Mandarin Oriental MexicoAfter lots of delays and a soft opening where travel writers practically had to don a disguise and sneak in to get a look, Mexico’s first Mandarin Oriental hotel is really truly open. Our correspondent was one of the first to get a good look at the place after all the construction was done and the whole place was open to guests, so go here to see her review of the Riviera Maya Mandarin Oriental.

So what’s the verdict? Like the other Mayakoba properties, this one sits on a section of land that is perpendicular to the water, so only five casitas are actually beachfront and the rest are in the mangroves. There is more land here though so the rooms feel very private and secluded. There’s an obvious Asian influence, both in the minimalist style of the furniture and bedding and the superior service that the Mandarin Oriental chain is known for.

If you’re the type that values a view of the sea from your room above all, this resort is probably not your best choice. If you want to enjoy pampering from an attentive staff and have ample privacy, you won’t be disappointed. Just get ready for some frequent golf cart rides.

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