Mexico has offered travelers excitement, romance and breathtaking beauty since it became popular in the roaring 1920s. Today, due to Mexico’s popularity, there are numerous hotels and resorts to choose from. The Luxury Channel’s Alanna Lynott recommends five unique hotels to meet your every need.
One & Only Palmilla
The One & Only Palmilla combines distinctive Mexican artistry with glamorous five-star luxury. Nestled in a lush oasis on the tip of the Baja peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the sea of Cortez, Palmilla offers the ultimate escape. Rooms are gorgeous with finely woven fabrics and delicately patterned ironwork giving each suite a unique flavour. There is a spa, yoga facilities, even a fully staffed yacht available for private parties. The hotel was built in 1956 when it was only accessible by yacht or private plane. It was the tropical hideaway of choice for Ernest Hemmingway, Jean Harlow, Bing Crosby and President Eisenhower to name a few.
Best for: Honeymoons and romantic breaks
Rosewood Marakoba is sophisticated and elegant. Suites have rooftop sundecks, over-sized terraces, spacious bathrooms (some with outdoor garden showers), plunge pools and boat docks. Sparkling seas, verdant mangroves and emerald lagoons are all in view of the resort. Guests enjoy deep sea and sports fishing, an 18-hole golf course and a ‘Sense’ spa, which was named one of Conde Nast Traveller’s Hot Spas of 2009.
Best for: A chic and elegant escape
Verana, hidden away on the west coast of Mexico, is a ‘handmade’ boutique hotel and jungle spa. Built on a hillside overlooking the ocean, with panoramic views of the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains, the design of this remote and secluded spa has attracted the attention the world. Beautiful suites with jutting terraces are dotted high up on the hillside among palm trees, offering privacy and solitude for those who crave it. Its sheltered location and “barefoot sophistication” make this jungle idyll a must for anyone looking to completely disengage from the strain and demands of modern life.
Best for: A soothing holiday for the soul
Hacienda de los Santos
Hacienda de los Santos lies a little way inland from the west coast. Hidden behind austere white walls, this beautifully restored, family run hacienda offers a luxurious home away from home as well as a taste of the grand Mexico of old. Antique furniture and traditional artwork come together in each of the 25 individually designed rooms to produce a quiet luxury, while small courtyard pools, trickling fountains, brick fireplaces and Moroccan-style archways evoke the magic and splendour of the colonial era.
Best for: Relaxing in comfort
W Hotel Mexico City
W Hotel Mexico City is a bright and colourful design hotel located in the trendy Polanco neighbourhood. “Awash in the painterly colours of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera,” W offers seductive spaces comprised of sleek lines and daring colours. Its confident blend of style and substance reflects the vibrant city outside and its innate sense of fun is infectious. During the day you can relax in the spa or let the exclusive Wherever/Whenever Service organise a tour of the city’s art galleries or a private archaeological expedition. The little touches that make life easier are not forgotten – you can even bring your pets with you and the hotel staff can walk, feed and bathe them for you so that your pet is as pampered as you are.
Best for: Experiencing the buzz of Mexico City in style