Back to Básico on sunny Caribbean shores
Any more cutting-edge and it would take somebody’s eye out, Básico takes pared-down industrial chic to jaw-dropping extremes. Located in the humming heart of Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya, it’s a young, sassy boutique hotel with an eye for design and a mind for a party. In the rooftop terrace bar, sun-tanned scenesters sip martinis, recline on daybeds made from truck front ends or bask in the twin water-tank pools.
Wow factor A hotel for 24-hour party people—if you’re into cocktails and beats, get ready to join the bronzed and buff brigade posing by the pool. Azotea looks out onto the ocean from the hotel rooftop and provides a sassy, youthful clientele with a bewildering array of martinis. DJs keep the crowd up late on weekends.
Rates Midweek, US$160–$280; weekend, $190–$330, including breakfast; excludes 12 percent tax.