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Fairmont Mayakoba 4.5

Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Pros

  • On a white-sand beach a few minutes north of Playa del Carmen
  • Large, comfortable rooms with modern amenities and great views
  • All rooms have a furnished balcony and a beautiful bathroom with a jetted tub
  • High-end Willow Stream Spa with several treatment rooms and a lovely pool
  • 2 acclaimed restaurants, a cafe, a pool bar and 2 lounges
  • 5 pools, including an adults-only pool, a kiddy pool and a 10,000-square-foot free-form pool
  • Gorgeous property with tropical forests and lagoons
  • Kids Club with daily activities; kids 5 and under eat free
  • Bright fitness center with modern equipment
  • Next door to an 18-hole, par 72 golf course designed by Greg Norman

Cons

  • Sprawling property means some rooms are far from the beach
  • Fee for valet parking
  • Fee for Internet access
  • Resort fee

Bottom Line

Few properties in Riviera Maya offer the level of privacy the Fairmont Mayakoba does. The 401 contemporary rooms are set amid tropical forests and lagoons, and feature modern amenities, upscale bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers and separate jetted tubs, and nice views, either of the lagoons, the forests, or the ocean. Granted, sprawling grounds mean guests will need a golf cart or one of the BMW bikes the hotels provides to move around. Property highlights include a high-end spa, a number of dining options, five attractive pools -- including a 10,000 square-foot main pool, a kiddy pool, and an adults-only pool -- and a great location on a white-sand beach a few minutes north of Playa del Carmen. However, it’s not an all-inclusive resort and there are a few pesky fees.

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Location

Directly on a white-sand beach a few minutes north of Playa del Carmen

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The Fairmont Mayakoba is located on a huge tropical estate a few minutes north of Playa del Carmen. Lagoons and thick forests cover most of the area, but the hotel has access to a lovely beach with white sand (and a few choppy waves sometimes). There’s not much within walking distance, but attractions in Playa are just a short drive away.

It used to be the home of the ancient Mayans, and after that a small fishing village, but now Playa del Carmen -- or "Playa," as the locals call it -- is full of exciting nightclubs, popular restaurants, cute boutiques, and resort hotels that sit on lovely white-sand beaches. Because many of the businesses are European-run, the rest of the town retains a hint of European flair. The main tourist thoroughfare of Playa is the cobblestone-lined, pedestrian street Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue), but there are plenty of fun outdoor activities for visitors, too, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and sailing. The offshore reef is part of the second largest reef system in the world, Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.

  • 42-minute drive to Cancun International Airport
  • 16-minute drive to Playa del Carmen
  • 22-minute drive to Xaman Ha Aviary
  • 25-minute drive to Xcaret Eco Theme Park
  • 32-minute drive to Puerto Morelos
  • 53-minute drive to Cancun
  • 56-minute drive to Tulum ruins
  • 2-hour drive to Coba ruins
  • 3-hour drive to Chichen Itza ruins

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Address

Carretera Federal Cancun, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico

Room Types

  • Beach Area Casita Room
  • Beach Area Casita Suite
  • Deluxe Casita Room
  • Fairmont Room
  • Fairmont View Room
  • Oceanfront Casita Suite
  • Oceanfront Premium Suite
  • Signature Casita Room
  • Signature Casita Suite

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