Theres a mythical aspect to the Banyan Tree experience, as if reality slides away the moment you enter this sanctuary for the senses. And it positively does at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa where treatments are based on Asian folk remedies featuring aromatic herbs, spices and oils. The signature Thai Herbal Detox package is a soothing three-hour delight not to be missed. Eating options are wide and varied from contemporary Thai fare served on the pretty pontoons of the signature restaurant, Saffron; to Mediterranean-inspired specialties at Tamarind; modern Mexican cuisine at Oriente; and delectable seafood at Sands on the beach. The in-room villa dining is a great option for a private meal, as is the elegant La Cava wine cellar where creative epicurean treats can be sampled.
The Caribbean Sea is a ten-minute ride away on your very own bicycle parked outside each villa; alternatively, reach the beach in an electric-powered boat along the scenic waterways. Golfers can tee off at Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon, the second golf course in Mexico certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, one of the worlds leading environmental certifications. Environmental is the keyword at Banyan Tree; the hotel chains Green Imperative Fund backs excellent projects such as reforesting the mangroves of Mayakoba; funding an orphanage in Playa del Carmen; and reviving the areas endangered melipona bee population.