Sweet Retreats in Mexico

Blame it on the beautiful landscapes, delectable cuisine, intriguing cultural sites or simply the sunny weather, but sometimes it seems that Mexico is just a little too popular. That said, a honeymoon there does not have to mean booking into an enormous resort or sunbathing on a crowded beach. 


Set on a crescent-shaped bay on the Pacific coast, Acapulco may be one of the biggest and splashiest resort areas south of the border — and somewhat faded from its midcentury jet-set days—but the area’s natural beauty still beckons romance seekers.

What to Do: Twenty minutes northwest of Acapulco, on the road to Zihuatanejo, Pie de la Cuesta Beach is known for its spectacular sunsets, strong waves and surfing contests. Close to the main square, La Quebrada is the site of the famous daily ritual where local divers jump from cliffs up to 80 feet high. Settle into a hammock or under a palapa and sip a cold beer as you view the evening spectacular, along with the locals.

Where to Eat: A top draw is the internationally lauded Thai restaurant Saffron, at the Banyan Tree Cabo Marques, where authentic cuisine is prepared by Thai chefs and served in an intimate setting. Dine on the wooden deck overlooking the inky ocean.

Where to Stay: Perched among the verdant mountain cliffs, 25 minutes from the hubbub and high rises of the city center, Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués’ 45 contemporary villas are positioned on stilts and overlook both the Bay of Acapulco and the Pacific Ocean. All of the resort’s luxe villas have private infinity pools and terraces (rooms start at $435 a night; banyantree.com).

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Photo courtesy of Banyan Tree