Mexico had long been high on my bucket list, and so when we decided to visit this summer, I couldn’t have been more excited for our travels, the journey and to see a country I had always dreamed of visiting! After planning our trip for so long, I’m really excited to share our two week Mexico itinerary!
We flew straight from London to Cancun with Virgin Atlantic and as soon as I landed I couldn’t wait to order my first margarita, some nachos and take a dip in a pool to refresh after a long flight!
For our first night we didn’t want to travel far from the airport, and so booked a stay at the stunning NIZUC Resort & Spa.
With two heavenly pools to choose from, Ramona for a perfect beach side date night, and an ESPA spa to relax in, I’d recommend spending at least two nights here to make the most of this beautiful resort!
Make sure you order some pool side nachos, too!
2. Tulum: Papaya Playa Project
Visiting Tulum was a real bucket list destination for me. The white sandy beaches and the relaxed, fun atmosphere was something that had always pulled me towards it. And I knew just the two places that I wanted to stay!
Our first two nights were spent at Papaya Playa Project, a luxury eco resort which is built right alongside the sandy beaches and the jungle! The whole ethos of the hotel has its natural surroundings at heart. Every part of the hotel is built from local materials, and our room even had a beautiful private pool built around a tree!
Around the rest of the hotel, as you wind between the pools, the beach, the jungle and the sand, the natural materials surround you and so do the waiters serving amazing cocktails, and beautiful buildings at every turn. There was a marked difference between the refined luxury of Cancun and the barefoot vibe that we had in Tulum, but that was all part of the fun!
When you’re here, make sure to head down to Posada Margherita for a romantic dinner with your toes in the sand!
3. Tulum: Azulik Hotel & Mayan Spa
After our stay at Papaya Playa Project, we ticked off an absolute bucket list hotel: Azulik Hotel & Maya Spa! Another eco luxury hotel, that was so close to Papaya Playa Project that we could still see it, this was one of the most amazing hotels I’ve every stayed in!
Each room is carefully designed with Mayan influences, bright colours and stunning outdoor baths, it truly is one of the most special places. Make sure you head up to Kin Toh for a very special tree top dinner and some cocktails whilst sitting on the nets! And with beachside cocktails, coconuts on tap and so much fun to be had, trust me – you won’t want to leave! Azulik is very much a hotel for couples and at its heart Azulik helps you to reconnect not just with yourself but with your partner, too. There’s just something about it that is more than a little special…
Next time (and there has to be a next time!) I have my eye on the honeymoon villa…
4. Mexico City
After living out my Tulum dreams, we headed to Mexico City for three days to live out some of Andy’s dreams. For accommodation, I’d recommend the Four Seasons Mexico City; we didn’t stay here, but we popped in for a drink and really loved the atmosphere and the perfect location. But there was another reason that we were in Mexico City… For us it wasn’t just about exploring the incredible history in this city, but to head outside and do something a little different…
Our hot air balloon ride of Teotihuacan was an absolute once in a life time experience, and has given me the bug for hot air balloons! It’s an absolute must for any trip to Mexico, and I can’t recommend our private hot air balloon enough!
5. Riviera Maya
After a few days of buzz and busy-ness in Mexico City, I was excited to get back to relaxing and spending some time on the beach. We had booked three nights at UNICO 20 87, a brand new all-inclusive resort that meant we didn’t have to think about a thing when we arrived – and a resort which has recently been voted one of CN Traveler’s Best 50 Resorts in the World! With a stunning spa, where we enjoyed a lovely couples massage, to plenty of restaurants to enjoy date night after date night, it was a little bit of beachside bliss in the Riviera Maya.
There are plenty of hotels and resorts to choose from in the Riviera Maya region, but what drew me to UNICO 20 87 was the completely all-inclusive nature, including excursions (you can book a visit to Chichen Itza as part of your room package!) as well as food and drinks. We loved spending mornings taking a kayak out and afternoons by the pools… Before coming back to our stunning suite! It was a completely different experience to our beachside scene in Tulum, and it made for the perfect contrast!
And although UNICO 20 87 is a brand new resort, I loved the attention to detail in making sure that the little touches reminded you that you were in the Riviera Maya. If you’re looking for an easy, fun and relaxing trip to this area, it’s a great resort to spend a week (or even more!) in!
But there was one place I couldn’t leave Mexico without visiting… Mayakoba, and the Rosewood Mayakoba, was a dream hotel for me. I loved the look of the stunning suites, the contrast between the lagoon and beach sides of the resort, it looked like somewhere that was completely out of this world.
And I couldn’t have been happier that we had the chance to stay at the Rosewood Mayakoba, and explore this stunning resort. From not wanting to leave our stunning suite, with amazing butler service (including delivering aloe vera to a very burnt me!)…
To relaxing at the two different pools and indulging in champange o’clock! The Rosewood Mayakoba couldn’t have been a more perfect end to our trip.
But if you don’t think the Rosewood Mayakoba is quite right for you, there are three other hotels in the Mayakoaba resort – all of which can be seen through a very special lagoon boat tour! Just look at how amazing the lobby of the Banayan Tree is!
And this is all before you’ve experienced the culinary delights that the restaurants of Mayakoba has to offer – from fine dining to delicious street food, there’s absolutely everything you could ask for, coupled with perfect cocktails or cool glasses of champagne!
It was the perfect two week itinerary: from having our toes in the sand to experiencing Mexican culture, and even seeing the Teotihuacan pyramids from the sky. We couldn’t have planned a better trip – so if you’re looking for an itinerary for Mexico, I think this is a pretty amazing way to go!
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