In the mood for a warm, sunny escape south of the border? How about 10 of them? Design hotels have been popping up everywhere in Mexico, from the capital city to small beach towns. Here are some inspiring examples.
- Azucar, Veracruz: The brainchild of Mexican hotelier Carlos Couturier, this is a collection of 20 airy bungalows clustered together into a modern resort.
- Maison Couturier: "An old estate in tropical Veracruz, built in the XIX century."
- Bahia de la Luna, Oaxaca: 11 beautiful bungalows encircling a bay near the town of Puerto Angel.
- Basico Hotel Playa Del Carmen, Yucatan Penninsula: A playful, contemporary resort hotel with a hip, edgy aesthetic.
- Hotel Distrito Capital, Mexico City: Designed by Joseph Dirand, a contemporary minimalist luxury hotel.
- Habita Monterrey, Sierra Madre Mountains: Another hotel designed by French phenomenon Joseph Dirand, whose work has taken hold in Mexico.
- Condesa DF Hotel, Mexico City: Interior designer India Mahdavi and architect Javier Sanchez reimagine a historic French neoclassical building.
- Tides Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen: Designed by Kelly Wearstler, a restrained and elegant resort.
- One&Only Palmilla, San José del Cabo: On the Pacific Coast, a luxury hotel on Condé Nast Traveler's 2010 Gold List.
- Deseo Hotel, Playa del Carmen: Tablet Hotels calls it "modern Mexican sophistication" on the Mayan Riviera.
Photos: Azucar, Maison Couturier, Bahia de la Luna, Basico Hotel, Hotel Distrito Capital, Habita Monterrey, Condesa DF Hotel, Tides Riviera Maya, One&Only Palmilla, Deseo Hotel