Fairmont Mayakoba is a great relaxing destination for the traveler seeking a rest from the busy life. The resort is extremely nice, the grounds great, the pools very nice, the restaurants very good. This is a place to get away from the daily grind and lose yourself for a vacation. We traveled with clients to this location and it was a great place to host your customers. It was far enough away from town that you could always find your clients at the resort, not many ventured into Playa del Carmen. This aspect was great for hosting, always someone around to speak with and socialize with. The rooms are amazing, we were fortunate enought that our company booked the casitas, grouped in rooms of 4 and private. The rooms are very large, the bathrooms even larger! What a shower and tub! So nice, the bathroom made you feel as if you were in a spa. The rooms are huge as well, with flat panel tv's and a private balcony (ours overlooked the canal, a nice private area).
Too far from town if you are looking for excitement ($17 cab ride)
Nothing to do during the stay if you are there for leisure, there are no activities at the resort. We didn't have too much of an issue with this, we made our own fun and entertained clients during our stay. However, if you are younger and looking for something to do during the day, you might want to look somewhere else. This is truly a resort meant to lay around during the day and relax or play golf.
Main resort is 1/2 mile from beach. This wasn't an issue for us, we rode bikes to the beach or caught the shuttle. It's only a negative if you are used to having and want the beach to be near the resort. We didn't find it that bad, however, some might find this as a negative.
The water wasn't clear. The shore break caused the water to be murky. It was a pretty color on out past the shore break, however, it wasn't clear like other places in the tropics.
Service in the restaurants was a bit slow, especially at LaLaguna, Las Brisas seemed to be faster service.
Great Place to relax
Beautiful Grounds and rooms
The Pros far out weigh the cons
Playa del Carmen - a great place and worth going down to town every night you are there. What a great place to have a great time. Full of restaurants and beautiful bars, this is old Mexico mixed with a European flare. Nothing American about this place, which was Fantastic!
This is a 5 star resort. You will enjoy your stay. Plan the day trip to Tulum and XelHa ( a natural lagoon that is AMAZING) If I had it to do over, I would take the Tulum Express tour one morning, then book a FULL day at XelHa, trust me, you will want a full day at this place. It's all inclusive (food / drink / lockers and all equipment you need at the park) and the food is amazingly good! We booked both trips in one day and arrived at XelHa around 1pm. Not enough time to take the place in, it closes at 5:30pm. Our trip was $110USD per person for a private van. You can negotiate with the tour reps at the resort near the business center if you have enough people to fill a suburban (6) or a van (10), especially if you pay them cash. They have a table in the hall near the business center. Our trip was priced at $145USD per person on a tour bus (that stops at several different resorts to pick up tourists), our deal allowed us to have the vans for 9 hours to stay at each place as long as we liked and stop along the way if we wanted to shop, get snacks, etc.
Enjoy the Fairmont, you will have a great relaxing time at the resort, and you can make your own fun off the resort if you wish. There's so much to do in the Mayan Riviera, go with an attitude to look for fun, it will find you if you go looking for it.
Mateo at the pool / LaLaguna is a great service minded waiter. He will treat you like a king, and he remembers everything.
5 stars all the way, careful on the bikes, the back breaks don't really work great, BUT the front breaks will send you for a flip. Enjoy!
- 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