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Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Address: Km 298 Carretera 307

Neighborhood:

City: Mayakoba

Phone: 866-241-6588

Website: www.banyantreemayakoba.com

Expert Review

Edging a protected nature reserve of freshwater lagoons and canals, five-star Banyan Tree Mayakoba echoes a traditional Asian village (aside from the contemporary perks it hides in its earthy-colored villas). Intimate and private, each villa comes with a spacious swimming pool, sun deck with loungers, a landscaped garden, and a hot tub or sunken bath. The décor is a seamless fusion of Mexican and Asian design – a balanced nod to the Phuket flagship of this Singapore-based hotel chain and the host country of their latest opening. Mayan-inspired furnishings and black and white talavera bathroom sinks blend perfectly with the Far East-style courtyard design of each villa. There's a mythical aspect to the Banyan Tree experience, as if reality slides away the moment you enter this sanctuary for the senses. And it positively does at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa where treatments are based on Asian folk remedies. Eating options are wide and varied – from contemporary Thai fare served on the pretty pontoons of the signature restaurant, Saffron, to Mediterranean-inspired specialties at Tamarind, modern Mexican cuisine at Oriente, and delectable seafood at Sands on the beach. The Caribbean Sea is a ten-minute ride away via your very own bicycle (parked outside each villa). Alternatively, reach the beach in an electric-powered boat along the scenic waterways. Golfers can tee off at Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon, the second golf course in Mexico certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, one of the world's leading environmental certifications.

Tags: luxury | beach | spa | smart splurge | swimming pool | hotel restaurant | hotels and resorts

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