If you’ve been dreaming of a vacation in Mexico, 2022 just might be the year to book that tropical trip. New luxury resorts along Mexico’s Pacific Coast, bordering the Caribbean Sea, and on the Baja Peninsula have just opened their doors, are about to open this month, or will debut next year.
If you appreciate being among the first to sleep in comfy beds, relax on oceanfront loungers, and eat-in gourmet restaurants at brand-new hotels, consider one of these properties for a fabulous Mexico getaway.
1. Etéreo, Auberge Resorts Collection, Riviera Maya
Etéreo means ethereal, “something spiritual and heavenly,” and this modern beachfront retreat north of Playa del Carmen certainly invites rest and reflection. The upscale resort surrounded by mangrove forest focuses on three pillars: “extraordinary cuisine, breathtaking encounters with nature and beaches, and an Auberge Spa that facilitates rejuvenation in every sense of the word.” Etéreo, which has 75 rooms and is part of the luxury Auberge Resorts Collection, just opened to visitors at the beginning of December.
2. Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa, Cabo San Lucas
Occupying prime real estate along the coveted shores of Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas is Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa, featuring a new-build tower with 204 rooms and suites that open to guests on December 15, 2021. Nine stories high, the new tower is topped off by Rooftop 360, the highest rooftop bar in Cabo. From here, guests enjoy views of the Sea of Cortez and the city skyline, while sipping on cocktails or kicking back in an infinity pool. Existing amenities on the property include Baja Brewing, Cabo’s only microbrewery, plus a full-service spa and oceanfront restaurant.
3. Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya
Nestled among verdant tropical vegetation and overlooking the Caribbean Sea’s turquoise waters, the contemporary Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya is located on an expansive stretch of beach between Tulum and Akumal on the Riviera Maya. Guests can choose from 11 restaurants and bars featuring an array of cuisine options from Mediterranean and Asian to a special Chef Table dining experience. The oceanfront resort with 349 rooms and five pools is accepting reservations beginning January 15, 2022.
4. Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo, Mexico, Pacific Coast
The Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo, Mexico sits on 3,000 acres of jungle. The upscale resort with 157 rooms is the only hotel that will ever be built on this land that’s devoted to “rewilding,” a process that allows natural ecosystems to flourish. It’s located between the towns of La Manzanilla and Barra de Navidad (fly into Manzanillo-Costalegre International Airport or drive 4 hours from Puerto Vallarta). Amenities at this Four Seasons property that’s scheduled to open in spring 2022 (with reservations going live in April) include a championship golf course, full-service spa, tennis courts, and three swimming pools.
5. Secrets Moxché Playa del Carmen
Secrets Moxché Playa del Carmen is part of the adults-only Secrets brand of luxury all-inclusive resorts that offer outstanding gourmet dining options plus 24-hour room service. The 485 suites that will be ready for guests February 11, 2022, have either tropical or ocean views. The resort is set on a strip of pristine white-sand beach and is only a 10-minute drive from Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue, a hotbed of shops and nightclubs.
6. Hilton Tulum All-Inclusive Resort
If you’re looking for a sprawling all-inclusive resort with loads of bells and whistles, the 735-room oceanfront Hilton Tulum All-Inclusive Resort may have your name on it. Your all-inclusive rate includes meals and drinks at any of the 16 restaurants and bars, plus an expansive activities and entertainment program. There’s also an entire pool complex and waterpark for kids (or kids at heart). The 21,500-square-foot spa has 16 treatment rooms and its own pool in a private and quiet area surrounded by tropical resort grounds. The all-inclusive property between Akumal and Tulum is accepting bookings for June 12, 2022, and beyond.
7. Casa Chablé, Sian Ka’an, Tulum
Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve south of Tulum is one of Mexico’s ecological treasures and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the spring of 2022, the biosphere reserve — home to lush green forest, pristine wetlands and lagoons, cenotes, ancient ruins, and sandy beaches — will have an intimate boutique hotel with five standalone bungalows and five villa suites. At Casa Chablé, due to its location on a pristine islet, guests can experience both a sunrise over the Caribbean Sea and a sunset champagne toast from the dock overlooking the shimmering Sian Ka’an lagoon on the same day.
8. Royal Uno All Inclusive Resort & Spa, Cancun
Family-friendly and chock full of activities, Royal Uno All Inclusive Resort & Spa opens to visitors February 28, 2022, in the heart of the Cancun Hotel Zone. The all-inclusive property with 540 suites has two oversized pools, a children’s pool with a water play area, kids club, and family room with video games. Guests can take kayaks and sailboats out on the lagoon, and staff members provide daily activities and entertainment. Alea Spa offers a range of indigenous herbal treatments woven into massages and other body treatments.
9. Waldorf Astoria Cancun
Next door to the Hilton Cancun, an All-Inclusive Resort, which opened its doors in November, is the sophisticated Waldorf Astoria Cancun set on a white-sand beach about 20 minutes south of Cancun proper. Its 173 guestrooms and suites feature fabulous ocean views, some with private swim-up pools. This upscale property with five restaurants and bars is taking reservations as of September 29, 2022.
Bonus Property: Playa Viva, Juluchuca, Pacific Coast
While Playa Viva isn’t a brand-new resort, the eco-friendly lodging has introduced beautiful bamboo tree houses that are just too cool not to mention. The new “treehouse village” is composed of six new accommodations that were built from the property’s own harvest of bamboo and palm fronds for the palapa roofs — signature methods of regenerative building and design. Currently open for bookings are the New Jet treehouse, which has a nifty conical shape, and the Mother Manta treehouse, designed to echo beautiful Mobula rays guests can see flying out of the ocean in front of the resort. Playa Viva, 100-percent powered by solar energy, is located 35 minutes south of Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa International Airport.
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