Visit Mexico, a country rich with history, delicious food and sprawling beaches. Whether you’re interested in roaming the grounds of old Mesoamerican ruins, laying out on the white sands of the country’s many resort beaches or going snorkeling off the waters of the Yucatan peninsula, there is something for everyone who wants to travel to Mexico.
BAJA CALIFORNIA | COLONIAL MEXICO | LOS CABOS | mexico city | OAXACA | PUEBLA | puerto vallarta & PUNTA DE MITA | RIVIERA MAYA, TULUM & CANCUN, san miguel de allende | YUCATAN PENINSUALA
Hotels we love
ESENCIA (top pick!)
Carretera Cancún – Tulum km 265, Xpu-Ha, Quintana Roo 77750 Mexico
Hotel Esencia, once the beachside villa of an Italian duchess, is set on a secluded 50-acre estate of lush gardens on pristine Xpu-Ha beach. This delightful Mayan Riviera refuge has five rooms, two villas, 33 suites, an organic spa and two authentic farm-to-table restaurants offering the flavors of the Yucatán. Suites feature high ceilings and generous windows with tropical garden or sea views. Several have plunge pools and a terrace or balcony, and the duplex villas provide an extra level of privacy. Visit the hotel website.
Insider Tip: The best snorkeling in the region is right outside. You’ll find coral reefs, multicolored fish and giant sea turtles, all only steps from the resort’s quiet beach.
Calle Igualdad, Holbox, , Mexico
The island of Holbox (pronounced “Ole-bosh”) is a tiny spit of land off the Yucatán Peninsula, laced with sand roads. As soon as Cuban-born artist Sandra Pérez arrived, she knew she wanted to stay for good, so she created a retreat that would feel more like a residence than a formal hotel. CasaSandra, the 20-room result, is spread out among seven oceanfront buildings decorated with Guadalajaran antiques and brightly colored hand-woven linens. Palapas are sprinkled along the beach, and the water’s edge is 50 uninterrupted steps away. Ask the staff to arrange a fishing excursion, then have chef Mariela Rajo prepare your catch for dinner. From June to August, you can swim alongside migrating whale sharks. Visit the hotel website.
CHABLÉ MAROMA, MEXICO
Camino predio Punta Maroma Region 004 Mz 002 Lote 006-1, Maroma Q.R MX, 77710 Punta Maroma, Mexico | +52 998.387.0044
The brand-new Chablé Maroma is just 30min outside of Cancun, yet feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of Playa del Carmen’s popular beach nightlife. Chablé Maroma, offers 70 luxe casitas featuring private access to 650 feet of prime beachfront, private pools and moon showers. The spacious villas have open glass walls that bring nature in and an inviting outdoor living area where travelers can instantly slip into vacation mode. With an emphasis on whole-body wellbeing, the resort induces relaxation with a beach yoga deck, full-service spa, water sports, gym, fitness classes and cooking classes. Chef Jorge Vallejo of Mexico City’s acclaimed Quintonil and his team create innovative Mexican dishes that highlight local ingredients and seafare. As a member of Leading Hotels of the World, Butler and Concierge service sweeten the stay for guests in search of impeccable and memorable service. Visit the hotel website.
CHABLÉ RESORT, YUCATÁN, MEXICO
Chable Resort, Yucatan, Mexico | +844.424.2253
Spa lovers are redefining wellness in the tranquil setting of Chablé Resort, set in the heart of the Mayan forest on the Yucatan Peninsula. Luxury casitas feature a private pool surrounded by botanical gardens. The 18th century is called to mind in the main house with its handmade tile floors, exposed wood beams and high ceilings. A cenote, a sacred site for Mayan Ceremony, is a focal point of the property and represents a source of restoration for the body and soul. The highly acclaimed spa itself is a work of art, with nine treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna, salt cabin and a floatarium. Chablé’s culinary program boasts three restaurants that spotlight organic and seasonal cuisine sourced from the property’s traditional Mayan Gardens. Visitors have incentive to venture out. Ruins, biosphere reserves, museums, galleries and bustling markets provide a rich travel experience for sophisticated culture vultures. Visit the hotel website.
coqui coqui coba
Carretera Costera Laguna s/n Solidaridad, Coba CP 87780 Mexico
Deep within the jungle of the Yucatan Peninsula, you’ll discover the small village of Coba in Quintana Roo, Mexico. This location is home to the Coqui Coqui Cobá, a one-of-a-kind exclusive hideaway, which lies at the heart of one of the most important archaeological sites associated with ancient Mayan civilization. Taking this into account, the residence was built to highlight the landscapes, natural beauty and traditions of the Mayan culture. This hotel is sure to awaken one’s inner explorer and innate sense of adventure, while serving as a sanctuary for peacefulness and serenity. Visit the hotel website.
belmond maroma resort & spa
Carretera Cancún-Tulum KM 51, Punta Maroma, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico | +52 998 872 8200
Reclining in a hammock, serenaded by birdsong, your stay here is one at peace with nature. Set within a coconut grove, this vibrant resort dazzles with color and life. With perfect white sands and crystal-clear waters, every detail feels like a tropical fairy tale. Start your day with yoga practice, take a dip in one of their 3 outdoor pools or head straight for the beach. Undoubtedly one of Mexico’s most idyllic spots, Dig deeper into the local culture by partaking in a temazcal ceremony, a ritual which combines aromatic herbs roasted over hot stones with indigenous chants to calm body and soul. Visit the hotel website.
rosewood san miguel de allende
Nemesio Diez 11, Centro, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico | +52 415 152 9700
Set in the heart of this charming artists’ village, the 67-guestroom Rosewood San Miguel de Allende promises a stay fit for dignitaries. All visitors appreciate its fine Mexican craftsmanship. The rooms are decorated with stunning wood-beamed ceilings and a private balcony or terrace, and most have fireplaces. Taste innovative cuisine from 1826 restaurant’s open artisan kitchen, then whip up your own in on-site cooking classes. Relax poolside or at Sense, A Rosewood Spa®, while the children are entertained with daily hands-on activities at the kids’ club. Hotel Tip: Make sure to check out the rooftop bar, Luna, which offers spectacular views over San Miguel.
Calle 10 Nte. 1402, Barrio del Alto, 72000 Puebla, Pue., Mexico | +52 222 122 2300
Rosewood Puebla hotel is located in one of Puebla’s most esteemed neighborhoods within the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Puebla is best known for its colonial architecture, traditional Mexican cuisine and Talavera pottery. The hotel’s 78 luxurious rooms and suites are artfully decorated with carved Mexican furnishings, tile floors and pops of color. Rivaling any of the city’s upscale restaurants, the dining options at Rosewood Puebla include the farm-to-table Bar Bistrot, the casual Café Azul and the posh outdoor lounge, Bar Los Lavaderos—all honoring the area’s notable culinary culture. Don’t miss the mixology class to learn about Tequila and Mescal. The hotel also touts a rooftop pool with unparalleled views of the historic city and surrounding volcanoes.
Ctra. Federal Cancún-Playa del Carmen Km 298, Solidaridad, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico | +52 984 875 8000
Surrounded by emerald jungle and pristine white beaches, Rosewood Mayakoba, a Riviera Maya resort that defines a private world or luxury and beauty. This AAA Five Diamond resort boasts the #1 Spa in the World by Forbes Mexico. Stay in one of the resorts ultra-luxurious Private Residences. Upon arrival, you’ll be transported to your suite by boat or golf cart through the lagoons and then greeted by a butler. Visit the hotel website.
BANYAN tree MAYAKOBA
Calle 10 Nte. 1402, Barrio del Alto, 72000 Puebla, Pue., Mexico | +52 222 122 2300
In the ancient Maya language, Mayakoba means village over water. Banyan Tree Mayakoba is true to this definition, surrounded by lagoons, mangroves and bordered by the sea. With its Thai-inspired therapies at the Banyan Tree Spa and the Greg Norman signature 18-hole El Camaleón golf course, home to the PGA Tour Mayakoba Classic, the resort is perfect for private getaways and family trips. Visit the hotel website.
the cape, a thompson hotel
If there’s only one reason to choose The Cape, a luxe, boutique Thompson Hotel, it’s the live oysters and soy-infused chocolate clams at the hotel’s Manta restaurant. Also tasty is its surfer-chic decor and its pools and spa, which are seemingly embedded in natural rock formations.
Waves crash along the rocks, sending salty spray into air warmed by brilliant sunshine. This centuries-old rhythm helped shape Cabo’s Punta Ballena coastline, named for its resemblance to a whale’s tail. You’ll feel at harmony with the vivid sensations of Baja California—and with the Esperanza family.
las ventanas al paraiso
Karisma Hotels brought the only Overwater Bungalows, or palafitos, to Mexico. Located in the Riviera Maya between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, top features include glass-bottom floors and outdoor showers. Also a juice bar, beauty salon, gym and 14 spa suites, four of which are overwater. Treatments at the Náay Spa are inspired by Mayan healing techniques and incorporate locally sourced ingredients. Visit the hotel website.
the resort at pedegral
Entering the ultra-luxurious Pedregal resort feels like crossing a divide between two worlds. This stunning property, just a five-minute walk from the burly party scene of Cabo, is built atop gorgeous cliffs overlooking the Pacific. Each room at the resort features an ocean view and balcony and is a toast to traditional Mexican design with desert-inspired hues. A dinner at the casual, cliffside El Farallon is not to be missed as the spray actually licks the lip of the intimate restaurant and the fish have been plucked from the surrounding waters, making the term alfresco ridiculously apt. The Luna y Mar is another mind-blower with organic treatments inspired by the moon, sea and Mexican folk healing. Visit the hotel website.