Mayakoba’s Top Instagram-Worthy Locations

In Play, Playa del Carmen & Tulum, Stay by Suzanne Koch

Let’s face it, when in paradise, getting that perfect shot is a must. There’s nothing more frustrating than finding yourself in one of the most beautiful places on earth and not being able to properly capture it. One of those stunning, picture-perfect locations in Mexico is easily Mayakoba, a resort development 15 minutes south of Playa del Carmen and home to Andaz Mayakoba, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Fairmont Mayakoba and Rosewood Mayakoba.

With its unique and diverse landscape, Mayakoba has plenty of Instagram-able opportunities, but we rounded up five spots where you’re sure to get that shot.

Fairmont Mayakoba

Boat: Best for colorful flora and fauna

Hop in one of the boats via the Mayakoba Connection and cruise the six miles of waterways that wind through the massive resort development. Catch sight of indigenous flora and fauna, plus more than 300 species of birds and native wildlife. It’s also a great chance to see each resort from a different point of view.


Rosewood Mayakoba

Beachfront: Best for tropical landscapes

The beach goes without saying when hunting down a perfect photo-opp spot. With the Caribbean’s turquoise water and white sand, this area of Mexico exudes major tropical vibes. Snap a shot amid towering palms or in a swinging hammock.

Tip: For the ultimate shot, add a prop by ordering up a cocktail served in a coconut, which can be found at many of the resorts.


Fairmont Mayakoba: Coral Suite

Private plunge pool: Best for jungle shots

Book a stay in a room that comes with a private plunge pool. Nestled in the green foliage, the contrasting bright blue water will make your photo pop. Not to mention, it’s a guaranteed follower-pleasing shot.

Tip: Every room at Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Rosewood Mayakoba includes a private plunge pool.


Banyan Tree Mayakoba: El Camaleon

On the green: Best for capturing all of Mayakoba

Mayakoba is home to three ecosystems: the tropical Mayan jungle, wetlands and the Mexican-Caribbean coastline. The easiest way to make sure you capture them all? Tee up for a round of golf! The 18-hole El Camaléon course, designed by renowned architect and PGA legend Greg Norman, takes golfers from the lush jungle to the coastline and everywhere in between.


Banyan Tree Mayakoba: Haab Maya Dining Experience

Cultural activities: Best for exotic shots

Scenic shots are great, but for even more variety, take part in a cultural activity. Banyan Tree Mayakoba’s outdoor dining experience brings to life ancient Mayan traditions, culture and cuisine. Fill your feed with photos of Mayan warriors, decked out with face paint, feather headdresses, beating drums and fire-lit torches, who will escort you deep into the jungle for your dining experience. Following a sundown ritual, enjoy stories of ancient Mayan culture and customs while diners participate in the prep of traditional cuisine.

Tip: For daytime shots, wander down to Mayakoba’s El Pueblito, modeled after an authentic Mexican village square. Find sidewalk restaurants, shops, art galleries and a traditional Catholic chapel.

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Featured photo: Andaz Mayakoba

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