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Mexico's Most Luxurious Lagoon Retreat

Updated: Feb 11

Nestled in the southern expanse of Quintana Roo, Mexico, lies the freshwater lagoon town of Bacalar – a rapidly flourishing pueblo in the Yucatán Peninsula. Once overlooked, this destination now captivates visitors with its serene charm and pristine, crystal-clear waters. Adding to its allure is the eco-conscious boutique hotel, Boca de Agua, a creation by the renowned Mexican architect Frida Escobedo.

Boca de Agua

This eco-conscious hotel features spacious treehouses crafted from local FSC certified tropical hardwood. An elevated deck provides waterfront views while minimising environmental impact. The hotel's commitment to preserving the mangrove ecosystem is evident, with no mangroves touched during construction. Inspired by Mayan architecture, the main building stands as a pyramid, seamlessly blending ancient allure with modern luxury. A unique haven where every detail is designed to leave a minimal footprint on the environment.

The Architect: Frida Escobedo

Frida Escobedo, a distinguished Mexican architect born in 1979, is celebrated for her innovative designs that seamlessly merge modernity with cultural influences. Renowned for projects like the Serpentine Pavilion in London, Escobedo's work showcases a unique blend of traditional Mexican aesthetics and contemporary functionality. Noteworthy for her commitment to addressing social and environmental issues, Escobedo's architectural narratives extend beyond physical structures, resonating with cultural identity and community context.

Mexico's Most Luxurious Lagoon Retreat

I may be biased but Bacalar's precious and Boca de Agua is to me, Mexico's most luxurious lagoon retreat. I enjoyed the people there, the food, and of course nature (even though I waited for the resident spider-monkey family to make an appearance but they never showed up while I was there). I spent my time lounging around, kayaking and stand-up paddling along the lagoon's shores. I had the pleasure to socialise with a couple from Monterrey, Isabel and Alex, who generously invited me for dinner in downtown Bacalar.

Bacalar's Lagoon

Bacalar's lagoon, often dubbed the 'Lagoon of Seven Colours,' is celebrated for its enchanting beauty. This freshwater gem showcases a stunning array of hues, from deep blues to vibrant turquoises and emerald greens. Uncover the lagoon's best-kept secrets through a captivating boat tour – make sure to secure your booking at the reception. Thanks to Isabel and Alex, we ventured to explore the lagoon at night. Despite the pitch-dark surroundings, the night sky illuminated the still waters, creating a surreal and mesmerising landscape.

How To Get There

I flew from Mexico City to Cancún. After a few days in Cancún, I took an Ado bus from Cancún to Valladolid, and again from Valladolid to Bacalar. I had to cross the expressway with my luggage in tow to get a taxi, it's a fifteen minute drive to the hotel. For more travel inspirations around the Riviera Maya check out the following links:


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