Highlights from the Andaz Mayakoba
Last September I had the chance to spend four days at the beautiful Andaz Mayakoba, near Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. If you've followed along you may have learned that I've quickly become a fan of the Andaz brand. I've been to three of the properties so far (Los Angeles, Mexico, and Maui) and will be staying at the Andaz Scottsdale next month.
Mayakoba is a luxury resort development with four properties, associated residences, and golf. It's not your traditional stale resort development which lacks charm and a local feel. In fact, Mayakoba capitalizes on existing geography, and each property is unique and offers its own charm.
By car, it is 40 minutes south of the Cancun International Airport. The Andaz arranged for private transfers which I highly recommend, as you'll be picked up in official hotel transportation. If you've ever flown into the Cancun airport, you understand how intense the pickup area can be. No matter where you are staying, always arrange for private transfers!
If you haven't had a chance to read my Andaz Maui post, I'll fill you in on the Andaz brand here. The Andaz Hotels and Resorts are Hyatt's luxury boutique hotel brand. It's a lifestyle brand, and each property is designed uniquely to the area it's in, so no two properties are alike. We've really taken a liking to this brand and plan to stay at them when we can.
There are two sides to the Andaz Mayakoba property, the Lagoon side and the Ocean (Beach) side. During our stay, we stayed on the Ocean side, but the Lagoon side was easily accessible by walking (20 min), biking (<10 min), or golf cart (5 min). I never walked it but I did bike from side to side and when I was tired I called for a golf cart.
On the Ocean side there are two restaurants, OllaTaco and OllaCeviche. I ate at OllaTaco daily but didn't end up trying OllaCeviche. On the Lagoon side there are two more restaurants, Casa Amate and Cocina Milagro. I ate a few meals at Cocina Milagro and had the most amazing goodbye brunch at Casa Amate. No matter where I ate, the food did not disappoint. Below are a few photos from our amazing dining experiences.
I spent the majority of my time at the Andaz Mayakoba, but with Tulum being one hour away, I hired a private driver (again, through the hotel) for 6 hours so I could go explore for the day. The driver costs about $200 and took me to each and every spot I wanted to go to in Tulum. He was friendly, nice, and I felt safe the entire time. If you stay at the Andaz and want to explore, I highly suggest hiring a private driver through the hotel. The safety and comfort are well worth the money. You can read more about my Tulum experience here.