In the mood to discover an under-the-radar tropical vacation destination? Bypass the mega-resorts and crowded beaches and check out these 11 sublime Caribbean hideaways, all of which excel at relaxed luxury, discreet service, and a heavenly sense of seclusion.

Mukan, Mexico

Located 23 miles from the coastal hotspot of Tulum but a world away in vibe, this high-end newcomer makes the most of its secluded position inside the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sian Ka’an biosphere. Guests arrive to Mukan by boat, via breathtaking lagoons and waterways, to a tucked-away paradise featuring just 10 rooms. The design is sleek and minimalist—lots of tropical wood, onyx and local stone—all the better to show off the resort’s gorgeous setting, between jungle and a white-sand private beachfront. Highlights of a stay include the rooftop pool with its panoramic views; the fresh, intensely local cuisine featuring dishes like tacos with Dorado, spicy guacamole and pico de gallo; and the complimentary evening sunset drinks on the dock overlooking the tranquil waters of Sian Ka’an.

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