Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Resort
Globe-trotters Carlos and Elisa Gosselin have built a paean to extravagance on 14 acres, anchored by eight buildings languorously snaking through sugar-fine sand and mangrove trees. A chauffeur bearing chilled facecloths whisks guests from the airport, the first of many indulgences (think four-poster beds on the beach). Although the retreat, with its hand-plastered walls and patterned stone floors, recalls the Yucatán’s grand haciendas, it also bears the Gosselins’ stamp. Finds from their travels grace 90 rooms that start at 1,130 square feet. The Amman suite features silk wall hangings; Monaco is dominated by chintz; and Durban sports a leopard-print bedspread. Although the place has a thalassotherapy facility and anti-aging center, the 10-by-20-foot bathrooms, with sunken marble tubs and double showers with their own mini-gardens, are practically spas in themselves. Ground-level suites include plunge pools; upper ones, terraces.
Insider Tip: Take advantage of the wine cellar to sample the products of Mexico’s small wineries, such as Casa de Piedra. Some sell their entire production to the resort, making this your only chance to get a taste outside of Baja California’s wine country.
Room to Book: One of the Mexico-themed rooms. The Puebla and Michoacán suites emphasize wood; Guerrero has trademark embroidery; Tulum includes accessories from the Mexican Caribbean; and the 3,000-square-foot Oaxaca presidential suite, recently redesigned, has Yucatecan antiques and pottery.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.