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  • On a mile-long beach with plenty of water sports
  • All rooms are large suites, with plunge pools and up-to-date amenities such as iPod docks and DVD players
  • Several pools, including a gorgeous infinity pool
  • Gorgeous spa with numerous treatment rooms, baths, and a pool
  • 3 gourmet restaurants and 24-hour room service
  • Family-friendly: kids' club with tons of daily activities, plus amenities such as baby monitors and child-sized robes
  • Greg Norman-designed golf course
  • On-site activities such as horseback riding
  • Freebies include Wi-Fi, fruit, and bottled water


  • Some seaweed debris on the beach (staffers often rake it but the quantity is often too high to get rid of it)
  • Small flat-screen TVs in some rooms

Bottom Line

Rosewood Mayakoba is a gorgeous, peaceful retreat within the resort community of Playa Del Carmen, set on a mile-long stretch of beach. Though it features an extensive children's program, the resort largely attracts couples with its serene atmosphere, upscale restaurants, and spa. The 128 suites feature attractive contemporary decor -- picture clean lines, white walls, and rich woods -- as well as high-tech amenities and private outdoor plunge pools. They have an open-air vibe, with many floor-to-ceiling windows, and the overwater lagoon suites have swim-up access. Plus, suites include freebies such as Wi-Fi, fresh fruit, and bottled water. Seaweed debris along the beach keeps the Rosewood from being flawless (although they diligently attempt to keep it clean by sending staffers to rake it away), but otherwise this hotel is top-notch -- for guests willing to pay top dollar. Some may prefer the rooms at the Banyan Tree, but the spa is nicer here.

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Located on the beach and about 20 minutes from downtown Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen (named for Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the patron saint of Cancun) is a beautiful, charming resort town and the third largest city in Quintana Roo on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. About 70 km south of Cancun and 20 km west of Cozumel, it's centrally located in the center of the Mayan Riviera and is quickly becoming one of the most hip vacation spots (though more relaxing and less wild than Cancun). 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
  • 19-minute drive to Playa del Carmen
  • 22-minute drive to Xaman Ha Aviary
  • 24-minute drive to Xcaret Eco Theme Park
  • 37-minute drive to Xel-Ha
  • 54-minute drive to Cancun
  • 1-hour drive to Tulum
  • 2-hour drive to Coba
  • 3-hour drive to Chichen Itza

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Key Features
Fitness Center
Pets Allowed
Kids Club
Hotel Services
Room Service
Pets Allowed
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Kids Allowed
Kids Club
Supervised Kids Activities
Things to Do
Beauty Salon
Business Center
Fitness Center
Golf Course
Located on the Beach
Tennis Court
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Ctra. Federal Cancun, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
Phone 52 (984) 875-8000
Room Types
  • Beachfront Studio Suite
  • Beachside Lagoon Suite
  • Deluxe Lagoon Suite
  • Deluxe Oceanview Beach Suite
  • Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suite
  • Island Suite
  • Lagoon Studio Suite
  • Oceanview Suite

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