With its stunning architecture, white-glove service, and top-shelf cuisine and activities, Rosewood Mayakoba is the total package.
Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has long been famous (and infamous) for being home to Cancun, the Spring Break Mecca. But more recently, the area has enjoyed attention for its more sophisticated offerings, specifically those along the glitzy Riviera Maya. The region boasts some of Mexico’s most spectacular beaches and resorts and is within easy reach of incredible historical sites like Tulum and Coba. Rosewood Mayakoba, one of three properties that make up Mayakoba Resort, is arguably one of the most exemplary properties on this high-end stretch of sand, from its modern architecture to its thoughtful staff and on-site amenities.
Guests arrive at the resort via a winding mangrove-lined roadway that dissipates to reveal a network of lagoons, along which are dispersed clusters of contemporary suites that offer ocean and lagoon views. Although amenities like flat-panel TVs and huge Jacuzzi tubs are appreciated, they’re likely to be neglected in favor of the suites’ private terraces and plunge pools (the latter are available in select suite categories).
The best way to fully appreciate Rosewood Mayakoba’s soothing setting is with a treatment at Sense, A Rosewood Spa, which occupies its own private island in the heart of the resort (guests can snag the spa island’s lone suite for utmost privacy). Before or after a massage or scrub, guests can exercise in the glass-walled gym, swim laps in the pool, or sit in the alfresco relaxation room with an herbal tea.
Guests with a more active appetite can opt for water sports, a round of golf on the renowned El Camaleón course, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, and horseback riding. Bicycles are provided upon request, making the trip between activities and spa appointments part of the fun.
In addition to nearby ruins, one destination worth venturing off-property to explore is Playa del Carmen. Just four miles from the resort, the seaside town is home to boutiques and alfresco restaurants (pop in just about any one for a margarita happy hour) and offers superb snorkeling and a vibrant nightlife. Stroll the pedestrian-only Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue) in search of the perfect keepsake from your visit.
When it comes to the all-important dining options, the resort’s Casa Del Lago, Punta Bonita, and Agave Azul treat guests to contemporary European cuisine, family-style regional specialties, and seafood ceviches and antojitos (appetizers), respectively. A highlight of your stay at Rosewood Mayakoba is bound to be Agave Azul’s elaborate tequila tasting experience, during which resident experts impart extensive knowledge about the traditions, history, and flavors of Mexico’s most famous libation. Tequila is the star of the show, but the accompanying dishes are reason enough to go back again.