The Fairmont Mayakoba launches its new beach club, complete with cozy rooftop fire pits

After undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation over the past two years, the Fairmont Mayakoba has finally unveiled its newest beach club, and it couldn’t have been better.

Named Maykana, a nod to Mayan culture and its word for basket (Kana), this new hotspot is crowned by sunken rooftop fire pits overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Intimate spaces provide a dose of comfort travelers crave in winter, without the snowflakes and single-digit temperatures.

That’s just the beginning of what you’ll find at this beach club in Playa del Carmen. Here’s a look at Maykana and why the Fairmont Mayakoba is a must-visit winter resort.

Mexican-inspired design

The Fairmont Mayakoba has infused Maykana with Mexican design elements throughout, giving it a deep sense of place. The shape of the sunken hearths alludes to the famous cenotes of the Riviera Maya, subterranean water chambers that hold spiritual significance to the Mayan people. Its landscaping and cool hues are inspired by Mayakoba’s maze of mangroves and canals. And some of the distinctive decor and furnishings were made with locally sourced materials from area artisans – something to appreciate when you notice the intricately woven lampshades in the restaurants and the beautiful slatted wooden cabanas. surrounding the pool.

The only rooftop bar in Mayakoba

There is no reason to leave Maykana after sunset. The beach club is home to Cielo, the Alone rooftop bar at Mayakoba – an impressive feature, considering the resort contains four upscale resorts. The adults-only open-air space boasts a lively atmosphere and a menu with creative cocktails. Example: Levitation, a mezcal-based libation with grapefruit, lime juice and a bit of spice, courtesy of morita pepper syrup. Settle into one of the aforementioned fire pits with a cocktail in hand and let the night take you away.

Five dining and dining options

Beach club food can get boring fast. This is not the case at Maykana, however. Besides Cielo, you can find four other fabulous dining and dining options at the new Fairmont Mayakoba Beach Club.

Brisas has perhaps the best breakfast out of all the restaurants in the resort. It offers a selection of cold-pressed juices, tropical smoothies, sweet breakfast classics (like pancakes and cinnamon-orange French toast), avocado toast drizzled with cascabel pepper and any type of egg dish you could desire. Don’t miss the homemade bircher muesli, with papaya, pineapple, peanut butter and macadamia nuts on creamy yogurt. No other muesli compares.

In the afternoon, you can have a delicious lunch with your feet in the sand in Fuego. He prepares a mix of sustainable seafood and meat on his wood-fired grill. The Tulum-inspired restaurant has a bohemian vibe that makes it easy to linger long after your plates have been cleared. Or, grab a spot by the pool and let the roving waiters bring you bites of Aqua. Its Neapolitan pizzas, burgers, fresh salads and snacks to share are perfect when lounging in the private cabanas.

As if that weren’t enough, Maykana also makes dinner a highlight at her signature restaurant, Gaia. Your meal begins with a trip to the raw bar with seafood prominently displayed just as you enter the warmly lit space. However, resist the temptation to stock up on oysters. Gaia has a menu filled with delicious dishes that will make your mouth water. For the main course, you can stick to seafood dishes, like fried whole fish with avocado, chilli and salsa criolla, or opt for a New York steak or half a chicken. roast. Not into meat or fish? Let the waiters know and the chef can whip up something special for you using your favorite ingredients.

A once-in-a-lifetime yacht trip

Maykana’s sparkling infinity pool is a downright spectacular place to spend the day, especially if you can score one of the five private cabanas. It’s shaded by palm trees, filled with water just cold enough to cool off in, and within postcard-perfect view of Mayakoba Beach.

But if you want to make your experience at the Fairmont Mayakoba even more memorable, the resort offers a unique excursion to consider: the VanDutch Experience. You and your loved ones can cruise the Caribbean Sea aboard the 55-foot yacht of the same name, affectionately known as the “Ferrari of the Ocean”. The staff will pick you up in a small canoe from the beach near Maykana and take you to the yacht. Once you’ve popped some champagne and found the perfect spot to take in views of the lavish ship, you’ll be whisked away for an afternoon at sea, with breaks for snorkeling and swimming in a water incredibly clear turquoise.

What to expect at the Fairmont Mayakoba

Maykana alone is well worth a trip to the Fairmont Mayakoba, but that’s far from the only reason you should stay at the AAA Diamond resort this winter. The property has more than 400 rooms, including newly renovated casitas that feature spa-like bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, expansive terraces and balconies overlooking the resort’s waterways, and artistic touches throughout.

If you’re traveling with the family, opt for a private villa at Fairmont Heritage Place. These upscale residences feature three separate bedrooms, so everyone can have some privacy, as well as a private plunge pool, well-appointed living and dining room, and full kitchen. Your personal butler can stock the fridge and pantry with everything you need.

You can also find an almost endless array of things to do at the Fairmont Mayakoba. Dive into the resort’s seven swimming pools. Grab one of the free bikes and ride by the beach or on tree-lined paths that will make you feel like you’re biking through the jungle. Take a guided kayak trip through the winding Mayakoba canals (keep your eyes peeled for Gloria, one of the beloved sunbathing crocodiles in the area!). Learn the secret to making the absolute best guacamole in an interactive cooking class at El Pueblito, the traditional Mexican square of Mayakoba.

Or get pampered at the Willow Stream Spa. The mystical wellness center offers a mix of classic treatments, like massages and facials, as well as unique experiences that align with the lunar cycle and draw inspiration from Mayan cosmogony. However you choose to spend your time, you will undoubtedly feel invigorated throughout your stay at this special resort.

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