Ancient Mayans worshipped rain as a life force, so it's no wonder every airy bungalow at the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya faces water (sea or cenote, your choice). Opening this fall 30 minutes south of Cancún, the hotel will offer all manner of hydro fun, plus a jungle zip line for guests as young as three. For adults, there's yoga in the 25,000-square-foot spa. Now that's something to be reverent about.
Km. 298, Carr. Cancún-Chetumal, Mexico; 800/526-6566;; doubles from $800.