Trip Report: Rosewood Mayakoba – June 2009

This was a great vacation! Loved it. In fact, we went back in July 2010.

Rooms:

Beachfront Suite

If you are a beach person and if you love privacy, then there is no better room than the Beachfront Suite. Every morning our butler would set up our chairs on our private deck for us, and we had an uninterrupted view of the beach. We didn’t have to lug around a big beach bag, we could walk a few steps into our suite to cool off in the air conditioning, check to see if we were getting sunburned, or grab something new to read. We chose this vacation to “get away”, and we truly felt that we had plenty of breathing room.

Location:

The Rosewood Mayakoba is located approximately thirty five miles south of the Cancun airport and four miles north of the city of Playa del Carmen. It is part of the Mayakoba planned development of resorts that includes the Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Fairmont Mayakoba. The Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya is also nearby.

Restaurant/Lobby:

We had breakfast at Casa Del Lago every morning. The food was always delicious and fresh, but it wasn’t quite as good as the breakfast buffet at the Ritz in Cancun, which is our absolute favorite, and is completely over the top in terms of variety.

All of our other meals at the hotel were eaten in our room or at Punta Bonita. We chose Mexican dishes at all but one meal, and everything we ordered was great. We thought that the meal portions were the perfect size and the food prices were reasonable for what one would expect at a luxury resort. However, the $14 margaritas did tend to add up!

We ventured to the Banyan Tree to eat at Saffron one night for dinner and it was an amazing experience. The Rosewood concierge had let them know that I am a vegetarian, and the chef came out to discuss his thoughts on the menu that he would cook for me, and asked for my input! When traveling, I’m used to ordering regular menu items without meat, eating things that I don’t particularly care for, or ignoring the fact that items may be cooked with chicken stock or lard. It was such a treat to have my own special menu, created on the fly by the chef. Not only that, but the food was heavenly! After dinner we went to have drink in the lobby bar. They had a large selection of fun and unique cocktails and we lingered for a while listening to the musicians who were playing in the courtyard.

Gym/Spa:

We did not go to either the gym or the spa.

Check In/Out:

Easy process. Forgot to put my camera in purse so I was unable to take pictures on the boat ride to our suite.

Overall:

This hotel hits every mark. We love the architecture, the service is outstanding, the food is a perfect match for our tastes.

Details:
Trip Length: Seven nights
Trip Type: Couples
Room Type: Beachfront Suite

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Trip Report: The Ritz-Carlton Cancun – November 2007

We had a fabulous time at the Ritz-Carlton with our friends. This hotel does a great job of providing numerous activity opportunities, especially if you’re a foodie. We had a blast at the Tequila Tasting, enjoyed the free use of the boogie boards, and the varied options for meals. It’s easy to get here, but hard to leave!

Rooms:

Ocean Front Room

Overall the decor of the hotel and the rooms is a bit dowdy (personal taste) and heavily European influenced – think wealthy aristocratic grandmother. It’s not sleek and modern, but the furnishings and linens are clean, high quality and comfortable. We had an Ocean Front Room overlooking the adult pool.

Location:

Located in Cancun’s hotel zone, approximately 15-20 minutes from Cancun airport.

Restaurant/Lobby:

Food – Overall
We didn’t go anywhere else to eat – the food was wonderful! The only negative to the food is that it is not spicy. If you want to add some spice to your meal, ask for the habanero sauce. I am a vegetarian (no meat, dairy/eggs are fine), but the rest of the people I traveled with are not.

Breakfast
The breakfast buffet was awesome – it included Mexican, Japanese, and American food – as well as a large selection of pastries and fruit. Many of the items changed daily, so we never tired of eating there.

Lunch
We had lunch at the beach everyday – loved the Mexican pizza.

Dinner – Themed Buffet
We attended the seafood buffet and the Mexican Fiesta. The Seafood Buffet was great because they offered us the choice of having the buffet or ordering off the Cafe Mexicano dinner menu. Therefore, my husband and friends got to eat lots seafood, while I ordered something vegetarian from the dinner menu.

The Mexican Fiesta buffet was good, but there weren’t many vegetarian options.

Dinner – Fine Dining

Our dinner at Casitas on the beach was amazing! The service was perfect, the chef offered me three choices for my meal and every dish was exquisite. It was worth every penny!

Gym/Spa:

I did not go to the gym. The spa was nice, especially the showers and the outdoor relaxation area.

Overall:

This was a fun trip. The service and food here are top notch. We liked it so well that we went back without our friends in June 2008.

Details:
Trip Length: Seven nights
Room Type: Ocean Front Room

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