Mexico, Two ways
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.