Mexico Debuts New and Revamped Hotels  

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Views of the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa's infinity pool from the lobby.
Views of the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa’s infinity pool from the lobby.

Los Cabos and Playa del Carmen are debuting one new and one revamped hotel, respectively before the year’s end.

The new five-star JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa opened last month in Puerto Los Cabos, 25 minutes away from Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), where the desert meets the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. Each of the beachfront property’s 299-guestrooms and suites offer unobstructed ocean views and features a modern architecture inspired by local Mexican traditions. In the ultra-exclusive Griffin Club, a 45-guestroom boutique hotel within the resort, guests have access to a private beach and pool, butler and chef services, plus private spa areas, a movie theater and access to the chef’s private table at Cafe des Artistes—the resort’s signature restaurant featuring Mexican dishes with French influences.

The property features six infinity pools, an open-air lobby, and a 21,000-sq.-ft. Jasha Spa, which incorporates ancient pre-Columbian techniques, healing herbs, and organic ingredients into its treatments. The spa features 12 treatment rooms, an outdoor garden, relaxation lounge and vitality pools, plus an outdoor lap pool, private Jacuzzis and a modern version of the traditional temazcal (a Mexican sweat lodge used by ancient Aztecs as a therapeutic instrument to promote healing and health). Yoga, boot camp, water aerobics, cycling, and guided hikes are also offered on the property. Sports enthusiasts are also accommodated at JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa with complimentary access to Puerto Los Cabos’ private marina and golf courses. Room rates start at $460 per night; $640 per night for the Griffin Club, room only. For more information, visit

The Mahekal Beach Resort's Deluxe Oceanfront King palapa-style bungalow.
The Mahekal Beach Resort’s Deluxe Oceanfront King palapa-style bungalow.

Meanwhile, the Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen is unveiling the final phase of its $16 million expansion in mid-December 2015. The 3-year project includes the addition of 74 individual palapa-style bungalows (an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof), a new luxury spa and fitness center, plus a resort-sized pool and hot tub and an oceanfront, Tulum-style wood-burning oven restaurant and bar named Fuego. After the addition of palapa-style bungalows, the property will feature 196 guestrooms, including suites and penthouses. The new guestrooms are also undergoing a complete redesign and refurnishing to include new air conditioners, palapa-style roofs, window systems, bathrooms, artisan stenciled floors, luxurious bedding, wired and wireless internet, and service telephones, as well as all new furniture, fixtures and a refreshed interior design. Guests won’t find any TVs in their guestroom so it’s best they get out and explore their surroundings, which include the dense Riviera Maya jungle on one side and a 920-ft. stretch of beach—Playa del Carmen’s longest stretch of beach.

The property’s public spaces are also receiving a refresh. The reception area and restrooms will be modernized, while the main lobby and lounge will feature new furnishings, flooring and accessories. Additionally, a new Mayan-inspired Revive Spa is under construction and will offer individual and couples’ treatment rooms, women and men’s locker rooms, plus indoor and outdoor relaxation lounges and a new fitness facility with all-new aerobic and strength training equipment. Room rates start at $204 per night. For more information, call (877) 235-4452 or visit