October 3, 2023


Design Plan Love

Tulum, Playa Del Carmen & Isla Holbox

Following their beautiful ocean-view vacation spot wedding ceremony in Los Cabos, Mexico, Brooke (née Christy) and David Corcos stayed in Mexico to expertise a romantic and adventurous 10-day honeymoon in Tulum, Playa Del Carmen, and Isla Holbox.

Be taught extra about their honeymoon itinerary for 4 nights in Tulum, three nights in Playa Del Carmen, and two nights in Isla Holbox:

Vacation spot: Tulum, Mexico

When choosing a honeymoon vacation spot, Brooke and David knew they wished to have fun their new marriage in paradise. Simply earlier than reserving an over-water bungalow at a resort in Bora Bora, the couple found it was not doable to journey there immediately after their wedding ceremony as a consequence of Covid restrictions. Thus, they determined to remain inside Mexico to make sure there wouldn’t be any points – giving them the chance to go to areas of the nation they’d by no means been earlier than, with Tulum first on their listing. “We love that the east coast of Mexico options heat ocean water and a extra tropical surroundings than what we’re used to when visiting Cabo,” affirms Brooke. “We beloved the expertise!”

Having discovered of Encantada Tulum from Jacey Duprie of Damsel in Dior, a blogger who travels typically and shares unbiased critiques, they booked 4 nights on the boutique resort proper on the sand. “With solely eight rooms, we felt like VIPs the entire time,” confirms  David. “We by no means needed to ask for something, and if we did want one thing, the concierge was solely a step or WhatsApp message away.” In addition they appreciated the air-con – as many Tulum inns have poor AC or none in any respect. Every day, the newlyweds loved the resort’s tasty breakfast and spent as a lot time as doable on the personal seaside – “order the pepino y chile serrano margarita and the trio of quesadillas!” suggests Brooke. 

Ocean-View Room at Encantada Tulum
Picture by Sofia Hernandez

With Tulum being the longest leg of their honeymoon, the newlyweds made positive to discover the city and go to standard points of interest. “To the shock of the resort employees, we deliberate to make use of the complimentary bikes for our tour to Gran Cenote and the Tulum Archaeological Zone,” explains Brooke; nevertheless, after trekking 5 miles via rain-filled potholes, they determined to hire a Vespa to proceed their journey, which they suggest to different vacationers. After paying a minimal entrance price, they explored Gran Cenote, a pure limestone sinkhole standard for snorkeling. “We beloved seeing the crystal-clear water, watching the turtles swim, and floating with one another like nobody else was there,” smiles Brooke. In addition they extremely suggest visiting the Mayan ruins.

In addition to the seashores and must-see websites, Brooke and David had been most excited to tour Tulum via the delicacies. First on their listing was a reservation at ARCA, which boasts an ever-changing menu of distinctive open-fire cooked dishes and unimaginable cocktails – “strive the Har Mar Famous person with mezcal, ginger, honey, lemon, and thyme, and  if  you’re feeling a bit daring, David beloved the El Photo voltaic, a spicy mezcal cocktail served with a dried grasshopper you’re alleged to eat after taking a sip!” says Brooke. 

One other favourite was Nômade’s La Popular, which “had one of the best vegan al pastor tacos and top-notch shrimp tacos,” says Brooke. “We had been seated on a swing bench with an ocean view. So romantic and enjoyable! It actually felt like Tulum vibes right here.” For these additionally visiting the cenote and ruins, they suggest stopping for lunch  between the 2 at Taqueria Honorio. “They’re recognized for the cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork) tacos, and they didn’t disappoint,”  provides  David. “There was a 20-minute line after we arrived, but it surely’s effectively definitely worth the wait!”

Aerial View of Encantada Tulum
Picture by Affyrm Studio


Having fun with a seaside therapeutic massage. “We had one of the best deep-tissue therapeutic massage of our lives proper on the seaside, so we may hear the waves crashing together with the stress-free music. It was absolute heaven!”

Making an attempt new eating places. “We heard nice issues about ARCA, and it didn’t disappoint! This was our favourite dinner of the honeymoon; every little thing was so fantastic, distinctive, and scrumptious.”

Eating by the ocean. “We had a romantic, personal oceanfront dinner our final evening there. We had been served chilled Champagne, mezcal, and a five-course meal. It was wonderful!”

Honeymooners at Encantada Tulum
Picture courtesy of Brooke and David Corcos

Vacation spot: Mayakoba – Playa del Carmen, Mexico

“We wished one of many locations on our honeymoon to be at a resort we by no means left, and this was the one!” exclaims Brooke of their three “fantastic” nights at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen. The expansive, villa-only property allowed the couple to really enjoy newlywed bliss with a 3,000-square-foot villa that includes a non-public yard and swimming pool. 

“It was arduous to make our technique to a number of the different facilities on the resort, together with Sands Beach Club, as a result of being in our personal yard was so wonderful,” notes Brooke. Nevertheless, the pair did go to the brand new seaside membership full with snug loungers, nice service, and “glorious margaritas,” she smiles. In addition they sampled the in depth breakfast buffet, savored Thai meals at Saffron positioned proper on the water, and beloved the Mexican delicacies at Copa – “make sure you ask for his or her salsa trio!” provides David.

Saffron Restaurant at Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Picture courtesy of Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Certainly one of their favourite moments of all the honeymoon was a non-public dinner on a standard Mexican trajinera boat via the lagoon of the Mayakoba properties. “We noticed wildlife together with two crocodiles, which is supposedly fairly uncommon!” David remembers of the tour, which gives an array of scrumptious programs. “The meals had been all cooked on the boat whereas we had been having fun with the prior course. It was completely romantic and unforgettable!” 

If they may do something in another way, they’d have booked a therapeutic massage on the spa. “Because it’s a Thai-owned resort, all the therapeutic massage therapists are skilled in Thailand,” Brooke describes of the remedies.

Swim-Up Pool Villas at Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Picture courtesy of Banyan Tree Mayakoba


Eating on the water. “The extremely romantic personal Ixchel boat dinner was so particular and memorable for us. It was a once-in-a-lifetime expertise!”

Being pampered. “The service was glorious, and everybody we got here into contact with was extraordinarily type and accommodating.”

Drawing a shower. “We returned to our villa after dinner one evening to seek out rose petals and candles resulting in an out of doors bubble tub with a relaxing bottle of wine – so romantic!”

Honeymooners at Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Picture courtesy of Brooke and David Corcos

Vacation spot: Isla Holbox, Mexico

Because the majority of their journey passed off at well-known locations, Brooke and David had been drawn to Isla Holbox for its adventurous, distinctive vibe. “We actually wished a part of our honeymoon to really feel like an off-the-grid escape with crystal-clear Caribbean water,” explains David. They took the ferry from Chiquilá to Holbox, arriving simply because it started pouring rain. “There aren’t any automobiles on the island, so the 10-minute golf-cart taxi to our resort was a moist and bumpy journey, however we couldn’t cease smiling from ear to ear,” says Brooke.

Finally, they arrived at Hotel Punta Caliza, a family-run property with conventional thatched roofs and rooms boasting personal plunge swimming pools connecting to an Instagram-worthy shared pool within the coronary heart of the resort. “We might undoubtedly suggest it, particularly to youthful {couples}!” confirms David. “It’s not your best option for these trying to be waited on, but it surely has a laid-back, romantic really feel.” 

Hotel Punta Caliza in Isla Holbox, Mexico
Picture courtesy of Resort Punta Caliza

Even staying two nights, the pair felt as if they had been associates with the employees. Along with being invited to the resort’s anniversary social gathering full with tacos, margaritas, and stay music, the honeymooners attended a non-public mezcal tasting with the homeowners’ son at his namesake restaurant, Temoc Tacos & Mezcal. Earlier than heading dwelling, they made positive to expertise the resort’s close by seaside membership. “We actually loved laying out and consuming margaritas and cervezas as newlyweds,” Brooke provides.

Shower at Hotel Punta Caliza
Picture courtesy of Resort Punta Caliza


Going off the grid. “It was actually cool to not have WiFi till we had been at our resort. It helped us be within the second and absorb the final two days of our honeymoon.”

Sampling mezcal. “We had been in a position to uncover our favourite varietals and had such an ideal tasting that we stayed for dinner and chatted with Temoc whereas listening to stay music.”

Wading within the water. “The water was tremendous clear and shallow, so we may stroll far out. We actually felt prefer it was simply us within the lovely ocean and even held a small starfish!”

Honeymooners in Isla Holbox
Picture courtesy of Brooke and David Corcos

Brooke and David wouldn’t change a factor about their honeymoon –besides possibly extending their journey to remain an additional evening on Isla Holbox and collaborating in extra actions in every locale, equivalent to kite browsing and jet snowboarding. 

“All the locations had been so completely different, however collectively they gave us the proper steadiness we would have liked for our honeymoon of seaside lounging, being pampered, and experiencing some journey,” shares Brooke.

Mexico Journey Ideas from Brooke & David:

“Lease a Vespa in Tulum! Bikes are nice for shorter distances, however many roads aren’t paved, so a Vespa for distances longer than two miles or so could be most well-liked!”

“Attempt to do a mixture of lounging on the seaside and venturing off into city. We beloved experiencing every little thing else there was round us.”

“If doable, select a time to go to that’s not the wet season!”

“Make the most of the assets you may have at your disposal, even earlier than the journey begins! All of our transportation was organized by the assorted inns to get us to and from every vacation spot.”

“Ask locals for recommendation! We had been glad to be taught {that a} faraway seaside written up in lots of journey blogs wasn’t a lot completely different from the nearer seaside. This saved us a lot time, so we may calm down for all the day!”

This story was initially printed as a Journey Diaries characteristic within the Spring 2022 subject of Inside Weddings journal. To order a duplicate of the Spring 2022 issue, go to our library of Inside Weddings back issues accessible for buy.