Drawing on their motto: "Sanctuary for the Senses," Banyan Tree Mayakoba gives new meaning to living in the "lap of luxury" in all of its 107 villas clustered along the Mayakoba Lagoon on the Riviera Maya.
Signature restaurants and bars - including the drifting "Ixchel" (Goddess of the Moon) dining boat - showcase contemporary Thai delights, Mediterranean fare, delectable seafood and modern Mexican cuisine.
The Spa features intimate outdoor pavilions located along the lagoon and offers award-wining treatments and massages - some of them drawn from 17th century Java.
A host of outdoor activities including golf, snorkeling, canoeing and eco tours complement other recreational options such as daily yoga classes, two pools and two tennis courts.
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Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Banyan Tree Mayakoba is a bit of an anomaly along the Riviera Maya. Whereas other hotels emphasize their Mexican roots, giving a nod to local traditions and native ingredients in both food and spa treatments, Banyan Tree throws some Asia into the mix, with staff coming all the way from that distant continent to work at the hotel. Bedrooms in the villas draw inspiration from the Far East as well as Mexico, blending straight lines and lacquered finishes with the colorful patterns of Mexican textiles and talavera ceramic sinks. Very high ceilings help to keep the rooms cool, and many rooms have private patios, pools, or outdoor bathtubs.