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Call it rough luxe; call it shabby chic. Either way, the hand-plucked antiques that fill this boutique hotel in Mexico’s Riviera Maya are charmingly retro. At Hotel La Semillaenjoy pastries and house-made jams in the copal tree garden, and then grab a beach kit (packed with towels and umbrellas) and stake out a place in the sand.   

Style Modern Mexican flea market
Setting Playa del Carmen garden

Hotel La Semilla garden | Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotelsHotel La Semilla suite | Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotelsWhy this week? With the New Year just around the corner, we imagine you’re in a resolution-making mood right now. Lay off the greasy chips. Travel more. Spend less. Enjoy a sunset aperitif on a private Playa del Carmen balcony after exploring Mexico’s bewitching cenotes. As it turns out, we can help you with all of these (except maybe the chips… stay strong): get five nights for the price of four at Hotel La Semilla if you book before 31 January – you just have to enjoy that aperitif by 30 April.

Our favourite bits The unique-to-each-room decor, the free-to-borrow vintage bikes and the sea-view loungers on the rooftop terrace are all delightful. But it’s La Semilla’s hosts, Alexis and Angie, who make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Not only do they endearingly stock the kitchen with your favourite drink, they also see to it that you get a home-made organic breakfast each morning.

Mr & Mrs Smith say …Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera. Well, your smartphone, really, because you’re going to want to Instagram (and pin) every vintage-inspired, rustic-chic tableau at Hotel La Semilla, a former plant nursery that two Playa del Carmen locals have lovingly reimagined as the boutique B&B of our dreams …’ Read the full Hotel La Semilla review

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