Ocean views, premier amenities and intimate service are the hallmarks at these prime properties.
With plenty of sunshine, sand and blue waters, the coasts of Mexico remain among the hemisphere’s most desirable vacation destinations. New resorts continue to rise on traditional strands, but some of the best aren’t the biggest or the best known. For travelers seeking just the right touch of indulgence, seclusion and intimate luxury, these three just-minted properties are at the top of the list.
Andaz Mayakoba Resort, Riviera Maya
The Andaz Mayakoba’s mission is all about the region’s natural surroundings and local culture. For guests, this translates into a unique resort venue where accommodations fabricated from local materials such as limestone, wood and cane are tucked into a 590-acre oceanfront setting that preserves natural mangrove lagoons and other indigenous vegetation. The experience begins when guests arrive at a central reception area where a sculpted water feature mirrors the region’s mystical cenote reservoirs, and architectural elements frame sky and nighttime views of the stars in a tribute to the ancient Mayan traditions of astronomy.
The architecture of the resort is inspired by the more than 200 bird species found at Mayakoba. The forms and curves of these birds are seen in the geometry of the roofs of the guestroom buildings. Panels and facades on the outside of the guestroom buildings reflect the glyphs and numbers used in Mayan numerology and calendars. Interior elements showcase traditional local craftsmanship and icons, with open layout floor plans overlooking clear lagoons, mangroves and resort gardens, or the Caribbean coastline. In addition to a secluded section of beach, the resort includes a beachside pool and a lagoon view pool.
Beach House, Playa del Carmen
The Beach House is the second Thompson hotel to arrive in the resort town of Playa del Carmen. The brand’s first, a 92-room property on Fifth Avenue puts guests in the heart of the lively shopping and entertainment district. In contrast, the Beach House exudes a private club sensibility. On-site amenities at the Beach House include an exclusive pool, private cabanas, and the acclaimed C Grill oceanfront restaurant. More opportunities await two blocks away at the Beach Club’s sister Fifth Avenue property, where the 30,000-square-foot rooftop deck offers an infinity pool, panoramic ocean views, luxury cabanas and Playa del Carmen’s hottest new restaurant, CATCH.
There are just 27 luxury suites at the Beach House, each with a furnished, private balcony and expansive ocean views. The mid-century decor focuses on locally sourced materials such as hand pressed Guadalajara tiles, native stone and whitewashed wood panels. Custom furnishings are complemented by an airy, relaxing color palette infused with rich Mexican patterns and textures designed to create a chic, bohemian vibe. Spacious bathrooms feature glass enclosed rain showers and select guest rooms feature Aquaspa bathtubs.
Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Cabo San Lucas
The newest resort on The Cape occupies a prime piece of waterfront once home to the area’s most iconic destination. For more than a half century, the Hollywood elite made discrete getaways to the Hotel Cabo San Lucas on Chileno Bay. In December of 2016, an entirely new resort opened its doors on the site of this former landmark. The Chileno Bay Resort & Residences is a 29-room, boutique luxury hotel that also includes 32 contemporary three and four-bedroom beach villas. A centerpiece of the resort is the Rio pool, a 400-foot-long waterway that follows the path of a natural arroyo leading to the beach. Surrounding this waterway are poolside cabanas, an oceanfront hot tub, fire pits and a second family pool.
The property is part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, which includes Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley and Esperanza Resort in Cabo. Buildings at Chileno Bay Resort feature warm natural colors and use indigenous materials designed to blend in with the surroundings. On the inside, there’s an emphasis on native stone and wood with earth, plant and sea tones. Villas have floor-to-ceiling windows and open floor plans to maximize ocean views, and broad overhangs and open-air spaces to create natural ventilation and enhance indoor-outdoor living.