Traveling is great no matter who you’re with. I often travel solo or with a friend. But I admit, my favourite trips are usually when my boyfriend is able to come along. Together, we recently went to explore the west side of Mexico’s beautiful Yucatan Peninsula. Most tourists choose to explore only the eastern side, where Tulum and Cancun are located. In partnership with some wonderful hotels, we had a super romantic getaway on this quieter side. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here’s a guide to some romantic things to do in the Yucatan Peninsula.
The most romantic things to do in the Yucatan Peninsula:
Breakfast with a view
We adored the hotels we stayed at. The scenery was spectacular everywhere we looked. One of the best views we had was from the restaurant at Hacienda Temozon, seen below. It was so calming to mosey on over to breakfast, lunch or dinner everyday and sit at ‘our table’ (even if only for the couple of days we were there!). The calming location was welcome no matter the time of day. Beyond the palm fronds is a stunning view of the resort’s pool. We would hear the birds singing and feel the weather moving through its open windows. We took the time to enjoy each other’s company and didn’t rush our meal. It’s all part of the experience of being together.
Capture romantic photos together
Everywhere we turned at Hacienda Santa Rosa was gorgeous. I wanted to scoop up the resort and put it in my pocket for future photoshoots and weddings! Because it was only us, though, I was sure to bring a tripod and use a remote to click the shutter so we could both be in the frame. Thankfully, I have a very patient boyfriend who’s used to me wanting photos of us (bless him for his understanding). Besides, we didn’t have anywhere else to be but with each other.
It was a fun activity to do for about an hour as we explored the property together. Not only were we spending time as a team but we were seeing all the nooks and crannies of Hacienda Santa Rosa. Look at one of the adorable photos we have to forever remember our trip!
Have an afternoon snack in seclusion
It’s common for luxury hotels in the Yucatan to provide fruit in your room. We had a lovely room at Hacienda Santa Rosa with beautiful features. Just looking at our private outdoor terrace made me feel romantic. As I usually find myself wanting to ‘do’ something, I quickly cut up the fruit provided in our room. I plated it and brought it outside for us to enjoy, especially as an afternoon refresher in the heat of Mexico’s weather. I fully give you permission to lovingly feed each other; no one’s watching anyway!
One of my FAVOURITE things about the Yucatan Peninsula’s secluded areas is the absence of light pollution. No matter where we went, from Hacienda Temozon and Hacienda Santa Rosa on the west side about an hour south of Merida, to the east side at Papaya Playa Project in Tulum (about 90 minutes south of Cancun), the stars were breathtaking. Grab a blanket or towels, a bottle of wine or a couple of beers, and spend time together looking for shooting stars. You should be able to do this right at the hotel or on the beach. You can also play games like connecting the stars to make shapes or try your best to spot constellations. Cuddling is certainly advised!
Plunge in a private pool
We were in awe of the private plunge pools outside our rooms at Hacienda Temozon and Hacienda Santa Rosa. The resort pools for both hotels were also attractive but we felt extra special, and able to kiss and hug, as we relaxed in our private little tub. The hotel staff fills it for you with about 45 minutes notice. You can choose from cold, warm or hot water. I always opt for hot because laying in a hot bath is the ultimate relaxation to me!
Schedule a special dinner
One of the most special experiences we had was a gorgeous dinner Hacienda Santa Rosa organized for us. They carefully placed paper lanterns on the floor leading to a beautiful table just for us. Two wicker chairs looked out to a gorgeous pink sunset and we sat at a white linen table adorned with attractive, colorful flowers. We watched the pink sky fade to evening navy blue as we enjoyed cocktails and delicious food. We ended the evening with a private bonfire and marshmallow roast, which was not only fun but a sweet way to end the day.
Visit a private cenote
Hacienda Temozon has a private cenote, which is a naturally formed pit in the earth usually filled with water, and we were lucky enough to visit it. Cenotes are popular locations for Mayan Shamans to perform ceremonies. We were in for a real treat when we walked down the cenote stairs to find a gorgeous ceremony before us.
There’s only 48 or so Shamans left in the Yucatan so we felt incredibly fortunate to be there with one of the few in a beautiful scene. We watched in awe as he went through rituals to thank the earth for its gifts like honey and cocoa beans. A translator ensured we knew what was going on and was happy to answer any questions we had. I HIGHLY recommend this incredibly unique experience if you’re looking for romantic things to do in the Yucatan Peninsula.
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- Beachside Chic at the Papaya Playa Project in Tulum
- 5 Photo-Worthy Spots in Rosarito
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Disclosure: we thank Hacienda Temozon and Hacienda Santa Rosa for generously hosting us. All the opinions are our own.
Do you have any tips to add on the most romantic things to do in the Yucatan Peninsula?