Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Rosewood Mayakoba

Welcome to Rosewood Mayakoba
Our visit to Rosewood Mayakoba started like an ordinary trip. After a quick four-hour flight from Newark, we arrived in Cancun. Customs and Immigration went smoothly, and our driver met us just outside the exit and escorted us to a waiting SUV. Cold-scented towels, bottled water and soft drinks refreshed us for the 30-minute ride to the resort in the Mayan Riviera. Check-in took place in their open-air lobby, and then we boarded the resort’s boat and left the familiar behind. The cruise along the verdant lagoon was tranquil, with exotic water birds taking flight on our approach. Modern, cube-like bungalows were scattered along the shoreline. Where are on earth were we?

My heated plunge pool on the lagoon
The boat docked right at my room, where steps led up to my private deck. First thing I saw was the private plunge pool (thank you) and double lounger overlooking the lagoon.  My butler met me inside to show off the Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suite. Nespresso maker, check. Walk-in closet, check. Soaking tub, check. Outdoor shower, yes!

Soaking tub, indoor and outdoor shower because you can't be too clean!

The spacious living area had contemporary décor, with floor-to-ceiling windows on two walls, which slide open (with screens) to let the outside in (but not the bugs).  Wherever we were, I liked it. A lot.

The next morning, I took a long walk in the mangrove preserve, and then we headed out for a full day of adventures. First, we enjoyed a private tour of the Mayan ruins of Tulum. This ancient waterfront resort is impressive (click here for my Tulum post). Then we went zip-lining through the rainforest- thrilling! After that, we explored a cave and went snorkeling in a cenote, an underground pool formed by rain filtering through the limestone. Swimming around giant stalagmites with the black fish was a surreal experience, like exploring a lunar landscape.

This full-service beachfront resort also has the usual amenities: a championship golf course, a wonderful spa,  a Kids Program, a few pools, and a couple of bars and restaurants. The resort's special sense of place, sensational suites and the fun adventures make this destination seem out-of-this-world.

Oh yeah, the beach