Deciding where to spend your vacation time and money isn’t always easy. There are activities to consider (often for various ages), as well as food and accommodations. Not to mention the type of travel experience you’re looking for. The key is to opt for a place that has an abundance of options; somewhere you can feel at home but also like you’re treating yourself. Somewhere which offers a blend of luxury and local charm.
If you’ve yet to hear about Fairmont Mayakoba, there are plenty of reasons to add it to you must-visit list.
Spotlight on sustainability
If the United Nations World Tourism Organization and the Rainforest Alliance both single out your strides in sustainable tourism, you know you’re doing something right. And there is good reason to do so.
The Mayakoba complex is home to five ecosystems: dunes, ocean, fresh water, low jungle and mangroves. There are eight environmental protection programs in place. The Coral Reef Restoration Program has transplanted over 1,000 coral colonies into the reefs along Mayakoba. It’s also worth noting that four of the seven species of sea turtles that land on Mexico’s beaches nest here, and Mayakoba has a program in place to protect them. Even better? During turtle hatching season (May to October), guests can help release these tiny turtles at dusk!
Local history & culture
Part of Mayakoba’s impressive complex includes El Pueblito. This traditional Mexican plaza features boutique shopping, local handicrafts, live entertainment, colourful architecture and a seasonal farmers’ market. You can also visit Cenote El Burrodromo, a natural cave filled with crystal clear water. Cenotes are found throughout the Riviera Maya and are a significant part of Mayan culture.
Another great option for those in search of local history is to book a tour to see Tulum, one of the last cities constructed by the Maya and one of the best-preserved today. A stay at Fairmont Mayakoba also puts you within day trip distance of Chichén-Itzá and Coba, two more fascinating Mayan sites.
Nature and fun in the sun
With the aforementioned multitude of ecosystems at your fingertips, it’s a good thing you’ll have ample opportunities to enjoy them.
For starters, get to know the property and its surroundings by setting off on foot or by bike to explore four kilometers of nature trails. Bikes are available at no charge for guests to use. As you walk or ride, you’ll notice the diverse range of flora and fauna that flourishes here. If you prefer to be closer to (or in) the water, you can choose from kayaking, paddleboarding, boogie boarding, jet skiing, snorkelling tours and much more.
In addition to enjoying the sand and surf, guests have more than a few other activities to choose from. For starters, the best way to get to know Mayakoba is aboard one of the electric boats that cruise the canals winding throughout the complex. Guides point out the region’s distinctive local species of plants and animals from boats that embark from the resort. Anyone feeling more adventurous can hop on one of the recently acquired water bikes to explore the canals.
Or why not get a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine in a cooking class? Under the guidance of the hotel’s executive chef you will take a tour of the kitchen and prepare unique recipes found on the hotel’s menu.
Food quality can make or break a vacation. But that is something you don’t have to concern yourself with at Fairmont Mayakoba. There are numerous options to keep every craving covered.
One of the most recent culinary additions is Ki’ Beach Bar & Korean Grill, a bar on the beach that becomes a Korean barbeque at night serving traditional Bibimbap. Other options include hearty, classic Mexican recipes at La Laguna, elegant Italian dishes at El Puerto, the resorts flagship dining venue, and hearty Caribbean fare at Brisas, an airy dining room perched right above the beach.
If it’s seafood you crave, the hotel sources lobster from the nearby Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and grouper, snapper and Caribbean reef snapper are also hyper-local.
All with safety in mind
Guests can rest assured that Fairmont Mayakoba has their health and safety top of mind. Expect increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of all high-touch surfaces, guestrooms and shared spaces. There are enhanced food safety and hygiene protocols for restaurants and room service. Hand sanitizer stations appear throughout the hotel’s public and employee areas and entrances. Physical distancing needs to be practiced and masks worn where required (staff and guests). Temperature checks are taken at restaurants. In addition, there is a complimentary COVID-19 antigen test for guests staying three nights or longer, which is conveniently bookable online.
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