11. Downtown Hotel, Mexico City
Built in the 17th century, Downtown Hotel in Mexico is an historic, former palace providing 17 beautiful suites – some with attractive wrought-iron balconies overlooking the street, others facing the courtyard. Further charming features include a bar and swimming pool on the rooftop with city views and all within just two blocks of Mexico City’s central square, El Zocalo.
The red volcanic rock of the walls, the wooden beams, vaulted ceilings and handmade clay floor tiles lend a dramatic sense of history to this delightful residence. High above the city bustle, relax by the pool on Downtown Hotel’s rooftop and savour a drink from the bar.
• Colonial 17th-century former palace sits on a UNESCO World Heritage
• SiteStylish rooftop terrace with pool and Jacuzzi
• Bohemian-chic stone-forge stairways and red volcanic walls
A short walk from Downtown Hotel and you are in El Zocalo Square bordered by the cathedral, Palacio Nacional, and the ruins of the Aztec Tenochtitlan, including the Templo Mayor. Well worth a visit is The Mercado de Xochimilco, as is the Museo Castillo de Chapultepec overlooking the city.
12. Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique, Playa Del Carmen
A peaceful adult-only resort overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique in Mexico is a chic and elegant sanctuary that provides a wide selection of rooms and suites, some with private pools. Flooded with light, the hotel provides a wonderful sensory experience, with fine dining, exotic spa treatments, and of course balmy sunny days. There are also three restaurants, two 18-hole golf courses, a good selection of bars and the hotel is within easy access of several Mayan ruins.
The atmosphere at Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique is all about relaxation. All the rooms and suites have a terrace or garden area while a number benefit from a private pool. With three outdoor pools, two golf courses and a choice of yoga, pilates and watsu, there is a wealth of activities to indulge in at the hotel.
• Views of the surrounding rainforest, white beaches and sea
• Guests can enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies or terraces and champagne breakfast
• Two extensive 18-hole golf courses, fitness centre and water sports available
Discover the nearby Cenotes, a natural wonder unique to this part of the world. Then, visit the Mayan ruins, dotted along the Yukatán Peninsula including Chichén Itzá and Tulum. Take a trip across the bay from Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique to the Island of Cozumel and in the evening dine at Ambar restaurant overlooking the central lagoon.
13. La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo
In the heart of Zihuatanejo Bay, La Casa Que Canta in Mexico boasts a stunning setting overlooking La Ropa beach. Terracotta-hued walls and thatched canopies lend each luxury suite a hacienda-style look and feel. Attentive staff are dedicated to giving every guest a flavour of authentic Mexican hospitality. With a calendar of cultural events and the choice to do as much or as little as you like, this intimate retreat feels like your very own sanctuary.
Escape inside your suite to discover a cool, airy space peppered with colourful Mexican charm. Expect traditional décor, handcrafted furnishings, and private terraces with breathtaking views – not to mention thoughtful touches such as fresh flowers, fruit and beach bags. Take a dip in the infinity pool. Or kick back in the Jacuzzi and saltwater pool set in the rocks above the waves. There’s also a fitness centre for working out, plus an exclusive Clarins spa to unwind in.
• Prime position overlooking Zihuatanejo Bay
• All suites have private terraces and far-reaching views
• Saltwater and luxury infinity pools
When it’s time to get out and about, La Casa Que Canta is ideally placed to experience traditional Mexican life. Spend a morning learning to cook regional specialities with the hotel chefs. Go kayaking or fishing, then take in the sunset from a cruise boat. Further afield, there are markets to explore and historical sites to discover. When you return, head to Mar y Cielo for Mexican cuisine with a contemporary French twist. Perched right beside the ocean, this open-fronted restaurant serves up just-caught seafood and organic produce with panoramic views.
14. Chablé Resort & Spa, Yucatan
At first glance, the stone walls and tropical gardens that encircle Chablé Resort & Spa in Mexico will make you wonder if you’ve stumbled across an ancient Mayan temple. But look deeper and you’ll discover a luxurious spa retreat made for 21st-century getaways. With private villas dotted across 750 acres, Chablé Resort promises total tranquillity.
Its design immerses guests in the heritage of the Yucatán Peninsula and pays homage to its natural setting. A pool curves through the tropical gardens, but you’ll also have your own in your villa – complete with lanterns for moonlit dips and hammocks for morning snoozing. Be sure to explore the spa, set within an enchanting cave. Then settle down to contemporary fine dining, created from home-grown ingredients.
• Individual and intimate pool villas – plus a presidential estate and restored 19th-century hacienda manor house
• One-of-a-kind spa within a cenote, a revered Mayan cave
• Fine dining using garden produce, paired with the world’s largest private tequila collection
This is a real get-away-from-it-all escape. But just 25 minutes away from Chablé Resort & Spa is Mérida in Mexico. The ‘White City’ has all you need for a cultural fix, from fascinating museums and charming markets to festivals and nearby Mayan ruins.
15. Stara Hamburgo, Mexico City
Part colonial Spanish townhouse and part modern retreat, Stara Hamburgo in Mexico promises a luxury stay immersed in Mexico City culture. Step inside this boutique hotel and you’ll find a stylish setting that celebrates the best of contemporary design.
Neutral colours and minimalistic furnishings give each suite a calming feel. And every one comes with a private terrace for taking in garden or city views. Downstairs, a chic bistro and urban restaurant serve up organic cuisine. Up on the roof, the Garden Restaurant is the place to enjoy everything from Sunday brunch to late-night cocktails with views of gleaming skyscrapers. There’s also a fitness centre, for those who want to work out, and a library made for sitting back with a good book. With an exclusive spa to round things off, it ticks off every luxury city break must-have.
• Rooftop restaurant serving international cuisine
• Private sauna and spa offering beauty treatments and massages
• Eye-catching design touches, including vertical gardens
Beyond the front door waits one of Mexico City’s most famous neighbourhoods. Once known for its grand, French-style townhouses, La Juárez is now home to up-and-coming restaurants, artisan markets and contemporary art galleries. But you’re also only minutes from the historic centre. Head out to explore grand cathedrals and mysterious Aztec ruins, then return for a relaxing evening at Stara Hamburgo.