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NO MEX­I­CAN JAUNT WOULD BE COM­PLETE WITH­OUT A BEACH (OR CENOTE) BREAK. HERE ARE THREE NEW OPEN­INGS WORTH EX­TEND­ING YOUR STAY FOR

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THE ONE WHERE YOU’LL FIND YOUR TRIBE: HABITAS, TULUM

In­ten­si­fy­ing Tulum fever is one of its new­est open­ings, this enclave of 32 sa­fari-style shacks in the Caribbean hotspot two hours from Mex­ico City (and the orig­i­nal out­post from the net­work-fo­cused Habitas group, which is also re­spon­si­ble for stylish ho­tels and hang­outs in Mal­ibu, New York and Los An­ge­les, as well as the Ba­hamas and Namibia). Reclu­sive types need not ap­ply – the three-level open-air club­house is where you’ll min­gle with en­trepreneurs and at least one part-time DJ. It’s the per­fect place to get advice on that start-up idea while perched in a low-slung chair or ham­mock. Though not en­forced, there are also group ac­tiv­i­ties that range from kun­dalini yoga to rooftop sound heal­ing, and a wel­come cer­e­mony that in­volves sprin­kling co­pal (a tree resin tra­di­tion­ally used as an of­fer­ing to the Mayan deities) onto stones.

While rooms are tent-like – and ei­ther nes­tled amid jun­gle palms, or fac­ing out onto the ocean – this is far from glamp­ing: hard­wood floors, air con and out­door show­ers are stan­dard crea­ture com­forts, the rooms non­cha­lantly pep­pered with throw cush­ions, lanterns and kilim rugs you’ll want to roll up and take with you like bath­room mi­nis. habitas­tu­lum.com

THE PARTY LEG: HO­TEL AMAPA, PUERTO VAL­LARTA

This chic new des­ti­na­tion is an hour-anda-half flight from Mex­ico City in the Colo­nia Ama­pas neigh­bour­hood on Mex­ico’s Pa­cific coast. You’ll quickly see why Los An­ge­leans make the area their long-week­ender: the Lg­btqifriendly lo­cale has a lib­eral at­ti­tude and buzzy prom­e­nade bars and restau­rants aplenty, plus hik­ing trails and running paths primed for purg­ing any tequi­lare­lated sins the next day. But a spring break-spot this is not. With only 55 rooms, Amapa is a breath of fresh (Pa­cific) air from the cookie cut­ter re­sorts that sur­round it, but still with boast-wor­thy views of the ocean be­low (if not from your room then most def­i­nitely from the rooftop pool and bar) and the in­cred­i­ble Sierra Madre moun­tains. Rooms are washed in neu­trals and earthy tones, most with a pri­vate bal­cony and tra­di­tional Yu­catan cro­cheted ham­mocks, or huge win­dows with pink-hued daybeds un­der­neath. Get there be­fore the In­sta hordes do. de­sign­ho­tels.com/ ho­tel-amapa

THE SPA SPOT: CHABLE RE­SORT, YUCATÁN

Built around a 19th-cen­tury ha­cienda in the Yucatán jun­gle 25 min­utes out­side of hip­ster haven Merida (an hour and 40 min­utes by plane from Mex­ico City), Ch­ablé is sit­u­ated on a nat­u­ral spring-fed cenote, one of the an­cient nat­u­ral pools sa­cred to the Mayans. Spa treat­ments are fo­cused on heal­ing body and mind, blend­ing lo­cal mys­ti­cism with med­i­cally ther­a­peu­tic ex­pe­ri­ences: think chakraawak­en­ing mas­sages, sound baths, reiki, med­i­ta­tion ses­sions with spir­i­tual guides, and acu­pres­sure us­ing plant tinc­tures. Post-spa bliss, re­tox at the ho­tel bar, which boasts the world’s largest tequila col­lec­tion. E chablere­sort.com

HIT RE­FRESH: Bal­ance big nights out with the su­per-calm­ing vibes at Ho­tel Amapa OP­ER­A­TION RE­LAX­ATION: Post-mas­sage, snooze by the pool at Ch­ablé Re­sort

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