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Top Resorts in Mexico

Where can you go that requires no Covid test for entry, has beautiful hotels and is warm with almost a guarantee of perfect weather? The answer to this Daily Double is Mexico. It’s prime time there now through the winter season, and the palomas do just taste better. This is the list of where to stay south of the border, at the top resorts in Mexico.


Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas

For those of you who are not into Mexico, this is the resort for you. The Four Seasons Los Cabos is situated on the Sea of Cortés, on two miles of pristine white sand beach. So, unlike other parts of Cabo where the waves make it impossible, you can actually swim in the water. Since its opening, the Four Seasons Los Cabos has been firmly affixed on the list of top luxury resorts in Mexico. It could lose the top spot only when Amanvari opens. Think of this as Four Seasons but leveled up. First, there are the stunning modern accommodations that seem to flow seamlessly into the ocean. The experience is rounded out by the elegant Four Seasons service: Things are done as they should be, when on vacation. This is a place where you can check in and completely decompress until you leave the resort. It’s also where all the ballers from the tech world and Los Angeles are buying up vacation homes. So, you know, they’re onto something here.

One&Only Mandarina

Well, One&Only came out swinging with the recent opening of Mandarina. The resort is off the beaten path, right in the jungle on the Riviera Nayarit. Yes, of course, the hotel has direct access to the beach, but the point of the property is its unique jungle/mountain location. That also means you get stunning views from the tree house-like accommodations. In One&Only style, the rooms are contemporary retreats, so you’ll spend just as much time on your deck as on the beach. It’s the hotel’s design and decor that make Mandarina one of Mexico’s top resorts. For those who like to get into it with the locals, there are nearby towns to appreciate the culture and get authentic experiences beyond the resort.


Rosewood Mayakoba

If you consider yourself a Mexico aficionado, then you’ve been to Rosewood Mayakoba, at least once. It’s consistently placed on every list of the top resorts in Mexico. From the moment you arrive, the peaceful pace beckons you and you’re ready to let go. This is a serene oasis, with limestone interiors surrounded by a cocooning mangrove forest. And it isn’t the type of hotel where only the presidential suite has real amenities. All 129 suites have butler service, heated plunge pools and outdoor showers.

Fun for the Whole Family

Rosewood Mayakoba is a family affair. Suites have connecting and multi-bedroom options, perfect for families or groups of friends. Kids who visit also have access to the Rosewood Explorers children’s program, so parents don’t have to worry about entertaining them the whole time. However, the five-star spa and Aquí Me Quedo beachside lounge offer adults-only space that can be a much-needed respite.


Casa de Sierra Nevada, A Belmond Hotel

Sometimes you’re going for something a little more cultural than just a resort vibe. Casa de Sierra Nevada features multiple colonial-style mansions set right in the heart of San Miguel de Allende. As far as town hotels, this is one of the top in Mexico for authenticity. Each romantic room features cozy fireplaces, terraces and chandeliers. The private courtyards and individualized details make it special to spend quality one-on-one time in the suite.

Nearby, cobblestone streets are perfect for strolling during the day, while enjoying the delicious street food and small shops. This is also a good place to combine with a visit to Mexico City, especially if you’re a foodie. Not only do you get to stay at one of the top resorts in Mexico, but you also get the best culinary options.


Chablé Yucatán

We’re betting you’ve never been to Yucatán, but if you love Mexico, it should be on your list. The remote jungle region has some of the most stunning scenery and is made for those who want an authentic cultural experience. It’s impossible to come here and not feel greater distance from the outside world and more connection to culture and self.

As Private as It Gets

The hotel is simply luxurious and blends high-end accommodations and facilities into the original building architecture. Each casita is separate, yielding an intimate, quiet ambiance that carries through the grounds. The casitas and villas use natural, sustainable materials to be more gentle on the planet while bringing guests closer to the nature surrounding them. There’s a wellness focus, and the immersive fitness and spa treatments cater to the mind, body and spirit. The philosophy here is to draw you closer to your calm core and get back to basics in life. Chablé Yucatán is one of the top resorts in Mexico if you’re looking for a wellness retreat and a chance to re-center your life.


Palmaïa, The House of Aïa

All-inclusive resorts can be wonderful for a girls’ trip where most nights will be spent with drinks in hand. But they are especially good when they cater t0 a more luxurious, wellness-focused experience without losing any of the over-the-top extravagance. Palmaïa goes above and beyond in every way, blending incredible spa treatments, wellness activities and an inspired menu of food with its jaw-dropping scenic location.

The vibe is natural and progressive, and all guests are granted a complementary nomadic guide who is there to answer any and all questions, offer spiritual advice at any turn, and act as a glamorous concierge to arrange experiences or transportation. In addition to a long list of included spa treatments, guests have the opportunity to have their astrological charts read and learn more about their energies. Daily yoga and natural art classes also offer the opportunity for guests to connect with many different sides of themselves.

Etereo Mexico
A New Hotel – Etéreo

Etéreo is a brand-new entry into Mexico, opening this December. It’s part of the Auberge Resorts group and looks to be a contemporary luxury oasis that is a step above the commercial resorts on the Riviera Maya. While the verdict is still out as to its place on Mexico’s top resorts list, it’s on the radar for sure. Meaning ethereal in Spanish, Etéreo intends to be an unlikely oasis, promising luxurious accommodations inspired by indoor-outdoor living and unbeatable experiences on the beach and nearby. If you’re looking to head to the Riviera and want a beachfront view, this could be the new place for you.

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