Dominated by Canada, Mexico and the United States, North America is one of the world’s third-largest continents — a cornucopia of varied and rich cultures that continues to combine and intersect in the name of food, history, landscapes, adventures, and culture. From the urban metropolises that buzz with this aforementioned convergence of cultures to deserts and exotic havens — North America has the honour of being home to a plethora of climatic environments, making each and every encounter wholly distinctive and never, ever dull.
We’ve collated our definitive list of North American destinations for all of our North American followers, so despite the pandemic, you’ll still be able to enjoy a vibrant and fulfilled summer.
Experiencing a microcosm of interwoven cultures within the exotic vibrancy of Mexico has never been so easy. Just a short flight from New York, this megacity is a fusion of culture, architecture, a delectable culinary scene, and a rich, storied history offering the basis for visitors to discover its equally as magnificent contemporary side. From the fashionable neighbourhood of La Condesa with its tree-lined boulevards to Polanco with its luxury ambience and high-end shopping, Mexico City blossoms with a wide array of activities to occupy your time — parks, galleries, landmarks, museums, and cantinas. Explore the birthplace of Frida Kahlo, also known as The Blue House, a snapshot of the Latin American artist’s colourful past, or retreat to the Coyoacan Market, one of the city’s most iconic shopping destinations, selling everything from striking spices to textiles and materials — essential for a true local experience.
For a characterful and stylish companionment to your Mexico City adventure, Casa Decu delivers in abundance. With 27 expertly-designed suites, this oasis stands out with its architecturally-stunning interiors. You’ll be able to soak up all of the vitality of the La Condesa neighbourhood and experience the special rooftop deck, offering a moment’s peace from the city.
Hailing as Canada’s oldest city, the historic French town of Québec City is a unique experience in itself. A distinctive fusion of French-Canadian cultures, this destination is commanded by the centrepiece of Château Frontenac with views spilling over onto St. Lawrence River, portraying a location that shines in all of its European elegance. You’ll feel more like you're in a quaint Provençal town than a Canadian urban centre — no wonder it was granted status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a ride on the Old Québec Funicular for easy access between the upper and lower portion of the town, and where you’ll be treated to sublime views over the river. Explore the city’s storied past as a fortified city and unravel the area’s military history at the Citadelle, surrounded by 254 acres of ground that marked the 1759 battle between the French and British. For an experience that feels worlds away from North America, Québec City is as enchanting as it gets.
Enjoy views of the winding streets of Old Québec and the ebb and flow of the St. Lawrence River. This surprising and exciting stay is in perfect proximity to explore all of the must-see attractions, and once you’re finished, return to one of the sophisticated studios or luxurious suites where you can relax in ecological comfort.
A trip to Baja California is one fraught with exotic fulfillment — dramatic stretches of beautiful beaches prevail across its entirety, and it is at the southernmost tip where you will find the most varied holiday experience. Decorated by the Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos is split between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo; the first offering a hub of nightlife and a well-developed shopping space and marina, and the latter offering a more traditional Mexican town experience, culminating in luxury hotels and outstanding restaurants. With its setting of contrasts — the bright blue waters against the desert landscape — Los Cabos is unquestionably, a Mexican paradise. Capture the vision of The Arch, a rock formation that marks the meeting point of the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Baja California, or visit between December and March to catch the area’s famed whale season. Dive beneath the depths of the blue and uncover the secrets of one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Whichever takes your fancy, Los Cabos’ year-round good weather assures you’ll return home with a treasure trove full of memories.
Graced with the magnificent position of Cabo San Lucas, ME Cabo is both elegant and playful in good measure. This adults-oriented boutique is close to Medano beach with minimalist design providing the ideal base to explore the area’s energetic nightlife or to absorb a breathtaking Mexican sunset. Here, you are able to experience the best of both worlds and a truly personalised experience of extraordinary luxury.
The area immediately north of Madison Square Park in Manhattan has only recently come to light, even for some locals, and trust us when we say, it’s definitely one of the city’s trendiest neighbourhoods. Located slightly away from the bustle of the centre, basing yourself in NoMad places you within easy walking distance to all iconic sights. Perhaps a spot of people-watching might take your fancy — in which case, Madison Square Park offers the perfect urban oasis to kick back, forget your woes, and tune out from the noise around you. Fashion museums, a wander through the vibrant Flower District, and an obligatory stop at the Museum of Sex are all part and parcel of an experience of this lesser known New York neighbourhood.
Close to the Empire State building and Madison Square Park, Mondrian Park Avenue encapsulates the very essence of New York’s spirit. Sleek, classy interiors designed by Philippe Starck, reflect the eclectic vibe of the NoMad area with spacious suites offering inspiring views across the city. Suitable for leisure or business purposes, Mondrian Park Avenue invites worldwide explorers to get the most authentic feel of the city.
For an experience of Mexico turned up a notch, Tulum is pleasing on the eye and a refuge for the soul. Barefoot luxury prevails here, with its New Age vibe that not only approves of, but encourages the stripped-back pace of life — dining at jungle-hidden restaurants, lounging on stretches of white sands beaches and bathing in the myriad cenotes that beckon visitors to swim and explore to their heart’s content. As one of Mexico’s most eco-friendly destinations, you can rest assured in the knowledge that you’re being as kind to the planet as possible, and if you wish to take that aspect one step further, visit from May to October, when you’ll be able to see the hatching of sea turtles as night falls. Under the veil of night, you’ll also discover that Tulum is where Mexico’s nightlife takes on a new kind of energy — so grab a cocktail, some good Mexican food and bask in the glory of being in such a breathtaking location.
Presenting that desert-island feel that we’re all currently pining after, Jashita Tulum is laidback luxury at its finest. Located just north of Tulum along Soliman Bay, this is where time slows down so you can reconnect to your natural surroundings. Whether you seek a romantic suite to while away your days or it’s the endless views of the Caribbean sea that attracts you, Jashita Tulum’s sun-filled spaces will only make you fall more in love with this location.
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