Mexico ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of people. For the culture buff, ancient Mayan structures in Yucatan echo past civilisations, for the discerning foodie, authentic Mexican foods can be found from the street side vendors in Mexico City or the Michelin-star restaurants of Playa del Carmen. For the adrenaline junkie, there’s zip-lining through the jungle of Tulum, or swimming with sharks in Xcaret’s eco-park. And for beach bums, powdery sands, cerulean Caribbean waters and kaleidoscopic coral reefs line Mexico’s coastal resorts and surrounding islands.
Placed slap bang in the middle of the Riviera Maya strip between Cancun and Tulum, the trendy city of Playa Del Carmen boasts more than its fair share of the above, as well as easy access to Mexico’s biggest attractions and quaintest gems. Banyan Tree Mayakoba is a lavish, all-pool villa resort set on the beachfront, surrounded by exotic flora and fauna and charming waterways. Days here may be spent on the El Camaleon golf course, relaxing in the tranquil Banyan Tree Spa, or simply lazing on one of the pristine beaches. End your day with an exquisite meal of both local and international cuisine on the Ixchel, translated as Moon Goddess, a unique dining boat that winds through the canals and lush mangroves of Mayakoba.
Team the dazzling nightlife, cosmopolitan shopping streets, natural wonders and humbling skyscrapers of North America’s best cities with Mexico, and you’ll have an all-encompassing escape.
“Shop in the Snow, Relax in the Sun”
Take a bite of the Big Apple and experience extravagant living in the heart of magical Manhattan. The 57-storey limestone tower of Langham Place proudly stands between Bryant Park and the soaring Empire State Building, boasting modern luxury and sophistication, with oversized glass windows for spectacular panoramas of the Manhattan skyline. The shows and parades of this inspiring metropolis extend far beyond the bright lights of Broadway, with local buskers in Times Square gathering crowds with their break-dancing and guitar solos, and the brightly painted temples of Chinatown blanketed by steaming noodle shops, shining amidst the multi-ethnic crowds. Visit in the winter months and you’ll be rewarded with glistening snow-topped trees in Central Park and the romantic Rockefeller Ice Rink, as seen in countless Christmas films. Your time here will fly like a New York minute; after a yellow cab ride on iconic Brooklyn Bridge lined with hot dog stands aside I?NY t-shirts, you’ll either be ready for a break, or hungry for more in Mexico.
“Gamble until Dawn, Wake up in Paradise”
Vegas. A surreal playground of endless entertainment and elaborate themed hotels, chic clubs adorned with velvet ropes and shimmering water fountains which dance to the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson to name a few. For five-star accommodation directly on the Strip, The Venetian is a winning bet; with regal suites, bobbing gondolas on its own Grand Canal, a 1760-seat theatre, a sophisticated shopping district, a Madame Tussaud’s waxwork house, a Venetian ballroom, a refreshing rooftop pool, a wedding chapel, and a marble-floored casino – just in case you thought there was something missing! But self-confessed Sin City is not just a circus of late-night gambling and guilt-free gawping at Monroe look-a-likes and glittering showgirls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world shares the same state. Hop on board a luxury helicopter for a flight you won’t forget over the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, before jetting off to Mexico and sinking your toes into soft sands.
“Walk with the Stars, Dine under the Stars”
If Los Angeles is the City of Angels, then the Hollywood Hills must be its halo, an illustrious beacon of every dream that has ever been fulfilled here and every ambition chased by the risk-takers who live here. The hometown of the L.A Lakers, the birthplace of Disneyland, and the trendsetter for fashion, Tinseltown is synonymous with glamour, fame and fun. But beyond the brass star walkways, the city also boasts an eclectic mix of history and culture, with more museums and theatres than any other U.S. city. Sip a cool cocktail in one of the oceanfront bars, witness “la vie boheme” on Santa Monica pier, or dodge the funky skaters that zip down Venice Beach. Scattered with deep purples and mahogany furnishings, The Mondrian is a plush, boutique property on the famous sunset boulevard; nights here are best spent in the SkyBar, a sauve open-air bar popular with the LA elite.
“Latin beats at Bayside, Birdsong in the Rainforest”
The streets of Little Havana are lined with old men rolling cigars to the pulse of Afro-Cuban beats, palm-fringed South Beach is scattered with colourful beach huts and 1930’s art-deco architecture, downtown is bustling with open-air shops and tempting food stalls, and the surrounding islands are awash with plush mansions of the rich and famous. In the south of the Sunshine State, Miami is a destination for the famous and infamous alike, Al Capone bought a home on Palm Island, which can now be seen from the Millionaire’s Row cruise, and self-confessed Miami fan Will Smith tells no lie of its buzzing nightlife and party atmosphere. The Delano Hotel sits in the heart of South Beach, or SoBe as it is nicknamed, and offers a world-class urban feel, with a chic bar featuring top DJ’s, up-and-coming artists and classic cocktails in the midst of Miami’s magic.
If you’re inspired by a mix of bright lights and beachfront bliss, contact us to see how we can create your ideal multi-centre holiday, combining the best of city chic and barefoot luxury. We can organise your five-star accommodation, flights, transfers and even all the experiences in between. Our 12-night trip in Las Vegas and Mexico consists of 3 nights at the lavish MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, with thrilling entertainment and exhilarating nightlife, before a week of relaxation and chilled, Caribbean luxury at Westin Resort and Spa, Cancun.