Photo: Courtesy of Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa
Photo: Courtesy of Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

Mexico's Riviera Maya retreat offers blissful relaxation and exhilarating excursions in equal measure—and now it’s the top hotel of the summer!

By Lauren Phillips

Every week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, our readers are voting for the best spots of the summer—and this week’s winner for the Best Beach Hotel in the World is Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa on the Riviera Maya, Mexico!

This waterfront retreat on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is surrounded by 25 acres of lush jungle, with a wide, soft-sand beach overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Its assortment of thatched-roof bungalows offers a rustic escape that doesn’t scrimp on the amenities, with luxuries such as a tapas bar, a tequila and ceviche bar, a full spa, and three pools (with one exclusively for adults).

Belmond Maroma’s biggest allure may lie in its activities and excursions, though. A guest here can plan to join a bicycle tour through the jungle (monkey sightings possible, but not guaranteed), wander trails under a thick jungle canopy, and plunge into deep cave pools. Early morning (or any time of day) yoga sessions, sublime spa treatments, and shopping excursions to Cancun are also available.

Ready to make your grand escape? Just remember to book early—Belmond Maroma’s 63 rooms and suites promise a quiet, crowd-free escape, but they also fill up quickly, especially during the region’s peak travel seasons.

Congratulations to last week’s winner for Best Beach Boardwalk, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire! Click here to see all the winners so far, and don’t forget to vote in this week’s competition: Where Is the Best Shelling Beach in the World? And keep an eye on our Best of Summer 2017 voting schedule to make sure you don’t miss a single competition!

Congratulations, Belmond Maroma!

Photo: Courtesy of Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa