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Coastal Living Features “Mexico’s 10 Best Seaside Hideaways”

22 May, 2014

Locations throughout Mexico have long been renowned as some of the world’s most popular tropical vacation destinations, offering visitors affordable luxury, safety and a seemingly never ending list of activities and amenities to enjoy. Here, we’ve provided a convenient summary of what you can expect to find at each property listed on Coastal Living’s recent list of Mexico’s 10 Best Seaside Hideaways. 

#1 Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya

With just 65 rooms, this exclusive resort offers privacy and a relaxing atmosphere. Located at the end of an unmarked dirt road off Highway 307 just south of Cancun and just north of Playa del Carmen along Mexico’s only Caribbean Coast, the property is surrounded by more than 200 acres of jungle preserve and boasts its very own private white sand beach. Hundreds of candles are lit nightly in and around the hotel grounds to create a magical atmosphere, while the resort’s Kinan Spa incorporates both Mayan and Zen concepts, along with a rooftop meditation pavilion that boasts stunning ocean views. Also, a private observation tower is available for dinner reservations and offers guests a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape.

For additional information:
(866) 454 9351


#2 Villas Paraíso del Mar, Isla Holbox

Situated northwest of Cancun, this one of a kind resort is both secluded and rustic, yet provides all the amenities necessary for a fabulous beach vacation. The island is reachable only by ferry or boat, and you might even get to see some large porpoises along the way! The streets here are sand and the pace of life is slower in this small fishing village than in Mexico’s larger cities. With no nightclubs or large crowds, Isla Holbox is an ideal destination for couples or families. The fresh seafood is unbeatable, with the days catch being served up nightly, including red snapper, lobster and ceviche. While here, be sure to check out Helados Maresa, which is everyone’s favorite place to get dessert and is located in a private home that doubles as an ice cream parlor. One of the island’s biggest attractions is the whale shark tours, which are offered just offshore each year from mid-May through mid-September.

For additional information:
(984) 875 2062


#3 Verana, Costa Alegre

Situated about an hour and forty-five minutes south of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, this resort is accessible via a 30 minute taxi ride from the city to Boca de Tomatlán, followed by a 30-minute boat ride and a short walk through a small village that leads up to a seaside cliff. A mule will haul your luggage up to the property while you make the trek, and the resort’s kitchen is happy to pack a picnic for a day trip to the nearby Marietas Islands, where a scenic nature preserve is home to whales and rare birds.

For additional information:
(866) 687 9358


#4 Rancho Pescadero, Baja

Located just 30 minutes northwest of the Cabo San Lucas International Airport, this 27-suite boutique hotel boasts ocean front views and lies just south of the popular surf town of Todos los Santos. Here, guests will enjoy a two-mile stretch of beach, while the property is protected by well-preserved sand dunes. Free daily yoga, organic local cuisine, whale watching, deep-sea fishing tours and seaside bars are just a few of the offered amenities.

For additional information:
(910) 300 8891


#5 Las Alamandas, Costa Alegre

With just 16 suites available on a property that spans more than 1,500 acres a little more than one hour south of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, this secluded seaside resort offers a crowd-free experience. A number of recent renovations, including private pools and double showers boasting ocean views in the two villas that house the suites – Casa del Domo and Casa Isabel – have given the property a quaint and luxurious vibe. Looking for a unique experience? Ask the staff to saddle up one of the resort’s horses and enjoy a sunset gallop down the beach.

For additional information:
(322) 285 5500


#6 Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas

Located along Mexico’s Pacific Coast, this world-class resort offers spa suites known as palapa casitas, which boast thatched roofs and private, infinity edge hot tubs. Tequila tastings are held regularly to teach visitors all about the famed agave cactus, with more than 100 varieties kept in stock by the resort.

For additional information:
(866) 311 2226


#7 Todos Santos Inn,Baja Peninsula

With a brick and adobe interior, this historic hacienda-style hotel channels old Mexico and was built in the 1870s as part of a sugar baron’s estate. Located in the center of downtown Todos Santos just northwest of Cabo San Lucas, the rooms feature antique beds swathed with gauzy mosquito netting, which lends a nostalgic, dreamlike ambience. Painting classes are also offered, teaching guests how to capture the golden light of Baja on canvas.

For additional information:
(612) 145 0040


#8 Agua Azul la Villa, Huatulco

Situated south of Acapulco within an upscale neighborhood near the seaside town of Huatulco, which lies in the state of Oaxaca, this intimate resort offers adults-only lodging in a boutique environment. It is a quiet bed and breakfast with just six rooms, each offering expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. The town of Huatulco itself is still largely unspoiled, but still offers plenty of restaurants, shopping and other diversions, including private tours on the Luna Azul, a private,44-foot sailboat.

For additional information:
(958) 581 0265


#9 La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo

Situated about three hours south of Puerto Vallarta along Mexico’s Pacific Coast, this ocean-side resort is easily accessible via the nearby Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport and is open to couples and families with children who are 16 or older. Perched high atop cliffs overlooking the sea, the name of this resort directly translates to mean “The House That Sings.” Here, guests will thrill to the suites, which come with private pools, while villas include butler service and a private chef.

For additional information:
(888) 523 5050


#10 Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Playa Del Carmen

Privacy is paramount here, with private plunge pools and spacious villas that seem to blend perfectly with the surrounding environment. The master bath closely resembles a mini spa, with open-air tubs and glass doors. The resort’s actual spa features therapists that are trained at the hotel’s special academy in Thailand, while the Rainforest hydro-thermal experience is one of its signature treatments, involving hot and cold steam rooms, mud and salt baths and a shower massage.

For additional information:
(800) 591 0439

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Topics: Travel Mexico