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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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Diego Luna Talks The Importance Of The Storytelling In ‘Narcos: Mexico’ And Why Mexico City Will Always Be His Home

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Diego Luna Talks The Importance Of The Storytelling In ‘Narcos: Mexico’ And Why Mexico City Will Always Be His Home

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Netflix’s “Narcos: Mexico” Season 2 comes back to continue the story of enigmatic drug lord Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo and the subsequent rise and fall of the Guadalajara cartel he founded in the 1970s, with Diego Luna reprising his role as the mysterious Félix Gallardo.

The show depicts how Félix Gallardo’s eloquence and strategic thinking helped him attain a swift rise to the apex of the Mexican drug cartels. 

For a man of which not much is widely known about, Luna reveals in this exclusive interview with mitú how he was able to dive into his character.

When preparing for this role, Luna said there wasn’t as much research material about El Padrino (Félix Gallardo’s alias) compared to the personal stories of other real-life personalities, such as El Chapo. 

“The good thing for me in playing this role is this man was a very discreet person, he understood the power of discretion,” Luna says.

It was important to see what people said about him—what people say or feel when they were around this character, this perception of him helps a lot. I had to do research and see what was a common answer—people talk about how intelligent and precise and strategic he was, and that’s how I wanted to portray and build this character,” Luna told mitú over the phone. 

Season 2 picks up after the murder of DEA agent Kiki Camarena, with Félix Gallardo enjoying political protection at his palatial home in Mexico.

It’s evident in the beginning scenes of this second season that his rags-to-riches story is starting to unravel and a bit of paranoia is starting to set in that he may have a knife (or gun) at his back at any moment. 

A running allegory used by the characters’ dialogues of the Roman Empire’s eventual collapse and Julius Caesar’s ultimate end foreshadows what we all know will happen to Félix Gallardo—his drug empire will eventually collapse in a smoke of cocaine dust. 

From crooked Mexican politicians and cops to ranch hands trying to make extra money delivering cocaine across the border, the show demonstrates the complicity among the cartels and how far the cartels’ reach.

“Narcos: Mexico” attempts to show that good and evil isn’t always black and white. The story highlights the gray area where even those committing corrupt acts are victims, Luna explained. 

“Some of the characters that take action are victims of the whole system,” Luna said in Spanish. 

The side of Mexico shown in “Narcos: Mexico” has been criticized by some as a side of Mexico stereotypically seen in the media.

However, Luna sees it as a side of the country that is real and must be discussed in order to move forward.

“When this season ends, I was 10 to 11 years old [at the time.] That decade was actually ending. It’s interesting to revisit that decade as an adult and research that Mexico my father was trying to hide from me [as a child],” Luna explained.

Luna says that this type of storytelling is important to understanding the fuller picture of Mexico.

The need for this type of storytelling—the stories that put a mirror up to a country to see the darkest side of itself—is vital, regardless of how complex it is to write scripts about all the facets of a country marred by political and judicial corruption. 

“In this case the story is very complex, it’s talking about a corrupt system that allows these stories to happen. We don’t tell stories like that—we simply everything. With this, I had a chance to understand that complexity. The journey of this character is a presentable journey. Power has a downside, and he gets there and he thinks he’s indispensable and clearly he is not,” Luna said. 

Outside of his role on “Narcos,” Luna is a vocal activist and is constantly working to put Mexico’s art and talent on an international stage through his work, vigilantly reminding his audience that Mexico has culture waiting to be explored past the resort walls of Cancún and Cabo. 

“The beauty of Mexico is that there are many Mexicos—it’s a very diverse country. You have the Pacific Coast that is beautiful and vibrant and really cool. By far my favorite beach spots in Mexico are in Oaxaca, and all the region of Baja California. You also have the desert and jungle and Veracruz and you have all the Caribbean coast and the city is to me a place I can’t really escape. Home is Mexico City, and it will always be where most of my love stories are and where I belong,” Luna said in a sort of love note aside to his home country. 

As much as Luna can talk endlessly about his favorite tacos in Mexico City (Tacos El Güero for any inquiring minds) and the gastronomic wonders of its pocket neighborhoods such as la Condesa, he also wants the dialogue around Mexico’s violence to be shown under a spotlight, as searing as it may be. 

“We can’t avoid talking about violence because if we stop, we normalize something that has to change,” Luna said. 

Perhaps “Narcos: Mexico” can bring some introspection and change after all. Let’s hope the politicians are watching.

READ: ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Season 2 Picks Up Where We Left Off With Félix Gallardo And The Guadalajara Cartel

Mexican Newspaper Slammed After Publishing Graphic Photos Of Woman’s Tragic Death

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Mexican Newspaper Slammed After Publishing Graphic Photos Of Woman’s Tragic Death

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In Mexico, the recent brutal mutilation and slaying of a 25-year-old woman are spurning conversations about the country’s efforts to prevent femicide and laws that protect victims from the media.

On Sunday, Mexican authorities revealed that they had discovered the body of Ingrid Escamilla.

According to reports, Escamilla was found lifeless with her body skinned and many of her organs missing. At the scene, a 46-year-old man was also discovered alive. His body was covered in bloodstains and he was arrested.

As of this story wasn’t troubling enough, local tabloids and websites managed to bring more tragedy to the victim and her family by splashing leaked graphic photos and videos of the victim’s body. In a terribly crafted headline, one paper by the name of Pasala printed the photos on its front page with the headline “It was Cupid’s fault.” The headline is a reference to the fact that the man found at the scene was Escamilla’s husband.

According to leaked video footage from the arrest scene, Escamilla’s husband admitted to stabbing his wife after a heated argument in which she threatened to kill him. He then claimed to have skinned her body to eliminate evidence.

Mexic City’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, revealed that prosecutors will demand the maximum sentence against the alleged perpetrator.

“Femicide is an absolutely condemnable crime. It is appalling when hatred reaches extremes like in the case of Ingrid Escamilla,” Sheinbaum wrote in a tweet according to CNN. According to reports, Mexico broke records in 2018 when its homicide record reached over 33,000 people that year.

The publication of Escamilla’s mutilated body has sparked discussions regarding the way in which reports about violence against women are handled.

Women’s rights organizations have lambasted the papers that originally published photos of Escamilla’s body and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also expressed criticism of the media’s response to the brutal slaying.

In a press conference on Thursday, President López Obrador expressed his determination to find and punish anyone responsible for the image leaks. “This is a crime, that needs to be punished, whoever it is,” he stated.