Expect endless shots of vitamin D from the moment your plane lands in Mexico, the taste of raspberry margaritas over crushed ice following a path to oceanfront restaurants and the scent of sun tan lotion leading to a peninsula of blindingly white sands fringed by Caribbean Sea. Cancun is the kind of place you come to when you want to wake up and walk right down to the beach; where if you fancy a coconut salt scrub at half past two and a tequila at half past three no-one’s going to bat an eyelid. It’s also the perfect spot for snorkelling among life-size sculptures at Jason deCaires Taylor underwater museum or jumping into a bright blue cenote at Xel-Ha Eco Park.
We’ve been to Cancun and can tell you first hand that the location is a dream.
Although famed for heady spring break vibes – delirious mayhem at Coco Bongo and killer cocktails in a bar swaying from rope-hung swings – the Yucatan Peninsula has transformed itself, and Cancun holidays are all about dazzling oceanfront hotels humming with hideaway spots, seductive Mexican flavours and glamorous pools. This is spring break with style: a place where kids are infatuated by video game arcade clubs and dressing up boxes, couples crush on cocoon-like spas and everyone falls in love with barefoot bliss, oceanfront sea life and the shade of palm trees leaning over plumped-up day beds.
Privileges are generous and everything is minimal effort – sunset catamaran sailing, tacos and Champagne in the early hours and sunrise whale watching. Tear yourself away from tequila tastings and salty breeze and venture to the heart of real Mexico – day trips to Mayan ruins and towering temples at Chichen Itza and Tulum, with enough time to get back for a succulent bite of papaya and a bonfire party on the beach. Tempted? Talk to one of our experts to find out more.