Country guide: Mexico’s top five resorts
By Heidi Fuller-love
One of the globe’s top travel destinations, magical Mexico’s world-class beach resorts – mainly grouped around Cabo San Lucas, Cancun and the Riviera Maya – are in a class of their own. From all-inclusive resorts to family-friendly properties and funky celebrity hideaways, here’s our top five.
Best for health
Fitness lovers will adore AM Resorts’ 90-room Zoëtry Paradiso de la Bonita close to Cancun. Set on a private stretch of beach, this all-inclusive wellness oasis has North America’s first certified Thalassotherapy Centre and a state-of-the-art anti-ageing centre offering Chinese and Mayan healing therapies.
Great for glitterati
Starstruck travellers will love the 174-room One&Only Palmilla built in 1956 on the tip of Baja California by the son of a former Mexican President. Celebrities ranging from Jennifer Aniston to Cameron Diaz flock here to enjoy gourmet restaurants, an insta-glam infinity pool and a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.
Hot for nightlife
Hard Rock Riviera Maya’s 577 rock-themed rooms are heaven for nightlife lovers. With a luxurious spa and a large man-made lagoon there’s plenty to do during the day, but things really hot up at night when clubs and bars throb to the sounds of live music and top DJs.
Top for romance
Love is in the air at El Dorado Palafitos, Mexico’s first luxury resort to have 30 Maldives-style over-water bungalows with glass floors giving direct views of the turquoise waters lapping beneath. Each bungalow has its own private deck with infinity pool and there’s even a butler on hand to serve sunset cocktails or prepare those romantic beach picnics.
New on the radar
Hottest new property on the block, the Ritz-Carlton’s San José del Cabo oceanfront resort, Zadún, has 115 butler-serviced luxury villas close to the fish-filled Sea of Cortez. With two championship golf courses and a botanical park, this is definitely the one to watch.