Distrito Capital, Mexico City
The Buzz The trend-setting Grupo Habita (along with Parisian designer Joseph Dirand) has built a luxurious, 30-room boutique hotel in a modern high-rise that towers above the ritzy Santa Fe (financial) district.
The Rooms The retro mod décor includes many original pieces by Charlotte Perriand. The Suite Royal includes its own gym with a punching bag. And the nighttime skyline views are gorgeous.
The Clincher The city’s hottest chef, Enrique Olvera (of Pujul), operates the in-house modern Mexican restaurant, making this the place to see and be ???seen. Rates from $195; 800.337.4685;designhotels.com/distritocapital
Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Riviera Maya
The Buzz Singapore-based Banyan Tree has opened its first North American resort, bringing its immaculate brand of Southeast Asian Zen to a beach just south of Cancún.
The Rooms Each of the 132 high-tech, low-stress villas comes with its own pool, private outdoor bathtub, shaded cabana and a hammock, facing either the gardens or lagoons. The only rooms fronting the beach, however, are the 5,500-square-foot, three-bedroom villas.
The Clincher We recognized our massage therapist from the Banyan Tree Bangkok. She’s still one of the best in the industry—and now she’s a heck of a lot more accessible. Rates from $640; 800.591.0439, banyantree.com/mayakoba
Boca Chica, Acapulco
The Buzz Grupo Habita reclaimed this crumbling midcentury retreat formerly favored by Hollywood royalty and turned it, once again, into a hangout for young starlets.
The Rooms This is Mexico the way Mexico used to be. No frills—just a beautiful, tropical locale with a mariachi soundtrack playing in the distance. Most of the furniture in the 36 rooms and suites is original to the 1950s. The suites all include a hammock and outdoor living room or private garden.
The Clincher The coolest way to arrive is by private yacht—particularly at nighttime when the hotel’s dockside bar is filled with supermodels and Ronaldo look-alikes. Rates from $95; 800.337.4685, designhotels.com/bocachica
Plus: Three more highly anticipated resorts should debut this year: Banyan Tree opens its second Latin American property in Acapulco this spring. And, toward the end of the year, Capella will likely introduce its long-awaited Bahia Maroma, while GHM is planning its first Mexican retreat, Nizuc, both in the Riviera Maya.