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Mayakoba, Mexico


 

ANDAZ MAYAKOBA

Mayakoba, a private community 30 minutes from the Cancun airport, is home to 4
luxurious resorts: Fairmont, Banyan Tree, Rosewood & Andaz.  The grand, private
gated entrance leads to a lush junglescape with a snaking lagoon and prime pristine
beaches.  We stayed at Andaz for a glorious long weekend and loved every second of
it. We highly recommend this resort for families looking to hang out and enjoy the on-
site activities. 

 

 
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Hospitality: Check in at the resort totally embodies and highlights the service you will receive while staying at the Andaz.  We were greeted at The Sanctuary and relaxed
while being oriented to the property.  Transportation around the property is by golf cart (which always seemed to be in the right place at the right time) and we were whisked away for a tour of the grounds before dropped right at our door.

 

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TIP:

Take the extra ride down to check out the beach area pool.  Then try to resist just staying there all day before even going to your room…..or not!

 

 
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Pool & Beach: We couldn’t decide which we liked better.  The main pool is right in the center of the resort and has lots of different areas and even different temperatures of water.  We lounged at a cabana bed and took a ride on the giant inflatable unicorn. The beach pool has a zero entry which was great for our little guy to hop in and out. There is also a nice ledge in the pool to sit and enjoy a cocktail while cooling off.  The
beach is beautiful with white sand and ample lounge chairs. 

 

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TIP:

Mayakoba has a man- made reef to control the surf on the beach.  It’s super safe to bring littler kids into the ocean without worrying about pummeling waves.

 

 
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Rooms: At first, we were a bit unsure about having a lagoon room.  Honestly, I’ve never been to a beach resort without at least seeing the ocean.  We were pleasantly surprised with how much we enjoyed being on the lagoon.  It’s a beautiful view with loads of wildlife to see from your balcony. We had a king room which was a nice size but be sure to check out their larger studios or multi bedroom for a bit more space.

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TIP:

The rooms do not have tubs but the showers are lovely with big glass windows overlooking the lagoon or beach.  

 

 
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Family: Andaz has a nice kids club with fun activities for your little ones to check out. They’ll need to be 4 years old to attend without a parent, but younger friends can always join in with an adult.  We found that everywhere we went the staff at Andaz was very welcoming to our 1 year old son.  While at the pool staff even brought over some special toys for him.  

TIP:

We utilized Kangaroo babysitting services through the hotel and were really happy.  Our babysitter and son hit it off immediately and we felt totally comfortable letting her take him to the kids club while we relaxed for a bit. 

 

 

Activities:  Everyday there is a lagoon tour offered from each resort that takes you on boat trip to see each hotel as well as some of the wildlife.  This was the one of the highlights of our trip.  It was fun to see the resorts from a different point of view and the boat ride was very pleasant.  Our guide was great and pointed out lots of birds, turtles and even a few small crocs!  

TIP:

Bring a few dollars as gratuity for your guide!

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Dining:  We really enjoyed all the restaurants we got to try while staying at Andaz.  The two beach restaurants, Olla Taco & Olla Ceviche served up really delicious casual but authentic cuisine with beautiful ocean views (I liked the passion fruit ceviche the best!).  Cocina Milago is where breakfast is served and the spread is massive (if you book through us, breakfast is free!).  We had a fantastic dinner in the
fine dining restaurant, Casa Amate.  The restaurant is set up as a residential concept and they take you on a “tour” of the house before you eat.  The food was really good with many regional specialties.

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TIP:

Only guests of Mayakoba can dine at the 4 resorts on the property. If you want to eat at one of the other resorts you’ll need to have a reservation.  We ate at Banyan Tree’s Saffron Thai, out on a pier in the lagoon and it was romantic, even with a baby. 

 

 
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BONUS TIP:  

If you don’t feel like taking the golf carts, there are bikes everywhere that you can hop right on to get where you need to go.