My journey to Botswana started off with my flight from LAX…
With four resorts in the Mayakoba Resort there are so many great options to choose from, which include Banyan Tree, Andaz, Rosewood, & Fairmont hotels! All four properties have access to the beautiful beach. They recently completed a beach expansion and the sand is white and inviting. The water is wonderful to swim in and with snorkeling available, it’s impossible to resist!
Guests can dine in all the resorts restaurants and sign charges back to their room. It allows access to more than 20 restaurants and bars. They can also use the various spas.
Transportation is offered by SUVs throughout the four properties and to the little village in Mayakoba. But if you’re looking for a more interesting way to get around, you can also go by boat or use the bicycles at the resorts. Each property offers complimentary bikes for their guests.
The Banyan Tree Mayakoba is out of this world. Beautiful lobby with an Asian influence, but I still felt like I was in Mexico. Each Villa features a private pool, extremely spacious bedroom, and a bathroom with an outdoor soaking tub. The second level accommodation also includes an extra living room adjacent to the pool and a jacuzzi.
The Banyan Tree is a property where you can feel comfortable booking any entry level Villa! I also highly recommend the Eco Boat Tour that takes guests throughout Mayakoba to see the various birds in the area and other wildlife. The tour is complimentary.
The Rainforest treatment at the spa is a must do! This is the perfect treat for guests who book at Banyan Tree as it is only $50 and is a private 2 hour hydrotherapy session.
The Andaz is a year old and was designed by the same architect as the Costa Rica Andaz. They say their guests “arrive as a guest and leave as a local.” The rooms have a minimalist feel with fun pops of color and spacious. The resort has lagoon view rooms – close to the lobby and the main restaurants. The Andaz also offers beach front rooms, which have 2 casual restaurant bar areas. It is ideal for families with older children, families with teens or couples, and offers free kids club for ages 5-12. Their target age range for guests is 25-50 yrs.
During my stay I also got to visit the Rosewood Mayakoba for dinner. The food and the bar were both outstanding. The overwater lagoon rooms are beautiful and feel very private. Just be aware that the Eco Boat tours do pass by these rooms during the day. The beach front suites are breathtaking with an ideal location.
Hotel Xcaret opened just this month and is ideal for travelers seeking a “fun-inclusive” trip. It includes food/beverage, access and transportation to the 7 eco-tourism parks in the region, visits to Chichen Itza, and airport transfers. It offers an adult only section and large family areas. The resort has over 900 rooms available, but it is extremely well done with a high-end feel. Think of it as the Aulani Resort in Hawaii – but of Mexico!
North of Hotel Xcaret is Live Aqua Boutique Resort in the heart of Playa del Carmen. This is an all-inclusive stay for adults only. Features a rooftop bar and pool. Perfect for young couples or friends who are looking to be in the middle of the action!
The El Dorado Casitas Royale, a Karisma Resort, is yet another all-inclusive resort in Riviera Maya. El Dorado Casitas is well known to specialize in destination weddings and is adults only. Rooms are spacious and feature outdoor showers. The resort offers many pools, each area of buildings has their own so you never feel like you’re in a crowd!
Generations Riviera Maya is a family-centric resort adjacent to the adult only properties. While I didn’t get to see the arrival lobby, guests can choose large family suites that have 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms. The hotel is all-inclusive and features great areas for children.
El Dorado Maroma, is the luxury Karisma property in the area. There are 30 overwater bungalows in the Palafitos area of this resort. Their Villa and Suite options are also very spacious!
There is so much to see and do in the state of Yucatan. If you’re looking to get the full experience I recommend flying into Merida and out of Cancun to be able to drive and experience all the destination has to offer. Valladolid and Izamal are considered “Magical Towns”- funded by the government for beautification projects to be highlighted as tourism destinations. Of course, you can’t miss visiting Chichen Itza in the evening for their night show!
– Elizabeth Anderson, Travel Agent