My fiance and I have decided to go to Mexico for our honeymoon, which will be at the end of May early June of 2004. We have been looking into a couple of places, like the Xpu Ha Palace and Hotel Villa Del Sol, among other resorts of those types. Can anyone suggest a great place in Mexico to stay? Thanks!
The whole family went to Mexico City for the wedding, but then we all decided a vacation was in proper order and traveled to Puerto Villarta for a week. We rented a villa, complete with staff in the best part of PV, for a mere $500 per couple for the week. On top of that was $100 for food and drinks for the couple for the week, the staff cooked cleaned and did the laundry, including all the clothing we wore. The villa had 12 bedrooms, a huge great room with brick porch, a dining room, a porch off the dining room that served breakfast, along with a staff of 7, including two gardeners and a pool man. It was on Chincos China, the best part of PV had an exercise pavilion, and was gated.
I think you can find smaller villas, even ones for two people. Check out Villas in Mexico, much better for my $$ than a hotel.
We went to the Xpu Ha Palace and had a great time last July. The staff was hardworking and friendly, and the resort is lovely. The decor features Mexican pottery and ironwork. There are also a lot of animals on the property--natural setting zoo-like exhibits for animals that can't be re-released into the wild due to injury. The curator gives a nice eco-class on the area and you can get really close to a lot of the animals.
We enjoyed the privacy of our balcony and having the double jacuzzi in our room. Ask for a upper-level unit, and you can enjoy the palapa roof. I liked the food--some traditional dishes, but mostly international. The snack bar was great for grilled snacks after snorkeling or swimming. The drinks were generously prepared.
The tours that are included are very well done. The guides were very knowledgeable, and you'll really get a lot out of the trip if you read a bit about the Mayans before you go (if your a history kinda person).
The one thing you need to know is that the resort is spread out along the coast, so you do have to walk a bit to get to some of the restaurants or the swimming beach given the location of your cabin. There is golf cart service, but it can be slow. In the noon heat, you really have to think twice about hiking back to your room for something. They do offer room service if you just can't make the walk one meal.
The one negative were the night-time shows--pretty lame, but we were not interested in them anyway. A lot of the late summer guests at the result are middle-aged Spaniards, and the shows seemed to cater more to their tastes.
I usually don't stay at resorts since I like to learn about the local culture, but this was a great choice for our honeymoon. We felt very "taken care of". If you get tired of the property, you can tour other Palace resorts or just grab a taxi to Playa Del Carmen for some shopping or stolling.
The safety/security at the resort and in the town were very good.
Thank you all for your input! We are really having a hard time deciding where we want to stay in Mexico. My concern about Xpu-Ha is that it will not be romantic enough and since it seems rather secluded, it might be boring. I also love the Hotel Villa Del Sol in Ixtapa. I went to Puerto Vallarta in 1995 and it was great (considering I was 16 years old). I want to stay somewhere beautiful, romantic, plenty of activities & culture, and that is affordable ("affordable luxury"). Any more suggestions would be great!
Are you restricted to the Pacific Coast area of Mexico or are you open to suggestions maybe on the Caribbean? Have you looked at Hotelito Desconocido? It's an amazingly romantic place, a little way from Puerto Vallarta. For lots of gorgeous hotels in Mexico, a good site is www.differentworld.com - there is a section specifically for romantic hotels, it might give you some more ideas! Hope this helps!
Villa del Sol looks beautiful, I have heard many great things about it. A similar hotel in Ixtapa which is also lovely is La Casa que Canta, it's equally luxurious but smaller and far more intimate and romantic. I'd recommend a Private Pool Suite - beautiful! You can see it here: Http://www.differentworld.com/goto.cgi?hotelid=10032