Luxury in the Riviera Maya’s tropical forest
401 Rooms / 34 Suites
An impeccable blend of mangrove forest and Mexican-Caribbean luxury, Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya has earned its reputation as one of the most visually appealing resorts in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. This awe-inspiring property sits by the Caribbean Sea, just five minutes north of Playa del Carmen.
The white sand beach can host an impressive roster of activities, from stand-up paddle boarding to sunset walks. Five gorgeous pools provide perfect swimming spots, most notably the adult-only infinity pool looking out over the dense green mangrove thicket and serene canals.
Younger guests can have fun with the Kids’ Club and water slide, while adults will love relaxing with the hydrotherapy treatments at Willow Stream Spa.
The Natural Setting
Fairmont Mayakoba is among the few Riviera Maya hotels with the vast majority of its mangrove ecosystem intact. As a result, the resort boasts lush grounds that are ripe for exploration, although to get to the beach from most rooms, you'll have to traverse the mangrove forest using the extensive hotel paths. Not to worry: Fairmont Mayakoba has expertly solved this dilemma by providing continuous golf cart service with drop-off and pick-up at all the main areas of the property, getting you to the beach area in five scenic minutes.
For a bit more adventure, take one of the BMW bicycles from the bike stands to ride around the jungle pathways. You can also explore the resort with a boat tour through the winding canals snaking through the property; here, crystal-clear waters and lush surroundings create a peaceful setting teeming with critters.
From crocodiles hidden along the edge of the water to cormorants, herons and baby turtles, the guides can point out all kinds of indigenous wildlife thriving around the canals on each boat tour. Several tours are available daily, but you'll want to reserve in advance, especially for groups of six or more.
Each of the rooms, casitas and suites at the luxury hotel has a contemporary version of the Riviera Maya’s casual tropical style, blending with the verdant surroundings while still providing a lavish vacation.
Spa-style bathrooms have a soaking tub and separate glassed shower, while amenities like cozy bathrobes, free Wi-Fi, Bose Wave radios and furnished balconies complete the experience.
Book a Casita suite for a stay immersed in the resort’s tropical forest areas; many of these special suites come standard with a wraparound balcony overlooking the lagoons and waterways. The Beach Area Casitas and Oceanfront Casitas set you along cozy pathways just steps from the beach, with upgrades like butler service and golf cart transportation right outside your door and an infinity plunge pool on the rooftop terrace.
If a swim in your own private infinity pool by the beach sounds amazing, you can also book the immense Specialty Suites.
The restaurants at Fairmont Mayakoba each incorporate the flavors of Mexico and the rest of Latin America, complemented by indoor-outdoor dining spaces to take full advantage of the resort’s stunning location. Set right on the beach, Brisas Restaurant serves coastal Latin cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, boasting a wide terrace and panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. The raw bar gives a fresh taste of ocean-to-table cuisine.
La Laguna sits between the main pool area and the canals. Try its modern Mexican cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner; make sure to sample the artisanal Mexican beer and craft cocktails, as well as the daily morning specials like Yucatan snacks and smoothie bars.
Back at the main building just below the lobby, the heralded El Puerto offers Latin-Asian fusion cuisine at dinnertime in a rustic yet modern atmosphere; choose from dim sum, antojitos (traditional Mexican snacks), ceviche, sushi and more. There’s also an extensive selection of tequilas and sakes to pair with the eclectic menu.