Winner: Eva Manadrina at Matlati, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Photo courtesy of Matali Hotel
This contemporary boutique hotel in Riviera Nayarit may sport breathtaking views and suites with private plunge pools, but the action is over at its beach club, Eva Mandarina, the resort’s private oasis with restaurant, bar, hammocks and sun beds right on Manzanilla beach, an uncrowded stretch of sand favored by trendsetting locals. The whimsical design by Mexican artist Abel Galvan and cheerful colors are refreshing and welcoming. You’ll find a ladder shooting up to the sky at the end of the surfboard bar top, oversized swing sets, thatch-roof palapas and contemporary art in the form of vintage modes of transportation, like a shipwrecked fishing boat and Volkswagen Bug. The margaritas here are near to perfection.