The Best Upscale Hotels in Mexico

Matices Hotel de Barricas sits in In the heart of Jalisco’s tequila country
Matices Hotel de Barricas sits in In the heart of Jalisco’s tequila country | Courtesy of Matices Hotel de Barricas
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Desk Editor12 December 2020

Whether you’re lured by the sands of Los Cabos or Tulum, or you’re yearning for something a little different, there are countless places to stay in Mexico. From upcycled tequila barrels to repurposed industrial containers, historic farmhouses to beachside luxe resorts, we know the finest to check into.

Esperanza

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
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Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection
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Join the jet set at this five-star Cabo San Lucas resort overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Sitting atop a rocky bluff, accommodations range from casitas to the four-bedroom Hacienda with its private pool, hot tub and dedicated host. Arrange a tour and make the most of beautiful baja: sunset sailing trips through the bay, camel riding in the outback or a whale-watching photo safaris. After a day spent exploring, come back to locally inspired seafood at the romantic Cocina del Mar restaurant, or pan-Mexican delights under the thatched roof of La Palapa.
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Encuentro Guadalupe

Luxury, Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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Encuentro Guadalupe
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Forget the tequila clichés – Mexico’s wine game is strong. Central to it all: Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California. Spend a romantic vacation touring the vineyards with a break at Encuentro Guadalupe. Guests stay in raised industrial-style containers, with balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows affording views over wine country and the folded mountains beyond. There’s a pool and hot tub, but most people come to explore the 17 acres (7ha) of vineyards, which produce merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and more. Head to the wine cellar to try the final product.
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Acre

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Acre
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The concept of Canadians Cameron Watt and Stuart McPherson, Acre brings eco-chic to the foothills of San José del Cabo. Visitors stay in one of 12 thatched-wall treehouses, which sit upon palm leaves and are connected by a suspended bridge. Each comes with a terrace – the ideal place to enjoy the resort’s small-batch mezcal label. Stays include complimentary continental breakfasts and morning yoga. Take the time to explore the gardens and visit its residents: peacocks, roosters, Nigerian dwarf goats and Burrito the donkey.
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Azulik

Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel
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Azulik
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Far from the reggaeton-pumping clubs, Azulik is a design-led boutique property in the Mayan jungles of Tulum. Its 48 villas seem to grow from their surroundings; twisted wooden stilts prop up large terraces with views over the Caribbean Sea ahead. Visit the spa for ancient rituals and sacred ceremonies, before enjoying elevated Mayan-Mexican cuisine at Kin Toh, a treehouse restaurant with a surreal design and multisensory dishes.
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Ser Casasandra Boutique Hotel

Luxury, Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Spa Hotel
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Ser Casasandra Boutique Hotel
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Curated by artist Sandra Perez, this boutique resort on Isla Holbox fuses the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean with aesthetic flourishes. Its solferino-wood structure is interspersed with artistic trinkets: Patricia Urquiola furnishings, boho crystals and antiques. Each room is supplied with Egyptian cotton sheets, Mexican ornaments and peace-bringing silence thanks to a lack of TVs, alarms and telephones. Island life is tranquil and sand gravity strong. Spend days eating fresh ceviche at beachfront restaurants or, during the season, swimming alongside the visiting whale sharks.
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  • Hotel Lagunita Yelapa

    Budget Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel
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    Yelapa beach, Hotel Lagunita
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    Slow down with a stay in Yelapa, a concealed fishing village on Jalisco’s Pacific Coast accessible by boat from Puerto Vallarta. Occupying a coveted spot on the bay, Lagunita’s thatched-roof abodes sit right by the water; decor is pleasingly understated. Chilled days are best spent at the restaurant eating fresh seafood or in the rock pool gazing at the forested peaks that envelop the bay. Yelapa life is simple, but do trek to one of the waterfalls and take advantage of the hotel’s kayaks.
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    Maison Couturier

    Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Villa
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    Once a working farm, this 19th-century boutique beauty in San Rafael, Veracruz, is wrapped by banana plantations and lemon groves. The rooms preserve their pastoral heritage with rustic brick floors, timbered ceilings and antique farm curios. A glassy pool sits in the center of the garden, while shade is found under the veranda. Lazy days can be spent drifting from one to the other – or at the on-site spa. Make sure you venture into Veracruz to visit the imposing fort of San Juan de Ulúa, built by the Spanish in 1535.

    Matices Hotel de Barricas

    Luxury, Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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    Matices Hotel de Barricas
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    In the heart of Jalisco’s tequila country, this unique boutique offers an immersive experience like no other. Guests stay in repurposed ageing spirit barrels set among spiky blue agave, the plant from which the national spirit is derived. Visit the on-site distillery, which churns out 15,000 litres (3,300 gallons) a day, and the museum that delves into the history of the drink. Spend the evenings at la Taberna del Cofrade, an old-school tavern serving dishes from five Mexican states.
    These recommendations were updated on December 12, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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