• Viceroy Riviera

    Maya, Mexico

    A beautiful enclave of white beach, jungle and 41 villas. Tucked away among the palms, the simple but luxurious palapas – with decks and plunge pools – are so private that the closest sounds are bird song, waves and monkey chatter (no under-16s, so peace reigns). Service is superb, with an OCD attention to detail: on the beach, ice towels are offered and sunglasses wiped. Doubles from US$303 per night; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

    The Viceroy's lush private decking

    The views from Casa Palopó's pool

    Casa Palopó,


    The best way to get to Casa Palopó is by helicopter, circling over the magnificent Lake Atitlan and its three volcanoes, before touching down at the hotel's helipad. The A-list book out the two-bedroom luxury villa above the main house (with its own butler), but there are also seven Mayan-influenced rooms in the main house – all terracotta tiles, indigenous art and bright fabrics. Enjoy spectacular views from the pool and the cosy living room – the perfect place to sit and watch hummingbirds zip about as dusk falls on the silvery lake below. Doubles from US$242 per night; casapalopo.com

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