We don’t believe in the myth that the only image the world has of Mexico is what people see in Hollywood movies; that dreaded yellow filter that turns every scenery into an arid picture of harshness, whether it’s in nature or in the city… However, we also know that Mexico can indeed be overwhelming. The country is vast and varied, home to landscapes that range from verdant canyons and mystical jungles to sunny beaches and culturally buoyant neighborhoods, and everything in between.
It would be easy to just give you a list of the best hotels in Mexico and just let you figure out the country on your own, however that’s not the Lartisien way. We are curators of experiences and what we want is for you to truly get the most out of your hotel, certainly, but also the destination. So, here are our top 3 hotels to truly learn what Mexico is all about!
For our first destination, we thought there would be no better place for you to dip your toes into what Mexico is than Los Cabos. Sprawled out in between a vast rocky terrain and the Sea of Cortez, One&Only Palmilla brings you to a setting that feels almost tropical, which is unlike anywhere else in the country, but is still an undeniable part of Mexico!
Though expansive, the layout of the resort feels as intimate as a small village, with the cobblestone pathways taking you from one place to another, passing by common areas of white-washed buildings with accents of Colonial Spanish aesthetics, lush gardens and water fountains, and a chapel, that still welcomes the neighboring community on Sunday for mass. And that is really what we loved about this One&Only resort: it’s connection with the surrounding community. For us, it is the perfect way to enjoy both interacting with the people and take in as much of the culture as possible, but also have a place all to ourselves to come back to.
And one thing that is truly special about this place is their pride for their culture and heritage. The resort puts Mexican traditions and legacy at the forefront of their offering, whether it is at the spa where you can try the ancestral healing rituals of the Mayans or learn about the rich local gastronomy, beyond the obvious and stereotypical ideas of tacos and nachos.
Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
Next up, we are kicking things up a notch, figuratively and literally! Rosewood San Miguel de Allende brings you right to the heart of the Mexican highlands, just one and a half hours away from the historic colonial city of Guanajuato.
Imagine a gorgeous vista of colorful Baroque buildings – ochre, terracotta, orange, and red – all warm and inviting, separated only by narrow streets and long stone stairways, leading you from one location to another, where the cars would be unable to pass. And in the midst of it all, the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende. From the deep red façade alone, it is evident the hotel has completely embraced the history and legacy of the location. Inside, the décor is all Spanish colonial, with period furniture, wood-beam ceilings and vintage decorations set against stark white walls.
However, if there is one thing about the hotel that truly pays homage to the history of the place is the culinary offering. Certainly, the food is outstanding at the 1826 Restaurant, with a menu that celebrates Mexico’s rich and traditional cuisine, however, the 1826 Tequila Bar and the Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar offer an experience that almost makes you feel like you’ve stepped into the past, while also celebrating the beauty of the present.
For our last resort, we thought it would be interesting to take you to a setting that one would hardly associate with Mexico at first glance, but is perhaps one of the most beautiful experiences you can have in the country. Rosewood Mayakoba takes you right to the edge of the Riviera Maya, to a magnificent lagoon in Cancun.
A stretch of Caribbean coastline in the east Yucatan, Riviera Maya is a complete immersion in the bountiful and generous nature of Mexico. And the Rosewood Mayakoba allows you to make the most of this idyllic setting of deep turquoise lagoons, mangrove jungle, and white-sand beaches that feels completely cut off from everything else.
Yet, take a walk across the common areas of the resort, and you’ll recognizes aspects of Mexico throughout the place, whether it is the décor which pays homage to Mayan culture, or the cuisine, which mixes Mexican ingredients and flavors with international techniques and savoir-faire to result into something that is both new and familiar.