As much as we love traveling as a family and showing our kids as much of the world as possible, mom and dad need a little alone time! For our tenth anniversary , we looked for the perfect anniversary trip to Mexico because it’s so easy to get to from Denver. A little less than 4 hours of flying and Southwest and Frontier, along with a host of other airline fly there direct. We choose The Rosewood Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya.
As we sometimes do, we booked during the off-season to take advantage of some great deals. And a great deal we got – stay 3 nights and get the 4th night free at one of the best resorts in the Riviera Maya. Rosewood is already a well-known luxury hotel chain and this particular resort outdoes itself for its guests. Amazing restaurants, a gorgeous pool, set right against the Caribbean, Mangroves surrounding the resort and beautiful rooms.
When we arrived in Cancun, we were met almost immediately by a representative of the hotel, who handed us a frosty Corona. Yes! A relaxing flight, the scent of flowers in the air, no children yammering and a cold beer? Score! A quick, private drive and we were at the entrance of Mayakoba. Driving into the resort was an adventure in itself. Mayakoba consists of 3 first class resorts – Rosewood, Fairmont and Banyan Tree. All are connected by waterways through the mangroves and all have different things to offer. Guests of each are free to eat at any of the restaurants and take boat rides between the resorts. The resorts are also connected by narrow roads and bike trails meandering through the trees. Driving through the trees, we felt like we were in a tropical paradise and we hadn’t even arrived at the resort.
Upon arrival in the open air lobby, we were greeted by very friendly hotel staff and check-in consisted of sitting in comfortable chairs, discussing what we might like to do while we were there and scoring another drink – this time a tropical fruity punch. After the stellar check-in, we walked down and amazing spiral staircase to the dock and embarked on a boat ride to our villa. Yes a boat. Because our villa was right on the mangroves, with a gorgeous deck, complete with private plunge pool.
All the villas within the mangroves are well spaced and there is a ton of privacy. The only thing we could see from our patio was a huge expanse of water, complete with crocodiles and turtles and mangroves to the left, which sometimes had monkeys swinging through the trees. The villas itself was huge, with a giant living area, huge patio, separate, private bedroom and a gorgeous outdoor shower. Decor was modern, yet inviting and absolutely perfect. A sweet welcome note with a happy anniversary basket was left for us courtesy of the general manager.
Most of our four days consisted of sitting by the pool, ordering food and drinks, strolling on the pristine white sand beach and eating in Punta Bonita, a casual restaurant right by the pool. On our official anniversary, we ate dinner at Casa del Lago, a spectacular upscale restaurant and ended the evening with really good tequila in Agave Azul Tequila Bar. Mexicans are serious about their tequila and, although I’m not usually a fan, I found it really good.
Some tips for staying at Rosewood Mayakoba:
–If you can swing it, I highly recommend a Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suite or a beachside suite. It’s extra money to be sure, but if you are celebrating something special, I always go by the “You Only Live Once” mantra. The private plunge pools in the suites are great for some privacy and feel so indulgent.
–To make a suite happen, I suggest going to Mexico in the summer. It’s off-season and there are a lot of deals to be found. It’s definitely hot, but with a private plunge pool, who cares?! And, of course, always always ask for an upgrade when you arrive.
–Book at least one excursion through the hotel. Seeing the Cenotes of the Mexican Riviera is definitely worth it and the hotel can help you with all the logistics.
–Make dinner reservations, even if it’s off-season and it seems like there aren’t many people around. And visit one of the other Mayakoba resort restaurants for some variety.
–If you’re traveling with your family, RoseBuds for Children is the great kids club on the property. Some of the activities include an EcoTour, Yoga, Pizza-making, Scavenger Hunts and Mayan Story-telling. Be aware that some activities have a surcharge. The resort also offers private babysitting at $20 per hour for two children.
All in all, Rosewood Mayakoba gave us the perfect anniversary trip to Mexico. We can’t wait to go again, next time with the kids.
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