Luxury Mexico Holidays: An Overview

Mexico is a perfect blend of premium white sand beaches, diving Meccas, colourful towns, culture galore, historical sites, deserts, jungle and fabulous cuisine!

Saskia and Will are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • The Yucatan Peninsula is the ultimate culture and beach holiday combination - there are lots of Mayan Ruins and stunning Caribbean beaches in the region, which is just a convenient (and direct) flight from London away.
  • There's scope to explore the real Mexican cowboy country in the Copper Canyon, or rub shoulders with Hollywood A-listers in Los Cabos.
  • The cuisine's incredible, particularly around Oaxaca - though there are some fantastic restaurants to seek out in Mexico City, too.

Luxury Mexico Holidays: the Detail

Mexico is a Central American luxury holiday hotspot with a little something for everyone; it is cloaked in jungle, ancient Mayan ruins, temples, tropical beaches, bustling cities, volcanic mountains, deserts and crystal clear waters.

Did you know

  • Mexico is home to the 'volcano rabbit', which lives near Mexican volcanoes
  • Mexico has more Spanish speakers than any other country
  • Tequila, Tabasco and Chihuahua are all named after places in Mexico
  • Bullfighting is Mexico's national sport
  • The word 'tomato' comes from the Aztec language
  • A donkey was jailed in Mexico in 2008 for assault and battery

Aside from the popularity of Cancun and Playa del Carmen as Mexico's party destinations of choice, the Yucatan Peninsula is perfect for those looking for a luxury holiday combining beach and culture, with swathes of white sand, turquoise Caribbean waters and ancient Mayan ruins peppered along the Riviera Maya coastline. Diving is also fantastic in this part of Mexico.

As well as picturesque colonial towns and the vast and vibrant metropolis of Mexico City, the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas offer one of the most culturally diverse experiences a luxury holiday in Mexico can produce. Located between the Caribbean and Pacific coasts and to the south of Mexico City, Oaxaca is undoubtedly Mexico's creative hub and Chiapas is brimming with archaeological and natural wonders.

Baja California is high on Mexico's north-western tip and just south of San Diego and Los Angeles and is home to luxurious hotels, dramatic coastline and adventurous watersports. The Baja peninsula particularly draws travellers in with its stunning landscapes where the desert meets the sea, oh and its glorious sunshine. The West also boasts the Pacific Coast which has world class hotels and is great for diving, whale watching and more importantly superb surfing.True tan afficionados won't shy away from the glowing beaches here either.

The inner cowboy/girl in you may enjoy venturing to the plunging canyons of Northern Mexico to explore Copper Canyon, which is four times the size of the Grand Canyon and no less stunning. This is a real adventure playground for hiking, zip lining and biking. A Copper Canyon tour would also combine perfectly with a jaunt to the Baja peninsula.

Mexico is a truly diverse country, with landscapes ranging from the deserts and rugged mountain ranges of the north, to the tropical jungles and white-sand beaches of the Caribbean coast, as well as a vast array of attractions for travellers of all tastes.

There's a lot to choose from, and the Original Travel Latin America team have been to Mexico several times on research trips, so they can discuss what might work best for your particular requirements.


Expand

Original Highlight

Mexico's known for it's festivals. Day of the Dead in Oaxaca has long been a favourite, but I also loved spending Independence Day in Batopilas, at the bottom of the Copper Canyon. The Tarahumara certainly know how to party!

Nick, Original Traveller

A note on price

A cheeky week on the beach can cost from around £3000 per person including flights, whereas an adventurous (and luxurious!) journey around the best bits of Mexico would start from £4500 per person. Learn more about our pricing

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 22°C / 71°F
  • Rainfall — 0cm / 0.4 inches
Language

Spanish; Castilian

Currency

Mexican Peso

Visa Requirements

not required

Religion

Roman Catholicism

Food & Drink

Tequila, fruit juices, tacos, mole poblano

What to pack

un sombrero


Top picks for Mexico

Yaxhilan and Bonampak

Yaxchilan & Bonampak

Oaxaca & Chiapas

Gaining access to the Yaxchilan site is notoriously difficult, meaning very few visitors make the trip. However we have had a word with our Mexican friends, and have managed to pull a few strings…

What to do

Pool at Casa Oaxaca, luxury hotel in Mexico

Casa Oaxaca

Oaxaca & Chiapas

Housed in an 18th Century colonial house, Casa Oaxaca has been painstakingly restored and modernised to create a designer boutique hotel.

Where to stay

Mural, Mexico City

Art Tours in Mexico City

Mexico City

As the birthplace of the legendary feminist artist Frida Kahlo, there is understandably a vibrant and creative artistic presence within Mexico City. The city is peppered with galleries and workshops, and new examples of street art appear almost daily.

What to do

Palenque Ruins, Chiapas

Oaxaca & Chiapas

Mexico

The most culturally diverse experiences in Mexico. And that's saying something.

Where to go

Parador San Juan De Dios

Parador San Juan De Dios

Oaxaca & Chiapas

Located in the oldest part of town, Parador San Juan is a converted hacienda that offers guests an authentic yet luxurious experience.

Where to stay

Cuixmala

Cuixmala

Pacific Coast

Cuixmala is set in 25,000 acres of land, lagoons and beaches on the Pacific coast of Mexico.

Where to stay

Day of the Dead, Mexico

Day of the Dead Celebrations

Oaxaca & Chiapas

The Day of the Dead festival takes place from Halloween until the night of the 2nd November, and this most Mexican of events is best experienced in Oaxaca.

What to do

Teotihuacan Ruins

Teotihuacan Pyramids

Mexico City

Near to Mexico City lies the unmissable - and enormous - pre-Aztec site of San Juan Teotihuacán.

What to do

Doorway to San Juan de Chamula

San Juan de Chamula

Oaxaca & Chiapas

The fairly banal (in comparison) exterior does not prepare you for the surreal goings-on inside, and to see it really is to believe it.

What to do

Quinta Real

Quinta Real

Oaxaca & Chiapas

Built in 1576, Quinta Real Oaxaca was formerly a convent, before being taken over and turned into municipal offices at the height of political turmoil in 1862. Restoration began in 1972, under the watchful eye of The National Institute of Anthropology and History, with the beautiful frescoes restored by experts, and artistic treasures repaired.

Where to stay

Mexican crafts

Arts & Crafts in Oaxaca

Oaxaca & Chiapas

Forget the food (OK, ignore that) - Oaxaca is also Mexico’s craft capital. We can arrange visits to artisanal villages such as Teotitlan del Valle where you will see local craftsmen in action and learn how they weave carpets using natural plant and animal dyes to create the unmistakably colourful Oaxacan patterns. The town also specialises in making hand-made beeswax candles and decorative paper flowers.

What to do

Monte Alban Ruins

Mayan Ruins of Monte Alban

Oaxaca & Chiapas

Dating back to 500BC, the impressive Mayan ruins of Monte Albán lie just 6 miles from the city of Oaxaca, and so are a must-visit in our humble opinion.

What to do

Hotel Bo

Hotel Bo

Oaxaca & Chiapas

In complete contrast to most San Cristobal hotels, Hotel Bo is a design forward boutique hotel, located a short stroll from the heart of town.

Where to stay

Pacific Coast, Mexico

Pacific Coast

Mexico

More laid-back and sporty than the Caribbean coast, the Pacific side of Mexico is all about hideaways, wildlife and surfing.

Where to go

Quinta Chanabnal

Quinta Chanabnal

Oaxaca & Chiapas

Quinta Chanabal is a modern Mayan palace, and is just a ten minute drive from the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque.

Where to stay

St Regis Mexico City

St Regis Mexico City

Mexico City

Overlooking the Pasea de la Reforma in the heart of Mexico City, the St Regis Mexico City sits within the 31 storey Torre Libertad, designed by revered architect Cesar Pelli.

Where to stay

Baja California

Baja California

Mexico

Home to luxurious hotels, dramatic coastline and adventurous watersports, Baja has something for everyone.

Where to go

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Yucatan Peninsula

Mexico

A holiday in its own right, Mexico's southern tip combines Mayan archaeological sites with Caribbean beaches.

Where to go

Las Alcobas

Las Alcobas

Mexico City

Located in the fashionable district of Polanco, Las Alcobas is one of Mexico City’s newest and trendiest boutique hotels, surrounded by designer shops, restaurants and nightclubs.

Where to stay

Mexico City Tour

Historical Mexico City

Mexico City

Mexico has a history almost as colourful as its fabrics, art and cuisine, and the capital city has played a vital role over the years, through rapid growth and Aztec-Spaniard rebellions.

What to do

Palace des Beaux Artes, Mexico City

Mexico City

Mexico

Not for the faint-hearted, this is a city in the truest sense of the word; absolutely fascinating and well worth the effort.

Where to go

The Condesa

The Condesa

Mexico City

The Condesa is a stylish design hotel where all the furniture is individually crafted for each individual space.

Where to stay

Copper Canyon

Copper Canyon

Mexico

Northern Mexico might have something of a dodgy reputation right now, but there are parts well worth exploring and Copper Canyon is definitely one of them.

Where to go

Four Seasons Mexico City, luxury hotel in Mexico

Four Seasons Mexico City

Mexico City

The Four Seasons in Mexico City is ideally situated on the Paseo de la Reforma, near Chapultepec Park, the National Museum of Anthropology and History, shopping and residential areas.

Where to stay

The detailed knowledge of the team, attention to detail and personalised service is second to none and goes way beyond my expectations. Considerable effort is put into understanding my requirements, creating bespoke itineraries, ensuring the trip runs smoothly and also seeking feedback upon return. I always feel that the team care about ensuring we have the best possible trip with no glitches and for a competitive price.

Joe

Start creating your tailored trip today

Tell us what you want

Our thoughtful experts are ready with ideas, inspiration and advice for your next journey.

Build a tailored itinerary

Working with you we’ll craft an unforgettable trip and tailored itinerary.

We've got you covered

We're here to help with everything while you're away from the smallest to the biggest request.

Our enthusiastic experts are seasoned travellers with the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

Call us on +44 (0) 20 7978 7333

Or enquire online

Newsletter Sign-Up

Get the latest travel advice, information and inspiration in our weekly newsletter.

Brochure Sign-Up

Our beautiful, free brochure is packed with insider information and incredible travel ideas from every corner of the planet.
Get the brochure

About Us

We are a creative luxury travel company who take a thoughtful approach to creating tailor-made holidays that perfectly fulfil your needs. Read our story

Why Us

Our meticulous planning, in-depth knowledge, honest advice, award-winning service and financial protection all ensure that you will enjoy the most memorable holiday experience. Why us

Contact Us

Talk to our team of thoughtful experts about your travel needs:
Call: +44 (0) 20 7978 7333 Email: ask@originaltravel.co.uk Contact us online

Press

For all press enquiries, please contact our marketing team:
Call: +44 (0)20 7978 0205 Email: press@originaltravel.co.uk Contact us online

Close