With its miles of palm-fringed beaches, hyper-luxurious resorts and beautiful colonial cities, Mexico has everything you need to get in the mood. Whether you’re looking to chill out in a palapa on a secluded beach or be pampered at a world-class spa, these five beach destinations are bound to deliver something you’ll love.
Whichever destination you choose, be sure to include some romantic activities in your vacation itinerary.
Best for: Seekers of unparalleled luxury by the Caribbean Sea.
Top stay: Rosewood Mayakoba. Thanks to its setting among acres of protected mangroves, winding canals and a mile of white-sand beachfront, this award-winning resort feels like a private little slice of paradise.
Romantic Highlight: Being ferried by a vintage-inspired boat along a crystal-clear green lagoon to your stand-alone limestone villa. The contemporary suites feature rock showers, private plunge pools, and a welcome gift of boutique tequila.
Best for: Love-struck couples looking for a gourmet-oriented soujourn in a cosmopolitan beach town.
Top stay: CasaMagna Marriott Resort & Spa, a grand-scale resort with an enviable setting overlooking Banderas Bay and the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Romantic Highlight: Taking a water taxi to Playa de las Animas, a secluded stretch of beach in the southern part of the bay, and feasting on fresh seafood from the beachside palapas, taking a sailing trip on the bay or booking a table at upscale restaurant Blanca Blue.
Best for: Couples wanting to rub shoulders with celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore, who love this unspoiled beach hideaway.
Top Stay: Las Ventanas al Paraiso, whose suites are the last word in luxury with oversized tubs, private jacuzzis and telescopes for (the other kind of) star gazing.
Romantic Highlight: The “Sea & Stars Pure Wellness” couples treatment at Las Ventanas—massages followed by a long soak in soothing oil-infused waters while sipping champagne.
Best for: Urban refugees keen to get away from the crowds in style.
Top stay: St Regis Punta Mita. The new jewel in the crown of this exclusive spit of land on the Pacific Coast offers sophisticated villa accommodation set among landscaped gardens and cascading water features.
Romantic Highlight: Chilling out all day in a butler-serviced cabana by one of the resort’s three infinity pools while keeping an eye out for the humpback whales that ply the waters of Banderas Bay from December to April.
Best for: Not far from the gated community of Punta Mita yet a world away in attitude, this fishing village is ideal for couples looking for a laid-back vacation with great surfing and eating.
Top stay: Verana. Limestone casitas, net-draped beds and a secluded hilltop location (reached via a boat ride and mule trip) make this boutique resort and spa an unforgettably off-the-beaten-track experience.
Romantic Highlight: Dinner beachside at the famous Don Pedro’s, a convivial seafood restaurant that exemplifies the barefoot chicness of this charming town.