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Banyan Tree synergizes modern Asian and Mexican design.
Thursday, 9th April 2009
Source : Banyan Tree
From the first glimpse of the splendid banyan tree in the two-storey water courtyard, to the intimate design of each pool villa that is tucked into the undulating eco-landscape, every detail about Banyan Tree Mayakoba lives up to its promise.

Located in the vibrant Riviera Maya just 40 minutes' drive from Cancun International Airport, Banyan Tree Mayakoba is the perfect synthesis of modern Asian and Mexican tropical design.

Designed exclusively by Architrave Design and Planning, the architectural arm of Banyan Tree, the resort's design and layout evokes a background of Asian simplicity with brilliant exclamations of Mexican artistry. An example is the exquisitely detailed talavera earthenware in black and white, which were specially commissioned for use as bathroom sinks throughout the resort. 

The features of each villa also reflect the needs of the different travellers to Riviera Maya. The private Garden Pool Villas, Spa Pool Villas, Terrace Residences and Beachfront Pool Villas cater to discerning market segments that range from honeymooners and couples, to larger families and intimate groups of friends, who are in need of one-, two- and three-bedroom villas that have the perfect proportions of space, garden pavilions and view.

Each villa offers a spacious pool, starting from 30 square metres, as well as outdoor heated jet-pools or sunken baths, massage beds, and steam rooms. All 132 villas are freestanding units on land, over water, or by the beachfront, tucked amidst undulating lagoons, canals and lush mangroves, to create an intimate oasis that did not harm the ecologically sound environment.

With the inaugural emergence of Banyan Tree Spa in the Mexican Caribbean region, local and overseas guests alike can experience signature treatments delivered by professional spa therapists, trained at the exclusive Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Phuket, Thailand. They deliver the most indulgent Asian-inspired spa experiences in intimate spa pavilions located over the lagoon. Signature treatments at Banyan Tree Spa Mayakoba include the Thai Herbal Detox treatment package. The highlight is the Salt Pot Body Massage where a traditional Thai salt pot, handcrafted from clay and filled with Thai herbs and salt, is heated and wrapped in a pouch for the massage. This traditional Thai therapy, long practiced for its detoxifying effects, also helps to boost blood circulation, promote healthy skin and relieve muscle tension.

As a spa innovator, Banyan Tree Spa introduces The Rainforest in Mayakoba, adding a new dimension to Banyan Tree Spa's interpretation of holistic rejuvenation. The Rainforest is designed as a hydrothermal circuit, comprising alternating hot and cold thermal cabins, for couples to embark on a trail of wellness treats. Each thermal cabin is designed for one couple, offering the ultimate privacy. Walk through The Rainforest Trail, offering eight different hydrothermal therapy experiences like Rain Walk, Aroma Steam Chamber, Finnish Sauna, Rasul, Brine Cavern, Ice Fountain, Experience Showers and Vitality Pool.

Dining With A Difference
With a strong reputation for dining excellence, the culinary team at Banyan Tree Mayakoba has succeeded in creating restaurants that leave an indelible memory. For a start, Banyan Tree is introducing Saffron, its contemporary signature Thai restaurant, which is dramatically located on two lagoon decks overlooking the estuary and the main lobby. Saffron's sophisticated menu will be helmed by two Banyan Tree Phuket Thai chefs brought over especially for their experience and finesse.   

The other signature stand-out is Tamarind, the spa cuisine purveyor which serves an organic menu of specially created spa juices and fine dining cuisine. Tamarind was first introduced in Banyan Tree Phuket, and is well-known for its delicious, substantial cuisine with a healthy focus.

Located by the main swimming pool, Oriente is a must-visit for its daily breakfast buffet in the mornings, and modern Mexican dinner menu in the evenings. A chic destination is the Sands beach club, which offers a la carte breakfast, a trim lunch menu, and a classic grilled seafood selection for dinner. The tables overlook the Caribbean coast, and the area is often a hub of activity with an infinity swimming pool, lounge decks, shaded cabanas, and attentive pool service that includes complimentary fruit sorbet and cold towels. La Copa bar offers tapas snacks and highly innovative cocktails, that range from a cucumber refresher to a rose petal margarita, all finely crafted by the bartender.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba will soon offer the Ixchel destination dining experience, which is a private dinner set onboard a trajinera, a traditional Mexican flat bottom boat decorated with indigenous motifs and cloths. Ixchel is the local name of the Mayan goddess of the moon, hence is an apt description for this intimate affair under the stars. Meanwhile, guests can enjoy the gourmet selections with private in-villa dining or barbecue service, where a full medley of meats and/or seafood is freshly grilled as wished, under the stars in one's own villa garden.

Discovering Mayan Culture
Banyan Tree Mayakoba is blessed to be located within an easy distance of at least three archaeological wonders that range from Greater Mayan to Toltec – the Chichen Itza complex, the Tulum seaside ruins, and the Coba jungle temples. In addition to this, guests can also embark on day trips to the extensive UNESCO World Heritage Site Biosphere reserve, the Sian Ka'an where little or no development takes place.

This is one of the last remaining refuges in Mexico for jaguars and other native fauna and flora. At Banyan Tree Mayakoba, guests have the convenience of a specially selected in-house tour operator, Maritur, located in the lobby, to arrange their tours and excursions safely and in the comfort in which they are accustomed.

A Longstanding Pact
Banyan Tree's commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable tourism is reflected group-wide and also in the design of Banyan Tree Mayakoba. The architecture of the property was designed to preserve a stretch of pristine tropical mangrove, teeming with wild life and birds, located within the Mayakoba ecological development.

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