Just over a week ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Mexico for the very first time…..and let’s just say it most definitely won’t be the last. When my husband and I go on a holiday, where we decide to call our ‘home away from home‘ is very important to us. After researching online where we would like to stay, the Fairmont Mayakoba immediately caught my attention amongst the long list of beautiful resorts. Whether it was the 240 acres of tropical forest that is intersected by crystal clear waterways or the private beach access straight to the Caribbean shoreline……I knew the Fairmont Mayakoba had my name all over it!
Mayakoba (a resort development where other luxury resorts are also located in addition to the Fairmont) is 40 miles south of Cancun, near the town of Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya. Although every corner of the resort was incredibly breathtaking, below are a few of my favorite hideaways and locations that make me want to book a flight back straight away.
Although I can’t say I am the most active person on a holiday, biking the Fairmont’s natural forest on complimentary BMW bicycles was something I could get my butt into high gear for. Instead of walking or jumping on the resort bus each day on the way to the beach, we instead decided to bike everywhere….to breakfast, to the pool and even to dinner (my dinner attire didn’t stop me from enjoying the more scenic and active route)! Other activities (in addition to swimming of course) that we enjoyed during our stay included a scenic boat tour on the canals (the Fairmont Mayakoba is known as the ‘Venice of the Caribbean‘) beach volleyball and soccer and windsurfing.
Even though I am more of a beach bum, I do enjoy a relaxing day pool side from time to time. There are 5 sprawling pools located on the property including a 10,000 sq. ft. free-form pool and waterslide and an adults-only infinity edge pool overlooking the lagoon. Although all the pools were uniquely special, we tended to spend the most time at the pool with the swim up bar (duh!). As the sun was going down after a full day at the beach, Paul and I enjoyed cocktails (Bahama Mamas!) before heading in to get cleaned up for our dinner reservations.
Time To Eat
It has been almost two weeks since our visit and I still can’t get the delicious meals from entering my mind on the daily. Every morning we ate breakfast at the La Laguna Restaurant where I enjoyed fresh smoothies, yoghurt parfaits and the yummiest omelettes I have ever tasted. Due to spending almost full days at the beach (and never wanting to leave) we often ordered lunch straight to our umbrella. I loved the fish tacos and chips and guacamole. For dinner, Paul and I dinned at the Brisas Restaurant (as seen below) and El Puerto Restaurant. Brisas, the Fairmont’s beachfront restaurant, was the perfect location for a romantic dinner. We enjoyed calamari, steak and one of the daily specials, pad thai. Oh how I wish this could be tonights dinner! El Puerto was another great option for dinner on the property. This Latin-Asian menu is filled with mouth watering sushi, noodles and dim sum that made it difficult to choose only a few options each night.
If you have read other blog posts here on blarejune.com, then you may have noticed that the beach is my happy place ….and always has been and always will be. There is nothing I love more (even more than shopping) than spending a day on the beach, reading a good book and sipping on a tropical drink. During our stay at the Fairmont, we spent most of our days sitting under a umbrella and enjoying this perfect beach setting.
Time to Rest
Although we tend to spend the majority of the time outside on a holiday, there is nothing like coming back to a comfortable room. The majority of the rooms are intertwined with the lush forest and graceful lagoons that are throughout the property but there is also an exclusive collection of exquisite seaside suites that are incredibly special. I enjoyed coming back after a day in the sun, showering with the Fairmont’s exclusive products, getting comfy in their white plush robes and enjoying a Nespresso before dinner.
If you are planning to visit the Caribbean coast of Mexico anytime soon, I can’t recommend enough booking a few nights at the Fairmont Mayakoba!
Blare June xx
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