Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Riviera Maya’s exotic hideaway
Located just 15 minutes from trendy Playa del Carmen, Banyan Tree Mayakoba is a resort all about giving travelers a sense of place along with a big dose of posh. Tucked away in Mayakoba, a gorgeous resort community on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, the luxury hideaway echoes the natural beauty and jungle mystique of its surroundings, from thick mangroves and underground waterways to ancient, indigenous traditions.

Blending Asian hospitality with the idyllic passion of Mexico, Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers a serene, sumptuous and secluded respite from the outside world. Private villas built into the landscape dot the resort (each featuring its own pool), an award-winning golf course and spa provide the perfect opportunity to unwind and seven eateries offer an assortment of cuisines to suit all tastes—from authentic Thai cuisine to contemporary Mexican fare, a champagne brunch or a festive poolside barbeque, abundant culinary delights are always on the menu.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• The arrival experience sets a dramatic stage: A long driveway curves through thick foliage and leads up to a stunning open-air lobby overlooking Mayakoba’s famous canals. This serpentine network of canals winds its way throughout the entire property.

• Mayan-influenced architecture melds indoor and outdoor spaces beautifully. You can see the aesthetic in open-air spaces or areas that are wrapped with floor-to-ceiling windows, rustic woods and muted earth tones that blend with the sea foam green of the waterways and indigenous flora.

• Offering one of the most unique relaxation experiences in Mayakoba, Banyan Tree Spa incorporates the resort’s exotic jungle vibe with Asian-inspired treatments taking place in private, over-the-water therapy villas.

• Abundant wildlife roams the waterways and low-hanging trees, as Mayakoba is home to more than 100 species of birds, plus turtles and even crocodiles.

• All of the spa's authentic treatments are expertly administered by highly trained therapists from the Banyan Tree Academies in Thailand and Indonesia.
Things to Know
• The resort sits roughly 15 minutes from trendy Playa del Carmen and about 40 minutes from Cancun International Airport.

• Banyan Tree Mayakoba is one of four resorts in the 640-acre Mayakoba complex along the Caribbean coast, but unlike most properties in Mexico’s Yucatan, this one is not directly on the beach.

• Golfers will hail Banyan Tree Mayakoba’s pièce de résistance, El Camaleón Mayakoba Golf Club (home to the only PGA Tour event in Mexico, The Mayakoba Golf Classic). Designed by Greg Norman, it has three different landscapes (jungle, mangrove and sea) that offer diverse terrain attractive to international players.
The Rooms
• The 122 immense pool villas (each is over 3,000 square feet) are built discreetly into the landscape along garden paths accessed via buggy.

• Each villa has its own private full-sized pool, indoor and outdoor living areas, a garden and a bathroom with a deep soaking tub and rain shower.

• The more opulent quarters, like the 5,511-square-foot Beachfront Three Bedroom Pool Villa, overlook the Caribbean Sea and have earthenware sinks, a courtyard, a heated swimming pool and a jet pool.
The Restaurants
• Executive chef Alfonso de la Dehesa oversees a breadth of culinary offerings, reaching beyond just Mexico to contemporary seafood and Thai cuisine. All in all, there are seven spots to eat here, plus options for in-villa dining (hello, private poolside barbecue!).

• The champagne breakfast buffet is a must, with a sprawling table of international pastries, meats, cheeses and a section of sumptuous Mexican eats including decadent hot chocolate.

• Perhaps the most romantic dining option in the entire country is the Ixchel experience, an evening outing aboard a private dining boat that cruises in and out of canals and mangroves.
Getting There
Carretera Federal Chetumal-Puerto Juárez Km. 298 Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
CUN (45 min)   CZM  
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