If you’ve followed us for a while, you know we love a little luxury.
And nothing says indulgence like having a private pool in your hotel room…
Like the ones we’ve had in some of these hotels with private pools in the USA and these luxurious private-pool villas around the world.
And then there’s Mexico.
There are so many Mexico resorts with private pools that we wanted to dedicate an entire post to the best of the best.
So, grab a glass of wine, and get ready for a list that will entice you to book your own extravagant Mexican vacation right now!
The top Mexico resorts with private pools
Contents: 21 Best private pool resorts, Mexico
Tulum hotels with private pools
Cancun hotels with private pools
Riviera Maya hotels with private pools
Cabo hotels with private pools
Puerto Vallarta hotels with private pools
Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo hotels with private pools
Tulum hotels with private pools
There are a lot of Tulum resorts with private pools, but they’re not all created equal. This Mexican beach town is a trendy playground for hipsters with money.
But aside from all the luxury hotels in Tulum, it’s a Pueblo Magico or “magic town.”
Pueblos Magicos are recognized for their “magical” qualities like their beauty, history, culture or natural wonders.
In simple terms, it means Tulum is a Mexico must-visit, along with all these other things to do and see in Mexico.
1) Papaya Playa Project
In true Tulum fashion, Papaya Playa Project is more than just a place to rest your head. It’s meant to be a spiritual awakening – to reconnect you with nature and your inner self.
It helps that it’s on 3,000 feet of direct beachfront.
It’s also one of the first Tulum beach hotels with private pools.
The sustainable beachfront hotel was built to offer a rustic chic vibe but with every amenity imaginable. And some not so imaginable – think shaman blessings and “yorgasmic” workshops.
All traditional Mexican materials were used in the construction to evoke the Mayan way of life – from the tree resin which coats the inner walls to the raw, local organic food in their restaurant.
There are many room types, but for intimate privacy and to level up, get a casita with a pool.
Choose from a panoramic view of the ocean or the more secluded jungle view.
Both room types have high ceilings allowing natural light to flood in, and soft rounded neutral details throughout.
Lounge in your hammock while listening to the sounds of the birds and waves, or relax in your pool, of course.
Papaya Playa Project: Check rates and availability
2) La Zebra
La Zebra is what dreams are made of.
It has everything you’d expect from a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group – 29 stylish guest rooms, breathtaking views and impeccable service.
It’s one of the most luxurious Tulum hotels with private plunge pools.
Each cream-colored room has pops of wood accents, double sinks and locally sourced organic toiletries. There are four different room types with pools just steps from your king-size bed.
Gaze at the Caribbean from the comfort of your private pool as you sip champagne and munch on Mexican chocolates and macarons left at turn-down.
For dinner, book an 8-course culinary journey through Mexico at Chef Eleazar Bonilla’s Chef’s Table.
And then head to the beach for a craft cocktail at Mulberry Project, created by famous (and easy on the eyes) mixologist Jasper Soffer.
La Zebra a Colibri Boutique Hotel: Check rates and availability
3) The Beach Tulum
With only 28 rooms at this adults-only boutique hotel, you’ll feel pampered from the first moment.
Every neutral-colored room has bursts of terra cotta and your own plunge pool or rooftop hot tub.
The smallest room is 613 square feet and comes with a king bed and private terrace overlooking the ocean.
The junior suites are a grand 1,216 square feet, with a private plunge pool one step from the beautiful palm trees and beaches of Tulum.
If private pools and ocean views aren’t enough, things like complimentary breakfast, yoga classes and bikes might make you want to stay a little longer.
The Beach Tulum: Check rates and availability
Cancun hotels with private pools
Cancun has two sides.
The ultra-luxe side where you can have everything your heart desires on vacation. And the side where you can party all night long, and who cares where you sleep.
Since we fall into the first category of vacation-goers, we tend to look for Cancun resorts with private pools. Here are our top two:
4) Nizuc Resort & Spa
Luxury chic Nizuc Resort & Spa is a fan fave of celebrities and dignitaries looking for the utmost in privacy.
Its modern Asian architecture blends with a Mayan vibe to create an oasis in Cancun.
There are 274 suites and villas. But the private villas are what you want to book.
They come with infinity pools surrounded by a walled-in tropical gardens, so they’re ideal for honeymooners and skinny dippers.
In addition, the dark tile floors and rich wood accents give these rooms a moody vibe.
The rooms have flat-screen TVs in the bedroom and bathroom plus deep free-standing soaker tubs.
Nespresso coffee makers are in every room too. But when you have butler service, who needs them?
Nizuc is one of the best resorts in Cancun with private pools – and with everything else you could dream up too (like six gourmet restaurants, two private-use beaches and an opulent spa).
Nizuc Resort, Cancun: Check rates and availability
5) Now Emerald Cancun
The Now Emerald Cancun is a treat for the whole family on Cancun’s white-sand beach.
This all-inclusive has hot tubs or plunge pools in some of their Preferred Club rooms. The spacious rooms start at 638 square feet and sport a colorful and bright, yet minimal design.
With eight onsite restaurants and 24-hour room service, you may have to loosen your belt if you stay more than a few days.
Additionally, there are seven bars to choose from, ranging from swim-up bars to an adults-only pool bar and a toes-in-the-sand beach bar.
Now Emerald Cancun: Check rates and availability
Riviera Maya hotels with private pools
Powder-soft sand between your toes.
Bath-like Caribbean water.
Underground freshwater cenotes filled with tiny fish and friendly turtles.
Centuries-old Mayan ruins.
Those are just a few of the things to experience in the Riviera Maya.
Another thing you can do is spend a week at one of the following incredible hotels and never leave the property.
It’s a tough decision. We’re not judging.
6) Grand Velas Riviera Maya
This Grand Velas is one of our favorite all-inclusive resorts with private pools in Mexico.
And unlike some all-inclusives with less-than-thrilling food, it has renowned chefs at eight elegant restaurants ready to cater to your every craving.
You can follow in our footsteps and take a culinary tour as we did without leaving the resort.
The Grand Class and Ambassador Suites are massive (starting at 1,200 square feet) and have plunge pools. Some have butler service to amplify the meaning of luxury.
And then there is the holistic spa that received the highest rating in Forbes Travel Guide.
Only six other spas in Mexico have been given that accolade, so you simply must indulge in some spa treatments at least once while there.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya: Check rates and availability
7) Viceroy Riviera Maya
The seductive Viceroy Riviera Maya gets indulgence. Scratch that. It personifies it.
Sandwiched between the powder sugar sand and the jungle, the 41 secluded villas are spacious, with large patios and private kidney-shaped plunge pools.
Your heated pool and outdoor shower are hidden from view, so your midnight dips will be your secret.
The Viceroy knows it’s all in the details.
As soon as you get to your villa, a Soap Concierge will visit with an array of fragrant organic soaps to choose from.
Each jungle-hugged villa has large dressing areas, his and hers walk-in closets, and Italian linen robes and slippers.
If you’re traveling with your furry friend, the Viceroy will indulge them as well.
And there is a resident shaman to personalize your wellness and spa experience.
Viceroy Riviera Maya: Check rates and availability
8) Rosewood Mayakoba
The Rosewood Mayakoba is snuggled between lush mangroves, the area’s winding lagoons and the white sand beach that the Riviera Maya is known for.
There are 129 elegant suites with open floor plans, oversized terraces and custom-made wood furniture crafted by local artisans. They also have oversized bathrooms with dual sinks, rain showers, and soaking tubs.
Best of all, each suite has a heated plunge pool.
The neutral palette inside complements the Zen ambience you see outside your floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors.
The hotel is built on 620 acres of jungly landscape (which even features a cenote). Arrange to discover it with a guide to learn about the area’s flora and fauna.
Rosewood Mayakoba: Check rates and availability
9) Banyan Tree Mayakoba
The Banyan Tree chain is synonymous with luxury, and this AAA Five Diamond resort is no exception.
Each independent Asian-style villa is surrounded by gardens and comes with your own private pool.
And not just any pool. Some villas have large wrap-around rectangular pools. Step out of bed and into a pool. It’s that easy.
Choose an oceanfront villa, and your heated pool will be steps from the white sand and your private jacuzzi.
Choose a lagoon view, and your Banyan Tree home will be a two-story villa with sunset views.
All the suites have rich wooden interiors, creating a warm glow you’ll never want to leave.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba: Check rates and availability
Cabo hotels with private pools
We’re big fans of Cabo.
We just keep returning for more because there are so many stellar 5-star hotels in Cabo and awesome things to do.
And since we love Mexico resorts with plunge pools (as you may have noticed), we don’t expect to stop visiting any time soon.
If you’re seeking a chic vacation destination and the chance to hobnob with A-list celebs, you’ve found it here.
10) Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal
The magical Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is carved into a mountain and faces the sea.
If you’re looking for one of those old-world luxury Los Cabos resorts with private pools, you’ve met your match.
Each of their 115 rooms and spacious suites has a private plunge pool and a terrace with views for days.
Your butler team will attend to your every whim and give you a bottle of Clase Azul Reposado as a welcome gift.
Sit at your private fireplace, sipping your tequila and eating all the complimentary Mexican fruits you can devour.
Or head to the famous spa for an extraordinary experience.
There are wet grottos, steam rooms, ice rooms and a saltwater meditation pool, so you can find your happy place and relax fully.
Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos: Check rates and availability
11) The Cape, a Thompson Hotel
The Cape, a hip modern 5-star resort, is less old-school luxury and more edgy-chic, mid-level luxury. And we love every detail of it.
Think mid-century Latin American furnishings on blue patterned floor tiles, kimono robes and a craft cocktail and gourmet mini bar.
All 161 hotel rooms at this property have expansive views of the ocean and El Arco (the natural rock Arch at Land’s End).
Some suites and villas have private plunge pools and patios with seating and shaded loungers.
If your own private plunge pool doesn’t prune you enough, take a bath in your copper leaf soaking tub.
We stayed in a room with an all-black terrace and a hanging daybed that made it the perfect place for siestas every afternoon.
Read more about why we loved staying at this Mexico resort with a private balcony pool.
The Cape, a Thompson Hotel: Check rates and availability
12) One & Only Palmilla
At One & Only Palmilla, all your dreams of a luxury escape will come true.
We didn’t have to lift a finger except to feed ourselves. But we suspect we could have had someone do that for us as well.
We never felt so pampered. All 174 rooms, suites and villas have private butlers who will even unpack for you.
Stay in a Casita Suite and you’ll have a private infinity pool with views of Turtle Beach and the vast sea.
The split-level suite has a living room with floor-to-ceiling windows on the ground floor and your primary luxurious bedroom (ensuite) on the raised upper level.
Splurge on a villa with a huge swimming pool, and you can watch movies in your own private cinema too.
If you can peel yourself away from your private pool, get a free 10-minute foot massage or head to the spa for an authentic Mayan healing and cleansing ritual.
Sporty types can tee off on Palmilla’s acclaimed 27-hole golf course and play on five tennis courts.
You can read our full review of the One & Only Palmilla on our Cabo Visitor blog. It’s one of the most extravagant resorts with private pools in Mexico!
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13) Grand Velas Los Cabos
The Grand Velas Los Cabos dispels the myth that all-inclusives are only for families trying to be cost-conscious and big boozers saving on their liquor bill.
Instead, this property is all about glitz and glamour and oozes sophistication.
They had us at the gold-chocolate-dipped strawberries we got upon arrival.
This resort was awarded 5 Diamonds by AAA, so it’s definitely one of the best all-inclusive Cabo resorts with private plunge pools.
The 304 oceanview suites are large. Very large (at 1,100 square feet in size). And those are the smallest ones.
Quite a few have private plunge pools on very spacious terraces (when you want a change from the tiered adults-only swimming pool overlooking the ocean).
The 24-hour butlers spoiled us beyond our wildest dreams, and we happily indulged.
Speaking of indulgence, don’t miss the 10-course tasting menu from two-star Michelin chef Sidney Schutte. His master Sommelier will pair every course with wines from around the world.
Did we mention this is all-inclusive? Yep. Believe it or not, it sure is.
Grand Velas Los Cabos: Check rates and availability
14) The Towers at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica
Unlike the uber-extravagant Grand Velas Los Cabos (#13 above), this is one of those all-inclusive Mexico resorts with private pools that has a more casual elegance to it. (It’s less expensive too.)
The Towers at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica is an adults-only property. It’s ideal for people who want to chill and have a romantic getaway, like us.
The 201 rooms are minimalist in design, nudging you to focus on the views. The soft neutral hues and teak wood accents keep it subtle and romantic.
Stay in a Towers Pool Suite and take a refreshing dip in your private plunge pool while sipping something from your personalized pre-stocked bar.
Or head down to the private beach, where you can access an oceanfront VIP lounge.
With four bars and four restaurants at this property and 23 at their sister Pueblo Bonito resorts in Cabo San Lucas, we had difficulty deciding where to eat.
However, we fell in love with the starlit Fire and Ice Martini Bar with comfy chairs and fire pits.
Read our review of the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica to find out more about why it’s one of our favorite resorts in Cabo with private pools.
The Towers at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica: Check rates and availability
15) Nobu Hotel Los Cabos
As you’d expect from a place with the tagline: “Stay at Nobu Hotel Los Cabos – a place to go and be seen,” this place is swanky. And they want you to bring your A-game.
Because it sits on the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, the views of the sparkling aquamarine waters are mesmerizing.
Nobu has a sophisticated Japanese aesthetic blended with Cabo-style touches. Think teak onsen soaking tubs, wooden shoji closets and Japanese lanterns.
Book the Deluxe King with Private Pool to get your Zen on.
Or step it up a notch and pop for the Nobu Suite.
Then you can sit in your large outdoor tub on the massive wrap-around furnished terrace and look through the telescope for whales breaching in the Sea of Cortez.
Or play pool by your fireplace as your butler-hired chef cooks your dinner in the state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen.
Nobu also has 60 larger residences (with kitchens or kitchenettes) adjacent to the hotel, and many of these have private pools too.
This is one of the most glamourous hotels in Cabo San Lucas with private pools. (And their Nobu Japanese restaurant is exquisite too.)
Nobu Hotel Los Cabos: Check rates and availability
Puerto Vallarta hotels with private pools
Puerto Vallarta has it all – mountains, beaches, high-end cuisine and taco stalls galore.
What more could you want in a vacation destination? Oh, right, terrific accommodation options!
There are many great boutique hotels in Puerto Vallarta, but only a few with private pools.
So, let’s continue with our list of the best resorts in Mexico with private pools.
16) Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta
The all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva has a lot of accommodation choices – quite a few with private pools too.
But the Presidential Suite is a two-story 1,500 square foot penthouse of pure luxury.
The modern and colorful suite has a private pool with uninterrupted ocean views on the wrap-around balcony.
There’s a large soaking tub for two and a separate rain shower, as well as a separate living and dining room.
Another option is to book the One Bedroom Plunge Pool King Suite or a Club Tower Ocean Front, and you’ll have a private hot tub on your balcony overlooking the Pacific.
Ask the Romance Concierge to facilitate a starry-eyed dinner on the beach for you.
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta: Check rates and availability
17) Imanta Resort
When we stayed at Imanta Resort, we were elbow-to-elbow with European Royalty. Ok, more like their security detail. But still.
Imanta is in Punta Mita, an hour north of the Puerto Vallarta airport, and absolutely worth the drive. It has its own private beach and only 12 bungalows and villas spread over 250 acres of unspoiled wilderness.
This is one of the best Mexico resorts with private pools if you want the utmost privacy.
As much as we loved it, we rarely saw another human other than the staff. (It’s very exclusive.) So if you like a little bit of action, this may not be the place for you.
However, if you need a place to reboot and be pampered by incomparable service, you’ve just found nirvana.
No matter how reclusive you’d like to be, do step out of your bungalow and head to our favorite place in the resort – the Observatory Bar. It’s the most romantic bar on the planet, trust us.
Sip on a signature “Sangre Cora” cocktail (concocted from homemade chili syrup, mezcal and Jamaican rum) at sunset, and watch the sun sink beneath the horizon.
Imanta is a family-friendly resort, and the villas are huge enough with sufficient bedrooms to accommodate children.
But they’ll be happier here if they’re the kind of little people who don’t need kids’ clubs and lots of other children around to keep them entertained.
Imanta Resort Punta Mita: Check rates and availability
Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo hotels with private pools
Understated glam? Check. Low key atmosphere? Check. Traditional Mexican vibe? Check.
Four miles away is Ixtapa – the opposite. It has large all-inclusives and more of a party-like buzz.
But what really attracts most people to the Ixtapa-Zihua area are the dazzling beaches.
So it’s no surprise that it’s home to dreamy Mexican resorts with private pools too. Because, you know, gazing at the sea from your private pool is the best way to take it all in.
18) La Casa Que Canta
We stayed at La Casa Que Canta and got every bit of R&R we were looking for and more.
At this adobe-style hotel built into the hillside, romance is everything.
What else would you expect from a hotel with a name that translates into the “House that Sings”?
The staff even tossed flower petals on our king-sized bed at turndown. A lovely touch, especially when you can watch the twinkling lights over the Zihuatanejo Bay from it.
This is definitely one of the most romantic Mexico hotels with private pools we’ve stayed in!
All 25 suites have an ocean view and sun-kissed terraces with hammocks and breakfast tables. Splurge on a private pool suite, and you may never leave your room. And who could blame you?
But you do have to eat.
Good thing the onsite restaurant, Mar y Cielo, is one of the best restaurants in town serving Mexican cuisine. Not to mention the most swoon-worthy, with unparalleled sea views and candles galore.
If you’re looking for romantic luxury, this is the perfect hotel for you. So, follow in our footsteps and stay here. You won’t be disappointed.
La Casa Que Canta: Check rates and availability
19) Cala de Mar Resort & Spa
Cala de Mar Resort & Spa is dramatically tucked into the cliffside in Ixtapa.
This 5-star resort has 59 luxury suites cascading down to the sea. Every suite has oceanfront terraces and – wait for it – private infinity pools.
Your dedicated Personal Assistant is on hand to tend to your holiday needs. Think a cooking class with a professional chef, a private candle-lit dinner in a romantic nook or whale watching on a catamaran. If you want it, they are there to make it happen.
It’s more than just luxurious amenities at Cala de Mar.
The little details matter as well. From the freshly baked cookies in the afternoon to the daily delivery of 5:00 pm happy hour beer and guacamole, it all spells 5-star vacation luxury.
Cala de Mar Resort: Check rates and availability
Acapulco hotels with private pools
Acapulco used to be one of the top destinations in Mexico. But in the last few decades, it’s fallen on hard times.
However, there’s a resurgence of tourism, cruises and investment devoted to rebuilding this once glorious city.
From its spectacular cliffside location to its jungle-covered hills, we can’t wait for it to make a roaring comeback.
But until that transformation is complete, these two hotels are worth going to anyway. Because take it from us, you won’t want to leave the hotel.
20) Banyan Tree Cabo Marques
When we think of a Banyan Tree property, we expect exotic refinement and VIP treatment.
And this hotel doesn’t disappoint. It’s one of our favorite Mexico hotels with private plunge pools. See our full review of the Banyan Tree Cabo Marques.
It has 45 deluxe Asian-style villas. The smallest is 2,200 square feet of unadulterated indulgence.
Each villa has a heated private pool overlooking the twinkling water or tucked deep into the jungle. We chose the oceanview bungalow.
The bungalows are minimally decorated to entice you to soak in the views outside from every angle. From the sink, shower and soaker tubs, we saw parrots in the trees and passionate orange sunsets.
The dark woods and Asian accents give the room a warm welcoming vibe.
But make no mistake, as lavish as our room was, we had to leave it to check out the impeccable restaurant, Saffron. And so should you. The lychee martinis are to die for.
Banyan Tree Cabo Marques: Check rates and availability
21) Las Brisas Acapulco
At Las Brisas Acapulco, you can choose from casitas with semi-private pools or totally private pools.
The semi-private pools are ideal if you go with a group since they are shared by a few casitas.
Otherwise, go for the private pool in the adults-only area on the third and fourth levels of the resort. Munch on your daily canapes and sip your welcome bottle of wine while taking in the panoramic views from your pool.
But if you want the utmost in extravagance, book a Master Suite with a Jacuzzi. You’ll get a 495 square foot suite with an outdoor pool and a large hot tub overlooking the bay.
Or go for the Master Suite with Pool inside and out. It’s 645 square feet of a tropical getaway with a pool that extends from inside the suite to the outside.
It’s one of the few and for sure the best Mexico hotel with a private pool in-room (where the pool is actually partially inside your unit).
Las Brisas Acapulco: Check rates and availability
Last words on resorts and hotels in Mexico with private pools
Whether sipping morning coffee with your legs dangling in your own pool or sneaking out for a skinny-dip by moonlight, there’s nothing like having a private pool suite on vacation.
We’ve covered the absolute best Mexico hotels with in-room pools or pools on the balconies.
From Cancun hotels with private plunge pools to Cabo resorts with private pools, there’s a suite in Mexico with a private pool just waiting for you!
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