Rosewood Mayakoba

Ctra. Federal Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, 77710, Mexico
(5 star hotel)
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Flora and Fauna

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 7, 2012

Among the most exciting moments at Rosewood Mayakoba were spent enjoying the exotic ( at least to Norte Americanos ) wildlife at home in the mangrove forests. On the motorized boats known as lanchas, guests are ferried from reception to their suites ( and according to the literature but not in reality ) from one venue to another. From the lanchas, a closeup view of the local nonhuman inhabitants.

Image 1 - the long canal connecting the reception building to the beach, lined by forests.

Image 2 - cormorants are large birds renowned for the fishing skills, diving deep and steeply into the water to catch their prey in hooked beaks. Their long necks expand to allow passage of the catch. In the Far East, they are apparently trained to catch fish for their masters. Note - the second meaning for cormorant is " greedy person ". Here, a nest of baby cormorants with an unspecified parent nearby.

Image 3 - lurking half submerged immediately below the baby cormorant nest, an alligator waits for one of the little birds to be crowded out of the nest and fall to the water below. Patience pays.

Image 4 - Turtles are everywhere in this semitropic locale. Here, near the cormorants, a large example catches the afternoon sun.

Image 5 - Iguanas are ubiquitous in the Mexican Riviera Maya. Ferocious looking lizards with their row of horns on the top and their large jagged teeth, they are actually quite docile and totally vegetarian. According to our housekeeping help, ' no peligroso '. Looked relaxed, but never took his eyes off us.

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Beach and Pools

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by written on June 1, 2012

Life is good - the beach and pools at the RM are beautiful. Comfortable lounges, nice settings, a host of workers to set and reset umbrellas and bring shooters of exotic-flavored ices and fruit - what could be bad?

The main pool set inland by the reception building is a little work of art and almost always deserted. The hot crowd is on the beach and around the adjacent pool with hottub ( mercifully not too hot ). The beach pool is overlooked by a restaurant populated by the crows, remarkably adept at visiting the table uninvited and snatching goodies.

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Exterior Features of Suite

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 31, 2012

What truly sets apart the Rosewood Mayakoba suites from other resort hotels we have visited are the outside features. Each unit features an outside plunge pool carefully shielded from outside observers with adjacent lounges, all in complete privacy. The plunge pools at the beachside units overlook the sea, the remainder including ours face the lagoons and canals.
Each individual entrance is a winding path flanked by exotic plantings.
And most remarkably an outdoor rain shower in an enclosed patio. Over the top luxury.

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Room? Try HUGE Suite

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 31, 2012

Rosewood Mayakoba offers several classes of accomodation. The most prestigious overlook the beach and sea but seemed to us crowded together and smaller than most other units. The units stated to be the most desirable are built out on stilts over the lagoons. We were ecstatic with our lagoon front room, over 1100 indoor sq ft - yes 1100, no mis-type - with a large bedroom, dining area and living room, and two complete bathrooms one traditional but luxurious and the other open without walls. The former had a standard shower, the latter a rain shower in a circular partially open enclosure. And of course a gigantic bathtub, strangely without jacuzzi jets. In accordance with the Rosewood mission, the units are constructed of locally mined stone, the furniture made with native wood, and the accessories also locally sourced.

Indoor features included two flat screen tvs, loads of closet space, a minibar best avoided by the financially prudent, and high quality cosmetic products.

Most units are villas, two per foundation, but totally private. Angulation, walls, and plantings completely screen each unit. On the roof, a finished open air solarium with a round bed ( sorry, no image ), lit both from the sky day and night and also by light through the glass window over the large bathtub below.

Special mention of housekeeping - excellent. We are pretty neat travellers, yet the two women spent over an hour going completely over our unit until everything was cleaned and placed just so, whether needed or not, and fixed to a turn. No turndown service - perhaps the romantic atmosphere has led to too many embarrassing episodes.

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The Main Building

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 30, 2012

The Rosewood chain of luxury hotels makes a determined effort to blend their hotel with the prevailing culture, here the ancient Mayan, as well as an effort to be ecologically sound and use local materials for building. The main building, housing the Casa del Lago premier restaurant, the Tequila and Cigar Bar, and the Reception area and business offices, is made from local limestone much quarried on the site of the resort. Local products are used for furniture. The decor features echo the ancient traditions.

Image 1 - The restaurant and dock overlookiing one of the canals that wend their way through the entire complex.

Image 2 - The view from the Casa del Lago.

Image 3 - The featured decor of the main lobby area.

Image 4 - The Manicured Gardens of the Hotel.

Image 5 - The Mayan accented water feature at the entrance - beyond which lies a welcoming mojito.

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Address: Ctra. Federal Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, 77710, Mexico

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Amenities at Rosewood Mayakoba

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
  • Spa
  • Business Services
  • Pets Allowed
  • Kids Activities
  • Suites
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet

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