Voux Travel reveals its 15 Best Mexico Hotels & Resorts to enjoy the unique pace of life of untouched beaches and colorful cities from Tulum to Mexico City.
1. El Pez, Tulum
With thatched-roof beach houses lining the shore, from a distance El Pez in Mexico looks like a traditional Mayan village. But come closer and you’ll discover a luxury resort that beckons you to make yourself at home.
Each morning, throw open your shutters to let in sweeping sea views. Laze away the morning in a hammock on the balcony then pick out a lounger beside the pool. Or grab your camera and take a walk along the cove. If it’s the right time of year, you may spot sea turtles laying their eggs – or their babies darting to the sea.
• Naturally designed swimming pool fringed with loungers and hammocks
• Private garden leading to the beach
• Exclusive suites with canopy beds and seafront verandas
Return to El Pez for a signature cocktail as the stars come out, followed by a candlelit dinner of contemporary Mexican cuisine at Gran Palapa. For a lasting souvenir of your stay, you could even book a cooking lesson to pick up tips on preparing local favourites.
El Pez is set on a peaceful headland just outside Tulum, a treasure of the Riviera Maya. Take a bike to explore the ruins of a Mayan port, set on a cliff above a white sand beach. Or ask your concierge to arrange scuba diving excursions. With everything from adrenalin-fuelled kiteboarding sessions to local craft markets to explore, El Pez promises an escape to remember.
2. Mi Amor, Tulum
As boutique hotel names go, Mi Amor in Mexico more than lives up to its romantic reputation. From the moment you arrive, it feels as if you’ve walked onto a 1950s film set and into the glamour of golden age Mexican cinema. Order a cocktail and soak up the magical Mexican spirit of this luxury retreat.
In this jewel of a Caribbean setting, subtle architectural details greet you around every corner. At Mi Amor the contemporary, chic luxury of the suites is perfectly in tune with the surrounding tropical gardens and ocean views. This theme continues from the infinity pool, complete with waterfall feature, to the relaxed vibe in the fine dining restaurant and lounge.
• Secluded rooms with sea or garden views and private plunge pools available
• Colibri spa offering healing baths and signature massages
• French and Italian inspired cuisine, complemented by original cocktails from the master mixologist
There are plenty of sights just outside Mi Amor to capture your imagination too. Browse the local boutiques and craft shops for a unique, handmade treasure. Or get on a bike to visit the wider Riviera Maya, with its pure white beaches and enchanting Tulum ruins. You can also swim, snorkel or dive into what ancient Mayans believed to be underworld portals. These are known as cenotes – a fascinating natural phenomenon of limestone sinkholes with fresh water below.
3. Mezzanine, Tulum
From the moment you’re greeted with a welcome margarita, you’ll know you’re in for the star treatment at Mezzanine in Mexico. With just a handful of rooms tucked away beside a peaceful stretch of Tulum’s camera-captivating beach, the scene is set for a true boutique getaway.
At Mezzanine, luxury means having the time and space to completely relax. With so few other guests you’ll be well cared for – and drinks to day trip tips are always on offer. Each day starts with hot tea or coffee waiting outside your room. Enjoy it with sea views from your private terrace or the hotel deck. Spend the day in a hammock beside the pool, or stroll along the beach to the Tulum ruins. When you’re hungry, snack on zingy ceviche and quesadillas from the beach menu. Then by night, relish a full menu of authentic Thai cuisine – and a cocktail or two.
• Adults only at this luxury hotel
• Beach bags with fresh towels brought to your room each day
• Bikes and snorkel equipment available to hire
Thanks to its endless sweep of sand and clear Caribbean waters, Tulum is an invitation to take it easy. Ask the hotel to set you up a sun lounger and parasol and laze the day away. If you’re feeling more active, snorkel with tropical fish and sea turtles, or cycle to a nearby cenote. With so many ways to fill your days at Mezzanine, one visit may not be enough.
4. La Zebra, Tulum
Named after the first creature to jump ashore from an African ship wrecked just off the coast many years ago, La Zebra in Mexico is all about ‘jungle chic’. Here, plush day beds rest on creamy sand under thatched parasols. Lunch means zesty ceviche and drinks made from fresh sugar cane. And your bedroom is a tastefully tropical suite.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the La Zebra Restaurant, with the Caribbean Sea stretching out in front of you. Or you could grab an over-sized cushion for casual dining on the beach. Creative cuisine uses local produce and ingredients from the hotel garden. At the Chef’s Table, an exclusive epicurean experience for just eight people, you can watch as the chef crafts a tempting tasting menu for you.
• Suites feature decks, some have private plunge pools and all include complimentary bottles of tequila
• Bicycles for Mayan ruin hunting
• Inventive Mexican cooking including fresh seafood and hotel-grown produce
La Zebra is a hotel-supplied bike ride away from the Mayan Tulum Ruins overlooking the ocean. A slightly longer drive brings you inland to Coba, a Yucatán pyramid within knotty jungle, or the Muyil ruins. Further afield, try still-being-excavated Ek’ Balam and tick off Chichén Itzá. This part of the world is also known for cenotes – atmospheric swimming holes. With scuba diving, kiteboarding, fishing and cooking classes too, there’s plenty to fill a getaway here.
5. Hotel Esencia, Playa Del Carmen
Retreat to the beach in style at Esencia, a former exclusive beachside summer villa of an Italian duchess. Set in a 50-acre private estate of lush gardens and close to Xpu-Ha beach this delightful Mayan Riviera refuge has cottages and suites with a private pool, a calming organic spa and gourmet cuisine.
Rooms at Hotel Esencia in Mexico feature high ceilings, crisp white walls and floors with native hardwood furnishings, mahogany doors and large windows that frame tropical garden or sea views. Several have plunge pools and a terrace or balcony while the cottages provide an extra level of privacy.
• 50-acre private estate, once the holiday retreat of an Italian Duchess
• A range of luxury rooms, including a garden suite with private plunge pool
• Ancient herbalist practices available in the spa
The days flow into one another as you spend time lazing on the beach or by the pool. Snorkelling sessions are interspersed with lying in a hammock on your terrace or sipping margaritas in the bar. Indulge in an aromatic herbal body wrap in the spa followed by the tantalizing flavour of fresh seafood at at Hotel Esencia’s restaurants.