Live the suite life at the Rosewood Mayakoba along Mexico's Riviera Maya
QUINTANA ROO, Mexico – Some suites are just sweeter than others.
I never dreamed I could top the luxurious suites/villas I stayed in earlier this year at the St. Regis Princeville Resort on Kauai and the legendary Lodge at Kauri Cliffs on New Zealand’s North Island.
But I’m currently in awe at the over-the-top details of my Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suite at the Rosewood Mayakoba, a posh 1,600-acre beachfront resort that opened in 2008 on the Riviera Maya south of Cancun and just north of Playa del Carmen. I could literally live in it … forever.
The suite’s massive front door leads to a lounging area stocked with a TV, sectional couch, desk and sitting table. Fresh fruit and a complimentary bottle of tequila greet every guest.
Two all-glass sliding doors allow the beautiful outdoor setting overlooking a canal to come inside this living room. A heated plunge pool (it’s pictured above) sits outside on the patio. I left the glass doors open all night – but slid the mosquito screens shut – and awoke to a torrential rain at 4 a.m.
On the opposite side of the unit past a mammoth walk-in closet is a bathroom to behold. The back wall is all-glass as well, peering out upon a secluded outdoor shower area (see photo below). An outdoor rain shower on a mild 70-degree morning? Heaven.
I did venture out of my suite long enough to get in a round of golf on the El Camaleon Course, site of the upcoming OHL Classic at Mayakoba, Mexico’s only PGA TOUR stop. It’s a fun Greg Norman course with ocean views on several par-3s. The fact that the winner of the tournament now gets FedExCup points and a berth in The Masters should eventually strengthen the fields.
To cool off after golf, I lounged for a bit at the two-story pool near the lobby of the hotel, then ventured down to the beach. The water was its usual vibrant emerald green color.
The resort is so spread out that you can rent bikes to get around, ride in a golf cart shuttle or better yet, take a boat ride through the canals back to your private dock. Consider these water taxis (see the bottom photo) Mexico’s version of the Italian gondola. Pass the time by searching for crocodiles and exotic birds along the way.
Believe what you want about Mexico and its sullied reputation. This is a suite place to be.
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