I travelled for a business seminar together with my husband.
Pros: This spectacular hotel is beautiful. The concept is private villas, and by private, they mean private. Each villa looks out ont its own coourtyard, hamac, private pool and wetland. Each villa in addition to the private pool has a private outdoor bathtub. An evening bath with lighted candles as you gaze at the stars takes on a whole new level. Each villa exudes luxury, the bathroom area is a delight. Turndown service is the best I have experienced anywhere in the world.
I attended a seminar, and the meeting rooms, service and food were wonderful One night included a dinner party in a bungalow by the beach. Seafood was wonderful. Our rate included a buffet breakfast which was huge with a selection that was impressive.
Cons: Except for a very few limited villas, the villas do not have a beach view, nor are close enough to hear the waves. Transportation from bungalows to the main building and the beach club area is by golf carts. My husband found this annoying (not efficient) I did not mind. The resort provides bikes for a small fee, this is definetely the way to get around as it provides liberty and the trails through the jungle and golf courses are very relaxing. As one would expect from a hotel of this cost, aside from the free breakfast buffet, food, even in the "casual" beachside restaurant was very expensive. We spent US$100 for lunch at the beach restaurant, and decided to rent a car and eat in Playa del Carmen most of our meals.
Service: Polite, with a smile but a bit slow. I think once you pass a few days, you adjust to the local speed.
We rented a car and visited Tulum and went out to dinner to Playa del Carmen. Definetely liked the Playa del Carmen vibe more than Cancun. Playa had better "local" restaurants, jazz and night spots. Less touristy and showy than Cancun.
- 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