Mayakoba is often sighted as the ‘luxury Riviera Maya’ and rightfully so – this diverse destination of pristine waters and ecological formation is not only sanctuary to over 200 species of bird-life but the residence of ultra-luxe Rosewood, Banyan Tree, and Fairmont resorts. Residents seeking tranquility, cultural infusion with a heightened journey of wellbeing are in luck. The resorts of Mayakoba are not uncommon to A-listers, business tycoons, and wellness seekers.
So, with this passionate obsession of mine to learn more of Mayakoba and its triumphal intertwining of geography, conservation, and resorts, a visit would now be in order. I was provided a tour of the estate by none other than Mayakoba’s Magazine editor Liza Orozco with whom I could now satisfy this intense curiosity to dive into the way of life in paradise.
The day began over breakfast at the Banyan Tree’s Oriente restaurant with a specialty in Mexican and International cooking. I have always held the belief that food regardless of the day should be celebrated and it is nothing short of a celebration when done at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba Orient’s restaurant. The food array was creative, sumptuous and with a sophisticated flare. Rich flavours teased the taste buds and vibrant culinary colours in a fluidity of presentation invited appetites to fresh tropical fruit, hot plates, and healthy greens.
The people were much a part of the experience as the food itself. The staff were beyond polite and not for a moment made me want for a thing. It was a tailored experience that felt effortless.
The decor held strong Asian influence known for the Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, warm contrasting accents, architecture that harmonized earth elements of natural light and accentuated the lush surrounding greenery. It was a very elegant atmosphere but felt simplified and tasteful in every little way that could apply to the modern luxury seeker or a grander experience. A true Banyan Tree experience from decor, food, and people.
After a quick hello from General Manager -Peter Hechler I would now begin the tour along the waterways of Mayakoba’s prime developments onboard a designated luxury boat of white interiors, wood paneling, and a scallop canopy roof.
Sustainability Meets Luxury
It wasn’t long after departing the Banyan Tree main docking point did I feel almost like Alice in Wonderland. The waterways of winding canals shone of pristine crystal clear water in an almost aqua-green florescence visible to the bottom. The waterway connected the flow of brilliant architectural designs of resorts, luxury golf courses, mangrove reserves and species of birds that settled along towering limestone structures and tree branches – as if to pose for your perfect picture.
I couldn’t imagine a moment more incredible for the luxury seeking traveler and environmentally conservative than in Mayakoba. It was evident and in so many ways Mayakoba proves that luxury and sustainability can and do coexist.
Before I knew it, we docked at ‘Sense’ a Rosewood Spa, for a quick visit. It exuded sections for deep awareness embodying century old rituals native to the Mexican culture of harmonizing the senses. My favourite walk-along was through the garden of fresh herbs, a genuine simple pleasure. It is here the selection of plant is guided by one’s own connection and sense of it. A beginning ritual of wellness enlightenment I found most fascinating.
We retreated onboard to continue the journey with a glimpse of the Fairmont in sight. The connection of each resort remote in its own and spell-bounding by its design and unique offering. Enjoying a boat ride along the river to your own sanctuary or experiencing other resorts’ culinary affair is welcomed when you’re a Mayakoba guest. A delightful curated combination of inimitable luxury, conservation and living life well.
The Spa at the Banyan Tree
At just about half-past eleven, an hour and a half into the river tour we were back at the main docking area of the Banyan Tree resort with the ever-enchanting ‘Banyan Tree in all of its splendor,’ center of the resort. I would now enter a world of ‘spa’ with a scheduled Rainforest Hydrothermal journey at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba Spa, winner of several prestigious awards most recent to its collection – Best Luxury Destination Spa (America).
The Rainforest Hydrothermal journey is curated to combine the best of European spa, hydrotherapy healing, and Asian discipline.
From the inception to delivery my body entered a holistic and revitalizing journey through eight hydrothermal experiences that commenced with a cascading rain walk, then into detoxifying steam cabins followed by hot and cold shower pulses of powerful masses, mists, music therapy and use of colours combined with body icing and a mild floral-infused exfoliation. Every ritual complementing the other into the perfect symmetry of my body’s awakening. My particular favourite being the Vitality Pool offering various jets of alternating pressure points where I lay utterly undisturbed. I finished my rainforest journey anew, awakened and at peace.
I will definitely be reuniting my taste buds with the many divine dining options, next on my food travel list is the Banyan Tree Mayakoba ‘HAAB’ culinary affair – it is said to be a dining ritual in the deep jungle of mythical and luxurious proportions combining the elements of water, earth, wind, and fire, in delivering a gastronomical affair that infuses the culinary customs of ancient Mayan times.