2019 List of AAA Five Diamond Hotels in Mexico

Ten hotels join AAA’s prestigious Five Diamond list for 2019, of which five are located in Mexico

With the addition of 10 new properties, AAA has unveiled the coveted 2019 Five Diamond Award list totaling 121 hotels. This exclusive group represents just 0.4 percent of the more than 27,000 AAA Inspected & Approved hotels across North America. 

Following a rigorous evaluation that includes in-person inspections, anonymous overnight stays and, finally, review by a panel of experts as an additional step to ensure credibility, 10 hotels have been added as Five Diamond honorees throughout the past year. Of those, half were located in Mexico. Now Mexico has a total of 24 prestigious Five Diamond Award hotels.

Casa Cardon at Montage Los Cabos, courtesy of Montage Los Cabos

Casa Cardon at Montage Los Cabos, courtesy of Montage Los Cabos

New to the 2019 list for Mexico:

Banyan Tree Mayakoba (Playa del Carmen, Mexico) The unique mixture of Asian and Mexican architecture is stunning throughout. This gated resort, located on the famed Riviera Maya coast, blends untouched nature in a carefully maintained ecosystem.

Montage Los Cabos (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico) This upscale property features several infinity-edge pools that blend in with the ocean and overlook the secluded beach. The impressive guest bathrooms feature indoor and outdoor showers.

NIZUC Resort & Spa (Cancun, Mexico) This beautiful and expansive resort features rustic and elegant Mayan-inspired décor. The guest rooms are spacious with many custom furnishings and luxurious features.

Rosewood San Miguel de Allende (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) This colonial-style hacienda has gorgeous public areas and meticulously maintained gardens. The spacious guest rooms feature a refined colonial décor with a fireplace and terrace.

The St. Regis Mexico City (Mexico City, Mexico) This gleaming hotel tower offers large rooms complete with high-tech conveniences and a butler. The views are stunning, with many overlooking iconic symbols of Mexico.

Montage Los Cabos Lobby Terrace, photo courtesy of Montage Los Cabos

Montage Los Cabos Lobby Terrace, photo courtesy of Montage Los Cabos

“The Five Diamond Rating is an impressive accomplishment that recognizes the upper echelon of hotels. These properties have extraordinary physical qualities, extensive amenities and impeccable standards of excellence in delivering a highly personalized experience,” said Michael Petrone, director, AAA Inspections & Diamond Ratings.

Many of this year’s new Five Diamond honorees have received top marks in the past for their physical attributes that, although impressive, were not paired with AAA’s exceptionally high Five Diamond service expectations, until now. After demonstrating notable service enhancements for those in Mexico, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, NIZUC Resort & Spa, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, and The St. Regis Mexico City, received the coveted fifth Diamond for the first time.

Others, like Montage Los Cabos, attained the AAA Five Diamond Rating shortly after opening within the past 12 months. 

Nizuc Villa at NIZUC Resort & Spa, photo courtesy of NIZUC Resort & Spa

2019 AAA Five Diamond Hotels in Mexico

Baja California Sur  (6)


Esperanza An Auberge Resort (2017)
Montage Los Cabos (2018)*
The Resort at Pedregal (2012)


Grand Velas Los Cabos (2017)
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort (2002)
One&Only Palmilla (2014)

Distrito Federal (2)


Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City (2016)
The St. Regis Mexico City (2018)*

Guanajuato (1)


Rosewood San Miguel de Allende (2018)*

Jalisco (1)


Hotel Mousai (2015)

Nayarit (4)


Grand Luxxe (2014)
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit (2007)


Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico (2001)
The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort (2009)

Quintana Roo (10)


Le Blanc Spa Resort (2010)
NIZUC Resort & Spa (2018)*
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun (1996)


Banyan Tree Mayakoba (2018)*
Fairmont Mayakoba (2007)
Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya (2017)
Grand Velas Riviera Maya (2010)
Rosewood Mayakoba (2009)
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun (2013)


Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya (2004)

Spa Pool Villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba; photo courtesy of Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Spa Pool Villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba; photo courtesy of Banyan Tree Mayakoba

  • For 2019, the greatest amount of AAA Five Diamond Award hotels in Mexico (10) are located in Quintana Roo, of which seven (7) are in Riviera Maya and three (3) in Cancun
  • The second most awarded destination in 2019 in Mexico is Los Cabos where six (6) AAA Five Diamond Award hotels are located, three (3) in Cabo San Lucas and three (3) in San Jose del Cabo
  • In 2019, AAA awarded 24 hotels in Mexico with the AAA Five Diamond Award (Five added noted above and one removed, Banyan Tree Cabo Marques in Acapulco)
  • In 2018, AAA awarded 20 hotels in Mexico with the AAA Five Diamond Award
  • In 2017, AAA awarded 17 hotels in Mexico with the AAA Five Diamond Award.
  • In 2016, AAA awarded 16 hotels in Mexico with the AAA Five Diamond Award

To see the complete lists of 2019 AAA Four and Five Diamond Hotels, visit AAA.com/DiamondAwards. To see which cities and states have the most award winners, see AAA Four and Five Diamond Hotel Facts.

About AAA Inspections

For more than 80 years, AAA has used professional inspectors to conduct in-person property evaluations. AAA offers the only rating system using comprehensive, on-site professional hotel and restaurant evaluations guided by member priorities. With a far greater inventory than any other rating entity, AAA’s rating system covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The AAA inspectors who assign these ratings have a wide range of hospitality experience – their resumes include stints as hotel managers and food and beverage experts – that gives them an authoritative perspective. Inspectors provide an unmatched first-person, on-site view of emerging trends, which includes the continuing evolution of technology to elevate the guest experience.

Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA’s trip planning products: the AAA Mobile app, the online AAA Travel Guides and Travel Planner and the AAA TourBook guides available to members at AAA offices.

About AAA

AAA provides more than 59 million members with automotive, travel, insurance and financial services through its federation of 35 motor clubs and nearly 1,100 branch offices across North America. Since 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for safe mobility. Drivers can request roadside assistance, identify nearby gas prices, locate discounts, book a hotel or map a route via the AAA Mobile app. To join, visit AAA.com.


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Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. She can be reached at info@themexicoreport.com

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