1. Splurge on a seat upgrade
The stressors of flying can prevent you from getting into the holiday mindset until after you’ve stepped off the plane. Between wailing infants, overcrowded overhead bins and the interminable wait at the luggage carousel, there’s a reason most resorts greet you with a complimentary cocktail the moment you check-in. Although flying first class can alleviate some of the ennui, it remains a luxury few can afford. Luckily, there’s a new intermediary option popping up among many airlines’ southern routes, and it includes perks that make it a worthy splurge.
AirTransat’s Luxury Collection Option Plus, for example, includes complimentary seat selection, priority check-in and priority boarding and baggage handling from just $89 round-trip. A sound investment if it turns your flight into part of the vacation, rather than a means of getting there.
2. Soak up the sun on Isla Mujeres
Although it’s a mere 25-minute boat ride from mainland Cancun, Isla Mujeres remains one of the Mayan Riviera’s best-kept secrets. The biggest draw to the largely undeveloped island is Playa Norte (North Beach)—widely-regarded as one of Mexico’s best beaches on account of its picturesque palms, incredibly soft sand and positively luminous waters. Having soaked up the sun and surf, rent a golf cart (the island’s sole form of transportation), and follow the coast down to the southern shore. Here, you’ll find a series of spectacular cliffs where the rays of the rising sun first touch Mexican soil.
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3. Book a tequila tasting
Regardless of whether you love or loathe tequila, there’s no escaping the bite of the blue agave on a Cancun vacation. The best way to appreciate the stuff (or at least hate it less) is to experience a proper tequila tasting, like the one offered at the Nineteen Ten Mexican Cantina in Playa Del Carmen’s Azul Fives resort. Although it tends to be a drink that’s tossed back rather than savoured, a tequila connoisseur’s guidance can help foster your appreciation of variations in colour, aroma and—provided your stomach’s strong enough—flavour.