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20 Best Hotels & Resorts in México For Your Next Luxe Vacation

The last time I was in México, I couldn’t believe how gorgeous the country truly was. It was my first time on the Caribbean side of the country, though I had already spent some time on the Pacific Coast. But the truth is, whether you are on one of the coasts, in Mexico City, or anywhere else in the country, you are sure to be surrounded by beautiful nature. Usually, when planning your next vacation, that includes a beach — but that’s not all that Mexico has to offer.

Whether your family is from America’s southern neighbor or from elsewhere in Latin America, México can be a wonderful place to get some much-needed rest and relaxation. And what better way to R&R than at one of México’s top hotels and resorts. From luxurious, adults-only, five-star resorts to unique boutique hotels and everything in between, here are the 20 best hotels and resorts in México that are sure to add a bit of luxury to your next vacation.

1. Iberostar Grand Paraíso

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This all-inclusive hotel is situated in Mexico’s Riviera Maya at Playa del Carmen, in between the vibrant jungle and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. The resort features four other hotels (and plenty of restaurants) but you’ll want to stay at the Grand Paraíso because it’s adults-only, and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy superb services (like a butler who will make you your very own rose bubble bath), a spa, golf, parties, a theater with nightly entertainment, amazing restaurants, and so much more.

2. Hotel El Ganzo

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It’s easy to find a luxurious resort in Mexico (after all, that’s what this list is for!) but sometimes you want a quiet, intimate place that’s out of the ordinary. That’s where Hotel El Ganzo in Los Cabos comes in. With just 70 guest rooms, but plenty of style, it’s a special experience. But the truly unique thing about this gem is that you can still have incredible spa treatments and gourmet cuisine, while listening to music probably coming from the hotel’s Underground Studio, where live musical performances and curated visual art exhibits are a serious treat for guests. 

3. Conrad San Luis Potosi

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This hotel offers all of the sophistication and contemporary style that today’s smart luxury travelers love, along with state-of-the-art event spaces and eclectic dining options. But do you know what makes Conrad San Luis Potosi, set in the exclusive Lomas neighborhood, stand out? They offer an immersive cultural experience in 1, 3 or 5-hour itineraries. For instance: If you choose the “Go Directly to Jail” experience, you’ll travel to a new arts complex that was created in a 19th-century prison. There you’ll see art and sculpture exhibits in old jail cells and resident performers. Talk about a unique experience! 

4. ME Cabo

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If you’re looking for a hotel in Mexico to bring high-energy dan plenty of fun this summer, then look no further than the ME Cabo, an upscale resort that has a full summer lineup of electric pool parties. Sure, some hotels are perfect for relaxing but this Baja Peninsula location, which features a gorgeous backdrop of desert-meets-ocean, is for those who are looking to let loose. Stay for a week at least so that you can fully experience the relaxing weekdays and high-energy weekends that this hotel is known and loved for.

5. Sheraton Grand Los Cabos

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Overlooking the Sea of Cortez in Hacienda del Mar, the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos sits on top of 28 acres of land in the upscale enclave of Cabo del Sol. You have plenty of options in how to stay here, since the resort offers 270 guest rooms, including 31 private suits with private terraces. There are five restaurants, six bars, and 24-hour room service. And did I mention the two Five Star Diamond award-winning waterfront restaurants? Sure, the atmosphere seems like you’re in a little seaside village, but it’s luxury all the way.

6. Ignacia Guest House

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If you’re traveling to Mexico City, then you simply must stay at Ignacia Guest House, a chic boutique bed and breakfast located in the gastronomic center of Mexico City in the vibrant Colonia Roma neighborhood. It’s an exclusive B&B with just five suites that feature a combination of Mexican artisan tradition and history with contemporary design. The cooks here prepare everything from scratch, using their pantry and sourcing all of their ingredients at neighborhood markets. And for the true foodie, you can even experience one of Casa Jacaranda’s cooking classes (just above Ignacia Guest House). 

7. Hyatt Zilara Cancun

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Located on the beautiful beaches of Cancun, the Hyatt Zilara Cancun is an all-inclusive resort that’s adults-only, which makes it perfect to visit with your sweetie or your girls. But the best part of this grand, luxurious hotel is their brand new Zen Spa. There’s so much to do that you won’t know where to start. Other than the incredible facial and massage options, you’ll want to try the Alchemy Ritual. This is a spa offer that includes a workshops at Alchemy, a private spa “test kitchen” where you will be able to create personalized balms and moisturizers made with all-natural ingredients. 

8. W Punta de Mita

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For a mix of modern bohemian luxe with traditional vibes (in this case, those of the Huichol culture found in Nayarit), you’ll want to visit this gorgeous hotel that’s located in the middle of a jungle but also has a beachfront that’s to-die-for. Your first stop might just be the fantastic beach bar, called Chevycheria, which serves fresh ceviche and craft beer from a repurposed 1950’s Chevy pickup truck. If you really want to up the ante, though, you can book a mezcal and tequila tasting that also includes the not-so-known raicilla that is another alcohol made from the agave plant.

9. Vivo Resorts Mexico

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Oaxaca is known to be one of the most beautiful parts of Mexico (then again, what part isn’t) and that is particularly true of this resort which is located on the untouched Pacific coast beach on the Oaxaca Emerald Coast. The Vivo Resorts Mexico are an exclusive community where you can stay for vacation and even buy condos so that you can come back over and over again. There are plenty of activities you can enjoy on-site, but one of the really great things is that here you’ll also be able to explore the charming downtown Puerto Escondido markets for fresh local products.

10. Las Ventanas al Paraíso

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Located in between the historic town of San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, this luxury resort on the tip of the Baja Peninsula is a wonder of Rosewood Hotels expertise and beauty. The accommodations range from 84 suites and villas, each of which features a private infinity-edge pool and absolutely AH-mazing views of the Sea of Cortez. There are also incredible dining options, including the Instagram-worthy Arbol restaurant that has a giant tree in the middle. Plus, plenty of spa and wellness options, all of which are inspired by the four elements and will surely add a special something to your vacation.

11. UNICO 20°87°

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Located in the Riviera Maya with plenty of stunning white sand beaches for you to enjoy, this is an immersive, all-inclusive hotel that’s tailor made for anyone with an adventurous spirit and seeking a unique experience. There are locally-inspired cocktails and cuisines, gorgeous art in the rooms, three unique pools and a holistic spa and wellness center that create an overall relaxed luxury experience. But beyond that, there are also pop-up events that give you some spontaneity and create a perfect atmosphere in this adults-only resort that’s perfect for millennials. 

12. Casa Decu

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The newest boutique hotel in the Condesa District of Mexico City (it opened at the end of 2017), the Casa Deco is housed in a restored Art Deco building. Featuring contemporary design with elements of the indigenous Mexican Art Deco style, it’s housed in a neighborhood that has been newly energized with galleries, bars, and restaurants, and so it’s perfect for those looking for a bit of luxury in the middle of a busy city. There are 27 luxury suites as well as a fitness center, beautiful rooftop garden terrace, and a continental breakfast all to be had before you venture out into the city streets. 

13. Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

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For the tequila lover, you’ll simply WOW with the impressive ceviche and tequila bar at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. There are over 180 different tequilas to choose from, along with 12 kinds of draft beer, exclusive cocktails, and a variety of ceviche dishes. The property even has their own blend, Tequila CasaMagna, which is often poured by the resort’s own Tequilier, Audrey Formisano. There’s also plenty of authentic Mexican cuisine, fresh seafood, and of course an incredible spa and fitness center.

14. Le Méridien Mexico City

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If you can’t travel without your loyal kitty or pup, then this is the hotel for you. Not only does it offer 160 great rolls, but it’s also pet-friendly, which could make for a different kind of vacation that you’re sure to love. Beyond that, however, Le Méredien is known for offering phenomenal global programs, such as this summer’s Au Soleil, which brings French heritage to hotels around the world such as this one. There are drink and menu offerings that are sure to wow any guest. 

15. Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos

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If you’re looking to TRULY relax during your Mexican vacation, then you simply must visit the Le Blanc Spa Resort. The Le Blanc Spa, located on the Baja Peninsula, offers state-of-the-art wellness experience for anyone who needs some extra R&R to go along with their beach vacation. There is a robust menu of modern and time-honored treatments, all meant to achieve paradise within. The facility is absolutely lavish, with 25 treatment suites that include 15 single rooms and nine couple’s rooms. The best part? If you book three or more nights, you will get an unlimited spa promotion during your stay.

16. Barceló Maya Beach

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The recently refurnished hotel has quite a few things to brag about lately: There is a striking club house that hosts reception cervices, a Club Premium Lounge, and a beach lobby bar that has a smoking terrace for those still partaking, as well as a beach buffet restaurant, a speciality restaurant, and a gift shop. There’s a variety of suites and an All-Inclusive program that features snacks and drinks that are available 24 hours a day, plus of course access to all three restaurants. There’s even a special pool for adults, and one for children. 

17. Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa

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If dramatic cliffside views and unsurpassed beauty is what you’re looking for, then Cala del Mar offers plenty of that overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It’s a resort with plenty of activities, attractions, and things to do for an unforgettable vacation. Interested the annual whale migration? Then here you are. Or did you want to relax on the pristine Playa el Palmar? You’ve got it. And if you’re the kind of want to take in a game of golf, then here you go. And I haven’t even yet mentioned the Spa El Capricho, which combines Aztec healing traditions and rituals with local ingredients. It’s pretty incredible, really.

18. Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta

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I fully admit that I used to think that the Hard Rock Hotel chain, which explores the lifestyle of a rock n’ roll star, was kind of cheesy. But they’ve done an incredible job with their hotels, including this one that offers an escape to the legendary beaches and impossibly blue waters of the Bahia de Banderas in Riviera Nayarit. This luxurious, all-inclusive resort has a gorgeous beachfront setting, and plenty of options to play, eat, retreat, and bliss out. From the modern rooms and suits to the luxurious spa, you’ll finally be able to relax at this hotel on the Pacific Ocean.

19. Chablé Resort Yucatán

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This resort has set out to redefine the wellness game. Located just 25 minutes from the historic city of Mérida, the Chablé offers 38 casitas and two expansive villas that are perfectly situated within the lush gardens. You can enjoy nature to its fullest before hearing to the world-class spa. It’s a facility that is built around a natural cenote, which serves as an extension of the spa, and has a uniquely holistic approach. As if that wasn’t enough, their executive chef, Jose Vallejo, was recently awarded the #22 best in the world of by World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Now THAT is a winner!

20. Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

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This vibrant, chic, and modern all-suite resort for adults only is the perfect sophisticated and lively getaway for millennials. There are 526 suites in three horseshoe-shaped buildings, each with their unique personality and vibes. You can start your days by visiting the spa, where you are sure to find new tranquility, and end the day by dancing the night away at the decelerate zone. There are also gourmet dining options and premium brand beverages at ten (yes, TEN!) trendy restaurants, nine bars and lounges, and of course 24-hour room service. Oh, and did I mention that there’s an events calendar that will surely add more to your travel itinerary? Yes, please.


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Mexican Artist Transforms 1,527 Deadly Guns Into Life-Giving Shovels To Plant Trees

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Mexican Artist Transforms 1,527 Deadly Guns Into Life-Giving Shovels To Plant Trees

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A Mexican artist and activist embarked on a project to gather as many firearms as he could from Culiacán, Mexico, the city with the highest death by gun violence rate in Mexico, and transform them into shovels that would instead plant trees. Artist Pedro Reyes, a Mexico City native, has long been using his art to illustrate how evil can be transformed into good, with the right perspective. While the United States has, by far, the highest number of firearms per capita (120.5 per 100 persons), Mexico ranks 60th in the world. Pedro Reyes wanted to do his part in getting the deadly weapons off the street.

Reyes set out in Culiacán, Mexico, to trade civilian’s weapons for coupons for electronics, and residents traded 1,527 weapons.

Pedro Reyes’s project, known as “Palas por Pistolas” publicized the gun exchange on television ads and through local media.

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 All of this was made possible by the botanical garden of Culiacán, which has been commissioning artists to perform social impact interventions for years. Reyes made a proposal to the garden to organize a city-wide campaign for a voluntary donation of weapons. The commission was able to pay for television advertisements and liaise with local media to promote the project. Soon, the whole city knew that residents were invited to give up their guns in exchange for a coupon. Those coupons were then traded at a local store in exchange for domestic appliances and electronics.

Of the 1,527 weapons collected, 40 percent were automatic weapons, “exclusively” used for the military.

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The second phase of the project was put on public display. All 1,527 guns were taken to a military zone and were crushed by a steamroller in a public act. Then, the pieces were taken to a foundry and melted down to its original form. Once again, the same metal that was transformed into guns became a ‘blank page,’ available to transform into absolutely anything. Reyes worked with a major hardware factory to create molds that would create exactly 1,527 shovels. 

Since they’ve been repurposed, 1,527 trees have been planted.

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The shovels have been on display at a variety of art institutions. Admirers could read an inscription of the shovel’s origin story on the handle. Later, children and adults alike would feel the weight of what was once a gun in their hands as they dug up dirt to plant new life. Trees have been planted at the Vancouver Art Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, Paris’s Maison Rouge, Lyon Biennial, Marfa, Texas, and Denver, Colorado.

“This ritual has a pedagogical purpose of showing how an agent of death can become an agent of life,” Reyes said of the project. 

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Like every other Reyes project to date, the gift is a change in perspective. For whoever might have been injured or died at the hands of those 1,527 guns, as many trees have been planted in their honor. Reyes breaks down the concept of a gun to what it is: human intention and scrap metal. With a simple shift in intention, that metal has created lasting memories for children and created oxygen-giving life on this planet.  

Since “Palas por Pistolas,” Reyes has also installed “Imagine,” a similar concept that instead turns guns into musical instruments.

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In April 2012, Reyes was given the opportunity to transform human intention once again. “I got a call from the government who had learned about Palas por Pistolas,” Reyes said. “They told me a public destruction of weapons was to take place in Ciudad Juarez and asked me if I was interested in keeping the metal, which would otherwise have been buried as usual. I accepted the material but I wanted to do something new this time. 6700 weapons, cut into parts and rendered useless, were given to me and I set out to make them into instruments.”

“A group of 6 musicians worked for 2 weeks shoulder-to-shoulder turning these agents of death into instruments of life.”

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Reyes said it was far more challenging than simply turning the metal into shovels. The metal had to create sounds. “It’s difficult to explain but the transformation was more than physical,” Reyes writes. “It’s important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons; as if a sort of exorcism was taking place the music expelled the demons they held, as well as being a requiem for lives lost.”

Living in a community free of guns ought to be a human right. Many liberties that we enjoy today were considered utopian, and the first step taken into that direction was to Imagine.” Reyes continues to draw attention not only to where guns are used, but where they are made. It is an industry and one he continues to reclaim for life.

READ: Mexicans Are Questioning Their Government’s Decision To Release El Chapo’s Son After A Massive Gun Battle

Mexico Becomes The World’s First Country With A Highway Paved From Recycled Plastics

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Mexico Becomes The World’s First Country With A Highway Paved From Recycled Plastics

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One of the biggest assets of the great and complex country known as Mexico is the creative and even ludic way in which people reuse materials. This is done on an everyday basis. You just have to go to a traditional mercado to see, for example, Barbie doll dresses made with scraps from old clothes. Need a swing for the backyard? No worries, that used tire will do! 

But sometimes this sort of creativity extends to public works that set a good example that other governments can follow. 

Introducing the world’s very first eco-highway! Recycled plastic on the road! 

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The state of Guanajuato in central Mexico is home to the first ever highway paved with recycled materials. The effort is modest at the moment and involved a 4 kilometer stretch that required 1.7 tons of plastic. The stretch communicates the municipalities of Irapuato and Cuerámaro. If we don’t continue to implement solutions like these, the only highway that we will be paving as humanity is a highway to climate hell!

The number of plastic packages required to accumulate 1.7 tons will surprise you!

According to Dow Plastics Technology Mexico, the 1.7 tons of eco-pavement equal up to 425,000 plastic packaging units. The development of the highway plastic was a private affair that involved the companies Dow, Vise, Surfax, Lasfalto and Omnigreen, and its use in the highway was championed by the federal body Communications and Transportation Secretariat (SCT). Regardless of the politics that are surely involved in the project (governments loooove to take credit for this sort of initiatives and present themselves as super eco-friendly), this project sets a great precedent. 

And the new recycled material is much more durable too!

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Through a press release, Dow praised the durability of the new eco-material, which could become the standard in the years to come: “This new technology not only offers a possible solution to the management of plastic waste, it also theoretically prolongs the life span of highways by 50% compared to conventional asphalt. The advantage of using recycled plastic products is that they can be used on all types of highways, not only in high-performance products, which can extend the life span of any paved road”.

It is important to note that the world at large is facing a crisis when it comes to the management of recycling materials. Many developed countries such as Australia and New Zealand traditionally send their plastics to China to be recycled. However, China is no longer accepting them and a lot of plastic is either being stored (a costly and not very useful solution) or, worse, it ends up in landfill. This was a pilot study, but it will surely at least trigger the curiosity of other governments and companies. And remember: they both love good PR, and what could be better PR than being eco-friendly in these times of true environmental distress? 

Mexicans have done some other pretty cool eco-friendly things with roads!

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If you have been to Mexico City chances are that you have been stuck in traffic. If the traffic lasts for more than, say, 45 minutes, chances are then that you are in the infamous Periferico. This artery, which connects the city’s Sur y Norte, was so busy that the government decided to build a second floor on top of it. This was a very controversial project then championed by now president AMLO.

A new project, Via Verde, is creating vertical gardens on the pillars that support “El Segundo Piso”. This is intended not only to provide a pretty view for tired drivers, but also to alleviate some of the air pollution caused by the thousands of cars that cross “El Peri” every day in what is perhaps one of the world’s busiest commutes. We only hope that CDMX becomes a truly green megalopolis… 

And don’t forget the nopal leather made by a duo of Mexican superstars!

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A few days ago this wonderful invention made its rounds on the media: Adrian Lopez and Marte Cazarez, two Mexican inventors, have created an alternative to plastic faux leather by using nopal, a cactus variety that is as delicious to eat as it is durable when used as a material. If this vegan and eco-friendly is commercialized on a large scale it will not only provide more fashion alternatives to vegans, but it will also have an impact on the cattle industry, which is one of the main culprits of climate change. The material is also much more breathable than plastic faux leather… seriously, that things makes you sweat like there is no tomorrow!