The 15 Coolest Jungle Lodges in Mexico

Temple of Nohoch Mul in Quintana Roo, Mexico
Temple of Nohoch Mul in Quintana Roo, Mexico | © Vin Crosbie / Flickr
Photo of Stephen Woodman
17 May 2018

Mexico boasts some of the world’s largest jungles and a number of hotels to experience them. If being in close proximity to wildlife and exploring beautiful rainforests are high on your priority list, make a note of these 15 amazing places for your next holiday.

Tailwind Jungle Lodge

Lodge, Treehouse
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Situated in a rainforest along the Pacific Coast of Mexico, Tailwind Jungle Lodge is a sustainable residence comprising of treehouse cabins in a stunning jungle setting. Founded in 2007, Tailwind also provides yoga and meditation sessions. Furthermore, visitors have the opportunity to shake up the traditional relaxation experience with some hiking and kayaking too.

Haramara Retreat

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Eco Hotel, Cottages
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Haramara Retreat Sayulita
Haramara Retreat Sayulita | © Fabrice Florin / Flickr
Located 45 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, this idyllic retreat combines fantastic service, beautiful seaside cabins and a luxurious jungle setting. Haramara is open to private guests and is often used for organized yoga and wellness retreats. The excellent vegetarian menu is prepared with fresh local ingredients and dishes are served in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

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Romantic, Outdoors, Eco friendly, Remote, Boutique, Relaxed, Beach

Verana

Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Lodge
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Courtesy of Verana, Yelapa
Courtesy of Verana, Yelapa
This boutique hotel is located in the fishing village of Yelapa on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. This jungle retreat consists of ten handmade houses that offer stunning views of the bay below. The project is the brainchild of Heinz Legler, a former film production designer, and the architecture of each house is completely unique. Guests can also book yoga and spa sessions, bird walks, and even whale-watching excursions.

Chablé Resort and Spa

Reachable in no more than half an hour by car from the state capital Mérida, Chablé brings high-end elegance to Yucatán state, which has traditionally offered fewer luxury options than Quintana Roo. Surrounded by dense woodland, the hotel is visually stunning, with beautiful rooms and a glorious spa. Of course, you’ll be paying for the privilege. A night starts at nearly $1,500 and goes up to almost $10,000 for the three-bedroom Royal Suite.
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Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Full-service spa
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

Described as ‘the only all-inclusive eco resort in Mexico’, this expansive hotel in Playa del Carmen is located 45 minutes from Cancun International Airport on an unspoiled white sand beach. Ideal for explorers, the hotel opens into a lush jungle, surrounded by natural lagoons and cenotes.

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At a Glance

Free WiFi
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace

Hotel Esencia

Eighteen miles south of Playa del Carmen is another luxury option of residing in the jungle. Esencia is a vast estate hotel set around a stunning hacienda. There are 29 suites set in discrete buildings around the grounds and the hotel has its own private beach. A popular getaway for A-list celebrities, a room for two starts at $880.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Smoke-free property

Jolie Jungle

Boutique Hotel, Eco Hotel, Hotel
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This boutique eco hotel has bungalows and suites that merge seamlessly with the surrounding Mayan jungle. Perfect for nature lovers, the hotel also has a bird observatory from which to view a vast range of exotic birds and other animals in their natural habitat.

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

Resort, Hotel
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Set beside a sandy white beach on the Riviera Maya, Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa offers a complimentary 60-minute bike tour of the sprawling jungle right behind the premises. Winding paths cut through the lush rainforest which is populated by exotic birds, coatis and spider monkeys.

Rosewood Mayakoba

With a matchless position on the dazzling shores of the Riviera Maya, Rosewood Mayakoba is an elegant hotel surrounded by an emerald jungle. The resort has a vast range of facilities, including a heated pool, saunas, steam rooms, a fully equipped gym as well as yoga and meditation classes.

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

Viceroy Riviera Maya

This luxury refuge, just outside Playa del Carmen, extends deep into the surrounding tropical forest. The 41-villa resort makes maximum use of natural materials throughout, using palapa roofs and mahogany doors and windows. Viceroy Riviera Maya also offers excellent dining options, yoga classes and spa treatments.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

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  • Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa

    Resort, Hotel
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    This luxury 5-star hotel is situated just an hour south of Cancun International Airport, on a stretch of pristine beach that extends two miles along the coast. Inspired by Mayan culture, the resort’s architecture blends harmoniously with its jungle surroundings. The tropical resort has three spacious swimming pools, two buffet restaurants, eight themed restaurants, 11 bars, a theater for evening shows and even a river.

    Occidental Cozumel

    Resort, Hotel
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    Surrounded by mangrove forests, this all-inclusive hotel is a high-end destination on the Mexican island of Cozumel in the Caribbean Sea. The resort boasts six restaurants, three swimming pools, and a spa and fitness center. Guests are free to explore the surrounding woodlands or engage in activities such as swimming with turtles, kayaking, sailing and snorkeling.

    Azulik

    Set along the sparkling turquoise sea of Tulum, Azulik is an adult-only resort that blends spectacular architectural design and impeccable sustainability standards. Chic and stylish with a distinctly new-age focus, the hotel contains a clothing optional beach, a cenote and a wetland within its premises.
    Everything you need to know

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    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    Beach towels
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge

    El Panchán

    Budget Hotel, Hotel
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    A great option for budget travelers, this hotel consists of comfortable rooms, cabins with shared or private bathrooms, dormitories and camping areas. The jungle venue also has a restaurant boasting Italian and Mexican cuisine, and is only five minutes from the stunning archaeological site of Palenque.

    AraMacao Las Guacamayas

    Hotel, Lodge, Cabin
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    This eco lodge situated in the rainforest of Chiapas offers maximum contact with the surrounding natural environment. A number of excursions and trips are available to guests, including a kayak tour of Lacantún River, a visit to a nearby aviary and a hiking tour through the forest. The site boasts elegant cabin accommodation and has a restaurant that offers a wide variety of regional and international dishes.