In preparing for a visit to this resort, we read reviews posted on TripAdvisor. We noted that some others mentioned a mosquito problem at this resort. It is very true. The abundance of water at this resort (the lagoons surrounding the rooms and the main area of this resort) are the perfect breeding ground for a bumper crop of insects. Upon check-in, the staff supplied us with insect repellant cream, spray, and wrist bands. What does that tell you? Before I could use these products, I had been bitten.
We checked in mid-afternoon, and went to our suite, which was spacious and decorated in eco-modern style. After a short while, we heard what sounded like leaf blowers outside. It was by then dark outside, and I looked out to see several groundskeepers, with backpack sprayers, heavily spraying all areas with what was most likely insect repellant.
So the image this resort wishes to create, of being an eco property, is in reality an illusion, because you will be breathing in heavy doses of insect repellant, in order to not be chewed alive by mosquitoes. By the way, we were once at Disney World after closing, and after the guests had left the park, a small army of similar groundskeepers emerged, and in the same fashion, covered every inch of ground with insect repellant, so I guess this should be expected in tropical areas. It's just not usually seen by the guests.
The suite was luxurious, with a living room/dining area with mini bar, bedroom area with swiveling flat screen TV, dressing area with vanity, and spectacular bath with double sinks, huge sunken stone-mosaic tub, and a glass-walled shower with glass door leading to a spacious walled courtyard with an outdoor shower. There was also a curved staircase, leading to a roof-top level with large outdoor couch and a good view of the surrounding area. The back wall of the suite was completely glass and led to a large deck with dining set, lounges, plunge pool, and steps leading to a dock at the lagoon. Everything was immaculate. The air conditioning controls were accurate. The bedding was very comfortable.
The cuisine at the on-premises restaurants was very good to excellent. A few of the menu items were "trendy", and the combination of ingredients seemed incongruous. Portion sizes were more than adequate. Every staff person in all areas of the resort went "above and beyond" to see that we received excellent, pleasant service. There is no nightclub or lounge at this resort. There is a bar, so you can drink all night until you retire to your room.
Getting around at the resort is by foot (remember the insects), by staff-driven golf carts, which during our stay were frequent and abundant, or by small lagoon boat, which picks up guests at the individual docks belonging to each room.
The spa was excellent, complete with hot and cold plunge pools, sauna, stream rooms, and large outdoor pool with lounges. The treatments were luxurious. Treatment rooms are upscale mini-houses in the "jungle" -- again a very natural eco-setting.
There is a golf course at the resort. Those we travelled with did not seem to care for it, and on their second golf outing, chose to golf elsewhere. I am not sure why.
The closest town to the resort, Playa del Carmen, has many streets of restaurants, bars, and shops, with everything from cheap tourist junk to designer label clothes. It was not impressive to us. The purpose of a trip to this area would primarily be to stay at this or other resorts; there are a few cultural attractions (Sac-Be, Xel Ha, Xcaret) nearby, but not much else.
- 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