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Honeymoon in Modern Mexico

Words by Jennifer Stein

Mexico’s coast offers an array of options these days. Everything from modern-luxe properties to quaint haciendas, the friendliness of the locals and the outstanding food beg for this destination to make it to the top of your wedding or honeymoon list.

The hard decision is narrowing down where to stay in this sprawling country. One of my favorite areas is Riviera Maya. The Caribbean Sea and white-sand beaches never disappoint and properties like Banyan Tree Mayakoba (about a 50-minute drive south of Cancun airport) deliver a stellar, high-end experience you’ll be talking about for years to come.

The modern Asian influences in the hospitality, architecture and food form a perfect union with the vibrancy and culture of Mexico. For the engaged couple looking to marry, Banyan Tree Mayakoba provides everything from beachfront backdrops to expansive travertine open-air patios with panoramic views of lagoons, mangroves and the Caribbean Sea in the distance.

Honeymooners will delight in the couple’s spa casitas and secluded villas complete with outdoor soaking tubs, private pools and oversized beds.

Travel about 45 minutes north to Cancun to another modern property, this one with a strong Mayan influence – NIZUC Resort & Spa. Reflecting pools, ancient Mayan customs and stunning design make for one of the most luxurious experiences one can expect from this region. The resort is spread over 29 acres of winding lagoons and pristine oceanfront property. With 274 private suites and villas boasting contemporary décor, private soaking tubs, oversized showers and some of the best service you’ll find south of the border, any wedding group here would be lingering come check-out time.

Don’t be concerned with the size of the property and getting around. First, you may never want to leave your room, but when you do, there is always a golf cart within view to pick you up and take you anywhere you need to go.

When it comes time to say “I do” or “we did,” traveling to one of these modern marvel resorts will be well worth the investment. They both offer something unique and unparalleled, much like the very love you’re celebrating…

Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance): Banyan Tree Mayakoba (1st-4th) and NIZUC Resort & Spa (5th-7th)

This article first appeared in 
Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2016 issue. You can order a copy here.

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