We just spent six unbelievably relaxing and indulgent days here, the only Banyan Tree operation in this part of the world. We upgraded (via some terrific internet options on Orbitz and Jetsetter.com) to the Spa Pool Villa, and it couldn't have been more spectacular. The facility is beautifully designed, a seamless blend of Asian and Mayan themes, and it's all maintained flawlessly. The villa is specious and well-designed, and the staff (while a bit too formal at times for my taste) is friendly, helpful, and well-informed. The breakfast buffet (included in the daily rate) is top-notch, as are the three other restaurants on site: Tamarind (a very serious kitchen serving ecclectic fare), Sands (on the beach and the only real lunch option and great grilled meat and fish options for dinner), and Saffron (a Thai menu with food that's not quite at a par with the others). I think most people (and this is largely a couples resort, though some families are about) spend a lot of time in their villas, where you have complete privacy. The spa facilities are glorious and the staff well-trained.
The only negative: the gym has only two treadmills which is inadequate for a resort of this size. A minor point for such an overall outstanding experience
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A harmonious blend of nature and luxury, Banyan Tree Mayakoba takes resort living to new heights with the first all-pool villa resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts brings Asian hospitality to the beautiful development of Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, complete with Banyan Tree Mayakoba pool villas offering premium seclusion and an expansive Mayakoba spa complex with the introduction of the award-winning Banyan Tree Mayakoba Spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banyan Tree Mayakoba Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Banyan Tree Mayakoba Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico