Family of five, including three children ages 13, 11, and 9, just returned from a wonderful stay at the Fairmont Mayakoba. The hotel is breathtaking, clean, architecturally dramatic, but naturally nestled in the thick of a natural mangrove loaded with bright flowers, iguanas, tropical birds, butterflies. Winding private paths and bridges invite you to explore your way through the property and down to the magnificent beach. Don't feel like walking? Take a slow boat along the river, or wait no more than a couple of minutes for one of the quiet carts that are constantly running along the paths. Or grab one of the many bikes that are about the property free for your use. Transportation around the resort was easily the least stressful part of our entire stay and made the enormous property feel like it was at our fingertips.
There were unexpected and wonderful surprises at every turn: Greeted by cool towels and fresh juice or wine upon arrival. The lobby is gorgeous, cozy chairs, beautiful art and flowers. We never, ever saw our maid service, but every single time we came into our room (3-4 times a day) we could see that she had been there, fresh sheets, bed turned down, fresh coffee, a postcard. On the beach, or at the pool, a staff member brought you towels, offered drinks, or delivered an umbrella before you could even think to ask. They were literally at your service without being obtrusive, or subservient.
My children commented at every encounter how the people of Mexico seemed to be so happy all the time.
One thing we really enjoyed at the hotel was the constant attention to music. During breakfast at La Laguna restaurant, we were treated to a small mariachi band with a truly wonderful singer. At night, over a beer at La Laguna, another duet with guitars treated us to music under the stars. Breakfast one morning at El Puerto, a harpist; Upon our return from Playa del Carmen one night, a terrific singer was performing in the lobby, so we spontaneously stopped and enjoyed a drink on the veranda. And lunch at Las Brisas, yet another duet set up playing the mexican zylophone while we dined and enjoyed the view of the Carribbean. Such a treat.
The food was excellent at every one of the four eateries. We had at least one meal at each spot. Lunch at Las Brisas on the beach was amazing. French fries, chips and Guacamole, ice cold beer and soda, delivered to our beach chairs, even better! Breakfast at El Puerto was my favorite meal with a huge variety of fresh fruits, breads and Mexican inspired dishes. Also fresh salmon, cheeses, deli meats, and omelettes made-to -order. La Laguna at night offered a wonderful buffet for the children with quesadillas, hot dogs, macaroni, fresh fruit and salad, while the adults indulged in amazing seafood dishes (try the gruper!) and tenderloin prepared in authentic Mexican style.
Cafe Maya was a treat for the kids: On occasion there would be be REAL Mayan tribal painted men and women outside the Cafe, great for picture ops! Inside: Ice cream, fresh fruit, a huge variety of drinks, hot and cold, chips, sweets and conveniences like sunscreen, and magazines. Poolside, order a drink or a burger at the bar, or have it delivered to your chair. Delicious.
The travel office arranged for two excursions off site. Every detail was taken care of. All fees, admissions and transportations were handled by the office. The were extremely helpful with every detail including what would be age appropriate, what to wear, the weather, etc. Our tour guides were very informative and pleasant. We particularly enjoyed the trip to Tulum (about an hour).
We went into town (Playa del Carmen) on two nights. Never any problem having a taxi called--Ask and in less than a minute --voila! $17 each way for approx 10 minute trip. Cab drivers were pleasant and helpful, and happy to chat about their favorite eateries, stores. Town was incredible array of shops, restaurants, craftsmen. Our first night were were even treated to a full blown parade which we had a great view of because we landed a balcony level table at La Parrillia Restaurant. Lucky us!
I would highly recommend this location and this hotel to anyone who is interested in visiting the Mayan Riviera. We can't wait to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 45 acre Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, a AAA 5 Diamond Award property, boasts 401 rooms and suites, including a collection of beach and lagoon casitas, offering guests extraordinary views of the grounds. Guests at Fairmont Mayakoba can take advantage of several recreational activities on property including exploring nature trails on foot or BMW bikes, scenic boat tours on lanchas through crystal clear canals, sunbathing on the soft white-sand beach or at one of the property's several pools, non-motorized watersports (kayaks and catamarans), outdoor tennis and paddle courts, golfing on the renowned El Camaleon golf course (host to the only official PGA TOUR event in Mexico), lessons at the Jim McLean Golf School or being pampered with signature Mayan treatments at the luxurious Willow Stream Spa. Children and teens have a space just for them at the Discovery Club or at the Teens Room by Sony PlayStation(R). Fairmont Mayakoba's commitment to the environment has earned the resort several awards and accolades including a seal of verification by Rainforest Alliance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Mayakoba Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Fairmont Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Fairmont Playa Del Carmen
- Playa Del Carmen Fairmont
- Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico