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Mexico is fabulously romantic. Ancient civilisations have left indelible marks on the land, and today there are modern pleasures such as artistic cities which buzz with life, and unique hotels which leave you wanting for nothing. Not to mention some of the best beaches in Latin America, if not the world. The southeast of the country, around The Yucatan Peninsula, offers all of these things within a small area, minimising travel and hassle.
In Campeche, you’re immediately transported to the world of the Mayas. Traditionally dressed men and women offer bike taxis to take you along the winding roads of the countryside to Hacienda Uayamon, a beautifully converted 19th Century Sisal ranch which we think is ideal for honeymooners. Authentic, relaxed and peaceful, the service is attentive and the surroundings idyllic. The small surrounding villages, where Mayan is still the first language, provide an insight into a lifestyle little changed for centuries. The pastel painted cobbled streets of Campeche City make for an atmospheric stroll.
Honeymoon Highlights of Mexico
- Cenotes are freshwater sink holes, considered sacred by the Mayas. Having one all to yourself for a swim and a picnic is the ultimate privilege.
- There are many ‘chef’s table’ opportunities; one of our favourites is at Rosas y Xocolate, where David Segovia adds his sparkle to traditional Yucatecan classics.
- Ride horses along white sand beaches fringed by palms and lapped by the Caribbean Sea.
- We can organise a visit to Mexico’s ghostly ruins out of hours, to experience them in spine-tingling solitude.
- Instead of a shared boat from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, we can charter a yacht to take you to a private hidden beach before dropping you off at your hotel.
The exciting hub of Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula should not be missed. Rosas y Xocolate is a chic and stylish design hotel in a colonial mansion, and its restaurant and bar are the places to eat, drink and be seen in this vibrant city. A hotbed for artists and creatives, this is a place of colonial Spanish buildings and Mexican joie de vivre – of bustling markets, multifarious colours, dancing and partying. Shopping, dining out and sightseeing here are great fun.
En route to the Caribbean coast, we recommend exploring the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza before leaving behind the commercialised resort of Cancun in favour of one of our favourites – the tiny island of Isla Mujeres. No shoes are needed here, and no cars either. Lazy seaside days are the order of the day, but you’ll also have nature reserves, the second largest barrier reef in the world, ancient Mayan sites and mysterious caves and cenotes at your fingertips.
Playa del Carmen