What We Love
- The Greg Norman-designed golf course
- Afternoon beachside tapas, and the tequila library for late nights
- Hopping into a golf buggy and zipping around the resort
- Being ferried to your suite in a motor launch (many rooms have private docks)
What To Know
- There’s lots of seaweed in the water and, despite the staff’s best efforts, on the beach
- Some suites rest on stilts above the lagoon; these have swim-up access
- Free WiFi, bottled water, and fruit
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Rather than deal with the spring-break craziness of Cancún, savvy travelers head instead to the Riviera Maya to trade beer cans for craft cocktails and cookie-cutter hotels for modern design and thoughtful amenities. The Rosewood Mayakoba, where every room is a suite and has its own private deck and heated plunge pool, delivers this complete change of pace. Staff greet guests with a welcome tequila, then follow up with almost eerie prescience, devoting considerable time to considerate gestures like leaving soft cloths for cleaning sunglasses in the rooms and refilling your ice water poolside every half hour. This is a resort that spoils you: rooms have Nespresso machines, there are foot showers for washing sand off your feet, and the spa delivers slippers in your size. The beach isn’t private, so expect foot traffic while sunbathing, but there are three pools. An aperitif at the Agave Azul Sushi & Tequila Bar, an open-air space that edges out over the lagoon with views of the mangroves, is a must, and there are weekly tequila tastings (from 100 different labels). Don’t miss the mezcal.
In the Area
The Rosewood is in the Playa del Carmen resort community, and guests can borrow hotel bikes to cycle the nearby nature trails or to stop into the other resorts situated nearby. Less than a hour’s drive north toward Cancún is the glitzy La Isla Shopping Village, home to over 150 stores interspersed with small canals and bridges; the aquarium is a favorite for those traveling with children. A 15-minute drive south brings you to the Centro Cultural, which hosts art exhibitions and performances that are also well worth seeing. Several world-class sights are a few hours from the resort—the Rosewood can arrange trips to both the ruins at Chichen Itza and the Yucatan cenotes (sinkholes once sacred to the Mayans) where visitors can go swimming.
How to Get There
Absolutely faultless resort with staff that will go the extra mile with every request we made. It is more expensive than other hotels in Playa del Carmen but you are paying for luxury. It was our first stay in Playa del Carmen and at Rosewood but we will return here. The rooms are FANTASTIC! Look no further!!
Any hospitality organization should send their managers here to truly learn the art of five star service.
We left feeling like we were leaving our family. How the staff integrates with the guests is the reason why so many keep returning month after month year after year. Our accommodations were in newly renovated suite and everything was spotlessly clean and perfect. Cannot wait to return!
All I can say is Wow. A 3 day getaway at Rosewood was as relaxing as 2 weeks at any other hotel. What an amazing experience. I highly recommend. It is pricey but such a value. The staff is beyond delightful and helpful. They understand you are on vacation and make sure that you are treated like royalty. They always anticipate your every need. The villas are spectacular. We loved #422 - it was a large 1 bedroom on the lagoon with a fabulous patio that included a sectional and table and chairs. The finishes and appointments in the villa were all high end and casually elegant throughout. The adult beach and pools were heaven and we spent much of the day reading and relaxing while being waited on. Don't miss enjoying the spa and fitness area. All added to resetting mind and spirit and literally the best massage I've ever had. We always like to discover new places but like everyone else who has reviewed this magical enclave, we will be back! Thank you Rosewood for truly an unforgettable experience.