We had been looking for a resort in Mexico that could deliver the experience that we did not receive when our honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas was disrupted by Hurricane John, nearly three years ago. This was our fourth time traveling to Mexico since that time, and we finally can put an end to our quest for a dream vacation. Rosewood Mayakoba delivered a honeymoon worthy vacation. We stayed for seven blissful nights during the second week of June.
To be fair, we also got a great deal on our room rate - about 75% off the normal rate. We booked the most inexpensive room (Lagoon View Suite), and our wonderful Virtuoso travel agent (email me for contact info) was able to get us a confirmed upgrade into an Overwater Lagoon Suite. However, when we arrived we were upgraded to a Beach Front Suite! The resort was at 30% capacity due to the swine flu scare, and it appeared that most (if not all) guests had been upgraded to the beach side of the resort. Our room rate also included breakfast and a $200 resort credit.
If you are a beach person, and if you love privacy, then there is no better room than the Beachfront Suite. Every morning our butler would set up our chairs on our private deck for us, and we had an uninterrupted view of the beach. We didn't have to lug around a big beach bag, we could walk a few steps into our suite to cool off in the air conditioning, check to see if we were getting sunburned, or grab something new to read. We vacation to "get away", and we truly felt that we had plenty of breathing room.
If you are a pool person, or a people person, the lagoon suites would definitely offer a wonderful experience. However, you may have issues with the mosquitoes if you are staying in one of these rooms during the summer months (and you plan to spend time in the evening on your deck). If you are a beach person, who wants tons of privacy, and can pay the price, then stop reading this review and go book yourself a Beach Front Suite - you will not be disappointed!
We had breakfast at Casa Del Lago every morning. The food was always delicious and fresh, but it wasn't quite as good as the breakfast buffet at the Ritz in Cancun, which is our absolute favorite, and is completely over the top in terms of variety.
All of our other meals at the hotel were eaten in our room or at Punta Bonita. We chose Mexican dishes at all but one meal, and everything we ordered was great. We thought that the meal portions were the perfect size and the food prices were reasonable for what one would expect at a luxury resort. However, the $14 margaritas did tend to add up!
We ventured to the Banyan Tree to eat at Saffron one night for dinner and it was an amazing experience. The Rosewood concierge had let them know that I am a vegetarian, and the chef came out to discuss his thoughts on the menu that he would cook for me, and asked for my input! When traveling, I'm used to ordering regular menu items without meat, eating things that I don't particularly care for, or ignoring the fact that items may be cooked with chicken stock or lard. It was such a treat to have my own special menu, created on the fly by the chef. Not only that, but the food was heavenly! After dinner we went to have drink in the lobby bar. They had a large selection of fun and unique cocktails and we lingered for a while listening to the musicians who were playing in the courtyard.
We received an activity sheet for the week in our room when we checked in. I was pleasantly surprised to see all of the things they had going on, because their website doesn't really list much. They had an exercise class that changed daily (beach running, zumba, power band, etc.) every day at 9:00AM for $10.
They also had a special event every night. We went to the wine and cheese tasting at the Casa Del Lago bar. It was a lot of fun, but I wished that the wines were all Mexican, or at least South American. You could also get a back massage or cold foot rub every day at the beach for $40.
Finally, we woke up one morning and the ocean was as smooth as glass, so we asked our butler to bring us snorkel gear. We snorkeled in front of our room, and were told by the lifeguard that there was a reef that we could get to in about 10 minutes by using one of their kayaks. Our inertia prevented us from going, but now we have something to look forward to for next time!
This was the most confusing part of our stay. Who gets a tip and how much? We had gone to the bank at home before our trip and stocked up on ones, fives, and tens. Cash tips were much appreciated, even at meals, and we decided to err on the side of generosity, but we were never quite sure what was expected.
- The room safe easily accommodated my 13 inch MacBook (and all of our other safe items), although the wireless service in our room was spotty.
- There is a cable on the Bose radio in the room so that you can plug in your iPod.
- The mini fridge in the room keeps beverages ice cold and is large enough that you can add a few of your own items.
- The deck lounge chairs were the most comfortable that we have ever experienced.
- The house tequila is Milagro.
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