Rosewood Mayakoba is one of four hotels that make up the 590 square acre Mayakoba resort complex, 26 miles south of Cancun International Airport. The others are Fairmont, Banyan Tree and Andaz (Hyatt’s attempt to compete with W Hotels).
Culled out of the jungle that separates the highway from the Caribbean Sea, the resort was an early adapter to eco-principles of development, meaning it is low density building with a focus on nature. Where the jungle ends is white sand beaches that you find on many “best” lists. Recently Rosewood spent over $1 million on sausage-like barriers to prevent erosion and then another $15 million on a new adult pool complex (below) with yet another $15 million in planned upgrades to its existing rooms and suites. When staying at Mayakoba you get signing privileges across all the hotels, so there are lots of options to dine and play. Playa del Carmen with its galleries and cafes is only seven miles south down the highway, and you can be in Cancun in 45 minutes if you want to disco until dawn or do some luxury shopping.