The Nopo's selection of Mexico's 5 most beautifully-designed boutique hotels to Inspire your Home'cation
When it comes to Mexican decor and interior design, you really don’t have to look too hard to find exceptional sources of inspiration. Hopefully it won’t be too long until we can lay on a handwoven hammock watching the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico lapping onto the white shores, or dine at handmade Solferino wood tables, admiring intricate wall-hung Mexican tapestry.
Until then, why not bring a little bit of Mexico home? Get inspired by these five beautifully-designed boutique hotels around Mexico that feature a unique blend of local and international design and showcase stunning artisanal crafts. Get those creative vibes going and turn your home into the perfect setting for a relaxing home'cation!
La Valise, Tulum
Get ready to dream your time away at La Valise Tulum, a luxury boutique beach resort nestled between the thick Mexican jungle and the white sands of Tulum Beach.
The eleven beach bungalows all feature breathtaking sea or pool views and do a spectacular job of fully immersing the visitor into the Mexican vibe and look. 7-meter high palapa roofs keep the rooms cool and breezy in the intense heat of the Gulf, while locally-made wicker furnishings and art from nearby craftsmen and international artists are dotted around the room or hung on the walls.
All the soaps, lotions, and shampoos are organic and made from local materials, while the restaurant offers a wide selection of the most delicious Mexican food, served right at your doorstep or on the beachfront: from tacos to ceviche, from fresh guacamole to quinoa salads.
And if you manage to convince yourself to leave, La Valise also offers a range of truly Mexican experiences catering to any traveler, such as trips to nearby cenotes, bike rides into and around Tulum, or morning yoga and meditation.
Ser Casasandra, Holbox Island
Located in the heart of Holbox Island, a tranquil stretch of land in the middle of the Yum Balam reserve in the Yucatán Peninsula, Ser Casasandra is decked with a unique mixture of locally made crafts and artisanal pieces handpicked from all over the world.
Designed by famous architect Sandra Perez, the hotel offers a lot more than just accommodation. From their tailor-made luxury packages to the wellness programs in the on-site spa, Ser Casasandra will transport you to an otherworldly place.
Small luxurious details complement the indigenous Solferino wood furnishings: bohemian glassware, Indian linen, furniture by artist Patricia Urquiola, and a Mexican-only wine cellar make of Ser Casasandra a sacred temple to the arts and crafts.
Ser Casasandra also promotes the development of an Art Residence within the island, as well as running arts projects in conjunction with the Arsenal Habana gallery in Cuba, thus encouraging local artists to embrace the island’s Mayana heritage.
This heritage also shines through in the restaurant’s cuisine, signed by chef Roberto Solis, who uses local specialties, home baked bread, and freshly squeezed fruit juices to make you feel at home.
Hotel Olas, Tulum
For a fully sustainable getaway at one with nature, head to Olas Tulum, an eco-friendly boutique destination stretching on the white sands south of Tulum.
Built in the 1970s by Austrian engineer Carlos Schober, Olas retains to this day its communion with nature: palapa roofs of palm leaves still shade the structure, while elegant curved walls give a sense of continuity with the surrounding natural shapes, and underwater streams using gravity to feed into showers and sinks. With solar energy, a sophisticated wastewater system, onsite composting and rainwater collection, Olas stands as a remarkable exemplar to what we can do to preserve our fragile world.
However it’s not only sustainability Olas is renowned for, but also its impeccable design and breathtaking surroundings. The ocean front villa and suites feature floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Caribbean Sea or the thick jungle around the structure. Canopy beds and furniture, handmade hammocks and Chiapas fabrics complete their modern reinterpretation of classic Mexican design. The bathrooms feature beautiful hand painted tiles rich in Mexican patterns, while much of the furniture is made of local recycled wood.
And for the foodies among you, Olas will treat you to the most spectacular Mexican dishes, all made from their very freshest home-grown ingredients, and served around the sturdy communal table set in the heart of the surrounding jungle.
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Hotel Nima, Mexico City
Hotel Nima is a charming boutique hotel seamlessly blending postcolonial architecture with modern Mexican design.
Set in the heart of Colonia Roma, a culturally thriving district just west of CDMX historic center, Hotel Nima offers a luxurious stay in a private townhouse setting, with its four bedrooms each decorated differently and inspired by influential figures linked to the story of the building.
There's the De La Lama room, inspired by the famed architect José G. de la Lama who was responsible for extensive refurbishment works around Roma and other districts.
The Loaeza room, in honor of a beautiful Mexican woman who lived in the house for many years, which features traditional wood finishings pitted against modern decor.
The Lebreton room, with its light tones and pastel colors, inspired by a Frenchman said to have been in love with Loaeza, and still featuring some of the original house furniture.
And finally our personal favorite, the Tovar y Teresa room, named after a famed Mexican historian who lived here and dedicated his life to collecting art, featuring beautiful wall-hung Mexican tapestry.
Besides inspiring tranquillity and serving excellent Mexican food, Hotel Nima also hosts a spa and weekly events promoting local musicians on Thursdays.
Delek Hotel, Tulum
Head twenty minutes south of Tulum center by car, and you’ll find yourself transported to a completely different world, where stilt houses or cabañas open out into the shady jungle and onto the white sandy beaches of Tulum.
Entirely built of locally-sourced, certified wood, each cabaña doesn’t exceed the allowed 12 meters, keeping the constructions wholly in sync with their heavenly surroundings. Indeed everything from building materials to cooking ingredients is respectful of the Tulum ecosystem, making Delek Tulum a true testament of sustainable tourism.
Tashi Delek is actually a Tibetan greeting which means “May infinite blessings be on your path”. And Delek really strives to place itself as a blessing to the area, with the promotion of fair commerce and the collaboration with local artisans and indigenous communities around Mexico.
The furniture and design maintain a unique Mexican look, while the wide doors and windows and the light textile furnishings make the hotel a harmonious companion to the surrounding nature.
Delek’s restaurant Tatewari, (as the “grandfather fire” is called in the indigenous wixárica community) offers a wholly sustainable menu based entirely on ingredients from the Yucatán Peninsula.
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