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The Rosewood Mayakoba is set in the heart of the 1,600 acre Rosewood resort, just 30 minutes south of Cancun and north of Playa del Carmen. With a mile of white sand beach, it stretches back into lush jungle interspersed with a meandering lagoon.
There are 130 spacious suites, either on the beach or surrounding the lagoon which reaches throughout the property. A few of the suites boast a secluded roof top terrace and plunge pool. On arrival guests are whisked off to their room either by golf buggy, or for those staying in an Over Water Lagoon Suite, by luxury boat, as these feature their own boat deck.
The Interiors are crisp and contemporary, using natural materials such as limestone and wood - helping the property to blend in to its surroundings. Casa del Lago is the hotel's main restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine, and Punta Bonita serves light lunches with local Mexican fare. As tequila is the national drink, it is only natural to have weekly tequila tasting sessions with an expert resident tequilier (yes, it is a real job). These are held in the Agave Azul, with spectacular views over the pool and lagoon.
Sense, the hotel's spa, is set on its own island, and deservedly so. This is a grown-up only sanctuary, with extensive spa facilities such as a heated pool, fully equipped gym, saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzi, cold plunge pool and relaxation areas as well as yoga and meditation classes. There are eight suites on the island, complete with their own individual treatment room. In addition to the lap pool here, the Rosewood also features two other pools including an infinity pool set on the beach.
Families are heartily welcomed at the Rosewood; there is a complimentary Kid's Club for children aged 4 - 12 years old and babysitters can be arranged on request for the littler ones. Rosewood also goes an extra step to offer additional amenities such as bottle warmers, baby monitors, baby bath tubs and skincare products. Children can also cosy up in their own dressing gowns and slippers.
Mexico boasts the world's second largest reef, so there are diving and snorkelling excursions galore. A variety of watersports are available from the hotel and there is also an 18 hole championship golf course, El Camalen, which is the centrepiece of the Mayakoba resort.
Why we love it
Day time arrivals get transferred from airport to room by boat, and the journey through the lagoon is stunning.
Will, Original Traveller