The 10 Most Romantic Destinations in the World
Picking the perfect honeymoon is no easy feat—countless romantic destinations, endless hotel options, limited vacation time and the struggle-is-real challenge of finding the perfect place to please both you and your new spouse. Where to begin? Well, right here. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuoso—a global network of more than 15,000 luxury-travel specialists—to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Whether you're looking for bucket-list hotels and resorts, far-flung beaches, the top cruise lines for couples, inexpensive honeymoon ideas or unexpected honeymoon-worthy locales, you’ve come to the right spot. Presenting our 2017 Honeymoon Awards—dive in to see the best honeymoon resorts in Mexico!
1. One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos
You’d never guess this ultra-luxe resort has been around since 1956, thanks to a complete overhaul two years ago that included a new restaurant from chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, a celeb-stylist-led hair salon, and an indoor-outdoor gym. This year’s update: the just-debuted Villa One, a four-bedroom hideout perched above the Sea of Cortez with a glass-enclosed infinity pool, chef’s kitchen, screening room, personal trainer, and a 24-hour butler. Maybe invite your friends and turn the honeymoon into a “buddymoon” (Rooms from $615)?
2. Rosewood Mayakoba, Riviera Maya
Nature is everywhere you turn at this 130-suite beachside retreat. First, there's the system of mangrove-shaded canals through which you float to arrive at your room by boat (expect local driftwood, limestone, and outdoor showers). Then, there's the spa, which sits on an island in the middle of a lagoon and offers all kinds of traditional Mayan treatments. Next, there are amenities like "floating yoga" classes, in which you're challenged to hold poses while balancing on top of the water (talk about a core workout). Finally, you sit vintage, underneath a canopy of palm trees at the new restaurant, Aqui Me Quedo (translates to "here I stay," in Spanish), served chilled coconut cocktails and antojitos made in a vintage, retro-fitted truck (Rooms from $515).
3. Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya
Set on a secluded stretch of the Caribbean-fronting Riviera Maya, Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa feels like a beach-jungle oasis. All around you are wide palm trees and a mile of white sand (Maroma Beach is ranked among the best in the world). You'll feel right at home chilling by one of the three pools, napping on the hammock on your balcony, or indulging in a traditional Mayan temazcal ritual at the spa—and why shouldn't you (Rooms from $765)?
4. Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Riviera Maya
Also set within the Mayakoba region of the Riviera Maya, Banyan Tree Mayakoba has a similar back-to-nature vibe—but doesn't skimp on luxury. Expect architectural details that will literally make you stop in your tracks, especially the geometric, connected pools and the restaurant floating above the water amid the mangroves. Also likely to give you pause: "the rainforest" treatment at the spa, complete with a hydrotherapy circuit and a 90-minute massage (Rooms from $765).
5. Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
Want to whale watch on the resort's private yacht? Lounge under a cabana at the Nuna pool? Try a traditional temazcal ritual? There's a reason Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is one of the best honeymoon resorts in Mexico, and it's because it will make all your dreams come true. Especially if those dreams include lots of mezcal-based margaritas. Our pick: the Smoky Colada, a Mexican take on the traditional pineapple and coconut cocktail (Rooms from $750).
6. Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort, Los Cabos
From the moment you exit the Mercedes SUV that transports you from the airport, let the gentle sounds of waves crashing on the beach wash over. And the experience of true, upscale Mexican hospitality. Think: Evian mists, binoculars for whale-watching, and any cocktail or snack you can think of—all you have to do is ask! Also worth requesting: a once-in-a-lifetime "Create Your Own Fireworks Display," which allows couples to craft a completely customizable fireworks show that they can launch whenever they choose (within reason) with just the press of a button (Rooms from $1,460, including taxes and fees).
7. Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, Los Cabos
With its intimate setting perched on the bluffs of Punta Ballena, Esperanza feels like a private retreat just outside of Cabo San Lucas (so if you do want that crazy night of partying, it's a quick ride to downtown). And with super cozy refreshed guest rooms, an adults-only pool overlooking the ocean, golf course, tennis courts, and yoga and pilates studio, you'll have plenty of opportunities to recover from said night on the town (Rooms from $550).
8. Secrets Maroma Beach, Riviera Cancun, Riviera Maya
Secrets knows the secret to a luxe, adults-only all-inclusive (pardon the pun; we couldn't help ourselves.) Forget cheesy karaoke night—this resort brings elevated service, top-notch spa amenities, and unique activities, like beach bonfires and DJ'd lounges—to top-rated Maroma Beach (Rooms from $413 per person, all-inclusive).
9. Grand Velas Riviera Maya
When you look at the activities offered at this mainstay on the Caribbean Sea, you'll be glad everything's included—kayak excursions to scuba lessons, yoga classes, swimming with dolphins, private butler-concierge service in the Grand Class-level suites, even Michelin-star quality dining at the award-winning Spanish and Basque restaurant, Cocina de Autor. Oh, and did we mention that entry-level rooms are at least 1,000 square feet? That means plenty of closet space for all those chic beach get-ups (Rooms from $416 per person, all-inclusive).
10. Nizuc Resort & Spa, Cancún
Drive 10 minutes from Cancún International Airport and you'd expect to only find big-box resort after big-box resort. But book a stay at this ultraluxe enclave and you'll find a quiet stretch of sand, set apart from the main drag in Cancún, that instantly puts you in the honeymoon spirit. What else will? The ESPA Spa (the only one in Mexico), where you can book a hydrotherapy circuit (hot and cold-soaking tubs, sauna, steam, ice room, etc.), which ends with a complimentary head- and foot massage. Don't be surprised if you fall asleep (Rooms from $416)!