From large tourist towns to secluded intimate resorts, Mexico offers plenty of options to couples. Small hotels offer only a handful of romantic rooms where you can spend your honeymoon lounging and relaxing surrounded by incredible views and plenty of privacy. Or check into a larger full-service resort offering an array of activities and amenities, including scuba diving, fitness classes, adventure tours, multiple pools and gourmet restaurants.
Rosewood Mayakoba is a luxury beachfront vacation getaway on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
The resort is set on a stretch of white sandy beach, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. This all-suite resort offers 128 luxury suites that combine modern design and indigenous materials. The suites are crafted from indigenous materials, including limestone and wood. Rooftop sundecks and large terraces are perfect for enjoying the tropical sun. Ask for a bathroom with an outdoor shower for extra relaxation. The suites feature refreshing plunge pools as well. Guests have access to the signature Greg Norman 7,000-yard, 18-hole golf course, El Camaleon. The course has a diverse layout, varied landscape and features an environmentally inspired design with scenic views of the sea. The golf scool offers state-of-the-art technology, a 350-yard double-sided tee, short game facility and a 40-yard wide putting green. The spa has 12 treatment rooms, Island Suites, therapeutic lounging pools and a fitness center. Spa facilities includes a heated pool for swimming, saunas for detox, a relaxing Jacuzzi, plunge pool to cool off and plush relaxation lounges. Take yoga and meditation classes to find your inner zen. The juice bar serves refreshing and healthy drinks.
Room rates start at $575 USD per night (website).
Located on one of Mexico’s most beautiful beaches, Viceroy Zihuatanejo epitomizes luxurious beach living. Just footsteps from the powder-soft sands of Playa La Ropa in Zihuatanejo Bay, the Crusoe-chic style resort offers a private and intimate oceanside retreat. Designed to reflect Mexico’s unique culture, beautifully appointed terracotta-tiled villas and thatched palapa cabanas house 11 luxurious guestrooms and 35 suites. Brightly colored rooms are tastefully decorated with local Mexican art and boast private terraces with spectacular ocean views. Suites enjoy intimate, outdoor infinity-pools for absolute relaxation. Miles of powder-white sandy beach is bordered by the gin-clear waters of the resort's breath-taking coastline, dotted with exclusive daybeds, cabanas, and palapas for guests to enjoy. Three magnificent swimming pools add a touch of glamour. Savor award-winning Mexican-Pacific cuisine at two gourmet-dining venues, followed by the vibrant Mexican Riviera ambiance at one of three bars. Unwind in the intimate spa and fitness center or enjoy an abundance of activities, including snorkeling, surfing, deep-sea fishing and horseback riding. Rooms start at $194 per night (website).
»Casa de los Suenos
Escape to Isla Mujeres and Casa de los Suenos, a boutique luxury hotel in Mexico which has just eight guest rooms and an intimate spa. Isla Mujeres is a small island near Cancun where vacation activities include swimming, kayaking, biking, snorkeling and fishing. The spa offers traditional and innovative spa treatments. Book a Swedish Massage (from $89 for 50 minutes), or try Cromotherapy ($50 for 50 minutes) which utilizes aromatic oils to refresh and relax the body and the mind. Yoga is offered at the hotel three days a week indoors or outdoors with open ocean views (from $40). The ten guest rooms, suites and the Presidential Suite are individually decorated and offer ocean views from the terrace.
Fly to Cancun airport in Mexico. From there, take a taxi to Puerto Juarez (about 45 minutes), and then a boat to Isla Mujeres (a 20-minute boat ride). If you are renting a car, drive to Punta Sam and take the Car Ferry to Isla Mujeres (a 45-minute ride). Room rates start at USD $337 per night (website).
»Baja's Whale Bounty Cruise
Couples who are passionate about the ocean can go on a cruise which will let them see humpback whales, gray whales, dolphins, sea lion pups, mobula rays and other amazing marine life from up close. Baja's Whale Bounty Cruise, offered by Adventure Life, is an 8-day cruise which departs from San Jose del Cabo in January, February and March. While you explore Baja California on your honeymoon, you will get a chance to snorkel, go on scenic hikes, kayak and have romantic picnics on the beach. The cruise includes a stop at Magdalena Bay, a birthing ground of gray whales. Safari Endeavour is an 84-passenger vessel with two hot tubs, sauna and a massage suite where you can enjoy your complimentary massage. The ship has three decks with relaxing public spaces from which you can take in the scenery. Commodore Suites are the most spacious, complete with a sitting area, jacuzzi tub and a balcony. Rates for the 8-day cruise start at $2,995 per person; Commodore Suites from $6,495 per person (website).
»Diamante Cabo San Lucas
[Diamante Cabo San Lucas]
Diamante Cabo San Lucas is set against a backdrop of beautiful Baja landscapes, Pacific coastline and the verdant rolling greens of two championship golf courses, one designed by Davis Love III and the other by Tiger Woods. Exquisitely appointed Hacienda-style accommodation in the form of casitas, condominiums, estates, and golf course villas feature superb layouts and superior facilities such as infinity swimming pools, indoor/outdoor showers, private pool terraces with fire pits, outdoor grills, and multi-car garages. Award-winning chefs conjure up culinary delights in the comfort of your villa or at one of the many restaurants dotted around the estate. Guests have access to world-class golf courses, as well as an array of facilities and vacation activities at The Resort at Diamante. Enjoy the 10-acre saltwater Crystal Lagoon for swimming, paddling and kayaking, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an exclusive spa with three individual spa suites and one couple’s spa suite, and fishing and horseback riding along Diamante Beach (website).
»Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa
[Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa]
Perched high above the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez, Hacienda Encantada is luxurious award-winning resort. Surrounded by the beauty of both the desert and the ocean in the Cabo San Lucas area, this 4-Diamond retreat promises an unforgettable vacation experience. A classic blend of traditional Mexican architecture, style and culture with state-of-the-art conveniences creates comfortable and luxurious accommodation in the form of suites and villas. Suites are bright and airy with modern amenities, while Hacienda-style villas enjoy multi-rooms, private terraces and luxury amenities, such as whirlpools. Home to some of the best restaurants in Cabo, guests can enjoy an amazing culinary experience at three Mexican-inspired gourmet restaurants, two casual, laid-back eateries and stylish pool bars around the resort. Miles of golden sands and gin-clear waters make for an ideal watersports location. Enjoy snorkeling, diving, fishing and sailing, as well as golf, nature encounters, adventure tours and world-class shopping in Cabo. Rooms start at $312 per night (website).
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Just steps from the beautiful beaches of Cancun in Mexico, Villa Albatros takes luxurious oceanfront living to new heights. Combining Caribbean-Mexican style and contemporary-chic charm, this luxurious villa offers spectacular service, deluxe abodes, and unrivalled views. Six exquisitely appointed en-suite bedrooms are spacious and inviting with spellbinding views over the azure blue ocean. Living spaces are elegantly decorated with locally handcrafted furniture and traditional artefacts with accents of Mexico. Wide shaded verandahs offer cool respite from the sun and a sparkling rim-flow pool seems to connect with the gin-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Dine on sumptuous fare prepared from the freshest local ingredients and flavors by your personal villa chef. Offering a range of activities to suit all, the villa is ideal for couples who are looking for an intimate and luxurious island-style escape. Snorkel along stunning coral formations in the warm, clear waters or head out for a romantic sailing trip on gentle sea breezes. Enjoy a luxurious massage by your private pool as you soak up the spectacular views. Rates start at $2,250 per night (website).
Perfectly placed just a stone’s throw away from the beach, Playa Maya is a beautifully appointed beach hotel in Playa del Carmen whose entrance opens right onto the sand. Luxurious accommodations include a romantic Jacuzzi Garden room with a private garden and heated Jacuzzi for two, a Junior Suite with fully equipped kitchenette, a Deluxe Terrace Room complete with private balcony and hammock for the ultimate in relaxation. All rooms and suites feature air-conditioning, wireless Internet, mini-fridges and cable TV and some have balconies with spectacular ocean views. Enjoy a delicious complimentary breakfast every morning with your toes in the sand in the shade of large umbrellas on the beach, before heading off for long walks, swimming and snorkeling. Rooms start at $160 per night (website).
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»The Westin in Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta
The Westin Puerto Vallarta is an oceanfront getaway that overlooks Banderas Bay in Mexico. Set on 21 acres, the resort has four pools surrounded by 600 palm trees, lush gardens and a sandy shore with wooden pergolas. A stay at this unique property is not complete without a visit to its luxurious spa; an oceanfront massage in a hut on the beach is a special treat. Guests can work out in the gym, hire a personal trainer and play tennis.
Visit Puerto Vallarta for shopping, restaurants and nightlife. The 279 guest rooms and suites come with a private balcony, the signature Westin bed and scenic views of the Pacific Ocean. If you are planning a romantic trip, book one of the Grand Deluxe rooms with an outdoor Jacuzzi, or splurge on a spacious honeymoon suite.
Choose from restaurants serving Mexican cuisine, sushi and casual meals, or order room service 24 hours per day. The Nikki Beach Club offers beautiful sunset views.
From November to March, plan a whale watching getaway at the Westin Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. Humpback Whales visit Banderas Bay every year on their search for warmer waters in the winter. Visitors can see the animals right from the beach, or take a boat tour. You may also see turtles, dolphins and other marine life. The property is conveniently located 5 minutes from the airport. Room rates start at $175 per night, depending on season and availability (+52 322 226 1100 ).
»Banyan Tree Cabo Marques
Set on a cliff overlooking the ocean, the luxury accommodations at Banyan Tree Cabo Marques in Acapulco offer stunning views of the Pacific. Ideal for couples looking for plenty of space, incredible romantic sunsets and five star service, the accommodations offer privacy and stylish decor.
For the most dramatic views of the Mexican coastline, ask for an Oceanfront Pool Villa with a view of the Pacific Ocean. Each has a private outdoor heated pool from which you can watch the ocean. Order room service and relax in the spacious bedroom, and take a soothing bath in the luxurious bathroom with a separate tub and shower. Floor to ceiling windows reveal magnificent views of the coastline.
Banyan Tree Spa offers magnificent views of the ocean. You can book an outdoor massage and enjoy some of the best water views. A rich menu of healing therapies is available at this world-class spa. Therapists undergo formal training at Academies in Phuket in Thailand or Lijiang in China.
Amenities at the resort include plush furnishings, plasma TV, wireless internet connection, IDD telephone and air-conditioning. Layouts range from Valley View starting from $380 per night, to ultra luxe Oceanfront Pool Villa starting at $485 per night.
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»Blue Diamond Riviera Maya
Set on 36 acres overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Blue Diamond Riviera Maya is a luxury spa getaway favored by honeymooners, especially beacause the resort only caters to adults.
The resort is surrounded by tropical forests, lagoons and a lake. Nearby attractions include ancient Mayan ruins, scuba diving and snorkeling. Guests have a choice of 128 suites. Ask for a beachfront casitas if you want to be just steps from the beach. You may also like a suite with a roof top infinity pool.
The Spa measures 25,000 square feet in size and offers treatment rooms surrounded by a garden. Two VIP couples suites and a Thai massage suite are ideal for honeymooners.
The resort offers many dining options, including several restaurants and bars with scenic ocean views which provide a romantic setting. Rooms start from $520 per night (+52 984 206 4100, bluediamond-rivieramaya.com).
Las Alamandas, located in a coastal nature preserve, offers beautiful romantic suites decorated by the hotel's owner with hand-made furniture and fabrics. At this eco-friendly hotel, you will find organic soap in the bathrooms, a pristine sandy beach and a garden that grows fresh produce for the restaurant kitchen.
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»Las Ventanas al Paraiso
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, which translates to Windows to Paradise is situated at the tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula overlooking the Sea of Cortez. All of the hotel suites have individual relaxation pools and Jacuzzis, rooftop patios as well as telescopes for stargazing.
»The Fairmont Pierre Marques
The Fairmont Pierre Marques, Acapulco is an intimate getaway with villas, bungalows and low-rise buildings surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Vacationers can dine at fine restaurants, swim, play golf and tennis. The resort has three pools and is set on Acapulco's beautiful Revolcadero Beach, perfect for relaxing in the sun.
Turtle Dunes Country Club and Ochoa Golf Academy accommodate players of all levels, offering golf instruction and scenic championship golf. The resort has a fitness center and spa privileges at Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. The beach resort has 229 guest accommodations overlooking the lush tropical gardens, pools, fountains and beach. You can also book one of the luxury villas and bungalows which offer more privacy.
Rooms start at $205 per night (website). The resort is offering a 3-night package that lets you relax and rejuvenate with ocean views. This package rates start at $205 USD per night and includes: 3 nights minimum, breakfast buffet, cocktail. Ask for the "Bed & Breakfast Package" when booking. Click here to check for Mexico packages.
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»Grand Velas in Playa del Carmen
Just steps from the famous white sands of Playa del Carmen, Grand Velas Riviera Maya is a romantic getaway for couples looking to unwind and reconnect. The resort is ideal for honeymooners because it offers spacious suite accommodations, many with spectacular ocean views. Take romantic walks on the beautiful sandy beach, and explore 80 acres of protected mangroves, jungle and natural freshwater wells. Honeymooners should book one of the oceanfront suites for guests over 12 years old. These stunning suites have private plunge pools overlooking the azure Mexican Caribbean. When you are not relaxing on the beach, visit the resort spa. The spa area measures 89,305 square feet in size, complete with 40 luxury treatment suites featuring native art work and separate hydrotherapy facilities for men and women. ther resort activities include scuba diving, golf and snorkeling tours. In the evening, have a romantic dinner at one of the restaurants. Rooms start at $600 per night. Pricing is all-inclusive. Starting at $381 USD per person per night, the golf special includes: one round per person $50 USD Spa Credit per adult per night, Children 2 X 1 and a 10% discount at the Resort Boutique (website).
»Hacienda Tres Rios
Hacienda Tres Rios is an award-winning beachfront getaway in Riviera Maya. The resort is all-inclusive so once you pick your package you don't have to worry about the cost of dining and activities. The hotel is set on a 326-acre nature park and offers 273 suites with Caribbean Sea views. The property was constructed using environmentally-friendly methods and furnished with regional materials and finishes. Rates from USD $350 per night (haciendatresrios.com).
»The Fairmont Acapulco Princess
Mexico features many large full-service resorts such as The Fairmont Acapulco Princess which has 1,017 guest rooms and suites situated in Aztec-style pyramid buildings. The resort has five swimming pools, waterfalls and a lagoon. You can visit the spa, play tennis and golf. >Cancun is another beachfront destination offering a variety of activities, from luxury spas and shopping to fishing and kayaking. There are many great hotels to choose from in Cancun.
Paradisus Cancun is located right on the beach in Cancun. The resort has a free-form pool, a spa and many activities. Guests get to choose from fishing, scuba diving and sailing in the warm Mexican waters. he resort guest rooms are housed in Mayan-inspired towers next to the sandy beach. Ask for a room or a luxury suite that will give you the best sunset view from your ocean-view terrace. Each room has a 32-inch flat screen TV, rain showers, high-speed internet access, 24-hour room service and other modern features.
Most suites feature two terraces and a separate living area with a sofa bed. You can use one terrace for dining and the other for lounging in the sun or an in-room massage. Yhi Spa at Paradisus Cancun is a sanctuary for the senses, where you can smell gentle aromas and choose from a menu of ritualistic relaxation therapies. Try the couples massage on your romantic trip.
Room rates start at $200 per night (website).
»Casa Iguana Hotel in Puerto Vallarta
If you are looking for affordable honeymoon options in Mexico, take a look at Casa Iguana Hotel located in the village of Mismaloya, Puerto Vallarta. The property has lush gardens, pools, and a fish and turtle pond. The hotel is a 15-minute dive from downtown Puerto Vallarta and the city's shops, restaurants and entertainment. Mismaloya is a favorite destination for butterfly enthusiasts and bird watchers. In the evenings, watch colorful sunsets from the beach. Guests are accommodated in spacious two-bedroom suites which are air-conditioned. Each suite has a kitchenette, living room, ceiling fans and a balcony. Dine at La Cocina, the hotel's open-air restaurant & bar, or head to town. Low season rates start at $60 per night; high season rates from $85. All inclusive vacations are also available, starting at $111 per night for two guests. Browse packages and deals in Mexico (casaiguana.com.mx).
»Casa Natalia in San Jose del Cabo
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The small luxury hotel Casa Natalia is located in a secluded enclave of palm trees, waterfalls and tropical flowers in the heart of the historical village of San Jose del Cabo in Baja California, Mexico. A vacation at this unique hotel means slowing down in a beautiful setting. Guests can spend their days by the pool relaxing in the sun and tasting great food. There is a shuttle service to a private beach club for anyone who wants to feel the sand on their feet. Nearby recreation activities that can be arranged by the hotel include surfing, kayaking, whale watching (in season), scuba diving, golf, and tennis. There are 14 individually decorated guestrooms and two spa suites. Rooms have California king size beds, air-conditioning, marble bathrooms with a shower. Enjoy the outdoor terraces with hammocks, chairs and tables.
Featuring Euro-Mexican cuisine, Mi Cocina is a sixty-seat restaurant which serves seasonal specialties emphasizing fresh local seafood, grilled meats, and poultry. Since the executive chef Loic Tenoux is also the owner the hotel, he has no problems meeting the special dietary needs of any of the hotel guests. The hotel is 17 miles from San Jose Del Cabo International Airport and 32 miles from Cabo San Lucas. Los Angeles, California is approximately two hours away by plane. Rates range from approximately $195 to $545 per night. Hotel guests must be at least 13 years old (casanatalia.com).
»Hotel Deseo in Playa del Carmen
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Hotel Deseo is a contemporary design getaway in Playa del Carmen, offering stylish rooms and relaxed ambiance. Plan a couples getaway at this stylish hotel, located 35 minutes south of Cancun, Mexico. The 15 rooms and suites have air-conditioning, mini bar, cordless telephone, and king-size beds. Six of the rooms overlook the swimming pool, six have terraces, and three suites have ocean views and open air bathtubs. American style breakfast is included in the daily rate and there is also a self service kitchen. Cancun International Airport is about 45 minutes away. Transfers from the airport are available for approximately $55. Rates start at USD $149 per night (hoteldeseo.com).
»Posada La Poza in Southern Baja
Posada La Poza is a small luxury hotel located about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas in southern Baja. At this secluded getaway, spend your days fishing, bike riding, bird watching, and exploring nearby sandy beaches. Choose from seven boutique suites, two Junior Suites and one Honeymoon Suite. The boutique suites feature sitting areas, terrace or patio, mini-bar, safe, spacious double-sink bathrooms with a colorfully tiled walk-in shower, air-conditioning, and CD player. Junior Suites and Honeymoon Suites have a spa or hot tub for additional relaxation. El Gusto restaurant serves Mexican cuisine using fresh local ingredients, including local organic produce grown exclusively for the hotel, locally produced meats, and seafood from the Pacific waters. Drive about two miles to Todos Santos and browse local art galleries, boutique shops and restaurants. San Jose del Cabo International Airport in Mexico is approximately one-and-half hours from Todos Santos; La Paz International Airport is about an hour away (hotelposadalapozatodossantos.com).
»Grand Luxxe in Nuevo Vallarta
There is something intrinsically relaxing about getting an outdoor massage in a thatched-roof cabana - your body feels instantly grounded and connected to nature. The new Spatium Spa at Grand Luxxe Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, is taking outdoor treatments to a new level with its 6 outdoor treatment rooms. Each outdoor treatment room is decorated with a theme inspired by different countries. Cultural influences in the treatments at the spa include techniques from Mexico, the Mediterranean, India, Italy, other parts of Europe and Thailand.
Spatium Spa offers 25 indoor treatment rooms indoors as well for those who prefer an air-conditioned space.Choose from signature massage, deep tissue massage, tune-up massage, facials and reflexology. The extensive spa menu includes aromatherapy, sacral cranial massage, Bamboo Asian massage, sport massage and other therapies. The spa utilizes a custom line organic products for body treatments, which of course you can purchase and take home with you. Also used at the spa are Natura Bisse, a line of Spanish facial products, and Germaine Capuccini, another line of facial products from Spain. Attached to the spa is a full-service salon and a fitness center offering the latest equipment and a selection of classes, ranging from spinning to yoga and Zumba. In addition to the new spa, the resort has a scenic golf course, romantic wedding venues and several restaurants. Guests are accommodated in luxury rooms and suites with private plunge pools, spacious terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views (011-52-322-226-4031,
»Hacienda Temozon on the Yucatan Peninsula
The historic Hacienda Temozon is a fully restored colonial mansion located in Temozon Sur the Yucatan Peninsula.
The hotel is only a few miles from the Pyramids of Uxmal, the modern city of colonial Merida and a number of other attractions that let you explore the remnants of the Mayan civilization.
28 hotel guestrooms and suites have 18-foot ceilings and 10-foot wooden double doors. The Presidential Suite was once the Hacienda owner's bedroom.
Casa Temozon Restaurant serves a blend of local and international cuisine and overlooks the swimming pool, old factory buildings and the gardens where most of the organic ingredients come from. A menu of light snacks and various creative cocktails is offered at Bar Temozon.
Hol Be Spa offers soothing massages in an intimate ambiance where guests feel detached from the outside world. You'll be surrounded by a lush sub-tropical forest and gardens.
Choose from swimming, sightseeing trips, tennis, archaeological walks, cycling, or a quiet game of backgammon in the gardens. The Jacuzzi and the outdoor pool provide a quiet space for relaxing in the Mexican sun.
Get married in the gardens surrounded by candlelight and songs of birds which live on the property.
Rooms start at $190 per night (website).
»Las Brisas Acapulco
[Las Brisas Acapulco]
Las Brisas Acapulco is a romantic getaway in Acapulco. Set above the famous Acapulco Bay, the resort offers panoramic ocean views. Spend your honeymoon sipping Margaritas, having romantic dinners overlooking the water and relaxing in the sun. The hotel offers special amenities and packages to newlyweds, such as champagne, flowers and more. Honeymooners are whisked up to their casitas in a custom made pink jeep through the romantic hibiscus gardens.
Guests are accommodated in 240 casitas located on 40 lush acres. Not all have private pools (some are semi-private), so be sure to ask for one on your honeymoon. Each morning, delicious breakfast is delivered to your room. Flowers are refreshed every day in the guest room and by the pool.
The exclusive beach club and La Concha restaurant are located at a lower elevation close to the ocean. Sunset Bar is the best spot for sunsets where you can watch the sky change from blue to pink and orange at the end of a full day.
Rooms start at $245 USD per night (+52 744 469 6900, website).
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