22 Places to Honeymoon in Mexico

There's no shortage of amazing honeymoon resorts in Mexico

Updated 08/01/18

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If you're looking for a romantic beach escape, why not jet to a place that has all the makings of a honeymoon-worthy getaway: sun, sand, and surf, delicious local cuisine, interesting cultural sites, and, most importantly, potent cocktails. When vacationing south of the border, expect very, very leisurely days; your most important decision will probably be whether to lounge by the pool or the ocean. This is why a Mexican honeymoon is the perfect post-wedding stress buster. Where you go will largely depend on where you're coming from: Pacific Coast retreats in Los Cabos, Punta Mita, and Baja tend to be easier for couples based on the West Coast or in Southwestern states like Texas, while East Coasters will find it a quick and easy getting to the Caribbean-fronting Riviera Maya, home to popular towns like Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Mérida. For those who prefer a more off-the-beaten-path getaway, try San Miguel de Allende or Puebla, both of which are overflowing with local culture and now boast top-notch hotels. Regardless the destination, be sure to pack your best bikinis and always say when you're offered another margarita.

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Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort

A view of the pool at Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Mexico.

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Mexico meets the Mediterranean at this exclusive retreat overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Each room features unique accents like a terra-cotta fireplace, tricked out telescope, and welcome bottle of tequila (plus butler service). If you're looking to splurge, book the 28,000-square-foot Ty Warner mansion, which sits directly on the water’s edge and comes complete with a personal chef. Rooms from $537.

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Viceroy Riviera Maya

Viceroy Riviera Maya New Signature Villa.

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This adults-only haven, opened in 2012, quickly became a honeymoon favorite, thanks to 41 rustic-chic villas, a superb staff, and holistic spa, where the resident shaman will bless you upon request before your massage. This year, expect updates like a new event palapa and expanded pier, perfect for a secluded dinner under the stars prepared by an Enrique Olvera-trained chef. Rooms from $409.

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Rosewood Mayakoba

A room with a plunge pool at Rosewood Mayakoba.

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The ecological enclave of Mayakoba, on the Riviera Maya, has a number of glossy resorts—but this one takes the cake. The decor is Insta-worthy (Yucatán limestone and renewable wood fill indoor spaces). The spa is set on its own island overlooking the lagoon (book a Mayan-influenced treatment, like the Cenote Temazcal Purification). The food is deliciously indulgent (order the Pacifico battered shrimp tacos by the pool). And the rooms, outfitted with glass doors and private plunge pools, are so cozy you may never want to leave. Rooms from $695.

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Hotel San Cristóbal

A room at Hotel San Cristóbal in Todos Santos, Mexico.

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This is the first swanky retreat to open in Todos Santos, a laid-back surfers' haven on the Baja Peninsula. It's conveniently located on Playa Punta Lobos—adjacent to where local fisherman bring their catch of the day. What does this mean for honeymooners? Legit sea-to-table meals, since the chefs stop by the dock each afternoon to pick the fish that's served for dinner each night. Rooms from $285.

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Hotel Esencia

A view of the pool and grounds at Hotel Esencia.

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Celebs from Emily Ratajkowski to Lupita Nyong'o flock to this 50-acre Riviera Maya gem, formerly owned by an Italian duchess. That's because it's the epitome of laid-back cool: Think crisp, all-white rooms, a blissfully-quiet pool, a mile-long (nearly private) white-sand beach, and tailor-made spa programs that include a private Jacuzzi session. Rooms from $615.

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One&Only Palmilla

Villa One at One&Only Palmilla Mexico

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Expect to be treated like a celeb at this ultra-luxe retreat. Private butlers will organize thrill-seeking activities like sky diving, scuba diving, snorkeling, and deep sea fishing, then follow it up with a poolside foot massage. Afterward, go for a dip in the ocean on the resort's swimmable beach, a rarity in Cabo, followed by an astronomer-led stargazing session in the Baja Desert. Rooms from $615.

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NIZUC Resort & Spa

A guest room at NIZUC, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

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You'd never expect such a chic resort just 10 minutes by car from Cancún International Airport, but book a stay here and you'll find a quiet, honeymoon-worthy enclave. Not only does it have the only ESPA Spa in Mexico, but it also boasts six top-notch restaurants (serving everything from classic Peruvian to Asian fusion) and a non-cheesy swim-up bar—all the easier to sip your 12 p.m. margarita. (We won't judge.) Rooms from $416.

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The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

An aerial view of The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, in Mexico.

Thomas Hart Shelby / Courtesy of the Cape

Since it's 2015 debut, this Cabo San Lucas stunner has attracted honeymooners the world over with its pristine white-sand beaches (including the renowned surfers’ paradise Monuments Beach) and 161 gorg guest rooms (all with unobstructed views of the Sea of Cortez and Cabo's famed El Arco). During the day, take your pick among the two pools—one, infinity-style with swim-up bar, the other, built from a natural rock formation. At night, post up at the sixth-floor lounge—the only rooftop bar in Cabo. Rooms from $499.

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UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya

Estancia Suite Room at UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya.

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This area has lots of adults-only all-inclusives, but the new UNICO 20°87° raises the bar with its whimsical interiors (done by hot New York and San Francisco-based design firm AvroKO), butler service (called "local hosts"), and innovative menus (crafted by Christian Bravo, a former Top Chef Mexico contestant). All-inclusive rooms from $600 per couple.

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Cuixmala

The lobby at Cuixmala, a resort in Mexico.

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This estate south of Puerto Vallarta has 12 suites, three private villas, and 10 casitas, set on a private beach adjacent to a 25,000-acre nature preserve. Go horseback riding and fishing, watch sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach, and take Instas in the enormous, colorfully tiled pool. Rooms from $550.

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Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

A view of the pool at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

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Set on the tip of the Riviera Nayarit, this 177-room beachfront resort is the perfect home base for incredible surf, indulgent poolside spa treatments, alfresco meals (courtesy of celebrity chef Richard Sandoval), and cocktails aplenty. (The bar has more than 200 types of tequila.) Rooms from $750.

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Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma

A view of the overwater Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma.

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The first overwater bungalows in Mexico opened just under a year ago at this top-rated all-inclusive on the Riviera Maya. Each of the 30 palafitos is surrounded by the bright turquoise Caribbean waters and features a private infinity pool, glass-bottom floors, outdoor shower, and ladder directly into the ocean. And in case you don't want to leave this stunning "resort-within-a-resort," there's an overwater restaurant and spa exclusively for palafitos guests. All-inclusive rooms from $950 per person.

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Esperanza, an Auberge Resort

A guest room at Esperanza Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico.

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Every room has heart-stopping views of the Sea of Cortez—and either a private balcony or an infinity-edge hot tub (sweet!). Order platters of local seafood at Cocina del Mar for lunch and then lounge by the tiered pool, where attendants will swing by with housemade tamarind, coconut, or hibiscus-flavored paletas (popsicles). Rooms from $695.

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Chablé Resort & Spa

The spa at Chablé resort in Merida, Mexico.

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If the beach isn't your thing, head inland on the famed Yucatán Peninsula, where you'll find this five-star resort (near the historic city of Mérida). While each of the 40 villas is done up in a contemporary style (and tucked away among flora and fauna, so no one will see you skinny dip in your private plunge pool), the main building is a resorted 19th-century hacienda, giving you a look into the elegance of Mexico's past. The spa, meanwhile, offers a totally new idea—it's built directly into a cenote, an underground waterhole sacred in the local culture. Rooms from $1,092.

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Rosewood Puebla

A room at Rosewood Puebla hotel in Puebla, Mexico.

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You could say that the May 2017 opening of this luxe 78-room city hotel put Puebla on the honeymoon map. The colonial-era city, located southeast of Mexico City, is known for its authentic local culture, rich architecture, ceramics arts traditions, and deep culinary roots (it's the birthplace mole poblano). Rosewood Puebla showcases all of that through its distinct design (set in four historic stone buildings that surround an interior courtyard) and activities like cooking classes with executive chef Jonathan Alvarado (including a trip to local food markets), visit to a 200-year-old tile factory, and Mexican wine tastings. Rooms from $475.

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Banyan Tree Mayakoba

A view of the restaurant at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico.

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Every freestanding villa at this überglam oasis is done up with handcrafted Mayan furnishings and a private pool. The food is top-notch, too: Dishes at Cello Cucina Italiana are Mediterranean-influenced, while Saffron serves Thai classics. (Also book a special private-dining evening in La Cava, inside the hotel's wine cellar). But if you're in the mood for something distinctly Mexican, don't worry—you can still find plentiful, perfectly salted margaritas by the pool. Rooms from $445.

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Viceroy Zihuatanejo

A guest room at Viceroy Zihuatanejo, in Mexico.

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You'll want to hole up in one of the 11 new beachfront swim-up suites at this renovated and expanded resort. Each is outfitted in a warm, earth-toned aesthetic and has its own private swimming pool and indoor/outdoor shower. But do get out: the beach has epic surf and you can charter a fishing boat; the chef will turn your catch of the day into ceviche. If you're not the boating type, no matter—there's a new sushi and ceviche bar at La Marea restaurant. Rooms from $240.

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Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada

A view of the pool at Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada.

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San Miguel de Allende is climbing the bucket-list ladder for travelers who seek authentic local experiences. And that's front and center at this center-city grande dame, made up of six Spanish-colonial mansions. Each of the 37 bright and airy rooms mixes historic and modern furnishings with unique accents made by local artisans like talavera-tiled floors, hand-stenciled walls, and copper bathtubs. But outside is where you want to be in this charming cultural capital, so step out into the central courtyard, filled with climbing bougainvillea, and lie by the picture-perfect pool overlooking the city and mountains. Rooms from $300.

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St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

A guest room at St. Regis Punta Mita Resort.

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Three oceanfront pools, 120 stunning guest rooms, a 10,000-square-foot spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, and round-the-clock butler service—need we say more? Rooms from $1,190.

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The Resort at Pedregal

An aerial view of The Resort at Pedregal in Los Cabos, Mexico.

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To get to this 113-room, Mediterranean-style resort, you have to enter through a 1,000-foot-long tunnel carved into a cliff. As if that wasn't enough drama, just take a look at the plunge pools hanging off private ocean-view terraces or the Champagne Terrace built into the rocks above the beach. Rooms from $500.

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Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

A view of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

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Entry-level rooms at this posh all-inclusive begin at a whopping 1,000 square feet—and everything from kayak tours on shimmering Banderas Bay to scuba clinics is part of the price tag. All-inclusive rooms from $587.

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Le Blanc Spa Resort

A view of Le Blanc Resort in Cancun

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Entry-level rooms at this posh all-inclusive begin at a whopping 1,000 square feet—and everything from kayak tours on shimmering Banderas Bay to scuba clinics is part of the price tag. All-inclusive rooms from $587.

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