If you’re anything like me, you love a luxurious and unique boutique hotel. These are the types of accommodations that feel like eye candy at every glance. So much thought goes into the detail – the aesthetic, the smell, in my humble opinion, it can completely elevate a travel experience. I’ve been fortunate to experience two of these hotel stays in Mexico (although, I am sure there are many more that I will add to this list – I even include a few below that are still on my bucket list). So, let’s get to it – my top two Mexico Getaways:
This place is a gem. In every sense of the word. It’s not so easy to get to, but it is very much worth the adventure. Flying into Puerto Vallarta, you have to arrange transportation (or take a taxi) to the ferry at Boca de Tomatlan, where you hop on a small boat to reach Yelapa. Did I lose you? I hope not – again, SO WORTH IT!
Verana is the definition of seclusion. Some people geek out over large resorts, all the options, all the people…not me. I cannot wait to get back to this incredible property. Let me tell you more. It’s located on a cliffside, with the most jaw dropping views of the Bay of Banderas. Time slows down here. Moreover, each of the ten houses are totally unique. My husband and I stayed in the Palapa. If you can’t tell, I loved it. I’d stay there again, or experience each house every single time I go back (or for now, in my dreams!).
Side note – I even met Guide Architect Stephanie Kelman there!!
The food is delectable. We hiked, we experienced the most memorable Starlight Bath, massages, they offer yoga. We went fishing. We had only five days here and it was utter perfection. GO.
La Valise, Tulum
We had originally planned on staying at La Valise Mexico City, however, due to Covid we had to postpone and then when we finally took our trip, we ended up deciding to go to Tulum instead. The beach was calling…
La Valise Tulum is INCREDIBLE. Similar to Verana, with just a handful of rooms, the entire space is artfully crafted (they even opened up their own store across the street. Sadly, it wasn’t yet finished when we visited, but I can’t wait to go back). Even the smell of the towels was dreamy.
The perfect beachfront location. Friendly staff, delicious food. I loved every moment of our stay here. They helped us rent a scooter which is how we adventured on our own, visiting Cenotes, eating downtown and exploring other hidden gems (feel free to purchase my Tulum Guide here).
La Valise also has a few (gorgeous) sister properties nearby – so, if you get the itch to check out another pool, or take a yoga class – you have those options as well.
So much thought went into this property and everything about it is calming. From private plunge pools, to the shared spaces – it was definitely hard to go home.
Other Bucket List Mexico Getaways
So, there you have it. In conclusion, Verana and La Valise are my top two Mexico getaway boutique hotel choices. After that, if you’re wondering what’s on my bucket list for similar luxurious, yet unique Mexico stays, let’s dive in:
Besides one day getting to La Valise Mexico City – I am counting down until I can stay at Casa Cat Ba on Isla Holbox. It definitely gives me the Tulum vibes – same thoughtfully designed spaces. It exudes relaxation and connection with nature. I’ve been trying to get to Isla Holbox for years!
As you might imagine, besides trendy Tulum, I prefer to get out of the super touristy / Americanized Mexico destinations. I love nothing more than authentic and natural settings, as much as possible. So, I am itching to get to Bacalar. And, Casa Hormiga is where I plan to stay.
I have an on-going list for Oaxaca and Sayulita as well. And, I am sure you can relate – the list grows longer and longer! So many adventures (+ authentic Mexican eats) await.
I’d love to hear your favorites? Reach out anytime to chat firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you safe + fun #wildbumming!