6. Las Alamandas Resort, Costalegre
Set in beautiful tropical gardens on a 1500-acre nature reserve, Las Alamandas Resort in Mexico is a magical hideaway with just 16 suites in seven characteristically brightly painted casitas. This is the perfect place to really get away from it all with a vast stretch of white sand beach, fresh-water lagoons, coves and rocky islands to discover. Guests also enjoy two restaurants and bars, a wealth of spa treatments and a large pool to relax beside.
Las Alamandas Resort is all about privacy, seclusion and total relaxation. The villas are beautifully decorated in stunning colours with Mexican fabrics and rattan sofas in canary yellow or shocking pink that make a bold statement against white ceramic floors. Mexican hand-painted folk art is highlighted throughout. Wander down to the beachfront spa palapa for a calming spa treatment to the soothing sounds of the waves
• Luxury resort nestled within 1,500 acres of an unspoiled nature reserve
• Mexican specialities prepared by head chef Alejandro Morales can be enjoyed in the restaurant or al fresco
• Private yoga classes, just steps from the beach
Get back to nature and go horse riding, or on a bike ride, through the reserve followed by a picnic lunch on the beach. In August to November, witness the hatched turtles release into the sea, part of the Las Alamandas Resort’s turtle preservation programme. Later, relax on your terrace for an early evening margarita accompanied by the smell of gardenias and jasmine as the sun goes down.
7. Mar Adentro Cabos, San Jose Del Cabo
Seeming to float on the dramatic Baja California Sur shoreline, Mar Adentro Cabos in Mexico is an ultra-modern take on luxury. Suites are individual, suspended ‘boxes’, created to look like islands. The polished glass and clean lines reflect the water that surrounds the hotel. And tailor-made services promise pure relaxation.
State-of-the-art facilities can be found at every turn – from the lounge cinema to the high-tech gym. Find luxury in the prestigious Mar Abierto Spa or relax with a yoga class. Stretch out on the private beach club and lounge and then cool off in one of two oceanfront pools. The rooms at Mar Adentro are designed with simplicity, comfort and in elegance in mind and boast relaxing ocean views.
• An architectural icon designed by Miguel Ángel Aragonés
• Effortless link to luxury boutiques at the hotel’s exclusive Plaza
• Bespoke holistic treatments at Mar Abierto Spa
Minutes away from Mar Adentro you could explore the parks and plazas of San José del Cabo. Perhaps play a round of golf, or enjoy some of the best surfing in the area. Then enjoy the vibrant Mexican nightlife at nearby Cabo San Lucas. Or simply sit back and let the sheer luxury of Mar Adentro Cabos wash over you.
8. Stara San Angel Inn, Mexico City
From first sight, it’s clear that Stara San Angel Inn in Mexico is made for grown-up city breaks. The glass-fronted, art-filled lobby hints at what’s inside. There are vertical courtyard gardens, a 24-hour gym, and chic bars and restaurants to turn your head. Not to mention the suites, designed to be individual urban retreats.
Rooms blend high-end luxury with high-tech features, and each comes with its own terrace. You’ll also have a marble kitchen and designer bathroom. If an espresso from your in-room machine is all you feel like making, there are two chic eateries to try. Luna Bistró, on the first floor, serves creative takes on international flavours. Higher up, the Roof Garden Restaurant combines a fresh, crisp look and feel with wonderful views.
• Modernist suites featuring Scandi-inspired furnishings, Italian marble kitchens and private terraces
• Roof Garden Restaurant looking across the Desert of the Lion
• Spa treatments arranged by request
You’re within the hotel’s namesake: the handsome San Angel neighbourhood. While away time admiring the beautiful buildings and old plazas. To tick off your sightseeing hit list, landmarks including Coyoacan, Studio Diego Rivera and Plaza San Jacinto are nearby too. If you’re here on a Saturday, turn antiques hunter at the weekend bazaar.
9. Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta
With its stately facade and sweeping grounds of lush palms and flowers, there’s something palatial about hotel Casa Velas in Mexico. Thanks to attentive personal service, you’ll receive the royal treatment from the moment you arrive.
This all-inclusive, adults-only boutique hotel is made for grown-up getaways. If it’s a romantic break for two, choose a suite with a private plunge pool and garden views. Or pick a luxury villa for a holiday with friends or family. Spend the day beside the pool or hop on the shuttle down to the Ocean Club and relax on the sand. Seek total tranquillity with yoga lessons on the beach or a massage in a garden pavilion. Then relish contemporary Mexican or Asian-fusion cuisine against a glorious sunset backdrop.
• Unlimited golf at Puerto Vallarta’s best clubs
• Private Ocean Club with pool, bar and restaurants
• Luxury services including jewellery and designer handbag rental
From almost every window at Casa Velas you’ll see the velvet greens of some of Mexico’s finest golf courses, just waiting to be played. You could set sail on a diving or fishing adventure into beautiful Banderas Bay instead. Puerto Vallarta, with its quirky shops and galleries, picture-perfect marina and buzzing boardwalk is just minutes away. While back at the hotel, look out for a full calendar of special events. From tasting evenings and spotlights on regional cuisine, to musical recitals in the gardens, there’s plenty to keep you busy.
10. Anticavilla Hotel, Cuernavaca
Anticavilla Hotel in Mexico is a colonial-style manor house close to the centre of Cuernavaca, that has undergone extensive renovation to create a stunning boutique hotel set in pretty gardens with a pool. There is also a gourmet Italian restaurant, large works of contemporary art in the rooms and an indulgent spa.
Architect, Bernardo Gómez Pimienta, has gone to great lengths to maintain the integrity of the building to ensure the original architectural features blend beautifully with Anticavilla’s modern interiors. Expect a wealth of Italian influences here, from arches, columns and an impressive loggia to the cuisine in the restaurant, and the amenities in the bathroom. Rooms at Anticavilla are modern and minimalistic with a striking, contemporary work of art on one wall.
• Wine cellar featuring over 150 fine wines
• High-quality Natura Bissé products used in the Maikiki Spa
• Large infinity pool in a secluded, romantic setting
Spend days relaxing by the pool and indulging in relaxing spa treatments. Head into Cuernavaca, often referred to as ‘The City of Eternal Spring’ due to its pleasant year-round climate. Be sure to visit the central square, Palacio de Cortes with murals by Mexican artist, Diego Rivera, as well as the cathedral and the Robert Brady Museum. Return to Anticavilla Hotel to dine in the restaurant on fine Italian cuisine.