This Mexican Resort Just Opened Its First Overwater Villas and They Have Rooftop Pools

Banyan Tree Mayakoba is back better and bigger than ever after a multi-million dollar expansion – and it’s got epic new sequels to prove it.

The five-star eco-resort, located south of Cancun on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, has just unveiled seven spectacular new overwater villas that mark the final stage of a major renovation. Led by famed Mexican architect Sordo Madaleno, the $50 million makeover also resulted in 34 additional oceanfront suites and a swanky new beach club.

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As their moniker suggests, the new Lagoon and Sunset Pool Villas, the first overwater accommodations in the resort’s 13-year history, sit above the property’s secluded lagoon and are surrounded by mangroves for added privacy. . Set over 2,385 square feet, each two-story unit features one bedroom and ample lounging space. Like the rest of the resort, you can expect upscale Mexican decor that showcases local materials such as chukumtropical woods and clay.

Each villa is surmounted by a heated infinity pool.  - Credit: Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Each villa is surmounted by a heated infinity pool. – Credit: Banyan Tree Mayakoba

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The crowning glory of each villa, however, is the roof. This outdoor space is complemented by a heated infinity pool, depending on the resort. It’s more like an extended plunge pool to be honest, but it’s sure to offer some pretty amazing views nonetheless. You’ll also find comfortable rooftop seating for dizzying sunsets.

To top it off, each of the new villas comes with a dedicated host to cater to your every whim and provide packing/unpacking service if required. You will also have two bicycles on which to explore the breathtaking seaside setting.

One bedroom villas come with a dedicated host to cater to your every whim.  - Credit: Banyan Tree Mayakoba

One bedroom villas come with a dedicated host to cater to your every whim. – Credit: Banyan Tree Mayakoba

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Elsewhere, the new Sands Beach Club features a seafood restaurant located directly on the pristine white sand (hence its name) and serving a menu showcasing the best local Yucatán ingredients. The Club also sports another infinity pool, which is thankfully larger than the one at the villa.

The new Sands Beach Club.  - Credit: Banyan Tree Mayakoba

The new Sands Beach Club. – Credit: Banyan Tree Mayakoba

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During your stay, you can participate in many wellness activities such as meditations by the sea, yoga or pilates. You can also embark on a sunrise or sunset cruise on the nearby canals, or take a ride on a local square canoe known as a trajinera. Another highlight is the Haab Maya dinner, where guests can sample a variety of traditional Mayan dishes cooked over an open fire in the jungle and served with a side of storytelling.

Like we said, everything is bigger and better.

Lagoon and Sunset rooftop pool villas start at $2,669 per night, while beachfront suites start at $1,769 per night.

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The new Lagoon and Sunset Pool Villas at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico

The new Lagoon and Sunset Pool Villas at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico

The new Lagoon and Sunset Pool Villas at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico

The new Lagoon and Sunset Pool Villas at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico

The new Lagoon and Sunset Pool Villas at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico

The new Lagoon and Sunset Pool Villas at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico

The new Lagoon and Sunset Pool Villas at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico

The new Lagoon and Sunset Pool Villas at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico

Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico

Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico

Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico

Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico

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