Celebrate your new life together with a fiesta in magical Mexico. Alongside the indelible impressions left by ancient civilisations upon the land, there are plenty of contemporary pleasures to enjoy: artistic cities, unique hotels and some of the best beaches in Latin America, if not the world. The southeast of the country, around the Yucatán Peninsula, offers all these things within a small area, minimising travel and hassle.
Visit Campeche in the Yucatán to be transported into the world of the Mayas. The region’s charming villages, where Mayan is still the first language, provide an insight into a lifestyle little changed for centuries. The colourful cobbled streets of San Francisco de Campeche make for an atmospheric stroll. Traditionally-dressed men and women can whisk you along winding rural roads in a bike taxi to Hacienda Uayamon. This converted 19th-century sisal ranch is ideal for honeymooners, offering attentive service in idyllic surrounds.
Be sure to stop by the exciting hub of Mérida. 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. Whilst here, stay at the Casa Lecanda, a chic and stylish design hotel in a colonial mansion. Its restaurant and bar are the places to eat, drink and be seen in this vibrant city.
En route to the Caribbean coast, we recommend exploring the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. Once you reach the ocean, lazing on the beach is the order of the day – but you’ll also have nature reserves, the second-largest barrier reef in the world and ancient Mayan sites at your fingertips. Bed down beachside at Esencia, an exquisite hotel with a clean, fresh design, set within a 50-acre private estate.
The west-coast peninsula of Baja California Sur stretches like a lightning bolt into the Pacific Ocean. It’s a region replete with sun-drenched towns, untamed forests and dramatic mountains, flanked by beautiful blue waters. In the relaxed city of San José del Cabo, cosy up in one of Las Ventanas Al Paraiso’s lavish suites for some five-star luxury.
During your epic honeymoon, Mexico will romance your socks off. For those with time and wanting to do more than just scratch the surface of this fascinating country, talk to one of our honeymoon specialists; we can arrange taco tours in Mexico City, tequila tasting on the tequila trail and whale watching in the Pacific.