The 10 Most Romantic Experiences in Mexico
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Traveling as a couple is much more than just sharing a new adventure — it can even strengthen a relationship. Travel can make couples feel closer and improve their communication. So, why not make it even better by choosing a destination geared toward romance?
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Mexico is known for its idyllic destinations, with soft, white beaches, stunning sunsets, and cozy, small towns. Still, some places have found a way to boost romance by creating complete experiences that take a couple's holiday to the next level. From the favorites, like the Caribbean sea, to more unexpected picks like a vineyard in Ensenada, there are plenty of options to seduce the already starry-eyed lovers.
Here are 10 of the most romantic experiences in Mexico.
Picnic on the Beach
Add some wine and you have a perfect getaway. Andaz Mayakoba, located in the Riviera Maya region, wants couples to enjoy a three-course meal with a great view of the turquoise sea and, of course, some bubbles. Their "Wine Not at the Beach Picnic" was transformed for Valentine's Day and it'll be offered from 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 13 and 14, so couples can have a toast during sunset. The table's set right in front of the sea, surrounded with old-fashioned lanterns and cozy pillows, and with a traditional basket where the happy couple can find either a smoked salmon salad and wood-fired brie cheese or a beef carpaccio and pappardelle and lobster. And to pair, a Veuve Clicquot bottle and red velvet truffles.
Candles are romance's best friend, so the Naum Wellness & Spa at Andaz Mayakoba has made them an integral part of their treatments for couples. There are Love Rituals, including the Eternal Romance Ritual, meant to renew the spirit of love. It includes a relaxing treatment, tempered oils, and scalp massages. The Journey for Couples ritual begins with a foot bath that symbolizes the return to the path as a couple, continuing with a relaxing couple's massage and a cleansing facial.
Dining Among Mangroves
Guests staying at the sumptuous Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suites at Rosewood Mayakoba can indulge themselves in the Over the Water Romance Experience. The hotel is known for its natural beauty, with lush mangroves surrounding the lagoon's canals, and this experience includes a dinner for two on a boat that cruises through the lagoon so the couple can enjoy their meal under the stars and surrounded by the soothing sounds of nature. For those who prefer the sound of waves and soft sand under their feet, the resort has a private location on the beach where they can organize an exclusive dinner — with Champagne, of course. Another option is to make the most of what the Riviera Maya has to offer, and cenotes are just the answer. Rosewood's team can move the dinner location to the property's cenote, immersed in the jungle's wonders.
Want to Say I Do?
The Viceroy Riviera Maya has taken love to the next level; they even have a "Romance team" to make a getaway for two just perfect. They created a Romance in Paradise five-night experience, ideal for couples who want to make their bond stronger and renew their vows. They'll place a beautiful arch with an amazing ocean view for the vow-renewal ceremony, which can be performed by a minister or a Mayan shaman, giving the moment a unique spiritual angle. The experience also includes a dinner for two on the beach, enjoying a sparkling Mexican wine under the stars. Although the private villas are already an intimate and secluded accommodation, on Valentine's night it gets a little more alluring with a special villa turndown.
Are you the kind of person who gets anxious when you have to plan a vacation? Nothing kills romance like stress. So, for a stress-free, adults-only, romantic getaway, Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun came up with an all-inclusive option. If you think all-inclusive doesn't sound very romantic, you might just be surprised. The resort has an exclusive selection of dining options, including Lumière restaurant, with an indulgent seven-course French tasting menu. During the day, they've organized water activities for couples and they even have an open-air hydrotherapy pool overlooking the ocean, so you can enjoy the sunset while relaxing. If you need an extra dose of relaxation, the Spa has seven indoor couples' suites to treat you with a wrap or a massage, such as the Aroma Essence Massage that blends reflexology with aromatherapy, embracing you with the scent of lavender, neroli, sandalwood, patchouli and rosewood.
Tulum has a strong connection to nature and Pre-Hispanic traditions. La Valise has captured that essence with its artistic bungalow aesthetics in each of its nine rooms. The boutique hotel offers a very original array of experiences to share as a couple. They have ceremonies inspired by Mayan traditions to heal, grow, connect, and transform. Some of them are focused on opening your heart, aligning, and reconnecting, such as the Couples' Lunar Ceremony, which includes a nighttime massage under the moon; the Couples' Fire Ceremony, which mixes a cacao massage with an exchange of vows; and the Mayan Wedding Ceremony, guided by a Mayan Shaman.
But not everything is just about nourishing the spirit, this place also takes great care of your palate. They organize a Mezcal tasting workshop for two guided by a local artisanal mezcal brand that takes the couple not only through the tasting journey, but also through the story and culture of this agave drink. Additionally, the chef offers a Mexican couples' cooking class that explores different ingredients and unique flavors. For an even more intimate moment, the hotel organizes exclusive dinners at the room's private deck or terrace.
Montage Los Cabos offers ongoing opportunities to celebrate love, but if there's one most worthy of a shoutout it's their Love in the Sky experience. The sky in Los Cabos is unique, with sunsets painting it pink and lavender, so surrounding yourself in its colors makes the ultimate dinner date. The hotel has a lookout perched above Santa Maria Bay called El Cielo (The Sky) where they'll serve a private five-course dinner designed for lovers (or if you're looking for the best scenario to pop a special question). A private chef will serve caviar, filet mignon, and lobster, paired with Dom Perignon and live music.
Other exclusive experiences can be organized at your own private poolside cabana, such as a five-course dinner paired with Champagne. For those who can't stay away from the beach, the resort will transform the beach loungers into romantic beach beds, covered with pillows and cozy blankets, and surrounded with candles and flowers, so dreamy couples can enjoy a glass of wine and a box of chocolates. If you want to turn up the heat, the creative mind of Mezcal restaurant, Chef Odin, designed an aphrodisiac menu which includes oysters and caviar, Wagyu beef, halibut, chocolate, and passion fruit.
A vacation is not complete without a dedicated time to relax, and since the idea is to relax together, the hotel's spa created the Twin Dolphin Couple Journey. It begins with a meditation guided by a healer that's meant to reconnect the couple. The journey then moves into a Damiana Tea Ritual of Love focused on gratitude and ends with a side-by-side massage.
Recharge and Reconnect
Los Cabos has a romantic soul, and if you need proof, you just need to visit the Playa del Amor (Love Beach), which is very close to the famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas. There are two theories regarding the name of this beach. One says it's the place where the water of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean cross paths, but others tell the legend of a forbidden love story between a sailor and a local woman during the 18th century. Whichever story you prefer, this is a paradise for lovers who are looking for a secluded spot where they can watch sea lions, rays, and colorful fish.
After a day on the beach, there's not a better place to unwind than the spa at the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas, an intimate haven for couples. Here you can find two treatment rooms dedicated to couples, Agua Serena and Arena Dorada suites, and four treatments designed to reconnect and enjoy together. The Romance at the Oasis experience blends beautiful views of the Sea of Cortez with a 270-minute-long relaxing session of body treatments and facials. The Bonding Experience is meant to let you unwind next to your significant other by enjoying a full-body exfoliation, relaxing body massage, and grounding foot massage that'll leave the couple recharged for a dinner at Estiatorio Milos, a horseback ride along the beach, or a hike to the secret Santiago Oasis, surrounded by canyons and waterfalls.
The mysticism of Yucatán evokes legends of wisemen, priests, and lovers from ancient civilizations. Chable Yucatan captures this essence with its lush vegetation, antique hacienda architecture, and a private cenote to become one with nature. For couples, they have designed a unique experience that includes accommodation in a "Casita" — what they call their villas nestled within the jungle — with a private pool decorated for the occasion. The spa is one of the highlights of the resort and having a 60-minute couple massage is a completely different experience when the location is on a wooden deck overlooking the pristine waters of the cenote. After a day at the spa, enjoying the pool made of green petrified forest stone, or participating in one of the mayan rituals or the temazcal, it's time to enjoy another local treasure: the food. The tasting menu at Ixi'im Restaurant is a great option, but for a more romantic ambience, dinner can be served at your private "casita" or at a special place within the property, like the pond, the Lanterns Garden, Ixi'im's terrace, or the wine cellar, paired with live music just for the two of you so you can dance under the stars.
Thirsty for originality? There's a different type of accommodation in the Valle de Guadalupe, in Ensenada, Baja California. The Campera Bubble Hotel's 12 rooms are not like any other — they're large bubbles set among the Docepiedras vineyard. The front and the roof of the bubble is completely see-through so you get to see the vines and millions of stars. Sleeping under the stars with your loved one is romantic in itself, but now the hotel added a sunset dinner experience to the mix. It consists of a private dinner outdoors with a gorgeous setup next to your bubble. The hotel's restaurant, Doce, organizes a private menu for two with a pairing of great Mexican wine. Lovers who are also wine lovers will enjoy the wine tasting options during the day. There are over 80 wineries in the area to visit.
Flirting With Legends
San Miguel de Allende's colonial architecture, cobbled streets, and iconic blown glass hearts are just a few examples of how this magical town vibrates with romance. Matilda Hotel knows it and is determined to create more love stories with their Love Me Back experience. For starters, the luxurious room with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets is decorated for the occasion, including a welcoming chocolate fondue with fruit and a bottle of sparkling wine. Hotel Matilda's spa is famous for its unique offer (such as the mezcal body wrap), so this experience brings it into the mix with a couple's treatment of a 30-minute aphrodisiac bath with two glasses of sparkling wine, an aromatherapy — a love blend of scents — massage, and an organic facial. Continuing with the seductive theme, the hotel's signature restaurant, Moxi, came up with an unusual dining offer: the erotic diner. Moxi is known for its cutting-edge concept on Mexican and international gastronomy, and this menu that'll be served on Feb. 13 is no different.
And if you're up for more, only an hour away, in the city of Guanajuato, is one every lover must visit: the alley of the kiss. The legend says a couple with a forbidden love met here because their balconies were so close together they could even kiss. They met every night in secret, kissing under the stars, until tragedy pulled them apart. Now, couples from everywhere visit this place and kiss while standing on the third step, the narrowest part of the alley, and wish for everlasting love.