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Banyan Tree Mayakoba Resort & Spa

Km 298, Crta. Federal 307
Playa del Carmen , Quintana Roo , Mexico

How do you make a splash in a destination that’s already seen its share of It List hotels? Banyan Tree’s first foray into North America starts with an impressive 50-foot pagoda-style lobby; moves into Asian-meets-Mexican-style villas with outdoor pools, Jacuzzis, and rooftop terraces; and really delivers on the promise of an Asian property by staffing its spa only with Thai-trained therapists. Once we were suitably relaxed (who can resist an alfresco treatment?), a riverboat awaited to bring us through a lush mangrove forest to a stretch of powdery white sand.

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