Rosewood Mayakoba, a luxury property situated between mangroves and the Caribbean Sea in Mexico’s Riviera Maya region, is known for its wellness programming, from sound bath meditation to yoga float; suite amenities include aromatherapy shower steamer pods and reflexology stone wading ponds. But even wellness-seekers crave a good cocktail, which is why accommodations come stocked with the makings for a pineapple, habanero mezcal margarita mixed by your personal butler on demand. And the attention to well-made drinks doesn’t end there.
At the resort’s Zapote Bar — dubbed a “love letter to the Yucatán” — a laid-back, shabby-chic vibe reigns throughout the indoor and outdoor space. The focal point is a gnarled tree trunk wrapped in hanging leaves and branches shooting through a round skylight, a nod to the cenotes that dot the region. But it’s not all palm fronds and pretty textiles: World’s 50 Best Bars recently named Zapote Bar the No. 11 bar in North America. Ingredients and technique attain the next level, no doubt why the lounge garners quite a following beyond resort guests.
The menu is divided into signatures, mocktails and libations designed for day or evening, but no one’s looking if you want a Manhattan at noon. The signature Mayayo, a tropical gimlet love child, combines local Gin Katún, sour orange, guava and lemon leaves, while Eneldo offers a refreshing spritzy blend of vodka, St. Germain, cucumber, lime, fennel and Xtabentun (Mexican anise and honey liqueur). Obviously, agave spirits get their fair shake, as in the earthy, brooding, spicy Manzano, which shakes sotol with Ancho Reyes, Aperol, beetroot and chili. If you love tangy, aromatic tipples, Wana Bana infuses tequila with lemongrass mixed with soursop purée, lime and chili. Not imbibing? Sip a watermelon and cilantro Sandia or the Manzanilla, with clarified grapefruit juice and chamomile soda.
Joshua Monaghan, director of mixology, also curated the drinks program for Rosewood Mayakoba’s latest venture, La Isla Secreta. The exact location of the secluded bar remains undisclosed to guests, who must access it via a private boat ride through the mangroves. At the destination, they’ll find a Tulum-inspired lounge decked out with pillows and low tables, artisanal Yucatán textiles, hanging plants and flickering lanterns, all surrounded by dense jungle and a winding lagoon.
The team eschews a formal menu for the pre-Prohibition-style cocktails, instead offering an organic and Bohemian interaction similar to an intimate cocktail party with friends. Small-batch local spirits like Reves Whiskey from Baja California, Rum Libertad from Chiapas and Uruapan Charanda (a sugarcane distillate from Michoacán) are joined by fresh fruits and herbs from the on-site garden, used for sophisticated bespoke cocktails. Exclusive, tucked away and fleeting (the pop-up runs through spring), this swank experience is indeed the best-kept secret in Mayakoba.
Once an abandoned 1923 constructed warehouse in Asheville, North Carolina, it took a creative group of designers, artists, musicians, chefs and business folks to transform a neglected, 100-year-old structure into one of Asheville’s most interesting and daring hotel projects.
One affordable plan can protect an entire year of trips: business or pleasure, short or long, domestic or international.
Early on, pickleball had something to do with pickles. Pickles the dog, that is. In one story, the game was named for a family dog that ran off with the ball between sets.
Known as one of the best airports in the world and voted Best Airport in the Middle East by Global Traveler readers, Hamad International Airport aims to set new standards for the airport industry that exceed the expectations of travelers through its facility.
JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City Polanco recently completed renovations of its entrances, lobby, culinary concepts and meeting space. This marks the final stage of the renovation, which began in 2021 with the revitalization of its 269 guestrooms and 45 suites.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
You know what you’re going to get at an Aman hotel, and also you don’t. Expect peerless service, obsessive attention to detail, architectural elegance worthy of a fashion magazine, a holistic approach to wellness and astounding levels of comfort. But each property is also intimately connected to its setting, and that’s where the surprises lie. For instance, finding yourself on your knees on a sidewalk in Luang Prabang handing out sticky rice to Buddhist monks at 5:30 a.m. isn’t something we expected.