Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Just as spectacular as all Banyan Tree properties, this one definitely does not disappoint and is the first Banyan Tree to open in the western hemisphere. Located inside Mayakoba, the moment you drive up to the spectacular entrance and huge two-story lobby situated around a giant Banyan Tree in the canal, you know you have arrived somewhere special. The room options start at “standard” individual pool villas (which are really anything but) and go all the way up to three-story three-bedroom private villas. All of the rooms here are spectacular, boasting a comfortable and beautiful design aesthetic. Every room also comes with free bicycles, should you choose to forgo the golf carts and boats that are always ready to take you around the property. Which brings us to an important point: The service is really where Banyan Tree stands out; with origins in Thailand, the level of attendance exhibited at every turn is truly beyond fantastic! All of the restaurants located on-site are truly wonderful, with Saffron, the signature Thai restaurant at Banyan Tree Mayakoba - offering a really special night out. There is something for everyone here, including four restaurants, a dining boat option and two bars. The Spa is also not to be missed, with all treatments performed in individual villas and most therapists hailing directly from Thailand, they truly are the best in the Playa del Carmen area. And of course, the entire property is situated on a beautiful stretch of beach located just north of town, offering full beach service and insanely comfortable beach lounging. There is a kids club on property if you want to bring the children along.