Having read the reviews I asked and was given a very sunny 2 bedroom villa (305) which was just superb.Looking at the location map some villas my well face east and north so sun could be limited The villa swimming pool was large and heated and jacuzzi too hot but they came and turned it down.There were loungers and table and chairs. The ground floor double bedded room had a vast bathroom with dressing room. There was a shower,loo and outside huge bath and additional shower. We all enjoyed each having the outside bath with the supplied candles lit with the moonlight above. On the ground floor there is a separate sitting room with dining table and chairs ,kettle and coffee machine. The external stairs but within the walled villa led up to a large twin bedded room with dressing room bathroom with bath and separate shower and loo. The beds and pillows were very comfortable. Our villa was a short walk to the main building. The beach was a 10 min walk away or a buggy ride away.
The gym was very well equipped and open 24 hours with water supplied. The family enjoyed the thai massages in the spa. The breakfasts were plentiful and full of variety with wonderful fresh fruits, freshly squeezed juices, eggs of all varieties, pastries etc My eldest daughter particularly liked the mexican omelette and we enjoyed sitting outside.
Of the 3 restaurants for dinner we preferred the Tamarind and were rather disappointed by the Saffron. Sands on the beach for dinner was OK and for lunch was generally good although on the last day being a saturday the service was so slow with a lack of staff.
The beach is beautiful sand but quite narrow and it strikes us as rather consistently windblown. The Yukatan peninsula is flat and with open coastline with no apparent coves.The sea although beautiful in colour has boulders and weed off the beach so not that appealing. The main building has a simply stunning pool which because of its undulating shape and with vegetation on the side means there are limited sun beds and a swim up bar where the best cocktails were made. Because of the limited sunbeds it means it is not that busy. There is a pool house with towels, water and books to borrow.
The staff are simply marvellous-full of smiles ,friendly. We had a couple of small niggles with the villa and they were sorted promptly.
We went into Playa del Carmen for dinner 3 times and had some of the best meals. Imprevist was so good we went twice! We had lunch on the beach at the Fusion bar and hotel-worth a visit.
The highlight however was our trip by taxi to Tulum about 50 mins away. Arturo our friendly taxi driver drove us to the Tulum Mayan ruins by the sea and then to the simply stunning beach at Club Paraiso 3 miles further on. This is a huge white sand beach with palm trees and wavy sea. Again open coastline but the sea was wonderful with no weed or rocks. A great day out. It is worth going to the ruins and getting a guide but go early!
- 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