Newlyweds love Mexico for its warm, turquoise waters, powder-soft beaches, and laid-back lifestyle. (The margaritas aren’t half bad, either!) But that’s not all there is to enjoy about our neighbor to the south. Brides and grooms can enjoy vastly different experiences depending on the area and the resort in which they stay.
Thinking of making your own escape to Mexico? From over-the-top luxury in a posh Cabo setting, to a contemporary foodie haven, to a luxury all-inclusive with endless options, here are three of our favorite spots to help your honeymoon planning process along.
One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos
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Hurricane Odile all but flattened Los Cabos last September when it raged through the area, leaving some of the Baja Peninsula’s most luxurious resorts, including One&Only Palmilla, battered and boarded up for the remainder of the vacation season. Happily, however, the resort, which is a favorite among A-listers like George Clooney and Jennifer Aniston, re-opened earlier this year with some exciting new additions, making it a hotter honeymoon spot than ever. A few things not to miss include a romantic dinner at SEARED, the sleek, sexy new steakhouse by Jean-Georges Vongerichten; a couple’s massage in the resort’s completely renovated spa; a lazy day spent napping in the shade of a cabana on Pelican Beach; and a private tequila tasting at the open-air, palapa-style bar of Agua by Larbi. In your room, you’ll love traditional Mexican décor (hand-painted tiles, studded wood doors, breezy archways), a spacious terrace (plus a daybed piled high with pillows) overlooking the ocean, and a tequila welcome amenity that’ll get your stay started on the right foot. The resort’s attentive staff can whip up any number of romantic experiences, including shopping in downtown Los Cabos or a trip to nearby Huerta Los Tamarindos farm for a tour and private cooking class.
Nizuc Resort & Spa, Cancún
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Dazzling design is around every last corner at this contemporary resort on the lush and private Punta Nizuc (it’s a 15 minute-drive from Cancún International Airport). Opened in March 2013, Nizuc has been frequented by dignitaries and celebs, probably for its peaceful, private setting, its palatial guest rooms with private plunge pools, large terraces, and outdoor showers, its 30,000-square-foot spa, and its stellar restaurants and lounges (so, pretty much everything). The Peruvian food, and especially the ceviche, at Ni are outdone only by the restaurant’s beachfront views, and the Nik Margarita at Bar A-Kan is a cocktail you’ll be recreating back at home (we’re still mixing them up come weekends). If spa treatments, dips in the pool, and decadent meals become too routine, ask the concierge for assistance in arranging a day trip to Chichén Itzá, or a private yacht excursion for a day spent swimming and snorkeling in the area’s breathtakingly blue waters. Just be sure to bring your camera, because you won’t want to forget a single moment of your stay here.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta
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Located on Banderas Bay in Puerto Vallarta, on the Pacific Coast of central Mexico, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is a AAA Five Diamond resort, and it also happens to be all-inclusive, which makes staying, dining, and playing here a breeze. A honeymoon here is all about options—and making sure you don’t miss any of them. In addition to poolside menu service and an expansive, international breakfast buffet at the oceanfront Azul, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is home to three AAA Four Diamond restaurants—Frida, which serves contemporary Mexican fare, Piaf, which specializes in decadent French cuisine, and Lucca, whose menu features Mediterranean and Italian dishes. Honeymooners can spend their time relaxing by the resort’s central tiered swimming pool, getting treatments in its spa, and trying water sports like snorkeling, kayaking, and kite surfing. Friendly staff will happily lead couples on a guided bicycle ride outside the property, and, for more curious couples, arrange a drive into the towns of Sayulita and San Pancho to get a taste of local life.