I have just returned from six days at the Rosewood Mayakoba (my husband and I were there to celebrate our fifth anniversary), and I cannot find the words to adequately describe this incredible place. It was paradise; I cannot recommend it highly enough. Please go if you have the chance--you won't regret, and, like us, you will probably find yourself planning your next visit before you even leave the first time. Before I go into detail, just let me say that I travel a lot and am very picky about hotels, and this is hands-down the nicest resort I have ever visited with the best service. Though we have lots of places we want to see all over the world, we have already agreed to come back here every year--it is that good. (Plus, from Chicago it's a 3.5 hour flight and then a 40-minute ride to the resort, so it's even worth it for long weekends.) Now the details, by category:
1. The suite interior. We stayed in a beachfront suite (they have several types of accommodation, but only the beachfront suites, as I understand, open up directly to the beach), and we would not consider staying in any other type. First, the interior is modern, beautiful, and ridiculously spacious (this would apply to all the suites, not just the beachfront ones). There is a dining area, a huge sleeping area with a massive bed, as well as a couch, chair, and flatscreen tv. The bathroom is an event in itself, with two separate vanity areas, a large closet, and indoor/outdoor shower, and a bathtub larger than most wading pools. While it is a big space, it is nonetheless very warm and inviting as the designer used lots of warm tones and rich woods. It is gorgeous, and no detail was overlooked. We also enjoyed the in-suite Nespresso machine and tea press. On the technology side, there is free wifi, tons of movies on demand, and a Bose sound system.
2. The suite exterior. THIS is the reason we would not consider staying in anything but the beachfront suites, as they open up to a huge private deck with an eating area, two lounge chairs and an umbrella, your very own plunge pool, and, last but not least, the ocean. Although the resort has three separate--and amazing--pool areas, we hardly left our deck. We just didn't feel the need to with our own pool right there (it's about 6 feet wide, 12 feet long, and 4.5 feet deep, I would guess). Even though the temperature was nearly 100 degrees everyday we were there, with a heat index of about 110, we were very comfortable--we would read in our lounge chairs beneath the umbrella, enjoying the strong breeze from the ocean, and when we became too hot, we could jump into our pool mere inches away or walk to the ocean, maybe 50 feet away. It was the best of both worlds. Plus, we were still at our own suite with easy access to the bathroom, the mini-bar, room service, or anything else we might need. At night, we enjoyed falling asleep to the sound of waves.
3. The service. From the driver who picked us up at the airport, to Eduardo who welcomed us upon our arrival and gave us a tour by boat on our way to our suite, to JC , our very own "butler" for the week, to every single person we encountered (housekeeping, room service, restaurant staff), we were endlessly impressed by the level of service we received. Everyone was kind, incredibly helpful, and spoke amazing English (I speak a little Spanish but didn't really need it).
4. The restaurants. We enjoyed a lot of in-room dining during our stay (again, with that great deck, we couldn't pass up breakfast and sometimes dinner on the ocean), but we did visit the main restaurant, the beach restaurant, and the spa cafe and loved the food at each place. We are vegetarian and had a little trouble at the main restaurant as pretty much every main dish contained animal products--which is totally fine. We try to be flexible on vacation and don't expect special treatment; we can always find something. We usually don't even mention our dietary restrictions, not wanting to cause anyone extra trouble, but we had mentioned it to JC our first day when we were discussing food choices. Well, he must have made note of it thereafter because everyone knew. For example, I ordered something at the beach restaurant that contained meat (the description didn't note that), and the waiter came back to tell me about the meat and to suggest an alternative. At the main restaurant, we were just going to order sides and salads, but before we got the chance, our waiter said that he noted that we are vegetarians and that the chef would like to come to our table to discuss options with us (he had great suggestions and--without us even asking--offered to make anything off-menu that we might like). There is also a game room and a tequila bar, though we didn't make it to either...this time.
5. The fitness facility and spa. I used the gym several times, and it was great--all new equipment (3 treadmills, 3 bikes, 5 or 6 ellipticals , lots of weights), fresh towels, snacks, and water, etc. My husband got a massage and thus was able to see the interior of the spa; he said that it was incredible, the massage was one of the best he has received, and the spa's facilities were impressive--a steam room, plunge pools, a sauna, and so forth. After our workouts and/or spa visits, we hung around to swim in the spa pool and enjoy lunch at spa cafe. I highly recommend it.
6. General comments/conclusion. Though we did not participate in any this time, there are several recreational activities offered through or near the resort as well; these include kayaking, snorkeling, wave-running, sightseeing (visiting towns and nearby Mayan ruins), etc. The resort also has its own golf course. This is a phenomenal place--definitely check it out if you have the chance.
- 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 Mayakoba 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. ... 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