Mexico is an A-lister's paradise, crammed with beautiful beaches, ancient ruins and glitzy resorts.
Forget skiing in Aspen; celebrities are seeking sun and fun in Mexico. Whether it's due to the mystical beauty of the Mayan ruins at Tulum or the seclusion of the beaches, couples like Kate Bosworth and her model beau James Rousseau and Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are flocking to this stretch of coastline just south of Cancun.
The Tides Riviera Maya
Find your own refuge at the Tides Riviera Maya – part beach resort, part tropical jungle. Expect to truly check out when you check in; Hatha Yoga classes are offered daily, and cell phone use is discouraged. If you're staying in either the Royal or Presidential villas, splurge on the VIP Mayordomo service: butlers will cater to your every whim (tidesrivieramaya.com).
Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort
If Jennifer Aniston is vacationing here, you know it has to be a hot spot! The Riviera Nayarit – 192 miles along the Pacific coast – is a popular destination for A-listers like Britney Spears, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort in Nuevo Vallarta (one of the Riviera's main resort towns) earns high marks both for value (it's all-inclusive) and service. From a mini-bar stocked with your personal preferences to salsa dancing lessons and 24-hour in-room dining, your every desire will be catered to. Treatments like the exotic Seashell Massage do cost extra – but a pre-session guided hydrotherapy ritual, which includes an herbal steam, sauna and eucalyptus inhalation, is all part of the package (vallarta.grandvelas.com)
Some might argue that this resort on Mexico's southern Pacific coast has had its heyday. But after earning a reputation as a tourist trap, Aculpulco is hip once again, and A-list stars like Sandra Bullock and John Travolta are jetting here to unwind. Visitors can play at the extravagant Mundo Imperial, a plush shopping promenade. Still, parts are unchanged: professional cliff divers have been holding shows at la Quebrada since 1934. It's definitely a piece of history you won't want to miss (visitacapulco.com.mx).
Visit the breathtaking Tomb of Pacal located within the glorious Temple of Inscriptions – a steep, stepped pyramid.
Experience the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya. One of the most anticipated hotel openings of last year, the hotel has a first-rate spa and acres of mangrove forest.
Visit Chichen Itza. Originally a sprawling, pre-Colombian city built by the Mayans, these historic ruins are simply stunning!
HOW TO GET THERE?
Catch an Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi to New York. From there, hop on a flight to Mexico City. Visit www.etihadairways.com
Words courtesy of OK! USA
Edited by Nadia Gardner
Photographs by Getty Images / Gallo Images
Source: OK Magazine