We’ve been busy trying to keep up with new luxury hotels opening in Mexico, with more we’re scheduled to visit in the coming months from the likes of Nizuc. (Pictured at the top). But after a lull, things are starting to really heat up for the coming years.
We’ve been hitting the travel trade show circuit the past few months—including International Luxury Travel Mart Americas in the Riviera Maya—and are finding that the established players are expanding their resort offerings in Mexico and others are dipping their toes in the water to try things out. Mexico has had some challenges, but it’s hard to ignore the rising income time domestically and the increase in foreign visitors. Hotel-room bookings for this year have jumped 11 percent in Mexico this year says the Wall Street Journal based on data from Orbitz, compared with a 6 percent increase a year earlier.
We got the scoop on the latest from Grupo Habita in Mexico, which doesn’t do everything luxe but certainly does everything interesting. After all, who else would have the guts to put an upscale hotel and a hostel in the same building, sharing the same pool and bar, as they did in Downtown Mexico? Their latest is Escondido in—where else—Puerto Escondida. It’s opening this November and you’ll be reading about it everywhere, from people who may or may not have actually visited. (Conde Nast Traveller UK already called it “Mexico’s Best-Kept Secret”—six weeks before anyone could stay there. Duh!) We hope to get there in person before we gush about it because that’s how we do things.
Otherwise, we just stayed in the Westin Guadalajara and the big news is that Starwood is also opening a Luxury Collection hotel in Guadalajara at the end of 2014, called Frida Kahlo, a Luxury Collection Hotel. I’m amazed it has taken this long for something luxurious and large to open there, in a city where most people agree the best hotel only has 12 rooms.
A St. Regis and W Hotel will be opening side-by-side in the Riviera Maya at some point, but since they haven’t even broken ground yet, more on that later.
Hyatt’s Andaz brand is coming to Mayakoba in 2015, near Playa del Carmen, though from what I saw a few weeks ago that’s an ambitious construction schedule.
There’s also a Park Hyatt Los Cabos in the works for 2015, with lots of rumors flying about other big players heading that way too around the same time. Plus the company just got into the all-inclusive game, laying out $325 million for two middle-of-the-road resorts in Cancun and Los Cabos. The latter’s name changed to Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, which sounds fancier anyway. We’ll keep an eye on them.