The 5 best Mexican resorts to visit this winter

The Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula is a stunning place to holiday whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, or with kids, with Mayan ruins, sandy beaches and underwater caverns in boho-chic Tulum and energetic nightlife and great shopping in Cancun. This stretch of shore is packed with brilliant resorts, whether your taste is for the boutique or for the large and lively.

The 5 best Mexican resorts to visit this winter

Dreams Tulum – family friendly

In tropical gardens on 3km of white sand five minutes from the famous Mayan ruins, this eco-conscious resort runs Green Experiences including interactive jungle tours and the chance to see the Turtle Protection Program in action (May–Sept). For kids and teens there are great clubs hosting the thrilling likes of camp-out adventures, and the resort also has diving and water sports centres (Tulum has the world’s 2nd-largest barrier reef). Dreams’ Unlimited-Luxury® all-inclusive package includes reservation-free dining in nine restaurants, unlimited top-shelf drinks, 24-hour room service and a daily-replenished mini-bar.

Secrets Playa Mujeres – adult-only

Part of a gated community within a 18-hole signature Greg Norman golf course 10 minutes from downtown Cancun, this adult-only all-suite Caribbean resort is run on the same Unlimited-Luxury® package as Dreams. Most of its upscale suites have sea views and some are swim-up; others are in beachfront locations and have private pools. Add to this nightly entertainment including beach parties and movies under the stars, plus a complimentary traditional Temazcal healing ceremony at Dreams Playa Mujeres’ spa next door. Excursions include kayaking, snorkelling, hiking, biking and zip-lining at Garrafon Natural Reef Park.

Hard Rock Riviera Maya - family-friendly and adult-only sections

Loud, proud and huge fun, this extensive all-inclusive property on its own white-sand beach in a private cove divides in to the Heaven adult-only area with a vast spa including a temazcal hut and a yoga temple, and the Hacienda family area with its complimentary kids’ club and teen lounge. The on-site water park is spectacular, and there’s golf at Hard Rock’s own club. A unique touch is the Woodward indoor sports facility with its skateboarding, BMX biking, dryland skiing and obstacle course. The concierge also gets all ages up and running with local excursions including eco-archaeologist packages and visits to Tulum.

Aldea Kuka – on a car-fee island with boho vibes

On Isla Holbox – part of the Yum Balam Nature Reserve with its flamingos, pelicans and sea turtles – this eco-friendly boutique hotel hosts adults only in bungalows furnished using natural local materials. Its spa hosts holistic treatments and there’s authentic local and global cuisine in the rustic-chic, toes-in-the-sand restaurant. Exciting local experiences during your stay can include boat trips to Cabo Catoche island to feast on lobster ceviche and fresh coconut, swimming a few inches from whale sharks, and witnessing the dazzling natural spectacle of bioluminescence.  

Habitas Bacalar – good for wellness and activities

This is another eco hotel and holistic oasis, in a magical setting between lagoon and Mayan jungle. Nourishing food is served in Siete among the treetops, with low wooden tables and chairs to ground you in the environment. You can also learn about medicinal aromatic herbs in the botanical garden and immerse yourself in Mayan traditions in the cacao and melipona honey huts. Activities on the sparkling lagoon include eFoil boarding, sorties in ‘crystal’ kayaks that let you see the miraculous marine life beneath, and sunrise paddle-boarding.

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