Mexico’s Luxury Trail

Here’s our pick of decadent stays in some of Mexico’s most beautiful locations, all hard at work blazing new trails in culinary adventures, innovative packages and luxurious touches galore.

huatulco When it comes to needing absolute R&R, there’s no one the Quinta Real Huatulco can’t re-energize. With just 28 suites looking out to the natural glory of the area, this resort combines the best of Mexico—its warmth, beauty and delectable flavors—with great value. Architecturally, it marries the style of its native country with Moorish domes, latticework and other details.

“What I most love is the color palette—white on cream with polished stone details—and sinewy lines that are clean and sexy. The food is first-class, surpassed only by the privileged views of Tangolunda Bay,” says Mexico Boutique Hotels (MBH) director Sylvie Laitre. “The hotel feels regal, yet inviting. Posh, yet relaxing. It’s simple sophistication that perfectly mixes with the stunning natural beauty that surrounds the hotel.” Suites come with hand-crocheted hammocks built for two, private plunge pools, in-room hot tubs and plush beds with ocean views, no less. Days here are spent on the infinity pools and Pacific waters, horseback riding and exploring the area mangroves and forests. Guests can also sign up for golf at the 18-hole course next door. In the evenings, they can have a sumptuous meal at Las Cupulas and then enjoy post-dinner drinks and 60s films at the Sky Lounge, built on a treetop and with exquisite camera-friendly views.

Rates start at $225 for a Master Suite. A great plus to choosing a stay via Mexico Boutique Hotels: concierge assistance that includes pre-arrival confirmation e-mails with recommended packing lists and tours and activities in the area, plus inquiring about special celebrations or offering general assistance. Moreover, the MBH concierge follows up with agents after clients’ stays and ensures they receive commissions within 30 days of clients departing the hotel or resort.

los cabos Following in its destination’s footsteps of culinary innovations, One&Only Palmilla is hosting its first annual Mexican Culinary Festival Nov. 2-6 with a full roster of cooking demonstrations, dinners by some of Mexico’s top chefs and expert pairings with award-winning local wines. Packages for the festival include all of the above, plus a tequila tasting seminar, two $50 spa certificates and 30 percent off accommodations. Pricing starts at $590 per night dbl.

The resort, which has its own three-star Michelin chef, is not without an absurd amount of luxurious details built right in. For starters, private butlers help clients unpack their luggage, pre-stock their room, choose their pillows. A sun care kit is made available to them, as are daily cocktail snacks and fresh fruit. The entire place is a vision of Mexican heaven, elegant at every turn; all rooms, suites and villas are filled with handcrafted touches and offer expansive views of the sea.

A knockout option for a decadent vacation: the One&Only Palmilla yacht, perfect for sunset cruising, popping the question, snorkeling trips or whale watching. Clients can rent it all day and be treated to those iconic views of the Sea of Cortez, plus appetizers, cocktails and a chef-prepared meal. Of course, this is also home to one of Los Cabos’ most popular golf courses, a Jack Nicklaus creation of 27 holes. But it would be downright tragic if clients didn’t spend some time at the One&Only Spa & Wellness, which offers a wide array of innovative alternatives for soothing body and soul that go beyond the norm: functional kinesis, Kundalini yoga, Aerobox and others, plus complimentary classes in aqua therapy, massage and more. Delicious options in signature treatments include the Palmilla Chocolate Sinergy and the Salud por Agua, a personalized aquatic body therapy session.

riviera maya Any resort that has a Tequila Library gets props for originality, but Rosewood Mayakoba has so much more for clients. Each of its 128 villas, which wind around the property’s lagoons, mangroves and shoreline, comes with its own plunge pool, individual boat dock and rooftop deck or patio, plus private “bath gardens” complete with outdoor showers. Recently named “Most Socially Responsible” at Virtuoso’s “Best of the Best” Hotel Awards, the resort’s eco-consciousness extends to having a full-time biologist on staff to look after the indigenous wildlife, offer ecochats and more.

“It’s difficult to choose just one overall favorite resort amenity among our guests, as each one holds its own merit for so many different reasons, but our Sense Spa and championship El Camaleon golf course definitely rank high,” says Pablo Graf, Rosewood’s regional v.p. and managing director. “Sense Spa sits on its own island oasis, offering indulgences and luxury along with local flavors like our Temazcal, and bringing the best of opulence and our heritage together.” Indeed, the spa sits on its own private island and offers everything from body-firming treatments to indulgent choices for kids.