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A (Beachfront) Home Away from Home for the Holidays

Upgrade your holiday season with a private luxury residence stay in Mexico.
By D Partner Studio |
Rosewood Mayakoba

A cozy holiday season has a whole new meaning when it is spent at a private residence in the Riviera Maya’s crown jewel, Rosewood Mayakoba resort. Situated in a lush, 620-acre enclave of the luxury resort, a private residence is just the spot for Friendsgiving with a view or a beachfront family Christmas. Somewhere between the turkey and opening presents, you can fill your days with adventure, from water sports, golfing, tennis, and a kid’s club to immersion activities with nature, such as hiking, boating, cycling, or visiting a cenote.

Private residences range from two to six bedrooms, so there’s plenty of room to bring the whole crew. The newest beachfront private residence, The Founder’s Villa, is a rare opportunity to enjoy luxurious coastal living on one of Mexico’s most coveted beaches with complete privacy and exclusivity.

Set within the gates of Mayakoba yet strategically set apart as its own oceanfront oasis, The Founder’s Villa offers guests unparalleled luxury accommodations, sweeping views, as well as the full suite of Rosewood Mayakoba’s on-site services and amenities, including a signature butler program; Sense, A Rosewood Spa®; and award-winning dining destinations. Guests of The Founder’s Villa also enjoy exclusive benefits, including dedicated Rosewood staff, a personal golf cart, and access to all private beach clubs within Mayakoba.

This 16,300-square-foot, six-bedroom private estate offers an exceptional oceanfront sanctuary nestled between Mayakoba’s lush mangroves and the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean. Anchored by an open-air courtyard and adorned with lush landscaping, the design seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor spaces that celebrate the villa’s natural environment and premier beachfront locale. The Founder’s Villa features dual primary suites with ocean-view outdoor showers, and four guest bedrooms, each with impressive ensuite bathrooms and private terraces, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, office, media room, ample living, and dining space, and an expansive outdoor sundeck complete with a 92-foot infinity pool and unobstructed views of the ocean. If this is the year you want to “go all out” for the holiday season, The Founder’s Villa checks off everything on your wish list.

Rosewood Mayakoba also offers several other exclusive, ultra-luxurious private residences. The Lagoon Villas are sensitively designed to delight guests with the natural beauty of the emerald lagoons that give these airy residences a serene, peaceful ambiance.  

When you stay at any of the private residences at Rosewood Mayakoba, you and your guests have access to the kind of luxuries that define “vacation” in every sense of the word:

  • PGA championship golf course, El Camaleón
  • Jim McLean Golf School
  • Mayakoba Dive and Water Sports Center
  • El Pueblito, a picturesque town square offers crafts, shopping, dining, and entertainment
  • Van Dutch 55’ private yacht
  • Racquet Club, with four tennis courts and one paddle court
  • Archery range
  • More than 25 restaurants and bars with the privilege of signing your consumptions to your private residence
  • 2.5 miles of nature trails between mangrove forests and cenotes
  • Kayaking in the Mayakoba waterways
  • Complimentary transfers within the development

Rosewood Mayakoba Celebrations

Rosewood Mayakoba will be celebrating the holidays right along with you for the resort’s 15th anniversary, with several activities taking place into the new year leading up to its annual and highly anticipated Yo♥México festival in January. Here are just a few of the reasons to book your holiday trip to Rosewood Mayakoba now.



Gather with friends and family to enjoy a curated Thanksgiving week. Each day features activities for guests of all ages, from bike tours to movie nights, and special bar and dining events to ensure a distinctive culinary experience every night of your stay. The week kicks off on November 2, 2022. Throughout the week enjoy a fish market, kids cooking classes, biking tour for teens, football at Punta Bonita Beach, special chef’s dinners, and signature cocktails. On Thanksgiving, enjoy a family-style dinner at Casa del Lago or a Thanksgiving beachside family-style dinner at Aquí Me Quedo, followed by a movie night for the kids. The week wraps up with a relay challenge, Mexican grill, and live music. Get the complete schedule and book your experiences here.


Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Relax and rejuvenate throughout the Christmas season, capping it off with Rosewood Mayakoba’s legendary New Year’s Eve celebration. On New Year’s Eve, guests can always expect a flurry of color, festive celebrations, a joyful atmosphere, and surprise moments. Last year’s festivities included a surprise “flash mob” dance party, an authentic Mexican parade with mojigangas (life-size paper-mache puppets), and, of course, a fireworks show on the ocean. Check out last year’s festivities on Instagram.

January and February

Yo♥México & Rosewood Mayakoba’s 15-year anniversary

Inspired by love and respect for Mexican culture, Yo♥México is joyful celebration designed to highlight the country’s rich heritage and showcase everything that makes Mexico such an exceptional destination. This celebration focuses on gastronomy, wine and spirits, and craftsmanship. With a series of celebrations spanning two months, Rosewood Mayakoba’s guests participate in exclusive experiences, one-of-a-kind collaborations, and additional resort activities, all in support of Centro Educativo K’iin Beh, the bilingual nonprofit school established for local children in Playa del Carmen and supported by friends, guests, and associates of Rosewood Mayakoba.

The 2023 edition of Yo♥México coincides with Rosewood Mayakoba’s milestone 15th anniversary. This next edition of Yo♥México will welcome prestigious guests, each distinguished by their passion for and deep connection to Mexico. Events center around four key regions of Mexico:

Mexico’s Southern Pacific Coast, January 5-8

A celebration of color and culture that nods to Oaxaca, home of mezcal and a cradle of Mexican heritage, as well as Chiapas and Guerrero, known for their craftsmanship, regional cuisines, and pristine Pacific waters.

Mexican Riviera, January 12-15

A journey to Jalisco, a place of music and tequila, known as much for its blue agave fields as its reputation as the birthplace of mariachi. The Riviera also embraces Nayarit, a historic enclave nestled between mountains and ocean, celebrated for its coastal cuisine and Huichol and Cora influence.

Baja California, February 2-5

The storied Mexican Peninsula showcases sustainable seafood from the Sea of Cortez, wine from the renowned Mexican wine region, Valle de Guadalupe, and the diverse heritage of a land that welcomed migrants from all over the world, particularly East Asia and China.

Central Mexico, February 9-12

A tribute to Mexico City and the highlands of central Mexico, this region highlights a melting pot of history and heritage, in which pre-Hispanic cultures, Spanish settlement, and recent global influence blended to create a diverse yet authentically Mexican experience.

For more information about Yo♥México, visit this link.

Conde Nast Traveler recently recognized Rosewood Mayakoba as one of the best resort hotels in Mexico as part of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Zapote Bar, Rosewood Mayakoba’s new Yucatan-inspired cocktail destination, was named Best New Opening and ranked No. 11 at the 2022 North America 50 Best Bar Awards.

Now is the time to reserve your private residence for the holiday season, as there are still openings left for select private residences. Check special offers and book your stay today.

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