roofs, partially canopied beds, and updated amenities such as large flat-screen TVs -- all have their own plunge pools, outdoor showers, and hammocks, which make for a quiet, romantic retreat. The spa with outdoor treatment rooms and massages for couples; the upscale but casual dining options, and the serene pool overlooking the seven-mile stretch of white-sand beach are also great perks for those looking to spend some quality time together.
Fairmont Mayakoba Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Few properties in Riviera Maya offer the level of privacy the Fairmont Mayakoba does. The 401 contemporary rooms are set amid tropical forests and lagoons, and feature modern amenities, upscale bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers and separate deep soaking jetted tubs. Couples will probably enjoy the high-end spa, acclaimed dining options, and serene adults-only pool.
Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Zoetry offers a romantic, wellness-centric boutique experience on a gorgeous white-sand beach just north of Puerto Morelos. The property caters to couples with a world-class spa complete with a saltwater pool and treatments for two; a relaxed pool area with double-wide lounge chairs, and a one-hour Catamaran sunset sail included in the all-inclusive rate. The on-site dining keeps the resort's wellness theme alive with delicious, healthy meals. All rooms come equipped with a furnished balcony or terrace, a king-size bed, mood lighting, and upscale bathrooms featuring Bulgari toiletries and separate showers and tubs.
Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Secrets Silversands lures couples with its pretty beach, serene infinity pools overlooking the ocean, beautiful rooms, wonderful spa, and adults-only policy. Suites are spacious and upscale, with attractive decor in white and silver, platform beds, and Jacuzzi tubs for two that open onto the rooms. Couples can dine at any of the property’s eight restaurants -- ranging from Italian to Pan-Asian -- and get free green times at a nearby golf course designed by Nick Price. Plus, the hotel’s remote location allows for some serious R&R.
El Dorado Seaside Suites Rating: 4.5 Pearls
El Dorado is an all-inclusive, adults-only resort located on a secluded beach halfway between Playa del Carmen and the famous Mayan ruins of Tulum. The hotel offers 282 spacious suites with double Jacuzzis, terraces or balconies, and canopied beds that help set the mood for a romantic stay. Couples can get a massage for two in the great spa, play a few sets of tennis, do some yoga outdoors, or just snooze by the pool or under a palapa on the beach.