THE PROPERTY: The low-key Wyndham Las Villas Resort Mazatlan, the seventh Wyndham in Mexico, is tucked away within the beachfront Estrella del Mar community and honors its location with Mexican colonial-style furnishings, intimate courtyards and great seafood dining.
THE GREENS: The elegant 18-hole championship course by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., which hosted the PGA Mexican Championship last year, runs parallel to the ocean and has six holes right off the beach. With palm trees dotting the fairways and tricky breezes, this is Mazatlan’s most popular and most scenic course. The oceanfront clubhouse has a full-service pro shop that offers private lessons.
THE AMENITIES: The onsite Turtle Preserve and Sanctuary—Mexico’s largest privately funded preserve—allows guests to enjoy the sights of thousands of hatchlings and participate in conservation efforts. They can also sign up for horseback riding on the beach, tennis or assorted watersports just steps away from their room. An intimate spa offers indoor and outdoor massages, and roundtrip shuttle service is available to downtown Mazatlan and to the airport, just a few minutes away. Additional offerings include a fi tness center, library and hot tubs.
THE SCENE: A quiet, idyllic escape for couples and families, the boutiquey Wyndham Las Villas provides plenty of relaxing moments from furnished terraces with views of the Pacifi c Ocean, palapas on its secluded beach and a seaside pool.
THE RATES: The Ultimate Golf package starts at $208 per night with a 3-night minimum and includes four rounds of golf pp per stay.
THE PROPERTY: Readers of Conde Nast Traveler have just voted the Fairmont Mayakoba one of 2012’s “Top 121 Golf Resorts” for good reason. Extended throughout 47 acres, the AAA fi ve-diamond resort has spacious rooms and suites in the main building and in two-story casitas, with awesome views of the sea, the golf course, mangroves or tropical forests.
THE GREENS: With 7,000 yards, the 18-hole El Camaleon is the fi rst in Mexico designed by Greg Norman and the home of the Mayakoba Golf Classic, Mexico’s only PGA Tour event. The Audubon-certifi ed course stretches over three landscapes—jungle, mangrove forests and sand— and even has a cenote in the center of the opening fairway. The seventh and 15th holes play right to the fringes of the Caribbean Sea. The practice facilities are equally impressive, with a double-ended, 350-yard driving range as well as a short-game area with putting and chipping greens. This is also the home of the Jim McLean Golf School, the only one in Mexico, which features personalized instruction programs, game analysis and more.
THE AMENITIES: Guests are embraced by a beachside paradise with award-winning dining options where they can birdwatch with onsite ecology experts, tour the property’s canals on electric boats, explore their surroundings by bike or get pampered at the Willow Stream Spa.
THE SCENE: The private, tropical ambiance here is composed of a variety of eco-systems and is a family-friendly upscale retreat with a kids’ camp and fi ve pools.
THE RATES: Starting at $175 per night.