Day of the Dead is an exciting time to visit Mexico, where the world-famous holiday originated centuries ago and is still widely celebrated today. Whether you’re looking for an authentic cultural experience or want to start some annual traditions of your own, these luxury haunts are great places to commemorate Day of the Dead–or just live it up.
Hacienda Uayamon — Photo courtesy of The Luxury Collection
Built in 1700, this stunning property combines original Mayan architecture with modern luxury for a truly one-of-a-kind experience. The natural beauty is breathtaking, and you could happily spend the day walking through the fairytale-like forest, taking pictures and taking in the resort’s storied history. Settle in for an afternoon siesta in the cotton woven hammock over the pool, then gently roll off into the crystal water.
Hacienda San Jose — Photo courtesy of The Luxury Collection
Feel your shoulders relax as you step through the beautiful flower arches of this historical plantation house in the Northern Yucatan Peninsula. A treat for all the senses, there are beautiful details–both old and new–to see and feel in the architecture, the lush greenery and the breathtaking pool. Foodies will delight in Chef Alexis Can’s special dishes using organic ingredients from their orchard. And even if you no longer need it, indulge in a massage under the thatched spa roof.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit — Photo courtesy of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
With the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madres providing a dramatic backdrop, this AAA Five Diamond all-inclusive resort features ocean-view suites, award-winning restaurants and a Leading Spa of the World offering dozens of hedonistic treatments, many inspired by Mexico’s native traditions. Try the signature water journey and be sure to catch a sunset at the resort’s three-tiered infinity pool.
Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar — Photo courtesy of Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar
At this Los Cabos gem, the daily options are endless. Play golf on Cabo Del Sol’s two renowned courses, enjoy a quiet seaside dinner or volleyball on Tortuga Beach and immerse yourself in the country’s culture through Spanish lessons or cooking classes. Cool off by dipping your feet in the Sea of Cortez or taking a dip in your choice of five–yes, five!–different swimming pools. A dedicated pool concierge makes sure that’s your most difficult decision.
Las Alamandas — Photo courtesy of Las Alamandas
Think pink–and green for eco-friendliness–at this hidden tropical paradise in Costalegre, where you will be treated like one of the A-listers who frequently retreat here. The service is impeccable, and you’ll feel like you’re staying at a friend’s elegant private estate. With four pristine beaches, 1,500 acres of nature reserve and only 16 meticulously decorated suites, this is the ultimate romantic getaway.
Playa Escondida — Photo courtesy of Playa Escondida
It used to be a best-kept secret but if this romantic retreat looks familiar, it’s because it was the setting for the aptly-named The Bachelor in Paradise TV show. Nestled among palm trees and mountain boulders in the hippie-chic beach town of Sayulita, the secluded hideaway was designed for ultimate relaxation. You can take a yoga class in the lush jungle, go horseback riding along the beach or just let the warm Mexican sun melt your heart.
Hacienda Temozon — Photo courtesy of The Luxury Collection
Step back in time at this authentic hacienda which recreates the Belle Epoque of the Mexican southeast–with wifi. Book a romantic private dinner, serenaded by the 50 species of birds who call the resort home, or a foot massage in the oh-so-peaceful Hol Be Spa. The highlight of your visit? A swim in the sacred Mayan cenote, followed by a nap in the hammock in your own room.
Hotel Mousai — Photo courtesy of Hotel Mousai
Just awarded a AAA Five Diamond Award distinction, this designer hotel in Puerto Vallarta is as lush as the tropical jungle of the Garza Blanca Preserve on which it’s located. Whether you’re into soul searching through yoga, star gazing or a zen walk, or would rather tempt your taste buds with tequila, wine and juice tastings, the resort is happy to accommodate you (if you're over 18)–in chic and sophisticated suites.
Velas Vallarta — Photo courtesy of Velas Vallarta
Overlooking the incomparable turquoise water of Banderas Bay, this all-inclusive resort has something special for everyone. The apartment-like suites, with their Mexican-inspired décor and private balconies, are ideal for families, and golf, boating and the must-see attractions of Puerto Vallarta are only minutes away. No one will blame you, though, if you park yourself in a beach cabana and simply stare at the scenery.
Hacienda Puerta Campeche — Photo courtesy of The Luxury Collection
This colonial boutique hotel is a standout, with bright, vibrant colors–and a warm, attentive staff–welcoming you into a slice of history. You may never want to leave your room once you see the chaise lounges in the bathroom and the hammock beckoning you to chill out Mayan style–but that would be a mistake. The one-of-a-kind pool, featuring secret alcoves and open windows, definitely warrants a swim.