If you’re plotting your next summer adventure, we have some marquee destinations for your consideration. Everyone from surfers to spa hounds will invariably find their hearts’ desires fulfilled in Mexico’s undeniably idyllic beach culture. Whether you’re looking to bask in the Yucatán Peninsula’s stylish, rustic vibes or go for full-on pampering at a world-renowned resort, our list has something for everyone on any budget. Grab your gang and rent out an entire historic hacienda on Airbnb, or roll solo for a meditative and reflective walkabout. For those who prefer to have every T crossed and I dotted before they even set foot on the plane, we’ve rounded up a couple of our favorite all-inclusive resorts. These impeccably designed hospitality hot spots combine culture and comfort in soulful ways that are sure to inspire your own aesthetic at home. A bar that mixes Keith Haring with ancient Mayan roots? Where else would that exist besides Tulum? Mexico is so hot right now.
Designed by New York gallerist Lio Malca, this nine-room property nestled in an idyllic stretch of Tulum’s Yucatán Peninsula is among our favorite escapes for its wildly imaginative interiors. The artful aesthetic pairs everything from Keith Haring and sculptures by New York–based Kaws with rustic Mayan touches. Disarmingly stylish, Casa Malca delivers as one of the most chic and inspired properties in fashion’s favorite beach retreat.
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The Coqui Coqui Tulum Residence & Spa in the Riviera Maya has long enjoyed a celebrated reputation for its well-appointed (celebrity-favorited) villas ensconced by both jungle and ocean. Located on a beachfront adjacent to the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum, the secluded retreat offers equal parts isolation and indulgence. We’re fully advocating stealing décor tips from the vibe.
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The latest project from design-forward Mexican hospitality brand Grupo Habita, the converted Art Deco 1940s mansion Casa Fayette is full of gilded embellishments and colorful décor. Located in the historic Lafayette area, interior firm Dimore Studio conceptualized a minimalistic, modern style that pays homage to celebrated Guadalajara-born architect Luis Barragán. The result is a stunning collection of spirited spaces, from the palm frond–laden bar to guest rooms adorned in every shade of jewel-box green and blue.
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Aptly nicknamed The House That Sings, this secluded 25-room hotel is situated on a cliff above Playa la Ropa, four miles down the coast from Ixtapa. The panoramic ocean views, classic architecture, and thoughtful service offer the experience of a private residential estate. All of La Casa Que Canta’s suites feature outdoor living areas overlooking the sea. The hotel’s central infinity-edge pool, hovering in its cliffside roost, is as picturesque as it gets. If that’s not enough to satisfy your Instagram feed, a second seaside saltwater pool awaits directly next to the surf.
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If you’re booking for a larger group, consider Airbnb-ing a 450-year-old former hacienda hideaway midway between San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. Located outside a quaint, friendly village, you’ll have the option to rent the entire Hacienda Las Trancas (which can accommodate groups of up to 50) or a single suite. Rates include all meals, as well as full use of the grounds, from the horses to the pool.
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Puerto Escondido plays host to some of the most unspoiled and off-the-radar beaches on the Pacific Coast. The all-inclusive Amalys Luxury Resort pairs that drawcard with an infinity pool, a private beach club, and both serene ocean and mountain views. The stylish bungalows are outfitted with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi, and all meals and nonalcoholic drinks are included in the rate. The only thing you’ll have to think about on your getaway is where to find the best waves.
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The award-winning One&Only Palmilla Resort in Los Cabos was virtually decimated in 2014 by Hurricane Odile. Masterfully restored to its former glory and then some, the top ultra-luxury destination reopened in April 2015. Unequivocally one of the best resorts in Mexico, this exclusive retreat is tucked away in an enclave at the southernmost point of Baja California. The property itself boasts a rich history, originally built in 1956 as a petite hideaway by the son of the then-president of Mexico that famously hosted guests from John Wayne to Lucille Ball. As it stands today, 173 oceanfront guest rooms and suites have been elaborately revamped to include bespoke Mexican furnishings and a level of service unrivaled anywhere in the world. Cocktail-hour snacks of your choosing delivered to your room via personal butler? That’s a standard daily occurrence.
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