Last Updated on December 28, 2023

Did 2020 find you wining the lottery? Hitting a 6-team NFL point-spread parlay? Windfall from a class action lawsuit? If so and you have $100 bills burning a hole in your pocket, these ultra luxe – not just luxury, ultra-luxe – options across the Caribbean and Latin America may be right for you.

AMBERGRIS CAY: Turks & Caicos 

For travelers seeking a secluded luxury escape, Ambergris Cay is the ultimate destination. A private island luxury resort secluded on the southeast corner of the Turks and Caicos Islands, guests have access to over 1,100-acres of mostly untouched land ready to be explored.

The luxury boutique hotel offers all-inclusive amenities and features 17 bungalows, eight villas and a collection of privately owned homes and luxury accommodations ranging from three to six bedrooms.

The Ambergris Cay experience ensures guests have a memorable stay, one tailored to their paradise preference. Island hosts work to create custom itineraries for each guest that speak to the luxe natural setting, from guided nature walks to water adventures such as paddle boarding and whale watching, when in season.

SECRET BAY: Dominica 

Secret Bay Dominica ultra-luxe resort overhead view.
Secret Bay Dominica ultra-luxe resort overhead view. Courtesy of Zapwater Communications.

Existing at the intersection of luxury and sustainability, Secret Bay is a Green Globe Certified, secluded, six-star, all-vita resort experience in Dominica. Secret Bay offers 12 freestanding, fully-amenitized and sustainably-crafted residential-style villas featuring spacious indoor-outdoor living spaces, private plunge pools, and dedicated villa hosts delivering highly-personalized service.

Located on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, guests have the option to experience gourmet meals and extra inclusions, such as spa trips, horseback riding, night snorkeling and more.

CAYO ESPANTO: Belize 

Cayo Espanto, located off the coast of Belize, creates a unique experience for friend groups and couples to gather and enjoy a custom barefoot luxe experience. The private island resort transports travelers to serene nature and wonders of the Caribbean Sea. Diving in the world-famous Great Blue Hole, award-winning culinary, private yacht and/or helicopter tours, and more, the possibilities are endless.

Home to seven villas total, each accommodation includes a personal butler, private dock area and a customizable menu presented prior to each lunch and dinner; a guest survey is sent prior to arrival to gather insight on dietary restrictions, preferences, etc. however, the menus and dishes are always able to be altered to fit any specific cravings or special requests during each stay. The resort’s ability to tailor activities and meals based on preferences enables travelers to ensure they are having a truly memorable getaway

Cayo Espanto’s newly appointed Executive Chef is a Belizean-born culinary expert who has taken the dining experience to a new level, combining his local Belizean roots with world-class techniques, creating a dining experience catered to each guest.

LA CASA DE LA PLAYA: México 

La Casa De La Playa beachfront resort in Mexico.
La Casa De La Playa beachfront resort in Mexico. Courtesy Zapwater Communications.

La Casa de la Playa, the newest ultra-luxury, all-inclusive, adults-only boutique hotel by Grupo Xcaret is quickly becoming the new celebrity hot spot, offering privacy and luxe amenities along with beautiful natural scenery, beaches, and cenotes. Nestled deep in the lush jungle and overlooking one of the world’s most iconic beaches, the hotel features eco-integrating architecture and design, paying homage to Mexican culture with handmade décor items by local Mexican artisans.

Each of the 63 ocean-view suites is individually designed and attended by a personal butler, providing guests with spacious terraces with hammocks and private plunge pools. With luxe amenities around every corner, guests can enjoy a number of complimentary amenities and tailor-made curated experiences to revitalize the body, mind and spirit including:

  • 24/7 butler service
  • 24/7 access to Chocolatería, a candy boutique by master chocolatier and designer Mao Montiel
  • 24/7 access to the CAVA wine cellar featuring more than 80 labels of exclusive Mexican and international wines and champagnes, curated by Mexican sommelier Sandra Fernandez. Guests can enjoy private dinners, wine workshops, tastings and pairings
  • 24/7 access to Bodega the hotel’s self-service “canteen” to savor the best tequilas and mezcals
  • Private dinner at a cenote in the jungle featuring live jazz music and a menu designed by one of the hotel’s celebrity chefs
  • A purification and new being ceremony ritual that calms the mind and purifies the soul
  • A culinary collective made up of some of the most distinguished celebrity and Michelin-starred chefs in Mexico and beyond including Chef Martha Ortiz, Chef Virgilio Martínez and the Rivera Río brothers
  • Luxury yacht tours on state of the art yachts to enjoy the Mexican Caribbean
  • Unlimited access to the most iconic parks in Cancun and Riviera Maya including Xcaret park through the All-Fun Inclusive® program
  • (rivate transportation in luxury vehicles to and from the airport and the parks.

La Casa de la Playa also features an award-winning spa, Muluk Spa, and is full of special nooks, including a library with stories that can be read in front of a relaxing ocean view; the Room of Wonders, a Concept Store with Mexican art and textiles chosen by Carla Fernández; and the traditional Cafeteca, a sanctuary for those who value the aroma of a warm cup of coffee.

CASA DE SIERRA NEVADA, A BELMOND HOTEL: San Miguel de Allende, México

Casa de Sierra Nevada ultra-luxe resort in Mexico.
Casa de Sierra Nevada ultra-luxe resort in Mexico. Courtesy Zapwater Communications.

Founded in 1542,  Casa de Sierra Nevada, A Belmond Hotel, is a collection of meticulously restored historic buildings offering a luxury experience in the heart of San Miguel de Allende. With 23 unique suites and 14 rooms, each adorned with local art, antique furnishings, and some featuring private plunge pools, the hotel captures the essence of colonial charm.

Its central location allows for easy exploration of the city, while the azure pool, lush lawns, and Tunki Rooftop by Handshake, a rooftop bar known for Peruvian-inspired cuisine and creative mixology, provide relaxing retreats.

The hotel offers personalized workshops like the Sazon Cooking School, art classes, guided tours, horseback rides, winery visits, and spa indulgence, making it an immersive gateway to San Miguel de Allende’s culture and beauty.

VOLGA HOTEL: Mexico City 

Newly opened in 2023, Volga Hotel by Hamak Hotels in Mexico City is the Cuauhtemoc Neighborhood’s newest luxury boutique property. A sophisticated enclave for cultural trendsetters, gastronomy aficionados and art enthusiasts, the hotel features sleek modern interior design, innovative art installations and showcases global artists to deliver a fully immersive hospitality experience.

The centrally located boutique hotel features 49 rooms, including 33 deluxe rooms, 14 suites and two grand suites, all adorned with a variety of Turkish marble and a soothing scent collaboration with Aromaria.

On property, Volga Hotel offers an elevated dining experience by world-renowned Chef Edo Kobayashi at Elora Restaurant as well as small bites and a unique ethnobotanical mixology program on the rooftop. The property also features a Sally Zaga concept store, a dedicated exhibition space, a rooftop swimming lane and sun deck, a subterranean Music Room coming later this year and an idyllic garden with a forthcoming Mezcaleria.

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