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Rosewood Mayakobá, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has long been known for distinctive, one-of-a kind properties. The new Rosewood Mayakobá to be launched in Riviera Maya, Mexico in December fits that profile well.
Madrid, Spain-based Casa & Jardin was the architect and designer of the resort, which includes 128 suites and 32 residential villas. It is being developed by OHL, also of Madrid, and is owned by JMJ Development of Dallas.
The surrounding water and nature were two major influences in the design of the new resort which encompasses 20 acres of lagoons bordered by a mangrove jungle.
Indigenous materials such as Yucatan limestone and renewable woods are being used to build the resort, with the end result a look of chic simplicity. The low-slung structures have a clean, open design and the sloping grass roofs that are common in the region.
The suites at Rosewood Mayakobá are located on either the beachfront or on the lagoons and some of the units are perched on pylons over the water. The units have wooden lattices and screens to provide a feeling of natural airiness, white concrete walls and openwork railings. The lines are mostly modular and horizontal but a tall, angled wooden screen adds a vertical element.
Suites feature private plunge pools, rooftop terraces and outdoor showers. Each suite will also have its own dock where a launcha— a teak wood boat with a thatched roof— will pull up to transport guests around the resort.
Another unique feature of Rosewood Mayakobá is a 17,000-square-foot spa, which is located on its own island. Guests will cross a bridge to reach the spa, which will be centered around a cenote, a pool formed by collapsed caves and fed by the subterranean springs that flow throughout the Yucatan.
The Scottsdale, AZ office of BBG-BBGM is designing the interiors of the spa, which will have 11 lagoon-side treatment rooms and eight spa suites. The facilities include therapeutic plunge pools, steam grottos, saunas and experiential showers. In keeping with the natural setting, the fitness area at the spa will have a meditation platform overlooking the lagoons. There will also be a sand garden, lap pool and relaxation deck with refreshments. In addition to the spa lap pool, Rosewood Mayakobá will have a main pool and a beachfront infinity pool.
Dining options at the resort will include Casa del Lago, an elegant restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Punta Bonita, a beachfront grill overlooking the infinity pool. There will also be a cigar bar, a raw bar and a spa café.
Additionally, Rosewood Mayakobá will have three meeting rooms comprising 2,615 square feet of interior space.