The Mexican architects Estudio Macías Peredo has designed Punta Caliza Hotel on the remote island of Holbox, 40 miles north-west of Cancun, Mexico.
Located close to mangrove swamps, the hotel consists of three large thatched-roofed huts which contain the guest rooms, isolated from each other by water, allowing guests to swim up to their rooms (there are existing walkways too, in case you were wondering).
Rooms are high-ceilinged and immaculately minimalist in aesthetic, which encourages total relaxation and detachment (something to be sought during holidays, for sure). The structures are made of solid aromatic cedar wood, and a tall tower at the end of the property spoils you sprawling views of the island, a perfect place for admiring the sunset. It’s never too early to book a getaway, so visit Punta Caliza Hotel’s website.
Though the Mexican cognoscenti have vacationed here for years, the island is still largely under the radar thanks to a dearth of chain hotels, late-night clubs, or bars. What you will find: Punta Caliza, a new limestone and sustainable red cedar property ensconced among knotty mangroves less than five minutes from the shore and inspired by the surrounding Yum Balam nature reserve.