The infinity-edge, spring-water pool at Verana appears to flow straight into the Pacific Ocean.
Jae Feinberg

Enjoy the private side of Mexico at these luxury hotels.

By Annie S. Butterworth

CasaSandra, Isla Holbox
Avoid the hustle and bustle of Cancún and treat yourselfto a stay on Isla Holbox, about 40 miles northwest of the resortcity. Artist and writer Sandra Perez has created elegantaccommodations with a personalized feel. To add a touch ofadventure to your trip, try swimming with a whale shark. For moreinformation, visit casasandra.com.

Azucar, Veracruz
This secluded retreat offers guests their choice of 20bungalows, each with a private terrace and hammock, so visitors areinclined to relax the day away. You'll love the Gulf Coast viewsand the open-air library. Visit hotelazucar.com to makereservations.

Hotel Los Flamingos, Acapulco
Once owned by the likes of John Wayne and Johnny Weissmuller(of Tarzan fame), this getaway is a must-see―and amust-stay. Rooms have spectacular ocean views, and the bar has beenfamous since the 1950s for its signature drink, the "Coco Loco."Visit hotellosflamingos.com.

Basico, Playa del Carmen
For hip and eco-friendly accommodations, check out the HotelBasico, located in the center of popular Playa del Carmen. Take inall the action―and the sunsets―from the trendy rooftopbar. The hotel is made from recycled materials, so each room isimaginative and innovative (and includes a Polaroid camera fortaking vacation shots). Visit hotelbasico.com forreservations.

Casa Natalia, San Jose del Cabo
This 16-room hotel near (but not too near) Cabo San Lucas hasa staff-to-room ratio of two to one, providing guests withimpeccable service and personal attention. However, Mi Cocina, thehotel restaurant, is really what has visitors talking. You can evenenjoy a full breakfast on your balcony. For more information, visitcasanatalia.com.

Verana, Yelapa
Rustic meets glamorous at this secluded sanctuary near PuertoVallarta. A 30-minute open-air boat ride and a hike through thejungle bring you to Verana, which provides modern amenities andhigh design despite its primitive location. Don't miss taking a dipin the infinity-edge pool. For more information, visit verana.com.

El Encanto Inn & Suites Hotel, San Jose del Cabo
Located in the heart of historic San Jose del Cabo, the ElEncanto Inn offers visitors more than just the standardsand-and-sun fare. Guests can explore art galleries and take in thehandiwork of Mexican artists and craftsmen. Of course, the beachesof Cabo are just minutes away. For more information, visit mktideas.com/encanto-inn2/index.html.

Hotelito Desconocido, Puerto Vallarta
It doesn't have electricity or telephones, but HotelitoDesconocido in Puerto Vallarta still fits the definition of luxury.Each of the 24 rooms (including bungalows on stilts above a lagoon)has a distinctive, colorful style. Pathways and rooms glow at nightfrom candles and torches. Take time to relax in one of the hotel'soutdoor bamboo baths. For more information, visit hotelito.com.

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