The best luxury hotels in Mexico: La Valise Tulum

As the fleeting days of summer pass smoothly by, sun worshipers in the doldrums can take solace in planning getaways to tropical climes as the cool temperatures of fall give way to icy claws. of winter.

A destination of choice for such an escape: The Suitcase Tulum, one of the most popular addresses in the Riviera Maya. Nestled behind a picture-perfect profusion of palm trees that sway between Tulum’s pristine beachfront and ubiquitous tropical jungle, the 11-bedroom property is more ultra-luxury beachfront villa than boutique hotel –– a defining theme exceptional customer experience.

The hotel’s airy common areas bring this vibe to life, striking a particular note of refined casual-chic. The expansive living room, filled with hand-carved furniture, oversized plush cushions, and objects in a range of sun-washed colors and textures spills into La Valise’s intimate open-air restaurant, a popular gathering spot from morning to night.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more charming perch than one of its beachfront tables, an unrivaled vantage point for breathtaking views of the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea. But watch out: a delicious lunch of fresh, simple dishes, like shrimp aguachile with fresh chilli and creamy avocado, or tacos with tender local pork, bitter orange and pickled red onions , can easily spill over into happy hour, when the late afternoon sun begins to wane. The five-star margaritas, served by the charming and friendly staff, are particularly easy to enjoy, as the sea breeze gently rustles through the surrounding greenery.

As you’d expect in a spectacular vacation home away from home, La Valise’s eleven bedrooms vary in size and layout, but share an inspired, understated design scheme: think quietly exotic, with beachy hues , luxury linens and handicrafts selected by local artisans. . Singularly striking works include extraordinary benches and accent pieces – adorned with the heads of jaguars, tropical birds and monkeys, among other whimsical creatures – ingeniously handwoven from river grass in the state Mexican from Michoacán. (Luckily, some are available for purchase in the Addictive Gift Shop.)

Superior and lower oceanfront rooms have private terraces, oversized showers and tubs, and dazzling ocean views, while jungle rooms offer a variety of amenities, including ocean views. treetops, a private pool and easy access to the saltwater infinity pool. As you’d expect, the master suite trumps it all: spanning 1,000 square feet, with a 23-foot palapa roof, its king-size bed rolls out onto the terrace for a soothing slumber under an ink blanket of stars.

La Valise will be happy to organize a range of excursions, including local tours cenotes (chasms) – limestone rocks that have created caves and stalagmites for thousands of years – as well as exits to the nearby ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza, the most sacred city of the Maya. On-site experiences include a mezcal tasting—an informative and entertaining journey through the evolution of Mexico’s newest (and busiest) entry into the agave spirits market—and five-day workshops including classes in ceramics, sound healing, and Vinyasa yoga, among other cultural immersions.

La Valise Tulum is the jewel in the crown of the Namron’s hospitality group, whose other properties include the beautiful Encantada Tulum (located next door), as well as Nest Tulum and Radhoo Tulum, which cleverly embody a younger, more relaxed aesthetic. Further on, the three suites The Suitcase Mexico Cityy, the first hotel in Namron’s flagship franchise, is one of the most difficult reservations to manage in town. In 2014, during a visit to Mexico City, Namron founder Yves Naman, a Belgian entrepreneur, fell in love with the colonial architecture of the Roma neighborhood and in due course purchased a 1920s French-style townhouse. , with the intention of transforming into the most chic and exclusive boutique hotel in the city. These days, the Ferrari Formula 1 team reserves the entire property for the Mexico City Grand Prix every year, a nod to the hotel’s enviable status in the country’s bustling capital.

The La Valise brand is expanding from September 1st with the launch of The Suitcase San Miguel de Allende, a six-suite oasis in the charming colonial city that is both a famous international arts center and a sought-after destination for adventurous American expats. In keeping with the La Valise ethos that defines luxury of unique elegance with an inimitable sense of place, it is poised to cause a stir all on its own.

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