Best Mexico Honeymoon Resorts

The romantic UNICO 20º87º Hotel Riviera Maya is our top choice

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Mexico truly has something for every type of couple. From the wild and rugged beaches of the Pacific Coast to the gently swaying palms and tranquil waters of the Caribbean, the historic cities, and everything in between, a honeymoon in Mexico allows you to choose your own adventure.

Numerous resorts and hotels provide Haute accommodations and impeccable service, much of which can be tailored specifically to honeymoon travel. The only difficulty is narrowing down the selection, but, we’re here to help. Whether its toes in the sand or rooftop Champagne, ancient rituals, or action-packed adventure, we’re sharing our top picks for the best Mexico honeymoon resorts.

Our Top Picks

Best All-Inclusive: UNICO 20º87º Hotel Riviera Maya

<p>A view of the terrace restaurant at UNICO 75º87º Hotel Riviera Maya.</p>

Courtesy of UNICO 75o87o Hotel Riviera Maya

Why We Chose It

UNICO 20º87º Hotel Riviera Maya raises the bar on a five-star, all-inclusive experience with its intimate size, gorgeous suites, and fantastic cuisine.

Notable Amenities

In-room minibar customized to your personal preferences, special experiences like champagne brunches or sunset wine sails, rooms have either a private plunge pool or soaking tub on the terrace

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • All-inclusive and adults-only

  • Beachfront

  • 24/7 room service

  • Excellent dining

Cons
  • Reservations required for some dining options

  • Spa and experiences come with an extra charge


Hotel Overview

Located on a quiet stretch of near-private beach between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, UNICO 20º87º Hotel Riviera Maya is a stunner when it comes to all-inclusive resorts. One of the original game-changers of the all-inclusive scene in Mexico, the property raised the bar on room design, cuisine, spa services, and experiences. The adults-only resort draws a crowd of chic, successful 20- to 30-somethings with a penchant for pool parties or a day at the spa. Insider tip: The in-room sweatshirt-style bathrobes are the coziest we've ever seen.

Best Luxury: Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

View from a suite at Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal
Chris Wimpey/Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

 Why We Chose It

Perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is simply flawless in its design, service, and exclusive location.

Notable Amenities

Private plunge pools and fire pits in every room, room service delivery of guacamole at 4 p.m. every day, Oceanview spa on-site

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Rooms, suites, villas, and casitas available

  • Romance-inspired packages

  • Gourmet restaurants, including a Champagne terrace


Cons
  • Not adults-only or all-inclusive

  • Beach is not swimmable

  • Expensive

Hotel Overview

The Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is the epitome of luxury when it comes to honeymoons in Mexico. Not only is it in one of the top destinations in the country, Cabo San Lucas, but the property itself is designed so that couples can easily forget the outside world as soon as they check-in.

The property is on the expensive side, but with its higher price tag comes gorgeously designed rooms, ranging from suites to casitas to luxe villas—all of which have private plunge pools and individual fire pits. Guests can also take a refreshing dip in the infinity pool, enjoy nightly live entertainment, and participate in culinary programs and events. An ocean-view spa and four fabulous restaurants round out the high-end offerings. Insider tip: The high-end El Farallon restaurant is an experience to remember, with its menu of Champagnes and cliffside location.

Best Beachfront: Fairmont Mayakoba

Pool at the Fairmont Mayakoba Resort at night
Courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Why We Chose It

Beachy, elegant rooms and suites sit nestled on 240 acres of lush mangrove forest and sun-bleached, powdery-soft Caribbean sand.

Notable Amenities

On-site spa, beachfront gym, multiple on-site restaurants, lounges, and swim-up bars, plus others nearby

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Rooms, suites, and residences available, many with private pools

  • Connected to three other resorts for a plethora dining options

  • One of the best beaches in Mexico

Cons
  • Not adults-only

  • Not all-inclusive

  • Expensive


Hotel Overview

One of the most beautiful sun-drenched beaches in the Mexican Caribbean sets the stage for this elegant five-star resort. The 401 rooms and suites are chic and comfortable in palapa-roofed, casita-style accommodations. Several rooms offer butler service and private pools. Fairmont Mayakoba is part of the Mayakoba master planned community, built within several ecosystems, including a network of mangrove canals. These romantic waterways have charming boats that ferry guests to and from other parts of the complex. Exquisite restaurants, a Willow Stream Spa, and a dreamy castaway vibe add to the romance of the resort.

Best Boutique Resort: Careyes

Costa Careyes, Costalegre, Jalisco, Mexico
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Why We Chose It

Careyes is a private village founded by artists and creatives, hidden from the private eye and peppered with European-style villas, pristine beaches, and hidden coves.

Notable Amenities

Ocean castles and private villas, multiple beaches and restaurants, year-round creative events

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Ultimate privacy, set on 20,000 acres of protected land

  • Pristine natural environment

  • Wide selection of room types, from bungalows and casitas to villas and ocean castles


Cons
  • Not adults-only

  • Not all-inclusive

  • Not easily accessible from a major airport

Hotel Overview

Careyes is something you have to see to believe. In fact, unless you know it's there, it's entirely possible to miss it. Driving the coastal highway 200 in the state of Jalisco, south of Puerto Vallarta, the sprawling artistic community sits perched over a hilltop, where colorful villas, bungalows, and casitas cascade down the cliffside overlooking the churning Pacific. Guests are welcomed into this community of artists and creatives, who come together for wellness, events, polo tournaments, music festivals on the beach, and film. 

The property is decidedly luxurious but completely dressed down. Kaftans and yoga wear are the uniforms of choice. You'll have a plethora of restaurants to choose from, from fine dining to toes-in-the-sand snacks. Insider Tip: Nido de Amor is the best villa for honeymoons. The three-bedroom suite sits perched on a cliff with its own private pool and secluded grotto overlooking the ocean.

Best for Wellness: Chablé Yucatán

Chablé Resort & Spa, Yucatán

Courtesy of TripAdvisor

Why We Chose It

Chablé Yucatán is a jungle-shrouded, mystical retreat that lives in the bones of a 19th-century hacienda.

Notable Amenities

On-site luxury spa, plus an overall emphasis on wellness, casitas and villas, all with private pools, seven restaurants to choose from

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Activities focused on wellness and healing

  • Personalized experiences

  • Gorgeously designed rooms and spaces


Cons
  • Not a beach resort

  • Not convenient to a major international airport


Hotel Overview

Chablé Yucátan is a veritable paradise for couples with a penchant for wellness. Tucked deep in the Yucatán jungle, the pristine and photogenic resort lives in the bones of a 19th-century hacienda, centered around a tranquil cenote. Wellness is the primary reason for guests checking into Chablé, particularly for its Mayan ritual-infused treatments, including a shaman-led Temazcal ceremony where guests sit in a sweat lodge for therapeutic, medicinal purposes. Most activities are designed with well-being in mind, like yoga and cycling. Eating is also part of the wellness experience, and Chable's chefs flex their skills using seasonal ingredients from the on-site gardens.

Best Off-the-Beaten-Path: Casa Hormiga

A woman walking past a pool at hotel Casa Hormiga, in Mexico
Courtesy of Casa Hormiga

Why We Chose It

Casa Hormiga is a beautifully designed boutique hotel that is breathing new, romantic life into the small lakefront village of Bacalar.

Notable Amenities

Daily yoga, lakefront beach club, honor bar and library

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Unique location in a rising destination

  • 18 rooms

  • Adults only

  • Spa with holistic treatments and spiritual rituals


Cons
  • Not convenient to a major international airport

  • Does not have a direct lakefront location


Hotel Overview

Protected by ochre-colored walls like a well-kept secret, entering Casa Hormiga feels like you've stepped off the streets of Mexico and into a rustic oasis. The resort sits in the village of Bacalar, a lakeside town in southern Quintana Roo. Low-slung couches, throw pillows, woven rugs, and hanging lamps set the scene that places you anywhere from the souks of Marrakech to the jungles of the Riviera Maya. Eighteen palapa-style bungalows encircle a gorgeous pool that is designed to look like ruins hidden beneath a thick blanket of jungle foliage. The ethos of the resort hangs on wellness, with treatments and rituals that are inspired by centuries-old traditions.

Best Rooms and Villas: One&Only Mandarina

rendering of Majauha Beach at the One&Only residences at Mandarina resort in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Courtesy of Hayes Davidson and Mandarina

Why We Chose It

One&Only Mandarina’s breathtaking rooms maximize privacy in the lush jungle of Pacific Mexico, all with private pools and sweeping views out to sea.

Notable Amenities

All rooms feature private plunge pools, four onsite restaurants, multiple swimmable beaches

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Private and romantic “tree houses” or villas

  • Fantastic dining

  • Romance-specific packages

  • Wellness and nature-driven

Cons
  • Not all-inclusive

  • Not adults-only

  • Expensive

Hotel Overview

This breathtaking resort is one of the latest to grace the ever-growing coastline of Riviera Nayarit. North of the earthy-chic village of Sayulita, One&Only Mandarina is a designer’s dream. The 105 individual treehouse bungalows and villas ensure the utmost privacy, surrounded by thick jungle with views out to the Pacific Ocean. Couples can enjoy private plunge pools and outdoor showers in each room. The grounds of the resort are breathtaking and worthy of exploration, with clifftop restaurants (one by Enrique Olvera, the owner and head chef of fine-dining restaurant Pujol) and elongated infinity pools to barefoot luxe beach clubs with billowing linens and kaftan-clad sunbathers.

Best City Escape: Banyan Tree Puebla

Banyan Tree Puebla, a new luxury resort in Mexico
Courtesy of Banyan Tree Puebla

Why We Chose It

Banyan Tree Puebla brings a dose of romance and luxury to a centuries-old building in the heart of historic Puebla.

Notable Amenities

Five dining establishments, rooftop outdoor pool and bar, art-forward with pieces for purchase by Poblano and Mexican artists

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Built on a historic site with centuries-old architecture

  • Prime location, walking distance to Puebla’s sights

  • Well-appointed guest rooms and suites, many with private terraces

  • Elegant and refined atmosphere, with sweeping views over historic Puebla

Cons
  • Not adults-only

  • Not all-inclusive

  • Certain restaurants and bars closed on some nights

Hotel Overview

What started as a Franciscan monastery during the 16th century has been reinvented and reimagined as one of the most elegant and cultural hotels in Puebla. The property lived under a few other high-brow brand names before it recently reemerged as a Banyan Tree. 

The 78-room hotel pops with local art, from grand sculptures scattered throughout to smaller paintings, prints, and jewelry. But the star of the show at Banyan Tree Puebla is its expansive rooftop terrace and bar, complete with a beautiful pool and 360-degree views of Puebla’s historic rooftops and cathedral towers.

Final Verdict

If you're planning a Mexico honeymoon, the options can certainly seem endless. Mexico has so much to offer, no matter what your travel style, and is well-equipped with a swath of hotels that cater to all interests and price points. Looking for a fabulous all-inclusive resort? We recommend UNICO 20º87º Hotel Riviera Maya. If a luxurious retreat strikes your fancy, try the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal. And, if wellness is your goal, you can’t go wrong with Chablé Yucatán.

Methodology

We evaluated nearly 20 different resorts across all of Mexico, including the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, the up-and-coming destinations, and the cities. We considered factors like how long the resort has been in operation, it's ranking on Google and TripAdvisor, past guest reviews, and our own personal experiences at resorts around Mexico. We narrowed our search to find the resorts that offer the most romantic settings and those that stand out for wellness, dining, and privacy. A variety of resort styles were also evaluated since couples have varying visions of an ideal honeymoon.

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