Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Carretera Federal Chetumal - Pto. Juarez Km. 298 | Playa del Carmen, Maya Riviera & The Yucatan 77710  [SEE MAP]Playa del Carmen, Maya Riviera & The Yucatan  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Resort's secluded setting and romance-focused amenities make this a great option for couples
Closest international airport is 30 miles away

Situated on a secluded perch along Playa del Carmen's northern coast, the Asian-inspired Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers vacationers easy access to the Riviera Maya's maze of mangrove forests, freshwater lagoons and, of course, the second-largest coral reef system in the world. Apart from communing with nature, guests can unwind in their villas, which feature Mayan-inspired decor, floor-to-ceiling windows and private pools and sun decks. If you're not one to stay cooped up, Banyan Tree Mayakoba also features a bevy of on-site facilities, including the Sands beach club, a free-form pool and a spa that pampers with signature treatments like The Rainforest hydrothermal therapy session. The resort's numerous dining facilities also earn praise, but for an unforgettable meal, book a seat aboard the romantic Ixchel dinner boat, which cruises through the scenic Mayakoba lagoon.

Playa del Carmen
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort, 117 rooms
Primary View
Modern, Opulent
Best For
Couples, Groups, Families


  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • EXCELLENTCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Awards 2019
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018
  • TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2018



Tucked away in Mayakoba, a gorgeous resort community on Mexico's Riviera Maya, the luxury hideaway echoes the natural beauty and jungle mystique of its surroundings, from thick mangroves and underground waterways to ancient, indigenous traditions.

Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2018



This Thai chain has brought its own traditions to Mexico's Riviera with stunning results: in addition to vaulted ceilings, lounge areas, dining rooms, private gardens, and Talavera earthenware sinks, all rooms have outdoor bathtubs and private 376-foot swimming pools – a unique perk.

Condé Nast Traveler


Freestanding villas are decorated with handcrafted Mayan furnishings and modern amenities.


When you consider the high-end spa, plethora of outdoor activities – such as golf, snorkeling, and eco tours – and the fantastic dining, it's very hard to find anything wrong with this property.

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Awards 2019
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018
  • TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2018

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 2610 have reviewed the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, giving it a rating of 5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2610 reviews 5.0 (based on 2610 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Banyan Tree Mayakoba's villas feature Asian-inspired architecture – like vaulted ceilings and platform beds – combined with Mayan influences and Talavera earthenware sinks. All villas have separate sleeping and living areas, along with gardens, private swimming pools and outdoor sunken baths. Additional amenities include flat-screen TVs with on-demand movies, stocked minibars, coffee makers, beach bags and hammocks.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access offered
  • Two free bicycles provided in each villa

Standard room size3,153 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Situated in the upscale resort enclave of Mayakoba, which means "village over the water" in the ancient Mayan language, Banyan Tree Mayakoba is an ultra-luxe, all-villa retreat set within freshwater lagoons and mangroves. Based in Thailand, it was the first Banyan Tree resort to be built in North America.
  • Located about 6 miles north of Playa del Carmen
  • Pre-arranged airport transfers available
  • Approximately 30 miles southwest of Cancun International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle (with fee)
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach


There are five dining options at the resort, including the property's signature restaurant, Saffron, which serves a contemporary Thai menu. Cello dishes up Italian cuisine by the lagoon. Sands serves fresh seafood and authentic Mexican cuisine. For breakfast, Oriente offers a breakfast buffet with regional specialties and transforms into a contemporary Mexican-Asian fusion restaurant for dinner. Other dining options include Ixchel – a traditional dining boat where guests can book a private, made-to-order meal for two to enjoy while gliding through the mangroves and canals on the property – and a tapas cruise.
  • Casual quick-service bites offered from multiple on-site locales
  • Private dinners in resort's wine cellar can be arranged

Number of restaurants5

Cuisine TypesBuffet, Mexican, Asian, Latin American, French, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


Surrounded by lush tropical foliage and sun decks with lounge chairs and umbrellas, there is a lagoon-style pool and an infinity-edge pool by the beach. Additionally, all of the resort's villas have private plunge pools.
  • Snorkeling lessons available
  • Reflections Pool Bar and Sands beach club serve a variety of food and beverages
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas


The award-winning Banyan Tree Spa has a unique hydrotherapy wellness trail with thermal cabins alternating between hot and cold. There's also the Rainforest Trail, which incorporates the tropical surroundings with eight hydrothermal settings, including a Finnish sauna, an aroma steam room and a rain walk. Another differentiating treatment the spa offers incorporates Melipona Honey oil, which is gathered from Mexican bees and extracted by way of an ancient process.
  • Full range of services available, including massages, facials and body treatments
  • Spa has 16 private treatment rooms

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


Banyan Tree Mayakoba has an indoor kids club with a variety of activities, video games and a play area. There are also snorkeling and ecotours available, as well as two swimming pools. Plus, complimentary bicycles are provided in each villa.
  • Babysitting services available for a fee
  • Kids club (free)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The resort has a fitness center with cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Additionally, the property offers yoga, sun salutation and stretching classes. Four tennis courts and a paddle court are also located on-site.
  • Complimentary bicycles offered in each villa
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (free)
  • Tennis (with fee)
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


Banyan Tree Mayakoba is equipped to host business meetings and events with up to 300 people. There are four meeting spaces, along with 14 event venues, including the rooftop La Copa Terrace.

    Number of meeting rooms4

    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available


    Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers a variety of ceremony locations, including the beach, gardens and the rooftop La Copa Terrace. The resort offers a "Sanctuary of Love" package that includes the ceremony, venue set-up, bridal bouquet, music, a three-course dinner and a three-tiered wedding cake.
    • Dedicated on-site staff to assist with planning

    Maximum wedding guest capacity300

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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