Valentines Day golf trip to Mexico


Fairmont Mayakoba (Courtesy Fairmont)

What makes a worthy Valentine's Day golf destination?

Guaranteed sun, for one. Spas, fine dining, some exotic flair and top notch service helps, too.

Mexico fits this bill in a lot of different ways, especially in February, when the weather is guaranteed balmy when other parts of America can be susceptible to winter chills.

I've visited to two resorts in Mexico that can make for a quick romantic escape, whether your spouse is a big golfer or just likes sunshine, spas and cervesas.

One resort I just returned from is the Fairmont Mayakoba. It's just 40 miles from Cancun's airport on the beautiful Riviera Maya, but far removed from the spring break crowd, and has all the elements of a dynamite Valentine's Day getaway: a sprawling, village of casitas weaving around canals that's quiet and spacious, fine dining options and the fantastic Willow Stream Spa. The golf course closes Valentine's Day weekend to get ready for the PGA Tour event, but there's plenty of other golf courses nearby to play – or just skip the golf altogether and hang beachside.

Another new resort to consider is down south in La Paz, Paraiso Del Mar. If you're only familiar with tourist-heavy spots like Cabo, Acapulco and Cancun, you'll be amazed at the sleepy, local atmosphere, as well as some of the smoothest sailing waters imaginable on the Sea of Cortez. The Arthur Hills-designed golf course, the first of potentially a dozen or more courses around Baja California Sur's capital city, was just rated one of the Top International Designs by Golf Magazine.