Rosewood Mayakoba resort - main pool
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Rosewood Mayakoba resort - main pool
The main pool at the Rosewood Mayakoba sits just steps from a natural lagoon. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Rosewood Mayakoba - lobby
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Rosewood Mayakoba - lobby
Water taxis wait near the lobby to take guests to their luxury suites at the Rosewood Mayakoba. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Rosewood Mayakoba - beach
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Rosewood Mayakoba - beach
The Rosewood Mayakoba runs along several miles of pristine beach in the Riviera Maya. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Rosewood Mayakoba - infinity pool
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Rosewood Mayakoba - infinity pool
Guests of the Rosewood Mayakoba enjoy the infinity pool along the beach. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Rosewood Mayakoba - plunge pool
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Rosewood Mayakoba - plunge pool
A plunge pool overlooks a canal at the Rosewood Mayakoba. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Punta Bonita - live music
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Punta Bonita - live music
Live music spices up "Mexican Night" at the Punta Bonita restaurant at the Rosewood Mayakoba. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Rosewood Mayakoba - Punta Bonita
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Rosewood Mayakoba - Punta Bonita
The special "Mexican Night" menu at the Rosewood Mayakoba's Punta Bonita serves up six styles of tacos and fabulous chips and salsa. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Rosewood Mayakoba - Casa del Lago
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Rosewood Mayakoba - Casa del Lago
The Casa del Lago restaurant at the Rosewood Mayakoba serves wonderful lunch and dinner combinations. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Rosewood Mayakoba - bathrooms
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Rosewood Mayakoba - bathrooms
Even the bathrooms in the suites at the Rosewood Mayakoba are spectacular. This one features an outdoor shower. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Rosewood Mayakoba - Sense spa
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Rosewood Mayakoba - Sense spa
Sense, A Rosewood Spa at the Rosewood Mayakoba is located on its own private island in the jungle. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Rosewood Mayakoba - Agave Azul Sushi & Tequila Bar
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Rosewood Mayakoba - Agave Azul Sushi & Tequila Bar
The Agave Azul Sushi & Tequila Bar at the Rosewood Mayakoba serves great curry and other Asian delights. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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The Rosewood Mayakoba: A romantic golf resort along Mexico's Riviera Maya

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Quintana Roo, Mexico -- You can count on one hand the number of Mexican golf resorts that reach the level of service and splendor of the Rosewood Mayakoba along the Riviera Maya.

Upon check-in, guests get whisked away by water taxis to explore twisting canals and lagoons cut from the mangroves before reaching a lavish luxury suite. The entire Mayakoba complex, home to three resorts and the El Camaleon Golf Club, will host the OHL Classic at Mayakoba -- Mexico's only PGA Tour event -- for at least the next five years, a sure sign that this posh 1,600-acre retreat 40 minutes south of the Cancun International Airport is committed to luxury long-term.

The Rosewood, which opened in 2008, consists of 128 suites loaded with private plunge pools, rooftop sundecks and outdoor garden showers, not to mention private butler service.

There's great variety in the settings and menus at all three of its restaurants. The "Mexican night" at Punta Bonita along the beach goes off-menu for a filling six-taco sampler. The fine-dining Casa del Lago serves a versatile lunch and dinner menu near the main pool. The Agave Azul Sushi & Tequila Bar used to be just a premium tequila-tasting bar until transforming in 2012 into one of Mayakoba's most popular (and most romantic) restaurants.

Sense, A Rosewood Spa is essentially a private spa island hidden in the jungle. Every treatment -- whether in the 12 treatment rooms or eight island suites -- starts with a relaxing foot scrub. Welcome to paradise.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed and photographed more than 1,000 courses and written about golf destinations in 20 countries for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfpass and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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