Top 10: Mexico’s best, ultra luxe beach resorts

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.

Today (March 28, 2016): Top 10 best beach resorts & hotels in Mexico.

Mexico is one of the world’s most beautiful countries, with a diverse cultural scene, spectacular nature, a rich history, and a vibrant society. The sunny nation is also known for its stunning white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, which are the playground of Europeans and Americans during the northern hemisphere’s colder winter months. If you are thinking about traveling to Mexico for your next beach getaway but don’t know where to stay, you have come to the right spot. Below is my top 10 list of Mexico’s most exclusive beach resorts.

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10. BELMOND MAROMA RESORT & SPA, RIVIERA MAYA

Tucked away amid 25-acres of preserved jungle on the Yucatan Peninsula, hacienda-style Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa stands for pure escapism with a touch of Mayan magic. The resort is located along one of the Caribbean’s most pristine beaches, composed of a mixture of fine powder sand and pink coral. Lazy days are spent in the ocean and poolside restaurants or by strolling through flower-filled gardens where parrots and butterflies perch. Nearby, you can explore some of Mexico’s great heritage sites, dive in mysterious underwater caves, or shop till you drop in Cancun.

  • Hotel websiteBelmond Maroma Resort & Spa
  • Other accolades: Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa also features in my top 10 list of the world’s most beautiful hotel beaches.
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, one 30 minute massage per person, and Maroma floral bed decoration on arrival).
BELMOND MAROMA RESORT & SPA, RIVIERA MAYA
BELMOND MAROMA RESORT & SPA, RIVIERA MAYA

9. FOUR SEASONS PUNTA MITA, RIVIERA NAYARIT

Punta Mita is a picturesque fishing village located just 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta and is an oasis of white-sand beaches and turquoise waters that boasts some of the best snorkelling, scuba diving, and surfing in the world. As such, it should come as no surprise that a world of tropical adventure awaits you at one of the region’s top resorts, the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. Here, guest enjoy casita-style accommodations with beachfront or ocean views, restaurants that capture the distinctive flavours of regional Mexican cuisine, a full-service spa, and outdoor activities galore.

  • Hotel websiteFour Seasons Punta Mita
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, and $100 USD food & beverage credit).
FOUR SEASONS PUNTA MITA, RIVIERA NAYARIT
FOUR SEASONS PUNTA MITA, RIVIERA NAYARIT

8. VICEROY RIVIERA MAYA

Hidden in the small village of Playa Xcalacoco just outside Playa del Carmen, Viceroy Riviera Maya is a seaside refuge extending deep into the primitive Maya tropical forest. The 41-villa luxury resort represents unpretentious luxury, exuding the ambience of an opulent residential compound. The resort’s design respects and accentuates the pristine qualities of its dramatic jungle and seaside setting. Intimate and serene features blend seamlessly into the dense tropical foliage, dining is available both indoors and outdoors, and yoga classes and spa treatments overlook coastal splendor.

  • Hotel websiteViceroy Riviera Maya
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).
VICEROY RIVIERA MAYA
VICEROY RIVIERA MAYA

7. CAPELLA IXTAPA, ZIHUATANEJO

This Zihuatanejo resort enjoys a spectacular setting, attached to majestic cliffs above the Pacific Ocean’s crashing waves. An open-air reception area and soothing, warm breezes welcome guests as they transition into an extraordinary, adventure-filled vacation. The wonderful intermingling of modern and traditional Mexican touches of textured handmade clay and stone meeting sleek marble and polished hardwoods are seen throughout the resort.  The 59 suites all come with a private infinity edge pool and terrace that opens up to the breathtaking views of the Pacific Oceans.

CAPELLA IXTAPA
CAPELLA IXTAPA

6. BANYAN TREE MAYAKOBA, RIVIERA MAYA

Banyan Tree Mayakoba takes the Caribbean lifestyle to new heights. Located 40 minutes from Cancun International airport and within the gated resort development of Mayakoba near Playa Del Carmen, the resort offers a unique sense of tranquil and private space immersed in an untouched bounty of freshwater lagoons and mangroves, complemented by touches of the Banyan Tree brand’s signature Asian hospitality and warmth. Each of the 118 freestanding villas curls around its own individual garden and pool area, in a unique layout inspired by courtyard houses of the Far East.

BANYAN TREE MAYAKOBA, RIVIERA MAYA
BANYAN TREE MAYAKOBA, RIVIERA MAYA


5. THE RESORT AT PEDREGAL, LOS CABOS

The Resort at Pedegral is located at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Encompassing 24 spectacular mountainside and oceanfront acres, the luxurious resort rests at the very point where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, near the legendary rock formations known as Land’s End. The beach resort is reached via a 300-meter long tunnel that separates the hotel from the town of Cabo. The Resort at Pedregal features 66 luxurious bedrooms and suites, each with a private terrace and plunge pool as well as spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

  • Hotel websiteThe Resort at Pedregal
  • Other accolades: The Resort at Pedregal also features in my top 10 list of the best health spas in the world.
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, $100 USD spa credit, and complimentary VIP airport transfer with beachfront suite bookings).
  • Review: click here to read my review of The Resort at Pedregal.
THE RESORT AT PEDREGAL, LOS CABOS
THE RESORT AT PEDREGAL, LOS CABOS

4. ST REGIS PUNTA MITA, RIVIERA NAYARIT

As the first St. Regis property in all of Latin America, this resort features discerning service, 120 exquisite accommodations that bring the balmy outdoors inside, thoughtful amenities, and spectacular grounds. It energizes, rejuvenates and refreshes the mind, body and spirit of its guests with two Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, a tennis center nestled in a palm grove, three spectacular infinity pools, a  luxe Remède Spa, and superior international cuisine among its seemingly endless offerings. Nearby, the Marietas Islands beckon with natural beauty and outdoor adventures.

  • Hotel website: St Regis Punta Mita
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for two, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD spa credit).
ST REGIS PUNTA MITA, RIVIERA NAYARIT
ST REGIS PUNTA MITA, RIVIERA NAYARIT

3. ONE&ONLY PALMILLA, LOS CABOS

Set amongst the stunning natural geography of the Baja Peninsula alongside the Sea of Cortez, One&Only Palmilla affords extraordinary views of the Los Cabos landscape and beachfront access to one of the few swimmable beaches in the entire region. Accommodations are presented in single-story and three-story buildings, encircling the resort grounds along the peninsula’s edge. Perched above the beach, all 173 casually elegant rooms, suites, and villa offer 24-hour butler service and a patio or balcony facing out towards the sea, allowing optimum privacy and unobstructed scenic views.

  • Hotel websiteOne&Only Palmilla
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for two, early check-in, late check-out, 30 minute Virtuoso exclusive spa experiences per booking, and set of his and hers aromatherapy candles).
ONE&ONLY PALMILLA, LOS CABOS
ONE&ONLY PALMILLA, LOS CABOS

2. ROSEWOOD MAYAKOBA, RIVIERA MAYA

Surrounded by emerald jungle, Rosewood Mayakoba is a Riviera Maya resort that defines a private world of rare luxury and refined beauty. Inspired by Mayan traditions, this 1600-acre resort enclave sits along a mile‐long arc of white Caribbean sand, nestled just north of the picturesque waterfront town of Playa del Carmen. Designed to blend harmony with natural mangrove landscapes, Rosewood Mayakoba is an oasis of luxury offering 128 suites with private plunge pools, rooftop sundecks, garden showers, individual docks and the finest modern design and details.

ROSEWOOD MAYAKOBA, RIVIERA MAYA
ROSEWOOD MAYAKOBA, RIVIERA MAYA

1. LAS VENTANAS AL PARAISO, A ROSEWOOD RESORT, LOS CABOS

Las Ventanas al Paraíso’s constant innovation built the resort’s reputation as one of the world’s premier destinations. Since opening in 1997, this hideaway has captivated guests and celebrities with its expansive suites, inspired cuisine and spa, the resort’s sanctuary of renewal and revitalization. Designed to be in harmony and become one with the local ambience, Las Ventanas nestles into the natural slope and contours of the surrounding desert landscape and the external color scheme reflects the white of the sands and ocean surf.

LAS VENTANAS AL PARAISO, LOS CABOS
LAS VENTANAS AL PARAISO, LOS CABOS


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