“A Sense of Place”
The literal translation of the word “Mayakoba” is “village of water.” Our definition: A pristine private paradise where the most beautiful white sandy beaches interweave among a tropical jungle.
A short 35-minute drive from the Cancun airport lies this hidden seaside getaway and the very best that Mexico has to offer. Upon checking in, we were greeted by our own private riverboat that showed transported us to our room through a winding maze of crystal-clear lagoons. The ultra-luxurious suites of the resort lined both the beach and the banks of this river. Lagoon Suite or Ocean View Suite — you cannot go wrong.
At Rosewood, a single entrance just wouldn’t cut it. Our Lagoon Suite had not one, but two entries to access our private paradise: a bike path front walkway and our own private dock where we deboarded the riverboat at our suite for the very first time.
All of the 129 rooms at Rosewood Mayakoba are private suites ranging from 788 sq. ft to 4-bedroom private residences. The first of many surprises was our private pool that was monogrammed — yes, I just said monogrammed — with our logo, “Tangela Inc.” This little added touch alone would have been enough to exceed our expectations of this luxurious resort, but that was only the beginning.
Our personal butler awaited our arrival and greeted us with our luggage and an array of chips, salsas, guacamole, and a hand-shaken authentic Mexican cocktail of grapefruit, agave and Tequila’s smoky sister: Mezcal.
With a belly full of chips and guac, we hopped on our suite’s beach cruisers and headed to what would become our favorite hangout spot, the adults-only beach club, Aqui Me Quedo. Translation: “Here I Stay,” and that’s where we stayed.
What happened next was one of the most beautiful and satisfying experiences your taste buds could ever experience. The shrimp tacos we ordered at Aqui Me Quedo were the best tacos we have ever eaten. The. Very. Best. If there is one reason for you to decide to visit Rosewood Mayakoba, it should be to taste these shrimp tacos.
Another quick bike ride from the beach through the nature trails lined with mangroves, we arrived at another multi-level pool at the heart of the resort. Proving yet again that getting lost at RW Mayakoba only leads you to another hidden section of paradise.
Where to Eat
Our first night, we chose to dine at Agave Azul, one of the many al fresco dining experiences at Mayakoba. Think Tijuana meets Tokyo. This joint serves up delicious Asian-inspired Mexican cuisine with original recipes that don’t skip out on flavor. We split the rock shrimp appetizer, two sushi rolls and an entrée. It was the perfect amount for the two of us. The pan seared Totoaba entrée was our favorite. Totoaba is a local fish that I would best describe as having the taste of Mahi Mahi but the texture of salmon. It’s delicious, a must-try while in Mexico!
Punta Bonita provided another one of our favorite meals. This indoor-outdoor spot is located right on the beach, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a Caribbean sunset on the outdoor terrace. We chose to try some of the authentic Mexican flavors the menu has to offer. We both went with different versions of the national dish of Mexico: mole! It’s a sweet, spicy, rich sauce that’s actually made with dark chocolate! Chocolate for dinner seemed like a no-brainer.
If there is one thing you must do while visiting Mayakoba, make it the dinner on a boat through the serene lagoons of Mayakoba. It’s one of those unforgettable experiences that easily became the highlight of our trip. Just before sunset, a boat pulled up to our private dock and picked us up. We enjoyed both a tour through Mayakoba’s rainforest and a three- course meal aboard the riverboat. We were met by our server at each dock stop, who delivered our next course. The food, the views, the ambiance — everything was five stars. It blew our expectations out of the water and it was the perfect way to spend our last evening. I also highly recommend the wine! Rosewood has its own specially made wine. (The Cabernet Sauvignon blend was incredible!)
Sense Spa & Fitness Center
Rosewood Mayakoba, is highly focused on health and wellness. The fitness center offers daily classes including yoga and even TRX. In our own private cabin hidden within the rainforest, we enjoyed a truly unique couple’s massage experience during which we indulged in indigenous body treatments and aromatherapy relaxation massages designed to rejuvenate the mind and relax the body. We recommend arriving at least 45 minutes prior to your treatment to enjoy the spa amenities including hot and cold tubs, steam room, sauna, body scrubs, and luxurious rainfall showers.
On the way out of town, we made a quick pitstop at El Pueblito, inside the Mayakoba complex, to pick up a couple of authentic tostadas for the road from La Fondita. Let me tell you, it was the best decision we made all day. During the 35 minute ride to airport, we chowed down on the best traditional tostadas we’ve ever had. Get the tuna tostada, or the ceviche if you love seafood! You will not be disappointed.
We must say, this trip was at the top of our list of best vacations EVER! We cannot rave about Rosewood Mayakoba enough; this place is truly magical. There is a reason this resort has won so many awards including the Best Resort in Mexico as well as 2019 Traveler’s Choice awards. We cannot wait until we return, and bring our family and friends along with us.
Until next time,