Another Great Reason to Go to Mexico: Palafitos

While it doesn’t take much to convince us to head to Mexico for a vacation (see Cabo, along with our favorite hotels across the country), we were pretty excited to hear about a new arrival in Riviera Maya. Taking a deep bow to the overwater bungalows of Bora-Bora, Palafitos is a small resort within a resort composed of stand-alone huts that hover over the cerulean Caribbean. Serviced by its own restaurant, spa, and stretch of white sand beach, you literally do not need to leave the water, though Karisma’s sprawling El Dorado—which is a Mexican owned-and-operated hotel group—offers an additional handful of restaurants, pools, and swim-up bars. But back to Palafitos: If you book a bungalow that faces the ocean, you get unobstructed views of the sea (including below, as stretches of the floor are transparent), your own floating pontoon that you can snorkel off of, indoor/outdoor showers, and all the trappings of a luxury hotel (butler service, beachside picnics, etc). The restaurant is excellent, offering multicourse small -plate dinners with lots of gastronomic flourishes—this isn’t Mexican comfort food. While Palafitos is definitely a big draw for honeymooners and special-occasion celebrators, its proximity to the Cancun airport makes this an easy choice for a quick weekend away, too.