Stunning, breathtaking, impressing and a lot more from the majestic banyan tree in the middle of the lobby to the nature in the laguna surrounding the whole Mayakoba property. The staff is so helpful and always willing to help and anticipate your needs!!
All the rooms have private pools unfortunately not all are heated up, great amenities e.g. you get your own beauty case daily refilled with a brush, a sponge, mouthwash, shaving kit, toothbrush and toothpaste. U also get a night gown, slipper and flip flop, a purse to take to the beach and also a nice little bag where u can put your wet swimsuits. THEY JUST TAKE CARE OF ALL.
The spa is fantastic, I warmly recommend to get a Thai classic massage with Aim or Fernanda, thy are the best terapists ever: 90 minutes to forget the world and focus only on your wellbeing. On the Other side I won't suggest to go for the rainforest: sure, it's nice but definitely not worth it.
Breakfast is incredible: one of the best hotels I have ever been for pancakes, really delicious. Where do the tricks come from?
First, if you expect a crystal clear Caribbean water: u won't get it. The sea is always wavy and many times you cannot even swim. The beach club has a pool which is small and quite crowded.
Second, all the prices have two add ons: service charge 15% and taxes about 10%. I found a bit too much pretentious assuming 15% service charge on prices which are already pretty high
Third, for a 5 stars hotel the restaurants should offer a better food quality. The food is good but I expect something delicious. The bar la Copa is the best in my opinion: very good tuna, sushi rolls and also spring rolls, great hambuger and french fries. Tamarid was ok and Saffron was disappointing. The only great highlight at Saffron is the sticky rice with mango and coco milk. I have been in Thailand also at Banyan tree thus I can recognize original thai food from surrogate. I went once to dine at Casa del Lago at Rosewood and I could feel the difference in the care taken for food. Just try yourself and let me know.
Fourth, never go for the excursions sold by the travel agency in the hotel: prices are ridiculously high and what you get it's not worth. For chichen iza go with Yukatreks( max 11 people for 114dollars including lovely lunch in a fantastic place outside the buzz of the tourists spots-deeply Mexican original style, drinks and snacks the whole day+cenote visit and Valladolid. The hotel asks almost double for being with 50 people)
Fifth, choose upfront your villa as some have an unpleasant smell being directly built on the Laguna. I suggest to go for rooms in front of the spa 400' which are all one bedroom
6th, rent a bike to go around the Laguna Mayakoba is really a good experience but you pay 5$ per day per person on top which I don't find appropriate considering the already high rates.
Go for it if you are golfer, nature lovers, spa freaks. Don't go there for snorkeling. Be also aware that Mayakoba is not playa del Carmen: it takes about 20 minutes can ride for 230 pesos about 18$
- 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