Escaping the Everyday at Andaz Mayakoba on the Riviera Maya


Nestled on a secluded and unspoilt part of the coast on the Riviera Maya in Mexico, Andaz Mayakoba is the epitome of cool. Part of the international Hyatt group, this 5 star hotel benefits from their service levels. Yet it has a local feel thanks to its collaborations with Mexican artists and photographers.

First Impressions

Arriving at the resort, you really get the wow factor. There’s an airy open-plan reception lobby with a circular lake at its centre. The friendly staff handed us each a pebble and encouraged us to throw it into the water to symbolically leave our cares behind. After a refreshing fruit drink and quick check-in, the charming Jorge our private butler accompanied us to our suite. Staff here are encouraged to interact with guests and to share details of their own hobbies. The ones we chatted with were into wine, food and photography – in fact one of them gave us a few tips for where to get the best shots.

 Accommodation at Andaz Mayakoba

The rooms in Andaz are spread out around the lagoon and beach areas, in order to minimize any impact on the environment. In fact sustainability is a major focus here and Andaz and the neighbouring 3 resorts at Mayakoba work hard to preserve wildlife. We were staying by the beach, so Jorge whisked us there in a golf buggy. They’re a fun way to get around although you might prefer to borrow bikes as we did a few times. Our huge suite had a spacious bedroom, separate lounge area and WC.

All the rooms at Andaz have a bathroom that runs the whole length of the room, with two sinks and a rain shower.

Andaz Mayakoba bathroom
There are also two balconies, one leading off the bedroom and the other, accessible via the lounge, with a lovely outdoor jacuzzi. We admired the colourful basketwork decoration on the living room wall.

Andaz Mayakoba roomAmenities

We particularly liked the walk-in closet, well equipped with an ironing board, safe, torch, hairdryer and insect repellent.

Andaz Mayakoba amenitiesBathrobes and flip-flops came in handy, as did the stylish beach bag that you can borrow. The fruit and sweets were a thoughtful gift and the mini bar also had many complimentary items such as waters and tea and coffee. We loved leafing through the Birds of Mayakoba book – it helped us to work out which ones we had spotted nearby!

Andaz Mayakoba amenitiesFacilities

Andaz Mayakoba is blessed with several stunning swimming pools.

 The beachside one has a funky vibe with a DJ playing and an amazing octopus mural by local artist, Senkoe.

Andaz Mayakoba Senkoe octopus muralThe lagoon side pools have some very cool inflatables. I couldn’t resist this pink flamingo but kept falling off when I tried to climb on top of the white swan ;-).

Andaz Mayakoba swimming pool
The drinks at the poolside bar looked very tempting 😉

There’s also a cool feature here that I’ve never come across anywhere else, a sunscreen dispensing machine!

sunscreen machine
When you’ve finished sunbathing, head to the nearby gym. Paul is a bit of a gym bunny and pronounced it one of the best equipped that he has seen.

For those more interested in relaxing than sweating it out in the gym, there’s a fantastic adjacent spa too.

It’s designed so that you can do a circuit, passing through hot and cold areas. I loved the leafy view from the ladies’ shower! Paul and I enjoyed a relaxing couples massage in one of the spa’s pavilions and a herbal tea afterwards.

Andaz Mayakoba spaAnother great way to relax is at the uncrowded beach. You can walk along its soft white sand to Mayakoba’s other 3 resorts. There’s also a kids club which lays on a wide range of activities for children of all ages.

Mayakoba beach MexicoDining

There are so many dining options at Andaz that you won’t need to leave. From casual beach side dining at Olla Ceviche to gourmet Mexican dishes at Casa Amate, there’s something for everyone…However if you wish to, you can dine at any of the restaurants in the other 3 luxury resorts in Mayakoba and have it billed to your room. Breakfast at Andaz Mayakoba is a tasty affair with two restaurants to choose from. At Cucina Milagro, there’s a vast array of hot and cold buffet dishes as well as an à la carte menu.

Cucina Milagro breakfastOlla Taco is the other option – it serves à la carte dishes in a casual and cool beach side restaurant.

Olla Taco BreakfastCasa Amate is the signature restaurant at Andaz Mayakoba. With a stylish yet homely decor, its spread over several small rooms.


There’s a large terrace overlooking the lagoon.


The staff here are very knowledgeable and will advise you on the wines as well as the food menu.

I loved it so much that I returned a few days later for a photo shoot with Sol Tamargo – a Cultural Insider at Andaz and a very talented photographer.

Suze, Frida's Wardrobe Experience, Andaz Mayakoba, Playa del CarWe also had fun at a tequila tasting held at Olla Ceviche, a casual beach side eatery, decorated with colourful basketwork. Who knew that there were so many different types of tequila, from silver unaged varieties to oak-aged vintages? The bottles are very impressive, as are the shot glasses. You don’t have to put salt on the rim of your tequila glass but it does add a certain something to the experience.

Olla Ceviche MayakobaSurrounding area

As well as getting around by golf buggy or bicycle, you can take the Mayakoba Connection. It’s a ferry service linking Andaz Mayakoba with the three other resorts at Mayakoba.

Along the way, be sure to look out for rare birds, turtles and other wildlife.

Andaz Mayakoba wildlifeThe Mayakoba Connection also drops guests close to El Pueblito, the local square modelled on a traditional Mexican village.

El- Pueblito MayakobaThere’s also the only PGA golf course in Mexico, with some stunning fairways and also a Nature Trail which guests can walk or cycle along.

Mayakoba PGA golfFinal thoughts

What makes Andaz Mayakoba so special is its sense of fun and vibrancy, together with its focus on the environment. If you’re the sort of person who prefers a relaxed vibe to a stuffy atmosphere, then Andaz Mayakoba is definitely for you.

Escaping the everyday - Andaz Mayakoba on the Riviera Maya, Mexico
Andaz Mayakoba, Carretera Federal Cancun-Playa Del Carmen Km. 298, Playa del Carmen-Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77710

  • The pool looks so inviting!!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • We had breakfast at the Andaz, we loved the food and the vibrant murals!

  • Wow I seriously miss Mexico reading this! Would love to go back soon. It’s just so beautifully colourful. That food looks so delish too! Cx

    Wanderlust Chloe

    • Colour really is the word here and the food was all so healthy and fresh! Hope you get to return soon

  • what a lovely place! I love Mexico and dying to go back..

    THE FASHION MATTERS- Travel & Fashion blog

  • You’re not kidding about the wow factor – what a relaxing break indeed!

    • It’s so nice just to leave cars behind for a while and use bikes and golf buggies to get around instead!

  • The lobby looks gorgeous with the little circular lake and how nice to get tips on where to take the best shots from the staff!

    Miriam
    http://www.londonkitchendiaries.com

    • It was definitely one of the most impressive lobbies I’ve seen, and so nice that the staff were able to chat with guests

  • The balcony and outside area look truly amazing!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Another fantastic experience! I love how the bathroom runs the length of the bedroom, and that has to be one of the dreamiest hotel gyms I’ve ever seen!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Worldwide Hotel Chocolat Giveaway x

  • And just when I thought I’ve heard and seen all the gorgeous places in Mexico! I’ve never heard of Riviera Maya before. The hotel you stayed at looks absolutely amazing from the food and room layout to the amenities. Thanks for sharing and I hope you’re having a great week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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    • Now that we’ve visited the Riviera Maya, we’d definitely return as we loved it! The room layout was great, so spacious

  • Ahh this all looks so ideal. We’re wedding planning at the moment so naturally the only bit I’m interested in is the honeymoon! Would love to take a little wildlife cruise on that cute ferry xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • Oh that must be so much fun planning your honeymoon! I hope you find a lovely destination

  • Oh may gawddd… the place is heavenly!
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  • How fabulous that you had a private outdoor jacuzzi, a walk-in wardrobe and the bathroom ran the whole length of the room. The gym looks very impressive too….I think you would have struggled to prize me back on the plane home!

    • It was a bit tough to leave as I could have happily stayed there a lot longer! The jacuzzi looked very relaxing, I didn’t get time to go in it but Paul enjoyed it!

  • Lucy

    What a stunning hotel, love the open plan and modern feel it has. The pool and gym look wonderful. The sun cream dispenser looks interesting Lucy x

    • I didn’t get a chance to use the sun cream dispenser but it did look very clever!

  • Dressed With Soul

    Oh, I see this resort has really everything! It is definitely a wonderful place. Thanks a lot for sharing all the detailed information and the wonderful picture material <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  • With all the amazing food that you eat, how do you managed to stay so slim, Suze?! You got to share your secret with us. And wow, what an amazing place, it really does seems to be one of the best places to visit. xx

    • I wouldn’t say I’m super slim but I do try to lift a few weights when I get the chance! This place was great for staying fit, thanks to the bikes and the walking trail

  • The Andaz Mayakoba looks so cool! All those colors and murals make it very fun. We first learned of the “Andaz” sub-brand of Hyatt in Costa Rica’s Papagayo Peninsula recently. There’s a luxury Andaz Peninsula Papagayo resort there. How does that sunscreen dispensing machine work at the Mayakoba Andaz? Do you stand in round receptacle and does it squirt you all over?

  • The beach is beckoning me. Oh, so beautiful. What a paradise both inside and outside your room.
    You lucky girl.

  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    What an amazing looking place. I love the inflatables in the pool and the wall art. The sunscreen dispensing machine is such a good idea