Luxury Reaches New Level in Riviera Maya at Rosewood Mayakoba

March 24, 2014

Renowned Resort Offers the Ultimate in Comfort, Style, Dining and Privacy

Captivating the soul with stunning natural beauty and pure refinement, Rosewood Mayakoba sits along a mile-long arc of white Caribbean sand, nestled just north of the picturesque waterfront town of Playa del Carmen. Upon arrival, guests find an ecologically diverse paradise of crystal clear lagoons and mangrove forests stretching over 1,600 acres. Folded into the natural landscape of Rosewood Mayakoba are ultra-luxury stand-alone suites with direct lagoon or beach access; El Camaleón, the championship 18-hole golf course designed by golf legend Greg Norman; a sophisticated range of dining options serving innovative international cuisine and the unparalleled 17,000-square-foot Sense, A Rosewood Spa® located on its own private island.


Sumptuous Suites with Total Privacy Strikingly modern in design yet crafted from indigenous materials, the 130 ultra-luxury suites are fused in harmony with the resort’s lush natural surroundings. Guests can choose to arrive at their suite by an authentic river boat or golf cart where a private butler awaits. Each suite, ranging from 800 to 3,200 square feet, is a haven of luxury and style with private heated plunge pools, spacious rooftop deck or patios for sunning and star gazing, private bath gardens with rain style outdoor showers and an individual boat dock. Upon arrival, all guests receive a Tequila Milagro welcome amenity of the brand’s exclusive Select Barrel Reserve with the accompanying sangrita, a non-alcoholic juice accompaniment designed to highlight tequila’s crisp acidity and cleanse the palate between each peppery sip. Each suite also features a Nespresso coffee machine, Mighty Leaf Tea and electronic tea kettle, complimentary wireless internet, and full-size HD flat screen televisions in the living room and bedrooms.

Serenity at Sense, A Rosewood Spa®

Offering guests the ultimate in relaxation and escape, the resort features an intimate and exclusive spa facility that is among the best in the world, Sense, A Rosewood Spa®. The 17,000-square-foot spa is ensconced on its own island melding water and earth to reflect the nurturing soul of the Riviera Maya. The award winning spa features 12 luxurious lagoon-side treatment rooms and eight private spa suites built around a cenote, an underground natural wonder of river systems and fresh water caves that the Mayans consider to be a sacred entrance to the underworld. With its superb facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and staff of expertly trained spa professionals, Sense, A Rosewood Spa® provides an unmatched health and beauty wellness experience designed to reinvigorate mind, body and soul.

Sense, A Rosewood Spa® offers a wide variety of signature treatments and experiences that have been curated to unite the splendor of the surrounding natural environment and authentic Mexican healing traditions. Mayan Healing Hands is an unparalleled spa experience featuring a shaman who guides guests through a half-day, traditional Mayan holistic healing treatment designed to interconnect the body, mind, emotions, spirit and environment to heal and restore balance and harmony in one’s life. The Mayakoba Signature Ritual is inspired by the magic of the Mayan calendar, fusing centuries-old knowledge, traditional healing arts, local herbs and massage designed to replenish and soothe body and soul. Other authentic treatments include the acclaimed Temazcal Ritual, a purifying steam bath based on traditional Mayan healing methods to purify, cure, revitalize and balance with the guidance of a Shaman (appointments must be made at least one day in advance). Guests of the spa enjoy total access to the resort’s spa and fitness facilities, including heated pool, fully equipped gym, saunas and steam rooms, Jacuzzi, plunge pool and relaxation areas as well as yoga and meditation classes.

A Culinary Destination

The indulgences of Rosewood Mayakoba extend from the suite to the culinary experiences of each of the five distinct dining venues serving delectable cuisine. La Ceiba Garden & Kitchen is an interactive environment for guests to partake in cooking demonstrations, tastings and even foraging for their own produce from over 45 types of organic vegetation to create exquisite delicacies with unmistakable Mexican flare. The 20,000-square-foot al fresco kitchen and garden only serves food cooked over an open flame in accordance with Mayan tradition and features an extensive variety of organic fruits and vegetables, a unique array of Mexican herbs and spices, and over 20 different sections designated for planting. The garden is also home to various groves of tropical trees native to the Yucatan Peninsula, surrounding a contemporary, fine dining setting anchored by an 18-person communal table. The expert Garden Mixologist directs the seasonal cocktail program at La Ceiba and is available to guide patrons on the specific herbs and spices from the garden that enhance the cocktails paired with their meals. Step-by-step cooking lessons instructed by Executive Chef Alejandro Rojas are also available at La Ceiba for groups or in a private setting.

At Casa del Lago (“Lake House”), the resort’s signature restaurant, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in a tranquil setting overlooking the main pool and lagoons with indoor or alfresco dining on the terrace or poolside. Each morning, The Juice Bar offers a variety of smoothies and cold pressed juices that include antioxidant and vitamin rich supplements. Come lunchtime, Casa del Lago is the perfect place to take respite from the sun with an artisanal sandwich, fresh salad or authentic homemade guacamole and a refreshing beverage. In the evening, with the lights low and warmly lit by candles, Casa del Lago transforms into an elegant setting, serving an enticing menu of contemporary Italian cuisine paired with an eclectic wine list.


Guests looking for a more casual atmosphere will find a relaxed haven at Punta Bonita, which lies beachside with expansive views of the Caribbean, offering light fare and traditional Mexican cuisine for lunch and regional specialties served family style for dinner.

Rosewood Mayakoba features an impressive collection of extraordinary wines that are housed within a glass wine cellar on display in La Cava (“The Cave”), the resort’s private dining room for romantic dinners for two or intimate celebrations for up to 8 guests. At Agave Azul Sushi Bar & Tequila Library, home to the finest tequilas in the region, expert Tequiliers are on hand to guide guests through the various labels, suggest varieties, provide tastings and offer expert pairings. Known as the drink of the gods, tequila is a multifaceted blend that engages the interest of spirit enthusiasts.

Rosewood Mayakoba invites guests to embark on a culinary journey that awakens the senese and explores the beauty and deep-seeded traditions of Riviera Maya with the Sense of Taste program. For guests seeking an authentic, insider’s look into the culinary life of the region, Rosewood Mayakoba now offers several unique ‘Epicurean Encounters’, designed to encourage guests to step outside of their culinary comfort zone to discover the nearby farms and artisans first-hand. The Epicurean Encounters include experiences ranging from visits to a local bee farm where honey is harvested using the same method invented by ancient Mayans, to a family-owned handmade tortilla factory where guests can interact with the locals who still speak the Mayan dialect. Guests interested in experiencing the charm of the daily Mexican “mercado” will delight in a visit to Valladolid, a beautiful Spanish colonial town founded in 1543 and considered to be one of Mexico’s oldest cities. Additional Epicurean Encounters includes Tequila Tastings at La Cava, and a Mangrove Lagoon Tour where guests are escorted through the crystalline lagoons by boat with a selection of artisanal wines and cheeses.

Unmatched Service and Amenities
Rosewood Mayakoba prides itself in exemplary service, anticipating and exceeding guests’ expectations from the most basic to the most intricate of requests. The resort’s professionally trained butlers offer exclusive personalized service that include packing and unpacking, preparing a romantic bubble bath, as well as coordinating day trips to explore the Mayan ruins in Tulum or Mexico’s ecological haven of Xcaret.
Rosewood Mayakoba features three breathtaking pools including a main resort pool, beachfront pool, an adult’s only spa pool and a wide mile-long stretch of sandy beach. Pool and beachside, guests enjoy the full service of Rosewood Mayakoba, including cushioned lounge chairs meticulously prepared with towels upon arrival, food and beverage service, as well as complimentary water, eye and sunglasses cleaning. Throughout the day, complimentary refreshing poolside delights are served including fresh fruit popsicles, mint and cucumber lemonade, pineapple Carpaccio and virgin Chaya mojitos. Guests looking for privacy or additional shade can reserve one of the private beach or pool cabanas for the day.

Play Like a Champion on El Camaleón
For guests looking to stay active, the 7,000-yard, 18-hole championship Greg Norman golf course, El Camaleón, offers golfers the ultimate experience. El Camaleón is aptly named for its diverse layout and varied landscape, which bends through tropical jungles, dense mangroves and oceanfront stretches of sand with holes bordered by massive limestone canals. El Camaleón is the only course in the Riviera Maya featuring two holes just steps from the Caribbean Sea. In 2006, the course made history by becoming the first golf course to host the Mayakoba Golf Classic an official PGA TOUR event in Mexico and the first official PGA TOUR event ever held outside of the United States or Canada.

An Event to Remember

Rosewood Mayakoba is an idyllic setting to combine business with pleasure, providing more than 12,600 square feet of indoor event space, flexible outdoor venues, state of the art technology, and a dedicated team of professionals to support and achieve successful events with the comfort and opulent surroundings of one of the world’s finest resorts.

With thoughtful wedding packages or a combination of á la carte services executed by the resort’s expert planners, Rosewood Mayakoba is the ideal hideaway for couples’ most important day. Boasting eight distinct venues to host your unforgettable event, whether it’s an intimate lunch for the bridal party or a reception of a 100, couples will find the perfect setting and services to suit their special celebration.
In 2012, Rosewood Mayakoba debuted their newest venue, an exceptional 10,000 square foot beachside Palapa which offers guests a magical setting located just steps off the white sand.
The coveted venue can accommodate up to 200 guests and provides unobstructed views and direct beach access all with the protection of an elegant thatched roof. Alternatively, guests can engage the help of butlers to arrange romantic dinners at one of the intimate outdoor settings, such as the Lagoon Lawn, Spa Palapa, Cenote Deck and of course along the coastline on the beach.
Rosewood Mayakoba is also able to fully cater to the orthodox Jewish community. Already equipped with a sealed and independent kitchen, its own cookware and kosher china, the resort handles all operations, such as sourcing the necessary kosher foods and ingredients, as well as enlisting a rabbi to oversee the process. With the collaboration of New York’s highly respected Rave! catering, known for its magnificent events from The Plaza to the Mayor’s mansion, guests enjoy a peace of mind unparalleled in the Riviera Maya. In addition, Rosewood Mayakoba staff is well versed in Shabbat observances and how to accommodate orthodox guests, from escorting them through the electronically locked door of the suite to constructing an Erov, a ritual enclosure that establishes one private domain, around the luxury resort destination.

About Rosewood Mayakoba:
Rosewood Mayakoba sits in the heart of a 1600-acre resort enclave in the Riviera Maya. Built along winding lagoons and a mile-long arc of pristine beach, this oasis of indulgence offers 130 suites with private plunge pools, rooftop sundecks, garden showers, individual docks and the finest in-room design and details. Resort amenities include a signature Greg Norman championship golf course, fine dining at Casa del Lago and Punta Bonita, Rose Buds® for children, and Sense, A Rosewood Spa®, which is designed around a cenote, one of the sacred water wells of the ancient Mayans, and sits on a private island. The resort is built to abide by the highest of eco-standards, offering indulgence with awareness, and has recently been awarded the Rainforest Alliance Certification.
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