Your first clue that your stay at Rosewood Mayakobá is going to be special is the private boat that delivers you to your room. Your second clue is the private plunge pool you pass as you climb the steps from your room’s dock. Add in the suite’s other sweet perks, including an outdoor garden shower and a rooftop sundeck, and it’s almost like the place was made just for honeymooners.
Situated along tranquil lagoons and a mile-long stretch of Riviera Maya beach, The hotel is part of a 1,600-acre resort development located 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen. Because of its winding canals, Mayakobá has been dubbed “the Venice of the Yucatán,” and it offers everything you need to make your honeymoon a trip to remember. Whether you’re looking for relaxation or romance, adventure or indulgence, this destination has you covered.
Golf lovers will appreciate the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón golf course, which is home to the OHL Classic at Mayakobá, Mexico’s only PGA Tour event. This year’s tournament takes place November 11-17, so plan accordingly if you’d like to watch the world’s top golfers take a swing at a title.
If you’re more of a player than a spectator, you can always schedule a tee time on the 18-hole course for yourself or choose one of the resort’s other activities. Water sports and horseback riding are options, but you can also go on a day trip to Tulum to explore the Mayan ruins or visit the world’s second largest reef for snorkeling and diving.
For something a little more relaxing, book a treatment at Sense, a Rosewood Spa. The spa is located on its own island and offers a vast menu of massages, facials, body scrubs, and wraps. Whatever treatment you choose, add a foot massage at the beginning and stick around for the complimentary juice and fruit delivered to you after your appointment. They are the perfect bookends for an hour or two of pampering.
When hunger strikes, you have plenty of options to choose from. Rosewood Mayakobá’s Casa del Lago is perfect for an elegant dinner where you can share plates of reef lobster salad, seafood paella, or braised short rib. For a romantic touch, reserve the resort’s La Cava wine room for a private dinner for two. Asian restaurant Saffron at the neighboring Banyan Tree resort also offers some delicious options. Thai chefs prepare authentic Thai favorites, and if you choose a seat on one of the restaurant’s three over-water decks, you can dine on stir-fried noodles and traditional lemongrass soup while overlooking the lagoon and surrounding mangrove forests.
And no Mexican vacation would be complete without a tequila tasting. At Agave Azul at Rosewood Mayakobá, where shots range from $9 to $280 apiece, the resident tequila expert will school you on the art of tequila making while leading you through a sipping tour of premium tequilas. And if you choose, he can show you which tequilas to pair with certain dishes, including the bar’s sushi and ceviche selections. Agave Azul is also the perfect place to practice your Spanish. But, really, “uno mas cerveza” is the only phrase you need to know.