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
From the exotic arrival through the thick lush rainforest like terrain to the absolutely stunning front entrance to the boat ride to your private lagoon suite to the whole family saying goodbye to us with drinks in hand as well and every single moment in between, this was a trip of a lifetime. Accommodations-couldn't be better. They thought of everything. Fresh, nice, luxurious, clean, quiet and comfortable. Service-better than best. Out of this planet! Food-awesome! Beach-very nice! Clean, quiet on the adult side. Amenities-best part in my opinion. The plunge pool was unreal! Golf cart VIP service wherever you want to go. Bikes if you want to ride yourself. Boat, bike, cart and shuttle you had so many VIP options. This is an unbelievable place but the people are who made it special!!!! Juan, Jose and Andrea were especially amazing hosts! You have real hosts/butlers for any need you have as well as an app. Alejandro and Alejandra from Agave Azul were amazing! Alejandra actually ran (we saw her running) to another restaurant just to get us churros for dessert because they didn't have it on their particular menu. Ivan Rodrigo Julian are some of the other wonderful individuals who also made our visit so special for my birthday trip with my beautiful wife. Thank you thank you thank you Rosewood Mayakoba staff for making our trip so exceptional! Thank you!
From the short boat ride from check-in to your room to the beautiful walking/riding paths to the beaches, this is a great experience. Good restaurants and good location a well. This is as good of an experience in this area as you will find. Nothing specific sticks out as overly exceptional but the cumulative experience of everything is 5 stars.
This was our second time at the resort during the Dave Matthews band concerts. The rooms are totally deluxe with a high end cocktail bar, the service and private butler system are super nurturing and the food is delicious— we got to do the farm to table dinner in their private gardens and the hosts are social and the food is from the earth. H each area is absolutely fab with a taco truck, new adults area and is the ideal place to hang with friends, drink cocktails and enjoy life. Loved the fitness center and spa as well. They have free bikes to ride all over the resort and the connected resorts which are tons of fun.