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Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Why Stay At Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Banyan Tree brings its luxurious, modern Asian style to the coastal jungle and waterways of Mayakoba on the Yucatán peninsula, just a 40-minute drive south of Cancún.

The Scoop

The lavish Mayakoba resort region feels like a Bond villain's secret lair (albeit without the menace or white cats). The 1,600 acres of lushly landscaped Riviera Maya property is well known for its seclusion and proximity to the world's second-largest coastal reef. And the Banyan Tree, which opened in this coastal setting in March 2009, upped the opulence ante with 132 private stand-alone villas (the smallest is 3,000-plus square feet), kitted out with rough-hewn slate floors, earthenware sinks, and soaring glass skylights. Each is a sanctuary, with its own walled garden, plunge pool, and sun terrace, while the decadent spa and private beach club encourage style-setters to meander through the gardens and dunes.

Insider Tips

After booking a room, reserve a tee-time on the nearby Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón golf course. It's home to Mexico's first PGA Tour event.

Bird-watchers love the resort's mangrove boat tour, conducted in an eco-friendly electric-powered launch. Besides spotting the Mexican antthrush and hooded warbler, you'll find iguanas and crocodiles sunning along Mayakoba's canals.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Cancún International Airport (CUN) which is approximately 30 miles (45 minutes) away from the resort.

Carretera Federal Chetumal, Puerto Juárez Km. 298, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Spa Services
  • Beach Access
  • Infinity Swimming Pool
  • Activities + Tours (fee)
  • Golf Course
In-Room Amenities
  • Private Swimming Pools
  • Enclosed Garden Areas
  • 42 inch flat screen LCD TVs
  • iPod dockets
  • Mini Stereo Systems
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Hammocks
  • Spacious Work Tables
  • Mini Bars
  • Hair Dryers
  • Bathrobes
  • Air Conditioning
  • In-villa Safes
  • Turndown Service
Dining & Nightlife
  • 4 Restaurants
  • Bar + Lounge
  • Poolside Bar
  • Wine Cellar
  • Barge Cruise Dining
  • In-Villa Dining
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  • Rates are for up to two people
  • All taxes and service fees included in the nightly rate!
Bookings for this property may only be refunded or changed within 7 days of purchase.
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Riviera Maya

Unwind by the perfect beach. Snorkel near colorful reefs. Visit Mayan archeological sites and delve into history. The Riviera Maya offers stunning natural beauty and amazing indigenous history side by side.

Don't Miss

Best Day Trip: Take a dip in the Rio Secreto, an underground river discovered less than a decade ago beneath the Yucatán jungle, with the nature reserve's knowledgeable guides. You'll depart on an adventure-filled subterranean trek through a cavern filled with pristine stalagmites and other geological wonders, dressed in wet suits and water shoes.
Rio Secreto Reserva Natural, Carretera Federal Chetumal. 011-52-984-877-2377

Island Hopping: From La Paz, take a boat with Baja Expeditions to Isla Espiritu Santo, a UNESCO-protected biosphere with beautiful beaches and sea kayaking. 1-800- 843-6967. Read More
3.5-hour tours from $59 per person.

Where to Shop: The ancient Mayans were the original maestros of chocolate. For a taste of the local flavors (and to pick up a few delicious souvenirs), head to Ah Cacao, a gourmet food boutique where the selection includes 70% cacao chocolate, raw cacao beans, chocolate drinks, and ice cream.
5th Avenue and 30th Street, Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 011-52-984-879-4179

Where to Eat: To try Yucatán regional cuisine, head to Yaxché for tsotobilchay (tamales), pibxcatic (stuffed peppers), massewal (stew), and cochinita pibil (marinated pork wrapped in banana leaves).
On the corner of 5th Avenue and 22nd Street, Playa del Carmen. 011-52-984-873 3011
Dinner for two $48.

Where to Drink: Alux, an outrageous underground bar in Playa del Carmen's Colonia Ejidal neighborhood, six miles from the Banyan Tree, is where you can sip margaritas from lip-shaped faux-jaguar-print lounge chairs.
Avenida Juarez and 70th. 011-52-984-803-2936.
Drinks for two $10.
Lush and tropical Riviera Maya.

Lush and tropical Riviera Maya.

Why Go Now

April 29 - May 3, 2014
Akumal Comedy Festival
A free comedy festival featuring over a dozen professional comedians from the United States and Canada performing seven shows in four distinct venues.
Akumal, Quintana Roo.

May 23 - 25, 2014
Sacred Mayan Journey
Recreating the pilgrimage of the ancient Maya to worship the Goddess lxChel, canoeists in pre-hispanic-style vessels race from Xcaret Park to Cozumel, a 17- mile journey.
Xcaret, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Riviera Maya, Mexico

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