When it’s time to pop the champagne and celebrate a honeymoon, what better place to send your clients than to romantic Mexico where pampering is a high art? The resort hotels we’ve chosen are located in some of the country’s dreamiest destinations, and we recommend them for adding the luxurious amenities that create an even more memorable experience.
The mesmerizing, drop-dead beauty of the Los Cabos desert is enough in itself to rev up any honeymoon escape. The Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort only makes it better with a newlyweds’ package of champagne and strawberries on arrival, breakfast buffet each morning and a popular wine and jazz cruise at sundown around the much-photographed Land’s End arches. When the stars are out, Hilton’s executive chef is ready to prepare a candlelit, three-course dinner with wine on the beach — just for two. Guests can also indulge in a cleansing facial and 80-minute couple’s massage, choosing from Swedish massage or more contemporary treatments. Another perk includes a private beach palapa stocked with fruit and iced water which can be booked for a day in the sun.
Luxury suites with hand-carved wooden furniture and sculpted headboards reflect rich Mexican-colonial details while beds are dressed in luxurious, Italian-made Mascioni Egyptian cotton. In addition, each suite comes with its own telescope for whale watching (December through March is peak season) or stargazing.
Rates begin at $2,747 for five nights, double occupancy, valid through Dec. 20.
Follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, whose romance made international headlines way back when. The Hollywood couple was so enchanted by Puerto Vallarta they even purchased separate homes joined by a lover’s bridge. This kind of spirit likely inspired the Escape Honeymoon package at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. For a minimum of three nights, couples receive a junior suite with a wet bar and an extra-long terrace for added privacy.
The stay starts with a bottle of sparkling wine followed by a daily breakfast buffet, one romantic dinner and a 50-minute couples’ massage — either a Sensorial Swedish infused with essential oils (made from citrus fruits and essence of rose) or the rosemary-peppermint treatment to stimulate circulation.
Named after a native Huichol word for healing, the new Othli spa is filled with gracious, curved lines and a cutting-edge wellness area featuring hot and cold plunge pools, Jacuzzi, lap pool and fitness center. Couples get free entry and a spa gift.
Rates, good through Dec. 18, start at $346 per night.
Caribbean shores and white, sugar-spun beaches may be the ticket to happiness for many couples. If so, the Riviera Maya has it all.
For an all-inclusive honeymoon, Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun fits the bill. The adults-only enclave offers guests five restaurants, a gigantic outdoor pool, around-the-clock food and beverages, concierge service, water and land sports and evening entertainment. The Secrets Eternity Honeymoon package comes with welcome champagne and choice of suite, such as the 1,034-square-foot, one-bedroom suite equipped with bedroom and terrace Jacuzzis.
Honeymoon amenities also include a champagne breakfast in bed and a private dinner followed by a candlelit bath strewn with rose petals upon return to the room. Newlyweds also are treated to a full-body massage and foot treatment, as well as fresh flowers in the suite and nightly petit fours.
The package comes as an add-on for $769, and is free if booked with a seven-night minimum stay in a suite. A 20 percent discount comes with the couple’s anniversary booking. Agents are advised to inquire about free wedding packages too.
Acapulco, the grande dame of Mexican resort destinations, still retains the glamour of retro Hollywood and has enough of a celebrity following to fill a who’s who of movie lore. Suited for a star getaway, The Fairmont Pierre Marques has secluded, elegant Honeymoon Bungalows with ocean vistas and private plunge pools beckoning from intimate terraces. Couples are welcomed with a basket of tropical fruit, floral arrangement and bottle of wine, plus the expertise of award-winning chef Felipe Blanco for romantic in-room dining on French-Asian cuisine.
Horseback riding on the miles-long beach, a sunset cruise to see the famous cliff divers of Acapulco and dancing the night away at one of the resort’s Las Vegas-style discos are must-do activities. For unwinding, the resort shares the full-service Willow Stream Spa with sister hotel, the Fairmont Acapulco Princess.
Rates start at $599 per night for a Bungalow, but if a suite is on the wish list, junior oceanfront units go for $349 per night.