Riviera Maya, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
At a Glance
A 1,600-acre luxury resort with excellent facilities and spacious accommodations to the north of Playa del Carmen
Luxurious and high end accommodation
Very professional and high end service
Families with children are well looked after by ‘Roseewood Explorers' children's club
Set on its own island, Sense, A Rosewood Spa® offers a huge range of Mayan healing practises and treatments
The Mayakoba complex is home to a Greg Norman designed 18-hole golf course El Camaleón
Striking, modern design surrounded by lagoons and lush jungle - all suites have over-sized terraces and plunge pools
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
Surrounded by lush jungle, mangroves, emerald lagoons and set back from the turquoise Caribbean Sea, Rosewood Mayakoba is a luxurious high-end resort within the exclusive Mayakoba enclave on Mexico's Riviera Maya, just north of Playa del Carmen.
Rosewood Mayakoba resort unfolds across 20 acres of emerald lagoons and is surrounded by lush jungle and protected mangroves. Indigenous materials have been used to create a spacious and stylish resort, which is joined by waterways. Limestone, wood and water combine perfectly with the natural surroundings to provide 129 suites that are decorated in a minimalist style and appear to float on the water's edge. There are also 11 private residences.
The hotel has a mile of beachfront with sweeping views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea and an award-winning spa located on its own private island, Sense a Rosewood Spa. The spa island also features 12 newly debuted Wellness Suites designed to heighten tranquility and renewal, offering. Situated amongst the freshwater of a private salt therapy pool, reflexology fountain and an outdoor meditation pavilion in a private garden.
The resort features six beautifully designed pools: Casa del Lago Pool is centrally located and overlooks the lagoon, Punta Bonita features a beachfront infinity pool, Sense Spa offers a private hydrotherapy pool, and the adult’s-only seaside oasis, Aquí Me Quedo, has three plunge pools sunken into the sand. If you can drag yourself away from the luxury of the resort and the pristine white powder beaches, activities include diving, snorkelling and golf at El Camaleón, Mayakoba’s championship golf course.
Built along serene lagoons and the Caribbean Sea, the resort's 129 suites and 11 private residences are strikingly modern in design and offer open-plan luxurious space in which to unwind. Upon arrival guests are transported by luxury boats or golf cart to their own personal sanctuary where they are greeted by their personal butler.
All the suites feature crisp, open spaces, contemporary furnishings and sliding-glass doors with wooden lattices for natural airiness. Accommodations at the luxury resort are complemented with such details as over-sized terraces, spacious bathrooms (some with outdoor garden showers), plunge pools and boat docks.
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Deluxe Lagoon Suites feature open spaces, contemporary furnishings and a private plunge pool and outdoor deck with lounge chairs. Suite interiors have a separate bedroom and living room with sofa bed as well as two en suite bathrooms with rain showers and an outdoor rain shower.
Rosewood Mayakoba welcomes children of all ages. Extra beds and cribs are available and adjoining suites can be booked for families. A variety of additional services and amenities can be arranged on request including baby monitors, in-room baby proofing, bed rails, children's bath robes and slippers, baby bath tubs, bottle warmers and baby skincare products. For younger children babysitting can be arranged on request. The resort also has a Rosewood Explorer’s program for children aged 3-8 years of age that includes complimentary year-round Kids Club offering a whole variety of supervised activities. Facilities include a TV and games room and an arts and crafts area. Children under the age of 3 can also attend the club, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
Rosewood Mayakoba features five excellent restaurants, one sweet bakery and weekly culinary experiences, Zapote bar, Aquí Me Quedo, the new beachfront adults-only beachfront hideaway, six swimming pools, Forbes rated spa, 24-hour fitness center, tennis courts, El Camaleón championship golf course designed by Greg Norman. Activities available include snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, stand-up paddling boarding, spa treatments, workout classes, Rosewood Explorer’s and Kid’s Club.
Guests at the Rosewood Mayakoba can indulge in a relaxing massage at the spa, join in a yoga class, take a trip through the mangroves looking for wildlife on the resorts daily Eco Tour, relax at the Aquí Me Quedo or enjoy preferential green fees at El Cameleón Golf Club, a renowned course winding through mangroves, jungle and with stunning ocean views. Visits can also be arranged to nearby Mayan ruins such as Tulum and Coba and to the Sian Ka'an ecological reserve.
Jenny Weidemann (Staff)
Pure luxury is a good description for this impressive resort. From the moment I walked in I felt like a VIP. My personal butler Joanna was waiting for me at the dock (you get to your room by boat) and made the most delicious Mezcal cocktail for me upon arrival to my suite. I even got a recipe card to take home. The beach is wonderful with white powdery sand seaweed is quite common on the whole Riviera Maya and they try to reduce the amount of seaweed coming in with a concrete structure a bit of the coast. A first-class experience with the best staff you can imagine.
Scarlett Richard (Staff)
For me this property really has the wow factor and I would go as far to say that it is the most luxurious hotel within the Riviera Maya. What makes the Rosewood so special is its warm service and deep rooted hospitality. Nothing is too much trouble here and the staff are all incredibly attentive. From little personalised gifts left in your room each evening, to your 24/7 butler who cant do more for you and the fun and passionate staff found throughout the property; a stay here is seamless and highly enjoyable. The hotel is surrounded by an extensive network of canals linking many mangrove forests and lagoons together. It is perfect for those who want a slice of nature and experience a tropical jungle escape. As soon as you arrive you are whisked away by motor boat and taken to your room. Sipping on a welcome drink as you meander the canals and witness a variety of bird life and turtles, arriving to your room has never been so exciting. Many rooms hang over the water and come with there own private dock, plunge pool and large terrace. So luxe that leaving the room is tough. within the complex you have three pools to relax by, a chilled-out beach club over looking the white sands and the most incredible spa. Saving the best until last the food here is also exceptional at each of the restaurants. A particular highlight was La Ceiba, an alfresco dining experience held every Wednesday and Saturday in the chefs Garden. Lit up by lanterns, La Ceiba takes its guests on a culinary journey through the Yucatan peninsula and the food is incredibly tasty with beautifully cooked octopus, honey spiced lamb chops and much more- amazing! Rosewood Mayakoba comes with a price but it really does offer the whole package.
Some call it the classy-side of Cancun and others simply by Mayakoba. Having made its mark in Mexico with the opulent Las Ventanas Resort near Los Cabos Mexico, Rosewood Hotel debuts its newest pristine Caribbean resort in along the Maya Riviera and underwater sanctuary discovered in 1961 by Jacques Cousteau.
It's as lavish a hotel you'll find on the Yucatan peninsula, accessed via the dreadful Cancun International airport and then a short freeway drive to the exclusive Mayakoba enclave home to several upscale residential developments and nearby Mandarin Oriental. An over-the-top lobby area is constructed from raw stone and decorated in a muted-color palette that exudes a sexy spa appeal. Expecting those sexy Californians and movie stars that frequent Las Ventanas, we were disappointed to see a crowd far similar to those found at Rosewood's Mansion at Turtle Creek or Crescent Court in Dallas, namely curvy businessmen who should avoid being shirtless.
The lobby area connects three gourmet restaurants, chocolaty lobby lounge clad in wood paneling and brown leather, and lagoon to the spa 'island' accessed by private paddleboats. An oceanfront pool pavilion overlooks the sea with exotic cabanas and lounge chairs arranged for privacy and seclusion. Do bring your I-Pod, as the beach area is free of DJ and eye-candy we have come to desire at any world-class resort. Free of the physical diversions of Playa del Carmen or Cancun, Mayakoba is a couple's paradise of ingenious architecture.
Chichen Itza & Private Cenote
A superb experience that combines exploring the archaeological wonders of Chichen Itza, a delicious picnic and relaxation by a beautiful cenote in complete privacy
Coba by Bicycle
Explore one of the Yucatan's less known Maya sites by bicycle, and climb the 120 steps to the top of the Nohoch Mul pyramid temple. Accompanied by a historian guide you will learn about the ruins and natural wonders which can be found at the site.
Dive Mexico's Underwater Museum
Explore the weird and wonderful underwater world of the Riviera Maya as you experience one of the most fascinating dive sites. The MUSA Underwater museum was created to encourage coral to grow and is now home to an array of colourful fish species.
Ek Balam & Xchen Cenote
Explore one of the Maya world's less visited complexes, the magnificent Ek Balam, before relaxing by a beautiful cenote in the afternoon.
Jungle Quad Bike Adventure Mexico
Go quad biking along lush tropical jungle tracks through the Mayan rainforest on Mexico's Riviera Maya. Drive past stunning white sand beaches and cool off with a swim in a crystal clear sacred cenote.
Out-of-Hours Chichen Itza Private Tour
Rise early to explore the impressive site of Chichen Itza as the sun comes up and before the gates open to the public on this exclusive private experience, allowing you to escape the crowds and make the most of your time at this must-see landmark.
Private Catamaran Sail to Isla Mujeres
Charter your own private catamaran for the day and sail the turquoise Caribbean waters that separate Cancun from the stunning white shores of Isla Mujeres, stopping en route to visit secluded coral reefs for fantastic snorkelling in protected seas.
Private Deep Sea Fishing in the Riviera Maya
Experience the thrill of sport fishing in the warm waters of the Mexican Caribbean on a private fishing charter. Catch mahi-mahi, sailfish, barracuda, king mackerel, wahoo, tuna, grouper, snapper, and many other species.
Rio Secreto - Underwater River Expedition
Step back in time as you head on this amazing excursion to explore the underground 'Secret River', a series of caverns with impressive stalagmites and stalactites which create a dramatic and mysterious setting for today's adventure.
Riviera Maya Jungle Adventure
Venture into the World's longest underground river system on this full day adventure through Mexico's Mayan Riviera, snorkelling in hauntingly beautiful sinkholes, off-roading through stunning jungle landscapes by jeep and flying along zip lines.
Scuba Diving Dos Ojos Cenote
Experience the most amazing scuba diving of your life exploring the world's most extensive system of underwater caverns and caves at Dos Ojos cenote near Tulum. All you need is an open water certificate for this epic adventure.
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Private Tour
Discover the UNESCO Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve on the Riviera Maya with this unique ecological tour through the coastal wetlands. Learn about nature, ecosystems, tropical birds and plants, as well as Mayan culture and swim in sacred cenotes.
Snorkel with whale sharks
Snorkelling with whale sharks is incredible, best experienced between July and August when droves of these remarkable creatures can be found. Gasp as these gentle leviathans of the deep cruise past you, an utterly unforgettable experience.
Snorkelling with Turtles in Akumal
Akumal is a small beach town on the Riviera Maya and is a great place to snorkel with sea turtles as you are almost guaranteed to see them. Wonder at these ancient sea creatures in their own environment.
Tulum Mayan Ruins
Experience the mystery and the magic of Tulum, considered some of the most beautiful Mayan ruins in Mexico mostly because of its dramatic location on a cliff overlooking the turquoise Caribbean.
Ultimate Chichen Itza air expedition
Soak in spectacular views as you swoop over the Yucatan peninsula by private plane, passing over cenotes and lush jungle to reach the impressive ancient ruins of Chichen Itza, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Ultimate Uxmal & Merida Air Expedition
Soar over the Yucatan Peninsula by privately chartered plane for unrivalled views of the region's stunning topography, enjoying privately guided visits of the archaeological site of Uxmal and the charming historic centre of Merida.
Wave Runner Riviera Maya
Speed across the turquoise waters of Playa del Carmen by jet-ski for an exhilarating way to explore the beautiful Caribbean coast. Head to Playa Norte, a picture-perfect stretch of white sand beach where you can relax to your heart's content.
Location & directions
Riviera Maya, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Situated along a mile-long arc of white sand on the Riviera Maya, Rosewood Mayakoba Hotel is the heart of a 1,600-acre luxury resort enclave located 30 minutes south of Cancún and north of the charming seaside village of Playa del Carmen.
How to get there
11-hour international flight to Cancun International Airport. Rosewood Mayakoba is a 40-minute drive from the airport.