Mexico remains a top international destination for North Texans due to its short, relatively inexpensive flights and breadth of cultural and luxury experiences. Here are four unique getaways to consider if you’ve got the bug to go somewhere this fall.

Culinary heaven in Cancun

The Yucatán Peninsula resort town is known for its pristine beaches, ancient Mayan ruins and spectacular cuisine.

Cancun has long been a well-known spring break destination for its turquoise waters, powdery white sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs. But across the bay from Isla Mujeres, a Mexican island on the second-largest reef system in the world, Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Cancun offers some of the best cuisine in the area. For dinner, any foodie will fall in love with the fusion flavors of Hiroshi, which blends Japanese cuisine with traditional Mexican flavors and spices. Our recommendation? Everything on the menu showcases the tuna as the restaurant’s chef occasionally prepares it in front of amazed guests. Another must-see dining destination is Blanca Blue, the resort’s Mexican concept, which received a 2021 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Treat yourself to a glass of wine from the carefully curated wine list while sampling baja fish tacos, ajillo shrimp, or fried octopus, while soaking up the ambiance of this seaside retreat. Be sure to end your trip with one of Garza Blanca’s signature (and creative!) cocktails, like the Beet Margarita, Mezcalitini, or Watermelon Fresh.


Wellness Retreat in Playa del Carmen

Yoga on the beach, dining in the jungle, and diving in cenotes are among the many activities to do in this peaceful seaside destination.

The resort town of Playa del Carmen is a popular beach getaway in Mexico, located along the Yucatan Peninsula’s Riviera Maya Caribbean strip of shore. If it’s rest and relaxation you seek, you’ll want to visit Rosewood Mayakoba and try one of its many immersive wellness offerings, from soothing Ayurvedic massages to natural healings from pre-Hispanic and Meso-Hispanic cultures. mayans. Embark on your wellness journey with a four-day self-commitment ceremony led by resident Rosewood Shaman Mayakoba, teaching all you need to know about self-love and acceptance. You’ll also want to calm your mind with essential Bhakti oils and a massage at the famous Sense, a Rosewood spa, where 120-minute treatments will help melt away those deep-seated stresses and emotions. Don’t miss the resort’s many hiking trails and gazebos engulfed in natural beauty – or take to the sea and cruise the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean in ultimate style on Mayakoba’s sleek and sophisticated 55ft yacht. Whatever your speed, the resort’s personal on-call concierge is sure to find the right treatments and activities to suit your wellness journey.


Cultural excursion to San Miguel de Allende

With its colorful street art, well-preserved buildings, and scenic views, the city is known for its old-world charm and modern amenities.

A colonial-era town in the interior of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende is a popular wedding destination in Mexico — and the love is felt all over the city. (A traditional wedding here often includes a procession through the cobblestone streets with mariachis in tow — and you’re sure to encounter a wedding party or two while you’re there.) The best way to experience the beauty of San Miguel de Allende is on foot, discovering Spanish colonial architecture, brightly colored buildings, public parks and one of its many water fountains around every corner. It’s impossible not to stumble into one of the city’s many quaint local galleries, tienditas (little shops) or street markets. Just steps from the town center and the imposing neo-Gothic pink limestone church Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, lies the real gem of the town: Rosewood San Miguel de Allende. Beautiful, well-appointed rooms with charming balconies overlook a magical garden that serves as the heart of the property. Take time to enjoy a Casa Dragones margarita in the greenery of the garden or, for the best view of the rooftops and sunset in San Miguel de Allende, opt for pre-dinner cocktails at the Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar, offering a view 360° on the hustle and bustle below.


Puerto Vallarta Beachfront Oasis

A vibrant local art scene and luxurious accommodations will draw you to this charming coastal town.

Along the azure coast of Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most popular beach destinations. And rightly so. Each year, millions of city dwellers from Mexico and around the world flock to the beach destination to relax on one of its many sandy beaches, shop at its boutique tiendas (boutiques) and stroll along scenic El Malecón (promenade). In the northern Marina Vallarta part of town, you’ll find Casa Velas, part of the Velas Resorts collection. The AAA Four Diamond Award-winning property prides itself on attentive service. Every detail is about guests resting and relaxing, whether it’s lounging by the pool in a lavish cabana, enjoying the Instagram-worthy Tau Beach Club, or finding time for a tissue massage. deep at the world-class spa. Tranquility and well-being are at the center of the Casa Velas Botanical Garden, where guided yoga and meditation classes are offered. The peacocks, frolicking in the park and greeting visitors, transport you to a mystical Zen refuge. With just 80 suites, the adults-only all-inclusive resort will make you feel like your own private retreat. Casa Velas advertises itself as “your secret oasis”. And it really is.

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