Nothing is more appealing than a short flight south to a cozy location, especially one off the beaten path with inspired design, well-organized amenities, and next-level cuisine. Here, a handful of hot Mexican options make their debut.
Etereo, Auberge Resorts Collection, Riviera Maya
With a name that means ethereal and a Mayan lifecycle motif woven into the interior design, this luxury resort in Riviera Maya’s new Kanai development is all about mindful living. Fronting a sprawling reef, gleaming white sand, and turquoise Caribbean water, the property celebrates renewal, culture, and nature, with outdoor experiences, a healing spa, and dining—at five unique restaurants— all embracing the secrets and wisdom of the Yucatan Peninsula; from $1,299 per night, aubergeresorts.com/etereo
Sforza House, Puerto Escondido
Famous Mexican architect Alberto Kalach’s asymmetrical, vaulted structures at Casona Sforza are more than enough to draw design aficionados to Puerto Escondido, even those unfamiliar with the Pacific surf mecca recently visited by Kanye West. This sun-drenched, sand-colored new independent boutique hotel is a study in poise, with decor made in Oaxaca; seasonal, local cuisine rooted in ecological and social responsibility; and mindful offerings in the form of holistic massage, private yoga and surfing; from $320, casonasforza.com
Playa Viva, Zihuatanejo
When sustainable and eco-friendly aren’t enough, there are truly regenerative trips, like this upscale off-the-grid resort that practices permaculture (a holistic approach to land management), grows cocoa on-site, and claims a pristine mile-long beach, a sea turtle sanctuary and an Aztec archaeological site. An all-new expansion includes seven upper-level beachfront treehouses designed by Nomadic Resorts, inspired by the local mobula ray migration, and built from materials almost entirely grown on the thriving nearly 200-acre property; from $630 (meals, ground transportation and daily yoga included, double occupancy), playaviva.com
Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo, Costalegre, Jalisco
Secluded, expansive and exclusive, this is the fourth Four Seasons to grace Mexico, a lush, low-density getaway on 3,000 acres of jungle with three pristine beaches on an unspoiled stretch of Pacific coast in the state of Jalisco. A collection of illustrious Mexican designers and architects have carefully crafted the aesthetic experience, including staff clothing, while on-site biologists are dedicated to regenerating the ecosystem. Ninety-four rooms and 63 suites are camouflaged on beachfront and cliffside sites, with separate enclaves for families and adults. Reservations go online in July; from $1,550, fourseasons.com/tamarindo
Susurros del Corazón, Inn Resorts Collection, Mita Point
Softly opening in April, this 59-key boutique resort with 30 chic contemporary residences (most of this first phase is sold out and phase two includes 19 more) is Punta de Mita’s freshest luxury offering, embracing the powdery white sands of Plage El Banco on the pristine Riviera Nayarit. Indulgence and relaxation will be front and center, thanks to three scalloped pools leading to the surf and the famous Marietas Islands, plus an 11-room spa (where local Huichol heritage and healing inspire treatments) and four distinctive culinary concepts showcasing the succulent bounty of the sea and land of Nayarit; from $900, hostelresorts.com/susurros
Casa Polanco, Mexico City
Mexico City is hardly unknown, but its most exciting addition, a 19-suite luxury villa in Tony’s Polanco neighborhood, is considered hidden away. The carefully reimagined 1930s mansion once hosted aristocrats and in March (when it soft-opens) should see its fair share of rarefied visitors seeking privacy, elevated hospitality and extraordinarily elegant digs . Some of the city’s most famous restaurants cater to hotel guests, who can also retreat to the spa cabin for a different kind of decadence; from $380, casapolanco.com
A version of this story first appeared in the March 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.