Glass explores the Riviera Maya at the Rosewood Mayakoba resort

Once upon a time in the Yucatán – Glass stays at the Rosewood Mayakoba resort

Jutting out into the Caribbean sea on the east of Mexico’s Yucután peninsula, the Riviera Maya is a stunning stretch of palm-fringed coastline running from the lively city of Cancun in the north to Tulum in the south. Boasting the world’s second largest barrier reef, the region’s turquoise waters offer vast opportunities for diving and snorkelling among abundant wildlife that includes whale sharks, turtles and dolphins, while back on shore a multitude of cultural and culinary delights await would-be visitors.

Rosewood Mayakoba Main BridgeRosewood Mayakoba main bridge

Whether it’s the awe-inspiring scattering of ancient Mayan ruins – notably those at Tulum and inland at Chichen Itza – the fresh flavours served up everywhere from street vendors to high-end restaurants or the vibrant after-dark scene, the Riviera Maya has been drawing in tourists for decades and it’s easy to see why.

Rosewood Mayakoba Main Reception AreaRosewood Mayakoba main reception area

Located just to the north of Playa del Carmen, the Rosewood Mayakoba resort is the perfect base to either explore the Yucatan’s highlights or to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. With 130 suites – each with its own private plunge pool – spread out among a series of lagoons and stretching down to the white-sand beaches, the resort’s layout is wholly integrated with nature, as evidenced by the myriad iguanas and elegant birds that make it their home, too.

Rosewood Mayakoba Casa del Lago RestaurantRosewood Mayakoba Casa del Lago restaurant

Given Mexico’s rich culinary tradition it’s no surprise to see various dining options that draw on the best of the region’s produce. The Agave Azul Sushi & Tequila Bar pairs a substantial tequila and mezcal menu with Asian-meets-Mexican cuisine while Casa del Lago and Punta Bonita all place their own slant on regional cuisine with menus featuring local ingredients alongside more recognisable staples.

Rosewood Mayakoba Beachfront Suite Living RoomRosewood Mayakoba beachfront suite living room

As well as the beachfront, two swimming pools and a series of entertainment offerings in the evening – including special outdoor dining events – plus a well-appointed spa and wellness centre with a wide range of treatments, Rosewood Mayakoba has all the elements necessary to ensure you won’t want to leave.

by Ben Olsen

Rosewood Mayakoba, Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, ROO Mexico  Ctra. Federal Cancún-Playa del Carmen KM 298 Solidaridad, Q. Roo, CP 77710 Mexico
Tel: +52 984 875 8000

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