As you may know, a few weeks ago I was at the Riviera Maya to participate in the Latin American Fashion Summit. The event took place at the Andaz Mayakoba Resort, right in front of the coastline. If you watched last weeks’ video, you probably already know how spectacular the place was. However, I wanted to dedicate an entire post to it, to share with you a little bit about my experience in this beautiful hotel.
Andaz Mayakoba is about 30 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. As its name implies, it is located at Mayakoba, one of the Riviera Maya’s most iconic places. This area is known not only for its beautiful white sand beaches but also for a series of lagoons and canals. These form a wildlife sanctuary in the middle of the mangroves. Besides, it’s home to one of the most world-renowned golf courses, designed by Greg Norman.
As a matter of fact, one of my favorite moments was taking a boat ride from the beach back to our building, through the lagoon. The scenery is simply stunning, with the mangroves and the neighboring hotel to one side and the golf course to the other. If you get to stay at Andaz you really don’t want to miss this tour.
As soon as you get there, you’ll notice the resort adapts to its surroundings, not the other way around. You really start to feel a special connection with nature even from the car ride on your way to the lobby; with tall trees and water all around.
It doesn’t matter which room you stay in. All rooms at Andaz have a special view. Ours was one of the least expensive ones but it had a privileged view of the lagoon and a private terrace. It was simply perfect to enjoy coffee in the mornings or to relax after a sunny day at the beach.
Besides, you have free bikes available at all times to tour around the resort. This adds an extra layer of fun to the experience. I hadn’t ridden a bike in ages, and honestly, I wish I had more time to practice. But the feeling of biking around the forest and over the lagoon is something I will never forget.
All rooms are designed in a very smart way. They combine elegance and luxury in a sustainable and responsible way. I really appreciated how the bathrooms were designed to save water and energy. Also, there were organic and inorganic disposal bins all over and they really try to reduce single-use plastics to a minimum.
If there’s something I vote to live and breathe during my stay was the colorfulness and warmth of the Mexican culture. From making a wish at the lobby’s artificial cenote to the colorful murals by local artist Senkoe across the complex. Everything at Andaz Mayakoba is designed to honor the Mayan culture in a modern and sophisticated way.
Also, the staff really took the experience to a whole different level. It really surprised me that every time I ran into a staff member I was greeted with a smile and a friendly “Hola”. They were so consistent that I think it got contagious because by the end of my stay I found myself being much nicer and friendly. Besides, I got to learn a lot from all of them about Mexico and the Riviera Maya in general.
There is no doubt in my mind that my stay at Andaz Mayakoba was a mind-blowing experience, and definitely a worthy investment. I really feel grateful for being lucky enough to have this opportunity, and I really do hope I get to go back one day.
I also hope you’ve enjoyed this review and that you find it useful if you’re planning a trip to the Riviera Maya in the future. Don’t forget to subscribe (here) to the DLF Newsletter to receive each week’s posts directly to your inbox. As always, thank you so much for being here and may the force be with you. Until next time!