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Banyan Tree Mayakoba voted one of tip 100 hotels by Travel + Leisure

December 15th, 2015 by admin | Filed under Blog.

Arriving in Playa Del Carmen, a worldly review city 40 mins south of Cancun on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, we had skeleton to roost myself on a frame of Caribbean sand, and maybe check out a nightlife.

But as we was driven in a golf cart down a circuitous route lined with frangipani trees to my isolated villa during Banyan Tree Mayakoba, 10 mins by automobile outward a city on a Riviera Maya, we realised we wouldn’t be frankly withdrawal a review any time soon.

It was ranked 27th on a Travel + Leisure World’s Top 100 Hotels 2015 list (and a third best in Mexico), and we was there to find out what it takes to make a cut.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba was voted one of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Top 100 Hotels, entrance in during series 27

Banyan Tree Mayakoba was voted one of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Top 100 Hotels, entrance in during series 27

The villas

A pool in each one of a 116 villas seems like a good place to start. As we was ushered behind a high walls of my Bliss Pool Villa, we was gay to find my possess personal pool stretching opposite my private garden oasis.

Which explained a during initial extraordinary site of a resort’s dual categorical swimming pools roughly forlorn on a prohibited Caribbean day. Why share when we have your own?

As a concierge reserved to me for my stay led me inside a villa that was to be my home for a subsequent few days, we realised it was bigger than some apartments I’ve lived in.

Every disdainful villa has a possess private pool, definition your subsequent float is usually ever a few stairs away

Every disdainful villa has a possess private pool, definition your subsequent float is usually ever a few stairs away

...  and a lavatory is a stylish refuge with a enormous outside bathtub for showering underneath a stars

…  and a lavatory is a stylish refuge with a enormous outside bathtub for showering underneath a stars

On a family holiday? Everyone is catered for, a Two Bedroom Villa is ideal for incomparable groups

On a family holiday? Everyone is catered for, a Two Bedroom Villa is ideal for incomparable groups

The categorical vital area, comprised of a atmospheric total bedroom and lounge, facilities high-ceilings and floor-to-ceiling potion shifting doors that open directly onto a pool, definition a drop in a cold H2O is never some-more than a few stairs away.

The lavatory is a stylish sanctuary; a twin vanities are propitious with black-and-white earthenware sinks, and a luxuriously vast showering facilities a rainfall showerhead (and even a dais to lay on, in box we turn too loose to stand).

There’s also a easily sized walk-in habit and a enormous outside bathtub – for showering underneath a stars, of course.

 The oppulance villa graphic from a outside: 

 The oppulance villa graphic from a outside: 

In-room services embody in-villa dining baked by a personal cook and  a series of sauna treatments

In-room services embody in-villa dining baked by a personal cook and a series of sauna treatments

This villa is a many ‘basic’ on offer – they usually get bigger, with a tip choice being a three-bedroom family chateau unaware a ocean.

The in-room services on offer make it tantalizing to censor out in your private bliss for a entirety of your stay: in-villa dining, such as a tender grill baked by a personal chef, as good as a series of sauna treatments can all be organized to come to we with a discerning phone call.

But a many decadent in-villa use is positively a Intimate Moments experience: a outside cylinder is filled with perfumed oils and salts, sparse with rose petals and surrounded with candles. 

To tip it off a bottle of champagne or booze is included. This is a approach showering is meant to be. 

The Spa Pool Villa is designed for couples or sauna lovers and facilities massage tables for treatments

The Spa Pool Villa is designed for couples or sauna lovers and facilities massage tables for treatments

Saffron grill prepares tasty Asian dishes and offers a regretful plcae on a water

Saffron grill prepares tasty Asian dishes and offers a regretful plcae on a water

The facilities

Of course, not all can be delivered to a villa. Just a resting cycle divided on a nominal bike is a white-sand beach exclusively for guest of a hotel. 

No need to quarrel for a mark on a silt among hoards of tourists here.

Riding along a shaggy inlet route on a approach provides an event to take in a pleasing and singular surroundings: hundreds of acres of mangroves and freshwater canals home to a accumulation of wildlife, including turtles, iguanas, and many class of birds.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers entrance to Mexico’s usually PGA golf course, that overlooks a Caribbean sea

Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers entrance to Mexico’s usually PGA golf course, that overlooks a Caribbean sea

The review is partial of Mayakoba, a formidable done adult of dual other hotels and Mexico’s usually PGA golf march (the hotel can book a game, cart and apparatus and organize a automobile to expostulate we a 10 mins to a march and behind afterwards). 

To entirely know a size, there’s a nominal vessel float by a canals, with a motorist willingly indicating out wildlife on a way.

If your possess personal pool isn’t enough, there are dual categorical pools, a largest being a Reflections pool

If your possess personal pool isn’t enough, there are dual categorical pools, a largest being a Reflections pool

The second is right on a beach, with Sands grill  serving Mexican fare, uninformed seafood and  cocktails

The second is right on a beach, with Sands grill  serving Mexican fare, uninformed seafood and cocktails

The spa

The initial Banyan Tree review was founded in Phuket, Thailand dual decades ago, so it’s no consternation a code – that now has some-more than 30 resorts opposite 12 countries – has turn universe eminent for a spas. 

Every therapist is lerned during a Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Phuket, ensuring guest have a seamless knowledge no matter that review they visit.

On tip of a customary lush diagnosis bedrooms and learned therapists, a Mayakoba skill also has an choice usually accessible in a handful of Banyan Tree resorts – The Rainforest. 

The Rainforest is  a  ten-stage hydrothermal diagnosis that involves being led by  by feeling chambers

The Rainforest is a ten-stage hydrothermal diagnosis that involves being led by by feeling chambers

You don’t even have to leave your room to get a massage if we stay in a Spa Pool Villa

You don’t even have to leave your room to get a massage if we stay in a Spa Pool Villa

Treat yourself: Guests can suffer a cocktail and watch a nightfall from a La Copa terrace

Treat yourself: Guests can suffer a cocktail and watch a nightfall from a La Copa terrace

This knowledge should be on a bucket list of any sauna aficionado: a marathon ten-stage hydrothermal diagnosis that involves being led by a therapist by a obstruction of chambers that offer varying feeling experiences, from a sauna, to a steam room, to a hire with ice to massage on your physique (it’s pronounced to urge dissemination and cellulite), before relaxing in a pool and Jacuzzi.

Banyan Tree spas are eminent around a world.  A room during a Banyan Tree Mayakoba spa, pictured

Banyan Tree spas are eminent around a world.  A room during a Banyan Tree Mayakoba spa, pictured

Dining

Almost each probable longing can be confident by a on-site restaurants. As a curtsy to a Banyan Tree brand’s heritage, Saffron offers a Thai menu. Dishes such as pad thai and tom yung goong soup are prepared as expertly as in Bangkok.

The European-inspired menu and endless booze list support for worldly tastes during Tamarind. Meanwhile Oriente provides appetizing Mexican cuisine, though is usually open for cooking on Monday and Tuesday. 

With a choice to have a personal cook ready a grill in your villa, we don’t even have to leave

With a choice to have a personal cook ready a grill in your villa, we don’t even have to leave

This same space is where a smorgasboard breakfast is hold each morning, with an strenuous volume of choice (don’t skip a normal Mexican breakfast options – cereal and toast can't compare). 

Throughout a day Sands grill and bar, unaware one of a pools and a ocean, serves complicated Mexican fare, uninformed seafood and ideally done cocktails.

In general, a resort’s food prices are aloft than standard restaurants in Mexico – for example, a categorical in Tamarind costs somewhere between $20 – $40 US. 

Dining on Ixchel, a vessel that glides around a canals of a Riviera Maya, is ideal for couples

Dining on Ixchel, a vessel that glides around a canals of a Riviera Maya, is ideal for couples

At Tamarind grill a European-inspired menu and worldly booze list support for general tastes

At Tamarind grill a European-inspired menu and worldly booze list support for general tastes

Given a hotel’s isolated plcae within a Mayakoba complex, there aren’t any some-more affordable dining options nearby. 

A outing into a centre of Playa Del Carmen to suffer some Mexican travel food and some-more normal restaurants is a must-do.

TRAVEL FACTS 

The review sits on a Riviera Maya – some-more than 600 acres of mangroves and freshwater canals – 10 mins by automobile from a centre of Playa Del Carmen

It’s 40 mins by automobile from Cancun International Airport

Prices count on dates and availability. The many affordable rate found by TravelMail was $375 US per night (£250) on comparison dates from May – Oct 2016.

Visit a Banyan Tree Mayakoba website for some-more information.

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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