Courtesy of Excellence Playa Mujeres
Laura Winfree

Cancun’s postcard-worthy white sand beaches, gemstone-hued water, and palm-fringed resorts have always drawn large numbers of the newly wedded to its tropical shores.  The atmosphere (relaxed; celebratory) and the drinks (tropical; potent) allow honeymooners to slip away into a tropical trance. For me, Cancun has always been a romantic destination: this resort town is where I met my husband, where he proposed, and where we still enjoy memorable date nights and weekend getaways whenever we get the chance. While the Yucatan Peninsula easily sets the mood, Cancun’s best honeymoon resorts strive to create an ambiance where couples can simply enjoy each other’s company: though private dinners and couples spa treatments don’t hurt, either. The best retreats give honeymooners peace of mind (all-inclusive amenities and accommodations) and are ready with thoughtful touches upon request (butler service; breakfast-in-bed; private excursions) that tailor the experience to your first holiday as Mr. and Mrs. 

Sun Palace

You won’t hear a child cry or see a college student doing a keg stand at this couples-only hotel Exclusively designed for romance, this beautiful all-inclusive resort has generously-appointed guestrooms featuring personal double jacuzzis, king beds, private balconies, and—what else? Complimentary en suite wine service. Upgrade to Concierge Level for L’Occitane bath amenities and a reserved beach spot and waiter. 

Le Blanc Spa Resort

Indulge in a honeymoon at Le Blanc, considered by many as the best resort in Cancun. Upon-arrival pampering begins with a tropical, frozen cocktail and continues throughout your stay. Over-the-top service includes a pillow menu (orthopedic; chamomile-scented) petit-fours at turndown, and a butler-drawn bath each evening. Book the Royale Honeymoon Suite for billowing sheer curtains and a private double whirlpool.

Excellence Playa Mujeres

Its secluded location in the Playa Mujeres area, about 30 minutes north of Cancun, makes the couples-only, all-inclusive resort all the more intimate. Treat yourselves to a couple’s massage (aromatic baths; marine mud mask) and a soothing hydrotherapy circuit at the spa. For added luxury, choose the swim-up suite with direct pool access, or the two-story suite with a private rooftop pool.

Hyatt Zilara

This gorgeous all-inclusive, adults-only resort has an amazing location on Cancun’s widest beach and is within minutes of the best shopping and nightlife in town. No matter which suite you choose, you’ll wake up every morning to ocean views from your balcony, and spend your evenings soaking in a private whirlpool tub for two. The hotel also offers swim-up suites for an extra-memorable romantic getaway.

Secrets The Vine

The stylish Secrets The Vine is an adults-only property boasting luxuries you won’t find at most other all-inclusive resorts. Here, you’ll get complimentary greens fees at the Playa Mujeres Golf Club, mixology classes, dance lessons, and unlimited premium drinks, all without a wristband. Book the Eternity Honeymoon Package for additional pleasures (private beachfront dinner; welcome wine and sweets platter). 

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