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Fairmont Mayakoba, Mayakoba

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Riviera Maya, Mexico, North America: Mayakoba
Carretera 307, Km 298
Riviera Maya
Tel: 52 984 206 3000's insider take:

The Fairmont may be a small step down on the luxury ladder from its neighbors around the pricey Mayakoba development (Rosewood, Mandarin Oriental, Banyan Tree). But the size and the variety of activities on offer make it a great choice for active types and families. Oceanfront casitas have stairways leading to the white sand beach, while most of the 401 expansive rooms and suites are perched over lagoons where croaking cormorants nest in the trees. Electric carts and long wooden lanchas (boats) transport guests between the lobby, a central island with several swimming pools, the beach, and the rooms. There are a wide range of dining options on offer, from the Mexican-inspired fare at La Laguna to the global cuisine of the more formal Las Brisas, which has live jazz nightly. The Willow Stream Spa overlooks the tropical forest canopy.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 87.8
  • Activities: 90.5
  • Design: 89.4
  • Food: 80.0
  • Location: 85.9
  • Rooms: 92.9
  • Service: 88.2
This property is tucked away around the natural waterways of a mangrove—"the layout is conducive to a quiet, relaxing getaway." Staff are "eager to answer questions about the resort or region." Las Brisas offers global cuisine; El Puerto focuses on fresh seafood. Rooms with contemporary Mexican design have deep-soaking tubs and bright walls.

(401 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Beach, Golf, Pool, Spa, Tennis

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