Fairmont Mayakoba guests can indulge in several recreational activities, including five freshwater pools, Fairmont Mayakoba offers activities for the entire family, including lanchita (covered boat) rides through the hotel's water canals, bike rides and a Kids Club with a wide variety of activities for children. For a more relaxing time, Willow Stream Spa offers authentically local experiences, couple's suites, mineral pools and steam rooms.
ONSITE PROPERTY TOURS
Fairmont Mayakoba's guests are invited to join our Tatich (guide) in amazing adventures where guests have the opportunity to explore the natural wonders at Mayakoba.
Nature Adventure: The Nature Adventure is an hour-long tour that takes guests through Mayakoba's pristine water canals. During this tour, the Tatich unveils the different ecosystems found throughout the property and the different flora and fauna that can be seen in the area. It is a relaxing and low physically demanding activity suitable for the entire family.
Nature Trail: This tour takes place very early in the morning because it is when there is the largest number of animal sightings in the area. The meeting point is at the Willow Stream Landing (main dock) where the Tatich will be waiting for the guests. Half of the group will be riding on a boat, while the other half will be walking. Together, both groups will explore different areas in the hotel where the Tatich will explain the different kinds of foliage and wildlife found in the region. Furthermore, he will share Mayan legends with guests throughout the journey. The tour is appropriate for teenagers and adults, as it involves moderate physical demand.
BMW Bike Tours: At Fairmont Mayakoba, bicycles are a great means of transportation to and from different areas of the hotel. As part of the hotel's ongoing commitment to the Fairmont Green Partnership and its leadership in the preservation of the environment, the hotel offers complimentary use of bicycles and bicycle helmets that can be found throughout the resort. Guests can enjoy easy access to the bicycles at any time of day, at the numerous bike racks throughout the property.
Bird Watching Tour: For those who want to come in close contact with nature and explore Fairmont Mayakoba's diverse eco-systems, the hotel offers a bird watching boat tour with idyllic views of the mangrove, forest and beach, and its colorful inhabitants!
Melipona Bee Tour: Fairmont Mayakoba has just welcomed a colony of Melipona becheeii bees, in an effort to sustain this local insect and contribute to its conservation. The hive of stingless bees resides in the hotel's Willow Stream Spa Garden, where guests are welcome to buzz by for a peek. An important part of the Mayan culture for over a thousand years, the Meliponary honey and wax remains important for medicinal use, even today. The bees have arrived as part of a partnership between the hotel and the Melitsak, a local group of 14 women who have developed bee-related goods, who donated the hive in appreciation for the hotel's ongoing support. The honey produced on site is combined with honey from other Melipona hives throughout the area for use in custom spa treatments at Willow Stream Spa and in select dishes at each of the hotel's award-wining restaurants.
WILLOW STREAM SPA
Right in the heart of the tropical jungle, ancient backdrop for the Maya culture, the 37,000 square foot Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Mayakoba offers guests a place to reenergize, and become inspired by the mystery of the lagoons and mangroves it nests within.
The connection with nature prevails throughout the spa and its 20 treatment rooms, some featuring private balconies with mesmerizing views that overlook the forest. The spa also includes steam rooms and saunas, a full-service salon, an outdoor patio, and two pools, including a sea-mineral soaking pool where aching necks and shoulders are soothed by gentle mini-waterfalls. The fitness studio at the Willow Stream Spa includes the latest equipment to ensure comfort, ease-of-use, and overall effectiveness, all while overlooking lush mangrove forests and Mexican gardens.
Within their distinguished menu of services, Willow Stream offers several treatments inspired by ancient Mayan traditions and ingredients. Some locally-inspired experiences include the Mexican Stone Massage and the Tropical Rain Massage, both enhanced by magical oils and ancient Mayan rituals.
Cooking Classes. Fairmont Mayakoba offers guests who enjoy cooking and want to give their stay a different "taste," the opportunity to prepare unique recipes with the guidance of the hotel's Executive Chef Richard Silvester. Additionally, those who take cooking lessons will be able to take a tour through the hotel's chef garden and main kitchen, where they will become familiar with the highest food and beverage standards that characterize Fairmont Mayakoba's AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurants. They will learn everything from how to wash their hands, handle foods, cut and cook, to how to serve properly. Furthermore, guests will receive chef hats and gloves to wear and make them feel like true culinary professionals!
Executive Chef Richard Silvester has developed six different themes, allowing cooking amateurs and experts to select the class that better suits their interests. Themes are: Healthy, The Grill, Green Cuisine, Tea to Green and Sweet Endings
Chef's Garden. Fairmont Mayakoba Chef's Garden grows many tropical fruits such as pineapples, bananas, prickly pears, agave and a variety of chilies; but there are also bananas, oranges, tangerines, lemons, tomatoes, zucchini and more for use in the hotel's AAA Four-Diamond restaurants. Executive Chef Richard Silvester, who oversees the garden, also cultivates native edible vegetables and fruits, many of them in danger of extinction, and one type of orchid. For a nominal fee the culinary team at Fairmont Mayakoba also offers cooking classes, which includes a visit to the garden, where guests can collect ingredients that will be incorporated into recipes used in class.
Lifestyle Cuisine Plus. Lifestyle Cuisine Plus, is Fairmont Mayakoba's special menu available upon request catering to guests with specific diet-dependent conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and gluten free, as well as unique dietary preferences including, macrobiotic, raw and vegan diets. Fairmont Mayakoba's culinary team underwent extensive training to prepare a vast array of special dietary and allergy-specific meals and is now equipped with Nutritionist Pro™ by Axxya Systems (www.axxya.com), cutting-edge recipe analysis software to help customize entrees and menus to fit with guests' requests for caloric and nutritional requirements. Utilizing nutrient-rich ingredients, clean cooking methods and local food products, diners at Fairmont Mayakoba, whether in a restaurant, bar, banquet or in- room, can be sure dishes are wholesome, balanced and full of taste.
Fairmont Mayakoba works with many non-for-profit local communities, including Señores D'Zula, who are preserving ancestral Mayan medicinal knowledge, and Flor de Tajonal, a local project that protects a rare bee, which is in danger of extinction. One partnership in particular supported by Fairmont Mayakoba is Community Tours Sian Ka'an (CTSK), a community-based Mayan tour operator that works to protect environmental and cultural heritage inside the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. The hotel can develop customized plans to experience and get to know better these communities.
ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
DISCOVERY CLUB AND ADVENTURE CAMP
Fairmont Mayakoba's Discovery Club & Adventure Camp offers dynamic, cultural and educational activities to spark the creativity of even its youngest campers. Kids 4 to 12 can enjoy epic adventures in the sacred Mayan jungle and learn about planet Earth's natural and cultural wonders, with the guidance of Iggi the iguana, Chamu the monkey and Balam the jaguar, create unique handcrafts such as "Penachos" (Mayan inspired head dress) or make colorful paper banners, piñatas or Origami, among many other fun activities!
At Fairmont Mayakoba, kids can become expert bakers! Kids in groups of five visit the hotel's bakery where they dress like true pastry chefs. Once they have their baking gear on, they prepare the cookie dough, shape the cookies and later bake them. Once the delicious Chocochip or Luneta (M&M) cookies are ready, In Room Dining will take them up to the childrens' rooms where they can enjoy these delicious treats with their parents.
LEARNING ABOUT NATURE
Learning about Nature: Children in groups of 10 are invited to visit the turtle aquarium where they can feed the turtles and learn about the different freshwater species in the region. The tour is lead by the hotel's Kids Club teachers and the children are then taken to enjoy a healthy lunch courtesy of the resort.
Every Saturday at Fairmont Mayakoba, children learn how to make toys out of recycled materials they can find at home. The Kid's Club teachers educate the kids on the importance of taking care of planet earth. Through this activity, children learn about recycling and how to use materials that would otherwise be thrown away and then they take the toys they've made home.