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If you’re in need of warmth, sunshine, and spectacular scenery but you also understand the importance of social distancing during the pandemic, Mexico has some great accommodation options. With a negative COVID-19 antigen test required when coming back to the U.S., many resorts in Mexico are now offering this service for free in addition to putting rules in place to avoid the spread of the virus. While partying in crowded bars is out, relaxing on soft sands and enjoying a variety of outdoor activities is definitely in. These resorts are particularly blissful for that socially distanced escape you’re craving.
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Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is ideal for all types of travelers, from solos and couples to families. There are four massive pools, including one that’s adults only, and it sits right on pristine sands that stretch for miles. From December through March you can often see whales right offshore – book one of the oceanfront rooms and watch right from your balcony. While the waves are too rough for swimming, long strolls at sunrise or sunset are unforgettable. There are multiple outstanding restaurants to choose from, with everything from a food truck with fantastic tacos to sushi and a fine-dining French eatery, along with 24/7 room service. Plus, free COVID tests are available for up to two registered guests per room through May 31, 2021.
The Iberostar hotel group now has a Medical Advisory Board that includes experts in public health and safety, with strict controls in place that include activities with limited capacity and reduced occupancy, fewer dining tables, and more. It’s also one of the top adults-only resorts in Mexico, providing an idyllic tranquil setting to get away from it all. It sits on a private beach, offering swimming along the shore or in the gorgeous pool. There are all sorts of activities available, including snorkeling and diving, along with delicious cuisine and spacious rooms or suites with private balconies for relaxing with a view.
Select Melia properties throughout Mexico, including Melia Cozumel offers free, on-site COVID-19 antigen tests for all guests who stay three or more nights, as well as the stringent Stay Safe with Meliá program. The resort is located on one of the best beaches in the North Hotel Zone right across from a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course – guests enjoy discounts, making it ideal for golfers. Those who don’t golf will love it too, with a long white sandy beach and lots of complimentary activities like snorkeling, windsurfing and kayaking. There are two on-site pools, one that’s adults-only with cabanas and a swim-up bar, while spacious rooms come with furnished balconies and garden or ocean views.
One of the best couples resorts in Cancun, Hyatt Zilara Cancun offers complimentary on-site COVID-19 testing through May 31 for up to two registered guests per room – if you were to test positive and have to delay travel, you’ll get up to half off the standard rates for up to 14 more nights. An adults-only hotel, it’s all about tranquility here. Enjoy 24-hour in-suite dining, a beautiful swimming pool with relaxing cabanas at the beachside, a spa with ocean views, a wellness center and more. There are many high-quality food options, while suites feature large balconies, some that are swim-out, and bathrooms have Jacuzzi tubs for soaking with a view.
Club Med Cancun is the only resort to offer three private beachfront along the Riviera Maya, fringed by the world’s second-largest coral reef. It’s also implemented new Safe Together measures that include health care available 24/7, contactless check-in and communication, room service, and more. Indulge in stress-melting spa treatments and swims in the infinity pool that fronts the ocean, with a bar and cabanas.
Solmar offers COVID testing for $23 – if you test positive and have to quarantine, you’ll get 40% off the lowest nonrefundable rate. The resort lies along a beautiful stretch of sandy beach and boasts a pool with a swim-up bar and an amazing ocean view. One of the best values in the Cabo area, while it’s smaller than other resorts, the all-inclusive rates include multiple restaurants and access to several other Solmar property restaurants too. It’s also within both walking distance of downtown and the marina, while rooms are spacious, all featuring balconies with water views and kitchenettes.
Velas Resorts have made a ‘Stay Safe’ commitment to all guests, including stringent new post-COVID-19 hygiene protocols. It’s ideal for both couples and families with a special section for guests 16 and older and a family-friendly area. It sits on a gorgeous beach and offers activities like scuba diving, kayaking, swimming with dolphins, golf and yoga. There’s also a fabulous spa offering ancient healing rituals and restaurants that serve chef-inspired fare.
Nestled on a pristine beach, Secrets Maroma is an adults-only resort that’s part of AMResorts which offers the CleanComplete+, which includes COVID-19 viral antigen testing on-property at no cost, as well as flexible reservation policies, a quarantine program and more. A stay includes outstanding gourmet dining options that don’t require reservations, along with domestic and international top-shelf spirits, juices and soft drinks. All of its luxurious guest suites have private terraces or balconies, while in-suite Jacuzzis for two and complimentary mini-bars are available.
Enjoy a safe and luxurious stay at Zoetry Paraiso with one- and two-bedroom oceanfront suites. Upgrade for a private plunge pool and two-person marble bathtub. It’s implemented CleanComplete Verification™ Enhanced Quality, Safety and Hygiene Protocols as well as COVID-19 viral antigen testing on-property at no cost. Guests can enjoy the island-style poolside bar, sipping unlimited wines, cocktails, and beer, or focus on wellness at the yoga center. There’s a sauna and steam room for relaxation too, along with an unspoiled white sandy beach, a large outdoor pool and a spa providing unique seawater treatments.
Part of AMResorts, Dream Sands not only offers free COVID testing on the property along with the other important safety protocols, but it’s surrounded by the sea on three sides. It hosts several private beach areas with plenty of space to spread out along with a lagoon and complimentary water sports. Oceanfront rooms provide stunning views of the Caribbean and Isla Mujeres, with options for spacious family suites.
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa has implemented stringent safety protocols, complimentary on-property testing for guests staying 3 nights or longer, and elevated inclusive packages so that you can enjoy the total resort experience without having to leave the resort – all at bargain rates. It sits along a sandy strip between the Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas and includes a kid’s club with lots of locally-inspired activities including Spanish lessons, barro-clay pottery painting, and Mexican cooking lessons. Parents can enjoy relaxing in Puerto Vallarta’s largest infinity pool, sip cocktails at Nosh, a new swim-up bar or enjoy everything from paddle boarding and kayaking to tequila tasting.
Marriott Cancun Resort is a sprawling beachfront resort that follows Marriott’s Global Cleanliness Program and offers plenty of room for guests to safely stay and play with occupancy restricted to 40-50 percent. Guests can easily socially distance themselves here with many large outdoor spaces, including the spectacular beachfront and huge pool. There are also beachfront cabanas and palapas on the sand for lots of privacy.
For something different, consider a stay at Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, a luxurious hotel in a city that’s quickly becoming one of Mexico’s most popular interior destinations, known for its artists, colorful markets, and charming village feel. The hotel is in the heart of town and hosts a pool, spa, fantastic restaurants and bars. For lots of space and privacy, it offers Rosewood Residences which are two- to five-bedroom townhouses that come with five-star services and amenities, including private plunge pools. Rosewood also follows strict safety protocols through its Commitment to Care program. The hotel has also arranged for local healthcare providers to provide COVID-19 testing on-site at an additional cost.