12 of Mexico’s Coolest Boutique Hotels

Thu, 27 September 2018

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.

Coqui Coqui Coba Quintana Roo

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.

Viceroy Los Cabos San José del Cabo

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.

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

Papaya Playa Project, Tulum

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.

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  • Km 4.5
    Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
    Zona Costera Tulum

L’Otel Doce 18 Concept House San Miguel de Allende

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.

Azulik Tulum

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.

Acre Baja

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.

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  • Calle Sin Nombre
    Animas Bajas
    San José del Cabo

Be Tulum Tulum

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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  • Km.10 Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
    Zona Hotelera

Hotel Escondido Oaxaca

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.

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

San Cristobal, Baja

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.

Nest Tulum

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.


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  • Carretera Tulum - Bocapaila Km 9.5
    Zona Hotelera
    Zona Hotelera

Azucar Veracruz

“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).

Casa Malca Tulum

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.

Coqui Coqui Coba

Viceroy Los Cabos

Papaplaya Project

L’Otel Doce 18 Concept House



Be Tulum

Hotel Escondido

San Cristobal



Casa Malca

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