Riviera Maya's tropical fantasy
Mexico’s Riviera Maya, stretching south from Cancun along the Yucatán’s Caribbean coast, is one of the world’s great vacation destinations. The area, which offers an incredible array of things to see and do in a beautiful natural setting, comes complete with excellent weather and gorgeous hotels, including Rosewood Mayakoba. It is one of three luxury resorts nestled within the master-planned Mayakoba community, which has been dubbed “The Venice of Mexico” for its elaborate network of canals carved through limestone, linking its natural lagoons and mangrove forests.
Mayakoba is a huge and self-contained complex with a Greg Norman-designed golf course that is well-regarded in Eastern Mexico. It plays host to the only PGA Tour event played outside the United States and Canada, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. There is a large tennis center, extensive walking and biking paths, and each of the three resorts (including Fairmont Mayakoba and Banyan Tree Mayakoba) has an array of restaurants, beach clubs, bars and spas, all available to guests of the Rosewood. There is complimentary shuttle van transportation within the community, as well as scheduled ferries linking the resorts. Rosewood Mayakoba is composed entirely of villas and large freestanding luxury suites, all with private plunge pools and some with outdoor showers. And upon arrival, you are taken to your room by teak motor launches with direct access to private docks. What is most notable about Rosewood Mayakoba is its service, with an incredible and prescient staff who goes far above the call of duty to deliver a superlative guest experience.
The Rosewood is within Mayakoba, a master-planned hotel, golf, beach and residential community on the coast of the Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. The Riviera Maya is a strip extending about 60 miles south along the coast from Cancun International Airport to the ancient Mayan city of Tulum, but it does not include Cancun itself, which lies north of the airport. The Riviera Maya is full of Mayan ruins (Coba, Chichén Itzá, Tulum), small beach and fishing villages, unique eco-theme parks and golf courses, and is home to the world’s second largest barrier reef and the offshore island of Cozumel. And although there are many small towns in the area, the heart of the Riviera Maya is the shop- and restaurant-filled Playa del Carmen, which is located about 15 minutes away from Rosewood Mayakoba.
Rosewood Mayakoba is an all-suite resort. The major differences between suites at this property are their locations, either on the lagoons, the spa island or the ocean. There are beachfront suites that open directly onto the sandy beach and there are overwater suites that rest on stilts like something out of the South Pacific. All have a contemporary Mexican feel inside, with lots of exposed wood, tile and stone. The luxurious suites are roomy with large living areas, outdoor sitting spaces and oversized bathrooms that come with sizable walk-in rain showers and deep-soaking tubs. All have outdoor heated private plunge pools and many have outdoor showers as well. No matter which suite you choose at Rosewood Mayakoba, all enjoy a high degree of privacy.
Rosewood Mayakoba has four restaurants plus bar options. Casa del Lago is the main resort eatery, serving a lavish buffet breakfast with numerous Mexican specialties and fresh juices, then a casual lunch before transforming into a more formal Italian restaurant for dinner. It also has a separate bar next door for drinks and light bites. Agave Azul Sushi & Tequila Bar is a sushi spot with a dedicated bar that serves more than 100 high-quality tequila offerings. Punta Bonita is the dining venue at the beach club, alongside the swimming pool and overlooking the Caribbean Sea, with indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner with an emphasis on local specialties and casual fare such as sandwiches, pizza, shrimp, fish tacos and small plates served tapas-style. There is also an outdoor bar overlooking the sea. The resort's newest culinary experience, La Ceiba Garden & Kitchen, is an interactive environment offering guests cooking demonstrations, classes and foraging excursions among more than 45 types of organic Mexican produce. The 20,000-square-foot al fresco kitchen and garden serves food cooked over an open flame according to Mayan tradition. Rosewood guests can also enjoy the restaurants at the other two Mayakoba hotels, Fairmont and Banyan Tree.
Sense, A Rosewood Spa, is a private island of wellness within the resort that brings the seclusion and relaxation of Rosewood Mayakoba to new levels. Cross the Puente del Balneairo bridge to this 17,000-square-foot sanctuary, where 12 lagoon-side treatment rooms and eight private spa suites surround a cenote. The influences of water and other natural elements extend beyond the spa's design to its treatments; hydrotherapy facilities include therapeutic plunge pools, steam grottos, saunas and experiential showers. The menu of services is also heavily inspired by local healing traditions. For the ultimate Riviera Maya spa experience on this isle of wellness, select the Mayan Healing Hands journey. A shaman will guide you through a half-day, traditional Mayan holistic healing treatment designed to interconnect the body, mind, emotions, spirit and environment for balance and harmony.
Rosewood Mayakoba has a tropical fantasy feel, and includes several islands connected by bridges, with all rooms on the water, either secluded mangrove lagoons or the ocean. Suites are very spread out across the expansive resort, all single story, and surrounded by lush landscaping and local foliage, so the place feels much larger than it actually is. Common areas of the luxury resort — including the Casa del Lago pool complex, shops, restaurants and the spa and fitness center, which is located on its own island — have a sleek, modern design, and the overall result is a tropics-inspired paradise.