Fairmont MayakobaBack in March I turned 30 and while I was on vacation in Mexico I reflected on what I learned from my twenties. I was fortunate enough to see in my thirties by spending four blissful days at the stunning Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Hotel and Resort. The resort is situated within 240 acres of tropical forest intersected by crystal clear waterways and surrounded by a pristine Caribbean shoreline. From incredible sunset moments to swimming in stunning infinity pools the trip was full of design inspiration and relaxation time. After the jump I’m taking you on a tour of this incredible Fairmont Mayakoba property via amazing aerial views from my drone, and the exquisite tropical interiors at ground level. Ready to escape to paradise for a few minutes? OK, let’s go!

Fairmont MayakobaHere’s the thing: my heart mate and I only tend to book a hotel if there’s an ‘adults only’ pool. Thankfully, the Fairmont Mayakoba resort had this stunning pool just for adults (seen above) and it was perfect! The hotel was actually very kid friendly but there were still pockets of calm that were ideal for couples and those looking for a more low-key experience. It’s rare to see a hotel cater to these two different types of travelers so well, but Fairmont Mayakoba did so with ease. Color me impressed!Fairmont MayakobaHere’s another one of the stunning pools. This was the closest pool to our suite and I often enjoyed an early morning swim here. It felt incredible to have the pool completely to myself while I looked out over the beautiful Caribbean Sea.Fairmont MayakobaCan you see my down there led next to the plunge pool? This was on the roof of our suite, which was situated right by the waterways that weave through the resort. Fairmont Mayakoba was designed and built with the conservation and consideration of the surrounding mangrove. These are the forests of the coastline which are considered the “kidneys of the planet” as they are responsible for cleaning the water in the coral reefs.Fairmont MayakobaHere’s one of those dramatic sunset moments I was telling you about at the start of the post!Fairmont MayakobaThis tile at the resort’s Brisas restaurant couldn’t be more #MakeYouSmileStyle if it tried, right?! LOVE!Fairmont MayakobaTime for a tour of the suite we stayed in. You’ve seen it from above but this is what it looks like inside. I shared a tour of the room on my Instagram Story when I first arrived and the number of messages freaking out about it was unreal! Naturally, I loved the turquoise and orange color palette – so fitting for the exotic locale.Fairmont MayakobaThe spacious bedroom led directly out onto a completely private balcony from where you could sit and watch the colorful birds and charming wildlife (hello, turtles!) that surrounded the property.Fairmont MayakobaThat hit of navy in the couch? I’m feeling it! The relaxed and casual interior still felt luxe… Fairmont Mayakoba… a feeling that was encouraged by the Le Labo toiletries in the bathrooms!Fairmont MayakobaMy heart mate and I don’t often visit all-inclusive resorts, normally opting for board-only so that we can explore and try out local restaurants instead. However, on this trip we really just wanted to totally unplug and relax so we stayed (and ate!) on property the entire time. We were pleasantly surprised at the wealth of very good food options available at the Fairmont Mayakoba resort. Our favorite was the Latin-Asian menu at El Puerto restaurant but La Laguna also offered a great breakfast and delicious Mexican food, too.Fairmont MayakobaI’m always color hunting – even at breakfast!Fairmont MayakobaThe Fairmont Mayakoba is the perfect resort if you are looking to unplug in private, luxurious surroundings for a few days. The staff couldn’t have been more hospitable and the facilities are the resort were bountiful to keep both young and old guests occupied. We loved taking the conversation river cruise to learn about the mangrove and the wildlife within it just as much as we did relaxing quietly by the pool, or sipping cocktails people watching as guests tried out watersports on the beach below. Which details from the stunning Fairmont Mayakoba hotel and resort are catching your eye?Fairmont Mayakoba// Photography by Will Taylor


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Harry M. Fontenot III Reply

    Absolutely beautiful blog post.❤You and Toby certainly picked an enchanting spot to ring in your thirties.???Always enjoy what you bring to your followers.?Maybe we should nickname us the #makeyousmileminions…lol.?

  2. If you didn’t say you were by the pool, I would have just looked for the guy in the striped suit(I meant that out of love <3) 😛

    Great post, my friend 🙂

  3. Hi Will. First time leaving a comment here (long like lurker!) but had to say how much I enjoyed your stunning photography in this post. Keep it up. Gx

    • @Genevieve – First of all, thanks for being a long-time reader and secondly, thank you for such a lovely first comment! So pleased you enjoyed the pictures. I had a blast taking them! 🙂

  4. And now I want to book a vacation!!! Hope I can convince my better half we need to! 😉

  5. My favorite color combo is turquoise and lime, but my second fave is turquoise and coral. That room is gorgeous! My hubs has been wanting to go to Mexico and our besties have been talking up the all-inclusive. Of course, the conservation angle is big for me and we’ve always loved Fairmont properties. Looks like a good fit…..thanks bunches.

    • @Libbynan – Ohhh that’s a great color combo! LOVE! If you like Fairmont and are keen on conversation then this resort would be PERFECT for you both. Highly recommend! Happy and safe travels to you! 🙂

    • @Jee – I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post and the pictures. I am such a geek about my drone, I love it! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  6. Hi, Will. Your drone pics are looking amazing! Prints would look great hanging framed on a wall 😉

  7. The hubs and I honeymooned here – could not have been more impressed with the warm, welcoming, and accepting staff. The mezcal cocktails at the lobby bar and fried rice at the restaurant below are must-try.

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.