Tequesquitengo, Mexico

Tequesquitengo, Morelos

Although Mexico City is only an hour and a half by car from Tequesquitengo, a lakeside resort in the state of Morelos, Royal Holiday members have found that it might as well be a world away. Located on the banks of its namesake lake, Tequesquitengo, with its great natural beauty and proximity to everything Central Mexico has to offer, has long attracted Mexico City elites looking to escape the crowded metropolis. Royal Holiday members who wish to explore the Mexican heartlands from the comfort of a world-class resort will do well to establish a home base at Tequesquitengo.

Royal Holiday’s affiliate in Tequesquitengo is the Villa Bejar & Spa Hotel, a luxury resort that is a destination in itself. Here, club members will luxuriate in well-appointed rooms with a view of the lake and easy access to all of the comforts one expects at a well-appointed resort. Despite Tequesquitengo’s landlocked status, the Villa Bejar offers a Beach Club, and the resort’s various dining options, from the on-site restaurant to the open-air cafeteria, will delight even the most discerning palates. The Villa Bejar makes it easy for everyone to enjoy a vacation, with services such as in-house babysitters and the kids’ Peques Club. In addition, the eponymous spa offers a range of services that will ensure total relaxation and contentment.

The lake remains Tequesquitengo’s main draw and attraction, and Royal Holiday members interested in water sports will find themselves immediately at home. Every type of freshwater sport can be found on the lake, while those simply looking to enjoy the water from the comfort of land will find coastal-style palapas and clubs along the waterfront. In addition to serving as Central Mexico’s home for outdoor sports and ecotourism, Tequesquitengo has also expanded to become a top destination for medical tourists. The numerous spas and medical centers dotting the area allow travelers to enjoy comfortable climates while receiving world-class treatment.

Royal Holiday members looking for more Mexican excitement and culture should take a trip north to Cuernavaca, the “City of Eternal Spring” and Morelos’ capital. Featuring a vibrant culture that includes chinelo dancers and rambunctious city fairs and carnivals, Cuernavaca offers the fun of the city without the urban sprawl of Mexico’s capital. As with other Mexican destinations, the time of year will dictate the activities; in Cuernavaca, the Spring Fair and the Feria de la Flor dominate the schedule, while those traveling during Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, should visit nearby Ocotepec to see the famous ofrendas festooning cemetery altars.

Though tearing oneself away from the cheerful streets of Cuernavaca or the sandy beaches of Tequesquitengo can be difficult, Royal Holiday members should also visit the ancient landmarks near the resort city. The Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park, home to the Cacahuamilpa Caverns, features extreme sports opportunities as well as one of the largest systems of caves in the entire world. The ruins of Xochicalco, a Mayan city-state that was already in ruins by the year 900, offer a unique insight into the country’s pre-Columbian history. Both historic sites are only an hour’s drive from Tequesquitengo, thus making either destination a perfect day trip.