07/12/2013 05:25 EDT | Updated 09/11/2013 05:12 EDT

Where To Go in Mexico

With Mexico trending right now from architecture, to cuisine, to hotels,'s Editor-in-chief Sarah Bancroft couldn't resist a beach cabana.


With the most ocean-view suites on the Mexican Riviera, the all-inclusive hotel Grand Velas Riviera Maya is all-inclusive luxury at its most opulent. With its outsized suites bedecked in white marble and pristine and private beach, it's where South American heads of state meet to discuss politics. As for us, we were happy making decisions such as "French or Asian for dinner?" or "Kayak or paddleboard today?"


Icing-sugar sand with the shadows of palm fronds swaying the breeze is enough entertainment for us at the ample beachfront cabanas. We suggest reading The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles with a glass of cold prosecco. The beach is ideal for running in the early morning, or there is sunrise yoga at the gym. Oh so busy!


Famous for its custom margarita cart that wends its way through the restaurant, Frida, like its artist namesake, is a restaurant that abounds in culture, flavor and Mexican authenticity.


Take the five-minute drive into the charming town of Playa del Carmen for your shopping fix. While strolling along the busy, pedestrian-only main street, spy charming vignettes like this.


A huge highlight of the resort is the spa's water journey, a 30-minute guided experience through hot and cold pools, massaging water "beds," steams, saunas and a detoxifying mud masque. You'll feel so refreshed to won't even know those tequila flights ever happened.

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Even if you're not getting married there, you'll lust over the private beach settings and simple white set-ups, thinking "why didn't we do it that way?" Maybe next time.