Mexico Honeymoon Resorts Off the Beaten Path

These secluded properties entice honeymooners and couples with value-added packages

By: By Christine Trang

Mexicohoneymoon resorts off the beaten path // (c) 2009

 El Careyes Beach Resort //
© El Careyes Beach Resort

Newlyweds often find that a honeymoon in Mexico is the perfect way to unwind and build a lifelong relationship. With a number of beautiful locations, Mexico offers something for everyone and, to add to this excitement, many secluded and off-the-beaten-path resorts are currently delighting guests with an abundance of truly unique honeymoon packages.

El Careyes Beach Resort
Newlyweds can pamper themselves with the El Careyes Beach Resort’s Careyes Honeymoon Package. Located in the state of Jalisco, this resort offers a package that includes welcome cocktails; three nights in an oceanfront Junior Suite; a free fourth night; American breakfast for two every morning; one romantic dinner; one bottle of house wine; two massages; roundtrip transportation; and access to the tennis court, cinema, game room, gym and Jacuzzis. Rates for the package begin at $2,099, including taxes and this offer is valid through Dec. 19.

El Careyes also offers a variety of activities to help guests explore the waters of the Pacific. Kayaks and snorkeling gear are available, giving couples an opportunity to depart from the resort’s beach and travel to nearby protected areas. Guests may also choose to partake in fishing excursions along the coastline of Careyes, where tuna and sailfish are abundant. Whale watching is a favorite activity from December to May, with tours also departing from the resort’s beach.

El Dorado Royale
Located just 25 minutes from the Cancun International Airport, El Dorado Royale offers a variety of options for a romantic getaway, including a gardenview junior suite with a Jacuzzi for two and, on the other end of the spectrum, a presidential casita suite with a private swimming pool, complimentary professional snorkeling gear and an outdoor bed. If clients book a suite, the El Dorado Royale Honeymoon Package is complimentary. Otherwise, the add-on package begins at $193. Honeymoon amenities include a private romantic candlelit dinner on the beach; a chilled bottle of champagne delivered to the room; a tropical flower arrangement; a couples’ massage; a guaranteed king-size bed; a special towel arrangement; and bathrobes for use during the stay. Add-on packages are valid through Dec. 22.

This resort is also equipped with a number of paddle boats and scuba clinics. Clients can enjoy seven distinctive, all-inclusive restaurants, as well as 24-hour room service. Taking pleasure in a lazy-river pool, cozy beach lounges and a rejuvenating spa are also must-do honeymoon activities.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya
For an all-inclusive honeymoon, Grand Velas Riviera Maya fits the bill perfectly. With the Honeymoon Romance Package, a couple’s stay includes $160 credit, per couple, per day, to be used at the resort’s spa, boutique or travel agency; one welcome bottle of champagne; flower arrangements in the suite; access to the fitness facility and workout programs; dinner at the resort’s gourmet restaurants; an in-suite minibar; private transportation from the airport to the hotel; and poolside concierge service. This package is valid until Dec. 24 and is based on double occupancy, with rates beginning at $700 per person, per night.

Each of the 493 spacious suites at Grand Velas is appointed with upscale furnishings, deluxe bath amenities, plush bedding and flat-screen televisions. Newlyweds can also treat themselves to an extensive menu of spa services, featuring signature treatments, holistic packages and other traditional services. This resort is located five minutes driving time from downtown Playa del Carmen and 35 minutes driving time from Cancun International Airport.

Las Brisas Acapulco
Often named one of Mexico’s most romantic resorts, Las Brisas Acapulco is hidden away among 40 acres of hibiscus gardens and tropical vegetation. In addition to its 251 charming casitas, each allowing complete privacy and relaxation, this resort offers a Honeymoon Deluxe Package. The package includes welcome cocktails; a private pool casita; welcome petals designed in the shape of a heart on the bed; a bottle of domestic champagne, continental breakfast every morning; dinner for two at any specialty restaurant in the resort; unlimited use of the tennis courts, gym, squash courts, kayaks and snorkel gear; and no cover for any of the discotheques in Acapulco. Rates are based on a two-night minimum stay, with an additional daily charge of $20 in lieu of tips.

This resort also offers a variety of different suite options, including a junior suite; master suite; suite with Jacuzzi; master suite with an indoor or outdoor swimming pool; and a presidential suite, among many others. Guests are welcome to a complimentary breakfast; access to a swim-up bar; a limousine or town car rental; and a jeep rental. There is also a multilingual staff that is available to offer tour assistance.

Secrets Capri Resort and Spa
The sugar-white beaches and crystal-clear Caribbean Sea is enough to attract lovers to Riviera Cancun. The elegant Secrets Capri Resort and Spa is offering a Secrets Eternity Honeymoon Package, complete with champagne upon arrival; fresh flowers and exotic fruit; a champagne breakfast in bed the first morning after arrival; a relaxing massage for two; one private beachfront dinner; a silver-framed photo of choice; and the chance to earn free nights toward a first anniversary return stay. Rates for the package begin at $799, but the extras are free if booked with a seven-night stay in a suite.

The adults-only, all-inclusive resort also boasts five restaurants, complimentary Internet access, personal invitations to wine and tequila tastings and nighttime entertainment featuring live performances and rock ‘n’ roll beach parties. Another highlight of the resort is its 6,714 square feet of meeting space — perfect for wedding receptions. Secrets Capri features a ballroom, three executive meeting rooms, a terrace and break-out areas as well as a full-service business center. All meeting rooms are sound-proof and each contains climate and light control.