Best hotels in Mexico

(Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F.)

Soft sands, cerulean waves, zesty cuisine, ancient civilizations — finding a reason to travel to Mexico isn't difficult. However, picking the perfect place to stay is another task altogether. Escape to an intimate boutique hotel or retreat to a sprawling all-inclusive resort? Book a palatial suite with unobstructed ocean views or steal away to a colonial-style hacienda with soaring archways and classic courtyards?

That's where U.S. News & World Report's Best Hotels rankings come in. Our editors have evaluated more than 300 luxury hotels and resorts across Mexico, analyzing industry accolades, expert opinions, ratings and guest reviews. Based on this unbiased methodology, we have identified the properties that consistently earn high marks across the board — these are the luxury lodging options that appear on our inaugural ranking of the Best Hotels in Mexico.

10. Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F.
Mexico City

Tucked away in Mexico City's refined Polanco neighborhood, the Four Seasons Hotel Mexico impresses guests with its upscale amenities and serene ambiance. But according to general manager Ricardo Acevedo, the hotel’s greatest asset of all is its staff. As for the property grounds, Acevedo calls this colonial-style hideaway "an oasis of tranquility." A landscaped courtyard with a bubbling fountain sits at the heart of the property, creating a beautiful centerpiece for the hotel. Take advantage of the Four Seasons' coveted real estate with a stroll through Chapultepec Park, located just a short walk from the hotel. To help you relax and unwind after a day on the town, the Four Seasons touts a spa praised by guests for its signature treatments.

(Photo: Courtesy of Esperanza)

9. Esperanza
Cabo San Lucas

Set along the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, about five miles east of Cabo San Lucas, Esperanza boasts a wide array of indulgences, from an oceanfront sculpture garden to a scenic infinity pool. This Relais & Châteaux outpost houses Zen-inspired amenities for those seeking a hearty dose of R&R, including an award-winning spa and a yoga studio (where you can take complimentary classes). With top-notch cuisine and stylish guestrooms, it's easy to see how this Cabo resort impresses visitors time and time again.

(Photo: Courtesy of Capella Ixtapa)

8. Capella Ixtapa

Just four miles northwest of Ixtapa on Mexico's Pacific coast sits the Capella Ixtapa, a seaside escape that melds traditional Mexican décor with contemporary panache. Here you'll find 59 suites outfitted with thatched-roof terraces, private plunge pools and rainforest showers. This Capella property also features a cozy library and two freshwater infinity pools, while the 6,000-square-foot spa impresses with treatments like Desert Clay Purifications and Sun Baked Stone Massages.

(Photo: Courtesy of Rosewood Mayakoba)

7. Rosewood Mayakoba
Playa del Carmen

Embraced by pearly sands and verdant jungle, this Maya Riviera retreat is nothing if not enchanting. Built from limestone and wood, Rosewood Mayakoba appears to meld into its environment, allowing guests to truly experience — not just admire — their surroundings. The neighboring El Camaleón Golf Course and the on-site Sense spa provide a heightened sense of luxury, while tequila samplings and the in-house restaurant's local cuisine offer a taste of Mexican culture. The spacious suites come with private sun decks and heated plunge pools.

(Photo: Courtesy of La Casa Que Canta)

6. La Casa Que Canta

Perched along Zihuatanejo Bay (about a mile south of Zihuatanejo on Mexico's Pacific coast), La Casa Que Canta lures serenity-seekers with its magnificent views and impressive amenities. The saltwater pool is the real showstopper here, boasting striking sea and cliff vistas and a peaceful atmosphere. But that's not all this Mexican hideaway has going for it. According to Teresa Arellano, a member of La Casa Que Canta's management committee, the resort distinguishes itself from competitors with its unique architecture and its attention to detail. Graceful arches and exquisite Mexican artwork are shaded by palapas (thatched roofs) to create a serene ambiance. The accommodations also drip with romance and refinement, with personal terraces and, in some suites, private plunge pools. Outside the well-appointed digs, you'll have access to two on-site golf courses and a peaceful spa.

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