Toeing the Cutting Edge in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Any more cutting-edge and it'd have somebody's eye out, Básico takes pared-down industrial chic to jaw-dropping extremes. Located in the humming heart of Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya, it's a young, sassy boutique hotel with an eye for design and a mind for a party (Polaroid cameras are found chained to beds in the suites). In the rooftop terrace bar, sun-tanned scenesters sip martinis, recline on day-beds made from lorry frontages, or bask in the twin water-tank pools. Welcome to Funkytown.