Travel: my favorites addresses in Mexico

Just back from a 2 weeks break in Mexico and I am already missing the colors, the sun, the Caribbean sea, the people’s warmth…

Mexico is a tremendously beautiful country and a great opener to explore the rest of Latin America for it has so much character and versatility: from the arid plains Baja  California on the Pacific coast to the luxuriant tropical shores of the Riviera Maya, with a very rich historical past particularly well preserved and easily accessible: many Aztec and Mayan ruins sites in Tulum or Teotihuacan , world class art galleries such as the Anthropology and Soumaya Museums in Mexico City, superb hispanic colonial cities such Merida, San Miguel de Allende or Veracruz…

To write in depht about Mexico would take much more than a simple post so I thought I’d just share with you some of my favorite hotels and addresses here and there:

 

Merida – Coqui Coqui Hotel:

Situated in the charming old colonial town of Merida (Yucatan – more about Merida here) Coqui Coqui is a small size boutique hotel, created by Argentinian former model Nicolas Manneville. This intimate residence has an elegant vintage vibe: marble floors, gilded mirrors, delicate bed linens, antique bath tubs. I love the atmosphere, the tiled floors, and the way the owners have succeeded to incorporate the hotel in the city DNA…Their in-house perfumes shop is also a must, with reasonably priced natural fragrances and body oil such as the famous Tobacco Eau de Toilette and the Coco Body Oil…

 

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Coqui Coqui Merida – bedrooms

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Coqui Coqui Merida bathrooms

 

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Coqui Coqui Merida – the shop

 

My favorites addresses in Merida, the capital of Yucatan and Mayan culture:

Chaya Maya: for an unforgettable Mayan style dinner / La Negrita Cantina: for simple taco style dishes

– drinks or stay: Hotel Medio Mundo, a charming, reasonably priced boutique hotel

– Sightseeing: La Plaza Grande et Casa de Montejo / El Mundo Maya museum

– Sightseeing: Mayan pyramids sites such as Uxmal

More informations about Merida and the Yucatan region: 

http://www.visitmexico.com/en/merida

 

San Miguel de Allende – L’Otel

San Miguel de Allende (Guanajato, more informations here) is  certainly of the most beautiful colonial city in the whole country.  Situated in central Mexico, this UNESCO heritage town is plentiful of colorful cobblestones streets, baroque haciendas and local markets, and can also boast some of the best boutique hotel, decoration and fashion shops in Mexico….L’Otel is a one of my favorite address in San Miguel de Allende, this 4 bedrooms residence feels really private, it’s like visiting a friend’s home. I love its modern take on colonial, the designer touch, the canopy beds, the vibrant colors….

 

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Bedrooms at L’Otel

 

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Bedrooms at L’Otel

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Rooftop terrace at L’Otel

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Details from the lobby at L’Otel

 

My favorite addresses in San Miguel de Allende:

– to eat: La Parada: for delicious Peruvian food / Moxy restaurant at Matilda Hotel: for inventive locally sourced dishes and generous brunch /Bugambilia or  La Parrochia: for simple, unexpensive yet very good french-mexican cuisine / De Temporada for organic food from the farm

– drinks: Luna Rootop Tapas Bar at the Rosewwod hotel: for the best view and the best Margaritas

– art: La Aurora, to find local art

– shopping: the city has countless stylish boutiques from home decor to cosmetics: Botica de Santa Teresita for local organic remedies / Casa Maxwell  specializes in refined Mexican crafts / Uma by Sami and Coco de Mer for fashion forward clothes and accessories

– local history: do not miss the incredible frescoes at the Atotonilco chapel santuariodeatotonilco.org

More informations about San Miguel de Allende:

http://www.visitmexico.com/en/sanmigueldeallende

 

La Casa Que Canta Hotel – Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo

Ixtapa, a former coconut plantation, is a very popular high-end beach destination on the south Pacific coast of Mexico, in the Guerrero state, while Zihuatanejo originally a simple fishermen’s village, it has remained authentic and has a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere…

La Casa que Canta, situated in Ixtapa a rather upmarket boutique hotel, with rates that can reach quite far during high season, this is mostly due to the very romantic setting of the property with its dramatic views on the pacific ocean… Nevertheless, during quieter months (late summer/autumn) the hotel is much more quiet and affordable, and is the perfect romantic getaway:

 

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bedrooms La Casa que Canta

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Pool and ocean view La Casa que Canta

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La Casa que Canta

 

What to do in & around Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo:

– Activities: Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo are much about the beach and outdoors activities: horse ridding along the gorgeous beaches of , but also snorkelling, swimming with dolphins, birds watchings.

More informations about Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo region: 

www.ixtapazihuatanejo.com/

 

Be Tulum hotel – Tulum

Tulum is certainly one of my favorite place in Mexico, unlike most of the Riviera Maya ( Caribbean coast), in Tulum you won’t find huge all inclusive resort and theme parks, here the vibe is definitely laid back, friendly and bohemian. Tulum is originally famous for its world class Mayan ruins site of outsanding beauty with ancient mayan temples scattered among palm trees, and bougainvilliers.

Very popular among the hipster crowd, Tulum is worth the hype, it is the essence of hippy-chic with a lovely variety of hotels and restaurants; none of which cross into pretension or put you off.

Be Tulum is a small luxury retreat with private modern bungalows, the interior designs is perfectly integrated in the tropical rainforest and beach surroundings. The sense of intimacy in the rooms make it a perfect hotel for honeymooners, and the beach is simply incredible, with endless hues of blues, pristine warm waters.

One of the highlights of the hotel is also the adorable staff, the great fresh food at the beach restaurant (divine ceviches, great cocktails). The rates can reach quite expensive so you can stop there for lunch and use the private beach for the day…

 

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My favorite addresses in Tulum:

 

– Eat and drinks: Be Tulum beach restaurant for fresh from sea ceviches/ Casa Jaguar for a chic drink in the jungle / Los Aguachiles for a typical mexican cantina / Coqui Coqui Tulum hotel and restaurant: a favorite of Sienna Miller and Jade Jagger…

– Shopping: Josa Tulum for long hippie-chic beach dresses

– Sightseeing: Tulum ruins and Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

 More informations about Tulum and the Riviera Maya: 

www.rivieramaya.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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