Paradise Found: Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya 25 January 2019 25 January 2019 • scottdunntravel Tucked in between mangroves and the azure Caribbean Sea is the beautiful Andaz Mayakoba. While at a first glance it seems like a relaxing beach retreat (and that it most definitely is), it’s so much more. Its abundant with wildlife, fantastic culinary offerings and an array of water sports, all while being just a short distance from some of the best adventure and historical sites in the Yucatan Peninsula. Here are five reasons why we loved Andaz Mayakoba… The complimentary mangrove eco-boat tour Hop on a tranquil eco-boat trip through the Mayakoba mangroves on a quest to spot the local wildlife, from crocodiles and iguanas to an array of birdlife. The boat glides through the crystal-clear waters and lush flora in what is arguably the most relaxing experience at Andaz Mayakoba, accompanied by nothing but the sound of birds. Guests can also rent canoes and explore the mangroves, too. Jump on an Eco BoatAnd explore Riviera Maya's lush MangrovesIn search of adventure The cocktail experience at Casa Amate Head to Casa Amate, one of the resorts three restaurants, where world-class mixologists await to craft bespoke cocktails tailored exactly to suit your taste. The ingredients bar is impressive as is the creativity and skill of the mixologists who will create the most delicious cocktails imaginable. Our tip – try one with Mezcal (when in Mexico, after all). Andaz Mayakoba has an impressive cocktail barAnd the talented mixologists are very creative The beautiful beach White sand – check. Sparkling ocean – check. Whether you want to relax and soak up those Caribbean rays or hit the water, this stretch of beach is perfect for everyone. Our hot pick: try your hand at paddleboarding or kayaking before heading to Olla Ceviche for sundowners by the beach. The location is simply idyllicYou can easily wile away the whole day on the beach The spa Secluded treatment cabins overlooking the lush greenery offer the perfect spa setting. Naum Wellness & Spa at Andaz Mayakoba use Mayan Rituals at the core of each treatment, with four key intentions for guests to choose from. Just a few of our favourite treatments were the Mayan Stone Massage and the Xoco Tequila Body Wrap, using tequila and chocolate to create the ultimate relaxing experience. Andaz Mayakoba is a brilliant place to unwindAn indulge in some much needed me-time The food With four on-site restaurants at Andaz Mayakoba, each using fresh local ingredients and authentic Latin American cooking, you’re simply spoilt for choice! Cocina Milagro offers an incredible breakfast selection of traditional Mexican dishes and fresh juices, Olla Taco has an array of ceviche, tacos and aguachiles on offer, Casa Amate, open exclusively for dinner, has a unique yet sophisticated Latin menu and Olla Ceviche with it’s impressive collection of Mezcal and Tequila is perfect for an aperitif. Each of Andaz Mayakoba's restaurants serve authentic Latin American CuisineServed alongside local aperitifs!