When was the last time you used “perfection” and “vacation” in the same sentence? If it’s been too long, consider Auberge Resorts Collection’s Mayan Riviera paradise, Etéreo. Spanish for “ethereal,” this uniquely Mexican resort is where perfection happens every day.

Auberge Resorts Collection, the world’s leading boutique hotel collection, ensures that each of its 26 properties worldwide is distinctive, not just from large, cookie-cutter luxury chains but also from one another. Etéreo looks and feels different even from its counterpart on the Western coast of Mexico, Susurros del Corazón.


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Etéreo draws its inspiration from the breeze-kissed beaches of the Riviera Maya and a nearby lush green forest, both of which are visible from the floor-to-ceiling windows in each of the resort’s 75 rooms, ranging from studios to suites, most with stunning Caribbean Sea view. The small number of couples and families ensures the quiet, intimate experience that discerning travelers expect.  

While the property is less than 40 minutes from the Cancun airport, it’s located in the gated, private, and luxury development of Kanai. From a spiritual perspective, therefore, Etéreo is a million miles away from the discount cruise atmosphere of Cancun and the chaotic party zone of Tulum. 

The beach beckons with a stunning stretch of white sand set aside exclusively for the intimate number of Etéreo’s guests. You can snorkel, you can scuba jet, you can stand-up paddleboard, you can fish, or you can just stare into the water and let go of the tension that marks our harried, technology-driven lives.

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The meals at Etéreo are unparalleled. Contemporary regional Mexican cuisine stands out at the resort’s signature and open-air restaurant, Itzam, with its emphasis on shared plates creating opportunities for memorable, communal dining experiences. The lauded executive chef Miguel Balthazar maintains strong relationships with nearby farmers, fishermen, and cheese makers, ensuring the best and freshest ingredients, all prepared with a mindset of showcasing the ingredients and flavors of Mexico’s diverse regions. 

Che Che, an outdoor restaurant combining Japanese cooking techniques with ingredients from Mexico, overlooks the Caribbean Sea in a breezy, casual setting. Enjoy ever-changing offerings including such delicacies as Japanese tacos, raw oysters, and tiraditos.

At the beach, you will find El Changarro, Spanish for “small shop,” where you can enjoy, along with your margarita, the daily catch grilled to taste or prepared as ceviche or tacos, accompanied by fresh vegetables purchased that morning at a local market.

Auberge Resorts Collection is world-famous for the quality and beauty of its wellness programs and spas, including the spiritual and highly acclaimed SANA, an Auberge Spa at Etéreo. Classes and private sessions include therapeutic tarot card readings, aromatherapy and healing sound frequencies, vinyasa yoga, and TRX suspension training.

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You can have one-of-a-kind experiences rooted in Mayan spirituality and Mexican hospitality including jewelry making, cacao ceremonies, reef excursions, and a Mexican Wine Club. Local shamans lead the cacao ceremonies, which celebrate that pre-Hispanic beverage of the gods.  

You can also join a National Geographic Society archeologist for a one-hour flight over the Caribbean Sea to learn about the region’s prehistory. Your kids will joyously abandon their iPads for Chavito’s Kids Camp.

Etéreo, which opened last year, is sharing a rare and special offer for Worth readers. If you book a three or four night stay with the rate code WORTH, you’ll receive a complimentary additional night, plus an upgrade to a premium suite, based on availability. Enjoy a third night complimentary now until October 31 or fourth night complimentary starting November 1st. Some blackout dates apply.