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Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Carretera Federal Chetumal - Pto. Juarez Km. 298 | Playa del Carmen 77710  [SEE MAP]Playa del Carmen  [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 northwest
Situated about 30 miles southeast of Cancun International Airport on a secluded perch along Playa del Carmen, Mexico'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 facilities, including The Shack 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
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Opulent, Modern



  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Awards 2019
  • TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2019



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.



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.

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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
  • TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2019

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 2993 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 2993 reviews 5.0 (based on 2993 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Banyan Tree Mayakoba's villas feature Asian-inspired architecture (think: 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, desks, coffee makers and hammocks.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Two free bicycle rentals per villa

Standard room size3,153 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • 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 built in North America.
  • Located about 5 miles northwest of downtown Playa del Carmen
  • Airport transfers available for a fee
  • 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:

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


There are seven 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. The Shack Beach Club's eatery serves authentic Mexican cuisine. For breakfast, Oriente offers a breakfast buffet with regional specialties and transforms into a contemporary Mexican-Asian fusion restaurant for dinner. There are also a burger-focused eatery and the Reflections Pool Bar for light bites and drinks by the pool. 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.
  • Resort's chefs can accommodate kosher meal requests
  • Private dinners in resort's wine cellar can be arranged for a fee

Number of restaurants7

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

  • 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, the property's lagoon-style pool and infinity-edge pool offer peaceful settings to cool off and unwind. Additionally, all of the resort's villas have private plunge pools.
  • Infinity pools offer proximity to beach
  • Food and beverage service available at both pools
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


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. Nail and hair treatments are available as well.
  • 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 is home to a kids club with a variety of activities, video games and a play area. There are also snorkeling and ecotours available, as well as the free-form Reflections Pool. Plus, every villa includes use of two loaner bicycles.
  • Babysitting services available for a fee
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs


The property houses a fitness center with cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Additionally, the property offers complimentary yoga classes. Four tennis courts and a paddle court are also located on-site.
  • Each villa includes use of two loaner bicycles
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


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


    Pets are welcome here for a one-time fee of $52 per pet. No pet amenities are available.
      • Pets allowed (with fee)
      • Dog walking
      • Pet-sitting


      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
      • Largest venue can accommodate up to 300 guests for weddings

      Maximum wedding guest capacity300

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

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