Most Romantic Hotels in Mexico
Honeymoons, anniversaries, engagements, make-ups — so many reasons to be amorous. Find love in all the right places at these romantic destinations throughout Mexico.
Where: Punta Mita
What's to Love: Only eight villas on 250 acres of pristine rainforest. Private beach, private infinity pools. Takes eco-chic to a new level.
Good to know: The new GM's family breeds show horses in Portugal and he organizes midnight rides on the beach for guests.
Where: Todos Santos
What's to Love: Total seclusion and private beach bonfires. Some rooms have private roof decks with daybeds for gazing at the ocean and lounging under the stars. The farm-to-table food is excellent, and the quality of Mexican wines will surprise you.
Good to Know: The cilantro margaritas go down way too easily. You can spot whales from December through March.
Read More on Fathom: See our Rancho Pescadero postcard.
What's to Love: Equal parts dusty old pueblo, fishing village, and surf haven on a mild, off-the-beaten-path gem of a beach.
Good to Know: Perfect for days of beach lazing and evenings on Hafa's stunning roof terrace, which was pretty much meant for lighting sparklers, swigging wine, and smooching.
Hotel Boca Chica
What's to Love: 1950s Mexico glamour of the Elvis and Rita Hayworth era brought back to original splendor.
Good to Know: You're on a hammock on the ocean, and it's cheaper than it should be.
The Tides Zihuatanejo
What's to Love: No two adobe-inspired casitas are exactly alike, but all have a private terrace and suites have infinity pools. The private, palm-studded beach is gorgeous; white-linen table service comes to your palapa faster than you can request no salt on your margarita.
Good to Know: For a taste of local culture, go to Mercado Municipal, a bazaar of fresh fruits, handmade huarache sandals, and amulets that attract lovers or ward off enemies.
What's to Love: The hotel is dramatically built into a cliff and every suite (59 total) faces the ocean. Which you'll love gazing at from your private plunge pool.
Good to Know: If you tire of the many spa treatments, you can rent kayaks and explore the coastline. And watch the whale migration during winter months.
What's to Love: Beautiful, extremely undeveloped place. Enveloping, outstanding, but unobtrusively designed rustic-modern spaces.
Good to Know: From Puerto Vallarta, take a taxi or bus to Baca de Tomatlan. One of the hotel's boats will ferry you to their dock, then it's just a short walk up a mountain to paradise. You won't want to leave, but the spa, fishing excursions, and day trips to the nearby island beaches are worth it. Be back in time for dinner — especially if it's taco night.
Where: Riviera Maya
What's to Love: Beautiful, boutique hotel on Caribbean waters steps from the beach with the kindest, most personal staff. Paradise: a four-hour flight from NYC.
Good to Know: An ocean-view room is a must. Splurge for the suite if you're staying more than a couple days. Breakfast is included and is delicious: handmade tortillas every morning, tableside.
What's to Love: Modern luxury and privacy set away (but not too far) from the groovy crowds on the main Tulum beach.
Good to Know: The owners (friendly, knowledgeable Italian transplants) will take you out to their private reef for a gorgeous snorkel if you ask.
Read More on Fathom: It's a Family Affair at Jashita
Where: Playa del Carmen
What's to Love: Beach meets jungle. Privacy meets opulence.
Good to Know: The massive Sense spa is on its own island within the complex. The steam grotto is made for mischief.
Where: Isla Mujeres
What's to Love: The hotel is located on the opposite end of the island, away from the island's crowded downtown and all other hotels. The spa is luxurious and has many couples treatments.
Good to Know: All rooms are ocean/beach/pool facing with great views, but rooms on the second floor provide more privacy. On the first floor, you could walk from your patio to the pool, about five feet away. That might feel too close to other people.
Read More on Fathom: Una Mujer on Isla Mujeres
Hacienda de San Antonio
What's to Love: An intimate inn nestled in the mountains where rooms have crazy charm. Privacy is prized here: You'll feel like you have the run of the place.
Good to Know: Lack of cell phone reception forces you to be in the moment.
What's to Love: Amazing design of a converted water purification plant.
Good to Know: The lap pool on the terrace was built for showing off.
What's to Love: A cozy B&B set amid coffee plantations and citrus farms.
Good to know: The amazing El Tajin pyramids are a short distance away.
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Contributors: Ondine Cohane, Camilla Ferenczi, Lauren Finocchiaro, Tara Gallagher, Riva Horwitz, Juliana Jaoudi, Rafael Micha, Jen Murphy, Charyn Pfeuffer, Beth Silverman, Brittany Schwartz.