Inside Fairmont’s Newest Mexican Resort

A look inside the Fairmont Mayakoba in Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

The Fairmont Mayakoba hotel in Mexico’s Riviera Maya is much more than just a destination resort. With its breathtaking setting along the Caribbean coastline, this eco-friendly luxury hotel offers an array of activities and amenities to help visitors relax and explore the ancient beauty of the region. From its private beachfront, guests can enjoy swimming, kayaking and snorkeling in some of the most beautiful waters in Mexico, as well as exploring cenote lagoons and mangroves that make up part of this naturally diverse environment. 

A Look at Riviera Maya’s Fairmont Mayakoba

Stunning Fairmont Style

Fairmont Mayakoba takes design cues from its stunning location. “The new and refreshed look and feel of Fairmont Mayakoba were inspired by the surrounding lush, tropical landscapes,” Paramo explained. “The tropical nature of the destination combined with the swaying palm trees, pristine white sands and crystal-clear turquoise water set the tone for the property’s color palette. With the goal of combining land and sea, neutral colors infused with pops of bright, colorful blues can be found throughout. Textures are drawn from natural elements and inspired by Mexican heritage and culture.” 

Beach_Aerial View at Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya Mexico | WHERE Traveler®
Beach_Aerial View (Courtesy Fairmont Mayakoba)

The hotel spaces are a blend of the classic Fairmont style and design elements of the Riviera Maya region. Fairmont Mayakoba offers 401 luxurious guest rooms and casita-style suites, all thoughtfully arranged, mindful of the mangrove forest, and set across 45 acres that consist of five different ecosystems. The accommodations seamlessly fuse the beautiful sights and sounds of Riviera Maya, with sliding floor-to-ceiling doors opening up to lagoon-facing balconies and beachfront casita suites where guests can feel the Mexican-Caribbean breeze flow all while enjoying an ocean view,” Paramo said of the resort’s rooms.

“Even from just outside windows, guests will truly feel as though the outside has been brought in, and the architecture provides a sense of casual elegance. The whole experience is sure to provide guests with a feeling of peace and a sense of tranquility for proper rest and relaxation in paradise. The spacious bathrooms feature soaking tubs with secluded views to enjoy privately. Guests can step outside of their rooms to find private infinity plunge pools with views of the idyllic white-sand beach and the tropical jungle; the accommodations are a true design masterpiece that pays homage to Mayakoba’s surroundings.” 

Beachfront Suite Pool at Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya Mexico | WHERE Traveler®
Beachfront Suite Pool (Courtesy Fairmont Mayakoba)

Maykana Beach Club

The property recently opened a stunning beach club onsite. “The shining gem of Fairmont Mayakoba is their recently opened beach club, Maykana. Inspired by the five elements of nature—air, water, fire, earth, and aether—this space reflects the resort’s desire for an environment for nourishment, play, and leisure with five food & beverage outlets, an infinity-edge pool framed on one side by five cabanas, and a boutique filled with treasures designed by local artisans,” Marco Paramo the Area Director of Sales Marketing ACCOR Mexico Luxe told us. “There’s something for everyone from sunrise to nighttime, whether it’s eating breakfast at Brisas before heading to the lounge in a poolside cabana or imbibing craft cocktails at sunset at the Cielo Rooftop Bar after an afternoon of paddleboarding by the beach.”

The beach club takes inspiration from the region’s culture. Wood was sourced from local trees, and the club’s furnishings included local artisanal touches. The resort concentrates heavily on local craftsmanship. “Maykana’s sunken lounge area is a beautiful representation of how the beach club pays homage to the Mayan culture, as they’re meant to resemble cenotes, a key feature of the Yucatán Peninsula region,” Paramo said of the space. “The lounge area reflects the rich blues of the beautiful caves in Riviera Maya and a way of infusing this natural work of art into the new design combined with sophisticated ambiance and an intimate view of the Caribbean.” 

Maykana Cielo at Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya Mexico | WHERE Traveler®
Maykana Cielo (Courtesy Fairmont Mayakoba)

First-Class Amenities

The resort features numerous amenities designed for different groups, including an adults-only infinity pool with a swim-up bar. Guests can also enjoy cooking classes highlighting dishes from the chefs of the resort. For those seeking adventure, private snorkeling excursions can be taken from Mayakoba’s exclusive beach. 

“Fairmont Mayakoba offers a variety of amenities for children and adults alike who want to relax or explore the beautiful land and sea surrounding the property. One highlight of the resort is the on-property boat tours; guided by the hotel’s Tatich-ha (Mayan guide), guests can see wildlife inhabiting the lush property,” Paramo told us. “For those looking to exercise while sightseeing, bikes are located throughout the property for guests to use as they please. Visitors hoping to relax and rejuvenate can visit the Willow Stream Spa, a sanctuary designed to pamper guests with 20 treatment rooms, including a couple’s suite, two mineral pools, several steam rooms, a beauty salon, and a fitness center. The spa’s carefully curated menu of services includes treatments that feature indigenous ingredients and celebrate Mayan ancestry and tradition.”

Bicycles by the Beach at Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya Mexico | WHERE Traveler®
Bicycles by the Beach (Courtesy Fairmont Mayakoba)