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The luxury side to Mexico

  • Honeymoons
  • By Lauren Godfrey
  • Published 22 December 2022

Chilli-spiced cuisine, palm-fringed beaches and skyrise all-inclusive hotels. This is Mexico, but only one corner of its varied landscape. Move away from spring breaker hotspot Cancun and the Riviera Maya region and you’ll discover beautiful jungle, Mayan temples and quaint Spanish colonial towns that are as colourful as Frida Kahlo’s artwork.

For history buffs and culturalists, Mexico’s thriving capital city is worth a visit. Mexico City takes silver in the award for most museums, behind London, and they span all tastes from contemporary art to chocolate and tattoos. It’s in the capital that you can also visit a charming cantina and enjoy a game of dominos while sampling local appetisers or even ride a gondola down Little Venice.

Away from the city, Mexico is sprinkled with jaw-dropping archaeological sites including Chichén Itzá, a complex of Mayan ruins with a commanding stepped pyramid named El Castillo at the centre. Within the state of Jalisco, you’ll find the circular pyramids of Guachimontones that date back to the Classic period. While north of Mexico City lies Teotihuacán, a lost city where its ruins offer unobstructed views across the entire country and a window into ancient Mayan civilisation.

Putting the culture to one side, Mexico also has a wealth of natural beauty which you can explore. From lazing on undisturbed beaches where you can snorkel the Caribbean Sea or surf the Pacific to scaling dormant volcanoes and sailing the white waters of the area’s winding rivers… the possibilities are endless. And, of course, these regions are peppered with luxury hotels and resorts including adult-only glamping tents through to cliffside villas with personal infinity-edged plunge pools that jut out over the luscious jungle. Teamed with exceptional gastronomy, sensual spas and a whole host of experiences that’ll have you dominating the conversation at your next dinner party, this is the Mexico you need to add to your travel list. 

The best of both

For unmatched scenery that fuses Mexico’s serene beachscape, emerald cliffs and succulent jungle, check out One&Only Mandarina; a sanctuary of unspoiled nature and plenty of privacy, perched on a rare section of undeveloped coastline along the Riviera Nayarit. Here, the soundtrack to your holiday will be of birds singing, the waves crashing and then a peaceful silence where your mind and body melts into the comfortable accommodation and healing spa.

Built to nature’s blueprint amongst 200-year-old trees, choose between treehouses which overlook the ocean and green canopy below - complete with private decks and personal pools – or a series of villas. The gastronomy is a feast for all five senses with menus that include modern Mexican flavours brought to life by world-class chefs. With casual beachside dining through to seasonal specialities served with a side of ocean or equestrian views, dining here is not just a meal… it’s an entire experience.

The same can be said for the resort’s wellness options. Tailored to you, the spa uses nature’s healing powers to nurture your body and soul with a range of treatments that use naturally derived products from renowned global skincare brand Tata Harper. Suitable for couples as well as families, while parents pamper at the spa, children can enjoy a schedule of activities at KidsOnly or splash around in one of six swimming pools.

One&Only Mandarina

One&Only Mandarina

Welcome to the jungle

Newly opened in late 2022, Naviva, A Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita is an adult-only immersive experience where you’ll be absorbed by Mexico’s unspoiled forest on a private peninsula overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Comprising just 15 tents, this exclusive property offers an unscripted way to enjoy indoor and outdoor living cocooned in modern comfort. Each of the luxury tents feature private decks with plunge pools, an open-air living area and bedroom. Some have firepits, ideal for romantic evenings under the stars.

Naviva is an inclusive resort, offering exceptional dining and drinking at any time of the day. What’s more is you dine your way, where the staff can organise private picnics on the beach or in the forest as well as set up meals on your personal deck. Alternatively, head to Copal Cocina, an open-air live cooking restaurant or try casual beachside bites at La Solana Beach. The spa provides the cherry on top of your nature-infused stay with a range of body treatments, facials and spiritual wellbeing. Encompassing yoga, temazcal - which is an ancient Mexican sweat lodge ceremony - as well as breathwork and meditation, you’ll leave feeling a lot lighter and more in tune with your body and surroundings.

Naviva, A Four Seasons Resort

Naviva, A Four Seasons Resort
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Celebrity hotspot Los Cabos offers year-round sunshine, outstanding beaches and even greater hotels. It’s no wonder that George Clooney, among other Hollywood A Listers, are fans.

On the Sea of Cortés is the architecturally stunning Viceroy Los Cabos. Crowned by six restaurants and lounges, a rooftop bar and holistic spa, you’ll want for nothing here. A series of guestrooms, suites, casitas and villas provide enough space for all the family, as well as hidden havens for couples, while the miles of white sand beach will remind all ages that they’re in paradise.

Similarly, Las Ventanas Al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort is located where desert meets ocean, offering a typically Mexican backdrop. Expect views of the twinkling sea as well as wild cacti with indigenous flora and fauna. A range of tailored culinary experiences will satisfy foodies while the accommodation options provide a comforting hug at the end of every day. There’s plenty to keep all ages occupied in resort, and nearby you’ll find championship golf courses and ocean-based adventures from chartering a private yacht through to snorkelling, surfing and sport fishing. A little bit of an upgrade from tacos and tequila, right?

Las Ventanas Al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort

Las Ventanas Al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort

Feeling inspired? Lux-seekers will be flocking to the hidden gems within the well-known destination of Mexico this year, so don't wait to discover our luxury Mexico holidays now. 

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