New Choices in Luxury Tweak Mexico’s Landscape

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Rates at CostaBaja start at $139 per night and run to $329 per night for a SuperSuite SeaView.

hamak takes over

New to the hotel game is Hamak, an eco-conscious group made up of industry veterans that is quickly revving up the luxury race in Mexico while staying in tune with and introducing guests to local culture. Now in charge of the Riviera Maya’s Ikal del Mar, Hamak opened Lumina Luxury Suites last year, offering just 12 delectable suites in the heart of Mexico City’s Polanco district.

Lumina is a thoroughly modern space of lots of white, inviting of light and with distinct decor in each suite. Accommodations include a kitchenette (clients can order it stocked in advance) and full mini-bar; guests enjoy complimentary Continental breakfast delivered to their suite each morning and the use of a laptop, when available. Despite its intimate size, Lumina also has a Relaxation Suite with steam room where spa treatments are offered, although the property itself is a study in harmony, with descending gardens and a small, serene library. Rates start at $225 per night for a jr. suite.

Hamak is putting a new spin on luxury around Merida with Chable, set to open in November. Modern on the inside and traditional on the outside, Chable will offer a luxury-wellness-cultural experience combo with a full-service spa, lots and lots of hammocks as its signature motif and a private pool for each well-appointed room. Other activities will include hiking and biking excursions, cultural lectures and tours, cooking and crafts lessons, fitness classes and yoga retreats. Chable is located next to the village of Chochola, 20 minutes south of Merida’s International Airport.

Also coming up from Hamak: the all-inclusive yet lavish Ikal Cancun and Itaai, which will bring a luxury tent concept to Sonora, near Tiburon Island.