Each year there’s a lot of anticipation about which hotels in North America will join AAA’s prestigious 5-Diamond list. This is a tough club to join as the physical requirements to meet are daunting and there are a lot of expenses involved, such as having a high staff-to-guest ratio and people who can speak multiple languages.

Three new hotels made the list in Mexico: the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Nayarit and two hotels that are walking distance apart on the other coast: Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, and Rosewood Mayakoba. Naturally, we have reviewed all three of them already. Follow the links for detailed info.

Who got dropped, you ask? None of them in Mexico actually. The six that lost their ranking are in the U.S.