The 10 Best Mexican Honeymoon Resorts of 2020

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Picking the perfect honeymoon in Mexico 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. Whether you're looking for bucket-list hotels and resorts, remote beaches, or big cultural experiences in cities, we've got the best honeymoon hotels in Mexico to book now.

Best Surfer Vibes: Hotel San Cristobal, Todos Santos

Hotel San Cristobal, Todos Santos

 Hotel San Cristobal, Todos Santos

The sleepy seaside town of Todos Santos was known only to surfers, artists, and other local insiders until legendary Bunkhouse Group founder Liz Lambert put it on the map with this swanky retreat. Located just 45 minutes north of Cabo, this beachfront retreat feels worlds away from the Baja Peninsula’s more touristy resorts. It is conveniently located next to Playa Punta Lobos, where local fishermen bring their catch of the day—so you can expect to find some of the best seafood ceviche in all of Mexico here.

Each room is decorated using local Mexican art, furniture, and antiques, and the hotel’s gift shop is filled with beautiful artisan goods to bring home. Order a margarita, find a spot on the beach, and enjoy the dry desert heat as surfers hang ten and ocean waves lull you to sleep—if relaxation is your top priority, there is nowhere better.

Best Tulum: Hotel Esencia, Tulum

Hotel Esencia, Tulum

Hotel Esencia, Tulum

There’s a reason this impossibly elegant resort has attracted the likes of Lupita Nyong’o, Bella Hadid and Kate Bosworth—it’s located a stone’s throw from all of the best restaurants and nightlife in Tulum, but occupies its own (basically) private stretch of beach nearly a mile wide.

The experience begins on a narrow jungle road which leads towards the lobby. After checking in, a golf cart brings you to the main hotel itself, where impeccably white villas are nestled amongst groves of palm trees. Originally the private vacation home for an Italian aristocrat, the hotel still maintains its luxe, homey feel—each room comes with spacious walk-in closets, surround sound systems and house flip-flops.

Start your day with a fresh-squeezed juice at the beach bar as you watch the sunrise, and come back at night for one of the positively dangerous spicy margaritas. 

Best Luxury Cabo: One&Only Palmilla, San Jose del Cabo

One&Only Palmilla, San Jose del Cabo

One&Only Palmilla, San Jose del Cabo

Since before this bucolic 55-acre oceanfront property was even part of the One&Only portfolio, it has played host to respite-seeking Hollywood elites from Bing Crosby to Jennifer Aniston. The resort features one of Cabo’s only swimmable beaches—a real treat if you’re able to peel yourself away from the stunning infinity pools, where attentive staff keep the cocktails and sunscreen flowing.

Make sure to book a treatment at the resplendent 20,000 square-foot spas, with private treatment villas that feature outdoor soaking tubs. After a day of relaxation by the pool or at the spa, reserve a table at Suviche, where Chef Jean-Georges’s inventive Japanese-Mexican fusion menu is one of the best restaurant concepts on the Baja Peninsula.

It could easily rest on the laurels of its location and history, but the One&Only Palmilla continually excels with its personalized service and attention to details: after sundown, the staff puts out candles along the walkways between buildings, turning the entire property into a romantic oasis.

Best Overwater Bungalows: El Dorado Maroma, Playa del Carmen

El Dorado Maroma, Playa del Carmen

El Dorado Maroma, Playa del Carmen

Who said you have to fly to the Maldives for an overwater bungalow experience? The award-winning El Dorado Maroma is often ranked among travelers’ favorite Mexican resorts for many reasons, not the least of which being it offers the first and only overwater bungalows in Mexico—all of which come with glass-bottom floors, a ladder that provides direct access to the ocean, a romantic indoor hot tub for two, and a private infinity plunge pool.

If you can manage to leave your bungalow, make sure to stop by the Náay Spa at Maroma, which offers a unique set of treatments inspired by ancient Mayan principles of the elements. The Mexican Mystic Ritual combines a full-body exfoliation with a nourishing body wrap using copal, rosemary, arnica and lemon balm. If it’s a little hair of the dog you’re after, the spa also offers an invigorating tequila-based scrub to maximize your skin’s beachy glow.

Best for Foodies: Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, Cabo San Lucas

Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, Cabo San Lucas

Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, Cabo San Lucas

The brilliant thing about this Auberge Resort is how it balances fine dining with casual, laid-back options while still maintaining its intimate environment—you won’t find an all-you-can-eat buffet or kids menu here.

This hotel’s signature restaurant Cocina del Mar offers of the most romantic, sweepingly beautiful views in all of Mexico. It offers a seafood-forward menu with the best that the Baja Peninsula has to offer: charred octopus with cilantro and peanut butter pesto, blue prawns and shishito peppers served with ginger and garlic, and a chorizo and shrimp casarecce that will leave you begging for more.

The more casual La Palapa offers authentic Mexican dishes like tacos and ceviches—and on Fridays serves up an elegant “Rosé and Seafood BBQ,” where you can indulge in a freshly grilled seafood platter followed by a rosé popsicle for dessert. After dinner, head back to your tastefully-decorated casita, all of which offer private balconies with either plunge pools or hammocks.

Best Spa: Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

If massages, body treatments, and all sorts of pampering are what the two of you are after, look no further than this Playa del Carmen destination, which is often ranked among the best spas in Mexico. Begin your experience in “The Rainforest,” a luxe collection of hydrothermal facilities including a vitality pool, aromatherapy steam room, Finnish sauna, ice fountains, bucket showers, and a rainforest walking trail, as well.

The “Royal Banyan” body treatment is one of the resort’s most popular—it starts with a coriander cucumber exfoliation, then continues with an herbal massage and jade face massage before concluding with a therapeutic herbal bath. Thanks to the impeccable attention to detail for which Banyan Tree hotels are known, most treatments can be customized to your exact preferences and needs. Don’t feel like leaving your villa? The resort can send a therapist for a couple’s massage from the comfort and privacy of your room. 

Best Resort for Active Honeymooners: St. Regis, Punta de Mita

St. Regis, Punta de Mita

St. Regis, Punta de Mita

This hotel originally became a cult classic in the golf world for its not one but two on-property Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses, but even if you two aren’t a golfing couple, you will still plenty of activities to make the most of your Mexican beach vacation.

There are stand-up paddleboarding and kayak lessons, and a Marine Safari tour that is especially worthwhile—it’s an exploration by boat of the nearby Marieta Islands, where snorkeling abounds and guides will point out wildlife such as blue-footed boobies, a species of bird only found on the Galapagos Islands and this part of western Mexico. And, of course, if relaxing on the beach and catching some sun is more your speed, that is perfectly acceptable, as well.

Don’t forget the most important ritual of all—as at all St. Regis properties, there is a nightly champagne sabering ritual in the hotel’s lobby for all guests to enjoy some bubbly as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. 

Best Eco-Luxury: Imanta Resort, Punta de Mita

Imanta Resort, Punta de Mita

Imanta Resort, Punta de Mita 

Perched within the Sierra de Vallejo biosphere reserve in front of the Punta de Mita mountains, this luxurious resort is perched where the rainforest meets the sea. Eco-adventures abound, with numerous jungle walks, waterfall tours and snorkeling adventurous available.

In the winter months, it’s even possible to watch from the comfort of your private balcony as humpback whales jump in the distance. The good thing here is that with just thirteen rooms, it’s easy to feel like the two of you have the entire place to yourself. And best of all, as one of the few Relais & Chateaux properties in Mexico—and the only one on a beach—Imanta doesn’t skimp on culinary offerings despite the limited number of guest rooms.

Guests from nearby resorts all over Punta de Mita will usually pop by for dinner at Tukipa, where specialties include the tamale de langosta, a red corn dough tamale prepared with locally-sourced lobster served with hollandaise and chilis.

Most Photogenic: Solaz, A Luxury Collection Resort, Cabo

Solaz, A Luxury Collection Resort, Cabo

Solaz, A Luxury Collection Resort, Cabo

Even though it only opened in September 2018, Solaz has already made a name for itself as one of Cabo’s premier destinations for numerous reasons, not the least of which is its breathtaking design. The stark, ultramodern architecture made of granite, marble, and local woods compliments the area’s desert backdrop. You won’t see a single palm tree here, and that decision was made on purpose—palm trees are not native to Cabo, so instead, you can expect to find the property filled with saguaro cacti and other desert blooms.

The modern, beachfront desert luxury vibes continue into the guest rooms, most of which have at least some sort of ocean view, and all of which are decorated with contemporary Mexican art pieces. The high-design concept carries into the spa, the only one of its kind in all of Baja to implement Thalassotherapy, the use of seawater in its treatments. There’s even a house photographer for hire who can capture all of your most romantic moments against the stunning backdrop of this hotel. 

Best San Miguel de Allende: Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende

Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende

Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende

If the two of you aren’t a beach couple (or you’re maybe looking for a second stop within Mexico to switch things up before or after your beach honeymoon), then consider a stop at the historic town San Miguel de Allende, long known as a haven for Mexico’s artistic and bohemian elite. This magical town has increasingly been on travelers’ radars in recent years. Known for its authentic Mexican architecture, experiences, and charm, it’s a totally different approach to Mexico than you’ve seen anywhere else, and this exquisite property embodies the best that San Miguel de Allende has to offer.

Spread across a handful of Spanish Colonial buildings in the center of town, this 37-room property features authentic design details such as dark wood furniture, ornate artisan woodwork, traditional tiled floors, stucco walls, and colorfully embroidered bed linens. The expert concierge here can help navigate the best museums, restaurants markets, and shops to experience while you’re here.

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