Rosewood Mayakoba

Each of the last few years when I’ve attended the International Luxury Travel Mart Americas in the Riviera Maya, Rosewood Mayakoba has always had something new going on to show off. New open air restaurant one year, a revamped pool bar and restaurant another. The El Pueblito section of Mayakoba that they share with the other properties…

This time they showed off one of their splashy new villas with three bedrooms meant for families looking for more space. As with many Rosewood units there’s a large pool on a deck facing the canal, where you can arrive in a boat that pulls up to your private dock. There’s a paved path on the other side though, so you can move around via bicycle or a golf cart that you summon at any time.

Rosewood Mayakoba villa

There’s a dramatic living room with high ceilings and a wall of glass looking out at the pool, canal, and resident birds flitting by. A gourmet kitchen is ready for your culinary skills, or you can just have one of the talented Rosewood chefs come in to prepare something for you. Naturally they’ll stock it up with whatever you need when you set up your reservation and make requests. (Otherwise it’s a long taxi ride to Playa del Carmen for a shopping trip, but if you come by rental car there are supermarkets about 10-15 minutes away.)

Rosewood Resort Riviera Maya

The three bedrooms and baths are impeccably decorated with a mix of Mexican folk art and more modern paintings, each piece chosen carefully. The white furniture seems like asking for trouble in a villa where kids will be romping around, but it sure looks pretty when it’s new.

Each villa has its own butler and twice-daily housekeeping service, plus there’s a washer and dryer on site to enable light packing for the tropics. As with all the rooms at Rosewood, expect the finest linens, ample high-end toiletries, robes, and plenty of tricked-out sight and sound electronics. Each villa has its own Wi-Fi router with a good signal.

Rosewood Resort bathroom

Villa guests of course have access to all the same restaurants, shared pools, and beach activities as any other guests and can also dine around at the other Mayakoba properties and sign charges to their room.

These new Rosewood Mayakoba villas are coming on line as they’re completed and should all be in inventory by the high season at the end of 2016. Rates are expected to run $4,000 to $8,000 per night. See our full review of the property for more or go to the official website to book your stay.