South of the bor­der

De­sign-led ho­tels, ex­quis­ite cui­sine, city hide­aways – Mex­ico should be on ev­ery trav­elista’s wish list

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We spot­light some of Mex­ico’s most cap­ti­vat­ing va­cay havens

As in­de­pen­dent travel con­tin­ues to boom in Mex­ico, sev­eral new ho­tels with an em­pha­sis on style and sus­tain­abil­ity have been qui­etly spring­ing up. Far re­moved from the mega-re­sorts that per­me­ate tourist strips like Can­cun, these gems are all about de­sign and so­phis­ti­ca­tion. For the ul­ti­mate combo of trop­i­cal green­ery and sandy bliss, the Habitas Tu­lum on the Yu­catán Penin­sula ticks ev­ery box for a ‘fly and flop’. In Baja Cal­i­for­nia, the beau­ti­fully retro Ho­tel San Cristóbal sits within a surfer’s par­adise. And the wal­let­friendly Casa Fayette is the first de­sign ho­tel in Guadala­jara, the coun­try’s sec­ond-largest me­trop­o­lis. In fre­netic Mex­ico City, Ho­tel Car­lota is a sanc­tu­ary that per­fectly sym­bol­ises the city’s sta­tus as World De­sign Cap­i­tal for 2018. And the Ho­tel Amapa in Puerto Val­larta has been gen­er­at­ing a buzz all year. That’s your next hol­i­day sorted. Ar­riba! Ar­riba!

CLOCK­WISE FROMTOP left Rus­tic fur­nish­ings cre­ate a laid-back feel in the lounge; take a dip in the in­fin­ity pool; and book an Ocean room to have the Caribbean out­side your door

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