At the end of a quarter mile of a bumpy dirt road, this intimate resort makes the perfect place for a secluded, romantic getaway. The small hotel's stunning architecture, with a sweeping staircase like a Maya temple, carries over into stylish rooms with white polished-concrete floors and sinks and walls tiled with retro-Copacabana (but locally made) ceramics. Book in advance to score a top-floor master suite, with a huge balcony and magnificent sea view. Garden villas have private gardens with hammocks and plunge pools. The access road is hard to drive, but the resort offers airport transfers for $90 each way. Specials offer big discounts in winter and Sunday through Thursday in spring.
Playa Xcalacoco Fraccion 2A, Carretera 307, Km 295, 49 km (31 miles) from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, 77710, Mexico