The Royal Hideaway Playacar marries modern design with an upscale vibe and, thanks to a minimum-age requirement, a serene beach. With its sleek, cascading infinity pool, the resort also boasts split-level ocean front sun decks, relaxation plunge pools, six a la carte gourmet restaurants, a PADI-certified dive center, a full-service spa, live entertainment, and even private villa concierges.
In Nuevo Vallarta, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit offers an all-inclusive experience, plus Pacific Ocean views, fine dining and a 16,500-square-foot destination spa. Included in the mix are three restaurants, yoga and Pilates classes, an infinity Jacuzzi and kids’ club. Of course, the white sand beaches along Banderas Bay provide ample daytime distraction.
In the Marine National Park, home to one of the world's largest and richest reef systems, Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa is a best-of-both-worlds getaway offering quiet seclusion by the Caribbean Sea and entertainment for the whole family. The Chiqui Club keeps youngsters entertained while parents enjoy the two spas, nearby golf course and snorkeling.
With its stunning seaside setting, sprawling layout on 25 acres and authentic Mexican design scheme, the One & Only Palmilla strikes a perfect balance between laid-back and uber-chic. Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Market restaurant thrills foodies while an ESPA with 13 private treatment villas, three picture-perfect pool areas and access to some of the area's top golfing - including a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus signature course - keep everyone entertained. Butler service is provided to all rooms, with dedicated butlers assigned to each suite.
On the Riviera
Banyan Tree Mayakoba celebrates the stunning natural setting of the Riviera Maya's ecologically sensitive Mayakoba development. Interiors offer a mix between authentic Mexican touches and Asian serenity, and the property's many lounge areas, with striking ocean views, invite relaxation. The award-winning spa is a major draw, as are the villas with their own pools and guests' access to the Greg Norman–designed golf course.
At Secrets Marquis Los Cabos it's difficult to decide what is more beautiful: the sweeping vistas of the Sea of Cortez or the colorful, comfortable interiors complete with original works of art. No question, however, that Spa Marquis, a Leading Spa focused on mind-body wellness, is one of the best -and largest- in Mexico. Equally acclaimed is Canto del Mar, the property's fine-dining restaurant. Restricted to adult guests, Marquis is a perfect enclave to escape the winter blues.