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Best Mexico Beach Resorts: Fairmont Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen

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No. 21 Fairmont Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen

The most family-oriented of Mayakoba’s three properties, this 401-room luxury resort maintains a sense of intimacy despite its sprawling size—thanks to a layout that celebrates its unique natural setting, with guest rooms, casitas, suites, and five pools set among 45 acres of tropical jungle and mangroves beside crystal-clear lagoons or strung along a white-sand beachfront. An eco ethos prevails, with no cars on property; instead, guests get around via lanchas (retro-styled covered boats), electric golf carts, bicycles, or on foot. Both spa and golf enthusiasts get spoiled here: the former at the acclaimed Willow Stream Spa, the latter at the world-class Greg Norman–designed El Camaleón course.

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