Mexico’s Coolest Resort Experiences

In Cancún, Los Cabos, Play, Play, Play, Play, Playa del Carmen & Tulum, Puerto Vallarta by Suzanne Koch

Looking for more than just a fancy room and good meal? These luxury resorts are offering one-of-a-kind experiences and activities to make your stay that much more memorable.

Baja Luxploration

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas

Check off your bucket list with Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal‘s Baja Luxploration program. The private luxury excursions are led by local pros and feature custom-made itineraries to suit your thrill level. Adventures include sunrise stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, swimming with whale sharks, exploring the hidden waterfalls and hot springs of Baja’s Sierra, cruising Espiritu Santo Island and snorkeling the coves of Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Punta Mita

These three- or four-day retreats focus on mind, body and soul through a lineup of destination-inspired activities. Experience things like a chakra balancing ritual, a native Huichol Indian blessing led by native performers or an intention burning ceremony. Guests can unwind with the signature Reborn Mud Ritual that includes a sound bath or try the Hakali (cactus) massage experience for something new. Other highlights include a dreamcatcher-making class, a sea foraging excursion in the Bay of Banderas, Yin Yang Yoga, dinner at the new Dos Catrinas and a couples experience complete with a private candlelit dinner and couples massage at Apuane Spa. 

Coral Reef Restoration Program

Fairmont Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen

Guests of Fairmont Mayakoba have a chance to dive into the Mesoamerican Reef while helping save it at the same time. The reef, which is the second largest in the world, is located in front of Mayakoba and is one of the restoration sites of Oceanus, an organization aiming to revive the coral reef. In partnership with Oceanus, the resort has planted more than 1,500 corals over five years, with 80-percent surviving and still thriving. Guests are able to see the process up close by hopping aboard a guided catamaran to snorkel the reef. Moreover, a portion of the proceeds from the activity is donated to Oceanus.

VanDutch Yacht

Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen

All aboard this luxury $1.7 million yacht. Guests of Mayakoba’s four resorts (Andaz Mayakoba, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Fairmont Mayakoba and Rosewood Mayakoba) can set sail on the VanDutch Yacht for a day of exploring the tropical surroundings. Whether you’re looking for a short, adventurous excursion or a leisurely day on the water, your dream trip is possible. Spend your day snorkeling or post up for a chef-catered meal. The yacht also comes equipped with Sublue underwater scooters, two bedrooms, a galley kitchen and a bathroom with a shower.

Ancient Pericú Experience

Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection, Cabo San Lucas

The experience begins at San Francisco Ranch to learn about traditional leatherwork, the pre-Hispanic roots of a Comal and the history of the Pericú Tribe. Then guests will take a short drive to Boca de la Sierra to experience a ceremony led by a Guama, giving thanks to Mother Nature. The undiscovered area is home to a calm lake at the bottom of a hill where the San Bernardo stream flows. Take a dip in the water for a spiritual cleanse before enjoying an energizing shoreside picnic, swimming and stand up paddleboarding. Participants will be able to commemorate the unique day by creating a piece of art to take home. 

Dive for Chocolata Clams

Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection, Cabo San Lucas

For foodies who love adventure, this daytime excursion hits the spot. Buckle up for an ATV off-roading experience with Chef Guillermo Gomez behind the wheel as you traverse the desert roads and head to Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park or the East Cape. Upon arrival, local fishermen will guide you out to a designated spot amongst bright coral reefs to snorkel for Chocolata clams, also known as “seafood candy.” Afterwards, guests can enjoy the freshly caught clams raw served with a special sauce made by Chef Gomez.

The Surf Package

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, Cabo San Lucas

Conquer the waves at Monuments Beach including Los Cabos’ left-hand surf break. The Cape’s Surf Package treats guests to two surfboards with surf wax in addition to two 50-minute massages at Currents Spa. When not cruising the waters, chill out in your own private cabana with complimentary fresh fruit and coconut water. The package also includes accommodations, a welcome amenity and daily breakfast for two. Tip: Use code SURF when booking.

One&Only Love

One&Only Palmilla, San Jose del Cabo

Romance is made even sweeter with the magical dining experiences at One&Only Palmilla. Ideal for a proposal, anniversary or romantic gesture, these custom culinary celebrations are perfectly designed for two and include special multi-course menus and wine pairings. Potential locations include wow-worthy destinations like the resort’s Hacienda Bell Tower, iconic Chapel, Herb Garden, beach, or Dinner Under the Stars which is found in a secret location.

Dinner in the Grotto

Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort, San Jose del Cabo

Dinner is taken to new heights, or in this case lows, with a hidden dining experience. Located in the private grotto of the resort’s Oasis pool, the intimate site offers a one-of-a-kind secluded setting. Sit back and relax in the bubbling Jacuzzi while enjoying Asian-inspired dishes from newest dining destination Arbol. Open fires and live music add to the unique ambiance. 

Mesa 1

W Punta de Mita, Punta de Mita

Located in the middle of a spring-fed lake, this coveted dining spot is accessed via stepping stones that emerge and then disappear after you’ve been seated. Hungry patrons can live it up with a seven-course customizable tasting menu by one of the resort’s private chefs on a table repurposed from a Parota tree trunk. Plan ahead; Mesa1 accommodates only one reservation daily for up to 12 people.

This article originally appeared in the 2019 Fall/Winter issue of InMexico Magazine.

Share this article