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With its seemingly endless stretches of white sand beaches, tropical mangroves and burgeoning culinary scene, Mexico’s Caribbean coast offers the perfect backdrop for a romantic Cancun or Riviera Maya honeymoon. But to ramp up the togetherness factor, choose one of these honeymoon hideaways featuring extra special ingredients for the ultimate couples’ escape.
Exotic Overwater Bungalows
With the arrival of these dreamy overwater bungalows on one of the Riviera Cancun’s best stretches of beach, there’s no longer any reason to travel 15 hours to Bora Bora for an exotic tropical honeymoon. Located just 20 minutes from Cancun’s dusk-to-dawn party scene, but a world away in atmosphere, Secrets Silversands’ new thatched roof cabanas feature private plunge pools and oceanfront decks set on stilts above turquoise waters. The seductive nature-inspired decor brings the Caribbean indoors with mahogany wood, marble and an earth-toned palette. Unforgettable Cancun honeymoon experiences include waking to the sound of the waves, beach butler service on a private beach, 24-hour room service and a “Secret Box” where your bottle of bubbly, breakfast in bed or midnight snack are slipped silently inside so you’re not disturbed. Yoga, aqua exercise and DJs spinning house music are enticing activities—assuming you can tear yourself away from your Bali bed, and each other, long enough to venture beyond your beachside digs.
Dine with Passion
Bold, playful, experimental, an evening at Passion by Martin Berasategui is not your ordinary dining experience. Overseen by the esteemed 7-Michelin-starred Spanish chef, this glamorous restaurant, set beside the shimmering water gardens and sculptures of Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla, is a foodie experience ideal for a special night out during your Riviera Maya honeymoon. Although Paradisus La Perla has already earned accolades for its sophisticated cuisine (it’s an Air Transat Top Dining pick), Passion by Martin Berasategui is also available to food fans who don’t happen to be hotel guests. For a culinary splurge, opt for the tasting menu, a sensory journey through the tastes, textures and ingredients of the best of molecular cuisine. Imaginative dishes such as smoked tuna tartare and tempura truffled egg yolk with seaweed cream are ignited by skillful preparation. The dramatic finale is a dessert created tableside by the dessert chef who paints ruby-toned fruit jellies on a glass plate, in a manner evoking a modern art painting by abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky.
Swim with Sea Turtles
Akumal means “Place of Turtles” in the language of the Mayan people, and this palm-fringed beach town south of Playa del Carmen features a treasure trove of attractions sure to appeal to nature-loving couples. Not only does it offer clear, calm waters ideal for a leisurely swim, but it’s also home to one of Mexico’s largest populations of green sea turtles. Just a few metres from shore, you can snorkel among these wonders of the deep while they graze on their favourite food, seagrass.
A prime stay for a Riviera Maya honeymoon overlooking the offshore reef is the new Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya, an adults-only retreat where a wide range of non-motorized water sports are packed into a luxe all-inclusive package. Grab a kayak for two, participate in a guided snorkelling tour, or borrow one of the paddleboards with special viewing screens to gawk at manta rays, parrotfish and sea turtles. This resort is also the spot for over-the-top culinary experiences where you might see pool butlers on kayaks or a chefs’ parade of appetizers at the infinity pool. Indulge in a couples’ spa treatment and you’ll gain access to the Riviera Maya’s dreamiest outdoor hydrotherapy circuit, a watery oasis where you can float blissfully in warm waters or soak under a soothing rainforest shower.
Whether you’re planning a Cancun honeymoon or a Riviera Maya couples’ weekend getaway, these destinations offer settings guaranteed to boost the romance factor of your next vacation in Mexico.
Cover Image: Michele Peterson