Wild-at-heart beach house Casa Malca is right on the sands of the Riviera Maya, with a concealed entrance and a rustic restaurant-cum-bar dishing out fiery Mexican favourites and chilled margaritas. The rooms are dressed with a colourful – and at times eccentric – collection of modern art (don’t miss the Bart Simpson bedroom), heavy drapes (to keep out prying eyes…) and an eye-grabbing array of furniture that borrows from the baroque as much as it does from modernism. Down on the shore, you’ll find sugar-white sands and a bevy of bikini-clad beauties vying for attention with the hotel’s three pools, one of which has a villain-worthy
Beach, pilates lessons, free WiFi. In rooms: balcony or terrace, minibar, air-conditioning, free bottled water. If you can stretch your budget to one of the Malca Suites then do; one has a rooftop terrace overlooking the tangled jungle, the other boasts sweeping views across the ocean and pools. Toes can meet the sand in record time if you pick a Master Suite Beach Front, which has hammocks on a private terrace and access to the white-sand beach. There are three pools in total; our pick would be the largest, which overlooks the beach and has a softly-lit underground grotto.