When Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas want a romantic escape, they book into Banyan Tree Mayakoba on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Opened in March 2009, this five-star resort has 132 villas, set among the mangroves and each hidden from the next, so you can count on privacy when you leap out of bed straight into your pool.

Aside from unparalleled luxury and staff who bend over backwards to help you, what marks this resort out from the rest is a Romance Manager, on hand to arrange one-off romantic experiences. Anything is possible - a candlelit dinner on the beach, a private cruise at sunset, a couple's spa treatment at your villa. This place feels as if it were created with honeymooners in mind. Oh, and the odd A-list celebrity.

Wow factor: The seven-course tasting menu at the Tamarind restaurant.

Flight time: From 13 hours to Cancún.

Go: Elegant Resorts (01244 897515; elegantresorts.co.uk) offers seven nights B&B in a Garden Pool Villa from £2,635 per person, including Delta flights and transfers.