Located 40 minutes from Cancun Airport, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba counts itself as the most sustainable resort in Riviera Maya (it is EarthCheck Silver Certified and a recipient of the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Standard-Setter Award). Its 116 elegantly appointed private villas and residences feature up to three bedrooms, expansive living areas, 20-foot ceilings, plush furnishings and a private pool.
Upon entering the vast property, which is situated on serene interwoven lagoon waterways, you are greeted by a welcoming staffer offering a sweet green arrival drink and taken on a golf cart (the main mode of transportation) to your villa, where two bikes are also on hand for use throughout your stay. Whether at the vast breakfast buffet (an entire station was dedicated to made-to-order quesadillas!) or the beautifully appointed, well-maintained beach and pool areas, the staff was attentive without being overbearing—not always an easy balance to achieve.
Dining highlights included a nod to the brand’s heritage at Thai restaurant Saffron (offering fresh rice paper rolls, hearty chicken pad Thai and sweet coconut ice cream at dinner) and the beachfront Sands eatery, where a cold Pacifio and freshly caught fish ceviche are enjoyed throughout the day. All in all, a lovely place for a couple or family to spend a quiet, luxe weekend.
Below, General Manager Peter Hechler tells us about the most sought-after room on the property.
The most requested room:
Our three-bedroom Beachfront Pool Villa, of which there are five.
What makes it so special:
This is the only category we have that is beachfront and offers direct beach access, is super spacious and luxurious with three bedrooms, it has the biggest pool we have in the villas.
$3,500 per night
Your personal favorite:
My favorite is the Serenity Pool Villa.
This one bedroom villa is more private and more intimate. It’s ideal for a couple.
We have welcomed Randy Jackson, Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, Julio Iglesias and Jeff Gordon.
Mayakoba boasts a Mexico’s only PGA golf course designed by Greg Norman.