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Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Why we like it
- All the villas have superb outdoor spaces with private pools
- Banyan Tree is set within the private, gated Mayakoba resort on the beautiful Riviera Maya
- Seven dining options range from authentic Thai and Asian favourites at Saffron, to the healthy, hearty eclectic cuisine at Tamarind
- The award-winning Banyan Tree Spa offers an extensive range of Asian-inspired massages
- In addition to the private villas' pools, the hotel offers Reflections, a large, free-form swimming pool, and the Sands infinity pool overlooking the ocean
- A myriad additional facilities include the Rainforest Hydrotherapy Trail, The Banyan Tree Gallery, bars and lounges, sun terraces, eco tours, fitness and Yoga classes, a gym and tennis courts
- The hotel offers a range of activities for children aged under 12
For the romantics at heart book a dinner in advance on Ixchel - translating into "Moon Goddess", Ixchel is Banyan Tree Mayakoba's traditional trajinera, or dining boat, where you can dine on a fusion of local and international cuisines while drifting leisurely across clear canals and Mayakoban mangroves.
I would just like to add that the help / service we received from Melissa Hookway was oustanding. It was very personal and I was made to felt like a valued client.
- AC, Cheshire
The epitome of luxury resort living, Banyan Tree Mayakoba brings its own brand of Asian hospitality to the beautiful Mayakoba development on the Riviera Maya. The setting is superb. Home to the second-largest coral reef in the world, is a carefully maintained ecosystem of dunes, mangroves, freshwater lagoons, and a myriad indigenous species of fish, birds and mammals.
The whole complex is stunning. Styled like a traditional Asian village, but with Mexican touches, it stretches through lush vegetation down to the waters edge. At its heart is the main building, which is surrounded by cooling mangrove lakes, while the lobby area is a spectacular raised building with views over the ocean.
The private villas spread out along the waterways, and again draw on Asian design concepts. For instance, each villa curls around its own individual patch of garden, complete with pool and sundeck. Inside, the décor showcases Mexican culture. Mayan decorative patterns set the tone, whilst local crafts and natural accents in wood, stone and rustic, yet elegant furniture add a local flavour.
Best time to be there
October to April as the rainy season works its way up from the south beginning in May and running until September. Hurricanes may occur from July to October. December to February are the coolest months, when northerly winds can sometimes take inland northern Mexico temperatures down to freezing.
Mexico City Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun (onward connections to the coast)
12 hours (plus one hour for onward connections)
GMT -6 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
No mandatory vaccinations required
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