As the coronavirus pandemic stretches into winter and travel restrictions tighten around the globe, Mexico remains one of the few international destinations still welcoming Americans (at least those arriving by air or sea; land border crossings are currently limited to “essential travel” only). For those searching for a southern escape, or planning ahead for sunnier days, we’re spotlighting a quartet of luxury hotels that have recently opened their doors in the country. With a focus on local design and an emphasis on COVID-19 safety protocols, they each offer sophisticated style worth exploring.
Zadún — San José del Cabo
This ultra-luxe Ritz-Carlton Reserve property sprawls across 20 acres of the celeb-friendly and dune-strewn Puerto Los Cabos coastline, overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Many of its 115 guest rooms and suites (from $959/night) boast their own private pools and terraces—and all come with a tosoani, or private attendant. Credit the resort’s understated, si-sabes-si-que-sabes sophistication to Mexican firm ABAX Arquitectos, which accentuated indoor-outdoor flow and regional materials (stone, wood, marble) in sand and ochre shades, inspired by the Baja desert. Local design abounds in guest rooms, with art, décor, and textiles handcrafted by regional makers, including the uribekrayer weavers of Oaxaca. For a splurge, book a locally inspired treatment in Zadún’s 30,000-square-foot Spa Alkemia—or a week in its 6,000-square-foot Grand Reserve Villa, which enchants with its own private pool, Jacuzzi, kitchen, gym, and five spacious lounges.?
Zadún has implemented stringent COVID protocols, meeting new standards from the Sanitation and Cleaning Protocol of the Baja California Sur government, as well as Marriott International’s guidelines.
Círculo Mexicano — Mexico City