Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués, Acapulco: Fantastic views from luxuriously outfitted villas scattered along the oceanfront are just part of this outstanding hotel's charm.
Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas: Cabo has scores of upscale resorts, but this award-winning property gets raves for its huge rooms, excellent spa, secluded beach and other extras.
The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas: By Cabo's mega-resort standards, 113 opulent rooms -- plunge pools, local decor, digital amenities -- still count as boutique hotel. This one is in an unforgettably dramatic setting, with a glorious oceanfront pool.
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancún: It's hard to choose just one of Cancún's many mega-resorts, but this classic beauty's fine rooms, luxury spa and gorgeous beach stand out from the crowd.
Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya, Cancún: At this boutique hideaway 30 kilometers south of Cancún, guests can make use of a private 48-foot catamaran.
Capella Ixtapa: Rustic but luxurious rooms perched on ocean cliffs come complete with personal assistants and other extravagant amenities found nowhere else in the region.
Amuleto, Zihuatanejo: Upscale travelers now have a bohemian outpost in laid-back Zihuatanejo in this luxurious and well-appointed bamboo-and-thatch hotel.
Quinta Real Oaxaca: Built almost 450 years ago, graceful Santa Catalina Convent has had its courtyards, gardens and rooms refurbished by Mexican luxury chain Camino Real.
Casa Oaxaca: This whitewashed gem offers seven perfect rooms surrounding a sunny courtyard with one of Oaxaca's best restaurants; guests can arrange meals, cooking classes and market tours.
Rosewood San Miguel de Allende: San Miguel's plushest property offers world-class accommodations in the heart of the historic center.
Casa Misha, San Miguel de Allende: Each detail is anticipated in this elegant seven-room winner, featuring balcony views over San Miguel's famous Parroquia.
Hotel Condesa df, Mexico City: The star of the trendy, bohemian Condesa neighborhood is this hip hotel, famed for its French facades, modern interiors and a fresh rooftop bar.