Some of Mexico’s most intriguing properties are serving up a merry mix of romance and style. Among our favorites:
las ventanas al paraiso, a rosewood resort There’s only one place in Mexico where you can arrange for an Aphrodisiac Dinner Menu, a private movie screening on the beach and a tandem nighttime massage under the stars through a Department of Romance: Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort, in Cabo San Lucas. The 71 suites in Las Ventanas are all about romantic escapism, with private patios, oversized bathtubs and terracotta wood-burning fireplaces for cool Baja nights. The resort’s new Full Moon Dinners on the Beach (upcoming dates: July 26, Aug. 24, Sept. 23, Oct. 23, Nov. 21), available for up to six couples per night, are all about bonfires roaring, bamboo screens for privacy and an in-house guitar duo singing tunes of love during a 4-course meal. Each table also gets its own telescope and star, and a Star & Planet Guide to help spot constellations after dessert. For quiet time, there’s the resort’s “Hot Type” Menu, with titles from some of today’s hottest writers that have yet to reach bookstores. If they want to explore Los Cabos, guests can rent a Porsche Boxster or Mini Cooper. And if Fido insists on tagging along, he can get his own massage and pet cabana by the beach. Las Ventanas’ Pure Romance package, starting at $4,090 through Dec. 18, includes a 4-night stay, breakfasts and dinners, a Sea & Stars Couple’s Massage and the resort’s special “air meal” upon departure so clients can have a yummy nosh on the plane ride home and not have to beg for peanuts.
hotel posada del tepozteco What could Diego Rivera and Angelina Jolie possibly have in common? They’ve both stayed at Hotel Posada del Tepozteco, an ancient manor turned boutique hotel situated in one of Mexico’s Magical Towns, Tepoztlan. Founded by a poet-politician and his playwright wife more than 50 years ago, this grand hilltop estate is in perennial bloom with flowery gardens, lily ponds and terraces from which to enjoy incomparable views of the valley below. A member of Tesoros de Morelos, this property is just a block away from the town center and has 21 rooms and suites decorated with original furniture; some have vaulted beams, others brick domes on the ceiling. All suites have their own jacuzzi and most their own balconies. Each room is individually embellished in different colors and offer peeks of the magnificent landscape around the hotel. Hotel Posada del Tepozteco also has a heated swimming pool for cool evenings and a temazcal, as well as its own restaurant, El Sibarita, renowned for its mole tepozteco. Tepoztlan is enchanting and fiercely independent. Rimmed by seemingly hand-carved mountains, flush with green and New Age-y in feel, it’s a feel-good retreat for Mexico City residents, who often stop by to browse the local art stands, enjoy a fun flavor of “Tepoznieves” ice cream, visit the 16th century Parish of the Nativity or stop by the Aztec pyramid of Tepozteco, just north of town. Honeymooners can fly into the capital’s international airport, less than two hours away from “Tepoz.” Rates start at $208 per night.
be tulum The buzz around the water cooler is all about a new, low-key hotel making waves with trendy Mexican Caribbean locals. Be Tulum, in the Riviera Maya, consists of 20 suites divided into five units, dressed up in indigenous materials, floor-to-ceiling windows, indoor/outdoor showers and spacious terraces, all with jacuzzis or small pools. Its two Ocean Suites are located on top floors, with private pools that look out to sea and the Sian Ka’an lagoon system. The end result is earthy, basic and barefoot-elegant—an adults-only, ultra-intimate escape with those famous turquoise waters just steps away. (Another rumor has it that the service at Be Tulum is tops.) The property is set very close to the beach but ensconced in jungle-like surroundings, cleverly camouflaged with palm-thatched roofs, with a Beach Club and Lounge Bar decked out in round retro chairs and a hot bar for cool libations. Couples can choose to get a massage on the beach or just lounge about on a pink hammock, but there’s a lot to see in the area. The ruins of Tulum are hands down the most emblematic of the Mexican Caribbean, as they sit right by the ocean. Clients can also take a kayak tour to explore the wetlands of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, snorkel the Mesoamerican Reef or swim with the gentle whale sharks during the summer months. Honeymooners who book Be Tulum can enjoy a champagne breakfast en-suite and, when available, an upgrade to an Arena Suite. Rates start at $300 per night.