Banyan Tree's latest foray into Mexico has delivered a resort of outstanding quality, set amongst the mangroves and lagoons of the Riviera Maya. With their trademark architectural design and full commitment to a premium guest experience, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba is one of the most exclusive of all the luxury resorts on the Riviera Maya.
The 117 elegantly designed one, two and three bedroom villas are extremely private and all have their own swimming pools and a garden area with high surrounding walls - perfect for romantic getaways, family trips and friends travelling together. The villas themselves are very spacious, with high ceilings and an unwavering use of high-end finishing using Mayan and Asian designs. Technology is state-of-the-art and comfort is paramount, with surround sound and 42-inch plasma TVs, a wide choice in pillows, and huge bathrooms.
The service is flawless, the cuisine in the three restaurants is top-notch and the breakfasts are a real treat. A signature Banyan Tree spa is on site for ultimate pampering.
The resort has a beautiful beach club with restaurant, pool and relaxing areas, reached from the main resort by boat through the mangrove lagoons or by bicycle, a popular way for guests to transport themselves. There are also buggies that will take you from anywhere to anywhere.
Activities are suitably wide-ranging and include access to the fabulous Mayakoba championship golf course, watersports and excursions, with plenty of activities for children. So opulent is your pool villa though that it will be hard to drag yourself away. Bicycles - up to two bikes per villa - are complimentary.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba has 117 elegantly-designed private villas with one, two or three bedrooms from secluded Lagoon View Villas to Three-Bedroom Beachfront Villas. All have a private pool and garden, creating a spacious outdoor area inspired by the courtyard houses of the Far East. The villas blend traditional Mayan handicrafts with luxury comforts. Depending on choice, your villa may also have a heated jet-pool or sunken baths, massage beds and steam rooms. The superb Three-Bedroom, three-storey Golf View Residences are perfect for families or a group of friends.
Children are welcome at Banyan Tree Mayakoba and the larger villas and three-bedroom Town House are perfect accommodation for families. Baby equipment including cots, extra beds, buggies, monitors and high chairs can all be provided on request. Babysitting can also be arranged and for children under 12 there is an informal kids club running from 9am to 5pm, with a variety of activities including eco tours, video games, board games and beach fun.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba's luxury, award-winning spa specialises in Asian-inspired treatments and incorporates The Rainforest, offering eight different hydrothermal therapy experiences. The spa has 16 private Spa Pavilions with deluxe amenities such as sauna, bathtub, Rainmist shower and more. The resort has a fitness centre, bicycles for hire (extra charge), tennis, kids activities and kayaks.
There is also a wide choice of bars and restaurants within Banyan Tree Mayakoba, including 'Oriente', serving delicious Mexican specialities, the elegant 'Saffron' serving contemporary Thai cuisine overlooking the lagoon, 'Tamarind' is the fine dining European-style restaurant, and the more relaxed 'Sands' is located in the Beach club. For something extra special there is the Ixchel experience, dining on a traditional floating trajinera. In-villa dining is also a great option for extra privacy.
Guests at Banyan Tree Mayakoba can indulge in a relaxing massage or some hydro therapy at the spa, join in a yoga class, take a leisurely boat trip through the mangroves looking for wildlife, relax at the beach club or enjoy a round of golf at the El Cameleón Golf Club (or drastically improve your game at the Jim McLean Golf Academy), the only PGA Championship golf course in Latin America. The 18 hole course winds through mangroves, jungle and has some stunning ocean views. Visits can also be arranged to nearby Mayan ruins such as Tulum and Coba. Scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming in cenotes, dolphin encounters, zip-lining, sailing, and guided jungle tours can also be organised.
When to travel
The best time to visit is typically during the drier, slightly milder months between November and April. The ‘rainy’ season begins in the south around June and runs until November. Although it can be hotter and more humid at this time of year, usually it only rains for a couple of hours before the weather clears. The wettest months tend to be September and October. The Caribbean coast can be affected by the hurricane season, which officially is from June to November.
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Location and directions
Banyan Tree Mayakoba is located on the south-eastern shore of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen on the Mayan Riviera.
How to get there
11-hour direct flight to Cancun International Airport. Banyan Tree Mayakoba is conveniently located 40 minutes away from Cancun International airport.