Every February, couples receive a not-so-gentle reminder to rekindle their romance. While cards, flowers, and chocolate may be the norm as far as gift-giving goes, we know that some years may merit something a little extra. Why not turn those drugstore bouquets into beautiful flowering gardens, or try locally-made Mexican sweets in lieu of the usual heart-shaped candy?
Try one of the resorts in Tulum for a little Pre-Colombian architecture while on your romantic getaway © Matteo Colombo / Getty Images
Now is precisely the time to take advantage of a weekend getaway – especially if you’re looking to score major points with your sweetie. Picture oceanfront views and breakfast in bed, live entertainment and endless cocktails. Then add white-sand beaches as far as the eye can see. Whether you’re whisking away your beloved on Valentine’s Day, or surprising them with an upcoming romantic getaway, here are ten of Mexico’s best adults-only resorts.
Viceroy Riviera Maya
Romance means different things to different people, but if you’re both simply looking to stay in as much as possible (and who could blame you), you’re going to want to head to the Viceroy Riviera Maya just outside Playa del Carmen. Each private villa features not only the necessities (hello Egyptian cotton bedding to snuggle in and Italian linen robes to wear for days), but plenty of lovely additions like your very own heated plunge pool, outdoor rain bath and hammocks to laze about in.
If you do decide to wander out, stop by the Wayak Spa and opt for the Mayan-inspired Xaman-Ek (Love Ritual), where you’ll enjoy a number of treatments together, including a massage, feet ritual and a healing herbal bath.
Excellence Riviera Cancun
When your resort name features the word “excellence” in it, they better deliver on the promise. Fortunately, it’s just the adjective to describe how every facet of this property in Cancún is managed. Fans of the Excellence Riviera Cancun often remark on the high-level of service and personal attention you’ll receive as a guest, and this attention to detail also transfers over to other areas as well. Well-kept gardens, six pristine pools, five jacuzzis, and nearly a dozen international restaurants and bars can all be found here.
If you’re looking to get more adventurous, you and your significant other can borrow snorkel gear, sea kayaks, catamarans and more. Just don’t forget to book services at the Miilé afterwards; the highly-revered spa boasts indoor and outdoor service rooms and various water-based treatments including a Swedish sauna and their popular Temezcal steam baths.
For adventurous couples, most of the resorts will help you have enjoy all the unique experiences Mexico has to offer, like going for a swim in a cenote © Thomas Barwick / Getty Images
If you and your beloved prefer a more bohemian-style escape, try booking a few nights at the Tata Tulum, an enchanting, down-to-earth resort that serves as the perfect backdrop for romance. Spend your days dipping your toes in the sands of Tulum, drinking tropical cocktails in the shade of the palapas and simply enjoying each other’s company.
Take a dip in the pool, ocean, or jacuzzi and feast on delicious Mexican cuisine. You could always rent bikes to explore town. Or, you know, enjoy those comfy rooms and cozy robes and reconnect while the waves crash just a few feet away.
Unico Riviera Maya 20°N 87°W
Opulence is at the heart of the Unico Riviera Maya experience, a 5-star resort that spares no expense to ensure all guests leave the property begging to return. Each suite has a personal host to manage all the little things: setting spa appointments, finding the ultimate adventure somewhere on the Riviera Maya, arranging late checkout or simply preparing your spa tub. You can request aromatherapy and custom scent amenities, or opt for a special PURE room to minimize allergies (and avoid ruining your romantic getaway).
You can even customize your stay ahead of time by noting your dietary preferences, how they should personalize your mini-bar, and whether you’re celebrating anything special (because you know they’ll make sure to go the extra mile for it). There are also three fabulous pools, a luxurious spa with numerous signature treatments, five unique restaurants, a cocktail bar and even a wine shop where a sommelier will help you pick the right bottle for the evening.
Paddle boarding is just one of the many activities lovers can do when they tire of lounging in luxury © Mark Newman / Getty Images
Palladium's TRS Yucatan Hotel
The Palladium Group owns a number of hotels on the Riviera Maya, but none compare to the TRS Yucatan, an adults-only escape that is refined, thoughtful, and truly top notch. Each one of their 454 spacious suites feature a hydromassage bathtub, cozy robes and slippers, pillow menu, and butler service, among other delights.
It only gets better from there, as some suites boast private pools, wine climatizers, balconies and sunbeds. And then of course, there’s everything outside your room: six a la carte restaurants, a spa and wellness center, four pool bars, two private pools and an infinity pool with sea views and outdoor activities like yoga and kayaking.
Hotel El Ganzo
For a more off-the-beaten path experience, you’ll want to consider a stay at Hotel El Ganzo. Catering to creative couples, El Ganzo stands out from neighboring all-inclusives in a number of ways, from hosting live entertainment to having an artist-in-residence and even an on-site recording studio. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Situated beside a dock on the Sea of Cortez on the Baja California Sur, the eco-friendly hotel features 70 rooms, complete with 400 thread count linens, locally-sourced toiletries, reusable water bottles, and of course, splendid ocean views.
While there, you and your significant other can hit the rooftop infinity pool or, if the ocean is more your thing, El Ganzo’s staff will take you out to their private beach. Definitely an ideal getaway for hip couples looking for fun and connection.
A casual walk becomes a romantic stroll on the beach in Mexico © Image Source / Getty Images
Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos
This pristine, luxury resort near Cabo San Lucas caters to the power couple looking to relax in style. That means posh accommodations (373 to be exact) featuring Bvlgari bath products, aromatherapy options, handcrafted soap and bath salt menus, stunning views, even complimentary bottles of wine or tequila waiting the moment you step in.
High-end dining options abound at Le Blanc, as do top-shelf bottles for all your cocktail needs. More importantly though, you’ll both find serenity at the on-site spa (the Passion couple’s package includes a chocolate wrap, aroma essence massage, and oxygen facial you’ll want to book as soon as you arrive). And if you’re seeking off-property fun with your beloved, ask them to book you for a sunset sailing cruise.
Hilton Puerto Vallarta The Hacienda
While the Hilton Puerto Vallarta is open to people of all ages, the hotel has created a little kid-free hideaway in The Hacienda. This adjacent property is perfectly secluded for adults looking to sneak off and enjoy one another’s company. Book a room on the first floor complete with a private swim-up pool (perfect if you and your honey want to whisper sweet nothings sans prying eyes), or secure a junior suite on the top floor and spend the days alternating between the bed, terrace, and jacuzzi. The Hacienda also features two restaurants, a pool with swim-up bar, and most importantly: plenty of privacy, peace, and quiet.