anticavilla hotel & spa, cuernavaca
The only Small Luxury Hotels of the World property in the city of Cuernavaca is also now one of Mexico’s more eclectic retreats, fusing Old World mystique with modern oomph. Anticavilla Hotel & Spa took over a colonial manor in the Vista Hermosa section of the city, near the Teopanzolco pyramids and the home of the governor of the state of Morelos. Old brick arches, stone columns and cupolas in the rooms and suites, plus the stately architecture of its original exteriors stand in beautiful contrast to the sleek furniture and pops of color infused into the property through an expert eye. Adding even more contrast are the new areas such as the spa and Italian restaurant done up in glass and concrete.
Another surprise: huge, striking pieces in one wall of each suite that are reproductions of Italian masterpieces from Modigliani, Severini and others. Couples will love the en-suite spa tubs and can request private butler service for anything from a morning of guided shopping in the city to organizing an intimate dinner in their private terrace or garden.
With pretty green areas hiding a sparkling pool and shaded day beds, Anticavilla is like a small oasis in the midst of one of Mexico’s most beautiful cities—and as inspiring a spot for weddings as it is for post-nuptials down time. Guests won’t want to leave without spending time at the all-tile Spa Maikiki for a hot- or cold-stone massage or aromatic wrap. Rates start at $534 per night.
Contact: (800) 608-0273; slh.com
le blanc spa resort, cancun
Traditionalists seeking that powdery sand and turquoise waters of which so many post-wedding memories are made, can’t go wrong at the sexiest adults-only property in Cancun. Le Blanc Spa Resort is made for couples, so they won’t miss a honeymooning beat.
Each floor has a dedicated butler and each sleek, waterfront guestroom comes with a “Comfort Menu” with guests’ choice of pillows and aromatherapy. When they’re out by one of the pools or the beach, snacks, beverages and cool towels are always at hand. Long-distance calls to the U.S. or Canada are included in the price, as is nightly entertainment and in-house bar and dining options: sushi and other Asian specialties at BlancOrient, French fusion at Lumiere, or perhaps just appetizers and specialty cocktails served with live music at BlancStage.
Moreover, a dedicated honeymoon desk tweaks the concept of concierge service by putting together a private dinner by the beach or a last-minute excursion. And this is where another great Le Blanc perk comes in: resort credit depending on the length of their stay that can be used toward spa or offsite tours. For just three nights, for example, they’ll get a $500 credit; if they stay a full week, they’ll enjoy $1,500 in resort credit. What can they use it for? A couple’s massage, perhaps, or visits to Chichen Itza, Isla Mujeres or Tulum. ‘Mooners also get keepsake bathrobes to remember their time in Cancun. Rates start at $655 per night.
Contact: (877) 753-2526; leblancsparesort.com
Archived related article: Mexico’s Luxury Trail (October 2011)