Karen Noble, Sovereign Luxury Travel’s Regional Destination Manager, spent several weeks exploring the nation and was blown away by her experience.
“I’m an avid traveller and I’ve visited many countries over the years both personally and professionally. Never in my life have I booked a flight back to the country before I’ve even left it, but I found myself booking a personal holiday right from the airport lounge. That’s testament to just how fabulous Mexico is!”
You’ll find resort towns with an abundance of upmarket shopping, bars and restaurants, which are never far from an impressive amount of historic and cultural sites.
“I’d highly recommend you spend a good chunk of time in Mexico - two or three weeks if you can, hopping between the main resort areas and enjoying the odd day trip”, suggests Karen.
Located by the Caribbean Sea, Mexico is teeming with coral reefs, caves and shipwrecks and is also ideal if you love diving or are keen to learn.
“I took a stupid amount of photos of the sea - and that’s something I never normally do,” mentions Karen. “The only place I’ve encountered a similar colour is in the Maldives. Unlike the Maldives however, there are plenty of authentic and cultural experiences to be found in Mexico. Wherever I went, I witnessed people putting their hand over their heart as a way of greeting others. It’s quite unusual to see this ancient ritual in the modern world.”
If you’re travelling with your family then Moon Palace The Grand is an excellent all-inclusive hotel with incredible facilities for children - from an escape room and bumper cars to a variety of swimming pools. It also boasts the largest spa in Latin America, and exceptional restaurants and bars, including a speakeasy! For a more grown-up experience, the adults-only, all-inclusive Hyatt Zilara offers a la carte restaurants, fabulous evenings of entertainment, and solely sea-facing rooms.
There are several luxurious all-inclusive beach resorts in Riviera Maya that Sovereign Luxury Travel recommends, all of which will appeal to different guests. There’s Grand Velas Riviera Maya, a Leading Hotels of the World member, which comprises three zones including an adults-only area. Then there’s the strictly adults-only all-inclusive Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya, which is so sophisticated it even hosts a martini bar in the lobby! While most resorts in this region are large, the boutique resort of Viceroy Riveria Maya is a little oasis of privacy and serenity with just 39 rooms.
Alternatively, choose to stay on a secluded strip of Playa Maroma at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancún. This all-inclusive low-rise resort is adults-only and incredibly romantic, with spacious grounds offering a calm ambience, gourmet restaurants, and all the suites boast at least one Jacuzzi!
If you wish to stay in Playa del Carmen then you can stay at the lively and all-inclusive Secrets Moxche, which is also adults-only.