Less than a week after Cinco de Mayo, we’re still thinking about Mexican beach escapes and margaritas. Happily for us, so is Vacationist! On sale now: three deals south of the border. Spa goers will prefer Villa del Palmar Flamingos in Rivieria Nayarit, with hydro-treatments at the 17,000 square-foot spa; beach lovers will opt for Grand Bay Hotel Isla Navidad Resort, on a private island off Manzanillo; and for those of you just looking for a rocking good time? There’s always Cabo San Lucas, and a stay at Marquis for more than 44 percent off the standard rack rate.
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Villa del Palmar Flamingos Beach Resort & Spa — up to 50% off
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
The sunsets are magical and the service is stellar, but this property is best known among Riviera Nayarit resorts for its selection of restaurants. Whether you prefer to dine in your resort suite (complete with Banderas Bay views) or at a pizza bar, an open-air trattoria, or a white tablecloth restaurant with a seasonal menu, the Villa del Palmar Flamingos is an ideal hotel choice in Mexico's Riviera Nayarit. Days are best spent lounging by the two-tiered pool, playing tennis, snorkeling in the turquoise bay waters, or enjoying the many water treatment pools at the 17,000-square-foot spa. Guests can also opt for off-property excursions including horseback riding on the beach, jungle canopy adventures, deep-sea fishing, and tours of the area's agave farms and tequila factories. After a full day of activities, head to hotel's Bella Vista Terrace, where music and dance performances liven up evening cocktails. (Sale ends in 4 days.)
Grand Bay Hotel Isla Navidad Resort — up to 35% off (see above)
A 1,200-acre private island off the Manzanillo coast is the setting for this expansive, Spanish-tile-roofed hotel. The palm tree-studded property has so many amenities you'll never need to venture off the premises, including a private marina filled with deep-sea-fishing and pleasure yachts; a 27-hole golf course; both an ocean beach and a freshwater lagoon; three pools; four restaurants; and a spa offering decadent treatments including chocolate body wraps and brown-sugar scrubs. The décor in the 199 rooms and common areas is typical for the area (lots of peachy-tone pastels, floral prints, and wrought iron), but the margaritas served in the outdoor La Terraza restaurant pack an unexpected punch. (Sale ends in 4 days.)
Marquis Los Cabos — up to 44% off
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Like many properties on the tip of the Baja peninsula, Marquis Los Cabos focuses on stellar service. But here it translates to unique touches and complimentary amenities: check-in includes a 10-minute neck massage followed by guacamole, chips, and drinks, before a tour of the oceanfront retreat, set next to the 18-hole Cabo Real golf course. Days begin with a complimentary breakfast of coffee, oven-fresh breads, and tropical fruits delivered to a small, latticed alcove adjacent to the guest-room door. Inside, the 237 elegant suites are furnished with a reversible firm or soft mattress swathed in goose-down comforters and Frette bed linens, and bathrooms are stocked with Bulgari amenities. There's also a holistic spa, one of the biggest and most beautiful in Cabo, and seasonal meals prepared by chef Thierry Dufour in the 25-seat Canto del Mar. (Sale ends in 4 days.)
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