The 17 Most Romantic Hotels in Mexico
Head across the border for your honeymoon.
Cross the border into honeymoon bliss with an unforgettable trip to Mexico. Not sure where to stay? Your search for the perfect hotel is over. In partnership with Jetsetter, we asked our readers and followers to spill on their ultimate honeymoon spots in seven regions across the globe—almost 9,000 of you responded. The winning romantic destination in Mexico was the Riviera Maya, loved for its dense, viridian jungles, sun-bleached sand, and natural limestone pools. But that's not the only recommended location. Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Cozumel all earned top spots. To help you plan your trip to one of these amazing honeymoon escapes, we're letting you in on our favorite hotels in each of the five areas.
Riviera Maya: Unico 20° 87° Riviera Maya
Situated halfway between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, this 448-room, adults-only newcomer has even the most discriminating guests reconsidering their allergy to all-inclusive resorts. Rates at Unico include unlimited golf, spa treatments (choose from 11), activities like dolphin swims and pyramid climbs, a customized minibar, and top-notch food and drinks at four restaurants (Think: bento boxes and tropical yogurt bowls, not chicken fingers). There are several different room categories—but all come with anfitrión (butler) service.
Riviera Maya: Banyan Tree Mayakoba
This romantic getaway, part of a four-property resort development has 118 villas scattered among lagoons, mangrove trees, swimming pools, and tennis courts—and each one comes with a heated pool, garden, outdoor tub, and terrace. And there's plenty to do: cooking or yoga classes, tequila tastings, golf, snorkeling, or hit the spa's hydrothermal circuit of hot and cold thermal cabins.
Riviera Maya: Rosewood Mayakoba
This dreamy property (also in the Mayakoba development) is known for its airy and luxe lagoon and oceanfront suites. Another asset? The executive chef, Juan Pablo Loza. The Mexico City native runs five dining concepts—including the beachfront Punta Bonita, where you should order the smoky, tangy octopus carnitas—and leads a three-day Taco Academy in his culinary garden, surrounded by pungent oregano shrubs and passion fruit vines.
Riviera Maya: Mahekal Beach Resort
The best thing about this cluster of airy casitas and gardens in Playa del Carmen is its location, a stone's throw from the beach and two blocks to the shops and restaurants onbustling Fifth Avenue. As for the pools, the palm-fringed one by the wood grill-centric Fuego restaurant is quiet and has the comfiest lounge chairs.
Riviera Maya: Hotel Esencia
This 50-acre estate on empty Xpu-ha Beach looks more Mediterranean than Mayan (which makes sense, since it once belonged to an Italian duchess). Amenities at the 29-room hotel include sunrise yoga, a cold-pressed juice bar, and afternoon tea.
Cabo San Lucas: The Resort at Pedregal
You're greeted with a margarita (and a welcome bottle of tequila) at this cliffside resort sitting on 24 acres on the Baja California Peninsula. The complimentary booze may say "party," but the infinity pools that seamlessly blend into the Pacific and the Luna y Mar spa say "ultimate R&R experience." Each of its 66 rooms comes with a private terrace with a plunge pool, giving you unlimited ocean views from the comfort of your neutral-clad suite. And, coming off of a recent $32 million renovation, the resort is better than ever with seven new villas and a Champagne Terrace for sipping bubbly while the sun sets. The property has also launched new Beyond the Beach experiences, including swimming with whale sharks and making tortillas with a local chef.
Cabo San Lucas: Grand Velas Los Cabos
This all-inclusive has a 3-to-1 staff ratio, and looks out into the cerulean Sea of Cortez. Although relatively new—it opened in December 2016—it's quickly become a favorite in Los Cabos. There's plenty to put you instantly at ease, including three infinity pools, oceantfront yoga, and a hydrotherapy program. It made headlines recently for serving a $25,000 taco at its Frida restaurant; made with langoustine, Kobe beef, Almas Beluga caviar, and black truffle brie cheese, all served on a gold flake-infused tortilla. We say save your money for the honeymoon package, which includes sparkling wine and petit fours upon arrival and a private oceanview dinner at sunset.
Cabo San Lucas: One&Only Palmilla
After being hit hard by Hurricane Odile in 2014, this romantic resort made a major comeback that included an enormous reconstructed spa, a steakhouse from Jean-Georges, a pair of salons, and updated rooms. It still has Los Cabos's only swimmable beaches and world-class service—expect tequila on arrival, sewing kits that match your wardrobe, custom outings to nearby beaches and organic farms, and private charters on the resort's own yacht.
Cancun: Le Blanc Spa Resort
With its minimalist interiors, this glam adults-only hotel has style in spades. And the food—including multi-course menus at the French-fusion Lumiere and Blancitalia's handmade pastas—is not what you'd expect from an all-inclusive. The spa, tucked away in a bamboo garden, feels like an escape within an escape. Among the perks: 24-hour butlers (who will draw a bath for you while you're at dinner) and coconut cocktails on arrival.
Cancun: Hyatt Zilara Cancun
This 307-room hacienda-style resort is our go-to for adult-only all-inclusives in the Hotel Zone. Its expansive guestrooms have balconies and whirlpools—and some even have direct stair access to the pool and loungers set on platforms right in the water. (If you don't want to hear the music played by the main pool, you might want to avoid one of the swim-up suites.) And there's no chance of getting bored, thanks to extensive offerings like cooking and cocktail classes, Spanish lessons, bike tours, crafts, and even taking part in the seasonal turtle release program.
Cancun: Excellence Playa Mujeres
Playa Mujeres is a quieter area about 25 minutes north of Cancun—and it's where you'll find this beauty of an all-inclusive. There are seven pools, a spa offering hydrotherapy treatments and aromatic baths, a Greg Norman golf course, guest suites with private outdoor space, 10 restaurants, and 11 bars. You can also arrange to go deep-sea fishing, visit nearby archaeological ruins, or take a ride on a yacht.
Puerto Vallarta: Casa Kimberly
This hotel overlooking Banderas Bay—complete with its beautifully restored blue-tiled pool—is the former love nest of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Other nods to history remain: the Puente del Amor footbridge connects their former villas, and you can sip on their favorite cocktail (a take on the chocolatini) at the open-air restaurant and tequila bar. Its nine rooms are individually decorated; the 2,500-square-foot Elizabeth Taylor suite (complete with a pink-marble heart-shaped tub) is the ultimate splurge. Days begin with a complimentary breakfast and end with nightly music by a famous mariachi band.
Puerto Vallarta: Hacienda San Angel
Located in the heart of downtown with views of both the bay and the Sierra Madre mountains, this charming and historic 20-suite property exudes romance. It has beautiful architectural details, and is decorated with artwork and artifacts like French crystal wall scones and restored 18th-century paintings. It's easy to feel relaxed among the lush gardens and trickling fountains—or at the rooftop restaurant, where the salmon carpaccio and baked lobster tail are not to be missed.
Puerto Vallarta: Las Alamandas
This former private estate still feels exclusive, with just 16 simple, elegant rooms set on 1,500 acres all abloom with pink gardenias. The exteriors are a cheerful peach color, and inside you'll feel right at home among the bright ceramic tiles, folk art, indoor/outdoor lounge areas, and spacious bathrooms with deep tubs. There's also a freshwater pool, an on-site art gallery, and a fully equipped gym (designed, believe it or not, by frequent guest Robert De Niro). After sampling classic Mexican dishes at the main Oasis restaurant, head to the rooftop lounge to sip tequila and do some stargazing on the telescope.
Cozumel: Cozumel Palace All Inclusive
Those looking for an island experience in Mexico should head to this hacienda-style resort, set on a small isle off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Its 169 rooms have rattan furniture and balconies with ocean views; we especially love the two-story loft suites with arched windows. There are two restaurants and two bars, plus an intimate spa and three pools fronting the beach.
Cozumel: Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort and Spa
Sitting on half a mile of white-sand beach, this resort is ideal for those who want a getaway that's both active and relaxing. You can snorkel among moray eels and barracudas at Palnacar Reef or play some tennis on one of two illuminated courts. When it's time to wind down, opt for an outdoor massage or visit the spa for traditional Mayan treatments that use indigenous plants and herbs. Each of the 220 rooms feature jewel-toned furnishings that add a splash of color to the neutral walls, and come with a private balcony or terrace that overlook the Caribbean.
Cozumel: Secrets Aura Cozumel All Inclusive
Featuring three outdoor pools, four restaurants, an expansive spa, and an open-air theater for live shows and music, there's no shortage of things to do here. The 266 rooms are decked out in energetic shades of green, red, and orange, and include a private terrace or balcony—perfect for watching the sun set over the vast Caribbean. Certain times of year, wildlife lovers can attend an educational turtle nesting workshop and watch baby turtles emerge from their nests and travel from the sand to the ocean.
Additional reporting by Adam Erace and Amanda Reed.
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