Rosewood Mayakoba beach

We’re busy getting up new luxury hotel reviews for Mexico, including one we’ve had our eye on since it opened: Rosewood Mayakoba, in the the Riviera Maya area of Mexico, near Playa del Carmen.

This is part of a big development that will, in the end, house six hotels, two golf courses, and vacation villas. As our reviewer notes, “Fairmont Mayakoba was the first property to open here, in mid–2006, and Rosewood Mayakoba, opened in the last days of 2007, sets the bar a bit higher in terms of intimacy, luxury and creative architecture.”

The hotel has already been a hit with elite travelers and celebrities, making a few appearances in the tabloids.

Our reviewer says the landscaping needs some time to mature and the setup of taking a boat to the beach isn’t ideal, but the facilities and service are impressive. Rosewood also operates the fine Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos, so they don’t have much of a learning curve in serving demanding travelers looking for a secluded and special experience. It’s a far cry from Cancun—just be prepared to slather on some bug repellent at sunset.