Banyan Tree Mayakoba
What We Love
- Romantic dinners for two onboard the hotel’s dining boat
- Playing the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon, a PGA championship course, which includes navigating over a cenote
- Unlike many high-end resorts, this one is very child-friendly and has its own kids club
What To Know
- Meals and drinks can be expensive
- Some villas are farther removed from the beach than others—though golf carts and bicycles (two per villa) are provided for zipping around the resort
- Private group dinners can be arranged and are held in the hotel’s wine cellar
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
It’s hard to find anything missing from this enormous five-star resort, which sits on a stunning stretch of beach on Mexico’s Playa del Carmen and whose 118 villas are interspersed with lagoons, mangrove trees, swimming pools, and tennis courts. There’s no shortage of things to do here: guests can take cooking or yoga classes, do a tequila tasting, play golf, go snorkeling, or lounge the day away in the extraordinary spa, which features a hydrothermal circuit of eight hot and cold thermal cabins and includes a “rain walk” and a dip in the “vitality pool,” along with sauna and steam rooms and locally inspired treatments like a massage using honey oil gathered from Mexican bees. The villas start at a whopping 3,000 square feet and mix Asian architecture with Mayan influences and artwork; each has its own personal heated pool, garden, an outdoor bathtub, and several private terraces (complete with hammock). Service is perfectly attentive, but never intrusive.
In the Area
From the Banyan Tree’s location on a prime stretch of beach in the Playa del Carmen community, most short excursions will be to other resorts in the area for dinner or drinks. Guests can easily travel around on the hotel-provided bikes—though renting a car might be best for venturing further afield. A 15-minute drive to the south brings you to the Centro Cultural, which hosts art exhibitions and performances that are well worth seeing. In the other direction, less than an hour’s drive toward Cancún, is the glitzy La Isla Shopping Village, home to over 150 stores arranged around small canals and bridges. The aquarium is another great stop if you’re traveling with children. Several world-class sights, like the ruins at Chichen Itza and the Yucatan cenotes, sinkholes once sacred to the Mayans where visitors can go swimming, are a few hours from the resort—the hotel can arrange trips to both.
How to Get There
Banyan tree in mayakoba is an exceptional hotel. The villas are so private and give you a very nice space to relax. The personal pools are very large and the hot tub is an added treat. I like the vilas on the lagoon, but there are also ones on the beach. The staff is fantastic! Always smiling and friendly. The setting is very natural in the woods and makes you feel a part of nature. Love the eco tour. My only drawback to the hotel is that I think the restaurants are far too expensive for Mexico. $22.00 for guacamole in Mexico?? Really?
i can highly reccomend this hotel. beautyful villas. top service. beautyful beach..nice choice of restaurants. the italian restaurant could be a bit more italian and the saffran a bit more thai. but the Food was really very good. stunning breakfast buffet.
we would definitly go back
I'm the owner of CIRE Travel and we plan luxury vacations for our clients. This was my first time in Mayakoba and my second Banyan Tree (Seychelles in 2018) and all expectations were were exceeded. The level of service sets bar very high, the food was amazing and our pool villa was a dream! I got to experience the level of care that the Banyan Tree Mayakoba team brings to my clients and I can't thank them enough!