The Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya recently celebrated its official grand opening. The resort has two pools, four on-site restaurants, a Mayan-themed spa with six cabins and two hydrotherapy rooms, and more. The hotel is also pet-friendly.
The top accommodation is the 4,575-square-foot Presidential Suite. All rooms have open layouts with natural color palettes (think sand, stone and water colors), as well as art by local artisans. Each room has a terrace with views of the resort gardens and mangroves, the lagoon, golf course, or the Caribbean. Good to know: Suite terraces include a plunge pool.
The main dining venue is Cocina Milagro, a poolside pavilion restaurant with two open kitchens serving a breakfast buffet and rotating menu for lunch and dinner. Casa Amate, which is open exclusively for dinner, serves Latin American specialties in a residential-style setting; each room has a theme such as the Bar Studio, Library, Estancia, or The Comedor. OllaTaco is the resort’s take on “elevated street food.” It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a variety of tacos and other Yucatan specialties and craft beer. OllaCeviche is located on the beachfront and serves fresh ceviche, sharing plates and custom tequila.
At the spa, treatments are personalized when guests arrive at the treatment cabin.
Looking for a special experience during your stay? Andaz Mayakoba can help customize experiences such as a boat picnic through the canals or romantic dinners on the beach, the Casa Amate garden or Cocina Milagro’s boat deck. The Mayan Encounter Expedition is a private tour that teaches travelers about Mayan culture—in particular the medicinal practices—while simultaneously supporting a social program that aims to preserve the Melipona bees; combine this with a Mayan food tasting or cooking class for a full experience.
Active travelers will love the two and a half miles of nature trails through the resort’s tropical gardens, mangroves and lagoon. Guided kayak tours are available for a different perspective of the canals and lagoons. If you’re looking to experience the region, popular day trips include: Chichen Itza, one of the Maya’s largest cities and site of numerous pyramids and cenotes; Cozumel, which is home to a selection of bars and restaurants as well as top diving and snorkeling spots; Isla Blanca, which is popular for its kitesurfing; Isla Holbox, home to the Yum-Balam Biosphere Reserve; Isla Mujeres, which was put on the map for its underwater museum filled with sunken statues; and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.