Glamping in Mexico: Discover the 10 most glamorous and gay places

Hearing the call of the wild but reluctant to forgo your creature comforts? Say hello to an upscale glamping retreat, a dreamy way to be one with nature that even your inner diva will adore. Or, shall we say hola, as we head to Mexico to explore some of the most awe-inspiring glamping locales on the planet. Home to palm-fringed beaches, cactus-strewn deserts, misty cloud forests, and snow-capped volcanoes, Mexico is truly a stunner—and an ideal setting to swap air conditioning for al fresco accommodation. From chic tents backed by steamy jungle set on the edge of crystalline cenotes to a whimsical bubble hotel offering up unobstructed vineyard views, here are our top picks for a fabulous Mexico glamping adventure you won’t soon forget. 

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1. Playa Viva, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Squirrelled away on a one-mile stretch of unblemished beach is Playa Viva, a chic eco-conscious resort dedicated to sustainability and regenerative practices. You can’t go wrong with any of the twelve eco-luxury casitas, each with outstanding ocean views, though the oceanfront Treehouse is the undeniable winner here. Apart from waking to the sound of gently lapping waves from your guilt-free luxury stay, the main draw to Playa Viva is yoga—drop into your Down Dog in one of the daily classes on offer or join a retreat for a more immersive experience. Either way, your “Holistic Host” will be there to greet you and ensure your off-grid beach glamping encounter is a transformative one. Rates include meals, nonalcoholic beverages, and roundtrip airport transfers.

Courtesy of Playa Viva | Photo: Leonardo Palafox

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For what is arguably one of the best marine life viewing destinations in the world, hop over to La Isla Espiritu Santo, where towering pastel-pink cliffs give way to glittering inlets and secluded sandy coves

2. Camp Cecil: Todos Santos Eco Adventures, Baja California

For what is arguably one of the best marine life viewing destinations in the world, hop over to La Isla Espiritu Santo, where towering pastel-pink cliffs give way to glittering inlets and secluded sandy coves. Sealion pups, whale sharks, and manta rays are just a few of the incredible creatures that grace the waters here, and sun-drenched afternoons spent kayaking or snorkelling are par for the course. Above water, keep your eyes peeled for blue-footed boobies and the island’s endemic ring-tailed cat, the adorable babisuri. Most travelers head to La Isla Espiritu Santo as a day trip, but Camp Cecil—the island’s first luxury glamping site—is a savvy choice to escape into this patch of paradise for longer. Eight safari-style tents are well-appointed with cozy beds and furnishings on one of the island’s prettiest stretch of beaches. An on-site chef, showers, and composting toilets round out the amenities. And if incredible wildlife encounters and spectacular scenery aren’t drawn enough, it’s worth a stay simply to savor a zesty margarita underneath a blanket of twinkling stars.

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Camp Cecil | Photo: Colin Ruggiero

Todos Santos Eco Adventures | Photo: Colin Ruggiero

3. Nativus Glamping & Cenote, Tulum

A secret underworld of irresistible turquoise hues, cenotes are natural pools that form when an underground cavern collapses then fills with groundwater. Believed by the Mayans to be portals to speak to the gods, it’s not hyperbole to say that swimming in a jungle-framed cenote is like being transported to another world—and a definite must-do in Mexico. There are countless cenotes to explore in the Yucatan Peninsula, but one of the best ways to bask in the beauty of these marvels is with a stay at Nativus Glamping. Boasting a private dock and cenote surrounded by lush jungle, days here are best spent on the water, whether via kayak or SUP. Come sundown, sink into an elegant tent equipped with a king-size bed and private bathroom. For more paradisiacal adventures, powdered-sugar beaches and the UNESCO Sian Ka’An Biosphere Reserve are just minutes away.

4. Huaya Camp, Tulum

Gay Tulum is a boho beach hangout beloved for its eye-catching beaches and eco-friendly ethos. It’s only fitting then to lay your head somewhere that celebrates this connection between nature and design. Enter Huaya Camp, a hippie-chic glamping retreat that celebrates ancient Mayan culture and Tulum’s abundant setting. Choose from one of a handful of yurts, each constructed with traditional Mayan materials, and all with a private outdoor shower beneath the jungle canopy. A garden of tropical blooms, room service, a bar/restaurant, and an outdoor pool all feel like a bonafide sanctuary, though the highlights of Tulum aren’t far from reach. Tulum glamping has never been better.

Cenote Dos Ojos, Tulum | Photo: Roberto Nickson

Photo: Roberto Nickson

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One of the oldest wine-producing regions in America, you need not be an oenophile to appreciate the majestic beauty of the Valle de Guadalupe

5. Casa Misiones Glamping, Valle Guadalupe

One of the oldest wine-producing regions in America, you need not be an oenophile to appreciate the majestic beauty of the Valle de Guadalupe. It’s here you’ll find Casa Misiones, five delightful glamping tents that promise quiet seclusion amid lavender, rosemary, and olive trees. Crafted with the idea of a nest in mind, you’ll get the rejuvenating benefits of the great outdoors without sacrificing any of the amenities you’d expect from a five-star facility. Think king beds, satellite WiFi, bathrobes, and even a steam iron. Venture five minutes from your tranquil refuge to discover some of the valley’s top restaurants and wineries. Learn more about the best wineries in Mexico here.

Photo: Casa Misiones

Photo: Casa Misiones

6. Cielo y Selva Glamping, Quintana Roo

While much of the Riviera Maya is well-trodden, Punta Allen remains a hidden gem. Tucked away in the heart of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, the sugar-fine sands of this tiny town make an excellent base for exploring the treasure trove of natural wonders in what is the largest protected reserve in the Caribbean. You’ll stay busy with boat rides down the lagoon and past mangroves with ample opportunities to spot dolphins, turtles, starfish, and native bird species. Or, simply sway in a hammock to the balmy beach breeze, Sol beer in hand. Either way, the flawless setting is an unforgettable one. On the accommodation front, expect spacious ocean-view tents with double beds and shared bathrooms. Request a tent closer to the water for more privacy. Prefer to give good ol’ fashioned camping in Mexico a try? There are also traditional tents available.

7. Glamping Villas El Encanto, Holbox Island

If you’re ready to escape to a tropical oasis, look no further than Isla Holbox. This skinny, 26-mile island is home to nearly everything you could want in a Mexican getaway: unsullied beaches, ridiculous starry night skies, and a loveable laid-back ease—not to mention melt-in-your-mouth lobster pizza. One of the best places to soak in the abundance of the area is the eminently cozy Glamping Villas El Encanto. Beachside tents are as romantic as can be, with idyllic hammocks for an afternoon slumber. Access to a shared bathroom, a fully-equipped kitchen, and WiFi make an extended stay all too enticing. When you’re not whiling away an afternoon on the picture-perfect sands, head underwater to spot whale sharks or for a dip in the refreshing Yalahau Lagoon. Discover more things to do in Isla Holbox with our guide here.

Holbox | Photo: Marco Boldrin

8. Campera Hotel Burbuja, Valle de Guadalupe

Looking for maximum interaction with nature? It doesn’t get better than a stay in a glass bubble at Campera Hotel Burbuja. The only accommodation of its kind in North America, these incredible domes deliver sweeping views of the Valle de Guadalupe vineyards by day and glittering night sky vistas come evening. A full-sized bed and climate control mean you’ll sleep easy, and a spacious private bathroom with hot water makes it easy to glam up to explore any of the 80 wineries in the area. Opt for one of the Bubble Suites for the ultimate sphere of comfort.

9. PicoCanoa Rodavento, Veracruz

The next retreat on our list of top spots for glamping in Mexico is over in the often-overlooked Veracruz region: PicoCanoa Rodavento. One of the country’s premier adventure resorts, active types will appreciate the vast range of big thrills available, from rappelling over pristine waterfalls to climbing in eye-catching canyons to zip-lining through misty rainforest. The hotel grounds enjoy a coveted location on the Pescados River; after a day of adrenaline-pumping adventures, the gentle murmur of the rushing water is a sure-fire lull to deep sleep. Stylish glamping tents are kitted out with a king-size bed, private bathroom with outdoor shower, and quaint seating area. Feeling adventured-out? The hotel has an excellent spa with temazcal as well as a refreshing pool surrounded by well-manicured gardens. Romance, Wellness, and Adventure packages make it easy to curate the ideal itinerary for you.

Photo: Ben Mack

Photo: Yohann Mourre

10. Gypsy Canyon, Todos Santos, Baja California Sur

We’d be remiss to list the most luxurious glamping in Mexico spots and not mention Gypsy Canyon. If you’re looking for the ultimate place to connect with nature, Baja California Sur is it. The Mexican state with the most coastline, the lowest population, and the highest biodiversity, a long weekend here is all it takes to totally soothe your mind, body and soul. And what better place to retreat than a gorgeous glamping hotel that’s nestled in a cactus grove—and just a short drive from the colorful allure of Todos Santos. Spend your days walking to beautiful Mexico beaches nearby and your nights sipping tequila alongside the campfire beneath the stars. A number of swoon-worthy chillout zones throughout the property promise ample space for curling up with some vacation reading. Tents are minimal but supremely comfortable, and all shared bathrooms have hot water and premium bath products.

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Camp Cecil, Todos Santos Eco Adventures | Photo: Keenan Shoal

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