12 of Mexico’s Coolest Boutique Hotels

Eco treehouse retreats, boho beachfront suites with private plunge pools and design-led desert escapes - if you're not planning trip to Mexico already, you will be by the end of this list.

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Coqui Coqui Coba

Coba, Mexico

One of several Coqui Coqui hideaways scattered across Mexico, this high-end five-bedroom bolthole sits within Mayan ruins, quite literally placing you (and your bed) back in time. Crumbling stone walls have been transformed into an idyllic residence, complete with stone bathtubs, an abundance of hand-crafted hammocks and an outdoor dipping pool that will leave you feeling like Mayan royalty.

Address

Coba Quintana Roo

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Viceroy Los Cabos

San José del Cabo, Mexico

One for architecture lovers, this striking hotel has reimagined the entire concept of beachfront lodgings. Surrounded by water on all sides, the all-white property is crisscrossed by sunken pathways, while rooms feature wall-to-wall glass windows that appear to disappear completely, taking the phrase “ocean views” to a whole new level.

Address

Paseo Malecon San Jose Lote 8 Zona Hotelera San José del Cabo 23400

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Papaya Playa Project

Tulum , Mexico

If we tried to design a tropical playground for creative types, we imagine it would end up looking a little something like this marvellous blend of local culture, sustainability, nature and relaxation. Take a look at that tree-top plunge pool and tell us you’re not already looking at room rates.

Address

Km 4.5 Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Zona Costera Tulum 77780

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L’Otel Doce 18 Concept House

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Looking more like your chicest friend’s house than a hotel, L’Otel Doce is an artsy residence tucked away in a former metal factory in colourful San Miguel Allende. Make yourself at home by taking advantage of the sitting room, complete with grand piano, outdoor patio and pool, as well as the comfortable library stocked with diverting tomes.

Address

Relox 22 Zona Centro San Miguel de Allende 37700

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Azulik

Tulum , Mexico

If total immersion in nature is what you’re after, Azulik’s tree-top wooden villas are for you, with each ensconced in jungle foliage and offering 360-degree views. Designed to look like a Lost Boys hideout, made with all natural materials and decked out with rope swings, netting and “nests” overlooking the ocean, the eco-friendly retreat is well-worth giving up electric lighting and WiFi for.

Address

Carretera Tulum Ruinas Km 5 Zona Hotelera Tulum 77780

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Acre

San José del Cabo, Mexico

If you thought staying in a treehouse meant giving up any opportunity for fine dining, think again. Acre’s farm-to-table experience welds sleeping high above the ground in a completely private and beautifully designed thatched treehouse with inventive dining at the on-site restaurant. All dishes (and drinks) are prepared with ingredients sourced from on the surrounding acres of farmland. Una mesa para dos, por favor.

Address

Calle Sin Nombre Animas Bajas San José del Cabo 23407

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Be Tulum

Tulum , Mexico

Be Tulum’s dreamy eco-friendly suites are what you would expect to see if you typed “beach boho decor” into Pinterest. Surrounded on all sides by jungle or sea, the oceanside hotel’s suites are a lesson in how to do barefoot interior design right – think unfinished wood, wicker furnishings, patterned rugs and an abundance of tassels. Pick your room right and you’ll also have a private pool for all-day sunbathing.

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Hotel Escondido

Puerto Escondido, Mexico

One for surfer types, or just anyone who wants to spend a week surrounded by nothing but waves and cacti, Hotel Escondido is far from the tourist hotspots. Spend your days in a traditional Mexican palapa and switch from lazing by the beach to paddling in your own pool every other hour.

Address

Carretera Federal Km. 113 Puerto Puerto Escondido Salina Cruz - Santiago Pinotepa Nacional 71983

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San Cristobal

Todos Santos, Mexico

Whitewashed walls provide backdrops for greenery and frame ocean views at this boutique hotel on the western coast. Named after the patron saint of surfers, travellers and sailors, a somewhat 1970s vibe weaves through its minimalist decor. Located between mountains and sea, be sure to splurge on the ocean-facing suite with a private outdoor tub for sunset bubbles.

Address

Carretera Federal 19 Todos Santos 23300

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Nest

Tulum, Mexico

Within just steps of the renowned white sands of Tulum’s shore, Nest feels more like a guesthouse than a boutique hotel, with a laid-back chic atmosphere that will see you barefoot for the duration of your stay. Each of the nine guest rooms are bedecked in locally sourced homeware, including handwoven hammocks, furniture crafted from recycled wood and colourful pillows.

Address

Carretera Tulum - Bocapaila Km 9.5 Zona Hotelera Tulum Zona Hotelera

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Azucar

Veracruz, Mexico

“Azucar” means sugar in Spanish, and this chilled-out hotel composed of 20 whitewashed bungalows is as sweet as its name. Its recipe for beachside luxury involves minimalist decor with giant pink bean bags the only pop of colour, outdoor showers for washing off your daily trips down to the beach, a spa and a restaurant for indulging in local flavours before a late afternoon siesta (in a hammock, of course).

Address

Carretera Nautla -Poza Rica Km 83.5 Monte Gordo 93583

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Casa Malca

Tulum , Mexico

Want to stay in the private playground of Pablo Escobar? Built in the 1980s, this former estate of the notorious drug lord has come a long way since the days when it needed bulletproof walls and now features 41 art-filled rooms, Instagrammable pools both above and below ground, plus a rooftop bar for taking in Tulum’s sunsets.

Address

Carretera Fed.Tulum Av. Boca Paila km 9.5 Tulum 77780

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