Secluded and service-oriented are the adjectives that best describe Rosewood Mayakoba, an AFAR Collection member in Playa del Carmen that opened in 2008. At 1,600 acres, the resort is expansive, offering plenty of room for guests to feel that they have their own space. Rooms, too, are spacious and have either tile or wooden floors, comfortable beds and chairs, and a layout and design that draws guests to outside spaces such as patios and balconies. The sense of privacy is reinforced by special en suite features, including private plunge pools, garden showers, and sundecks. Service, which includes butler, concierge, and valet support, is first-class. Staff can facilitate or organize a wide range of experiences, both on the hotel property and in the surrounding area. These range from horseback riding on the beach and ocean kayaking to private dining and aerial tours of the Maya site Chichen Itzá.
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Rosewood Mayakoba is located between Cancún and Playa del Carmen in Mexico's Riviera Maya region, home to the world's second-largest coral reef. As well as scuba divers, the area attracts culture and history buffs who are drawn to the region's numerous Maya sites, such as Tulum and Chichen Itzá; the latter is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The area is also pocked with cenotes, natural pools where visitors can take a dip. The Maya considered these waters sacred. And speaking of the Maya, their presence is visible throughout the area, not only in food, such as the traditional pork dish cochinita pibil, but also among the people, some of whom still wear the culture's traditional clothing.
Need to Know
Rooms: 130 suites; from $515. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Three restaurants are on-site. Punta Bonita serves contemporary Mexican food. Casa Del Lago specializes in modern Italian. And then there's Agave Azul Sushi and Tequila Bar. Spa and gym details: The hotel’s spa, Sense, sits on a private island, apart from all of the other resort facilities. Treatments were designed with this unique setting in mind, and they evoke elements of Maya culture to achieve the goal of helping guests feel balanced. There’s also a gym that puts on a variety of fitness activities, ranging from yoga and Pilates to intense workouts with names like “Cardio Combat” and “Iron Legs.”
Who it's for: Travelers who crave secluded, beachfront luxury. Our favorite rooms: Casa Laguna is a private, personal villa with views of the Caribbean. At 9,400 square feet, guests have more than enough room to stretch out—and to accommodate the dedicated staff, who arrive by boat to attend to every need. Lagoon tour:Guests can take an interactive tour of the property's lagoons with the on-site biologist, who knows all about the area's native flora and fauna.
Butler service. In-room tequila welcome amenity. Daily housekeeping including nightly turndown service. Daily fresh fruit bowl and water. Air-conditioning. Complimentary in-room coffee and tea service.
Views of lagoon or Caribbean Sea. Oversized deck terraces and rooftop terraces with each suite.
Luxurious bath amenities. Indoor rain shower and sculptured tubs. Outdoor garden rain showers in some rooms. Hairdryers in room.
In-room WiFi. Bose audio and sound equipment. Satellite television and musses. CD, DVD, and iPod docking station. Dual line for modem/phone.
Casa Del Lago — Resort’s signature restaurant serving contemporary Italian cuisine. Punta Bonita — Beachfront grill overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Agave Azul — Sushi and tequila bar. La Ceiba Garden and Kitchen — Al fresco kitchen and garden serving classic and modern Mexican dishes; also features cooking demonstrations.
Spa and Fitness
Sense, a Rosewood Spa, is 17,000 square feet with 12 treatment rooms and eight island suites. Full fitness center located in The Sense Spa with classes available from 8-10 a.m.
Three pools on site: Casa del Lago Pool, Beach-Front Infinity Edge Pool, and Spa Pool
Heated plunge pools, outdoor decks, and boat docks in all suites
Lagoon Studio Suite
Lagoon Studio Suites offer spacious open floor plans with one king bed or two queen beds. Bathroom features a soaking tub, dual vanities, and indoor and outdoor rain showers. Outdoor space includes a pool terrace with sun loungers and a rooftop terrace.
Island Suites are expansive, secluded, and have a residential feel. Suites are split-level with the bedroom with king bed and master bathroom on the suite's entry level, and a downstairs level has a full wet bar and second bathroom with wet bar. Island Suites include a private treatment cabin with outdoor rain shower for en-suite spa services, and marble bathrooms with indoor shower and tub.
Deluxe Lagoon Suite
Deluxe Lagoon Suites are one-bedroom suites including a sitting room with sofa bed that can be closed off from the bedroom using sliding doors, and comes with a second bathroom with a rain shower. Suites include outdoor rain showers, roof top terrace, and pool terrace with sun loungers. Suites have views of Rosewood Mayakoba lagoons and mangroves.
Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suite
Deluxe Overwater Suites are one-of-a-kind accommodations featuring lounge terraces with plunge pools. Suites feature luxurious bathrooms with outdoor garden shower, private walk-in closet, and views of the lagoon and mangroves. The Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suite is ideal for honeymooners and couples.
Beachside Lagoonview Suite
Beachside Lagoonview Suites offer views of the lagoon and mangroves from the living room and pool terrace. Suites include a large bedroom and bathroom with soaking tub and rain shower. Suites are located with easy access to Rosewood Mayakoba's Punta Bonita pool and beach club entrance. Connecting suites may be arranged depending on availability.
Oceanview Suites feature panoramic views of the ocean from the living room and are located on the second floor, just across from the beach. Rooms feature king beds and living rooms with sofa beds. Suites include a rooftop pool terrace with stunning vista of the Caribbean and sunbeds. Connecting suites may be arranged depending on availability.
Beachfront Studio Suite
Beachfront Studio Suites are located steps away from the beach and clear views of the Caribbean. Suites feature king beds, large soaking tub or lounge on the terrace in an inviting plunge pool. Connecting suites may be arranged depending on availability.
Deluxe Ocean View Suite
Deluxe Ocean View Suite are tri-level townhouse-style suites located on the beach with stunning views of the ocean and coastline. A private master bedroom with king bed or two queen beds is located on the main floor, and includes a sitting area overlooking the lagoon, walk-in close and oversized bathroom with changing area. Suite features a large living space with an upper-level living room and butler pantry with outdoor terrace, a private plunge pool, a pull-out sofa and a second bathroom. A circular stairway leads to a rooftop sun deck. Connecting suites may be arranged depending on availability.
Presidential Lagoon Suite
Presidential Lagoon Suite is an expansive three-bedroom suite with a large living and dining area, TV room, studio, and kitchen with separate pantry. Master bedroom is connected to main building by a bridge for additional privacy and includes a spacious bathroom, walk-in closet, and private plunge pools. Two additional bedrooms include private bathrooms, one includes a king bed and the other features two queen beds. Main building also has a private pool and large wood terrace for sun bathing.
Beach Front Presidential Suite
Presidential Oceanfront Suite offers extensive living space and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, located directly on the Mexican Caribbean. Suite features two large bedrooms, luxurious bathrooms, a study, TV rooms and lounge terraces. Master bedroom has a unique swim-up pool. Suite can connect to two additional suites to accommodate large families.
Casa Laguna is an expansive villa overlooking the lagoon with floor to ceiling windows. Villa features a contemporary open floor plan with chef's kitchen. The lagoon level features three bedrooms including two master unites with en suite bathrooms. Villa also includes a media room, a private pool overlooking the lagoon, a boat dock, private dining deck, and dedicated staff of five.