Banyan Tree Mayakoba Announces $50 Million Expansion as Iconic Riviera Maya Resort Celebrates It´s 10TH Anniversary.

New Overwater and Beachfront Pool Villas Will Bring a Modern Yet Natural Design, Alongside Expanded Sands Beach Club and Additional Resort Enhancements Debuting Late 2020

Banyan Tree Mayakoba, an all pool-villa resort nestled on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s famed Riviera Maya, today unveiled a substantial expansion and renovation plan that will introduce 40 new keys, including several new room types such as overwater pool villas and beachfront suites, as well as an expanded beach club, new dining options, swimming pools, kids’ programming and more. Last month, the resort opened its new MK Blue event space, all part of a $50M investment as the property celebrates its 10th anniversary and continues to evolve, positioning itself as the premier luxury offering in Mexico’s exclusive Mayakoba resort community.

Internationally-renowned Sordo Madaleno Architects is overseeing the expansion project, which draws inspiration from multi-sensorial experiences and fuses the warmth of Mexican hospitality and traditions with the intimacy that is the Banyan Tree standard, creating a comfortable luxury that soaks in the resort’s tropical setting of turquoise sea, meandering waterways, plush lagoons and mangrove forests.


“It’s an exciting time as we reinvest back into the resort in honor of our 10th year. These enhancements come as a direct result of listening to our guests’ feedback. We know today’s discerning traveler is looking for high-design, private villas; innovative dining options serving fresh, local cuisine; and more robust kids’ clubs,” said Banyan Tree Mayakoba General Manager Peter Hechler. “These new villas will be a bit of a departure from the existing accommodations in terms of design, while still embracing and celebrating our unique natural setting in a new way. We’re proud to evolve and grow while maintaining the same level of luxury service and intimacy that our guests expect.”

Riviera Maya Accommodations

Banyan Tree Mayakoba Luxury Laguna Suites

Through this expansion, the five-diamond resort will add a total of 40 new keys—including six overwater villas with private pools and 34 beachfront pool suites—to its list of illustrious hotel accommodations, set for completion in late 2020.

With a new type of simple sophistication that skews decidedly modern, the villas will offer a vastness and openness in respect to the natural surrounding environments of the beach, mangroves and lagoons, making them a true extension of the living space. Harmony and an integration of these indoor-outdoor areas will be achieved with a neutral palette of local materials such as chukum, a limestone-based stucco, and tropical woods combined with marble. Traditional Mexican artistic accents will be used throughout the spaces and colors of the art reveal the creative possibilities of Mexican clay as a raw material.

The three new accommodation types, all situated along the ocean and lagoon, include:

Lagoon Sunset Pool Villas – The resort’s first overwater villas are gently placed in the crystal-clear lagoon, just steps away from the beach. These two-story villas span 2,385 square feet with an open layout and organically-infused indoor-outdoor atmosphere. The spacious bedroom features a king bed and extends to an outdoor shower and whirlpool bathtub, while a private solarium offers a sunset-view heated plunge pool. Starting rates at $1,099.

Beachfront Pool Suites – Situated on the sugar sand beaches of Mayakoba and featuring unhindered views of the shimmering sea, these suites span 1,740 to 3,155 square feet and are ideal for both couples and larger family or multi-generational groups. Suites feature both king and queen/queen options, as well as the opportunity to connect rooms forming two-bedroom suites. Accommodations feature an interior patio, outdoor shower and whirlpool bathtub, as well as a private solarium with a heated private plunge pool. Starting rates at $1,249.

Beachfront Sunrise Pool Suites – These suites span 1,675 to 2,470 square feet with breathtaking views of the turquoise ocean waters and stunning sunrises. Featuring a king bed, private solarium with heated private plunge pool, outdoor shower, whirlpool bathtub, an interior patio and natural atmosphere, these accommodations are the pinnacle of sophisticated comfort. Starting rates at $1,399.

An exclusive selection of services and amenities for the new villas and suites, as well as for all existing beach villas, will include a dedicated host, oceanfront daily a la carte or breakfast buffet at Sands Beach Club, a welcome souvenir by a local craftsman, daily in-villa snacks, packing and unpacking services upon request, beach amenities, and two complimentary bicycles per suite.

Sands Beach Club

The new, 43,000-square-foot Sands Beach Club will encompass two expanded oceanfront pools and an all-day dining oceanfront Mexican restaurant and seafood market with an adjacent chic raw bar, as well as beachfront lounge and library, a larger interactive Rangers Club for kids with a pool, and ocean view massage rooms operated by the Banyan Tree Spa. With the space completely open to the sea breeze, senses will illuminate with sight, touch, sound and scent, which are highlighted in the exterior architecture and interior decor, merging into a single essential space where nature flows from the outside to the inside, and vice versa.

In the meantime, a new and inviting Beach Club is available with two pools and a fresh seafood restaurant and bar with Mexican flair, providing guests all the comforts and luxuries as they savor Mayakoba’s sugar-sand beaches and turquoise waters.

MK Blue

MK Blue Opening Night at Mayakoba Banyan Tree

Also part of the expansion, the resort debuted MK Blue in June 2019. This all-new 10,358-square-foot indoor-outdoor event space is located near the resort’s main entrance and features unobstructed views of the nearby waterways and tropical forests. The space features 7,885 square feet of indoor function space, as well as a 2,500-square-foot outdoor terrace. The roofed outdoor venue is designed with a raw and organic feel, effortlessly immersed in nature. MK Blue comfortably seats 550 guests and features state-of-the-art AV and production equipment, along with a premium selection of the best décor suppliers in the area.

For Banyan Tree Mayakoba reservations and inquiries, please call +52 (998) 892 8929 or e-mail the reservations team at


About Banyan Tree Mayakoba:

The AAA Five Diamond Banyan Tree Mayakoba is the only all-pool villa resort in Riviera Maya. With an extraordinary blend of Mexican culture and Asian hospitality, it’s a true Sanctuary for the Senses, including an area starting from 3,153 sq. ft. up to 5,511 sq. ft per villa.  Its award-winning Banyan Tree Spa is an intimate retreat, with all therapists from Thai provinces. The Rainforest Experience is the highlight of their signature treatments, an invigorating hydrothermal experience to stimulate the senses. Their culinary experiences range from authentic Thai cuisine to the freshest seafood and contemporary Mexican fare. Try their HAAB Maya Dining, a deep-in-the-jungle mystical experience, where you can relive the culinary arts of the ancient Maya civilization. And the trajinera named after the moon goddess Ixchel, to savor flavorful dishes aboard this romantic boat ride, while exploring the beauty of Mayakoba’s waterways.


About Mayakoba:

Nestled in the Mexican Riviera Maya, Mayakoba is a 620-acre destination surrounded by the natural beauty of lagoons, jungle, tranquil waters and a sugar sand beach. Four meaningfully placed luxury hotels can be found within Mayakoba — Andaz Mayakoba, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Fairmont Mayakoba and Rosewood Mayakoba — each with distinct personalities and amenities, perfectly complementing one another. Within the coveted destination are a wealth of lifestyle experiences including four acclaimed spas, more than 23 restaurants with eclectic cuisines and a village square that serves as an event space modeled after the historic Colonial plazas in Mexico. In addition, guests have access to a three-mile-long nature trail and spectacular 18-hole golf course designed by renowned architect and PGA legend Greg Norman, which is home to the Mayakoba Golf Classic.



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