From Spain to Sri Lanka, this month’s hottest hotels
NIZUC RESORT & SPA
BACKSTORY: Nestled on the pristine shore of Punta Nizuc, this former Mexican presidential retreat was meticulously restored and reopened last year as an elegant, secluded 29-acre resort. During construction, mangroves were carefully uprooted and sheltered in an on-site greenhouse, then painstakingly replanted around the resort, where they quickly returned to their original
DESIGN NOTES: Guests are welcomed into a soaring open-air lobby overlooking a mangrove-dotted reflecting pond. Water flows throughout the resort, which employs driftwood and slate to heighten the Zen-meets-Mayan aesthetic. The architecture throughout ensures guests never miss a glimpse of the surrounding beauty.
ROOM WITH A VIEW: It’s hard to find a room without an ocean view at this 274-suite resort. Those looking for absolute privacy can stay in one of the garden villas, enclosed hideaways with alfresco dining tables and private plunge pools. Or withdraw to the opulent bathroom, where a butler will draw you a petal-strewn bubble bath in a double-occupancy soaking tub.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND RIGHT OUTSIDE: Just to the north of the resort, off the coast of Isla de Mujeres, you’ll find MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte), an underwater museum of contemporary art containing more than 500 startlingly lifelike figures affixed to the seafloor. One memorable piece depicts a man sitting before a television set while coral creeps across his face. Not to be missed.