Courtesy of Thompson Playa del Carmen
August 18, 2015

There’s no shortage of beautiful hotels opening in Mexico this year—particularly on the Pacific side, where Cabo San Lucas is springing back to life after last year’s ravaging hurricane. But over on the Atlantic, Thompson is launching a hotel to rival its just-opened and tremendously buzzy left coast property, The Cape. Here are five reasons to get excited about the Thompson Playa del Carmen.

  1. It’s two properties in one. In the main building, set on nightclub- and restaurant-packed Quinta Avenida, are 92 rooms by Mexico City-based design team Niz+Chauvet. They’ve reinterpreted Thompson’s signature mid-century look through a local lens, using materials like Mexican marble and indigenous stone. Down the street, however, is a low-slung beach house with 27 boho-inspired suites. Regardless of which you choose, you have full access to both a seaside oasis and an urban scene.
  2. The roof deck is an aquatic fantasy. You’ll be tempted to skip the pearly shores of the Atlantic when you see the full range of amenities on the main hotel’s 30,000-square foot roof deck—including half-submerged loungers, underwater living rooms, and every form of poolside seating imaginable (private cabanas included, of course).
  3. The ocean-based activities are in no short supply, either. Head to the Beach House (it opens in January) and you’ll have full access to yoga on the sand, stand-up paddle boarding, diving, and yes, more pools and cabanas.
  4. There’s great food. The main hotel will be home to an offshoot of Catch restaurant, the seafood and sushi power spot in New York City’s Meatpacking District. Except here, diners—like the fish on the menu—will be coming fresh out of the water, since the restaurant will be adjacent to the pool deck on the main hotel’s rooftop.
  5. You can even do your shopping on site. A full retail complex with 40 shops will be adjacent to the hotel—including mainstream names like Michael Kors and Swarovski. The full lineup has yet to be released, but we’ve got our fingers crossed for some local names, too.

Related: Playa del Carmen Travel Guide

 Courtesy of Thompson Playa del Carmen

The Thompson is now accepting reservations starting November 20, and while a spokesperson said rooms start at $240, we found opening deals from $200 a night.

 Courtesy of Thompson Playa del Carmen

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