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Riviera Maya

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Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido

Mexico Cheat Sheet: Debunking Myths and Discovering Gems

Mexico – a country brimming with vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and mouthwatering cuisine. Yet, despite its allure, some potential travelers have been hesitant, wary of the specter of rowdy American spring breakers. But fear not, for The Camel Collection embarked on a journey to uncover the true essence of Mexico, dispelling myths and uncovering hidden treasures along the way.

Tulum: Where Bohemian Vibes Meet Turquoise Waters

Our adventure began in Quintana Roo, where the sun-drenched shores of Tulum beckoned with promises of bohemian bliss. Nestled against the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea, Tulum offers a perfect blend of relaxation, wellness, and subtle revelry. For accommodation, we recommend the seductive and chic sanctuaries of Nomade and Be Tulum. While Nomade exudes a family-friendly charm, BE Tulum beckons with its exclusive ambiance for adults. The infamous ‘nests’ at Be might tempt you, but we found them too compact and much preferred the spacious on-land suites and villas. Both properties boast an array of activities, from rejuvenating Temazcal rituals to unforgettable beach parties. And for the adventurous souls, a Cenote tour is an absolute must, offering a glimpse into the region’s mystical underground caves and pools.

Riviera Maya: Serenity Amidst Coastal Splendor

Venturing further along the Riviera Maya, we discovered hidden havens far from the bustling all-inclusive resorts.

Maroma Belmond, with its exquisite interiors by renowned designer Tara Bernard, offers a haven of tranquility. Handcrafted details adorn every corner, inviting guests to immerse themselves in Mexican artistry. And for families seeking an idyllic retreat, the expansive suites and holistic kids’ club provide an unparalleled experience.

Rosewood Mayakoba beckons with its exclusive villas and unparalleled service. Arriving via private boat through the mangroves sets the tone for a truly indulgent stay. From “Local Tuesdays” at Zapote Bar to international culinary collaborations, every moment at Rosewood is infused with sophistication and warmth. Families will delight in spacious suites and a wealth of activities, while larger groups can opt for the expansive six-bedroom villa.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya redefines the all-inclusive experience, with a focus on culinary excellence and family-friendly amenities. Choose from three distinct sections (we would recommend the Grand Class section of the resort), each catering to different preferences, and indulge in world-class spa treatments at their the Forbes five-star spa or lively poolside relaxation. With exceptional kids and teens clubs, this resort truly caters to every member of the family.

Oaxaca City: A Culinary and Cultural Delight

Leaving the coast behind, we ventured inland to Oaxaca City, a vibrant hub of culture and culinary delights. Vibrant markets, infused with the scent of spices and the sound of laughter, offer a sensory journey like no other. And for the ultimate immersion into Oaxacan traditions, Casa Silencio awaits. Venture beyond the city limits to Mezcal land, where Casa Silencio offers a unique blend of architectural splendour and mezcal experiences.  This boutique retreat offers a sanctuary for the discerning traveler, with six meticulously curated suites designed to elevate your experience to unparalleled heights.

But Casa Silencio is more than just a place to rest your head; it’s an immersive experience that celebrates the rich heritage of Oaxacan culture. Embark on a journey of discovery with their Mezcal tour, where you’ll explore the art of mezcal production and indulge in tastings of this revered spirit.

As the sun sets over the rugged terrain, gather around Casa Silencio’s magnificent basalt stone table for a six-course fire feast, where flavours come alive amidst the flickering flames. Here, amidst the silence of the desert, you’ll forge unforgettable memories that will linger long after your journey has ended.

Puerto Escondido: A Rustic Paradise Beckons

For those seeking a more rustic escape, Puerto Escondido awaits with its rugged coastline and bohemian charm. This barefoot paradise, reminiscent of Tulum’s early days, is a haven for surfers and free spirits. Whether basking in breathtaking sunsets or exploring hidden coves, every moment in Puerto Escondido is a testament to nature’s splendour.

Nestled along the shores of Puerto Escondido, Casa To stands as a testament to contemporary design and architectural innovation. Designed by the visionary architect Ludwig Godefroy, this boutique hotel exudes an air of effortless sophistication amidst the rugged beauty of its surroundings. One of the most iconic features of Casa To is its infinity pool, which meanders through a series of concrete circular walls, creating a visual spectacle that has graced countless Instagram feeds.

For those seeking privacy and exclusivity, Casona Sforza offers the ultimate retreat. With only eleven suites, this intimate oasis allows you to disconnect from the outside world and immerse yourself in the beauty of Puerto Escondido. As you step onto the grounds of Casona Sforza, you’ll be greeted by a sense of serenity and tranquility, where the rhythmic sound of crashing waves lulls you into a state of relaxation. The architecture of the hotel reflects a commitment to preserving the integrity of the environment, with naturally coloured materials and fluid lines that echo the contours of the coastline.

As we reflect on our journey through Mexico, one thing is clear: this country defies stereotypes and surpasses expectations at every turn. While Mexico may have garnered a reputation as a playground for American tourists, our journey revealed a country rich in diversity, authenticity, and charm. From the bohemian shores of Tulum to the untamed beauty of Puerto Escondido, Mexico beckons with its warmth, diversity, and unparalleled hospitality. So, why wait? Embark on your own Mexican adventure and let the enchantment of this vibrant country sweep you away.

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