Play: El Bistro restaurant separates the hotel’s inner oasis from the streets of Playa, with shopping and nightlife nearby. Beach-bound clients have complimentary use of the lounge chairs and beach umbrellas at nearby Mamita’s Beach Club. But it’s just as fun to spend an afternoon lounging in La Tortuga’s wooden pool deck, perhaps interrupted with a massage at its Zen Eco Spa. Rates start at $114 per room per night, breakfast included. (866) 550-6878; hotellatortuga.com
Casa Ticul The romance of this 20-room property is about more than the decor. The hotel takes its name from a caring husband, his wife, and the family they built together. Black-and-white photos throughout the property serve as reminders of their simple, loving life.
Stay: The inspiration for the hotel may be historic, but rooms here are decorated in modern styles, with white walls, dark wooden furnishings and splashes of color here and there. Rooms with two double beds are available as well as king beds; however, hotel guests must be 16 or older.
Play: Casa Ticul’s rooftop terrace is an ideal place for serene sunning—made all the more romantic by tiling on the floor spelling out “All You Need Is Love.” A small pool is built into the property’s ground-level courtyard. Otherwise, there’s not much activity here, making it an ideal love nest for couples determined to get away from it all. Rates start at $150 per room per night. casaticul.com
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• The Master Suite at Magic Blue joins two rooms on the top floor of one of its buildings for penthouse-style privacy. In addition to the hotel’s standard amenities, clients in this suite enjoy a living room area, a jacuzzi in the bathroom, and additional balcony space.
• The Superior Junior Suites at La Tortuga were designed with romance in mind. Think large private jacuzzi tubs, either in the room or on a private terrace, as well as outdoor daybeds surrounded by white curtains.
• Mahekal’s deluxe rooms offer plenty of options for travelers who want to be as close to the beach as possible. These accommodations are set right on the beach, with terraces looking straight out at the water. The ultimate is the Deluxe Beachfront Casita, with a daybed on its terrace, a canopy bed surrounded by white, billowy curtains, and its own private plunge pool.