Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Riviera Maya & Isla Holbox, Mexico
At a Glance
Some of the most spacious accommodation on the Riviera Maya - all villas have their own generous private pool
Integrated resort community including "El Camaleón" golf course, home to the only PGA Tour event in Latin America
The three-bedroom Golf View Residences are great value and the perfect configuration for families
Affordable spacious private villas with good sized pools and big outdoor terraces
Superb facilities - exceptional spa, four excellent restaurants, tennis court, golf course...you name it
Complimentary bikes are provided to transport you around the property
There’s not a full serviced kids club, however, they do have various child friendly activities per day to keep the little ones entertained
Guests are provided with complimentary bicycles to get around the resort - or you can request a buggy ride or take a boat at certain times of day
Best time to Visit
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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.
Situated within the private resort of Mayakoba on the famed Riviera Maya coast of Mexico is the Banyan Tree Mayakoba; a harmonious blend of nature and luxury enhanced by the signature Asian hospitality and warmth for which Banyan Tree is renowned.
The Banyan Tree Mayakoba is a high quality resort, 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 resorts on the Riviera Maya.
The 116 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 four 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 beach club with a 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 golf buggies that will take you from anywhere to anywhere.
Activities are suitably wide-ranging and include access to the fabulous Mayakoba championship El Cameleon 18-hole golf course, watersports, excursions to the nearby Mayan ruins and plenty of activities for children. Bicycles - up to two bikes per villa - are complimentary.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba has 116 elegantly-designed private villas with one, two or three bedrooms, ranging from secluded Pool Villas to Three-Bedroom Oceanfront 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 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 offer 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 also has a fitness centre, tennis court and kayaks guest use. 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' for European-style fine dining, and the more relaxed 'Sands' located in the Beach club. For something extra special there is the Ixchel experience, where guests dine in private 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.
Jenny Weidemann (Staff)
The size of the villa and the pool is amazing, and the grounds feel huge. Although my villa was quite far away from the beach it is so much fun to use the bike (a super comfy beach cruiser) to get around and explore the whole property. As it is an Asian brand their signature restaurant offers Thai cuisine but if you feel like something more authentic try the Haab I watched some of the dinner show from the main lobby and it looked spectacular. I found myself in the more casual La Copa and enjoyed some snacks relaxing at the comfy lounge area. One of my favourite resorts as it does not feel crowded and offers lots of privacy.
Along a landscape of grassy dunes, mangroves and freshwater lagoons, Banyan Tree Mayakoba is a majestic sight upon arrival to a dark-concrete motor court with koi pond entrenched with firepots and Asian-inspired roofline leading to the interior lobby. Along a series on water inlets and saltwater mangroves leading to the Caribbean, Banyan Tree brings 21st Century architecture to the Mayakoba coast with series of detached resort buildings joined together through rectangular slate tiles and trickling fountains. A pitched-roofline contains a towering main lobby housing an in-house restaurant in a dining room of Aztec-inspired stacked-stone walls and mosaic tile detailing that brings a more intimate edge to the thoroughly modern architecture. A smaller than expected main pool compensates with private lounge areas with personal tanning ledges and nearby pool bar with collection of spa-inspired drinks and cocktails. The Banyan Tree signature spa, one of the best in Mexico, is housed within a sprawling villa of glass walls and mangrove views for hydrotherapy procedures like Rain Walks, Aroma Steam Chambers, Brine Cavern and Ice Fountain. El Camaleon Golf Course designed by Greg Norman offers one of the best courses on the Maya Riviera, just in case idle laying at Sands Beach Club with waterfront swimming pool with café and lounger service on the sand isn't your thing.
Mark Beken (Staff)
Those used to staying at Banyan Tree properties worldwide will have an idea of what to expect. It's safe to say that Mexico has not seen anything quite like it. Anticipatory service, huge pool villas so luxurious that it's hard to tear yourself away, and a wealth of fine dining options, signature spa treatments and a great beach club make this the leading resort on the coast. I loved it, but if you want authenticity and are not swayed by such flawlessly prescriptive service, then there are other places to stay. It's not really a beach resort as such, as a broad swathe of protected mangrove lagoons stands between the hotel proper and the narrow beach, but then this is all about the villa and, maybe, about the breakfast too, the best I have ever had.
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 Chichen Itza tour
Enjoy a private guided tour of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 'New 7 World Wonders', a unique place to be discovered! This ancient Mayan capital is the most famous of the archaeological zones in the Yucatan.
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.
Family Fun in Mexico
Mexico City, Merida & Riviera Maya
from £5800 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights
- A perfect introduction to Mexico for families
- Plenty of activities to keep everyone in the family amused and entertained
- Let your children discover their inner Indiana Jones as they clamber through Mayan ruins and enjoy a scavenger hunt
Location & directions
Riviera Maya & Isla Holbox, Mexico
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 drive from Cancun International airport.
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