What We Love
- Five swimming pools and a private beach
- The signature treatments at the resort’s Willow Stream Spa
- On-site golf at Mexico’s only PGA course; golfers can have their swing analyzed using the new Trackman IIIe video system at the Jim McLean Golf School
What To Know
- The resort is 45 minutes from Cancun and the scene here is all about relaxing
- The resort is spread out, but there are golf-cart shuttles to help get around the property
- As with all secluded resort properties, the dining options are all on-site
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Swank Riviera Maya sleep set in a private reserve of mangrove jungles and limestone canals along Mexico’s Caribbean coast
The Fairmont Mayakoba is a classic open-air Mexican resort anchored by a large main lobby area with restaurants and lounges. The rest of the jungle-covered grounds are crisscrossed by meandering pathways, canals, lagoons and five swimming pools. Guests are encouraged to explore by borrowing a free bike, and a white-sand beach means there are plenty of quiet places to relax.
Bed and Bath
The resort’s 401 rooms and suites are spread out over the sprawling property, so chances are you won’t see other guests outside public areas. The aesthetic is Mexican-jungle chic and two-story casitas feature palapa-style thatched roofs, private balconies overlooking the saltwater lagoons, and dark wooden furniture and sliding shutters that guard against midday heat. Bright woven fabrics reflect the colors of the Caribbean, while the all-marble bathrooms — with separate soaking tubs and glassed-in showers stocked with Le Labo products — add just the right touch of luxury.
Golf is a main draw, thanks to the PGA-rated Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon Golf Club, which snakes through the jungle and along the stunning coastline. Those looking to relax can partake in a signature treatment at the Willow Stream Spa or head to one of the five swimming pools for some sun. The property’s four restaurants include La Laguna Grille & Bar for casual all-day dining and the more formal Las Brisas for romantic oceanfront meals featuring fresh seafood.
In the Area
Adventurous travelers can snorkel or scuba the famous local cenotes (underwater cave systems) with local outfitters. Playa del Carmen is just 10 minutes away, and its main street, 5th Avenue, is filled with restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Ferries ply the waters from here to Cozumel, where visitors can snorkel and kayak in Chankanaab Marine National Park. Spend a day wandering the overgrown ruins of the ancient Maya citadel of Tulum (about an hour away), or venture even further into the jungle (about a 2.5-hour drive) to the sprawling pre-Columbian complex of soaring stone pyramids at Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
How to Get There
Gabriella, the GM, gave us a shout before we arrived, with a warm welcome! Her team did a FABULOUS job with AMAZING hospitality, delicious food & beverages, and easy transportation, whether, golf cart, Suburban, or bikes! Our room was always cleaned spotlessly! I will try to remember as many staff as possible, but please forgive me if I forget anyone... you were all WONDERFUL! Guillermo & Hector greeted us on arrival & Hector took us to our room! Alejandro & Jeronimo Gomez in the Aqua Bar & Marcos, our pool guy were always looking out for us! Jessers & Mario at water sports took great care of me,enjoying rides on the HobieCat & snorkeling! All of the staff at the restaurants are SUPERB!! Thank you David, at La Laguna for chatting with me when I was dining alone and my friends were sleeping! This was my second time to visit this resort! The new sand beach is definitely an asset! The only downfall was that the seaweed on the beach was never ending... The men worked tirelessly to clean it up,only for more to float to shore. Thank you Gabriella & team for a job VERY WELL DONE!!
My family and I are frequent visitors at this hotel and have always booked the beach front rooms so that I can sit back and relax while Johvani from the beach takes care of all our food and beverage needs! He remembers what we like and how we like it. I don’t have to stress over my food and drinks while I’m here because he’s always on top of everything! That’s why we return over and over again for vacation! Very relaxing when I can just sit there and do nothing all day long! Great job Jovani! And keep up the great work!! Will come visit you again very soon!
I'd be remiss if I didn't give a shout out to Alejandro, the best poolside bartender this side of the Americas, and to the staff at restaurant Brisas (notably for suggesting some great Mexican wines).