My wife and I just returned from Rosewood Mayakoba. I am in agreement with everything she said, but wanted to add the following. A Spanish company owns the large area identified as Mayakoba. It presently operates (through hotel companies) three hotels there, one of them being the Rosewood Mayakoba, Guests at the hotels can walk, bike or run along a beautiful and well-maintained trail that is 3-4 kilometers long and connects the three resorts. They can also catch the lagoon ferry to travel between the hotels - it's worth taking the ride just to enjoy the waterways, which are full of wonderful wildlife and beautiful vistas. We had planned to explore the Yucatan Peninsula during our stay, but the Mayakoba complex was so wonderful that we only left the area once. Arrive hungry - the food is fabulous at each of the three Rosewood restaurants, and if you purchase a meal plan, the temptation is to keep eating until you can't move. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities for exercise, on the water and off. There are three pools, one by the ocean, one in the main lobby area, and one at the spa. Each one has plenty of features that would appeal to adults and to children, and interesting design elements. We appreciated the constant supplies of iced water, large towels, delicious treats and face spritzers at the pools and at the beach. Our room, an over-water deluxe suite, had a warm (as in warm enough for my wife to want to go in it) plunge pool on the deck over-looking the lagoon. Bugs were not an issue because there were so many birds and animals eating them - natural insect control. A perfect example of this hotel's approach to protecting the natural environment is how it deals with bird pests (eg grackles that hover around restaurants to steal sugar and morsels from plates). Two falconers bring hawks each day to drive away the bird pests. I very much enjoyed talking with Hector, a local falconer since age 16. His hawk Lucky was rescued after being shot, and, although he isn't capable of surviving alone in the wild, he is great at patrolling the beach and pool areas. After making a small donation to a local wildlife rescue organization, I was able to call Lucky to a landing perch I held over my head and feed him. Very exciting! Along the Mayakoba trail is a deep cenote that houses 7 kinds of bats. The resort keeps a guide there from 9 to 5, who takes guests to the underground cavern, and who also protects the bats. My wife and I have traveled all over the world, and we have never seen this combination of five-star luxury, commitment to protecting the local wildlife and environment, and absolutely delightful staff, at all levels. Children are welcome, and there is plenty for them to do, but probably because of the price, we saw only a few young couples traveling with infants and toddlers. One caution - the beach is wide, long and beautiful. But recent storms have eroded some of the underwater sand, exposing rock and coral lumps. For ease of walking in the water, I'd recommend water shoes, or getting into the water way to the left or right of the main beach area, where it's more sandy underwater. The hotel will replenish the sand, presumably during its next closed season.. That is the only even remotely negative thing I can think of to say. Rosewood Mayakoba is expensive, but worth every bit of the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rosewood Mayakoba is situated on the Riviera Maya. This luxury resort in Mexico offers spacious suites and is located south of Cancun and north of the charming seaside village of Playa del Carmen.Surrounded by the emerald embrace of the jungle and caressed by warm Carribbean breezes, is a resort of rare luxury and indulgence. Rosewood Mayakoba is imbued with the unique spirit of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. A journey to this serene world, immersed in the dense green perfume of the jungle, captivates the soul with unimaginable tropical beauty,and pure, simple refinement. The ecological enclave of Mayakobá is a new, enlightened model of true luxury hospitality that celebrates the land without compromising it. Mayakoba embraces the government restrictions on development and mangrove preservation which has always been a top priority for the developers and designers. The Madrid-based construction company OHL, with 25 years of experience in Mexico, owned the land for many years before choosing how to build upon it. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rosewood Mayakoba Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Rosewood Mayakoba Playa Del Carmen
- Rosewood Mayakoba Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico