For those who have no clue what Mayakoba is, it’s essentially a 1,600-acre development south of Cancun. The development has four resorts — the Fairmont (which opened in 2006), the Rosewood (which opened in 2007), the Banyan Tree (which opened in 2008), and the Andaz (which opened in 2017).
What makes Mayakoba unique is the scenery — it’s not just a beachfront resort area, but the whole development was built into a mangrove forest, with some pretty cool lagoons. Just as there are rooms facing the sea, you can also have a lagoon view room with a crocodile a few feet away.
I’d say the benefit of the development is that the whole thing is well contained, so it feels safe and generally luxurious. You can easily go between resorts if you want to eat at a different restaurant. On top of that, I loved the varied landscape.
Upon entering the high-walled lobby, christened by the hotel as ‘El Sanctuario’ or the sanctuary, you are welcomed by a rounded body of water intended to represent a cenote, with a circular opening directly above to let in the sunlight.
The spacious lobby has two check-in area