Hotels of the week: The Yucatán, Mexico

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is a great choice for a honeymoon – a number of airlines (including BA) fly direct to Cancun, from where you can easily head off to your preferred beach (or inland if you want to do a bit more exploring). There’s a great range of hotels and resorts on offer, and if you’re looking for a week or two of staying in the same place and lapping up the sun then your best bet is to book through a travel agent for the best deals. Here’s  a few properties in the region that caught my eye:

Cabanas La Luna

I love the rustic chic of this place – brightly coloured cabanas, thatched roofs, sand beneath your toes and absolutely no pretension. If you’re not bothered about having all the mod cons then this is a fantastic option – though there’s an atomsperhic bar and restaurant, and you can have massages in the privacy of your own room or – even better – right on the beach. You’re also an easy walk away from other restaurants, which means you don’t have to feel confined to La Luna if you want to explore a bit.

The private terrace, strung with a hammock and looking out onto the ocean, of the Christopher Columbus cabana (above) is just wonderful, while there’s a simple, romantic elegance to the Marrakech cabana, with its beautifully draped four poster bed (see below). There’s only seven cabanas here, set on fifty metres of beachfront, making it a really imtimate place to stay, with easy access to the beach and great views.

From £63 a night.

The Tides

If you’re after a resort hotel with definite class and none of the tack that you sometimes find at beachside hotels, then definitely check out The Tides. I love the fact that though its style is definitely contemporary, features such as they use of local woods ensure that you’ll definitely feel like you’re in Mexico. There are no rooms, just villas – each of which is set among the jungle, so if you’re after a beach view room then this won’t be for you. However, there’s something really magical at being in the jungle, surrounded by lush greenery, and the beach is only a short stroll away.

The outside areas have been beautifully designed to make the most of the location, with the great pool looking out over the ocean, and the whole resort has an emphasis on seclusion. The spa offers a wonderful range of treatments, and even yoga if you’re feeling energetic, and being located in a small village outside of Playa del Carman means you can pick and choose when you want to be in the thick of a resort town, and when you want quieter surroundings.

From £375 a night.

Hacienda Xcanatun

Of course, there’s more to this beautiful region than just beaches, and if you fancy a few days exploring the interior, it’s definitely worth factoring in a visit to the lovely city of Mérida. Just outside of the city is this beautiful old hacienda, converted to provide elegant and tranquil surroundings. I love the flower-festooned grounds, the large balconies that are just perfect for soaking up the surroundings, and the gorgeous old colonial buildings.

There’s two lovely pools here, around which you can spend your days lazing in a hammock, and the spa is a real bonus, offering an excellent range of treatments, many of which take inspiration from ancient Mayan traditions. If that’s too virtuous, there’s also an excellent restaurant on site where you can enjoy  a blend of local and European cuisines. Though you’re not by the sea here, it is a great location if you’re really looking to get away from the hustle and bustle and see a bit more of the beautiful area, and the beaches are only an easy drive away.

From £166 a night.

Photos courtesy of: Cabanas La Luna; The Tides; i-escape

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