Stay in an ice hotel, attend a winter festival and wander through an ice castle.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
A three-tiered, three-temperature infinity pool is one of the points of distinction at the all-inclusive Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Another signature offering is the luxury resort’s wellness suites. Twelve spacious suites are each equipped with a yoga mat, dumbbells, resistance bands and a recumbent exercise bike and come with a personal wellness concierge, an in-room fitness session, a nutritional consultation and a rooftop massage.
Year-round wellness activities include daily, guided kayaking tours of Banderas Bay and interactive aromatherapy classes, where you’ll explore the benefits and properties of essential oils.
For dinner, the kitchen team is happy to accommodate dietary restrictions. Working with Miguel Bautista, one of Mexico’s top vegan chefs, the resort has created new menus for vegan guests.
Great if you need a digital detox
If you can’t quite commit to unplugging, there are plenty of resorts and retreats that will make your digital detox easier. There are no phones or Internet at Sayulita’s Haramara Retreat, and cell service is limited. For those considering cheating on their digital diet, you can’t charge your phone, as the facility’s cabanas don’t offer electricity. Soothe your withdrawal by hiking through the surrounding jungle, swimming in the pool, lazing on the beach and relaxing in the spa. —S.S.
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
This is a budget-friendly hotel
Watching the sunset over the Bay of Banderas is spectacular. Watching it from your personal infinity pool takes things to a whole new level. This tranquil, all-inclusive resort in the Riviera Nayarit is a superlative value. Choose from 162 spacious residences including 27 penthouses with terrace pools. Each residence holds a gourmet kitchen, stylishly decorated living and dining areas and marble bathrooms.
Five on-site restaurants offer great dining options. After a night at the rooftop Insú Sky Bar, couples may want to take advantage of the free wedding package, or maybe just the unlimited golf. The whole family can enjoy a variety of complimentary tours. Kids 12 and under stay free. —D.S.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Hugging Las Glorias beach, and just a short walk from the vibrant Malecón oceanside boardwalk, this resort offers a front-row seat to all the action in Puerto Vallarta, a beach town on Mexico’s Pacific coast. The property faces the ocean, giving many of its 473 rooms views of the Bay of Banderas and Sierra Madre Mountains. The property is filled with locally handcrafted art and furniture to mimic the culture-rich cobblestone streets nearby. After a long day exploring the city, stop at the resort’s spa to relax in the steam room and therapeutic pools. Afterwards, refuel at the newly imagined Embarcadero Gastro Bar—the nautical tavern is set up to mimic a ship’s deck—and try some mezcal, raicilla or one of the more than 80 tequila labels that you can pair with a plate of goat cheese churros or duck tacos. —J.F.
Cacao class: Tour the ChocoMuseo to learn about the history of cacao, then make your own truffles and chocolates.