Golf clubs and gold-star beaches
Stretched across Cancun’s unspoilt coastline, Playa Mujeres is Mexico’s hottest new luxury resort. It’s got classic Caribbean good looks, complete with more than three kilometres of powdery white-sand beaches, swaying palms and bright turquoise waters.
It’s also got a generous helping of upmarket restaurants, boutique shops, chic hotels and golf courses. Playa Mujeres Golf Club is one of the top-rated courses in Mexico – but it’s also one of the least known, so its 18 holes have an exclusive air. Best of all, it’s expertly designed by the legendary golfing pro Greg Norman.
The little island of Isla Mujeres waits just offshore. It’s known for a clear, calm shoreline that reels in snorkellers and scuba divers. Return boat trips push off from La Amada Marina – a village-like harbour that shelters a glossy gaggle of yachts.
The Chacmochuc Lagoon Nature Preserve shadows Playa Mujeres. It’s a wildlife haven, thanks to the 2,000 hectares of protected mangrove forests.
Flight time from the UK is around 11 hours.
Transfer time from Cancun airport to Playa Mujeres is approximately 30 minutes.
Mexico is a year-round beach destination, with temperatures rarely dipping below 20°C – even in winter. The summer months are at their hottest between May and September, which have average temperatures of 28°C. While short rain showers are possible, they are helpful in taking the edge off the heat.
UK citizens travelling to Mexico do not currently require a visa. You will need to fill out a tourist card, which you will be provided with on arrival.
Mexico has a tipping etiquette similar to the USA. Service employees typically receive little or no base salary, so tips make up the bulk of their salary. Try to tip about 15% of the bill in restaurants and bars unless the bill includes propina (gratuity). Taxi drivers do not usually get tipped unless they have provided an extra service like loading or unloading your bags.
The official language of Mexico is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.