If you’re looking for something slightly more understated, than the charming Ceiba Del Mar, also in Puerto Morelos, is an 88 room, all ocean view hotel situated on a nearly deserted beach-once a former coconut plantation-surrounded by a lush jungle.

The casual Mexican design, with its hand carved furniture, wood-latticed windows,and a carved rock depicting the sacred Mayan ceiba tree gives off a homey laid-back vibe (but not skimping on personalized service or luxe amenities.) Comfy airy rooms have cloud-like turquoise and white beds- which are scattered nightly with bougainvillea petals and chocolates- balconies, terraces,hammocks and some even have a private plunge pool so you can really dwell in complete privacy if you wish. (For this reason I heard it’s a fave of many bigstars but they were too discreet to name-drop…’cept for a certain “Tom”.)

A standout is their European waterfront spa. The holistic spa offers a kaleidoscope of treatments ranging from a classic Swedish massage, personalized aromatherapy or a restoring Shiatsu, as well as their version of the indigenous Temascal, which is performed at sunset, on the beach with hot volcanic rocks. In addition, the spa offers a full-scale fitness center, complimentary yoga and aerobics classes, or hiking trails meandering through the adjacent mangroves.

Note: While Ceiba offers one of the best walking beaches, I would not recommend Ceiba as a top choice for foodies, since there are only two restaurants and I was sadly underwhelmed by the food.

So, girlfriend, what are you waiting for?