Mexico’s 10 Best Seaside Hideaways
What makes it special: Dine above it all with a private meal in the hotel’s observation tower, offering 360-degree views of your slice of paradise.
Cost: from $395 per night; 866/454-9351 or maromahotel.com
What makes it special: Here, you’ll find no nightclubs or crowds. Above all else, Holbox is a fishing village. You can’t find fresher snapper, lobster, or ceviche. For dessert, wander into Helados Maresa, a private home that doubles as an ice-cream parlor.
Cost: from $100 per night; 011/52/984/875-2062 or holbox-island.com
What makes it special: Ask the kitchen to pack a picnic for a day trip to the deserted Marietas Islands. The nature preserve is home to whales and rare birds like the blue-footed booby.
Cost: from $175 per night, plus $95 daily per person for meals; verana.com
What makes it special: Free daily yoga, organic and local meals, whale watching, deep sea fishing, surfing, and lounging by the seaside bar are just some of the activities and amenities featured here.
Cost: from $200 per night; ranchopescadero.com
What makes it special: Two villas, Casa del Domo and Casa Isabel, recently underwent extensive renovations, adding luxuries like private pools and double showers with an ocean view.
Cost: from $342 per night; 011/52/322/285-5500 or lasalamandas.com
What makes it special: Sip through a tequila tasting class and learn the nuances of agave. The resort stocks more than 100 varieties.
Cost: from $675 per night; 866/311-2226 or esperanzaresort.com
What makes it special: Take a painting class and capture Baja’s warm light on canvas.
Cost: from $95 per night; 011/52/612/145-0040 or todossantosinn.com
What makes it special: Canadians Brooke and Rick Gazer’s quiet B&B has just six bedrooms and sweeping Pacific views. You’ll find restaurants and diversion nearby in the still unspoiled town of Huatulco. Or just stay here and enjoy the beach. See Huatulco’s nine bays from the sea on the Luna Azul, a 44-foot sailboat offering private tours.
Cost: from $89 per night; 011/52/958/581-0265 or bbaguaazul.com
What makes it special: On cliffs above the Pacific, La Casa Que Canta (The House that Sings) puts you above it all. Larger suites come with private pools; villas include a chef and butler. Plan one dinner on the terrace overlooking the crashing waves of Zihuatanejo Bay.
Cost: from $275 per night; 888/523-5050 or lacasaquecanta.com
What makes it special: Banyan Tree trains its spa therapists at the hotel’s academy in Thailand. Try the unique Rainforest hydro-thermal experience with an eight-step progression through hot, cold, and steam rooms, with mud, salt, and shower massage treatments.
Cost: from $419; 800/591-0439 or banyantree.com