Mexico Boutique Hotels’ Steller Collection

Recently, we had a chance to chat with Sylvie Laitre, director for Mexico Boutique Hotels, a collection of more than 30 properties that provide one-of-a-kind experiences in some of Mexico’s most alluring destinations. We asked her to handpick the MBH properties from a variety of destinations throughout Mexico that she thought would be a perfect fit for the elite traveler. As a plus, she threw in what she thought makes each so fabulous. Here’s her short list….

Villa Rolandi – Isla Mujeres

Thirty-five-suite resort overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

What’s fab: “A hotel that picks you up on their private yacht can only be luxurious. They are thalasso experts and the property was designed for romance.”

Package: Three nights in an oceanfront suite with a jacuzzi terrace; daily full American breakfast for two in the restaurant or in-suite; one 50-minute massage at the spa (per room per stay); 10 percent off for spa treatments and massages; airport-hotel-airport transportation in private SUV and on board a 42-ft. yacht; welcome cocktail upon arrival; in-suite wireless Internet access; and use of kayaks. Rates for two start at $890 (additional nights are available). Valid through Dec. 20

Hotelito Desconocido – La Cruz de Loreto (near Puerto Vallarta)

Twenty-seven palafitos, or accommodations, surrounded by white sandy beaches, a lagoon, crystal-clear waterways, gardens, palm trees and fruit trees, all declared by UNESCO an aquifer paradise for birds.

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What’s fab: “The harmony between nature and sublime luxury. It’s creatively built, beautifully appointed and absolutely unique.”

Package: Three-night accommodations in a palafito; welcome amenity upon arrival; welcome beverages; breakfast, lunch,
dinner and non-alcoholic beverages; 2-hour catamaran ride; 80-minute massage; horseback ride along the beach; turtle release (dependent on season); use of kayaks; birdwatching tour and roundtrip transfer from/to Puerto Vallarta’s airport. Rates start at $2,485 dbl in a lagoon-view palafito. Valid through Dec. 19.

Sitio Sagrado – Tepoztlan

Twenty-three secluded accommodations near the historic

town of Tepoztlan.

What’s fab: “The signature spa treatments: Gruta de los Sentidos (an hour-long cave-like spa experience that starts with a ‘temzacalish’ cleansing, takes you through chromotherapy, exfoliations and much more. Very unique. They also have an amazing couple’s massage where therapists are accompanied by live music.”

Package: Master suite accommodations; daily breakfast; one Gruta de los Sentidos experience for two; two traditional
massages; one yoga class for two; and one meditation class for two. Rates per package for two start at $1,115, including tax. Valid through Dec. 20.

Viceroy Riviera Maya

Forty-one beachside villas with private patio and plunge pool.

What’s fab: “A jungle spa (they have a unique hammock massage and several other signature treatments) that feels both primitive and superbly professional. The use of Mayan techniques. The cleansing you’re given with Copal upon arrival—whether you spa or not. The moon showers!”

Package: Book three nights and the fourth night is free. Includes American breakfast for two, and two 50-minute massages per room, per stay. Only for new reservations. Valid through Dec. 18.

Villa Montaña – Morelia

This 36-guestroom charmer overlooks the colonial city of Morelia.

What’s fab: “This hotel feels majestic, and it should—its owner is a count. It’s classic, elegant, formal, yet very Mexican and not stuffy. Love the fireplaces (Morelia can get chilly) and the Old World charm.”

Package: Two-night accommodations in a deluxe guestroom; welcome cocktail and fresh fruit; Villa Montaña breakfast for two; city tour; two neck and shoulder massages; one Cleopatra body treatment per room; and one hydrating facial. Rates start at $650 per couple, including tax. Valid through Dec. 22.

Gran Casa Sayula – Sayula

A 1900s-era restored mansion with 20 accommodations located an hour from Guadalajara.

What’s fab: “This is a new hotel in a very small town that most people have never heard of—and we love that. Beautifully
restored home where food is the focus; they concentrate on
getting great chefs. The spa here is small but the Artisan Wellness massage is magical.”

Package: One-night accommodations; American breakfast; and two Artisanal Wellness massages. Rates start at $320 per couple per night, including tax.

Hacienda Xcanatun – Merida

Originally constructed in the mid-18th century as a classic
hacienda dedicated to agriculture and livestock, it now features
18 accommodations in one of the country’s most beautiful cities.

What’s fab: “First, the Hacienda is impeccably restored. Second, LOVE the sound of birds and lush gardens. It’s quiet, peaceful and regal. And again, the food is among the best in the country—very unique. They call it French-Yucatecan. Spa is simple and
Maya-inspired. They focus on healing, naturally.”

Package: Rates range from $275-$365+

Hacienda los Laureles – Oaxaca

Surrounded by forested mountains, this early-1800s hacienda offers 23 accommodations.

What’s fab: “The gardens. The location, which is close enough to Oaxaca’s center to enjoy all the cultural offerings, but far enough to allow you rest and relaxation.”

Package: Rates range from $154-$691+