Set in the Mayakoba gated community, along the wonderful Riviera Maya, the sprawling Fairmont Mayakoba is a great example of eco-conscious luxury. Surrounded by lush jungle and mangroves on one side and your typical Caribbean beach on the other, the hotel’s palapa roofs are tucked among meandering canals that guests can enjoy by boat (or ride along the edge on one of the BMW bikes provided). Walkways are designed to preserve the indigenous mangrove forests and protect the hundreds of species of local birds and animals
The over 7,000 yards (6,400 meters) El Camaleón golf course, designed by golf great Greg Norman, certified by Audubon International, is one of the main draws of the property.
At the Willow Stream Spa, décor and treatments pay tribute to the local Mayan culture; one of the most popular is the cocoa-based Food of the Gods Body Nourisher. Private and group yoga lessons are also on the menu.
RATES: doubles start around 250USD per night.
HOW TO GET THERE: Cancun airport is the closest to the property, about 45-minute drive.
Carretera Federal Cancún, Playa del Carmen Km. 298