Tucked inside Mexico’s tropical forest, Viceroy Riviera Maya offers a wholesome haven for eco-opulence.

The resort and spa once described by Travel + Leisure as “a sexy, eco-conscious hideaway in the jungle,” Viceroy Riviera Maya is a true green getaway. Situated in the small village of Playa Xcalacoco just outside Playa del Carmen, the 41-villa luxury resort enjoys sea and sun on the coast, as well as forest, flora, and fauna. Opalescent sands, clear waters, and jungle groves blend seamlessly with its organic aesthetic.

Palapa-roofed stucco villas capture the simplicity of Mayan design, while natural materials like louvered-mahogany doors and windows, sisal rugs, and canopy beds with hand-stitched Egyptian cotton linens evoke serenity. The Wayak Spa satiates the soul with marine and herbal treatments, like the Black Lava full-body exfoliation, holistic massage, and the signature Earth and Air Ritual. Onsite composting, recycling, and energy-conservation efforts are a testament to the developers’ respect for the pristine environs. Another eco-touch comes in the form of all-natural handmade Mayan soaps delivered daily by “soap concierges.”

Formerly known as Tides Riviera Maya, the Viceroy was rebranded in January 2012 and a complete renovation added 11 luxury villas, a seaside restaurant, new arrival area and lobby, an updated presidential suite, and a library. Villas feature private patios, plunge pools, outdoor showers, and terraces replete with chaise lounges, hand-carved stone dining tables, and crocheted hammocks. Options include luxury, royal, premium, ocean view, beachfront, and presidential villas—all of which offer something singular.

Resort stays are enhanced by diverse dining venues. La Marea Restaurant, with prime Caribbean views, showcases contemporary twists on traditional Mexican dishes. For alfresco ceviche and top-shelf tequila tastings, the Library Lounge introduces enthusiasts to a “maestro tequilero,” who shares a bit about the libation’s ancient history. Casual ambience and fare are found at Coral Grill & Bar, while an ancient outdoor Mayan kitchen at Casita Maya hosts private parties and cooking classes.

Archaeological site excursions to Tulum and Chichen Itza, as well as customized guided tours of nearby historical landmarks and ancient cities including Cancun, Cozumel, and Uxmal can be arranged for guests. For cultural journeys, visit an original Mayan Village and home; there, lessons on tortilla making are followed by a jungle walk and canoe voyage across a lagoon to the Reservation of the Biosphere of Spider Monkeys, where a 120-meter-long zip line awaits. Further adventures include skydiving, kite surfing, horseback riding, and exploration of the 82-mile Sac Actun Cave System, where the brave can snorkel and dive in cenotes (natural water-filled pits or sinkholes) and underground rivers.

Viceroy Riviera Maya is luxurious, unpretentious, and rife with green adventure.