Hidden in the world famous vacation spot of the Mexican Riviera Maya is the Rosewood Mayakoba resort, a resort that marries Mexican tradition with North American luxury at the very finest. Spanning across several small islands and surrounded by a mangrove jungle, the luxurious resort was designed using indigenous products such as Tucatan limestone and renewable woods – a design so simple and so chic that it truly represents everything Mexican hospitality holds true.
The resort is comprised of 128 suites, either on the beachfront or, remarkably, above the clear lagoons. The eight over-the-water island and lagoonview suites offer panoramic, never-before-seen views of the Caribbean sea from the comfort of an individual, private suite where guests have full access to the rest of the resort, with the specific privacy of being on their own stilted home. Guests in the suites also enjoy private plunge pools, outdoor garden showers, and rooftop deck, enough to make fun and relaxation-loving groups choose to never leave the suite’s comforts. However, if they do choose to leave, Mayakoba does not leave guests wanting for anything.
On site at the resort is the award winning Rosewood Spa, Sense – a 17,000-square-foot spa nestled on its own island. The spa boasts classic spa amenities, as well as featuring distinctively Mexican healing traditions. Within the spa are 12 lagoon-side treatment rooms, and most notably, eight private spa suites situated around a cenote, an underground natural wonder of river systems and fresh water sinkholes considered sacred entrances to the underworld in Mayan tradition. The cenotes are completely unique to Riviera Maya, and guests at the spa have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience them empirically. The spa’s treatments include the Mayakoba Signature Ritual, which was inspired by the magic of the Mayan calendar and fuses centuries of knowledge, traditional healing procedure, local herbs and massage techniques especially designed for spa-goers. Guests at the spa can take their time visiting to enjoy total access to the fully equipped gym, saunas and steam rooms, plunge pool as well as yoga and meditation classes, and even a juice bar and the Itzamna cafe – making the Sense Spa a one-of-a-kind relaxation retreat for singles and couples alike.
For those more inclined towards sport rather than tranquil relaxation, Mayakoba boasts a beautiful 7000-yard, 18-hole golf course, ranked number one in the “Foreign Golf Resorts” category of Condé Nast Traveler’s yearly poll. To further attract golf enthusiasts, the course was the first to host an out-of-North America PGA TOUR event. Also available is scuba diving and snorkeling on the world’s second largest coral reef, allowing guests to experience the Caribbean Sea first-hand, while spending time with the underwater ecosystem. Above ground, guests can also visit ecological and archaeological parks, including the famous ruins of Xel-Ha, Xcaret and Tulum, to get a real taste of what the Mayans left behind.
However what makes Rosewood Mayakoba most attractive to earth-conscious vacationers is its recognition as a site of Sustainable Tourism and a Socially Responsible resort. As the Regional Vice President of Rosewood Mayakoba, Pablo Graf, puts it, “we strive to provide our guests an unparalleled experience, but do so without sacrificing the environment and its natural resources.” The resort boasts environmentally friendly products in each of their suites, providing guests with peace of mind while using various high-energy electronics. Mayakoba is also renowned for its use of local and fair-trade services and goods, helping to bolster the economy of the surrounding Mexican communities. And of course, to have received this honor, the resort contributes to the preservation of national wildlife and landscaping, and the protection of local historic properties and sites – all in favour of contributing to the guests’ experience, helping them attain complete exposure to the wonderful things that make Riviera Maya such an illustrious place to visit.