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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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Andrea Arruti, The Mexican Actress Who Lent Her Voice To ‘Frozen’ In Spanish, Died At 21 Years Of Age

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Andrea Arruti, The Mexican Actress Who Lent Her Voice To ‘Frozen’ In Spanish, Died At 21 Years Of Age

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The young actress who lent her voice to the Spanish version of Elsa in “Frozen”, Diamond Tiara in “My Little Pony,” Neeko in “League of Legends,” among other characters, died this week and the Mexican entertainment industry is mourning the loss of a talented young voice actress. 

Actress Andrea Arruti who lent his voice to the Spanish-language version of Elsa in “Frozen,” died.

Mexican actress Andrea Arruti, died following a respiratory complication, which slowly debilitated her body over the course of several months. She was the voice behind many’s favorite characters in the Spanish version of animated series and films, such as “Anne with an E,” “My Little Pony,” “Phineas and Ferb,” and “League of Legends.” One of her most popular characters was Elsa in “Frozen.”

She reportedly died on Jan. 3.

The death of the 21-year-old actress occurred during the first days of the year, but the information wasn’t confirmed until this weekend, when several companies who worked with Arruti, expressed condolences.

The family shared official news of Andrea’s passing to appease rumors.

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Arruti’s family shared the news on her Facebook page and felt the need to be transparent about the young actress’s cause of death following false rumors.  “In the name of Andy Arruti’s family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for all the love and solidarity we have received after her passing in a hospital of Mexico City. After noticing some speculation around her death —in the media as well as in social media—we wanted to note that Andrea died due to a respiratory complication that weakened her body throughout the last months.”

The Arruti family made it clear that Andy ’had no addictions’ and that she was ‘an exemplary person’.

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La más bonita.💖😍 @andyarruti

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“Throughout this period it was sought for their well-being and was duly attended by specialists.“ the Facebook post reads. “For her part, she did everything in her power to meet her health status and fulfill her family, school and professional commitments in a normal way. Andrea was an exemplary person who had no addiction and those who knew her can realize that she was always a cheerful young woman.”

“League of Legends” expressed their condolences.

“We regret the death of Andrea Arruti, who lent her voice to Neeko, and we extend our condolences to her loved ones,” wrote the official video game “League of Legends'” Twitter account. 

Those in the Mexican entertainment industry have been paying their respects via social media.

So far, the actress’s family has not revealed the cause of death, but in social networks, fans and colleagues have lamented the news and remember her as a cheerful and talented person.

Her close friend and colleague Emilio Trevino also shared a loving message.

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Sin duda a veces la vida nos sorprende de maneras fuertes e inesperadas…buscar un porque o para que es absurdo pues son respuestas que realmente nunca tendremos y no espero tenerlas. Sin embargo creo que hoy para mi es más importante recordar todas aquellas cosas hermosas que viví contigo…pues esas son las que al final de todo realmente importan. ¿Qué te puedo decir? Tantos años…crecimos juntos…tantas experiencias y sueños compartidos que no se por donde empezar. Gracias por todas las noches desvelándonos platicando sobre nuestros sueños y como llegaríamos a ellos. Gracias por acompañarme a ver mi película favorita al cine y escucharme hablar de Philippe Petit por horas con tanto amor como tu lo sabias hacer, me acuerdo que pesaba “wow realmente me está escuchando , esta niña es diferente”. Ese momento en el que a la mitad de la película nos quedamos viendo uno al otro por instantes sin decir nada pero realmente decíamos todo…fue simplemente hermoso. Gracias por todas las videollamadas cantando juntos. Gracias por hablar conmigo de Harry Potter por horas hasta cansarnos. Gracias por hacer una fiesta de disfraces en la cual solo fuimos disfrazados tu y yo jajaja. Gracias por platicar conmigo de todos los misterios del mundo como los grandes detectives que nos sentíamos querida Señorita Adler y gracias por darme el nombramiento de Sherlock Holmes. Gracias por introducirme a la lectura y tenerme paciencia aunque nunca fui un muy buen lector…perdóname por perder el libro que me prestaste jajaja. Gracias por volar conmigo en el país de Nunca Jamás…jamás olvidaré cuando grabamos juntos esa serie…era tan bonito escucharte y sentir que me acompañabas en cada aventura, y gracias por compartir tu polvillo de hadas conmigo. Gracias por enseñarme a bailar y a reír sin parar cuando grabábamos Trolls…eres la Poppy más hermosa de todas. Gracias por vivir conmigo una historia de amor tan incondicional, mágica, sincera, divertida y vulnerable cuando grabamos “Anne with an E”….escucharte en cada toma era muy especial para mi. Sin duda ese personaje reflejaba gran parte de ti. Tu sabes que siempre serás mi única e irreemplazable Anne❤️. ……continua abajo

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“Life undoubtedly surprises us in tough and unexpected ways, sometimes,” wrote Trevino, a young man who shared many projects with Andrea. “Te voy a extrañar mucho,” “I’ll miss you a lot,” he added in the caption of his Instagram post. 

Despite her young age, Andrea Arruti had been working in the entertainment industry for a long time.

In addition to interpreting the Spanish version of Elsa in “Frozen,” Arruti was a part of other projects such as “Phineas and Ferb” where she played the role of Brigette.

Andrea’s voice has been immortalized in other projects like “Detective Pikachu,” “Goosebumps 2,” “Zombies,” “Powerful Minds,” “World War Z” and many many more.

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Don’t Throw Away Those Tamale Husks – They Make The Perfect Eco-Friendly Plate Or Service Dish

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Don’t Throw Away Those Tamale Husks – They Make The Perfect Eco-Friendly Plate Or Service Dish

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There is no secret that our planet is experiencing an ecological crisis. From flash flooding in Indonesia to a three-year drought that led to unprecedented and lethal bushfires in Australia, the first three weeks of 2020 have reminded us that as a species us humans have basically sucked at achieving a balance with other animal species and with the natural world in general. We are at the brink of either going into a deep well from which we might not come back, or hitting the PAUSE button and making some significant changes. 

Here’s a success story about creative ways of using free and inexpensive materials to curb our consumption of single-use plastic products. 

Our dependence on single-use plastic plates and containers is not only harmful to the environment, but frankly stupid.

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Think about the amount of plastic you use in a single day. From the coffee lid that you throw away after finishing your latte to the plastic cutlery at the fast food court, plastic bags at the supermarket and plastic toothpicks, to water bottles and a long list of products that frankly make no sense… all of those contribute to increased levels of pollution. Just think about how silly it all is: that lid that you threw away or that Starbucks cup will exist way after your body has turned into ash or compost. Yes, it might sound dramatic, but it really is how illogical the use of plastic is. 

So in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, corn husks have become the perfect alternative after Styrofoam was banned in the municipality.

The town of San Miguel de Allende, a traditional town and gringo-retiree central, has banned Styrofoam. Instead of complaining like many chilangos (Mexico City natives) did when plastic bags were banned, vendors in the picturesque San Miguel have resorted to a much more friendly and overall cooler alternative: corn husks.

This is a great idea not only because otherwise they get thrown away or turn into compost, but also because it is a resistant material and can even give some extra flavor to some traditional dishes. Such is the case of esquites, a scintillating concoction of corn, mayo, lemon and chili… food for the gods.

As reported by Mexico News Daily, San Miguel’s mayor, Luis Alberto Villareal, is proud of the initiative of banning harmful materials: “We’ve been working all year, but the truth is that the society of San Miguel is very participatory, it’s a committed society, it’s a progressive society, and [getting participation] hasn’t been too complicated.” Good for them! 

Mexico City also banned single-use plastic bags.

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From January 1 the user of single-use plastic bags was banned in Mexico City. Given that this is one of the world’s biggest megalopolis the move will certainly have a measurable impact. Many complained (of course they did!), but most embraced the initiative.

Of course, plastic bag producers spoke out against the law, as CE Noticias Financieras reports: “Plastic bag producers, distributors and traders marched and demonstrated in Mexico City on Wednesday against a series of bans to make the Mexican capital free of plastic objects that are only used once in the next months.”

Multinational supermarket chains have also responded to the initiative by offering their customers reusable bags. As NFINCE reports: “Walmart of Mexico, Latin America’s largest self-service chain, began with the free delivery of half a million reusable bags to its customers, as part of the one-time plastic and plastic bag disposal agreement, signed with the Government of Mexico City.”

 Eco traditional practices are coming back

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Even though hipster, gentrified zones of Mexico City have adopted the use of eco bags and all sorts of products that are often overpriced, Mexico City tradition has a long history of uses of bolsas de mercado, bags in which people store their groceries while shopping. This practice is mostly followed by the lower socioeconomic classes, but we are sure they will expand. Using a reusable bag is tradition and hopefully it will make a comeback. We also hope that bags that are usually less that $3 USD don’t end up being a $50 USD hipster commodity! 

Natural, compostable plates and containers are used throughout the Global South and it is a long and rich tradition.

All throughout Asia people use sticks or toothpicks and fresh banana leaves to make bowls and plates in which dishes such as coconut rice or amok (Cambodian curried fish) is served. Oftentimes the practices of the Global North are seen as the panacea of progress but there is much to be learned from developing nations and from indigenous communities in places such as Australia, the United States, Mexico and Canada.