We just got back from our honeymoon at Banyan Tree Mayakoba and my wife and I absolutely love this place - I cannot overstate this enough. This is easily the nicest resort/hotel we have ever stayed at, and although we normally would not have been able to afford such a nice place, they were offering great deals since this is their low season. Since it was the low season, we also had the resort all to ourselves for the most part as they told us only ~ 15% of the resort was occupied. Although it is not a large resort, the off season feel really made it feel like a boutique resort and all the more special! Here were the most impressive aspects of this property in our opinion: 1) the service was absolutely top notch with a staff to guest ratio that was unbelievable (again partly due to low season). They made us feel like VIPs at every single turn, and we were only staying in the (least expensive) garden villa. Everyone was extremely courteous and always willing to help a hand or do whatever they needed too to wait on you hand and foot and pamper you to the max. 2) the room and resort architecture/layout/scenery was amazingly beautiful and inspiring. This place was every bit as good as the pictures look in the internet and better. Apparently it is only 2 years old and one of the newest resorts in Playa del Carmen. Banyan Tree is top tier Asian resort chain that specializes is expansive and decadent villas instead of typical room layouts. Their resorts seem to be just as nice as Four Seasons, St. Regis, Ritz, etc. but have an amazing uniqueness about them. Our villa was a complete sanctuary of peacefulness and romance, and we found that we ended up just camping out there often even though we are generally the adventurous, want to get out types. Otherwise, the resort and all the common areas was almost completely open-air and done very tastefully in a mexican/asian theme that was very attractive. Mosquitoes were around, but were not nearly as bad as we though they'd be. 3) the food was amazing at all of the restaurants for breakfast, lunch (although the breakfast would often hold you over), and dinner, and although the breakfast was included, the dinners were very expensive (but worth it in our opinion). And lastly, 4) the beach was our favorite place. This is a great resort to go to if you really want to unwind, relax, and check out mentally. Although the beach is not next to the main resort (and is short bike or buggy ride away - this was actually kind of nice because it made the resort feel more expansive and "broken up"), it is accompanied by a wonderful restaurant, infinity pool on the beach (with great swim up bar), and a lovely little beach with wonderful staff. The only drawback was that getting in the water was a little tough because of the rocky seabed right as you walked in (it got much better once you got a little bit). Otherwise, we felt like rockstars on our beach bed/lounges with umbrellas, getting food and drinks served to us and pampered like none else. It truly reminds you of a Corona commercial. Other than that, we'd recommend you ask for a villa that is close to the main facilities since some can be on the "outer loop" and require a bit more walking to get to all the amenities. Make sure you visit the spa if possible too since Banyan Tree is world-renowned for this. If the services are too expensive, try the Rainforest experience at the very least, which is very affordable. The weather was great for us, and going in to Playa and doing some of the surrounding activities was a blast as well. We recommend trying the Mayan restaurant Yaxche in Playa for great cuisine and El Fogon if you are looking for true great mexican food at this common local eatery. All in all, we were absolutely captivated by this place and are already trying to figure out when we will be back. It was absolutely the best vacation we have ever had, and we would be saying that even if it wasn't our honeymoon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Banyan Tree Mayakoba is a site of almost mythical beauty. It flawlessly blends elegance and nature, taking the Caribbean lifestyle to an unprecedented new height. A breathtaking getaway for relaxation, rejuvenation, romance and world-class dining, it is also the region's most sustainable five-star resort. With its revitalized culinary concepts, Thai-inspired therapies at the Banyan Tree Spa, 14 event-venues and the Greg Norman signature 18- hole El Camaleon golf course, home to the PGA Tour Mayakoba Classic, the resort raises the bar for premium leisure options and event planning. Perfect for private getaways, family trips and group events, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers 118 villas, ranging from romantic Bliss and Serenity Pool Villas to Family Residences and Ocean Front Villas. All include outdoor areas with private pools and terraces. Inspired by the interior courtyards of houses in the Far East, each villa is discreetly built to blend with the landscape, integrating the interiors and their idyllic surroundings. East meets West in every subtle detail, from the fragrance of flowers encircling your villa, to the softness of a kimono, fine linens and essential oils on your skin. Here, even world-weary guests discover the eloquence of tranquility. ... 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