by Leo Jakobson | January 25, 2017

The Mayakoba Resort complex in Mexico's Riviera Maya opened a fourth resort in December. With 214 rooms, 41 of them suites, facing the white sand beach on one side and the lagoon on the other, Hyatt's Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya has a light, airy décor punctuated by beautiful woodwork and furniture, as well as colorful Mexican art and crafts. Starting at about 540 square feet, the accommodations' large bathrooms run the full length of the rooms and feature rain showers.

The Andaz Mayakoba has a similarly bright, modern, 6,200-squarefoot divisible ballroom with natural light on either end, as well as five studios (four meeting rooms and a boardroom) ranging in size form 400 square feet to nearly 1,600 square feet. And of course a large selection of outdoor event spaces, lawns, and pool decks.

Guests can take advantage of the restaurants and facilities including the Mayakoba Tennis Centre and El Camaleón Golf Club (home of the PGA TOUR OHL Classic at Mayakoba) shared by the complex's other three properties -- a Fairmont, a Rosewood, and a Thai-themed Banyan Tree. There are miles of biking/walking nature paths and mangrove forests to explore by electric boat or kayak, and guests can use the event and dining facilities of more than one property, spread out across two or more resorts, or even do full buyouts. A water shuttle links the properties.

There are large pool complexes on both sides of the property, but the three-pool complex on the lagoon side is a center of the hotel's energy, according to General Manager Lin Schatz, who notes that the gym, spa, hotel shop and restaurants all face the central area, which is also used for local artisan's and farmer's markets, as well as other guest events. Other amenities include a spa with six treatment rooms, four restaurants including one specializing in ceviche -- including build-your-own ceviche -- and tacos, as well as Casa Amate, a fine dining restaurant with Latin American fare that is arranged like a house with dining areas in each room, such as a living room.

Like all resorts in the area, the Andaz Mayakoba has the required biologists on property to ensure the health of the local ecosystem and its flora and fauna, and the Mayakoba complex's resorts are working with the Mexican government to restore the local reef, including growing and transplanting corals. Schatz says the Andaz is looking at ways to get interested groups involved in corporate social responsibility activities involving the reef project.

Another way to get involved with the area and its residents is the Andaz Mayakoba's Cultural Insiders program, working with local artists, artisans, and a photographer, among others.