Booking the right resort is the first and most important step to getting your perfect romantic gateway to Mexico. When I think of Mexico, yes I think of chip and salsa, but I also think of romance! Hammocks hanging from trees, beautiful sunset dinners, and the sound of the ocean will keep you coming back for more. Mexico’s beautiful sandy beaches with sparkling blue water, make for quality snorkeling as well.

The resort you book for your next romantic, adults only vacation is pretty important. Finding a hotel that offers all inclusive adult only options, along with wedding, honeymoon or anniversary benefits can make a difference from a hotel that has only has an adult pool, or reserved adult sections. Ambience and location is also a huge factor, so make sure to choose something based on your individual needs. Here are my recommendations below:

1) El Dorado Casitas Royale, Riviera Maya Playa Del Carmen

Imagine thatched-roof bungalows for your room, fully equipped luxurious bathrooms with Jacuzzis, balconies with day beds and infinity edge plunge pools or swim-up terraces. Enjoy comfortable beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, outdoor showers and hot tubs. Guests are offered 24 hours room service, aromatherapy, personal concierges and pillow menus. Also, these bungalows are surrounded by lagoon-shaped swimming pools with swim-up bars!

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2) Secrets Maroma Beach, Playa Del Carmen

Secrets does romance right. From complimentary wedding packages, anniversary nights, and renewal of vows packages, Secrets has you covered. If you are celebrating an anniversary or a honeymoon, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun exudes romance, with the property sitting on of the calmest beaches in Cancun. The property features nine restaurants and 12 outdoor swimming pools. Each restaurant has a different specialty and offering a variety of cuisine, such as Mexican, French, Asian, Italian, grilled items, buffet, etc.

The resort has an ideal location,  40 minutes away from the airport, a 30-minute drive from Cancun’s nightlife, 15 minutes away from Playa del Carmen, and is just a 50-minute drive away from the Tulum Archaeological Site. The location couldn’t be more perfect.

The suites are equipped with minibars, hot tubs, and furnished terraces, aside from the basics. Also, the guests are offered a number of on-site activities including scuba lessons, yoga sessions, pool and beach volleyball, dance classes, archery lessons, water aerobics.

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3) Secrets Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Yes, next to the Sandals all inclusive brand, Secrets is also a favorite. Secrets Vallarta Resort & Spa is located at an ideal spot – it is hardly a five-minute walk to the beach and to the ‘El Malecón’ boardwalk. Also, it is a five-minute drive away from the airport and is at a distance of around one kilometer from the center of Puerto Vallarta.

Secrets Vallarta features an inviting outdoor pool, amazing spa, three bars and a range of restaurants. The restaurants flaunt a variety of cuisines including Pan-Asian and French. The rooms exhibit picturesque views of the ocean and comes with a hot tub and mini bar. Look at this view!

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4) Pueblo Bonita Pacifica, Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas is a close trip from Seattle and LA, making it a popular vacation spot for West Coasters. Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa has a pristine private beach, a great spa, five restaurants including one serving delicate sushi, five bars that include a fire pit and impressive views of the Pacific Ocean. Also, the hotel arranges whale watching trips for their guests, starting from the month of December and going up to April.

The resort is located 20 minutes away from Cabo San Lucas Airport, from where the guests can either book a cab or can use the hotel shuttle service that can be availed upon request. Moreover, it is a mere 35-minute drive away from the exotic coastal town of San José del Cabo.

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5) Excellence Playa Mujeres, Cancun

Finally, Excellence is popular choice for honeymooners and romantics. The brand prides itself in romance, with an “Everyday is Valentines Day” approach. From candlelit torch dinners on the beach, turn down service, champagne and fresh fruit upon arrival, Excellence Playa Mujeres Resort is the perfect choice. The resort features 450 rooms, seven swimming pools, 11 bars, nine restaurants, a fitness center and a spa. All rooms exhibit beautiful and calming views of the Pacific Ocean. Also, some rooms have access to private swim up pools and plunge pools.

Photo Credit: Excellence Resorts