In fact, she whipped up a list of the ten most romantic destinations in Mexico -- and they all happen to be in sunshine-y coastal regions. Sure wish I could say that you could find me lounging on the beach at one of them! Here they are:
Top Ten Romantic Resorts on the Riviera Maya
The stretch of beach fronting the Caribbean Sea south of Cancun, Mexico has been described as the “magic carpet” of silky white sand. Check out the favorites:
Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun. Think picturesque village transported from somewhere in the Mediterranean and plopped down on a dreamy beach. Surrounded by palm trees and little else, this resort is perfect for an occasion when you truly want to get away from it all and simply enjoy some serenity and personal pampering.
The Royal. Think Hollywood glamour and movie-star treatment. Set on the edge of fun, funky Playa del Carmen, this is a place where you can see and be seen. Transform yourself into a sun goddess as you luxuriate on the beach, at the many pools, and in the elegant spa.
Excellence Riviera Cancun. Think cote d’azur without the crowds. Combining relaxation with myriad water activities and classes, this is a destination perfect for the active-lifestyle couple. And if fine dining is important, you won’t find a better resort for variety and quality of on-site restaurants.
El Dorado Royale Casitas. Think private bungalow somewhere in the South Pacific (except it’s more affordable and you don’t have to fly halfway around the world). This resort aims for the ultimate in privacy and romance, from personal pools and cozy hideaways right down to the intimate, epicurean dining experiences.
The Royal Suites Yucatan. Think Rio de Janeiro. Although this resort is adults-only, it’s part of the much larger Palladium Resorts complex so active couples can have the best of both worlds — private serenity plus lots of fun with other action-seekers. For parties, games, water sports, and entertainment, this is the destination that delivers it all.
Royal Hideaway Playacar. Think Monaco. The ambiance of this resort is European Elegance with everything from a gourmet dinner theater to sumptuous afternoon tea. You’ll feel like a princess after experiencing all of the fine services and amenities.
Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso. Think romantic Elvis movie. This gorgeous seaside village has everything you can think of including tennis and golf. As part of the extensive Iberostar resort complex, active couples can indulge every whim while still enjoying don’t-lift-a-finger butler and concierge services.
Valentin Imperial Maya. Think Costa del Sol. The Spanish influences are evident everywhere in this village complex, right down to the Moorish details of the architecture. Although the resort is fairly secluded, its vast grounds stretching back from an expansive beach will make you feel like the empress of Paradise.
Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla. Think private island. The unique setting on a secluded cove and undisturbed mangrove forest will quickly have you feeling like you own the place. Asian influences in the architecture and the spa create an ambiance of serenity. The fine dining choices are so extensive that it might be hard to enjoy them all in a week.
Desire Resort and Spa. Think private yacht moored at the Cancun marina. Although closer to the action in Cancun, this Puerto Morelos resort offers plenty of privacy, relaxation, and romance. It’s perfect for occasions when you need a short, affordable escape.
Janet McLaren has been planning travels professionally since 2004 and can be reached at 1-866-592-7351, or email@example.com.