Mex­ico, Two ways

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FROM ALL-IN­CLU­SIVE LUX­URY TO SURF-CHIC SPLEN­DOUR,

Mex­ico is one of those des­ti­na­tions you can have both ways. If you want to go the all-in­clu­sive route, Can­cun is the per­fect choice for a fuss-free beach get­away close to home. With its di­rect year-round flights from Cana­dian gate­ways, fas­ci­nat­ing nat­u­ral and his­toric sites nearby, and fab­u­lous ac­com­mo­da­tions just 20 min­utes from the in­ter­na­tional air­port, this bustling beach city has it all.

Par­adisus Can­cun, in par­tic­u­lar, is rein­vent­ing the all-in­clu­sive ex­pe­ri­ence with its Royal Ser­vice of­fer­ing. This adults-only re­sort within a re­sort fea­tures lux­ury ameni­ties for trav­ellers seek­ing an el­e­vated travel ex­pe­ri­ence. In ad­di­tion to rooms with pri­vate ter­races and mod­ern decor, the prop­erty of­fers round-the-clock but­ler ser­vice. Your but­ler acts as a sort of per­sonal concierge, tak­ing care of reser­va­tions, un­pack­ing, laun­dry and even stock­ing your mini bar ac­cord­ing to your per­sonal pref­er­ences.

Spend your days in Can­cun ex­plor­ing an­cient Mayan ru­ins at Tu­lum or Chichen Itza, or re­serve a Bali bed at Coco’s Beach Club at Par­adisus Can­cun and kick back with a bot­tle of Cham­pagne and a seafood plat­ter while loung­ing in lux­ury.

For a truly mem­o­rable culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence, cap off your honey­moon with a visit to Tempo by Martin Berasategui. This award-win­ning restau­rant from one of Spain’s most fa­mous chefs boasts a sea­sonal seven-course tast­ing menu that mar­ries lo­cal prod­ucts with mod­ern Basque tech­niques for a world-class meal you won’t soon for­get.

If it’s a more laid-back luxe vibe you crave, head to Mex­ico’s west coast and serene Punta de Mita. This bur­geon­ing area, part of the Riviera Na­yarit, has be­come a hot spot for high-end re­sorts and the W Punta de Mita is the hippest of them all.

This new prop­erty has ev­ery­thing you’d ex­pect from a W ho­tel, in­clud­ing thought­ful decor, in­no­va­tive cui­sine and 24hour concierge ser­vice, but it’s the sig­na­ture lo­cal touches that truly make the W Punta de Mita a stand­out. The en­tire re­sort was de­signed with lo­cal cul­ture in mind, from the jaw-drop­ping “Camino Hui­chol,” a lo­cal folk art-in­spired mo­saic “car­pet” cre­ated us­ing more than 750,000 tiles that runs the length of the prop­erty, to the brightly fur­nished rooms with surf­board de­tails that beg to be shared on Instagram. Even the eater­ies are in­ter­est­ing: in ad­di­tion to Jean-Ge­orges Von­gerichten’s up­scale Spice Mar­ket, the prop­erty also has a boho beach­side ce­viche bar built into the back of 1950’s Chevy truck for re­laxed lunches. For ul­tra-in­ti­mate pri­vate din­ners there’s Mesa 1, a one-ta­ble restau­rant that takes a sole reser­va­tion each night. Sur­rounded by a spring-fed lake, Mesa 1 is only ac­ces­si­ble via step­ping stones that emerge from the wa­ter then dis­ap­pear once guests have taken their seats.

The W Punta de Mita is a short drive from the boho beach towns of Sayulita and San Fran­cisco, but with surf lessons, yoga, tequila fa­cials at Away Spa and mez­cal tast­ing events at the Liv­ing Room Bar all avail­able on­site, you’ll find plenty of rea­sons not to stray from this idyl­lic prop­erty.—Jen O’Brien

The W Punta de Mita is blessed with a se­cluded beach­front and its own surf break. This tiled walk­way, the W’s Camino Hui­chol, is among the most beau­ti­ful places on earth to tie the knot. Check the waves from Chevy­cheria, the W Punta de Mita’s beach...

Din­ing at Tempo By Martin Berasategui is a culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence not to be missed. Can­cun’s beau­ti­ful beaches do not dis­ap­point. Book a Bali bed at Coco’s Beach Club to sun­bathe in style.

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