Go to Mexico! Five sublime beach escapes

Four Seasons takes on Tamarindo

The shoreline at Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo

Growing up in Los Angeles in my twenties, Tamarindo on Mexico’s Costalegre was known as wanderlust gringos for the beauty of its coastline, pristine coastal rainforests, and quality of its golf, especially the David Fleming-designed El Tamarindo links course. From this month it looks very different here. The Four Seasons has taken over the 3,000 acres of the Tamarindo Reserve and opened a beautiful newly built resort, Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo.

One of the beaches of Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo
One of the beaches of Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo
The accommodations were designed by Mexican architects Víctor Legorreta and Mauricio Rocha
The accommodations were designed by Mexican architects Víctor Legorreta and Mauricio Rocha

Two prominent Mexican architects, Víctor Legorreta and Mauricio Rocha, have teamed up to create the 157 properties (many of which have their own pools) in elegant contemporary rows that jut out from a jungle-clad bluff above the Pacific Ocean. Three larger public swimming pools and spa, as well as that famous golf course and some very good restaurants, complete the picture; but it’s the three discreet, almost deserted white-sand beaches that could become the real draw. four Seasons. comfrom $1,550


The wilder side of Baja California

The popularity of Todos Santos has been steadily growing for 20 years. On Baja California Sur’s Pacific coast, the beaches are long and sandy, and the city itself relatively cool, albeit rich with yoga meditation studios, craft emporia, and boho surf crews from LA and New York.

Paradero Todos Santos opened last year
Paradero Todos Santos opened last year
A master casita at Paradero Todos Santos

A master casita at Paradero Todos Santos

Just south of here is Paradero Todos Santos, co-founded last year by Joshua Kremer, a young Mexican who left his career in urban investment management to pursue a Baja dream. He calls it Mexico’s first experiential hospitality brand and plans to open a few more similar hotels across the country. In the meantime, the 35 suites of Paradero, the 10,000-square-foot endemic botanical garden and hecho in Mexico architecture and interiors (down to the blankets and the ceramics, both from Oaxaca) ably represent the ethos.

Outdoor seating overlooking desert and farmland at Paradero Todos Santos

Outdoor seating overlooking desert and farmland at Paradero Todos Santos

The chef is ex-Pujol, Mexico City’s forever destination restaurant; the nearby beaches are wild and make for excellent breaks; and the sky sinks with stars most nights. Coming soon to the market is the new Paradero Residences: 26 three-story villas, designed by Frida Escobedo (who was recently hired for the new $500 million Metropolitan Museum of Art modern wing), on a beautiful plot amidst the dozens of La Mesa farms. paraderohotels.comfrom $550


White nights – and days and sand – at Punta Mita

At the lower end of the Riviera Nayarit, Punta Mita is equal parts nature-focused, boho-leaning inn and outright five-star luxury. Auberge Resorts has always been a company that projects a modest degree of the former while mostly flying the flag of the latter.

Susurros del Corazon from Auberge Resorts

Susurros del Corazon from Auberge Resorts

Here at their latest, Susurros del Corazón, which opened this month, it seems to be more of the same: elegant rooms with plenty of outdoor space, great food and drink, from ceviche shacks to high-end dining with accompanying wine lists (think like Phelps Insignia, Masseto and Lynch-Bages (don’t think about the eye-watering surcharges you pay in Mexico for such producers), and nice spas with lots of good fitness.

The swimming pool at Susurros del Corazón
The swimming pool at Susurros del Corazón

There’s understated landscaping and a soothing white-on-ecru palette in the staggered blocks of suites and the one- and two-bedroom villas (available year-end). The view of the beach and bay of Banderas are the show stealers. aubergeresorts.comfrom $999


There’s a secret little thing coming south of Zihuatanejo

A pool overlooking the beach at Hotelito by Musa

A pool overlooking the beach at Hotelito by Musa

Keep an eye out for Hotelito by Musa, expected to open in January on the coast of Guerrero, about 31 miles south of Zihuatanejo. It is the brainchild of Andrés Saavedra and Tara Medina, the Mexico City-based founders of the lifestyle brand Loot. Base Camp, consisting of accommodation, several multi-purpose lounges and public areas, and a restaurant whose menus have been devised by Chef Rodrigo Serna.

“Calibrated to the needs of the digital nomad”: Hotelito by Musa
The swimming pool of Hotelito by Musa
The swimming pool of Hotelito by Musa

Expect an environment tailored to the wants and needs of the digital nomad, from open workspaces and a media and arts center to a freshwater “bio” pool, beach club and ball courts – plus 13 suites (dark tropical forest, acres of gauzy white cotton ) and a swimming pool with a special bar. stayatmusa.mx, from $500; book through designhotels.com


Join the club in Yucatán

Club de Patos, a 45km drive east of Merida, on the coast road in the port town of Sisal, has none of the gracious and beautiful colonial charm of its nearest neighbour, but it has much of its own appeal (as with quite a few other fairly off radar places Latin and South America).

Once a hunting lodge, Club de Patos is now a hospitality conservation project – you get fairly low-fi but charming stone and glass, platform beds and task lamps, sexy louvered blinds and large terraces, and of course, gorgeous handmade tile floors (modern in design). or monochrome). The food is fresh, uncomplicated Mexican and Italian; the beach white, calm and blissfully unmanicured; and the El Palmar Nature Reserve, with its dozens of bird species and crocodile conservation program, is right next door. clubdepatos.mx, from around £375; book through plansouthamerica.com

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