Mexico Beach Resorts - Which Would You Visit?
By Gary Sargent
You're planning a Mexican beach break. The thing is, you don't want all the hassle of arranging flights, transfers, haggling with hotels, booking tours, and the host of other things that will take away the time that you want to spend away from your job, relaxing; you need a resort. Everything laid out, helpful staff at every corner. All you need to to is turn yourself over occasionally on your private white-sand beach to make sure you tan evenly on both sides. Sounds good, doesn't it?
The options for beach resorts in Mexico are more varied than you'd imagine. Check out the options below to see which fits your profile best, and get ready for an all-inclusive stress-free break.
1) The super-luxury Mexican beach resort
Lets get straight down to business. You want quality; not just any quality, Five Star Quality. The Royal Hideaway Playacar offers an adults-only resort in Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula. Designed as 11 villas, each with a private concierge, it boasts the AAA-Five Diamond award distinction and is a member of Leading Hotels and Virtuoso. Rooms feature Mexican colonial architecture and a view of the azure Caribbean, and include a furnished balcony or terrace as well as all the trimmings with hotel monograms dripping from every towel, bathrobe, and slipper. This is going to leave a devastating hole in your credit card, but if you want to go all out and leave the kids lamenting their lack of inheritance, now's your chance.
2) The party Mexican beach resort
We've all heard about the horrors of Cancun over spring break, so distance yourself from the madness with a step up in budget that few spring-breakers would be able to match. The ME by Melia Cabo is your more exclusive option with pricey suites, chic clubs, beachfront property and an over-21-only policy that will put a stop to rowdy 3am pool parties. If you want to re-live the college days, there are still plenty of west-coast University students about town that you'll bump into at clubs such as the Giggling Marlin, Zoo Club and Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo.
3) The romantic Mexican beach resort
Things flagging a bit? You need to inject some spice back into your life, and Mexico's the place to do it! The solution, of all places, lies in...Cancun!
Yup, the AQUA club may sound like a bad idea (especially based on its Zona Turistica address), but you couldn't feel further away from drunken students and screaming kids. Prepare for tranquility, privacy, panoramic blue skies and huge airy rooms. You'll have a resident DJ spinning tunes to set the mood, and if you ever leave the bedroom you'll only run into luxury minded 30-something clientele. Kicking economy to the curb, you can choose a suite with freestanding circular Jacuzzi tubs and Aqua Lounge access that will ensure stories that will never, ever get told to the kids.
4) The watersports Mexican beach resort
You've got salt water running in your veins. You're headed for a beach, so what's the point in spending time out of the water? The Cabo Surf Hotel is the option for you; a boutique beach resort located on one of the most privileged beaches in Los Cabos. Situated in Acapulquito, the hotel was voted the 7th best kept secret out of 21 by Elle Magazine, so you know you'll be combining quality with maximum wave-time. All rooms come, naturally, with first-class ocean views.
5) The butt-toning Mexican beach resort
Luxury complexes aren't your thing; there's no temple better than the body. The Amansala rustic-chic resort in Tulum offers a healthy, tranquil retreat without the excesses of the rest of the Mayan Riviera. Amansala is best known for its six-night "Bikini Bootcamp" - a robust regime of yoga, meditation, salsa dancing and more, designed to get guests into tip-top swimsuit-shape. Before any guys get too excited, they should know that some retreats are women-only. The all-inclusive program includes cabana lodging, with digs ranging from a one-room thatched-roof hut to an ultra-classy luxury suite. Rates also include all meals with an emphasis on low-fat, organic ingredients (if freshly caught grilled fish and fresh mangos are your thing). It's not all pounding your body for the greater good, however. Extras like massages and a Mayan clay treatment help you reward yourself for all the hard work.
6) The nature-lovers Mexican beach resort
Getting away from it all should REALLY mean getting away from it all. How about Majahuitas Resort, named after a golden hibiscus-like flower that flourishes in the region? The private stretch of sand called Majahuitas is also home to a bucolic, solar-powered resort made up of eight enchanting little houses. The 18-acre oasis, accessible only by boat from Puerto Vallarta, is a primitive-style enclave without phones, Internet access, or even electrical outlets in guestrooms. The 'world-away' sanctuary provides an unmissable experience for nature lovers, as there's a nearby underwater canyon and a jungle upstream well worth exploring. Since the sun is the major power source here, dinners are lit solely by flickering candles in a massive chandelier.
So, which was your favourite Mexican beach resort option? Whatever your preference, you can be assured that all the places listed are waiting for you to call, so pick up the phone or send an email to arrange the stress-free escape that you've been planning for months...
Gary Sargent is the Managing Director of the tour companies Escaped to Peru and Escaped to Latin America and has lived in South America for over 10 years. Gary is passionate about life here, the people, customs and places. To learn more or to book your next adventure please visit http://www.escapedtolatinamerica.com
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