Rustic luxury is the vibe at Amansala, where all accommodations are cabana-style. How rustic? Well, lights go out at 11 each night, after which time candles provide illumination. Ocean breezes do the work that is relegated to air-conditioners at less eco-conscious hotels. Rooms are decorated with locally sourced materials, including driftwood and stones. Candles and incense are in-room amenities. The idea, says owner Melissa Perlman, is for guests to feel that they're staying at a friend's home rather than an anonymous hotel where they're just a room number. The hotel also hosts yoga retreats several times throughout the year, as well as detox cleanse packages and “Bikini Bootcamp” intensives for guests who want to get in shape.
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Tulum—Cancún's laid-back little sister—draws beach lovers in droves, thanks to its blue-green water and sand the color and feel of spun sugar. Other local attractions include UNESCO-listed Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and the spectacular eponymous Maya site, both of which are open to the public for independent or guided wandering. It's possible to rent a bike and explore the area on two wheels, discovering along the way chic boutiques stocked with locally made goods.
Need to Know
Rooms: 24 cabanas; from $155. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Meals are included in the all-inclusive rate and tend toward lighter, local fare, including tropical fruit and fresh fish. Spa and gym details: Amansala provides plenty of opportunities to stay active, what with bootcamp classes, yoga intensives, and Pilates sessions. The spa offers a popular Maya mud treatment.
Who it's for: Health-conscious beach lovers. Our favorite rooms: Room 3 is close to the water—and a hammock is never a bad amenity! Peace and quiet: Rooms near the kitchen and dining area can be a bit noisy.