Sometimes, just sometimes magical things happen. Bucket list dreams do come true. And the moment that we booked our stay at the Rosewood Mayakoba, part of the breathtaking Mayakoba resort was just that: a dream come true and a great big tick on my bucket list.
It was our last stop on our Mexican adventure, which so far had seen us travel to Tulum, Mexico City to ride in a hot air balloon and back to the Riviera Maya – and I’d deliberately left the Rosewood Mayakoba until right at the end, as I knew that it would be the perfect end to an already amazing trip.
As we arrived we were greeted by the manager, the head chef and shown to our check in desk. Check in is a smooth, swift process – much helped by an ice cold drink pressed into your hand – and gives you a few moments to appreciate your incredible surroundings. And more than that – they had embroidered napkins with my initials, and even my blog logo (!) and had embroidered one for Andy, too – what a special memento!
Reception is an open area at the front of the hotel, which overlooks the quieter of the hotel pools and out into the lagoon beyond. The Mayakoba resort is very special, since it sits in between the pristine beach with its white sands and the lagoon, which not only acts as a natural protection to the hotels behind it, but makes for an incredible backdrop and contrast to the many beachside resorts in the Riviera Maya.
You don’t just hop into a lift or even a golf cart to get to your room the first time… It’s all about the very special touches at this amazing hotel, and so you’re escorted to the dock to take a boat to your room!
As you go along the lagoon, round the bends and under the bridges, you get to see the resort from a completely different angle. What I loved about Mayakoba is that this special collection of hotels are all connected by the lagoon, meaning you can float between them, eat at their very different restaurants, and get to know the personality of each hotel – without ever having to leave the resort.
I can’t wait to share all about the rest of the resort in a few posts which will follow, but for now, I want to share our amazing arrival at the Rosewood Mayakoba and our suite!
Mayakoba are committed to being as environmentally friendly as possible, and part of that is maintaining the lagoon so that it’s a haven not just for their guests, but for the animals that call the lagoon their home!
As you float along, you can see little pontoons, one for every room… And as we finished our cocktails and ate our fruit on the boat, I couldn’t help but think I was a little… Speechless! Which for me, is pretty much unheard of!
As we arrived at our deluxe lagoon suite, we were met by our butler – who was one of the happiest, most friendly people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet! We waved goodbye to the Rosewood’s boat and were shown round our incredible deluxe lagoon suite.
As you walk up the stairs from the lagoon, you’re greeted by a beautiful private pool and sun terrace, which are perfect for enjoying the glorious Mexican sunshine. Beach towels are already provided, so there’s no wanting for anything; you can quite happily spend your afternoon in your private pool or on the sun lounger with a book.
Or, like me, you can hop between doing both! (Or if you’re Andy… You can ditch the book and catch up on the sport you’ve been missing!)
Even though the pool looks right onto the lagoon, the boat traffic is so infrequent that you have this wonderful sense of privacy – apart from there are quite a few birds tweeting, flying overhead – and even swimming! And no, I hadn’t had too many tequila’s by this point – there are swimming birds!
In our room, to welcome us there were two margaritas, which our butler kindly poured for us before giving us a tour of the suite…
The best guacamole we had on our trip (and bearing in mind this is two weeks into eating our body weights in guacamole, I think that’s a pretty darn good compliment!), a portion of zingy, fresh salsa and perfect crisp breads to enjoy them both with. A wonderful welcome to a very special hotel!
Our welcome treats had been left on the dining table, where you can eat your meals if you’re ordering room service, or you have a little work to do.
The suite itself is completely open plan, meaning you can wander from the living area, through the sleeping area and on into the dining area, giving an already generous room the air of even more space. The room is furnished with neutral tones and wooden accents, against a background of limestone, which all combine to make a welcoming, homely environment.
Through the sleeping area you’ll find a dressing room, complete with a large vanity mirror and many, many wardrobes…
But there’s also something quite special about the bathroom… With large his and hers sinks…
All the amenities you could ask for, including a full-size body lotion and enough cotton pads for a week (something that I’m always looking for, as I never pack enough!), again, I was left breathless when we first walked in.
At the end of the bathroom, a circular bath tub is surrounded by full-length glass windows, meaning you can make the most of the stunning Mexican sun from the moment you have your morning soak, to the end of the evening.
With cotton robes which are changed every day…
Enough towels to make sure that you have a clean towel every time you shower – which for me when I’m somewhere hot is at least two or three times a day!
And wonderful, relaxing bath salts to make your evening bath even more wonderful. After two weeks in the sun my skin was a little more than sun-kissed and I was so appreciative that our butler had noticed I was a little too sun-kissed and as soon as she had shown us around, arranged for some aloe vera to be sent to our suite so I could look after my skin! If there’s one thing (apart from the breathtaking views) that I’ll remember from the Rosewood Mayakoba, and from Mayakoba in general, it’s the impeccable service and an appreciation for attention to detail on a scale that I’ve not really seen anywhere else.
The bathroom extends outdoors, too, with an outdoor shower, overhung by palm trees and baking in the sun.
One evening, when we’d gone to the bar for some drinks and housekeeping had come in for turn down service, they had even taken the time to hand Andy’s swim shorts up outside to make sure they dried for the next day!
With shampoo, conditioner and body wash all set up outside, it’s as easy to shower outside as it is in. As with everything else at the Rosewood Mayakoba, it’s all about what you want to do, and they make it as easy as they possibly can for you.
Through the outdoor bathroom, you’ll find a sweeping staircase which takes you to the top of your suite…
Where there’s a perfectly placed day bed for you to relax, listen to the birds around you, and enjoy a moment or two to yourself. You can also ask to have breakfast upstairs, and the staff at the Rosewood Mayakoba will happily bring a table upstairs for you.
If you can tear yourself away from upstairs (or you’re in need of some air conditioning!) if you wander back down the stairs, through the bathroom and dressing area, you’re back into the sleeping area…
With a king size bed that we (almost) never wanted to leave as it was so comfy (but then the call of the amazing resort and breakfast usually pulled me away…)
There’s also a TV which sits flush with the wall which you can pull out so you can watch some TV (or that all important sports game you’ve been missing…) from bed.
Next to the sleeping area is a living area, where you can lie on the sofa…
And peruse the in room dining and drinks menus! I loved that they had been arranged as little books! The head chef (an incredibly talented man that I’ll be telling you all about another time) has taken a real interest in the in room dining, making sure that it’s every bit as good as the restaurants in the hotel.
And as half of the hotel is set on the beach, there’s a beach bag ready and waiting for you so that you don’t have to get sand everywhere in one of your own bags!
The entire room has a very natural feeling, from the soft tones, fabrics and materials I mentioned earlier down to the little details like this succulent, reminding you just where you are.
All of the luxury amenities that you’d expect are here, including an ice bucket, fresh fruit bowl and Nespresso machine, all of which are topped up daily so that you’re never left wanting for anything.
I couldn’t resist flopping on the bed every time we got back into the room – it was just so comfy! Before realising that I could also relax on one of our private sun loungers, which had a much better proximity to the pool!
There are two little steps to help you get into the pool – but my advice is to take your book, and settle in for an afternoon. For me, there’s nothing more relaxing that sitting in your own pool, reading a good book, and listening to the birds, the animals and the sound of the moving water behind you…
There’s a little seating area, perfect for breakfast or for a game of cards before dinner…
I couldn’t have imagined anywhere more magical for our last few nights in Mexico.
But this was just the start of our adventure… There was a the rest of the Rosewood Mayakoba hotel to see, and even more than that – there was the rest of the incredible Mayakoba resort to see, too! It was truly the most special few days of our trip and I can’t wait to share the rest!
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We were guests of the Roseewood Mayakoba and Mayakoba, but the hotel has been on my bucket list for a long time, and I’d go back again in a heartbeat!