When you're done exploring ruins, hiking through the rainforest or just soaking up sun and margaritas, where should you stay down Mexico way? Check out GAYOT's Top 10 Hotels in Mexico, which offer luxury accommodations, top service and fine dining.
SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO
Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
Cabo Azul Resort
From fire sculptures to waterscapes, this all-villa resort strives for a mood that is at one with the elements. Natural details are incorporated throughout, and if Gilligan and his pals had had access to a European designer, the décor at Cabo Azul would have been the result. Villas are ultrachic, and even the smallest one-bedroom accommodations measure in at more than 1,000 square feet. The resort's twelve acres are embraced by the Sea of Cortez and include a stretch of white sand beach, a dramatic pool with fire-dancing platforms and PAZ Body & Mind Spa with private beachfront treatment cabanas. The signature restaurant, Javier's, highlights fresh Mexican flavors, while poolside Flor de Noche serves light fare and margaritas in a unique, dreamlike setting.
CABO SAN LUCAS
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa
Positioned on a secluded bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa offers isolation, while at the same time providing convenient access to the golf courses, boutiques and lively nightlife of Cabo San Lucas. Area activities are in abundance, from whale-watching and swimming with dolphins to snorkeling, scuba diving and horseback riding along the beach. The 635 junior and executive suites — all with private oceanfront balconies or patios — boast feather-top beds, marble baths and even a pillow menu. Guests enjoy access to a majestic outdoor infinity pool and private beach for sunbathing (alas, there's no swimming allowed in these waters). Whether you're in the mood for a romantic candlelight dinner at La Frida or a signature pizza by the pool, dining options satisfy every craving. For sigh-inducing relaxation, indulge in the Royal Mexican Deep Lime Body Scrub at The Armonia Spa at Sunset Beach.
Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo
Viceroy Riviera Maya
In the hotel world lexicon, Viceroy and sexy are synonymous, as guests will quickly discover when staying at this Riviera Maya outpost. The resort is embraced by a white sand beach on one side and tropical forest on the other, creating a sanctuary for its 41 villas. Nature paths lead to the accommodations, which feature natural materials, Mayan design principles and luxury details such as plunge pools, hand-carved stone dining tables and hand-crocheted hammocks. The lagoon pool features tropical butlers who deliver iced face towels, while the seaside Wayak Spa offers such unique experiences as a traditional Temazcal steam and healing herb purification ceremony. For dining, guests can choose from two venues serving prime steaks and responsibly caught seafood. On-site activities are designed for exclusivity, from yoga classes overlooking the water to tequila and ceviche tastings, and area activities include swimming with dolphins, deep sea fishing and horseback riding.
Capella Ixtapa Resort and Spa
Tapering down the side of a cliff on Mexico's Pacific Coast, Capella Ixtapa Resort and Spa brings to mind the classic hill towns of the Italian Riviera. Because of the way the property is laid out, every suite has a vast view of the ocean. The Ocean Front Penthouse Suites are the accommodation of choice, with private thatch-roofed terraces and infinity plunge pools. Among the three notable house restaurants, signature A Mares brings together the flavors of Mexico's diverse regions. The luxurious spa incorporates native herbs into its many treatments (which can be savored in outdoor treatment areas mere steps from the ocean) and caters to couples with romantic shared experiences. Among the numerous activities on offer, specialized tours focus on Mexican art, cultural immersion and culinary traditions.
Playa la Ropa, Guerrero
Many of Mexico's luxury hotels are high-profile... essentially, they're known for being known. But this little gem is a bit of a well-kept secret, which is why guests often return. With only six suites, it promises exclusivity. Better yet, each designer accommodation pairs a rustic look (stone, wood, thatch) with decadent little luxuries. Depending on your choice, you might find a private plunge pool or hidden hammock. What you won't find is the distraction of TVs and stereos. This place is all about tranquility. The wooden decks and infinity pool are perched 100 meters above the beach, ensuring dramatic views from every corner, including the restaurant. Meals here are also a private affair, as al fresco tables are covered with white cloths each night and guests are invited to dine as if in a private home.
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