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Luxury Travel: All-time Favourites

Lucy Halfhead, Travel Editor at Harper’s Bazaar

From Aztec civilizations, to the revolutionary art of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Mexico’s rich cultural history is even more thrilling against a diverse backdrop of palm-fringed coasts, misty jungles and vibrant cities. It’s easy to see why Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fell in love on the Pacific beaches of the Baja Peninsula, but venture inland to explore the crumbling palaces and grand churches of Oaxaca, fuelled by chilli hot chocolate, or, for the brave, perhaps a glass of Mezcal. The sensory adventure continues at the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan, and the magnificent Mayan city of Chichen Itza. As the Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes put it, his country ‘has a genius for survival, seduced by the past into the future... the greatness of Mexico is that its history is alive and well’.

A jet-set playground with a colourful history, wonderful beaches, fiery food and the ever-present sound of marching mariachi bands. Mexico is an assault on the senses. Exuberant, colourful and dripping with natural wonders, yet accessorised by just enough chic to entice the most decadent of tastes. A wild child in Mother Nature’s capable hands: bustling streets, mysterious jungle and unblemished beaches. On the Yucatan Peninsula, the porcelain white sands of the Riviera Maya are bathed in sun and lapped by a sapphire sea, whilst inland exploration reveals a landscape peppered with sacred cenotes filled with sweet, fresh water. Mystical Mayan remains evoke a legendary past, whilst Playa del Carmen buzzes with colourful boutiques, busy restaurants and vibrant nightlife. On the other side of the country, cacti-studded craggy peaks form a backdrop to miles of golden sand beaches that line the beautiful Baja California peninsula, their deserted coves offering unmatched seclusion. At the peninsula’s tip lies Cabo San Lucas, the epitome of laid-back indulgence. Mexico’s warm and welcoming people are always ready with a smile. Mural-adorned cantinas serve up their firebrand cuisine of tacos, fajitas and spicy salsas, accompanied by ice-cold margaritas, the lively Mariachi bands providing the soundtrack to the whole sensual feast.

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Mexico Essentials

Approx. Flight Times London to Cancun 10 hours 10 minutes, London to Mexico City 12 hours, London to San Jose del Cabo 14 hours
Time Difference GMT -6 hours Riviera Maya, GMT -7 hours Los Cabos/Mexico City
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Mexico Hotels & Itineraries

Introducing some of the best 5 star resorts in Mexico.

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Best experiences in Mexico

Riviera Maya
  • Explore the ruins of the ancient Mayan civilisation at Chichen Itz
  • Dive the clear, fresh waters of the cenotes and underground caves
  • Cleanse the mind, body and spirit in a traditional Temazcal ceremony
  • Play a round of golf on courses designed by a golfing legend
Baja Peninsula
  • Join an exhilarating jeep safari through the Baja desert
  • Witness the magnificent gray whale migration on-board a private excursion from December to April
  • Board a luxury super yacht - cruise past iconic sights such as Land's End and Lover's Beach
  • Discover the constellations with an expert guide - Los Cabos offers excellent opportunties for stargazing with its clear skies
Mexico City
  • Uncover the past and present of this vibrant city in a walking tour - appreciators of fine architecture will enjoy the Luis Barragan tour
  • Experience the taste of the country's premium nectar in the El Bar Library at Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City, with over 100 distinctive tequilas and mezcals
  • Visit Roma Norte's famed food hall for its eclectic culinary offerings and bustling atmosphere

When is the best time to visit Mexico?

Riviera Maya is enjoyable year-round, but October to May is generally the most pleasant time to visit. Humidity is at its highest from July to September, with occasional showers more likely to occur on the Gulf Coast. November to May are the most popular months to visit Baja Peninsula, characterised by warm, generally dry days, whilst July to October tends to be hotter and more humid with the possibility of tropical storms. Mexico City is best visited between March to May; winter brings cool temperatures, whilst June to October can be more humid with a daily short burst of showers.

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