Great Escapes: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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The 1,600-acre Rosewood Mayakoba resort has ensconced its guests in secluded, stylish suites since it opened on Mexico’s Riviera Maya five years ago, and now the property is upping the ante on waterfront design. Casa Laguna, a 9,500-square-foot villa completed in September, stands tall above Mayakoba’s jade green lagoon, which is framed by floor-to-ceiling windows in the main living space. The villa’s architect and interior designer, Jose Manuel Martinez Marquez, combined indigenous woods and stones, rich textures, and artwork by local craftspeople to create a retreat that is both authentically Mexican and decidedly modern. The middle level includes the dining and living areas and a chef’s kitchen, and just below, at lagoon level, are three bedrooms and a media room with a 70-inch screen. Guests can dine alfresco on the villa’s open-air top level or avail themselves of the other terraces’ amenities, which include a swimming pool and a boat dock. Five staff members manage housekeeping and other services and shuttle guests to and from their oasis via golf cart or private boat. 

Rates: starting around $14,000 per night (or priced for sale at $3 million). Contact: Rosewood Mayakoba, +52.984.875.8000, www.rosewoodmayakoba.com

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